International Soccer - England

Liverpool smashes Everton in Merseyside derby

Liverpool, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Liverpool continued its dominance over Everton at Anfield on Tuesday by smashing the Toffees in a 4-0 victory.

Led by a brace from Daniel Sturridge, the Reds were three goals to the good by halftime, effectively sealing the win in the first 45 minutes and dooming the Toffees to a another road defeat against their bitter rivals. Everton has not won a Premier League match at Anfield since 1999.

The result sees Liverpool go unbeaten in its last four Premier League contests to improve to 46 points on the season and move the club four points clear of Everton.

Liverpool was in front by the 20th minute when Steven Gerrard connected on corner kick to send a powerful header into the back of the net at the near post.

The Reds seized control of the match prior to halftime as Sturridge bagged a brace in the span on two minutes, the first of which came in the 33rd minute when the England international latched on to a through ball and slipped a shot past Tim Howard.

Sturridge immediately notched his second of the match, running on to a ball played over the top and lobbing a shot over the on-rushing Howard.

Luis Suarez put the emphatic victory beyond any doubt inside the first five minutes of the second half when he broke free on goal slid a shot past the Everton 'keeper.

The only sour note for the home side came in the 53rd minute after Raheem Sterling was tripped up by Howard in the box, but Sturridge spurned the opportunity for a hat trick by skying the ensuing attempt over the crossbar.

Manchester United 2, Cardiff City 0

Manchester, England - Manchester United marked Juan Mata's club debut with a victory as the Red Devils ran out to a 2-0 defeat of Cardiff City at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

United was off the mark within six minutes of the start. Ashley Young's brilliant ball to the back post was nodded off the crossbar by Antonio Valencia, and while Robin van Persie's header from the rebound was stopped by David Marshall, the Dutchman nodded home the second bite of the cherry.

The home side controlled much of the match but only managed to add to its lead in the 59th minute when Young drifted in from the left flank and uncorked a wicked shot from the corner of the penalty area, leaving Marshall with no chance for a save.

Mata nearly opened his United scoring account when Patrice Evra pulled a ball back for the Spaniard in the 80th minute, but his first-time effort was cleared off the line. Mata was substituted by Adnan Januzaj in the 85th minute to conclude a memorable debut, complete with three points.

Southampton 2, Arsenal 2

Southampton, England - Arsenal and Southampton split the points at St. Mary's on Tuesday as the two sides played to a 2-2 draw.

The home was in front by halftime thanks to Jose Fonte's 21st-minute strike, but Arsenal managed to grab the lead inside the opening six minutes of the second half.

Olivier Giroud brought the Gunners level in the 48th minute with a brilliant backheel finish, and Santi Cazorla notched the go-ahead goal three minutes later by slicing a first-time shot into the back of the net from the top of the penalty area.

The lead was short-lived, though, as Adam Lallana put the Saints on equal terms in the 54th minute by turning in a low cross from Jay Rodriguez. Mathieu Flamini was sent off 10 minutes from time for a rash, two-footed challenge, but Arsenal managed to maintain the draw, bringing its total to 52 on the season.

Norwich City 0, Newcastle 0

Norwich, England - Norwich City and Newcastle shared the spoils at Carrow Road on Tuesday as the two clubs played to a 0-0 draw.

The only notable action of the affair came in the dying stages when Newcastle's Loic Remy and Norwich's Bradley Johnson were sent off in quick succession to see the two sides finish with 10 men apiece.

Both sides have taken four points from their last two matches as Newcastle improves to 37 points, keeping the club 13 points ahead of the Canaries.

Swansea City 2, Fulham 0

Swansea, Wales - Swansea City bagged two second-half goals at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday to cruise to a 2-0 defeat of Fulham.

After a scoreless opening period, Jonjo Shelvey broke the deadlock at the hour mark with his fourth goal of the Premier League season. Chico Flores added a second for good measure, scoring in the 74th minute to secure the victory and snap a three-game slide for the Swans.

The Welsh club improves to 24 points on the season while Fulham, suffering a third straight defeat, stays on 19 points.

Crystal Palace 1, Hull City 0

London, England - Jason Puncheon produced the lone goal at Selhurst Park on Tuesday as Crystal Palace earned a 1-0 victory over Hull City.

Puncheon put the home side in front in the 15th minute, and it proved to be all Palace would need to collect its second win on the bounce and bring the London club to 23 points.

Hull, which had Allan McGregor sent off in stoppage time, has lost four straight in league play to remain on 23 points.

01/28 17:20:06 ET