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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, February 24, 2013 8:20 pm

Toure, Tevez keep alive Man City's title hopes

By The Associated Press

Manchester City kept alive its slim Premier League title hopes Sunday, beating Chelsea 2-0 on second-half goals by Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart keyed City's crucial win at home by saving a penalty kick by Frank Lampard in the 52nd minute. The save denied the England midfielder his 200th goal for Chelsea.

Eleven minutes later, Toure struck after dribbling inside the penalty area. Tevez, a substitute, sealed victory with a 25-yarder in the 85th minute.

City ended its three-match winless run in the league and is 12 points behind Manchester United. City is seven points ahead of third-place Chelsea, giving renewed hope to Tottenham and Arsenal behind them in the race for Champions League spots.


LONDON (AP) - Swansea marked its centenary season by winning its first major trophy, outclassing fourth-tier club Bradford to win the League Cup final 5-0.

Nathan Dyer and Jonathan de Guzman scored twice, and Michu also netted at Wembley Stadium to secure the biggest victory margin in the final of English soccer's second-tier knockout competition.

It was the first time a Welsh club won an English cup since Cardiff's success in the 1927 FA Cup, and ended Bradford's remarkable cup run. Bradford became the first fourth-tier team to reach a major final since 1962 by knocking out Premier League sides Arsenal, Aston Villa and Wigan.

Bradford goalkeeper Matt Duke was sent off in the 56th minute before De Guzman made it 4-0 from the penalty spot.


PARIS (AP) - David Beckham celebrated his Paris Saint-Germain debut by helping to create the second goal as the French leaders beat rival Marseille 2-0.

The 37-year-old former England captain came off the bench in the 76th minute of a tight match and, in stoppage time, his clever flick with the outside of his foot released fellow substitute Jeremy Menez down the left. The subsequent cross was turned in by striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his league-leading 22nd goal of the season.

After the second goal, Beckham rushed up to Ibrahimovic and jumped into the imposing Sweden striker's arms to the sound of cheers from relieved PSG fans because Marseille had forced eight saves from goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.

PSG took the lead in the 11th minute when Brazil winger Lucas' shot deflected off center back Nicolas N'Koulou and wrong-footed goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.

The win keeps PSG three points ahead of second-place Lyon and eight clear of third-place Marseille.

Earlier Sunday, Lyon beat Lorient 3-1 and Bordeaux lost 2-0 at home to Brest, dropping to 10th place.


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Radamel Falcao scored his 21st goal in the Spanish league this season to give 10-man Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win over Espanyol, ensuring the team stays in second place before its Copa del Rey semifinal.

Falcao slotted a spot kick into the lower left corner of the net in the 37th minute at Vicente Calderon Stadium after one of several well-worked moves with strike partner Diego Costa.

Atletico played the entire second half a man down after midfielder Gabi Fernandez was sent off, but Espanyol failed to utilize its advantage.

Elsewhere, Real Betis rolled over Malaga 3-0, Valladolid won 2-1 at Rayo Vallecano, and Celta Vigo beat Granada 2-1 in the debut of coach Abel Resino.

The victory kept Atletico 12 points behind Barcelona and maintained its four-point gap over Real Madrid. It visits Sevilla on Wednesday in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal with a 2-1 lead.


MILAN (AP) - Four days after beating Barcelona, AC Milan's mood was tempered following a 1-1 draw with Inter in a derby that was a tale of two sharply different halves.

Milan dominated the first half and took the lead through Stephen El Shaarawy in the 21st minute, but Inter responded after the break and substitute Ezequiel Schelotto equalized in the 71st.

The draw left Milan third, six points behind second-place Napoli, which visits Udinese on Monday, and 13 points behind Serie A leader Juventus, which beat Siena 3-0 earlier.

Inter is one point behind Milan and level with Lazio, which hosts struggling Pescara on Monday.


LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Benfica cruised to a 3-0 win at home over third-place Pacos Ferreira to maintain its unbeaten record and share of the Portuguese league lead.

Benfica and Porto each have 16 wins and four draws in the league this season. They enjoy a commanding 17-point advantage over Pacos Ferreira, which had only lost once on the road this season before its defeat to Benfica.

Midfielder Enzo Perez scored for Benfica just eight minutes into the match. Oscar Cardozo doubled the lead in the 47th by finishing off a headed pass from Luisao. It was the Paraguay forward's team-best 13th goal of the season.

Eduardo Salvio capped the victory with a goal in the 84th.

Benfica has won 15 of the past 16 visits by Pacos Ferreira.


ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Rafik Djebbour and Yannis Maniatis scored in the first half to lead Olympiakos to a 2-1 victory over Aris in the Greek league.

Djebbour opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a close-range shot for his league-leading 18th goal. Maniatis added to Olympiakos' lead in the 37th with a shot from the edge of the area.

Nikos Angeloudis pulled one back for Aris in the 65th.

Olympiakos is 16 points ahead of second-place Asteras with seven rounds to play. Asteras, which beat Levadiakos 1-0, is a point ahead of PAOK, which won 3-1 over Kerkyra on Saturday.

Also Sunday, Platanias beat AEK Athens 2-1, Panionios defeated Panthrakikos 2-0 and Atromitos vs. Giannena ended in a scoreless draw.


BERLIN (AP) - Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen conceded more ground in the Bundesliga title race after both were held to draws.

Defending champion Dortmund was held 1-1 at Borussia Moenchengladbach, while Leverkusen failed to take advantage in a 0-0 draw at bottom side Greuther Fuerth in the late game.

Mario Goetze put Dortmund ahead from the penalty spot for his eighth goal of the season in the 31st minute. Amin Younes, who had Moenchengladbach's first effort on goal in the 56th, equalized with a deflected shot in the 67th.

Goetze earned the penalty when he was brought down by Moenchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the area.

Playing without club top scorers Juan Arango and Patrick Herrmann through injury and suspension, respectively, Moenchengladbach failed to have a shot on goal in the first half. But the 19-year-old Younes then netted his first Bundesliga goal to earn the point.

Dortmund was left 17 points behind runaway leader Bayern Munich.