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1--1 at Real Sociedad in an enter-
taining match featuring a series
of great saves to remain unde-
feated despite slipping to second
place in the Spanish league yes-
Sociedad started well at its
Anoeta Stadium, and Valencia
goalkeeper Diego Alves had to
dive to turn back tries by Carlos
Vela and Imanol Agirretxe before
the visitors went ahead.
Valencia striker Paco Alcacer
made a clever headed pass to
knock Rodrigo Moreno s lobbed
pass back for Carles Gil to score
the 15th-minute opener.
But seconds after Valencia
defender Jose Gaya cleared Inigo
Martinez s header off the line,
former Valencia forward Sergio
Canales sent in cross that fooled
Diego Alves before slipping inside
the far post to level for Sociedad
in the 36th.
Both teams needed their
defenders to save shots to protect
a point in a wild finale.
In the 89th, Sociedad goal-
keeper Enaut Zubikarai got low
to stop Nicolas Otamendi s strike
from a corner kick, and Mikel
Gonzalez was quick to boot out
Shkodran Mustafi s attempt to
put in the rebound.
In stoppage time it was
Mustafi s turn to head Canales
bouncing shot over the bar.
Valencia had entered the round
as leader on goal difference over
Barcelona, and the draw meant
it fell two points behind the
Catalan club. Valencia is level on
points with third-place Atletico
Madrid, which are one point
ahead of Sevilla and two points
ahead of Real Madrid.
The draw ended a two-game
losing skid for Sociedad.
Also, Almeria forward Edgar
Mendez scored in stoppage time
to grab a 1--0 victory at Deportivo
La Coruna, while Michel Her-
rero s first-half goal helped
Getafe beat Malaga 1--0 at home
and break its three-game losing
Mendez s shot from the edge
of the area took a glancing
deflection off a defender and
went in off the crossbar to
silence home fans at Riazor Sta-
Deportivo defender Sidnei hit
the post in the 27th for his team s
only scoring chance in an oth-
erwise demoralising showing.
Deportivo remained winless at
home in its return to the first
division, while Almeria recorded
its second straight away win.
In Madrid, Herrero slotted in
a squared pass from Karim Yoda
to score what proved to be
Getafe s winner in the 25th.
Malaga goalkeeper Carlos
Kameni got his hand on the shot
but couldn t keep it out.
It was Getafe s first goal in
four games and only its third in
six rounds this season.
Malaga went scoreless for the
fourth time this season.
Malaga defender Weligton was
sent off with a second yellow
card in injury time.
Valencia slips to
second in Spain
WEST BROMWICH---Saido Berahino s
brace powered West Bromwich Albion
past Burnley 4--0 Sunday in the Premier
League to seal its third win in a week.
The striker pounced in each half after
Craig Dawson opened the scoring to con-
demn the Clarets to their third league
Graham Dorrans then added a fourth
with a minute left to underline the hosts
dominance at the Hawthorns.
The Baggies were always in control
against newly promoted Burnley which
has not scored in almost nine hours of
league play and already look destined for
a long fight against the drop with the team
now in last place.
West Brom clinched its hat trick of wins
following victories over Tottenham in the
league and Hull in the League Cup. The
Baggies were unchanged from their 1--0
win at Spurs, their first of the season under
head coach Alan Irvine.
Berahino started after scoring the late
winner in Wednesday s 3--2 cup victory
Burnley had not scored in the league in
436 minutes coming into the game and
its lack of quality was evident from the
start. Michael Kightly shot over for the
Clarets before Chris Brunt s drive deflected
off Michael Duff and dropped inches wide
after 15 minutes.
The opener came on 30 minutes to
reward the Baggies for their more inventive
play when Dawson headed in Chris Brunt s
deep corner from five yards.
West Brom was hunting a second and
it came in first-half injury time as Berahino
netted his fourth of the season, nodding
in from a yard out after Dorrans flicked
on James Morrison s corner.
Burnley offered little resistance with the
Baggies in total control, and it hauled off
Ross Wallace and Steven Reid for Nathaniel
Chalobah and Ashley Barnes at half-time.
Chalobah s first action was to pick up
a yellow card for a foul on Dorrans and
the changes made little difference.
The composed hosts continued to press
as Craig Gardner s deflected effort arrowed
wide and Ben Mee blocked Stephane
Sessegnon s volley.
West Brom confirmed its dominance
with a third on 56 minutes when Dorrans
pass split the Burnley defence for Berahino
to drill low into the corner from 15 yards.
It was left to Dorrans to add the gloss
with a minute left when he swept in from
Toure created the opening goal
and scored the winner with sec-
onds remaining as Bordeaux
beat Rennes 2--1 in a closely-
contested match yesterday to
move provisionally top of the
All the goals came in the sec-
ond half, with Rennes striker
Mahamadou Habibou canceling
out winger Wahbi Khazri s open-
er for Bordeaux before Toure
pounced in the third minute of
Rennes looked the more dan-
gerous side before Khazri s goal,
with winger Paul-Georges Ntep
causing problems with his pace
and technique. He created
chances for center forward Ola
Toivonen and Steven Moreira
but they were unable to take
The win gives Bordeaux 17
points, moving it one ahead of
Marseille, which hosted Saint-
Etienne later Sunday.
"The players never gave in,
they finished the game exhausted
and they still managed to go and
get a winner in the closing
stages," said Bordeaux coach
Willy Sagnol, France s right back
when it reached the 2006 World
"The players deserve it. Every-
one is giving everything they
Rennes midfielder Abdoulaye
Doucoure s early shot went just
over the crossbar and Bordeaux
goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso made
a smart double save to thwart
Toivonen and Doucoure midway
through an entertaining first half
from the visitors.
Bordeaux scored against the
run of play in the 73rd minute
when Toure got past two defend-
ers before crossing from a narrow
angle to the back post, where
Khazri was left unmarked to fire
The lead was short-lived as
Habibou equalized seven minutes
later, finishing after Carrasso had
tipped away Doucoure s shot
from the edge of the penalty
Toure s goal came in the third
minute of injury time. A long
ball was played into the penalty
area and imposing Mali striker
Cheick Diabate chested it down
to Toure, who curled the ball
expertly past goalie Benoit Cos-
"I knew we would get a last
chance, and I m glad it fell to
me and that I managed to put
it away," said the 20-year-old
Toure after his first career goal.
"It s the kind of goal any player
would like to score."
Elsewhere, Lyon drew 1--1 at
Nantes in an even mid-table
contest and Lens drew 0--0 at
home to Caen.
Lyon weathered a tricky first
half, with American midfielder
Alejandro Bedoya hitting the post
for Nantes in the 43rd with a
header and going close midway
through the half with a shot just
past the post.
Lyon took the lead in the 51st
when center half Bakary Kone
beat goalkeeper Remy Riou with
a glancing header from Alexan-
dre Lacazette s well-struck free
But Kone then gave away a
penalty in the 72nd, knocking
over Chaker Alhadhur after he
burst into the area following a
long run from midfield.
Jordan Veretout converted
from the spot, with Anthony
Lopes guessing the right way
and getting his fingertips to the
PSG was held 1--1 at Toulouse
on Saturday, drawing for the fifth
time in eight league games ahead
of its Champions League clash
with Spanish league leader
Toure scores late winner
as Bordeaux goes top Baggies bash Burnley
4--0 in Premier League
Burnley's Lukas Jutkiewicz, right, battles for the ball with West Bromwich Albion's Craig
Dawson during their English Premier League soccer match at The Hawthorns, West
Bromwich, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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