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EUROPEAN FOOTBALL The League Cup is the first trophy for Jose Mourinho, who began coaching the Blues starting this season

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Chelsea's Didier Drogba, center left and captain John Terry, center right, pour beer into the trophy as they celebrate beating Liverpool 3-2 in the League Cup final at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on Sunday.

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Didier Drogba and Mateja Kezman scored in extra time Sunday, and Chelsea won the League Cup with a 3-2 win over Liverpool.

Drogba poked the ball in from close-range in the 16th minute of extra time from a Glen Johnson throw-in. Kezman added a second goal five minutes later, awkwardly tapping the ball over the line from a Eidur Gudjohnsen cross.

Liverpool pulled a goal back in the 23rd minute of extra time through Antonio Nunez, who headed the ball over Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech in a goalmouth scramble.

Liverpool had gone ahead after just 43 seconds when John Arne Riise scored. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard then scored an own-goal in the 78th to push the game into extra time.

It was the first trophy for Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho, who took over the club at the beginning of the season.

Mourinho wasn't there to see the winner -- he was sent off after Gerrard's goal for appearing to incite the crowd. Mourinho put his finger to his mouth as if to tell Liverpool fans behind him to keep quiet. He was then escorted down the tunnel by a match official and watched the rest of the match on television.

It was Chelsea's first trophy since the 2002 FA Cup.

Kieron Dyer scored Newcastle's winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Bolton, while Middlesbrough scrambled to a 2-2 draw against Charlton in the Premier League.

Newcastle, which jumped into 11th place with its fourth victory in 10 days, took the lead in the 35th minute when Lee Bowyer headed in after a one-two with Stephen Carr.

Stelios Giannakopoulos equalized with a volley six minutes later, but Dyer smashed a rebound from Alan Shearer off Bolton defender Bruno N'Gotty and into the roof of the net in the 68th minute.

Bolton stayed in seventh place with the loss.

At Middlesbrough, teenager Danny Graham scored in the 86th minute, four minutes after being sent on as a substitute.

Charlton went ahead through Matt Holland in the 14th, with Chris Riggott leveling in the 74th. Charlton went ahead again in the 80th through Shaun Bartlett before Graham's leveler.

Middlesbrough stayed sixth and Charlton stayed ninth.

Craig Bellamy scored his first Celtic goal as the Hoops advanced to the Scottish Cup semifinals with a 5-0 defeat of lower league Clyde.

Bellamy scored in his second match for Celtic since his loan move from Blackburn last month. Stanislav Varga netted twice, Alan Thompson added a penalty and Stilian Petrov also scored for Celtic.

Celtic lost 2-0 to Rangers last week to fall six points off the Scottish Premier League lead.

"It was good to get a win because we lost against our biggest rivals last week and it means we are through to the next round," Varga said.

Celtic beat Dunfermline 3-1 to win last year's Scottish Cup final.

In the other quarterfinals, Dundee United beat Aberdeen 4-1 off two goals from James Grady and one each from Alan Archibald and Stevie Crawford. Aberdeen scored from Richie Byrne.

Hearts also advanced to the semifinals for the first time in seven years with a 2-1 win over Livingston. Lee Miller and Jamie McAllister gave Hearts a 2-0 halftime lead, with Craig Easton scoring for Livingston.

The semifinals are played April 9-10, with the final on May 28.

Sevilla climbed into third place with a 2-2 draw against visiting Racing Santander.

Brazil forward Julio Baptista gave Sevilla the lead in the 15th minute with his 12th goal of the season, but Santander equalized in the 41st through striker David Aganzo.

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