Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 1st 2014 Contents BARCELONA---Real Madrid collapsed after
leading by two goals to lose 4--2 at Real
Sociedad in the Spanish league yesterday,
with the European champions left rudderless
without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lionel Messi, meanwhile, finished
Barcelona s 1--0 win at Villarreal with a right
leg injury after he set up substitute Sandro
Ramirez to score on his debut.
Messi assisted on the 82nd-minute winner
and played the full match, but his club said
after the game he had injured a right leg muscle
and would undergo tests on Monday.
Madrid looked set to romp at Anoeta Sta-
dium after dominating the first half hour with
goals by Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale.
But David Zurutuza scored twice on either
side of goals by Inigo Martinez and Carlos
Vela as the hosts roared back to leave Madrid s
players with blushes to match their bright
"We were horrible," said Madrid goalkeeper
Iker Casillas. "The game was negative in every
aspect. We can t continue to play like this."
Elsewhere, Isaac Cuenca converted a penalty
in stoppage time to salvage Deportivo La
Coruna a 2--2 draw against Rayo Vallecano.
On Thursday, Sociedad was beaten 3--0 at
Russian side Krasnodar, eliminating it from
the Europa League playoffs and sparking spec-
ulation that coach Jagoba Arrasate s job was
"We began with many doubts after our
elimination the other day, but we turned it
around with a lot of courage and attitude,"
said Xabi Prieto, who flicked on a corner kick
for Martinez s goal and crossed for Zurutuza
to score what proved to be the winner.
Now Carlo Ancelotti will have to answer
why his squad with stars like Bale, Karim Ben-
zema and James Rodriguez failed to compete
for the final hour. Madrid, which had already
lost the Spanish Super Cup to Atletico Madrid,
slipped two points behind Barcelona. With
Ronaldo out to nurse his nagging leg injuries,
Ramos and Bale took over the scoring duties.
Ramos headed in Toni Kroos corner kick
in the fifth minute before Bale doubled the
lead six minutes later with an audacious dribble
to put the ball between the legs of Gorka Elus-
tondo before scoring.
Martinez swung the tide when he slipped
behind Ramos to score in the 35th. Zurutuza
equalised in the 41st when he thumped in
Albert de la Bella s cross.
Casillas grazed Imanol Agirretxe s header
wide in the 48th but could do nothing to stop
Zurutuza s second goal in the 65th before Vela
added another in the 75th.
Earlier, Messi was as incisive as in Barcelona s
home opener last week when he scored two
times in a win. But at El Madrigal Stadium
he was twice denied by the goalframe when
Asenjo blocked his free kick off the post in
the 28th and his shot stuck the upright in the
Neymar came on as a second-half substitute
for his first competitive game since fracturing
a vertebra at the World Cup, having missed
last weekend s league opener with a left ankle
sprain. The striker misfired twice before start-
ing the move that led to Barcelona s goal by
passing to Messi in the area.
Hemmed in by Asenjo and a defender on
the right side, Messi squeezed a low pass under
Asenjo for the streaking Ramirez to tap home.
Villarreal also had its chances to go ahead
earlier after hitting the goalframe on two occa-
sions. Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu
almost scored an own goal in the 51st before
Tomas Pina s long strike rattled the bar in the
New coach Luis Enrique saw another suc-
cessful debut by a player from Barcelona s "B-
Team," which he coached from 2008-2011.
Last week it was 18-year-old Munir El Haddadi
who scored to round off Barcelona s 3--0 win
over Elche. This time it was the 19-year-old
Ramirez, who had a perfect league debut after
substituting Pedro Rodriguez in the 69th.
"(Luis Enrique) looks to the youth team and
we try to make the most of it," Ramirez said.
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Sociedad stuns Madrid 4--2, Barcelona wins
MILAN---AC Milan got off
to a great start under new
coach Filippo Inzaghi as it
eased to a 3--1 win over Lazio
in its Serie A opener yester-
Goals from Keisuke Honda
and Sulley Muntari and a
penalty from Jeremy Menez
gave Milan a comfortable lead
before Lazio pulled one back
with an own goal from new
Rossoneri signing Alex.
