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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Milan Returns as a Force, Barcelona Draws 1-1

LONDON -- AC Milan, inspired by two goals from World Cup striker Marco Simone, has served notice they will not easily give up their European crown.

Their 2-0 win over Benfica on Wednesday in the home leg of their quarter-final makes the holders favorites to reach the last four.

During the buildup to the quarter-finals they were being written off as a spent force.

It was the third win for Milan -- looking to equal Real Madrid's haul of six titles -- in as many European Cup clashes with the Portuguese side since the 1963 final at Wembley.

The other three first-leg matches ended in draws, two of them goalless.

Barcelona, humbled 4-0 by Milan in last year's final in what has been widely regarded as the Italian champions' last outstanding performance, look in trouble after being held 1-1 at home by a sharp Paris St Germain side.

It was the first time in the competition that the French champions had not won. They had romped through their group in the Champions' League with maximum points.

The Catalans were lucky to score at all, the French team's goalkeeper Bernard Lama turning Russian World Cup striker Igor Korneyev's harmless cross into his net in the 48th minute.

Although the visitors had less possession, they proved far more dangerous in attack, and Liberian George Weah equalized six minutes later with his seventh goal in nine European Cup games. Unseeded PSG played in the preliminary round.

Ajax Amsterdam, favored to wrest the crown from Milan and revive their total football glory days of the early 1970s, were held 0-0 at Hajduk Split despite having far more of the ball.

Bayern Munich, whose three titles in the mid-1970s followed directly on the heels of Ajax's hat trick of European Cups, was held 0-0 at home by Gothenberg, the dark horses who ended Manchester United's hopes in the round- robin stage.

The Swedish part-timers, who beat both Manchester United and Barcelona at home in their group games, must fancy their chances of eliminating the injury-hit Germans in the return leg.

FA Cup. Substitute Ronny Rosenthal scored three stunning goals as Tottenham hit back from 2-0 down at half time to beat Southampton 6-2 at the Dell on Wednesday to set up an FA Cup quarter-final game against his former club, Liverpool.

The Israeli striker turned the game around with two goals in two minutes early in the second half and another 11 minutes into overtime to make it 3-2.

Teddy Sheringham, Nicky Barmby and Darren Anderton then added to the Saints' misery with late strikes for the Spurs with the home team's defense in disarray.

It was a storybook comeback for the Spurs, who were kicked out of the competition before the season started as an FA punishment for financial irregularities. Tottenham, which shares the record of eight FA Cup titles with Manchester United, was restored to the competition on appeal.

In another fifth-round replay that kicked off later, Crystal Palace edged division one Watford 1-0, also after extra time. At the Dell, the Saints took only six minutes to take the lead, Jason Dodd's off-target shot being turned in by the alert Neil Shipperley from 10 meters.

Matthew Le Tissier then scored on a penalty kick, before Rosenthal entered the game to halve the home team's lead in the 57th minute.

Two minutes later it was 2-2. Rosenthal cut in from the right and drilled a 20-meter shot between goaltender Bruce Grobbelaar and the near post.

Extra time was 11 minutes old when Rosenthal struck a third time. The Israeli striker was left too much space and hit a swerving left-foot shot in the top left-hand corner of the net.

The Spurs broke out to score a fourth in the 23rd minute of extra time, with Sheringham pushing the ball into the net from close range.

Two minutes later Barmby made it five, prodding the ball into an empty net with Grobbelaar again pulled off his line.

Only seconds remained in the game when Anderton hit the sixth with a thunderous shot from 25 meters.

(AP, Reuters)