Man City completes sweep of Man United
MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester City completed a Premier League sweep of crosstown rival Manchester United on Sunday, beating the hosts 2-1 amid commemorations for the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster.
Before the match, the eight players on Matt Busby's team that died in the 1958 plane crash were recalled on electronic billboards featuring all 23 victims.
Despite fears it would be disrupted, a minute's silence was observed inside the stadium despite a series of loud bangs outside.
Darius Vassell put City ahead in the 24th minute and Benjani Mwaruwari added the second just before halftime.
Michael Carrick got a goal back in the 90th, but United was unable to produce a fitting tribute to the five remaining survivors who attended the match at Old Trafford.
The last time City beat United in the league in both the home and away matches was in 1970.
The loss kept United from moving past idle Arsenal at the top of the Premier League standings. Arsenal leads with 60 points and plays Blackburn on Monday, while United is second with 58 points.
Third-place Chelsea missed a chance to close to within a point of United when it drew 0-0 with Liverpool.
Chelsea has 55 points, followed by Everton with 47 and Liverpool with 44.
MILAN, Italy -- Teenager Alberto Paloschi scored just 15 seconds after entering his first Serie A game to give AC Milan a 1-0 victory over Siena.
The 18-year-old Paloschi made his league debut in the 63rd minute and scored immediately in a game that Siena had been dominating.
The win puts Milan two points behind fourth-place Fiorentina. Inter leads the Serie A with 53 points, Roma has 48, Juventus 44 and Fiorentina 38.
Juventus rallied for a 2-1 win over Udinese behind second-half goals from Mauro Camoranesi and Vincenzo Iaquinta and several spectacular saves from goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who returned from a back injury that kept him sidelined for several weeks.
Torino scored three unanswered goals to rally for a 3-1 win over Palermo.
In Sunday's other games, it was: Cagliari 1, Parma 1; Empoli 1, Lazio 0; Genoa 1, Livorno 1; and Sampdoria 2, Napoli 0.
MADRID, Spain -- Struggling Recreativo Huelva boosted its chances of avoiding relegation, getting two goals from Florent Sinama-Pongolle in a 2-1 win at Espanyol in the Spanish league.
The win marked a great start for new Recreativo coach Manolo Zambrano, who guided his team to its first victory in eight games after replacing the fired Victor Munoz on Monday.
Sinama-Pongolle swiveled to fire his first goal in the 18th minute and doubled his tally eight minutes later.
Espanyol reduced the deficit in the 40th through Ewerthon.
Also Sunday, it was: Racing Santander 0, Atletico Madrid 2; Osasuna 1, Zaragoza 0; Athletic Bilbao 1, Levante 0; and Mallorca 0, Almeria 0.
Atletico striker Diego Forlan scored twice as his team won at Santander for its first victory in four league games. He fired home in the 56th minute and added a second with a spectacular long-distance shot 16 minutes later.
Osasuna eased its relegation worries with a victory over Zaragoza thanks to Jaroslav Plasil's goal in the 45th.
The game was the 609th of Zaragoza coach Javier Irureta's career, making him the Spanish league's second most experienced coach -- behind Spain national coach Luis Aragones.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Ajax dropped to third place in the Dutch league after a 2-1 loss at Roda JC.
Roland Lamah and Anouar Hadouir scored for Roda, with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar pulling a goal back for Ajax.
PSV leads with 53 points, ahead of second-place SC Heerenveen with 44. Ajax, Feyenoord and NAC Breda also have 44 points.
AZ, a title contender last season, lost at NEC Nijmegen 5-2 and is now 11th in the league with only four points from its last eight matches.
Also Sunday, VVV Venlo and Willem II drew 1-1, and Excelsior won at Sparta Rotterdam 1-0.
ABERDEEN, Scotland -- Scott McDonald scored two goals for Celtic in a 5-1 win over Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League.
McDonald scored with a penalty kick in the 44th minute and added his second in the 48th. Shunsuke Nakamura, Aiden McGeady and Barry Robson also scored.
Aberdeen pulled a goal back when Lee Miller scored in the 62nd. Celtic is second in the league with 52 points, trailing leader Rangers by four. Aberdeen stayed in fifth place.