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BARCELONA---Lionel Messi scored
two goals and set up two more to
lead Barcelona s 4-1 win over
crosstown rival Espanyol, which
finished a hot-tempered Copa del
Rey clash with nine men yesterday.
Felipe Caicedo grabbed Espanyol
a ninth-minute lead at Camp Nou,
but Messi hit right back four minutes
The star forward put the hosts
ahead with an unstoppable free kick
just before halftime, and assisted Ger-
ard Pique soon after the interval.
Messi then set up Neymar for the
fourth goal after Espanyol's Hernan
Perez and Papakouly Diop were sent
off, and Caicedo and Marco Asensio
were lost to injury.
Espanyol, which held Barcelona to
0-0 in the Spanish league on Satur-
day, will have the return leg of the
round-of-16 tie at its stadium next
Elsewhere, Athletic Bilbao, last
year's finalist to Barcelona, scored
three times in the second half to erase
a two-goal deficit and beat Villarreal
3-2, while Valencia, Sevilla, and
Deportivo La Coruna got positive
Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal, used
as a substitute, debuted for Barcelona,
after the club finished its ban on new
players during 2015 for breaking FIFA's
rules regarding the transfer for youth
Espanyol found its opener when
Caicedo used an excellent first touch
before slotting in a ball he received
from Asensio, who started a coun-
terattack by intercepting Dani Alves'
pass. But Messi quickly responded
when he caught Espanyol's defense
off-balance after Andres Iniesta
played him forward to beat goalkeeper
Caicedo went down holding his
left thigh near halftime, but the vis-
itors' defense held firm until Messi
sent his free kick streaking in off the
underside of the crossbar.
Espanyol's hopes took another blow
when Asensio was substituted after
he apparently picked up an injury
during the halftime warm-ups.
It was all Barcelona the rest of the
way, as Messi set up Pique to tap in
his goal after Iniesta's incisive pass
started the move.
Tempers flared as the game dragged
on, with Messi, Neymar, and Suarez
receiving yellow cards, along with
eight for Espanyol.
Perez's second booking was fol-
lowed by Diop seeing red for some-
thing he apparently said to Suarez in
the 75th. The undermanned Espanyol
resisted until Messi flipped the ball
forward for Neymar to put in. (AP)
Messi boots Barca past Espanyol in Copa
LIVERPOOL---Romelu Lukaku kept up his hot scor-
ing streak by grabbing a late winner for Everton to
beat Manchester City 2-1 in the first leg of their
English League Cup semifinal yesterday.
Lukaku restored Everton's lead in a thrilling second
half at Goodison Park, two minutes after substitute
Jesus Navas equalized for City on a counterattack
led by Sergio Aguero.
Defender Ramiro Funes Mori put Everton ahead
in first-half injury time when he steered home the
rebound after Ross Barkley's shot was parried out.
Lukaku, who hobbled off with an apparent injury
soon after scoring, has 19 goals this season. He's
failed to score in only two of his last 12 games.
The second leg is on January 27.
Liverpool leads Stoke 1-0 after the first leg of the
other semifinal. (AP)
Everton stuns City
2-1 in League Cup
ROME---With Paulo Dybala performing like Andrea
Pirlo, Juventus picked up right where it left off before
the holiday break.
Dybala scored with a curling free kick and also set
up a goal as Juventus comfortably swept aside last-
place Hellas Verona 3-0 for its eighth straight win in
Serie A yesterday.
Leonardo Bonucci and Simone Zaza also scored for
the four-time defending champion, which hadn't
played in 17 days.
Juventus remained three points behind leader Inter
Milan, which won 1-0 at Empoli with a first-half goal
from Mauro Icardi.
Second-place Fiorentina is one point off the lead
following a 3-1 win at Palermo, where Josip Ilicic
scored twice. Napoli, which hosted Torino late, was
fourth. Also, Roma wasted a two-goal lead in a 3-3
draw at Chievo Verona to remain fifth, two points
behind Napoli. (AP)
it eight on trot
LONDON---Former Chelsea team doctor Eva
Carneiro has appeared at a tribunal hearing for her
constructive dismissal case against the English Pre-
mier League champions following a dispute with
then-manager Jose Mourinho.
The private hearing took place at the London South
Employment Tribunal and Carneiro didn't comment
outside. Carneiro's lawyer, Mary O'Rourke, said no
settlement was reached and there would be a future
Carneiro was dropped from first-team duties after
Mourinho accused his medical staff of being "naive"
for taking to the field to treat Eden Hazard with Chelsea
down to ten men in the opener against Swansea in
August, following goalkeeper Courtois' dismissal. (AP)
appears at tribunal
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