Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 5th 2014 Contents PARIS---Andre-Pierre Gignac scored in the last
minute of stoppage time at Caen to help Marseille
secure a seventh consecutive win in the French
league yesterday and open a five-point gap at the
top of the standings.
Gignac, who has nine goals ins as many league
games this season, kept his composure and slotted
home the winner after being set up by Benjamin
Mendy for Marseille to win 2-1.
Gignac s form earned him a recall to France s squad
for upcoming matches against Portugal and Armenia.
ROME---Keisuke Honda scored his fourth goal in
six matches as AC Milan ended a three-game winless
streak in Serie A with a 2-0 victory over visiting
Chievo Verona yesterday.
Sulley Muntari celebrated his 250th match in Serie
A by giving Milan the lead in the 55th minute with
a looping volley from beyond the area after a cross
from Honda was headed away.
Honda then secured the points with a precise free
kick over a Chievo wall in the 78th.
Having scored only one goal in the Italian league
last season after joining Milan in January, Honda is
thriving in the more attacking system under new
coach Filippo Inzaghi.
Milan moved into a tie for fourth with Sampdoria
and Hellas Verona, which beat Cagliari 1-0 earlier
with a late goal from Panagiotis Tachtsidis. The trio
are four points behind leaders Juventus and Roma,
who meet today.
Udinese is three points back in third.
At the San Siro, Chievo started with a trio of former
Milan players in attack: Valter Birsa, Alberto Paloschi
and Maxi Lopez.
Milan countered with Fernando Torres spearheading
a 4-2-3-1 formation, and he was dangerous on a
pair of occasions in an otherwise dull first half.
After the break, the Rossoneri appeared better
organised and midfielder Jeremy Menez threatened
with a volley that went wide in the 48th.
Honda had a chance to double the lead in the 63rd
but he couldn t reach a cross from Ignazio Abate.
Chievo could have equalised in the 70th but sub-
stitute Dejan Lazarevic wasted a 3-on-1 opportunity
by trying to score alone, and was stopped by defender
Mattia De Sciglio.
At Verona s Bentegodi Stadium, Tachtsidis found
the target in the 89th with a long, powerful shot
from beyond the area that was out of the goalkeeper s
Verona also hit the goal frame twice, first by Bosko
Jankovic in the 71st then Luca Toni in the 82nd. Toni
also had a goal annulled for a questionable offside
call in the first half.
Chievo and Cagliari remained one point above a
group of four clubs at the bottom of the table. (AP)
Messi and Neymar scored as Spanish
league leader Barcelona eased to a 2-0 win
at nine-man Rayo Vallecano yesterday.
Messi chipped goalkeeper Antonio "Tono"
Rodriguez in the 35th minute for his 249th
league goal, leaving him two behind the all-
time scoring record held by Telmo Zarra
A minute later, Neymar added his seventh
league goal in as many rounds, giving the
strike pair a combined 13 of Barcelona s 19
goals in league play.
Rayo was spared a larger defeat thanks
to Barcelona not exploiting its chances,
despite the hosts finishing two men down
after Jorge Morcillo and Javier Aquino
received their second bookings.
Barcelona s sixth win, to go with one
draw, left it two points ahead of Valencia
after it beat Atletico Madrid 3-1.
Atletico s first league loss this season left
the defending champion five points adrift
of Barcelona and provisionally in third. Sevil-
la, Real Madrid and Celta Vigo can all pass
it with wins today.
Also, Eibar scored in injury time to earn
a thrilling 3-3 draw with visitors Levante.
While Messi will have to wait for his own
landmark, Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio
Bravo broke a league record that had stood
since 1977 for not conceding a goal through
the first seven rounds.
Bravo needed to protect his goal for 20
minutes to break the record set by former
Barcelona goalkeeper Pedro Artola, but he
had to get low to stop Alberto Bueno from
scoring in the eighth.
Rayo coach Paco Jemez insists on an
attacking style and a pressing defense, so it seemed
only a matter of time before Barcelona took advantage
of Rayo s high defensive line.
And moments after Messi had a goal annulled for
offside, he broke through when he ran onto Gerard
Pique s long ball, held off his marker, and used his
left foot to lift the ball over Tono.
When Munir El Haddadi won another long pass
from Sergio Busquets, he set up Neymar to slot the
ball inside the post.
Jemez pulled one center back at halftime to add
Manucho up front, and Rayo lost its second center
back, Morcillo, to a second booking in the 60th. (AP)
Messi, Neymar lead Barca to win at Rayo
Honda leads AC Milan
to win over Chievo
Gignac secures 2-1
win for Marseille
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