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Liverpool's position atop the Premier League table was strengthened on Wednesday when title rivals Manchester City were held to a 2-2 draw at home to bottom club Sunderland. Beaten 3-2 at Liverpool on Sunday, City were bidding to close to within four points of Brendan Rodgers's side in the first of their two games in hand. Fernandinho's 2nd-minute goal at the Etihad Stadium put City on track. But after Connor Wickham scored twice in the last 17 minutes, the hosts needed a fortuitous 88th-minute equaliser from Samir Nasri just to rescue a point.
Valencia (Spain) (AFP) - Gareth Bale scored a stunning individual goal five minutes from time to win the Copa del Rey for Real Madrid as they overcame Barcelona 2-1 at the Mestalla in Valencia on Wednesday. The Welshman had previously been wayward with a series of efforts on goal, but he finally made his mark as he galloped through on goal from inside his own half before prodding the ball past Jose Manuel Pinto. Madrid had gone in front after just 10 minutes as Angel di Maria raced onto Karim Benzema's through ball and fired low into the corner. Marc Bartra levelled for Barca 22 minutes from time when he headed home Xavi's corner, but it was the young defender who was left in Bale's wake as he sealed his first trophy as a Madrid player.