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Everton, Tottenham draw 0-0, squandering chance in Premier League; Cardiff wins Welsh derby

11/03/2013 04:44 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 10:52 EST
LONDON - Everton and Tottenham wasted a chance to take sole possession of second place in the Premier League by playing to a 0-0 tie Sunday.

First-place Arsenal leads by five points, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham sharing second. Everton is among three clubs another point back.

Cardiff beat rival Swansea 1-0 in the first Welsh derby in the top tier of English soccer. The game in Wales was played amid a heavy police presence because this rivalry has been blighted by fan violence in recent years.

Swansea fans had to travel to the match on special buses that had a police escort. The fans did not receive their game tickets until they were aboard one of the buses. There did not appear to be serious trouble at the game.

The lone goal came when Steven Caulker took Craig Bellamy's corner kick and scored off a header in the 62nd minute, lifting Cardiff above Swansea in the bottom half of the standings. Swansea was reduced to 10 men in second-half stoppage time when goalkeeper Michel Vorm was given a red card.

With second place up for grabs after defeats on Saturday for Chelsea and Liverpool, the Everton-Tottenham match failed to meet expectations, with neither goalkeeper genuinely tested.

Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris, however, was knocked unconscious after his head collided with the knee of Romelu Lukaku in the 77th minute. It appeared he was about to be substituted but the France captain chose to play despite medical personnel advising him to leave.

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MADRID (AP) — Diego Costa and David Villa delivered again for Atletico Madrid, whose Spanish league title charge gained strength with a 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao.

Villa put the hosts ahead after 32 minutes by volleying in Juanfran's headed-on cross through the crowded area. Nine minutes later, Koke delivered a perfect ball to Costa, who the cut back to dribble around Erik Moran and fire a low shot beyond goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz. He has 13 goals this season, tied for the league lead.

Bilbao rarely threatened and was reduced to 10 men in the 81st when Moran was shown a second yellow card.

Atletico's 11th win in 12 rounds left it one point behind leader Barcelona, which has 34 points following its 1-0 win over Espanyol on Friday. Real Madrid, which beat Rayo Vallecano 3-2 on Saturday, is third with 28 points.

Also Sunday, Valencia lifted some of the pressure off coach Miroslav Djukic with its first win in five rounds, a 1-0 victory at Getafe.

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MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan moved back into fourth in Serie A with a 3-0 victory at Udinese while newly promoted Hellas Verona beat Cagliari 2-1 to also keep up the pressure on the top three.

Rodrigo Palacio, Andrea Ranocchia and Ricardo Alvarez scored for Inter.

Luca Toni and Bosko Jankovic scored for Verona to help the hosts to their fifth win in six matches.

Inter and Verona both have 22 points, six behind Juventus and Napoli and eight behind leader Roma, which has won all 10 of its matches and is at Torino in a later match.

Elsewhere, teenage forward Domenico Berardi scored a hat trick to help Sassuolo beat 10-man Sampdoria 4-3, and Lazio lost 2-0 at home to Genoa.

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BERLIN (AP) — Augsburg survived a hectic finish to beat Mainz 2-1 at home for its first Bundesliga victory in six games, with the visitors ending the match with a striker in goal.

Andre Hahn scored twice as Augsburg climbed away from the relegation zone and drew even on 13 points with Mainz, which has just four points from its last eight league games.

Mainz substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored on a penalty kick in the 59th minute before Augsburg goalkeeper Christian Wetklo was sent off with two minutes remaining for bringing down Arkadiusz Milik outside the penalty area. Sebastian Polter had to go in goal and he saved Baier's effort from the resultant free kick.

Sergio Garcia scored late for Werder Bremen, which rallied past Hannover 3-2.

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PARIS (AP) — Nantes drew 1-1 at Montpellier to consolidate fourth place in the French league. Nice lost 2-1 to Bordeux for its first home defeat.

Filip Djordjevic put Nantes ahead in the 22nd minute with his seventh goal this season, diverting a shot from his teammate Issa Cissokho. Montpellier substitute Djamel Bakar tied it with a low shot in the 90th.

Bordeaux's Gregory Sertic opened the scoring from the edge of the box in the 31st, and Ludovic Obraniak made it 2-0 with a long shot in the 59th. Dario Cvitanich scored his seventh goal this season with a penalty kick in the 77th.

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