- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

LONDON (AP) - Starved of success for decades before the influx of Abu Dhabi cash in 2008, Manchester City collected a third trophy inside three years on Sunday. Exquisite goals from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri in the space of two minutes during the second half enabled City to come from behind to beat Sunderland 3-1 and lift the League Cup.

On the day English football’s first trophy of the season was handed out, the destination of the Spanish league title remained thrillingly uncertain as the Madrid derby was drawn.

Here is a look at the action from the leading leagues in Europe on Sunday:



Having lost the FA Cup final to Wigan last May in Roberto Mancini’s last game as City manager, it looked like being another miserable trip to Wembley Stadium. City was unpicked after just 10 minutes when slack defending allowed Fabio Borini to put Sunderland in front.

But two exceptional moments early in the second half swung the game in their favor. Toure curled in a shot nonchalantly from 30 meters (yards), with the ball looping into the corner of the net, and Nasri scored with a first-time volley from a cross. Jesus Navas ensured there would be no extra time by adding a third from close range in the 90th minute.

There were three Premier League matches. Roberto Soldado scored for the first time in more than two months as fifth-place Tottenham beat relegation-threatened Cardiff 1-0. Aston Villa moved further from danger by beating Norwich 4-1. Norwich is sandwiched in 15th place between Swansea and Crystal Palace, who drew 1-1.


Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late equalizer as Real Madrid escaped a bruising derby defeat at title rival Atletico Madrid with a 2-2 draw. Madrid, which had led through Karim Benzema, stayed three points ahead of Atletico.

Barcelona cut its deficit to Madrid to one point with a 4-1 victory against Almeria, as late goals from Carles Puyol and Xavi Hernandez allowed the defending champions to see off their relegation-threatened rivals.


Juventus is striding toward its third consecutive Serie A title after goals from Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez secured a 2-0 win at AC Milan that moved it 11 points ahead of second-place Roma.

Third-place Napoli was held to a 1-1 draw at relegation-threatened Livorno but moved seven points ahead of Fiorentina, which lost 1-0 at home to Lazio, in the race for the final Champions League spot.

Milan is six points adrift of the European places in 10th.


Hoffenheim scored three goals in quick succession late in the first half in a 6-2 rout of Wolfsburg, which was prevented from overtaking fourth-place Schalke. Stuttgart fell to its eighth consecutive defeat and is now one place above the danger zone, throwing away the lead to lose 2-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt.


Paris Saint-Germain increased its lead over Monaco at the top of the French league to eight points after a 2-0 victory over Marseille. Brazilian leftback Maxwell collected a pass from Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score with a low strike in the 50th minute and Edinson Cavani doubled the lead by heading home in the 79th.

Salomon Kalou scored a hat trick - the winner coming from the penalty spot - as Lille stayed third in the league with a 3-2 win at last-place Ajaccio.

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