Liverpool, Arsenal reach last 16 of League Cup

Sep 22, 2009 - 11:40 PM By ROBERT MILLWARD AP Football Writer

LONDON(AP) -- David Ngog sent Liverpool into the last 16 of the League Cup in a 1-0 victory at Leeds while Arsenal beat 10-man West Bromwich Albion 2-0 after Carlos Vela's second-half substitution on Tuesday.

Ngog scored in the 66th minute after a Liverpool side without the rested Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and other regular starters struggled to take control against the third-tier team.

Arsenal also didn't break the deadlock until the 68th minute against second-tier League Championship leader West Brom at Emirates Stadium even though the visitors were left with 10 men after the first-half dismissal of Jerome Thomas.

Playing against one of his former clubs, Thomas was sent off in the 37th minute for slapping Jack Wilshere in the face after they tangled on the ground.

"Thomas went to shake hands with Wilshere, he refused and Thomas reacted, so it was a red card," said West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo. "But there was an exchange of words and there was a reaction. I am disappointed Wilshere did not accept his hand, but that is part of the game."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger sent on Vela midway through the second half and his shot led to the first goal. West Brom 'keeper Dean Kiely blocked it but Sanchez Watt followed up to score.

Eight minutes later Mark Randall hit the West Brom bar and Vela took advantage of a tangle between Kiely and defender Leon Barnett to walk the ball into an empty net.

"When (Vela) came on, straight away he made a difference because he's dangerous in his control, in his movement," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. "His class gives you something special."

League One's Barnsley upset Premier League's Burnley 3-2 but Stoke came back from two goals down at home to Blackpool to beat the Championship side 4-3. Portsmouth, last in the Premier League after six straight losses, fell behind after three minutes at Hartlepool only to win 3-1.

In meetings of Premier League clubs, Sunderland ousted Birmingham 2-0 with first-half goals by Jordan Henderson and Fraizer Campbell and Bolton beat West Ham 3-1 after extra time having trailed until the 86th minute.

Blackburn won 1-0 at Nottingham Forest thanks to a first-half goal by Benni McCarthy and Newcastle lost 2-0 at Peterborough.


MADRID (AP) - Leo Messi scored twice and Barcelona thrashed Racing Santander 4-1 for its fourth straight win in the Spanish league.

Barcelona leads La Liga by three points, with Real Madrid due to play on Wednesday. Barcelona has the maximum 12 points, with Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla all three behind.

Sevilla handed Mallorca its first defeat by 2-0 with first-half scores from Sebastien Squillaci and Diego Perotti.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed Messi's cross from close range and the shot bounced in off defender Henrique for Barcelona's opener in the 20th minute.

In the 24th, Xavi Hernandez and Messi exchanged passes on the edge of Santander's area before the Argentina winger scored with a left-footed shot.

Three minutes later, defender Gerard Pique controlled Ibrahimovic's backheel from inside the area and shot past goalkeeper Antonio Rodriguez.

Barcelona kept possession for long spells throughout and in the first half Santander failed to conjure a single serious chance.

"Mentally it's better when you have the ball, you enjoy it more and a high level of possession is what we look for in every game," Xavi said.

Barcelona appeared to relax in the second half, but Messi raised the temperature in the 68th, drifting past the Santander defense on the edge of the area and sending a left-foot shot into the top left corner of the goal. His fifth goal of the season made him the league's top scorer.

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola took off the Argentine a minute later and sent in Andres Iniesta, who recently returned from injury.


FRANKFURT (AP) - Defender Daniel van Buyten scored twice in a 5-0 win over second-division Rot-Weiss Oberhausen to help Bayern Munich reach the third round of the German Cup.

Italy striker Luca Toni, coming back from an Achilles' tendon injury, made his first appearance for Bayern this season in the second half but did not score.

Philipp Lahm, Mario Gomez and substitute Thomas Mueller, with his first touch of the ball, also scored.

Nuremberg, the 2007 German Cup winner, fell at home 1-0 to Hoffenheim, whose goal came from Per Nilsson.

Schalke routed Bochum 3-0 on the road. Bochum fired coach Marcel Koller on Sunday and the match marked Frank Heinemann's debut as interim coach.

First-division Borussia Moenchengladbach lost at home 1-0 to second-division Duisburg, with the winner coming from Kristoffer Andersen in injury time.

Borussia Dortmund won 3-0 at second-division Karlsruhe behind two goals from striker Lucas Barrios, who was in the starting lineup for the first time in a month. He also set up Mohamed Zidan's goal in the second minute.

Fourth-division Eintracht Trier, coached by former Bundesliga star Mario Basler, overcame a two-goal deficit in regulation time and scored twice in extra time to complete a 4-2 victory. Sahr Senesie scored three goals for Trier, which eliminated top-division Hannover in the first round.

Two more games went to extra time, both involving second-division teams. Greuther Fuerth won 3-2 at Rot-Weiss Ahlen and Koblenz beat Energie Cottbus 4-2.

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