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Football in brief: Four-midable Fran has a blast in Chelsea romp

Hugs: Kirby celebrates PICTURE: GETTY

FRAN KIRBY scored four times against her former club as Chelsea thrashed Reading 5-0 in the Women’s Super League. The reigning champions closed the gap to Manchester United at the top of the WSL, with Ji So-yun also on target in the only game of the weekend not to be postponed. Kirby netted a first-half hat-trick and added her fourth goal eight minutes after the interval before Ji completed the scoring.

Eze’s attendance at QPR to be investigated by FA

THE Football Association will look into Eberechi Eze’s attendance at QPR’s FA Cup tie against Fulham. The Crystal Palace winger, 22, sat in the directors’ box at his former club to watch their third-round tie. With the country in lockdown and matches still being played behind closed doors, questions have been asked about whether coronavirus protocols were breached. Eze, who was pictured not wearing a mask as he watched his old team lost 2-0, is understood to have been a guest of QPR.

They said it

‘It’s No.1 to be fair, it’s No.1. I haven’t hit one better than that’ — James Justin expresses his delight after scoring what he regards as the best goal of his career in Leicester’s 4-0 FA Cup win at Stoke

■ ALFREDO MORELOS made a stunning return to form against ten-man Aberdeen as his brace fired Rangers 22 points clear at the top of the Premiership in a 2-1 win.

■ 3 — Point lead for AC Milan at the top of Serie A after Gianluca Mancini’s late goal earned AS Roma a 2-2 draw at home to second-placed Inter. Milan beat Torino 2-0 on Saturday