Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 6th 2014 Contents Gladbach held to
1-1 draw by Mainz
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, October 6, 2014
STOCKHOLM---Malmo FF clinched its second con-
secutive Swedish league title yesterday by beating
AIK away 3-2.
Captain Markus Rosenberg scored the winner in
the 86th minute, just one minute after AIK's Nabil
Bahoui leveled the match at 2-2.
Isaac Kiese Thelin scored in the first half and
Magnus Eriksson put Malmo up 2-0 early in the
second before Bahoui scored a pair of goals to put
the Stockholm club back in the match.
Malmo tops the table with 59 points with three
rounds remaining. Second-placed IFK Goteborg
has 47, one more than Elfsborg and two ahead of
The win will give Malmo a chance to qualify for
the Champions League once again in 2015 after
reaching the group stage of the tournament for the
first time this year. (AP)
BERLIN---Borussia Moenchengladbach could
only manage a frustrating 1-1 draw with visiting
Mainz yesterday, missing the chance to reclaim
second place in the Bundesliga.
Max Kruse put the home side ahead in the 15th
minute, finishing off a great combination involving
Raffael, Patrick Herrmann and US defender Fabian
Johnson. Receiving a pass from Johnson, Kruse
controlled the ball with his right foot, turned and
then lifted it to the far corner with his left.
Jonas Hofmann equalised with a calmly taken
penalty in the 31st, though TV replays showed it
was a contentious decision as Junior Diaz's cross
connected with Julian Korb's arm.
"I got a whipped-in cross on my hand from five
meters. In no way was there any intention," Korb
Thorgan Hazard fired straight at Mainz 'keeper
Loris Karius with five minutes to go and there was
still time for Raffael to be blocked on the line with
the goalkeeper beaten.
"The Mainz player saved very well on the line.
It's a pity," Raffael said. "The draw is OK, even if
there was definitely more in it for us."
Both sides maintained their unbeaten starts but
Moenchengladbach dropped to third behind Hof-
fenheim on goal difference. Defending champion
Bayern Munich leads by four points after seven
Earlier, Wolfsburg defender Naldo scored to secure
a 1-0 win over Augsburg, lifting the home side to
The Brazilian shrugged off compatriot Caiuby,
played a one-two with Sebastian Jung, and fired
inside the far post in the 58th minute.
"We weren't good in the first half but we fought
and tried to get the goal in the second," Naldo said.
Tobias Werner had just wasted a great chance
to score at the other end.
In a first half of little incident, Werner's loose
shoe flew off his foot and struck Kevin de Bruyne
during a throw-in.
"It looked strange but there was no intention,"
Raul Bobadilla should have scored for Augsburg
in the 29th, before Halil Altintop forced a smart
save from Wolfsburg keeper Diego Benaglio.
Though Wolfsburg improved in the second half,
Augsburg was left to rue missed opportunities.
Alexander Esswein was thwarted by Benaglio late
"We had a lot of chances. They have to go in if
you want to win the game. We tried everything,"
Werner said. (AP)
MILAN---Juventus beat Roma 3-2 in a
fiery clash to take sole lead of Serie A
yesterday as the capital side dropped its
first points of the season.
Leonardo Bonucci scored the winner
four minutes from time with a screamer
into the bottom left corner from just out-
side the area, although teammate Arturo
Vidal was in a clear offside position.
Roma defender Kostas Manolas and
Juventus striker Alvaro Morata were sent
off following a brawl shortly afterward.
Juventus' early goals had been contro-
versial too as Carlos Tevez converted two
debatable first-half penalties. Juan Iturbe
had given Roma the lead after Francesco
Totti leveled from the spot.
Roma coach Rudi Garcia was sent to the
stands for ironically pretending to play a
violin after the first penalty.
Juventus became the first Serie A side
to win 22 consecutive home matches and
moved three points ahead of Roma, with
Sampdoria a point further back following
a 1-0 victory over Atalanta.
Udinese slipped to fourth after a late
penalty saw it held to a 1-1 draw by Cesena,
while Lazio edged Sassuolo 3-2 in a match
where both teams were reduced to 10 men.
A late goal also saw 10-man Genoa win
2-1 at Parma, which fell to a third succes-
Earlier, in an encounter between newly
promoted sides, Empoli cruised past Paler-
mo 3-0 for its first win of the season.
Both Juventus and Roma had maximum
points coming into the match after winning
their opening five fixtures.
Andrea Pirlo recovered from injury to
make his first appearance of the season
and the midfield maestro had a hand in
Juventus' 27th minute opener as his free
kick was handled by Douglas Maicon in
The referee initially gave another free
kick on the edge of the area but changed
his mind after consulting with his assistants
and pointed to the penalty spot. Tevez
fired the spot kick into the left side of goal.
Roma leveled moments later with a
penalty of its own after Totti was bundled
over by Stephan Lichtsteiner and the vet-
eran forward converted.
It was the first goal Juventus had con-
ceded in the league since April, a run of
eight victories with clean sheets.
The visitors then took the lead a minute
from halftime when Iturbe burst into the
box to fire home a fantastic through ball
However, Juventus leveled with another
controversial penalty as Miralem Pjanic's
foul on Paul Pogba was adjudged to have
been inside the area and Tevez converted
again with an exact copy of his first spot
Both sides had chances to take the lead
before Bonucci's winner.
In Udine, Bruno Fernandes looked to
have handed the home side the win when
he finished off a strong solo run with an
angled drive into the bottom right corner,
shortly after the hour mark.
However, Emmanuel Cascione leveled
from the spot in stoppage time after Silvan
Widmer brought down Diego Rodriguez.
Manolo Gabbiadini scored the only goal
of the game for Sampdoria, bursting for-
ward to prod Pedro Obiang's long ball past
Marco Sportiello 10 minutes from half-
In Rome, Lazio captain Stefano Mauri
opened the scoring in the ninth minute
with a long-range shot that flew into the
bottom right corner.
Filip Djordjevic, who scored a hattrick
last week, doubled Lazio's advantage in
the 25th minute, heading home Antonio
Sassuolo immediately reduced the deficit
through Domenico Berardi, who returned
from a three-match ban---during which
his side had failed to score.
However, Candreva restored Lazio's two-
goal cushion in the 35th minute.
Immediately after the break Lorik Cana
was sent off for knocking over Berardi in
the area and the Sassuolo forward scored
the resulting penalty.
But Sassuolo was also reduced to 10 men
on the hour when Federico Peluso was
sent off for a second booking. (AP)
Juventus' Andrea Pirlo gets the ball past Roma' Francesco Totti during a Serie A soccer match at the Juventus stadium, in Turin, Italy,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
Juventus edges Roma
3-2 in fiery clash
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