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overcame fourth-tier Cambridge
in an FA Cup replay yesterday,
winning 3--0 less than two weeks
after a humbling 0--0 draw.
Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and sec-
ond-half substitute James Wilson
scored to send United through to
a fifth-round match at third-tier
Although Cambridge failed to
match the "giant-killing" feats of
Bradford and Middlesbrough,
which knocked out Chelsea and
Manchester City respectively in
the fourth round, the visitors did
have an early chance to score at
After 50 seconds, Daley Blind
slipped and somehow sent Tom
Elliott through on goal. The striker,
seemingly taken aback by the scor-
ing opportunity at Old Trafford,
just about managed to maintain
his balance and bent a shot past
goalkeeper David de Gea with the
instep of his right boot.
Luckily for the hosts there was
not enough curl on the shot, which
hit the outside of the post and
bounced to safety.
The 20-time English champions
regained their composure, but the
4-1-4-1 formation seemed to hin-
der their ability to carve open the
Wayne Rooney, marooned out
on the right side, had United s first
shot on target but it was a weak
Nothing was really going for
United and its fans became impa-
tient. Cambridge fans were revel-
ling in the fact that they were hold-
ing a team sat 79 places above
them in the league pyramid.
But their defence was finally
breached in the 25th minute. Angel
di Maria latched on to a clever pass
from Paddy McNair and whipped
a cross to the back post. Marouane
Fellaini nodded the ball down to
Mata and he stabbed the ball in
off the bar.
Seven minutes later, the nerves
inside Old Trafford eased further
as the lead was doubled.
Fellaini s shot was deflected into
the path of Robin van Persie and
the striker curled a short-range
cross with the outside of his left
boot to find Rojo, who headed in
his first goal for the club.
As the second half progressed,
Cambridge began to tire. De Gea
saved Robbie Simpson s header,
but Cambridge rarely crossed the
After Di Maria and Van Persie
came off, their replacements com-
bined for the third goal in the 73rd
Ander Herrera drove at the
Cambridge defence and laid the
ball off for Wilson, who smacked
a powerful low shot across goal-
keeper Chris Dunn into the far
The night s other FA Cup replay
saw Sunderland come from behind
to beat Fulham 3--1.
After Hugo Rodallega put sec-
ond-tier side Fulham in front, a
fumbled own goal by goalkeeper
Marcus Bettinelli gifted Sunderland
the equalizer. Ricardo Alvarez s
strike and Jordi Gomez s penalty
sent Sunderland through to a
meeting with third-tier Bradford
in the fifth round. (AP)
Man United tops 4th tier
Cambridge in FA Cup replay
BARCELONA---Cristiano Ronaldo will
again watch from the Santiago Bern-
abeu Stadium sideline as Real Madrid
puts its Spanish league lead to the test
against Sevilla today.
The midweek match was postponed
from December because of Madrid s
participation in the Club World Cup,
which it won to polish off a 2014 that
included its tenth European Cup.
Ronaldo, the league s leading scorer,
completes his two-match ban for kick-
ing an opponent at Cordoba two rounds
Gareth Bale bailed Ronaldo out by
scoring a late penalty to snatch Madrid
a victory at Cordoba, and he will be
expected to lead Carlos Ancelotti s
Here are some more things to know
about today s match:
After finishing 2014 on a Spanish
record 22-win streak, Madrid has won
only four of its last seven games in all
It holds a one-point lead over
Barcelona and needs to avoid a stumble
against Sevilla, which has risen above
Valencia into fourth place and the last
Champions League spot.
Madrid, however, has been unstop-
pable at home in league play since its
last home loss in the league to Atletico
Madrid in September, winning seven
straight games by the combined score
The league s only undefeated home
side, Sevilla, has also fared well on the
road with five wins in nine outings.
The match promises scoring, going
by last season s ten-goal spectacle.
Madrid leads the competition with
68 goals scored, doubling Sevilla s 34.
But coach Unai Emery has built
Sevilla to attack as well. Led by striker
Carlos Bacca, the league s fourth leading
scorer with 12, it also features young
playmakers Denis Suarez and Gerard
Deulofeu, both on loan from Barcelona,
and forwards Victor "Vitolo" Machin
and Iago Aspas.
