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Soccer: Messi, Alves lead Barcelona to win

Associated Press Lionel Messi and Dani Alves scored second-half goals, and host Barcelona beat Manchester City 2-1 Wednesday night for a 4-1 aggregate win to reach the Champions League quarterfinals for the seventh consecutive year. Cesc Fabregas’ pass bobbled through the legs of defender Joleon Lescott in the 67th minute, and Messi ran onto the ball and flicked it over goalkeeper Joe Hart. Messi has eight goals in five Champions League matches this season and 67 overall in Europe’s top club competition, four shy of Raul Gonzalez’s record. City played a man short after Pablo Zabaleta received his second yellow card in the 78th, given for protesting after Gerard Pique barged into Edin Dzeko inside the area without a penalty kick being awarded by French referee Stephane Lannoy. Vincent Kompany scored for City in the 89th, and Alves for Barcelona in the first minute of stoppage time.

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French team also wins

Paris Saint-Germain gave up an early goal and rallied past visiting Bayer Levekusen 2-1 for a 6-1 aggregate win.

Sidney Sam scored for Leverkusen in the sixth minute, but Marquinhos tied it in the 13th and Ezequiel Lavezzi got a go-ahead goal in the 53rd.

Red Bulls retain Petke

The New York Red Bulls signed coach Mike Petke to a new contract. In his first year in charge of the team, Petke was a MLS Coach of the Year finalist and guided the Red Bulls to a league-best 59 points with a 17-9-8 record.

Sounders sign Weaver

The Seattle Sounders signed former Houston forward Cam Weaver for the 2014 season. Weaver had been training with the club during the preseason. Weaver is a five-year veteran of the MLS, all with Houston.

World Cup tickets go fast

More than two-thirds of the World Cup matches have been sold out less than three hours after FIFA opened new ticket sales on Wednesday. Tickets for all Brazil matches were gone in about an hour, as were the ones for all the quarterfinals and nearly all second-round matchups in the June 12-July 13 tournament. Only about 15 matches involving less traditional teams remained available for purchase on FIFA’s website some eight hours after the sales started.


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