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defender Sebastian Proedl
scored late to earn a 3-3 draw
at Bayer Leverkusen in the Bun-
desliga yesterday, ending the
home side s perfect start to the
Leverkusen, which had won
all five competitive games under
new coach Roger Schmidt,
opened the scoring in the 17th
minute through Tin Jedvaj's
powerful shot in off the crossbar
but was left to rue missed
chances when Fin Bartels
equalised with Bremen's first
real attack just before the break.
The home side had already
struck the post through Gonzalo
Castro and Emir Spahic, and the
crossbar through Leven Oztu-
"We should have decided the
game in the first half. It should
have been 5-0 and that's no
exaggeration," said Schmidt, who
would have made a club record
start with six wins in succession.
Franco di Santo put the visitors
ahead on the hour when he was
left in space to finish another
counterattack, three minutes
before Hakan Calhanoglu
equalised with a brilliant free
Leverkusen substitute Son
Heung-min thought he'd won
the game when he restored the
home side's lead in the 73rd.
But Proedl was left free at the
back post to convert the equaliser
with four minutes to play.
"We had the game in our grip.
The Bremeners didn't know how
to react. Then they score a
minute before the interval. Of
course it's bitter," said Leverkusen
striker Stefan Kiessling, who
missed a golden opportunity early
on. "I think they also did nothing
in second half. It's not the end
of the world, not at all, but it
does hurt a little bit."
Leverkusen begins its Cham-
pions League campaign at Mona-
co on Tuesday.
Bremen coach Robin Dutt was
pleased with his players' deter-
mination to come from behind
to earn a draw for the third Bun-
desliga game in a row.
"It's a clear sign of the way
forward," the former Leverkusen
coach said. (AP)
Bremen earns 3-3 draw at
Leverkusen in Bundesliga
Leverkusen's Hakan Calhanoglu from Turkey, second from right, celebrates with team-mates after scoring during the German first
division Bundesliga football match between Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen in Leverkusen, Germany, yesterday. The match
ended tied 3-3. AP PHOTO
LY O N --- Corentin Tolisso scored a second-half winner
as Lyon got back to winning ways with a 2-1 defeat
of Monaco in the French League yesterday.
Tolisso's goal in the 73rd minute from Arnold Mvuem-
ba's assist ended a three-game losing streak for new
coach Hubert Fournier, who replaced Remi Garde during
the summer, while Monaco's dismal season continued.
Nabil Fekir opened the scoring in the 30th minute
for the hosts before Lucas Ocampos equalised nine
The win lifted the seven-time French champions to
12th place in the league standings, four points behind
leader Bordeaux, and will boost morale ahead of their
game at Paris Saint-Germain next week.
Fekir put his team ahead with a left-footed shot into
the bottom right corner before Ocampos benefited from
Geoffrey Kondogbia's fine work down the right side
nine minutes later as he fired home from the edge of
Left alone in the box, Dimitar Berbatov should have
doubled Monaco's lead at the stroke of halftime but
the Bulgarian striker sent his effort straight at goalkeeper
Berbatov had another good chance when his header
brought a save from Lopes in the 53rd minute, while
Lyon and France forward Alexandre Lacazette showed
his class with a volley that was blocked by keeper Danijel
"Our confidence is back before our trip to (PSG),"
For Monaco, confidence remains low ahead of the
team's Champions League opener against Bayer Lev-
erkusen on Tuesday. Runner-up last season in the
French league, the club is still reeling from the departure
of James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao, having picked
just four points from five games. (AP)
Lyons beat Monaco
2-1 in French League
ALMERIA---Almeria was held to a 1-1 draw at home
by Cordoba yesterday, as Spanish league football
returned after the international break.
Almeria struck first and created more chances than
the visitors, but both teams will have to wait for another
opportunity to win their first game of the season.
Forward Edgar Mendez skilfully volleyed in Joaquin
Navarro's cross to give Almeria the lead in the 12th
But Federico Cartabia, Cordoba's most incisive player,
ran onto Fidel Chaves' throughball and slotted in the
equaliser seven minutes later.
Almeria controlled the second half and came closest
to scoring when Fernando Soriano hit the bar with a
header in the 73rd minute. (AP)
Almeria draws 1-1 with
Cordoba at home
Manchester United defender Phil Jones has been
ruled out for up to a month with a torn hamstring,
manager Louis van Gaal has revealed.
Manchester United defender Phil Jones has been ruled
out for up to a month with a torn hamstring, manager
Louis van Gaal has revealed.
Jones hobbled off in the second half of England's 2-
0 win in Switzerland on Monday and he is now likely
to be unavailable for a number of weeks.
"Phil has a torn hamstring," Van Gaal said.
"He is maybe out for three weeks or a month."
If Jones is out for a month he will miss United's next
four games and his place in the England squad for Octo-
ber's double-header against San Marino and Estonia
would also be in doubt.
It is an injury blow that the winless United boss could
do without, particularly when his team have looked so
vulnerable defensively in their opening three league
Van Gaal, speaking at a press conference at the Aon
Training Complex in Carrington, said nine of his players
are unavailable for Sunday's game against QPR through
Jones blow for Man U
Ajmal extended elbow by 40 degrees during testing
istan offspinner Saeed Ajmal
had an average elbow exten-
sion of more than twice the
allowable limit during testing
of his bowling action in Aus-
tralia last month.
Ajmal recorded an astonish-
ing 40 degrees with a relatively
small standard deviation of 2.5
degrees at the National Cricket
Centre in Brisbane, according
to the 23-page International
Cricket Council report on the
world's top-ranked bowler in
The rules allow for an elbow
extension of 15 degrees.
Ajmal was suspended on
Tuesday by the ICC for a sus-
pect action, putting in doubt
his appearance at the World
Cup in five months.
None of the deliveries by
Ajmal during the eight overs
of biomechanical testing---some
overs were not of the usual six
balls---came close to meeting
regulations, the report said.
During testing, Ajmal bowled
offspin from over and around
the wicket, the doosra, and
Pakistan Cricket Board chief
medical officer Dr Sohail Salim
attended the testing, during
which Ajmal was monitored by
27 cameras, including two high-
speed cinematic cameras and
three high-speed mobile video
The experts were satisfied
with Ajmal's replication of his
suspected deliveries from when
he was reported during the lost
first Test against Sri Lanka in
Galle last month.
The assessment said Ajmal
appeared to have hypermobility
of the right wrist due to an ear-
He was previously reported
in 2009 for his doosra---a deliv-
ery that spins away from right-
handed batsman---before he
Pakistan, which will not
appeal the suspension, will
attempt to rehabilitate Ajmal
at its National Cricket Academy
in Lahore from Monday, and
has gathered former leading
bowlers, including offspinner
Saqlain Mushtaq, to help. Pak-
istan will decide after three
weeks whether to ask the ICC
to reconsider the suspension.
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