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Rangers pick up Cup after 5-1 win over Motherwell


Rangers won the Scottish League Cup on Sunday with a 5-1 win over Motherwell -- its first silverware in two years.

Sotirios Kyrgiakos scored twice for Rangers, with one goal each from Maurice Ross, Fernando Ricksen and Nacho Novo.

Motherwell fell behind 2-0 after 10 minutes, but pulled a goal back through David Partridge.

Motherwell goalkeeper Gordon Marshall became the oldest man to appear in a League Cup final, aged 40.

"It is fantastic. Overwhelming really," Rangers midfielder Alex Rae said. ``Motherwell made it difficult for us but the goals came at the right time for us and we were comfortable winners in the end.

``Hopefully, that will give us a lot more confidence because we haven't been playing well in the last few weeks.''

Rangers lost their lead in the Scottish Premier League on Saturday when Celtic beat Dundee United 3-2.

It was the sixth trophy for Rangers manager Alex McLeish since he took charge three years ago. He won the League Cup and Scottish Cup in 2002 as well as the League Cup, Scottish Cup and league title in 2003.

Liverpool beat Everton 2-1 to return to fifth place in the Premier League and move within four points of its fourth-placed crosstown rival.

Steven Gerrard and Luis Garcia scored first-half goals for Liverpool, which finished with 10 men after Milan Baros was sent off with 13 minutes remaining. Tim Cahill scored in the 82nd to try to rally Everton, which lost its third in its last four league games.

Also Sunday, Birmingham beat local rival Aston Villa 2-0 with goals from Emile Heskey and Julian Gray, while Southampton moved out of the relegation zone with a 3-1 win at Middlesbrough.

Liverpool reclaimed fifth with 47 points after Bolton moved ahead on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Norwich. Everton remained with 51 points while Bolton has 46.

The fourth-place finisher earns the final spot from the Premier League in next season's European Champions League.

Brazil defender Roberto Carlos scored a 61st-minute game-winning goal to lead Real Madrid to an unimpressive 1-0 victory over Malaga, only its second win in its last six Spanish league matches.

The win at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium cut FC Barcelona's lead to 11 points. But with only nine rounds of the season remaining, it looks unlikely that Madrid will catch its archrival in the title race.

Schalke was knocked out of first place in the Bundesliga after a stunning 2-1 loss to 15th-place Mainz.

Michael Thurk sent a 78th-minute volley off the right post and into the net to win the match and help Mainz in its fight to avoid relegation.

After the match, the Mainz players jumped around in celebration, along with many from the sellout crowd of 22,500 in one of the Bundesliga's smallest stadiums. Bayern, which beat Hansa Rostock 3-1 on Saturday, leads Schalke on goal difference. Both teams have 53 points with eight rounds to go.

Stuttgart moved into third place with 48 points by beating last-place Freiburg 1-0 on a goal by former Germany defender Markus Babbel.

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