AC Milan beats Napoli 3-0 in Serie A

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Alexandre Pato scored second-half goals as AC Milan defeated third-place Napoli 3-0 Monday night and opened a five-point lead in the Italian league.

Ibrahimovic converted a penalty kick in the 49th minute following a hand ball by Salvatore Aronica, and Boateng scored off a cross from Pato in the 77th. Pato scored two minutes later, shooting past two defenders from beyond the penalty area.

AC Milan (17-3-7) has 58 points, followed by defending champion Inter (16-6-5) with 53 and Napoli (16-7-4) with 52. AC Milan is at seventh-place Juventus (11-8-8) on Saturday.


STOKE, England (AP) — West Bromwich Albion climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone, with Carlos Vela scoring in the 86th minute to gain a 1-1 tie at Stoke.

Rory Delap had given Stoke the lead in the 53rd minute, but Vela got a goal when he slotted in Steven Reid's cross in the 86th. Television replays suggested Vela was offside.

The Mexican forward scored a tying goal in injury time last weekend against Wolverhampton after he was loaned to West Brom by Arsenal.

West Brom (7-13-8) is 17th with 29 points, one more than Wolves (8-16-4) and West Ham (6-12-10). Wigan (5-11-12) is last with 27.


MALAGA, Spain (AP) — Malaga moved out of last place in the Spanish league, ending a seven-game winless streak with a 3-1 win over short-handed Almeria.

Sofiane Feghouli put Almerica ahead in the eighth minute, but the hosts rallied on goals by Enzo Maresca in the 52nd, Jose Rondon in the 78th and Juanmi Jimenez in the third minute of injury time.

Almeria finished two men short after Jose Ulloa received a second yellow card for elbowing Eliseu Pereira in the 76th and Antonio Luna got a red card in the 88th.

Malaga (6-14-5) is 19th with 23 points, two above last-place Almeria (4-12-9).