- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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,

The Chicago native, who turns 22 on Nov. 17, had made three previous appearances for the Villans: on Aug. 19 at Rapid Vienna in the Europa League, Sept. 22 against Blackburn in the League Cup and Oct. 27 against Burnley in the League Cup.

American Brad Friedel was in goal for Villa.

Liverpool’s four-game winning streak ended with a 1-1 tie at Wigan. Fernando Torres scored his third goal in four days in the seventh minute for the Reds (4-4-4), but Hugo Rodallega tied it in the 52nd for Wigan (2-5-5).

Bolton (3-2-7) drew 1-1 at Everton (3-3-6), with Ivan Klasnic beating American goalkeeper Tim Howard in the 79th minute and Jermain Beckford tying it in the 90th. Toffees midfielder Marouane Fellaini, returning after a four-game injury layoff, was ejected for kicking Bolton defender Paul Robinson in the 87th minute.


ROME (AP) _ AC Milan overtook Lazio and moved sole possession of first place in Serie A for the first time since November 2008 with a 3-1 win over Palermo but lost Alexandre Pato and Filippo Inzaghi to injuries ahead of Sunday’s derby against Inter Milan.

Pato scored his sixth goal of the season in the 19th minute, Zlatan Ibrahimovic restored the lead by converting a penalty kick for his fifth goal in the 77th and Robinho came off the bench to score in the 83rd.

Pato exited grasping his right thigh in the 65th and was replaced by Inzaghi, who appeared to twist his left knee in the 80th.

Lazio followed a defeat to AS Roma last weekend with a 1-0 at Cesena, which got an 85th-minute goal from Marco Parolo.

Milan (7-2-2) has 23 points, followed by Lazio (7-3-1) with 22, Napoli (6-2-3) with 21 and five-time defending champion Inter (5-1-5) with 20. Inter tied 1-1 at Lecce, with Ruben Olivera scoring for the hosts in the 79th, eight minutes after Diego Milito scored for the European champion.


GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) _ Rangers and American midfielder Maurice Edu kept a one-point lead in the Scottish Premier League despite a 3-0 loss to visiting Hibernian.

Liam Miller, John Rankin and Francis Dickoh scored to hand Rangers (10-1-1) their first league defeat this season and give Colin Calderwood his first victory as Hibs manager.

Second-place Celtic (10-2) lost 2-0 at Hearts, which got goals from Ian Black and David Templeton.

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