Arsenal knocked out of FA Cup; 14 in row for Messi
LONDON (AP) - Arsenal sank to another low Saturday with a 1-0 loss at home to second-tier Blackburn in the fifth round of the FA Cup, leaving manager Arsene Wenger facing the possibility of an eighth straight season without any trophies.
Knocked out of the League Cup by fourth-tier Bradford in the quarterfinals two months ago, Arsenal was jeered by its fans after Colin Kazim-Richards scored for Blackburn in the 72nd minute.
In 17 seasons with the Gunners, Wenger had never lost to a lower-division team.
"It's painful and disappointing to lose a game like that,'' said Wenger, who rested many of his top players ahead of Tuesday's Champions League match against Bayern Munich. "It's very difficult to accept.''
Oldham's Matt Smith beat American goalkeeper Tim Howard in the fifth minute of stoppage time for a 2-2 tie against visiting Everton, earning a replay at Goodison Park.
After Jordan Obita put the hosts ahead in the 13th minute, Everton built a lead on goals by Victor Anichebe in the 24th and Phil Jagielka in the 48th.
Luton' bid to become the first non-league team in 99 years to reach the quarterfinals ended with a 3-0 home loss to Millwall, which got goals from James Henry in the 12th, Robert Hulse in the 36th and Dany N'Guessan in the 86th.
Barnsley beat MK Dons 3-1 in another match between lower-league clubs.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Lionel Messi scored twice to pass 300 goals for his career, extending his record-setting Spanish league scoring streak to 14 games as Barcelona rallied for a 2-1 win at Granada.
Odion Ighalo put the hosts ahead in the 26th minute, and Messi tied it in the 50th when he scored on a rebound of Cesc Fabregas' shot, Messi's 300th competitive goal for Barcelona. Messi curled in a free kick in the 73rd for his 17th multigoal game of the season and needs two goals to reach 50 for the third straight season.
Barcelona (21-1-2) opened a 15-point lead over second-place Atletico Madrid (16-5-2), which is at Vallodolid on Sunday. Defending champion Real Madrid (14-5-4), which hosts Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, is 19 points back, its largest deficit since it was 20 points behind league-leading Atletico Madrid in May 1996.
American forward Jozy Altidore scored his career-best 21st goal of the season, helping AZ Alkmaar to a 2-2 draw at Roda Kerkrade in the Dutch league.
The 23-year-old tied the score in the 34th minute with his 16th league goal of the season.
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