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to the top of The Associated
Press Global Football 10 yes-
terday, and Lionel Messi was
again voted the top player of
Messi assisted on Barcelona s
first two goals---scored by Luis
Suarez and Neymar---before
netting the third in a 3-1 win
over defending champion Atleti-
co Madrid on Sunday. Neymar
is sixth in the player poll and
Suarez is 10th.
"The cameras inside Camp
Nou captured Barcelona s good
side on Sunday night, their
flashes illuminating the image
of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and
Neymar, arms around one
another as they cavorted in cel-
ebration of a third goal," Chris
Tait of The Herald in Scotland
Juventus is second in the team
poll after moving three points
clear at the top of Serie A by
winning at Napoli. Southamp-
ton is a place behind after beat-
ing Manchester United 1-0 on
Sunday at Old Trafford to move
into third in the Premier League.
Bastia s surprising 4-2 victory
over French champion Paris
Saint-Germain put it into fourth
place in the poll.
Bastia trailed 2-0 after 20
minutes, but pulled level by
halftime before scoring two
more in the second half.
Real Madrid enters this week s
poll in fifth place following a 3-
0 win over Espanyol which kept
the 10-time European champi-
ons at the top of the Spanish
league, three points clear of
In sixth place is Chelsea, fol-
lowed by Lyon, Arsenal, Inter
Milan and Montpellier.
In the player poll, Roma play-
maker Francesco Totti is second
to Messi after scoring two sec-
ond-half goals against city rival
Lazio in a 2-2 draw.
He celebrated his equaliser
by grabbing a phone and taking
a selfie as supporters celebrated
in the background.
"The selfie is a symbol of
eternal love between the number
10 and the fans of Roma. One
more chapter of his living leg-
end," Tito Puccetti of ESPN in
Arsenal forward Alexis
Sanchez is third after also scor-
ing twice to propel his team to
a 3-0 win over Stoke, and
Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon is
fourth after his two goals in the
3-0 win over Toulouse.
Lyon leads Marseille, which
lost to Montpellier 2-1, by one
point at the top of the French
"While the trendy Marseille
and Paris Saint-Germain stum-
ble in France, Lyon is confirmed
as the championship s surprise
team," Leonardo Bertozzi of
ESPN in Brazil said.
"It can be the underdog in
the race for the Ligue 1 title."
Brazil international Oscar is
in fifth place after scoring
Chelsea s opener in the 2-0 win
over Newcastle on Saturday.
He later assisted on Diego
Costa s goal by controlling a
chip from Eden Hazard and
flicking the ball into the
Spaniard s path with one touch.
Also in the top 10, Gareth
Bale is seventh and Real Madrid
teammate James Rodriguez is
ninth, with Bastia midfielder
Julian Palmieri splitting the two
in eighth place after scoring
twice in the win over PSG. (AP)
West Ham secured their place in the
fourth round of the FA Cup after a
marathon penalty shoot-out to inflict more
misery on Everton and manager Roberto
The Hammers were eventually indebted
to goalkeeper Adrian, but not as would be
expected by his saves, but instead for firing
home the vital spot-kick to see his side
home 9-8 on penalties after it had finished
2-2 at Upton Park after 120 minutes of their
Enner Valencia had given West Ham a
51st-minute lead, with salt added to Everton
wounds five minutes later when Aiden
McGeady was sent off for a second bookable
But first Kevin Mirallas struck a sweet
82nd-minute right-foot free-kick to force
extra time before setting up Romelu Lukaku
in the 97th minute to put Everton in front.
Just two minutes after coming on as a
substitute, however, Carlton Cole forced the
shoot-out, with Adrian the hero after Ever-
ton keeper Joel Robles had struck a post.
Sam Allardyce s side will head to Bristol
City in the fourth round on January 25 as
the Sky Bet League 1 promotion hopefuls
saw off Doncaster 2-0 at Ashton Gate cour-
tesy of a brace from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
The forward first followed up on the
rebound after an Aden Flint header was
parried by Marko Marosi in the 36th minute,
before firing home with a superb finish in
the 79th minute.
At Molineux, Fulham beat Wolves 5-3 on
penalties to reach the FA Cup fourth round
as the hosts honoured the club s former
owner Sir Jack Hayward.
The 91-year-old, who owned Wolves for
17 years before selling in 2007, passed away
on Tuesday with the club holding a minute s
silence and players wearing black armbands.
Fulham grabbed the opener, with Cauley
Woodrow ending his side s six-and-a-
half-hour goal drought with a firm 27th-
But two goals in three second-half min-
utes from Dave Edwards and Rajiv van La
Parra had the home fans chanting Hay-
ward s name with 17 minutes remaining.
But Woodrow capitalised on a mistake
from Carl Ikeme to poke home the equalis-
er from two yards to force extra-time.
Edwards again put Wolves noses in front
in the 109th minute, only for Ross McCor-
mack to break the hearts of the home fans
with a 120th-minute penalty and force
spot-kicks, with Fulham winning 5-3 for
a trip to Sunderland.
