Roundup: Fourth-Tier Oxford Knocks Swansea Out of the F.A. Cup

Swansea was humbled by fourth-tier Oxford for the first big shock of the third round of the F.A. Cup, while Tottenham needed an 89th-minute penalty kick from Harry Kane to salvage a 2-2 draw at home against Leicester on Sunday.

Chelsea endured third-round humiliation at the hands of lower-league opposition in Bradford last season but had no problems 12 months later, with a full-strength team beating third-tier Scunthorpe, 2-0, at home with goals from Diego Costa and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The competition was short of upsets on Saturday, and Liverpool had to scramble to secure a nervy draw at Exeter on Friday. But a surprise finally arrived at Kassam Stadium, where Oxford won, 3-2, to leave Swansea to concentrate on its fight against relegation from the Premier League.

ATLéTICO RECLAIMS LEAD Atlético Madrid returned to the top of the Spanish league after second-half goals from Antoine Griezmann and Yannick Carrasco secured a 2-0 win at Celta Vigo.

Atlético has 44 points, 2 more than Barcelona. Barcelona has a game in hand after playing in the Club World Cup late last year.

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Real Madrid is third, with 40 points after 19 rounds.

Earlier Sunday, striker Cédric Bakambu scored a goal in each half as fourth-place Villarreal defeated Sporting Gijón, 2-0, at home to reach 39 points.

Real Sociedad won, 2-0, against visiting Valencia with late goals by striker Jonathas.

Real Betis, which lost by 1-0 at Getafe on Saturday, announced that it had fired Coach Pepe Mel after the team’s winless streak was extended to six games. Betis lost its last three matches.

NAPOLI EARNS ‘WINTER TITLE’ Napoli is halfway to its first Serie A title since Diego Maradona led the club to the championship in 1990.

Gonzalo Higuaín scored twice as Napoli routed host Frosinone, 5-1, to earn the Italian league’s symbolic “winter title.”

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Through 19 rounds of the 38-match season, Napoli holds a 2-point lead over Juventus, the four-time defending champion, and Inter Milan.

Paul Pogba and Sami Khedira scored as Juventus won, 2-1, at Sampdoria for its ninth consecutive victory, while Sassuolo beat visiting Inter, 1-0, with a last-minute penalty kick.

NANTES TOPS ST.-ETIENNE Forward Kolbeinn Sigthorsson scored with 13 minutes left to give Nantes a 2-1 home win over St.-Etienne in the French league.

Elsewhere, Niklas Hult scored just before halftime to help fourth-place Nice earn a 1-1 draw at Lille, and Marseille’s poor performance at home continued with a goalless draw against Guingamp.

BLATTER WILL APPEAL A lawyer for the embattled FIFA leader Sepp Blatter confirmed he would appeal Blatter’s eight-year ban.

The confirmation came after FIFA’s ethics tribunal revealed on Saturday that it had provided Blatter and Michel Platini, the UEFA president, with the reasons that it had imposed bans on them, clearing the way for them to appeal.

A lawyer for Platini said he would also appeal. (AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE)

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