Malaga hold Valencia; Man City win

Madrid, March 6:

Valencia drew 0-0 with last-place Malaga on Sunday, remaining in third place in the Spanish league and slipping 10 points behind leader FC Barcelona.

Valencia extended their unbeaten run to 15 games, but the failure to win their last two matches has hit their hopes of winning a third title in five seasons.

Malaga, who have won only once in their last 14 matches, dominated the game at La Rosaleda stadium and almost scored when midfielder Ricardo Bovio hit the bar in the 50th minute. Valencia right back Miguel and midfielder Fabio Aurelio also struck the woodwork in each half.

Earlier, Fernando Baiano and Fabian Canobbio scored a goal in each half to help Celta Vigo beat fourth-place Osasuna 2-0.

Also on Sunday, it was: Sevilla 2, Athletic Bilbao 1; Real Sociedad 1, Zaragoza 3; Getafe 1, Real Betis 0; and Racing Santander 0, Mallorca 0. Barcelona lead the league with 61 points, followed by Real Madrid and Valencia with 51 points each. Osasuna are next with 46 points, one more than Celta.


LONDON: Mido scored the winner for Tottenham in a 3-2 win over Blackburn in the English Premier League on Sunday. Mido’s 70th-minute goal and two Robbie Keane strikes ensured Spurs cemented fourth place in the standings.

In Sunday’s other match, Georgios Samaras scored twice in as many minutes as Manchester City beat bottom club Sunderland 2-1.

Spurs are five points from third-place Manchester United and five points clear of fifth-place north London rival Arsenal. Blackburn stay in sixth, one point behind the Gunners.

Keane scored in the ninth and 22nd minutes at White Hart Lane. Blackburn pulled a goal back through Florent Sinama Pongolle in the 44th and levelled with Craig Bellamy’s goal in the 67th.

Chelsea lead with 72 points, followed by Liverpool’s 55, Manchester United with 54, Tottenham on 49 and Arsenal with 44.

Italian Serie A

ROME: Marco Materazzi headed in an 89th-minute equaliser to help Inter Milan end AS Roma’s 11-match winning streak in a 1-1 draw in the Serie A.

Third-place Inter slipped 14 points behind league leader Juventus and also lost ground on second-place AC Milan.

Roma, who were trying to win an unprecedented 12th straight league match, slipped from fourth to fifth, one point behind Fiorentina, who beat Siena 2-1.

The Roman side, which played without the injured Francesco Totti, Vincenzo Montella and Shabani Nonda, scored in the ninth minute at Stadio Olimpico when Rodrigo Taddei kicked in a perfect feed from fellow Brazilian Amantino Mancini. Materazzi, a tall defender left unmarked close to the net, equalised with a powerful header off a corner.

In other matches, Cagliari beat Livorno 1-0; Chievo Verona and Lazio drew 2-2; Lecce upset Palermo 2-0; Reggina beat Treviso 1-0; Parma beat Messina 1-0; and Udinese and Ascoli drew 1-1.

Defending champion Juventus lead the league with 73 points, 10 more than AC Milan. Inter have 59.