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MoBay's Champions League hopes in tatters
WASHINGTON, DC (CMC):
Montego Bay United suffered their second straight defeat in the CONCACAF Champions League when they went down 3-0 to powerhouses DC United here Tuesday night. A first-half goal from Miguel Aguilar and strikes from Kofi Opare and substitute Conor Doyle in the second half were enough to quell the threat from the Jamaican outfit at the at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.
Montego Bay are now without a point or a goal from two games in Group H after losing their opener earlier this month, 3-0 to Arabe Unido from Panama. DC, meanwhile, are a perfect two-from-two and head the group with six points.
With the defeat, Montego Bay face an uphill battle to remain in the competition. They must win their remaining games and hope Arabe beat DC.
Everton advance in League Cup
BARNSLEY, England (AP):
Everton needed extra time to beat third-tier Barnsley 5-3 and reach the third round of the League Cup yesterday in another high-scoring game in the competition. Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku's 78th-minute goal took the game into extra time at 3-3 as Everton recovered from going 2-0 down after 28 minutes. An own goal and Lukaku's second goal of the match secured Everton a match against second-tier Reading.
Sunderland's 6-3 win over Exeter was the highlight on Tuesday, when the other second-round games were played. Defender John Stones, a reported transfer target of Chelsea, played the full 120 minutes for Everton.
"I thought that John Stones was incredible under enormous pressure," Everton manager Roberto Martinez said. "I think that the authorities need to look at what has gone on."
United back in Champions League
MANCHESTER, England (AP):
Manchester United had double reason to celebrate yesterday - the team is back in the Champions League group stage and star
striker Wayne Rooney is scoring again. Rooney ended a drought of 10 games without a goal stretching back to April 4 with a hat-trick in United's 4-0 win at Bruges, helping the English club to a 7-1 victory on aggregate.
While the Champions League welcomed back one of the continent's biggest names and a three-time European champion, a club with a very different pedigree also advanced. Formed six years ago and in just their third season in European competition, FC Astana became the first team from Kazakhstan to qualify for the group stage after drawing 1-1 at APOEL Nicosia for a 2-1 aggregate win. Nemanja Maksimovic's goal in the 84th proved decisive for Astana, a team backed by Kazkahstan's sovereign-wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna and the most remote of all the clubs in the group stage.
Other teams to qualify for today's group-stage draw were Bayer Leverkusen, CSKA Moscow and BATE Borisov of Belarus.
Leverkusen beat Lazio 3-0 to advance 3-1 on aggregate and leave Italy with only two teams in the Champions League again. An 85th-minute goal from Ahmed Musa clinched CSKA Moscow a 3-1 win over Sporting Lisbon and a 4-3 victory on aggregate, while BATE advanced on away goals after losing 2-1 at Partizan Belgrade for 2-2 overall.