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United edges Southampton in FA Cup 4th round

- Associated Press - Saturday, January 29, 2011

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."

Everton dominated for long spells against Chelsea and took the lead when striker Louis Saha headed home a corner by Leighton Baines in the 62nd.

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.

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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.

The two-time FIFA player of the year scored in the 87th and 89th minutes, raising his season total to 37 goals, including 21 in the league. Pedro Rodriguez had the other goal.

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.

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MILAN (AP) _ AC Milan beat Catania 2-0 despite having Dutch midfielder Mark van Bommel ejected in his first league match since signing from Bayern Munich.

Van Bommel received a second yellow card 10 minutes into the second half when he clattered into Catania midfielder Pablo Ledesma.

Despite being a man down, Robinho put the league leader in front in the 58th minute and Zlatan Ibrahimovic added a second five minutes before the final whistle.

Also, Lazio won 2-0 at home to Fiorentina on two goals from Libor Kozak.

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BERLIN (AP) _ Borussia Dortmund reclaimed its 11-point lead in the Bundesliga with a 3-0 win at Wolfsburg, and Bayern Munich rose to third in the Bundesliga with a 3-1 victory at Werder Bremen.

Lucas Barrios, Nuri Sahin and Mats Hummels scored for Dortmund.

Per Mertesacker scored for Werder in the 47th minute, but his own goal gave Bayern the lead in the 75th after Arjen Robben had equalized 10 minutes earlier.

Miroslav Klose completed the scoring for Bayern in the 86th. Werder goalkeeper Tim Wiese was ejected three minutes later.

Dortmund has 50 points, Leverkusen 39 and Bayern 36 after 20 games played.

In Saturday's late game, Lewis Holtby's first-half strike earned Mainz a 1-0 local derby win at Kaiserslautern.

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PARIS (AP) _ Substitute Tulio de Melo's second-half goal gave Lille a 1-0 win over Lens to retain its four-point lead in the French league.

Lille could not create any clear-cut chance for nearly an hour as Lens played with 10 men behind the ball. Lille coach Rudi Garcia brought off star striker Moussa Sow and Florent Balmont to send on De Melo and Ludovic Obraniak in the 59th minute.

The move paid off as the Brazilian striker flicked home a pass from Obraniak in the 68th for the winning goal.

Lille tops the standings with 41 points, four clear of second-place Paris Saint-Germain, which beat Arles-Avignon 2-1 after two goals from Mevlut Erding.

The Turkey forward chipped past goalkeeper Cyrille Merville in the 17th, before adding a second goal in the 49th from an assist by Ludovic Giuly.

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