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MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Manchester United hit another low, losing its League Cup semifinal to Sunderland on penalty kicks Wednesday night.
Sunderland advanced to a major final for the first time in 22 years and will play Manchester City at Wembley on March 2.
Jonny Evans scored on a header in the 37th minute for United, which was on the verge of advancing on away goals before goalkeeper David de Gea fumbled in a 119th-minute shot by Phil Bardsley, a former United youth player.
Javier Hernandez scored in the first minute of stoppage time, putting United ahead 2-1 in the game and tying the home-and-home, total-goals series 3-3. Sunderland, which inserted American forward Jozy Altidore as an 86th-minute substitute, won the shootout 2-1 when goalkeeper Vito Mannone saved Rafael da Silva’s kick.
“We did not play well enough on the night,” said first-year United manager David Moyes, whose team was eliminated in the third round of the FA Cup and trails first-place Arsenal by 14 points in the Premier League.
United’s Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones sailed shots over the crossbar during the shootout, and Adnan Januzaj’s attempt was saved by Mannone.
Craig Gardner and Steven Fletcher failed to convert for Sunderland, while Marcos Alonso and Ki Sung-Yueng scored. Darren Fletcher had United’s only successful spot kick.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Lionel Messi marked his 400th game for Barcelona with a master class of passing, setting up four goals in a 4-1 win over Levante in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarterfinal.
Messi’s pass led to an own goal in the 53rd minute, and CristianTello scored in the 60th, 81st and 86th minutes for his first hat trick with Barcelona’s senior team.
Messi has 331 goals.
Nabil El Zhar scored in the 31st for Levante, which had held Barcelona to a 1-1 La Liga tie at Ciutat de Valencia Stadium four days earlier.
Mikel Gonzalez scored twice to help Real Socieded win 3-1 at home over third-division Racing Santander.
Defending champion Atletico Madrid plays Athletic Bilbao on Thursday. Real Madrid won 1-0 at Espanyol on Tuesday.
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