Valencia takes league lead


A 66th-minute goal from Norwegian striker John Carew gave Valencia a 1-0 victory over Celta Wednesday, moving the team atop the Spanish first division in an unusual midweek round. The win improved Valencia’s record to 6-1-1 and 19 points, two ahead of defending champion Deportivo La Coruna and five ahead of Real Madrid and Alaves. Celta fell to 4-1-3. Carew, who joined Valencia earlier this year from Rosenborg, scored his third goal of the season with a header after taking advantage of several failed rebounds by Celta’s defense and goalkeeper. In other games, it was Alaves 0, Real Sociedad 1; Malaga 3, Osasuna 1; Athletic de Bilbao 1, Zaragoza 2; Oviedo 4, Rayo Vallecano 1; Racing de Santander 3 Villareal 1; Valladolid 1, Espanyol 1; Real Madrid 0, Mallorca 2 and FC Barcelona 1, Numancia 1. In Barcelona, Brazilian ace Rivaldo converted a penalty kick in the 47th minute, but Ruben Navarro spoiled Barcelona’s winning spirit with an equalizer in injury time. The Catalan powerhouse lost a golden opportunity to move past archrival Real Madrid and is now fifth with a 4-1-3 record.

Real Madrid 0, Mallorca 2 Mallorca’s Ariel Ibagaza and Carlos Dominguez scored to spark their team to a 2-0 victory over the Champions Cup holder. In the 54th minute, Ibagaza made it 1-0 after converting a pass from teammate Vicente Engonga. Carlos Dominguez added the second goal just seconds before the final whistle, taking advantage of Madrid’s weak defense. The result marked the first ever victory for Mallorca at Madrid’s gigantic Santiago Bernabeu stadium, less than a week after the team also humbled FC Barcelona 2-0. Mallorca is now ninth with 11 points, while Madrid dropped to third place with 14 points. Alaves 0, Real Sociedad 1 In Vitoria, Igor Jauregui’s 55th-minute goal gave Real Sociedad a 1-0 victory over fourth-placed Alaves.

Oviedo 4, Rayo Vallecano 1 Oviedo cruised past Rayo 4-1 on goals from Djorje Tomic, Oliverio Alvarez “Oli”, Ivan Ania and Ruben Suarez. Rayo got off to a good start when Jon Perez “Bolo” scored on a free kick in the 30th minute. But Rayo’s joy only lasted for eight minutes as Tomic tied the game with a long-distance blast. Oli’s header in the 44th then put the locals ahead. In the second half, Ivan Ania made it 3-1 in the 65th, and Suarez added the fourth goal in injury time.

Malaga 3, Osasuna 1 In Malaga, the home side delighted its fans with a 3-1 victory. Argentine Ariel Silvio Zarate scored two minutes into the match. Osasuna got the equalizer in the 19th minute on a goal by striker Sabino Sanchez. Dely Valdes made it 2-1 in the 37th minute, and a last-minute goal by Edgar Patricio Carvalho sealed Malaga’s victory. Leicester out of League Cup;

Arsenal also bows out Defending champion Leicester and the Premier League’s hottest team _ Arsenal _ were knocked out of England’s League Cup in the third round on Wednesday, Leicester 3-0 to first-division Crystal Palace and the Gunners 2-1 against Premier League rival Ipswich. Four other Premier League teams were also eliminated _ Aston Villa, Chelsea, Bradford and Southampton. Other scores in England’s No. 2 cup competition: Aston Villa 0, Manchester City 1; Derby 3, Norwich 0; Fulham 3, Northampton 2; Liverpool 2, Chelsea 1 (extra time); Newcastle 4, Bradford 3; Sheffield Wednesday 2, Sheffield United 1 (extra time); Southampton 0, Coventry 1 (extra time); Stoke 3, Barnsley 2. In the Scottish League Cup quarterfinals, defending champion Celtic won 5-2 at Hearts. James Scowcroft scored the winning goal for Ispwich in the 89th to oust Arsenal, fielding a second team, after Igors Stepanovs equalized in the 44th. Kevin Horlock scored on a penalty in the 89th as Man City won 1-0 at Aston Villa. Rory Delap scored for Derby in the 12th as the last-place team in the Premier League rolled 3-0 over first-division Norwich. Luis Boa Morte notched two goals in Fulham’s 3-2 win over Wolverhampton. Robbie Fowler, with his first goal of 2000, got the winner 15 minutes into extra time as Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-1. Former England international Alan Shearer scored the first two as Newcastle held on for a 4-3 win over Bradford. Clinton Morrison, Stephen Thompson and Amdrees Rubins scored in Crystal Palace’s 3-0 upset of Leicester. Bjarni Gudjonsson scored twice as Stoke defeated Barnsley 3-2, John Eustace scored late in 30 minutes of extra time as Coventry defeated Southampton 1-0. Sheffield Wednesday defeated crosstown rival Sheffield United 2-1 in extra time with Efan Ekoku’s goal in the 113th minute. Bayern ousted in German Cup

by fourth-division team Star-studded Bayern Munich, the defending champion, was sensationally ousted in the second round of the German Cup by fourth-division Magdeburg in a penalty shootout Wednesday. Magdeburg goalkeeper Miroslav Dreszer dived to his right to save penalty shots by German international Jens Jeremies and Brazilian striker Giovane Elber to put his team into the next round. The two teams were tied 1-1 after extra time. “It’s never easy in the cup but I am disappointed that we were only able to score one goal,” said Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld. “We didn’t create enough opportunities against a very brave and compact Magdeburg side.” Bayern, the Bundesliga champion and a qualifier for the second round of the Champions League, won the German Cup last year and has been in the final the last three seasons. Magdeburg was the only team from former East Germany to ever win a European title, when it took the Cup Winners Cup in 1974. It lost to Bayern Munich in the European Cup the season after and got a measure of revenge in Wednesday’s match. Magdeburg went ahead in the 65th minute when striker Adolphus Ofodile stuck out his leg to change the direction of the ball after the Bayern defense failed to clear a throw-in. Substitute Hasan Salihamidzic got the equalizer in 79th and Bayern wasted several chances late in the match. Bayern created a few more opportunities in extra time but the Magdeburg defense survived the pressure to force the penalty shootout. Kaiserslautern’s four-game winning streak under new coach Andreas Brehme came to a cruel end when his club lost 5-1 at second division Borussia Moenchengladbach. Dutchman Arie van Lent scored two goals in the last three minutes of the first half to pace Moenchengladbach, whose goalkeeper Uwe Kamps saved a 77th-minute penalty by Kaiserslautern’s French World Cup star Youri Djorkaeff. The victory could be a good omen for Moenchengladbach, a former German powerhouse. It won the German Cup in 1973 and 1995 — both times ousting Kaiserslautern along the way. There were more shocks for first division teams. Hansa Rostock lost 2-1 at second-division Hannover, which got the winner in the 73rd minute from Croatian defender Danijel Stefulj. Energie Cottbus, a Bundesliga newcomer that was a Cup finalist three seaso