Altidore scores; Lichaj makes EPL debut

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Jozy Altidore scored his second goal of the series, helping Villarreal to a 2-0 victory over Poli Ejido on Wednesday night and a 3-1 aggregate win in the fourth in the fourth round of the Spanish Copa del Rey.

The American forward scored in the 89th minute at El Madrigal. His goal on the road on Oct. 27 was his first for the Yellow Submarine since a league match at Athletic Bilbao on Nov. 1, 2008.

Jefferson Montero scored in the 18th minute for Villarreal, which plays a league match at Barcelona on Saturday night.

Barcelona routed visiting Ceuta 5-1 to advance 7-1 but lost defender Gabriel Milito in the 39th minute to a leg injury _ the Blaugrana already will be without defender Gerard Pique on Saturday due to a one-match suspension.

Lionel Messi entered in the 61st minute and scored six minutes later, his 17th goal in 15 games this season. “B” team player Manuel “Nolito 3/8 Agudo, Milito, Pedro Rodriguez and Bojan Krkic also scored for Barca.

Real Madrid avoided another embarrassing Copa del Rey exit to a lower-tier club with a 5-1 victory over Murcia following a 0-0 first leg. Esteban Granero, Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso scored, with Ronaldo getting his 13th goal.

“The people of Madrid will be satisfied because we have left behind the history of Real Union and Alcorcon _ and we played well and had fun,” said coach Jose Mourinho, whose team avoided exiting to a third-division club for the third straight season.

Defending champion Sevilla routed Real Union 6-1 to advance 10-1, and Atletico Madrid drew 1-1 with Universidad de Las Palmas to advance 6-1.


LONDON (AP) _ Manchester United tied 0-0 at Manchester City on Wednesday night, allowing defending champion Chelsea to open a four-point lead in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over visiting Fulham.

The Manchester rivals created few chances in a high-paced encounter at City of Manchester Stadium. United (6-0-6) tied for the fifth time in six road games this season, leaving it with 24 points. Chelsea (9-2-1) has 28.

Michael Essien scored on a header off Florent Malouda’s cross in the 30th minute, then was ejected for a two-footed lunge on Clint Dempsey in stoppage time. Goalkeeper Petr Cech tipped Dempsey’s late 25-yard shot over the crossbar.

Arsenal (7-3-2) remained third with 23 points, winning 2-0 at Wolverhampton as Marouane Chamakh scored in the first and 90th minutes against American goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann. Manchester City (6-3-3) is fourth with 21 points.

American defender Eric Lichaj made his Premier League debut for Aston Villa (4-4-4) in a 3-2 win over Blackpool (4-6-2).

Lichaj, who played his first match for the U.S. national team last month against Colombia, replaced Barry Bannan in the 90th minute,

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