New Milan goalkeeper
Diego Lopez saved Antonio
Candreva s penalty in stop-
It was a convincing per-
formance from Milan, which
showed how little it missed
star striker Mario Balotelli,
who moved to Liverpool last
Balotelli s replacement, Fer-
nando Torres, was watching
in the stands at San Siro after
completing his two-year loan
move from Chelsea.
"I m happy, I saw a good
spirit," Inzaghi said. "We have
to improve our game but the
team is coming off the back
of a difficult season. Results
like this are good for them. I
hope we can be the surprise
of the season."
Inter Milan s new signing
Nemanja Vidic had a less than
impressive Serie A debut as
he gave away a penalty and
was sent off in stoppage time
in his side s 0--0 draw at Tori-
no.Jonathan de Guzman had
a better debut as his last-gasp
goal saw Napoli snatch a late
2--1 win at Genoa, while ten-
man Sampdoria also scored
late to draw 1--1 against newly
Andrea Stramaccioni got
off to a winning start at Udi-
nese with a 2--0 win over pro-
moted side Empoli---with vet-
eran striker Antonio Di Natale
scoring twice---while new
Cagliari coach Zdenek Zeman
drew 1--1 at Sassuolo.
Elsewhere it was: Atalanta
0, Hellas Verona 0; and Cese-
na 1, Parma 0.
It was Inzaghi s debut as
first team coach after he was
promoted from the club s
youth sector, replacing anoth-
er former Milan great,
The 41-year-old had the
perfect start as Milan took the
lead with less than seven min-
utes on the clock. Stephan El
Shaarawy burst down the left
flank with a brilliant run
before putting a delightful ball
into the area for an unmarked
Honda to slot past Lazio goal-
keeper Etrit Berisha.
More poor Lazio defending
allowed Milan to double its
lead in the 56th minute. There
were four Lazio defenders sur-
rounding Muntari in the box,
but they all failed to pick him
up as he volleyed home
Ignazio Abate s cross.
Milan further extended its
advantage shortly after the
hour mark when Menez was
brought down by Stefan de
Vrij. Menez, who had been
signed from Paris Saint-Ger-
main in the offseason, notched
a debut goal with a perfectly
placed penalty into the bottom
Lazio got one back minutes
later in chaotic circumstances
as Alex got the final touch on
Candreva s cross toward Filip
It almost grabbed another
consolation deep into stop-
page time when Candreva was
brought down by Abate, but
Lopez saved the resulting
In Genoa, Napoli was keen
to get its Serie A campaign
off to a good start after its
Champions League playoff
defeat to Athletic Bilbao.
Jose Callejon gave it the lead
in the third minute when he
volleyed home Gonzalo
Higuain s cross to the far post.
Genoa pressed hard for the
equalizer and found it five
minutes from halftime when
Mauricio Pinilla---who had
been denied several times by
Napoli goalkeeper Rafael---
headed in Giovanni March-
ese s cross.
Napoli seemed to be head-
ing for a draw before De Guz-
man netted in the fifth minute
of stoppage time.
Torino went close to taking
the lead when it was awarded
a penalty after Vidic brought
down Fabio Quagliarella.
However, Inter goalkeeper
Samir Handanovic is known
for his skill at saving penalties
and he kept out Marcelo Lar-
rondo s spot kick.
Vidic was sent off in stop-
page time for sarcastically
applauding the referee.
Di Natale had said in the
offseason he wanted to break
the 200-goal mark for Udi-
nese in Serie A and he got his
campaign off to a great start
with a double at home against
his former team Empoli to
take his tally to 195 topflight
There are only seven players
who have scored more Serie
A goals than Di Natale, who
is in his 11th season at Udi-
AC Milan beats Lazio 3--1 in Inzaghi's first game
Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, challenges for the ball with Villarreal's Grabiel
Paulista from Brazil during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Madrigal stadium in Villarreal,
Spain, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Inter Milan defender Nemanja Vidic, top right, jumps for the ball with Torino's Kamil Glik during
a Serie A soccer match between Torino and Inter Milan at the Olympic stadium, in Turin, Italy,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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