Roma edge win, Rooney equals United record

Roma began the year with a victory and Wayne Rooney matched Sir Bobby Charlton's Manchester United goals record as several UEFA Europa League teams handled domestic tasks.

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Roma kept the pressure on at the top of Serie A and Wayne Rooney equalled a long-standing Manchester United record as various UEFA Europa League teams flexed their muscles over the weekend.

Sunday's trip to face Genoa was Roma's first game of 2017, and the Giallorossi ensured a positive start to the year by clinching a 1-0 victory courtesy of Armando Izzo's own goal. That kept the capital side within four points of leaders Juventus, though they have played one game more.

There was a little more flair to Manchester United's performance against Reading as José Mourinho's men progressed to the FA Cup fourth round via a 4-0 win. Rooney opened the scoring with his 249th goal for the club – equalling Sir Bobby Charlton's Red Devils record.

Tottenham likewise progressed in the FA Cup after seeing off Aston Villa 2-0, while Lyon and St-Étienne both advanced to the French Cup round of 32. Elsewhere, Villarreal were denied a Liga win against Barcelona by Lionel Messi's late free-kick equaliser and APOEL went top in Cyprus.

APOEL 5-0 Aris Limassol
Athletic 0-0 Alavés
Celta 3-1 Málaga
Pescara p-p Fiorentina
Lyon 5-0 Montpellier (French Cup round of 64)
Manchester United 4-0 Reading (FA Cup third round)
Xanthi 0-2 Olympiacos
PAOK 0-1 Giannina
Genoa 0-1 Roma
Croix 1-4 St-Étienne (French Cup round of 64)
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Aston Villa (FA Cup third round)
Villarreal 1-1 Barcelona

All times CET. Teams not listed are still on their winter breaks and were not in competitive action this weekend.

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