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United edges Southampton in FA Cup 4th round
LONDON (AP) - Manchester United required a second-half rally to edge third-tier side Southampton 2-1 in the fourth round of the FA Cup Saturday, and Salomon Kalou’s late equalizer rescued defending champion Chelsea in a 1-1 draw at Everton.
United trailed 1-0 at halftime at St. Mary’s Stadium, but the 11-time winners and Premier League leaders got goals from strikers Michael Owen and Javier Hernandez in the space of 10 minutes after the break.
“They played well and it’s always tough in these matches in the FA Cup in the first half,” Owen said. “But inevitably they tire and it’s often the way that the better teams come good in the final 30 minutes.”
Chelsea equalized through substitute Kalou, who finished off a flowing counterattack in the 75th with a shot that squirmed into the far corner to earn his team a replay.
Chelsea has won three of the last four FA Cups, including the last two. The team is looking to become the first to win the cup for three seasons straight since 1886.
Fifth-tier side Crawley Town missed two penalties but still became the first non-league club to qualify for the competition’s fifth round since 1994 thanks to a 1-0 victory at 10-man Torquay, while Premier League teams Aston Villa and Birmingham also won.
ALICANTE, Spain (AP) _ Lionel Messi scored twice in a three-minute span and Barcelona won 3-0 at Hercules for its 15th consecutive league victory, tying the 50-year-old Spanish record set by Real Madrid.
Barcelona is 19-1-1, its only league loss a 2-0 decision at home to Hercules on Sept. 11. Barcelona opened a seven-point lead over second-place Real Madrid, which plays at Osasuna on Sunday.
Real Madrid won 15 straight games during the 1960-61 season. Barcelona can set the record when it hosts Atletico Madrid on Feb. 6.
Van Bommel received a second yellow card 10 minutes into the second half when he clattered into Catania midfielder Pablo Ledesma.
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