Man City lifts League Cup, wins for Barcelona and Juventus

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 29, 2016 10:49 AM
Man City lifts League Cup, wins for Barcelona and Juventus
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, at right, celebrates with the trophy alongside teammates including goalkeeper Willy Caballero, left, who made three saves to win the penalty shoot out and usual first choice goalkeeper Joe Hart, center top, after winning the English League Cup final soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

PARIS (AP) — The first trophy of the English season went to Manchester City after it beat Liverpool in a penalty shootout in the League Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

The match had been deadlocked at 1-1 after extra time, but City won the shootout 3-1.

Meanwhile, English football has a new teenage star in Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, who scored twice to dent Arsenal's Premier League title hopes in a 3-2 victory at Old Trafford.

The 18-year-old Rashford grabbed the headlines again, three days after making a two-goal debut in the Europa League.

In Spain, Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-1 while Italian league leader Juventus was a comfortable winner over Inter Milan.

But Paris Saint-Germain was beaten 2-1 at Lyon for its first loss in domestic competition since March 15 last season.

In Germany, Borussia Dortmund strengthened its grip on second place thanks to a 3-1 home win against Hoffenheim.

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ENGLAND

Yaya Toure scored the winning penalty in a shootout as Manchester City beat Liverpool to win the League Cup after the final ended 1-1 after extra time.

At Wembley Stadium, City manager Manuel Pellegrini claimed a third trophy in his three-year tenure that is ending this summer. He will be replaced by Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola.

City's second-choice goalkeeper Willy Caballero saved three penalties in the shootout, while Toure slotted in the decisive penalty to seal a 3-1 shootout win.

It was City's second League Cup title in three years.

City went ahead in regulation time through Fernandinho before Philippe Coutinho equalized in the 83rd minute. Coutinho was one of the three Liverpool players to have a penalty saved in the shootout.

Earlier, teenage striker Marcus Rashford continued the dream start to his Manchester United career, scoring two goals and setting up another in a 3-2 win over title-chasing Arsenal in the Premier League — three days after a double in the Europa League against FC Midtjylland on his debut.

Striker Danny Welbeck replied for Arsenal, before Rashford set up Ander Herrera for a deflected shot from the edge of the area.

Mesut Ozil made it 3-2 in the 69th but fifth-place United held on comfortably to move three points off the top four. Arsenal now sits three points behind bitter north London rival Tottenham and five points behind leader Leicester.

Tottenham came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1 thanks to a winning goal from left back Danny Rose.

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SPAIN

Lionel Messi scored with an unstoppable free kick to help Barcelona come from behind to beat Sevilla 2-1 for a record-equaling 34th game without loss that kept the champions on track to retain the league title.

Sevilla's Victor "Vitolo" Machin struck the visitors in the 20th minute, but Messi curled home his free kick 11 minutes later before Gerard Pique put Barcelona ahead just after halftime.

Barcelona's 10th consecutive Liga win maintained its eight-point lead over second-place Atletico Madrid. Third-place Real Madrid, which lost 1-0 to Atletico on Saturday, fell 12 points behind with 12 rounds to go.

Barcelona equaled Madrid's record unbeaten streak in all competitions from 1988-89, and its last loss in any competition was at Sevilla on Oct. 3.

Meanwhile, Villarreal eased to a 3-0 win over 10-man Levante on Sunday to cement its hold on Spain's last Champions League berth and close the gap on second-place Real Madrid to two points.

Elsewhere, Athletic Bilbao won 3-0 at Valencia in a preview of their Europa League clash, and Granada picked up a vital win in its relegation fight with a 1-0 success away to Deportivo La Coruna.

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ITALY

A defensive error helped Juventus to a 2-0 win over Inter Milan in Serie A, provisionally stretching the four-time defending champion's lead over Napoli to four points.

Juventus went ahead shortly after halftime following a free kick from Paulo Dybala on the right flank that Leonardo Bonucci met at the near post.  Striker Alvaro Morata added a penalty in the final minutes.

Napoli visits fourth-place Fiorentina on Monday.

Inter remained fifth, one point ahead of city rival AC Milan.

Elsewhere, Sampdoria beat visiting Frosinone 2-0 for a key victory in the battle to avoid relegation from Serie A.

Brazilian midfielder Fernando put Sampdoria ahead just before the break and veteran Fabio Quagliarella scored midway through the second half.

While Frosinone remained in the drop zone, Sampdoria moved five points clear with 11 rounds remaining.

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FRANCE

Paris Saint-Germain's long unbeaten domestic run finally came to an end as it lost 2-1 at Lyon — the runaway league leader's first loss in any domestic competition for almost a calendar year.

Lyon's goals came in the first half from teen forward Maxwel Cornet and Spanish midfielder Sergi Darder, while Brazilian winger Lucas replied for PSG.

The min moved Lyon up to third place on goal difference ahead of Caen, while PSG's lead over second-place Monaco is still a massive 23 points with 10 games remaining.

It was only PSG's second defeat in 42 games altogether this season — the other was a 1-0 reverse away to Real Madrid in the Champions League on Nov. 3 — and the first domestic loss since a 3-2 reverse at Bordeaux in the French league on March 15.

Cash-rich, Qatari-backed PSG came into this match brimming with confidence and on the back of an unbeaten 46-game run in domestic competition.

Meanwhile, Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic made several smart saves as second-place Monaco held on for a 0-0 draw away to Nantes, while Caen won 2-1 at Saint-Etienne to move up to third.

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GERMANY

Borussia Dortmund consolidated its hold on second place in in the Bundesliga, but avoided a major embarrassment at home when it struck three late goals to come from behind and beat 10-man Hoffenheim 3-1.

Hoffenheim held on until the 80th minute, before Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Adrian Ramos and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all scored.

Mainz got two goals from Yunus Malli to beat bayer Leverkusen 3-1 and move into fifth place.

Augsburg, which was knocked out of the Europa League by Liverpool on Thursday, drew 2-2 at home with Borussia Monchengladbach, with United States fullback Fabian Johnson equalizing for the visitors.

In the late match, Eintracht Frankfurt and Schalke drew 0-0.

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