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Tottenham make it to FA quarterfinals

EUROPEAN FOOTBALL Coach Martin Jol rotated his regular lineup, using only four players that started the 2-0 Premier League win over Fulham on Saturday


Munich's Patrice M'Bock, left, goes for a header with Bremen's Miroslav Klose, while Munich's goalkeeper Michael Rensing looks on during their German soccer cup quarterfinal match between FC Bayern Munich reserves and SV Werder Bremen in Munich, southern Germany.


Tottenham reached the FA Cup quarterfinals with a 3-0 replay win over lower-league Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.

Reto Ziegler set up Spurs' first two goals with corners from the right, the first nodded in by Noe Pamarot and the second tapped in on the line by Robbie Keane.

Substitute striker Mido headed in the third in the final seconds after a Michael Brown shot came out off the underside of the crossbar.

Forest, second-to-last in the Football League Championship, held Tottenham to 1-1 at White Hart Lane two weeks ago.

Tottenham will travel to Newcastle in the quarterfinals, scheduled for March 12-13. The other quarterfinals are Bolton vs. Arsenal, Leicester vs. Blackburn, and Southampton vs. Manchester United.

Tottenham coach Martin Jol rotated his regular lineup, using only four players that started the 2-0 Premier League win over Fulham on Saturday.

"It was a professional sort of performance," Jol said. "We had two or three good chances in the first half and our intentions were right. We had initiative but it wasn't easy."

"Newcastle have got a very good side. They are always a difficult side to play but we are not afraid of anyone, and I hope it will be a really good game," he said.

In the Football League Championship, Marco Reich scored an injury-time equalizer for Derby in a 3-3 draw with Wolves.

Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos scored in his 300th Spanish league appearance to help second-place Real Madrid beat Real Betis 3-1 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Wednesday.

Striker Michael Owen and defender Ivan Helguera also netted for Madrid, whose win lifted it to six points behind leader FC Barcelona, and ended a run of two successive league defeats.

"It's 300 games. I'm getting older now. But the important thing is that we're now six points behind Barcelona," Roberto Carlos told Canal Plus. "It wasn't a difficult goal because I was very near."

In another 26th-round game, Julio Baptista converted a penalty to earn Sevilla a 2-2 draw with defending champion Valencia, although the Brazilian forward then missed another spot kick in the closing stages.

Elsewhere, it was: Villarreal 2, Mallorca 1; Getafe 1, Deportivo La Coruna 1; Malaga 1, Athletic Bilbao 0; Racing Santander 2, Atletico Madrid 1; Levante 1, Numancia 1; Real Sociedad 2, Zaragoza 1; and Albacete 1, Osasuna 1;

Barcelona, which drew 0-0 with Espanyol on Tuesday, leads with 59 points, followed by Madrid with 53. Sevilla and Villarreal have 43, one more than Valencia and Espanyol. Betis stays with 41.

Owen set Madrid on its way to victory in the 10th minute with his ninth goal of the season, when he controlled and turned home a low cross from the left by Argentine midfielder Santiago Solari.

Solari was replacing the injured Zinedine Zidane, while Madrid lacked another injured player, right back Michel Salgado. Striker Raul Gonzalez was also out with the flu.

Roberto Carlos marked his landmark appearance with a 42nd-minute goal, when he blasted home after David Beckham tapped the ball to him from a free kick inside the area. The free kick was awarded when Betis goalkeeper Toni Doblas illegally picked up the ball after defender Luis Fernandez had sent it in his direction.

In the 54th, Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas was forced off through injury and replaced by Cesar Sanchez.

Cesar was forced to pick the ball out of his net only five minutes later when Betis forward Edu Schmidt swiveled and shot home.

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