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ered north London rival Tot-
tenham 2-0 to reach the fourth
round of the FA Cup yesterday,
a significant scalp in the quest
to end a nine-year trophy
Santi Cazorla swept in Arse-
nal s opener in the 31st minute
as Tottenham was run ragged
at the home of it fiercest rival.
Arsenal s derby supremacy
wasn t reflected in the score-
line, with Tomas Rosicky taking
until the 62nd to score the sec-
ond, charging forward from the
halfway line after Tottenham
gave the ball away before lifting
it into the net.
The victory maintained Arse-
nal s bright start to 2014, a year
when Arsene Wenger will hope
to produce the team s first tro-
phy since the 2005 FA Cup.
The Gunners are also top of
the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa was
dumped out of the FA Cup by
third-tier side Sheffield United
in the biggest shock of the third
round yesterday, while ten-man
Manchester City was held by
Villa s humbling came days
after manager Paul Lambert
branded the cup as a "distrac-
tion," but rather than making
wholesale changes, it was still
a strong side that lost 2-1.
"It is just a bit sad that the
FA Cup, such a wonderful
competition, takes a back seat
but that is the reality of it,"
Sheffield United manager Nigel
Backing down from the ear-
lier comment, Lambert tried to
insist he wasn t decrying the
world s oldest football cup
competition that has lost some
of its lustre as Premier League
riches have soared.
"I never demeaned the com-
petition one bit," Lambert said.
"I respect its history and I
respect what the competition
Blackburn earned a replay
against City after goalkeeper
Costel Pantilimon fumbled
Rudy Gestede s header before
Scott Dann rushed in to sweep
the ball into the net to cancel
out Alvaro Negredo s opener.
City was left hanging on to
the 1-1 draw after Dedryck Boy-
ata was sent off in the 85th
minute when a foul on DJ
Campbell earned him a second
"I m not disappointed," City
manager Manuel Pellegrini said.
"Of course, everyone wants to
win all of the games but we
were playing against a very
strong team at home."
Due to the replay, Abu
Dhabi-owned City has can-
celled a friendly in the Gulf
nation on January 14.
Southampton squeezed into
the fourth round by beating
Burley 4-3, while holder Wigan,
which was relegated from the
Premier League after winning
the cup in May, was held to 3-
3 by MK Dons.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer s reign
as Cardiff manager began with
a 2-1 win at Newcastle. After
Papiss Cisse put the Magpies
in front at St James Park, sub-
stitutes Craig Noone and Fraizer
Campbell hit back with goals
for the south Wales club.
In other all-Premier League
clashes, Dwight Gayle and
Marouane Chamakh gave Crys-
tal Palace a 2-0 win at West
Bromwich Albion, Norwich
drew 1-1 with Fulham.
In surprising results involving
lower-league sides, Leeds of
the second-tier League Cham-
pionship lost 2-0 at fourth-tier
side Rochdale, and non-league
club Macclesfield---the lowest-
ranking team still in the cup---
earned a replay at Champi-
onship club Sheffield
Wednesday by drawing 1-1.
Arsenal beats Tottenham
2-0 in FA Cup derby
needed a second-half goal from
midfielder Jorge "Koke" Res-
urreccion to eke out a 1-0 win
at Malaga yesterday, becoming
the overnight leader of the
Spanish league as it resumed
following the winter break.
Atletico built a provisional
three-point advantage over
Barcelona before the defending
champion hosts Elche on Sun-
day. Barcelona then visits Atleti-
co in the following round.
"We will have to wait and see
if Barcelona wins tomorrow to
stay leader, as it is accustomed
to doing," Atletico coach Diego
Atletico dominated possession
but was held in check until
Simeone sent on forwards Adri-
an Lopez and Cristian Rodriguez
to join Diego Costa and David
Villa up front for the final half
Diego Costa failed to add to
his league-leading 19 goals, but
the striker turned playmaker to
unlock the hosts stingy defense
in the 70th.
Diego Costa slipped the ball
to Adrian, whose rebound off
goalkeeper Willy Caballero fell
for Koke arriving late to rifle
through the crowded area and
into the back of the net to claim
"They played a great game in
defence but eventually we earned
the victory with my goal. That
is important for us to take three
points back home," Koke said.
"The team believes in what it is
Atletico moved eight points
clear of third-place Real Madrid
before it hosts Celta Vigo on
Atletico continued to base its
title challenge on Spain s best
defense, which again left its
opponent without a clear scoring
opportunity. It has conceded a
competition-low 11 goals
through 18 games.
The loss was the first in four
rounds for Bernd Schuster s
Malaga, leaving it in the middle
of the standings.
Schuster defended his strategy
of trying to stop Atletico by play-
ing with three central defend-
"If somebody believes they
can play Atletico as equals with
what we have, then go ahead,
I ll pay them to do it," Schuster
said. "They are better than we
are and didn t need a great game
to beat us."
Elsewhere, Real Betis
remained bottom of the table
after a drab 0-0 draw at Val-
ladolid. It was Betis second
point away from home this sea-
Later, Valencia s new coach,
Juan Antonio Pizzi, debuted in
a home game against crosstown
rival Levante, while Granada vis-
Also on Sunday, it s: Real
Sociedad vs. Athletic Bilbao,
Sevilla vs. Getafe, and Osasuna
vs. Espanyol. Villarreal plays at
Rayo Vallecano also on Monday.
Atletico wins at Malaga, sleeps as Spanish leader
BARCELONA---Barcelona manager Gerardo
Martino says Lionel Messi has returned
from his injury layoff with the "eyes of a
killer," although he has left his star forward
off the squad for today s league game.
Martino says "from what I see (Messi) is
excited to play, he is fit, with the eyes of a
killer," but he still "lacks playing time."
Messi trained with his teammates this week
for the first time since tearing his left ham-
string in November, having spent time in
Argentina doing rehab.
While Messi continues to improve his fit-
ness, goalkeeper Victor Valdes made the squad
for Sunday s game against Elche. Valdes hasn t
played for six weeks since injuring a right
Xavi Hernandez is also back from injury,
while Dani Alves is out with a fever. (AP)
'eyes of a killer'
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has con-
firmed the Premier League outfit have made
another approach for Tom Ince.
The Blackpool winger was on the club s
radar during the summer, while he also turned
down a big-money move to the Swans arch-
rivals Cardiff as he was keen to remain in
the North West region after just having his
But the Swans have now gone back in for
Ince as they attempt to give boss Michael
Laudrup more options.
However, Jenkins admits the ball is firmly
in the court of the Seasiders, who have them-
selves offered the in-demand star a new deal.
Jenkins told the Daily Mail: "Tom Ince is
a talented player and he is someone we are
"We made an approach in the summer and
have done again for this window, but it is up
to Blackpool. He is their player.
"If and when there is a possibility for him
to leave, then we would be interested."
MUNICH---Bayern Munich has signed
Robert Lewandowski from Bundesliga rival
Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer effec-
tive from the end of the season.
Bayern says in a statement that
Lewandowski, who pushed for a move to the
Bavarian powerhouse last summer, has signed
a five-year deal through June 2019 that will
take effect from July 1.
The 25-year-old Poland striker underwent
a medical with Bayern team doctor Hans-
Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt on Saturday
before both parties signed the deal.
Lewandowski has 65 goals in 115 Bundesliga
games since joining Dortmund in 2010, with
11 scored this season.
Dortmund declined the opportunity to let
the forward leave for a transfer fee last sum-
Sheffield United's Jamie
Murphy celebrates scoring
his team's first goal during
their FA Cup third round
soccer match against
Aston Villa at Villa Park,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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