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HindustanTimes Wed,17 Sep 2014

Football

Stars rested but Barca cruise to win
Agencies
Madrid, April 15, 2013
First Published: 23:16 IST(15/4/2013)
Last Updated: 23:17 IST(15/4/2013)

FC Barcelona rested key players for their Spanish Primera Liga game away to Zaragoza, but still had few problems as they cruised to a 3-0 win which takes them three points closer to the league title.

Two goals from Christian Tello and an opening strike from Thiago Alcantara gave Barca the points against a Zaragoza side that is starting to look like a clear candidate for relegation.

Messi, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Jordi Alba were rested.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and set up a third for Gonzalo Higuain as a near full-strength Real muscled their way to a 3-0 win at Athletic Bilbao to stay second with 68 points.

United triumph

london: Manchester United took another big step towards reclaiming the Premier League title with a 2-0 win at Stoke City as Manchester City and Wigan Athletic booked an FA Cup final meeting at Wembley.

Michael Carrick put United ahead at Stoke with an early goal and a second-half penalty by Robin van Persie sealed a victory which left his team 15 points ahead of second-placed City with six games left.

Champions City beat Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley on Sunday in the second FA Cup semi-final, Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero scoring the goals.

Premier League strugglers Wigan overcame Championship (second division) Millwall 2-0 on Saturday to reach their first FA Cup final.


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