Arsenal knocked out of FA Cup; 14 in row for Messi

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Associated Press

Posted on February 17, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 17 at 12:04 PM

LONDON (AP) — Arsenal sank to another low Saturday with a 1-0 loss at home to second-tier Blackburn in the fifth round of the FA Cup, leaving manager Arsene Wenger facing the possibility of an eighth straight season without any trophies.

Knocked out of the League Cup by fourth-tier Bradford in the quarterfinals two months ago, Arsenal was jeered by its fans after Colin Kazim-Richards scored for Blackburn in the 72nd minute.

In 17 seasons with the Gunners, Wenger had never lost to a lower-division team in the FA Cup.

"It's painful and disappointing to lose a game like that," said Wenger, who rested many of his top players ahead of Tuesday's Champions League match against Bayern Munich. "It's very difficult to accept."

Oldham's Matt Smith beat American goalkeeper Tim Howard in the fifth minute of stoppage time for a 2-2 tie against visiting Everton, earning a replay at Goodison Park.

After Jordan Obita put the hosts ahead in the 13th minute, Everton built a lead on goals by Victor Anichebe in the 24th and Phil Jagielka in the 48th.

Luton' bid to become the first non-league team in 99 years to reach the quarterfinals ended with a 3-0 home loss to Millwall, which got goals from James Henry in the 12th, Robert Hulse in the 36th and Dany N'Guessan in the 86th.

Barnsley beat MK Dons 3-1 in another match between lower-league clubs.

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored twice to pass 300 goals for his career, extending his record-setting Spanish league scoring streak to 14 games as Barcelona rallied for a 2-1 win at Granada.

Odion Ighalo put the hosts ahead in the 26th minute, and Messi tied it in the 50th when he scored on a rebound of Cesc Fabregas' shot, Messi's 300th competitive goal for Barcelona. Messi curled in a free kick in the 73rd for his 17th multigoal game of the season and needs two goals to reach 50 for the third straight season.

Barcelona (21-1-2) opened a 15-point lead over second-place Atletico Madrid (16-5-2), which is at Vallodolid on Sunday. Defending champion Real Madrid (14-5-4), which hosts Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, is 19 points back, its largest deficit since it was 20 points behind league-leading Atletico Madrid in May 1996.

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American forward Jozy Altidore scored his career-best 21st goal of the season, helping AZ Alkmaar to a 2-2 draw at Roda Kerkrade in the Dutch league.

The 23-year-old tied the score 1-1 in the 34th minute with his 16th league goal of the season.

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MILAN (AP) — Francesco Totti scored in the 58th minute, and Roma beat Serie A leader Juventus 1-0 and ended a six-game league winless streak.

Totti scored his 10th goal against Gianluigi Buffon, his teammate on Italy's 2006 World Cup champions. Totti has 224 league goals, one behind Gunnar Nordahl for the second-most in Serie A history behind Silvio Piola's 274.

Second-place Napoli (15-4-5) can close within two points of Juventus (17-4-4) with a victory at home Sunday against Sampdoria. Roma had gone 0-4-2 in the league since beating AC Milan on Dec. 22, including a 3-1 loss at Sampdoria last weekend in its first match since coach Zdenek Zeman was fired and replaced on an interim basis by Aurelio Andreazzoli.

Palermo tied 1-1 at Chievo Verona and moved out of last place, passing Siena.

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BERLIN (AP) — Marco Reus had a hat trick to lead second-place Borussia Dortmund over visiting Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.

Reus scored in the eighth, 10th and 65th minutes for Dortmund (12-4-6), which trails Bayern Munich (18-1-3) by 15 points.

Michel Bastos scored twice for Schalke in a 2-2 tie at Mainz. Schalke has one win in its last 14 games in all competitions

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PARIS (AP) — Rod Fanni scored in the fourth minute of injury time to give Marseille a 1-0 home win over Valenciennes in the French league.

After gaining just two points in its previous three games, Marseille (14-7-4) moved into second place and is five points behind Paris Saint-Germain (15-3-6), which is at Sochaux on Sunday. David Beckham will not make his PSG debut, with coach Carlo Ancelotti saying the midfielder needs to regain match fitness and is more likely to play at home against Marseille next weekend.

Marseille is one point ahead of Lyon (13-5-6), which is at Bordeaux on Sunday.

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