Non-league Luton beats EPL's Norwich in FA Cup

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Stoke City\'s Michael Kightly, left, and Manchester City\'s Carlos Tevez battle for the ball during their English FA Cup fourth round soccer match at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke on Trent, England, Saturday Jan. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)


LONDON (AP) — Fifth-tier Luton became the first non-league club in 24 years to a beat top-level opponent in the FA Cup, defeating Norwich 1-0 in the fourth round Saturday on Scott Rendell's goal in the 80th minute.

Luton, which played in the second tier as recently as 2006-07, is 85 places below Norwich in the English soccer pyramid. There had not been such an upset in the FA Cup since Sutton beat Coventry 2-1 in the third round in 1989. Not since 1949 has a non-league team managed to overcome a top-level team after the third round.

Luton, an FA Cup semifinalist in 1994, won the League Cup in 1988 and was in the top division until 1992.

Third-tier MK Dons won 4-2 at Queens Park Rangers, which is last in the Premier League.

Manchester United routed visiting Fulham 4-1 and advanced to the final 16 as Ryan Giggs converted a third-minute penalty kick, Wayne Rooney doubled the lead in the 50th minute and Javier Hernandez added two goals.

Arsenal avoided an upset at Brighton by beating the second-tier club 3-2 as Theo Walcott scored a tiebreaking goal in the 85th minute.

Manchester City, the 2011 champion, won 1-0 at Stoke on Pablo Zabaleta's 85th-minute goal.

American midfielder Stuart Holden played his second game since a 16-month layoff caused by a knee injury, entering in the 81st minute of Bolton's 2-1 loss to visiting Everton. John Heitinga came in during the 80th minute for the Toffees and scored in injury time to give David Moyes a win in his 500th game as Everton manager.


MILAN (AP) — Defending champion Juventus slipped again in the Serie A title race when it was held to a 1-1 tie at home against 18th-place Genoa.

Fabio Quagliarella tapped in Stephan Lichtsteiner's cross in the 55th minute, but the visitors rallied when former Juventus forward Marco Borriello, a second-half substitute, dove low to head in Juraj Kucka's cross.

With one win in its last four league games, Juventus (15-3-4) leads by six points over Napoli (13-4-4) and Lazio (13-5-4), which lost 1-0 at home against Chievo.

Chievo ended Lazio's 16-game unbeaten streak, scoring in the 61st when Bojan Jokic's shit hit the crossbar and Alberto Paloschi tapped in the rebound.


BERLIN (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen was held to a 0-0 tie and wasted a chance to close the gap on Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich.

Andre Schuerrle came closest to scoring for second-place Leverkusen in a hard-fought game, crashing his shot against a post in the 71st minute.

Bayern (14-1-3) plays at Stuttgart on Sunday and can open an 11-place lead over Leverkusen (11-4-4).


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Levante edged visiting Valladolid 2-1 on Antonio Rukavina's own goal in the 90th minute.

Real Sociedad was held to a 1-1 tie at Celta Vigo, while Espanyol drew 0-0 at Real Zaragoza .

League leader Barcelona plays Osasuna on Sunday, while second-place Atletico Madrid visits Athletic Bilbao. Real Madrid hosts Getafe.


PARIS (AP) — Marseille remained in third place in the French league after twice wasting the lead in a 2-2 draw at Rennes.

Andre Ayew put Marseille in the 37th minute, but Kevin Theophile-Catherine tied the score in the 58th. After Jordan Ayew — Andre's younger brother — put the visitors back ahead in the 82nd, Romain Alessandrini scored in the 88th after a cross slipped through the hands of goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.

Marseille (13-6-3) has 42 points and trails Paris Saint-Germain (12-3-6) on goals difference. Lyon (13-3-6), which won 2-0 at Valenciennes on Friday. leads with 45 points.

PSG is at Lille on Sunday.