Rest and rotations
Madrid will be the more rested side
after Sevilla also played in the Copa
del Rey last Thursday, when it bowed
out to Espanyol 3--2 on aggregate
despite a 1--0 win.
Ancelotti may also rotate his starting
11 with the Spanish capital derby at
defending champion Atletico, which is
in third place, looming on Saturday.
Beside Ronaldo, Madrid will still be
without defender Pepe and midfielder
Luca Modric due to injury.
Bale s first goal at the Bernabeu came
against Sevilla last season, when the
Wales winger netted twice to open a
7-3 thrashing by the hosts.
He has since added another 16 goals
at Madrid s home ground. But more
will be expected of the player who cost
a record 100-million-euros transfer
after his sub-par showing last weekend,
when Karim Benzema picked up the
slack with two goals to beat Real
Bale is earning a reputation at Madrid
for both scoring great goals and for not
sharing the ball when team-mates may
be better positioned.
Ancelotti defends him, saying, "Bale
is giving his all to help the team. He
played very well last year, scoring in
three finals. He is having a fantastic
season. Calm down about Bale." (AP)
Burden on Bale to replace
Ronaldo's goals vs Sevilla
LIVERPOOL---Liverpool says its
playmaker Philippe Coutinho has
signed a new long-term contract
at the club.
The length of the contract was
Brazil international Coutinho
has played 81 times for the team
since signing in January 2013 from
Inter Milan, and scored ten goals.
Coutinho says, "I ve been eager
to sign this new deal since con-
Liverpool manager Brendan
Rodgers says Coutinho "is clearly
going to be a big part of our story,"
and he hopes the 22-year-old
"continues with his improvement
and development, and becomes a
figurehead for this exciting, vibrant,
youthful squad of players." (AP)
Josep Bartomeu was named a suspect
by a Spanish judge yesterday in a tax
fraud probe regarding the signing of
Brazil striker Neymar.
In a court statement, National Court
judge Pablo Ruz accepted the request
of a state prosecutor made on Monday
to include Bartomeu in the ongoing
investigation into the club that started
with former club president Sandro
Ruz will investigate whether Bar-
tomeu, as club president, defrauded
Spain s Tax Office of 2.8 million euros
($3.2 million) in 2014.
Bartomeu was summoned to appear
in the Madrid court on February 13.
The statement said the probe "must
investigate whether the Tax Office has
been defrauded said quantity, 2,845,700
euros, by FC Barcelona and by its pres-
ent executive, club president Josep
Hours earlier, Barcelona issued a
statement saying it was "in complete
disagreement" with the prosecutor s
request to name Bartomeu as a suspect.
It maintained the "innocence" of the
Ruz said Bartomeu will be investi-
gated for alleged unpaid taxes for a
payment of five million euros to the
company N&N, owned by Neymar s
father, along with another 472,500
euros in image rights and agents fees.
Neymar s father, also named Neymar,
is his agent.
Prosecutor Jose Perals said the unpaid
taxes---including the amount attributed
to Bartomeu s oversight---amounted to
more than 12 million euros.
Neymar s transfer fee has been under
scrutiny since his presentation at the
Camp Nou on June 3, 2013.
Rosell resigned in January 2014 after
Ruz agreed to hear a lawsuit brought
by a club member into whether Rosell
misappropriated funds to hide the
transfer cost paid to Brazilian club San-
tos for Neymar.
Last month, Bartomeu announced
the club would hold early elections this
He said he planned to run for another
Barca boss named as suspect
in Neymar transfer probe
LONDON---Queens Park Rangers
manager Harry Redknapp
resigned yesterday because
immediate knee replacement sur-
gery means he can t continue to
fully commit to the struggling
QPR lay 19th in the 20-team
English Premier League.
Surgery "is going to stop me
from doing my job in the coming
weeks," Redknapp said in a state-
ment on the club Web site.
"If I can t give 100 per cent, I
feel it s better for someone else to
take over the reins."
Redknapp informed chairman
Tony Fernandes of his decision
Fernandes said QPR and Red-
knapp part on amicable terms. (AP)
Queens Park Rangers manager Redknapp resigns
Coutinho signs long-term contract extension
Angel Di Maria, left,
fights for the ball
during their English
FA Cup fourth-round
replay match at Old
3--0. AP PHOTO
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