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Manchester City and Manchester United
were among a slew of Premier League teams
to leave it late in overcoming lower-league
opposition in the FA Cup yesterday, as third-
tier Sheffield United delivered the biggest
shock of the third round.
Makeshift striker James Milner scored twice---
including an injury-time winner---as Man City,
the joint-leader in the Premier League, came
from behind to beat second-tier Sheffield
Wednesday 2-1 at home.
Man United was also unconvincing against
Yeovil, which is bottom of the third tier, and
needed goals in the final 26 minutes from mid-
fielders Ander Herrera, who scored a brilliant
volley, and Angel Di Maria for a 2-0 win.
"We battled for 60, 70 minutes and then
Ander scored a spectacular goal," United mid-
fielder Darren Fletcher said. "Sometimes that s
what it takes."
Stoke scored three times in the final 10 min-
utes to beat non-league Wrexham 3-1 and Chris-
tian Benteke s 88th-minute strike earned Aston
a 1-0 victory over Blackpool, which plays in
the second tier.
Chelsea also relied on a second-half revival,
scoring three goals in 14-minute burst through
Willian, Loic Remy and Kurt Zouma for a 3-
0 win over Watford. It was left to Sheffield
United to produce the upset---something it has
been used to doing of late, having belied its
lowly league placing to reach the semifinals of
the FA Cup last season and the same stage of
the League Cup this season.
United added Queens Parks Rangers to its
growing list of Premier League scalps, winning
3-0 at Loftus Road thanks to Marc McNulty s
36th-minute goal and a second-half double
from Jamal Campbell-Ryce. The team managed
by former England forward Nigel Clough has
eliminated five Premier League teams from cup
competitions in the last two seasons.
QPR, which is struggling in the Premier
League, has won just two FA Cup games in 11
Also yesterday, Southampton was held to a
1-1 draw by second-tier Ipswich, Crystal Palace---
managed for the first time by Alan Pardew---
thrashed non-league side Dover 4-0 and Sun-
derland beat second-tier Leeds 1-0. Defending
champion Arsenal met Hull in a repeat of last
season s final in the late game.
Valencia beats Madrid 2-1
to end 22-win streak
BARCELONA, SPAIN---Valencia ended Real
Madrid s 22-game winning streak by fighting
back for a 2-1 victory yesterday that throws
open the Spanish league title race.
Cristiano Ronaldo extended his stunning tally
to 26 league goals in the 14th minute at Mestalla
Stadium when he stroked in a penalty kick fol-
lowing Alvaro Negredo s handball.
But the hosts rallied through a goal by Antonio
Barragan in the 52nd before defender Nicolas
Otamendi fended off Sergio Ramos to head
home the 65th-minute winner.
Madrid still has a game in hand, but Barcelona
can take the provisional lead with a win at Real
Sociedad later. Defending champion Atletico
Madrid was also left one point behind the pace-
Madrid had not lost or drawn a game in any
competition since a 2-1 defeat to Atletico on
Sept 13, setting a Spanish record for consecutive
wins. Valencia s first win in six visits by Madrid
lifted it into fourth place, the league s last Cham-
pions League spot that the club has set as its
goal for the season.
Valencia s players lined up to give Madrid an
honor guard for winning the Club World Cup
last month, a gesture not appreciated by most
of its fans who jeered as the visitors marched
onto the pitch.
Manager Nuno Espirito Santo opted to load
Valencia s midfield with five players--- including
a debut for new arrival Enzo Perez---and play
with a three-man defense.
That set up a fascinating matchup between
Gareth Bale and Valencia defender Lucas Orban.
The speedy Wales winger provided Madrid s
most dangerous threat early on before the Argen-
tine got the better of him in the second half.
Valencia s vigorous push in the opening min-
utes was undone when Negredo used his arm
to block a headed pass by Bale, letting Ronaldo
step up and slot the spot kick inside the post.
The first half then went from intense to testy,
and the referee booked seven players before
Valencia midfielder Andres Gomes mustered
the host s only scoring opportunity before half-
time. Gomes fired a long strike that deflected
off a Madrid player before hitting the post.
Valencia continued to push for an equalizer
after the restart and found it after Gomes went
close again by firing a loose ball just by the
Orban this time won the ball from Bale, lead-
ing to substitute Jose Gaya finding Antonio Bar-
ragan to unleash a long shot that hit Pepe to
leave Iker Casillas helpless to stop it from reach-
ing his net.
Bale was left to rue a breakaway that he
couldn t convert against goalie Diego Alves in
the 59th when Otamendi rose to thump a corner
kick over Casillas.
Barragan missed another golden chance to
secure the win late, and Valencia needed Diego
Alves to save Francisco Madrid faces a second
tough outing at Atletico on Wednesday in the
Copa del Rey.
Rayo Vallecano also came from behind for a
2-1 victory at crosstown rival Getafe in the
Spanish capital yesterday.
Manchester clubs through in FA Cup, QPR stunned
Manchester United's Ander Herrera
celebrates after scoring the opening goal
during their English FA Cup third round
soccer match between Yeovil Town and
Manchester United at Huish Park stadium in
Yeovil, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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