Chesterfield face a clash at Derby on
January 24 after seeing off Scunthorpe 2-
0 at the Proact Stadium.
After a goalless 90 minutes, Sam Clucas
struck either side of the extra-time interval
to take his tally to seven for the season
and set up a first meeting with Derby since
SYDNEY---Juan Martin Del Potro launched his
comeback from a serious wrist injury with a con-
vincing 6-3, 7-6 (4) win over Sergiy Stakhovsky
in the first round of the Sydney International yes-
The former US Open champion is ranked No 338
after undergoing surgery on his left wrist last year
and missing more than 10 months on tour.
He was granted a wild card to enter the main draw
in Sydney, where he s the defending champion, but
appeared to be fit and sharp in beating 69th-ranked
Stakhovsky in 88 minutes. He will face top-seeded
Fabio Fognini in the second round.
"These guys are playing all year. It s time to get
back on the train again," del Potro said. "This tour-
nament is very special to me."
It was del Potro s second extended layoff with a
wrist injury. After capturing his only Grand Slam
title at the 2009 US Open, he underwent surgery on
his right wrist and was sidelined for eight months.
Bernard Tomic, the 2014 Sydney finalist, needed
only 43 minutes to beat Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands
In other men s first-round matches, seventh-seeded
Jeremy Chardy of France had a 6-4, 6-4 win over
Sam Querrey, Canada s Vasek Pospisil beat Andreas
Seppi of Italy 6-3, 7-6 (4) and Viktor Troicki of
Serbia ousted No 8-seeded Martin Klizan of Slovakia
6-2, 6-3. In women s second-round matches, No 2-
seeded Petra Kvitova had a 6-1, 7-5 win over Peng
Shuai of China on a day when top-seeded Simona
Halep withdrew from the tournament due to gas-
Garbine Muguruza of Spain ousted third-seeded
Agnieszka Radwanska 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2, and her
compatriot Carla Suarez Navarro beat sixth-seeded
Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. (AP)
PARIS---Zlatan Ibrahimovic chested home the win-
ning goal as Paris Saint-Germain scraped a 1-0 win
at Saint-Etienne yesterday to reach the League Cup
semifinals and take the pressure off coach Laurent
The pressure was firmly on Blanc following Sat-
urday s 4-2 defeat at Bastia---PSG s third straight
league game without a win.
In an even first half, Ibrahimovic had two efforts
saved by Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier,
while Saint-Etienne midfielder Moustapha Sall s firm
downward header was cleared off the line.
After Ruffier saved winger Lucas effort midway
through the second half, Ibrahimovic put PSG ahead
in the 72nd minute when he chested in Lucas cross
from the right, although Ruffier was adamant he had
scooped the ball away before it crossed the line.
Earlier, Bastia beat nine-man Rennes 3-1. (AP)
MILAN---Nigel de Jong scored an 86th-minute
winner as AC Milan beat Sassuolo 2-1 yesterday to
reach the Italian Cup quarterfinals and avenge a
defeat to the same opponent last week.
Giampaolo Pazzini put Milan ahead after 38 minutes
at San Siro with an acrobatic shot following a cross
from newly-signed Alessio Cerci.
Nicola Sansone equalised with a penalty in the
64th, but De Jong prevented extra time by volleying
in the rebound after a shot by Andrea Poli hit the
Last week, Sassuolo beat Milan 2-1 in Serie A.
Milan will next face either Torino or Lazio.
The other Round of 16 matchups are: Roma vs
Empoli; Fiorentina vs Atalanta; Inter Milan vs Sam-
pdoria; Napoli vs Udinese; Juventus vs Hellas Verona;
and Parma vs Cagliari. (AP)
Messi, Barcelona lead
AP Global Football 10 poll
Penalty joy for West Ham, Fulham
League Cup semis
Del Potro wins comeback
match after injury layoff
AP GLOBAL FOOTBALL 10 PLAYERS
1 Lionel Messi, 105 points.
2 Francesco Totti, 94.
3 Alexis Sanchez, 89.
4 Alexandre Lacazette, 72.
5 Oscar, 55.
6 Neymar, 46.
7 Gareth Bale, 44.
8 Julian Palmieri, 33.
9 James Rodriguez, 31.
10 Luis Suarez, 26.
1 Barcelona, 120.
2 Juventus, 104.
3 Southampton, 97.
4 Bastia, 80.
5 Real Madrid, 65.
6 Chelsea, 62.
7 Lyon, 57.
8 Arsenal, 48.
9 Inter Milan, 30.
10 Montpellier, 25.
Everton's Ross Barkley, left, is challenged by West Ham United's Mark Noble during their
English FA Cup third round replay football match between West Ham United and Everton
at the Boleyn Ground stadium in London, yesterday. West Ham won on penalties.
AC Milan beats
Sassuolo 2-1 to advance
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