United, Arsenal advance to League Cup 4th round

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Shrewsbury Town's James Collins celebrates after scoring against Arsenal during their English League Cup soccer match at the Emirates stadium, London, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)
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LONDON (AP) — Manchester United transferred its free-scoring form to the League Cup by cruising past Leeds 3-0 in the third round on Tuesday night, while Arsenal had to come from a goal down to overwhelm fourth-tier Shrewsbury 3-1 and avoid another defeat.

Former England striker Michael Owen scored twice and veteran winger Ryan Giggs added the third as a makeshift United team swept past second-tier Championship side Leeds at Elland Road.

Arsenal also played its reserves and had to work much harder to make the fourth round after slipping behind to James Collins' shock 16th-minute goal for visiting Shrewsbury.

Defeat to a team three divisions lower would have piled more pressure on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after his team's dreadful start.

However, left back Kieran Gibbs equalized with a far-post header before halftime and second-half goals by the impressive Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Israel captain Yossi Benayoun eased the gloom around Emirates Stadium.

"It was a bit nervy because we played against a good side," Wenger said. "But in the second half, we took over and it was all us."

On a night devoid of any real upsets, Stoke defeated Tottenham 7-6 on penalties after the match finished 0-0 following extra time while Bolton beat Aston Villa 2-0 away in another all-Premier League match. American midfielder Stuart Holden played the entire game for Bolton, his first appearance since a knee injury in March sustained during a challenge by Man United defender Jonny Evans.

"Considering Stuart has been out for so long after an horrendous injury, for him to play with such intensity and at the level he did tonight was great," Bolton manager Owen Coyle said.

Newcastle, fourth in the Premier League, needed extra time before seeing off second-tier Nottingham Forest 4-3. American forward Robbie Findley scored his third goal of the competition and fourth overall this season for Forest.

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NOVARA, Italy (AP) — Inter Milan was handed another humiliating loss, a 3-1 defeat to newly promoted Novara that piled the pressure on manager Gian Piero Gasperini.

Victory for Novara in its first home game in the top division after a 55-year absence left Inter winless in five matches in all competitions this season, and with just one point from three league games.

"This is a very big blow," Gasperini said, before refusing to step down. "I believe strongly in my job. This is a very difficult test, which I've got to resolve."

In a match marked by Inter's defensive lapses, Novara forward Riccardo Meggiorini scored on the break in the 38th minute. Inter's Andrea Ranocchia was then sent off for tugging down Japanese forward Takayuki Morimoto inside the area and Marco Rigoni converted the resulting penalty in the 86th.

Esteban Cambiasso pulled one back for Inter in the 89th but Rigoni restored Novara's two-goal lead in added time.

On his way out of the stadium, Inter president Massimo Moratti was asked if he thought Gasperini had the match under control.

"It didn't really seem that way to me," Moratti said. "But let's leave him alone for the night."

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Villarreal scored in each half to beat Mallorca 2-0 on Tuesday for its first victory of the Spanish league season.

New Jersey-born Giuseppe Rossi scored Villarreal's opener at El Madrigal stadium when he slotted under goalkeeper Dudu Aouate in the eighth minute. Nilmar added Villarreal's second in the 52nd when he received Borja Valero's perfectly placed pass, rounded Aouate in one touch and rolled the ball home.

Previously, Villarreal had only earned one point from a possible nine and been held scoreless in three of its last four games, including its loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Also, Sevilla drew 0-0 at Osasuna, and Real Sociedad edged Granada 1-0.

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BORDEAUX, France (AP) — Bordeaux striker Cheick Diabate converted one penalty and then missed another as his side settled for a 1-1 draw at home to French champion Lille.

Diabate opened the scoring for the hosts by converting a penalty in the eighth minute. Eden Hazard showed off his dribbling skills to level for Lille in the 57th but Diabate had the chance to seal all three points for Bordeaux in the 79th — only to crash his spot kick against the post.

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LISBON, Portugal (AP) — American defender Oguchi Onyewu scored his first goal for Sporting Lisbon in a 3-2 win at Rio Ave in a league match.

Onyewu's header broke a 74th-minute tie Monday night.

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