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Messi scores 2 for 7th straight start

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm •  Published: December 12, 2012

MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi scored two goals for the seventh straight game he started, raising his total for the year to 88, as defending champion Barcelona won 2-0 at second-tier Cordoba in the first leg of the fifth round of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night.

Messi scored in the 11th and 74th minutes. Last weekend, the three-time FIFA Player of the Year broke Gerd Mueller's record of 86 goals in a year for club and country, set in 1972.

Celta Vigo upset visiting Real Madrid 2-1. The hosts built a 2-0 lead on goals by Mario Bermejo in the 56th and Cristian Bustos in the 78th before Cristiano Ronaldo latched onto an overhead pass from Xabi Alonso to score a potentially important away goal for Real in the 86th.

Madrid's second leg is Jan. 9, with Barcelona's the following day.

Atletico Madrid beat Getafe 3-0 despite resting forward Radamel Falcao, and Sevilla won 5-0 at Mallorca. In the second leg of the fourth round, third-tier Eibar tied 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao to advance 1-0 on away goals.


SWANSEA, Wales (AP) — Swansea needed an own goal by defender Seb Hines in the 81st minute to beat second-tier club Middlesbrough 1-0 and advance to the League Cup semifinals.

The ball struck Hines from a corner kick and went past goalkeeper Jason Steele, sending Swansea through to only a third semifinal in topflight cup competitions in its 100-year history.

Swansea join Bradford and Aston Villa in the final four. The final quarterfinal is between Chelsea and Leeds next week.


TURIN, Italy (AP) — Sebastian Giovinco scored in the 57th minute, and Juventus advanced to the Italian Cup quarterfinals by beating Cagliari 1-0.

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