Rooney scores as United beat Manchester City

Associated Press

London, February 14:

Wayne Rooney scored his sixth goal in eight games and Manchester United beat crosstown rival Manchester City 2-0 on Sunday to keep in touch with English Premier League-leading Chelsea.

The victory was United’s its 13th league win in 15 matches and kept it nine points behind the front-runner.

Gary Neville’s cross from the right was tapped in by Rooney in the 68th minute. United’s second was a City own-goal in the 76th. Chelsea beat Everton 1-0 on Saturday to improve to 68 points.

United is second with 59, five ahead of Arsenal and 11 more than Everton. Arsenal hosts Crystal Palace on Monday.

Later, in a fourth-round FA Cup replay, Sheffield United beat West Ham on penalties 3-1 for the right to play Arsenal.

In other Premier League games on Saturday, it was: Birmingham 2, Liverpool 0; Blackburn 3, Norwich 0; Portsmouth 1, Aston Villa 2; Bolton 0, Middlesbrough 0. In FA Cup fourth round replays, Brentford won 1-0 at Hartlepool, Fulham defeated Derby 4-2 at Craven Cottage, and Tottenham defeated West Brom 3-1.

Italian Serie A:

ROME: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored 38 seconds after kickoff and Mauro Camoranesi added another goal early in the second half as Juventus beat Udinese 2-1 on Sunday to restore its command of Serie A. The home win snapped its two-matach losing streak and lifted the Turin powerhouse to 53 points, two points clear of defending champion AC Milan and 11 ahead of third-place Inter Milan.

Inter defeated AS Roma 2-0 Saturday on a pair of free kicks by Sinisa Mihajlovic while AC Milan needed the help of an own-goal by defender Marco Zamboni to win 1-0 at Reggina on Sunday and keep pace with Juve. In other games, it was: Bologna 1, Palermo 1; Brescia 2, Cagliari 0; Fiorentina 2, Parma 1; Lecce 3, Chievo Verona 0; Livorno 1, Sampdoria 0; and Siena 2, Messina 2.

In Saturday’s other game, Lazio beat Atalanta 2-1.

In other Sunday matches, fifth-place Sampdoria tumbled Livorno on a late goal by Cristiano Lucarelli; Bologna and Palermo, both one player down, settled for a 1-1 draw and Lecce downed Chievo Verona 3-0 with Jaime Valdes and Mirko Vucinic scoring two goals within three minutes in the second half. Ten-man Siena fought to a home draw with Messina and Brescia, with new coach Alberto Cavasin making his debut on the bench, downed 10-man Cagliari 2-0.

Spanish La Liga:

MADRID: Michael Owen and Ivan Helguera scored three minutes apart late in the second half and Real Madrid rallied past Osasuna 2-1 on Sunday to give coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo a record seventh straight victory since taking over the club.

The victory on a wind-swept field kept Madrid four points behind Spanish league leader FC Barcelona.

FC Barcelona, which won 4-1 at Zaragoza on Saturday, leads the standings with 54 points. Sevilla, who moved into third with a 2-1 victory over Villarreal earlier in the day, has 41.

Elsewhere, it was: Real Sociedad 3, Racing Santander 1; Espanyol 2, Getafe 0; Numancia 0, Malaga 1; Mallorca 2, Albacete 1; Atletico Madrid 0, Levante 0; and Athletic Bilbao 4, Real Betis 4.

In Saturday’s other game, Deportivo La Coruna beat Va-lencia 2-1.