Man City beats Fulham 3-0 in Premier League


LONDON (AP) -- Manchester City rediscovered its attacking game in the English Premier League on Saturday, beating Fulham 3-0 to maintain its perfect home record and keep Manchester United at arm's length in the title race.

City's 12th straight league victory at Etihad Stadium left the leaders three points ahead of United, which visits fourth-place Chelsea on Sunday.

The most resounding victory came at Emirates Stadium, where Arsenal rebounded from its miserable recent run in the league by hammering Blackburn 7-1. Robin van Persie had a hat trick, raising his season goal total to 22.

Thierry Henry, on loan from New York Red Bulls, also scored for Arsene Wenger's team, which climbed above Newcastle and Liverpool into fifth place. It is within two points of Chelsea, which holds the final Champions League qualification spot.

Sergio Aguero converted a penalty kick for his 15th league goal of the season and also set up Edin Dzeko as City battled through heavy snow that afflicted most English games.

Fulham defender Chris Baird scored an own goal to compound the woes for Fulham, which was the first team to take points off City this season.

Elsewhere, Sunderland's impressive run under new manager Martin O'Neill continued with a 1-0 win at Stoke, while Wolverhampton Wanderers rallied for a 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers to climb out of the relegation zone.

Bolton dropped into the bottom three with a 2-0 loss at Norwich. Swansea came from behind to defeat West Bromwich Albion 2-1, Last-place Wigan drew 1-1 at home to Everton after a mistake by visiting U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard.


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Real Madrid maintained its seven-point lead in the Spanish league, winning 1-0 at crosstown rival Getafe on Sergio Ramos' goal in the 18th minute with a header off Mesut Oezil's corner kick,

Barcelona, resting about half his starters ahead of Wednesday's Copa del Rey semifinal against Valencia, won 2-0 at home against Real Sociedad to extend its unbeaten streak in all competitions to 17 games.

Coming off three straight draws, Barcelona went ahead when Lionel Messi fed 20-year-old Cristian Tello with a through ball in the ninth minute for his first La Liga goal. Messi doubled the lead in the 72nd minute with his 37th goal of the season and 23rd in the league, one behind Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. Carlos Vela scored two minutes later for Real Sociedad.

Espanyol substitute Juan Albin scored in stoppage time as his team rallied twice to draw 3-3 at Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league. Bilbao appeared set to win after Fernando Llorente and Javi Martinez scored headers in the second half, but Albin ran onto Kalu Uche's pass and fired a shot from a tight angle off the crossbar and into the net.

Espanyol had already recovered from Oscar de Marcos' opener for the hosts with goals by Ndri Romaric and Vladimir Weiss on each side of halftime.

Mallorca edged Real Betis 1-0, while Racing Santander drew 1-1 at Levante.


BERLIN (AP) -- Hamburg denied Bayern Munich the chance to reclaim the Bundesliga lead by holding the visitors to a 1-1 tie.

Jacopo Sala put Hamburg ahead in the 23rd minute with a volley that went in off a post, but Ivica Olic tied it in the 71st, seven minutes after going on as a substitute.

Bayern is two points behind league-leading Borussia Dortmund, ahead of third-place Schalke on goal difference, with Borussia Moenchengladbach another point back following a 0-0 tie at Wolfsburg

Schalke tied 1-1 at home against Mainz, which went ahead on Mohamed Zidan's 15th-minute goal. Chinedu Obasi tied it for Schalke in the 59th.

Martin Harnik scored an 89th-minute equalizer for Stuttgart to end its four-game losing streak in a 2-2 draw at Leverkusen. Both sides had a player ejected.

Augsburg drew 2-2 at Hoffenheim, and Hannover won 1-0 at Hertha Berlin, which also had a player ejected.


PARIS (AP) -- Paris Saint-Germain kept a three-point lead over second-place Montpellier in the French league as Nene scored twice in a 3-1 win over Evian.

Evian's Cedric Cambon diverted home a half-volley from Olivier Sorlin to put the visitors ahead in the 45h. Nene tied it in the 47th, then converted a penalty kick in the 79th for his 11th league goal of the season after Guillaume Rippert fouled Jeremy Menez. Kevin Gameiro added the final goal in the 89th. Thiago Motta made his French league debut following his transfer from Inter Milan.

Also, it was: Montpellier 1, Brest 0; Nancy 0, Rennes 0; Bordeaux 2, Toulouse 0; Dijon 1, Valenciennes 2; and Ajaccio 1, Nice 1.

The match between Saint-Etienne and Lorient was suspended after 10 minutes because the field was covered with ice. It was postponed to a date yet to be announced.


GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- Celtic eased into the quarterfinals of the Scottish Cup, beating Inverness 2-0 in one of four all-Premier League matches in the fifth round.

Georgios Samaras opened the scoring for the holders in the 33rd minute by smashing a shot past Inverness goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey. Scott Brown assured the outcome in the 67th, converting a penalty kick for his third goal in three games.

Rangers, a point behind Celtic at the top of the Premier League, will look to join its Glasgow rival in the draw for the last eight when it hosts Dundee United on Sunday.

Aberdeen needed a 67th-minute goal by Scott Vernon to earn a replay with a 1-1 draw at home to second-tier struggler Queen of the South. Motherwell routed Morton 6-0 while Hibernian edged past fellow Premier League team Kilmarnock 1-0.


ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek league leader Panathinaikos lost 1-0 at Levadiakos, giving defending champion Olympiakos a chance to narrow its five-point gap with the Athens club.

Substitute Pashalis Melissas headed past goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis in the 83rd minute, a minute after taking the field.

Giannena won 2-1 in Kerkyra and OFI beat Ergotelis 1-0 in Crete.

Olympiakos travels to Thessaloniki on Sunday to face third-placed PAOK.