Messi scores 2 for 7th straight start

Updated: December 12, 2012, 7:11 PM ET
Associated Press

MADRID -- Lionel Messi scored two goals for the seventh straight game he started, raising his total for the year to 88, as defending champion Barcelona won 2-0 at second-tier Cordoba in the first leg of the fifth round of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night.

Messi scored in the 11th and 74th minutes. Last weekend, the three-time FIFA Player of the Year broke Gerd Mueller's record of 86 goals in a year for club and country, set in 1972.

Celta Vigo upset visiting Real Madrid 2-1. The hosts built a 2-0 lead on goals by Mario Bermejo in the 56th and Cristian Bustos in the 78th before Cristiano Ronaldo latched onto an overhead pass from Xabi Alonso to score a potentially important away goal for Real in the 86th.

Madrid's second leg is Jan. 9, with Barcelona's the following day.

Atletico Madrid beat Getafe 3-0 despite resting forward Radamel Falcao, and Sevilla won 5-0 at Mallorca. In the second leg of the fourth round, third-tier Eibar tied 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao to advance 1-0 on away goals.


SWANSEA, Wales -- Swansea needed an own goal by defender Seb Hines in the 81st minute to beat second-tier club Middlesbrough 1-0 and advance to the League Cup semifinals.

The ball struck Hines from a corner kick and went past goalkeeper Jason Steele, sending Swansea through to only a third semifinal in topflight cup competitions in its 100-year history.

Swansea join Bradford and Aston Villa in the final four. The final quarterfinal is between Chelsea and Leeds next week.


TURIN, Italy -- Sebastian Giovinco scored in the 57th minute, and Juventus advanced to the Italian Cup quarterfinals by beating Cagliari 1-0.

Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal limped off with an apparent right knee injury in the 16th minute, and forward Nicklas Bendtner was carried off on a stretcher in the 43rd with a muscle problem.

Antonio Conte coached his first home match since a four-month suspension for match-fixing, stemming from when he coached Siena two seasons ago.

Juventus advanced to a quarterfinal against AC Milan or Reggina, who play Thursday

Catania beat Parma 4-3 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 tie and will play Lazio or Siena. Dorlan Pabon gave Parma the lead in the 12th before a crowd of just 2,601 and Francesco Lodi tied it for the visitors with penalty kick seven minutes later.


PARIS -- Michel Bastos scored in the 83rd minute to give first-place Lyon a 1-1 tie against visiting Nancy in the French league. Jordan Loties had put 19th-place Nancy ahead in the 74th minute.

Lyon (10-2-5) has a three-point lead over second-place Paris Saint-Germain (9-3-5) heading into Sunday's game between the leaders in Paris.

Third-place Marseille (10-5-2), which trails PSG on goal difference, won 2-1 at Bastia. Mathieu Valbuena scored on a volley in the 15th minute and Andre Ayew converted a penalty kick in the 70th after younger brother Jordan Ayew was fouled by goalkeeper Landry Bonnefoi.

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