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NYON---UEFA has opened a racism
case against Belarusian club BATE
Borisov after Shakhtar Donetsk striker
Luiz Adriano reported being racially
abused in their Champions League
match on Tuesday.
After scoring five goals in Shakhtar s
7-0 win, the Brazilian player said
"there were unpleasant shouts, racist
UEFA announced it has opened dis-
ciplinary proceedings against BATE
over the "racist behaviour of support-
The case is due to be dealt with by
UEFA s disciplinary body on Novem-
ber 13. (AP)
UEFA investigates BATE for fans' racism
BARCELONA---Accustomed to thriv-
ing against his fierce rival, Lionel
Messi will again lead Barcelona at
Real Madrid as he aims for another
scoring record. The big question is
whether Luis Suarez will join him or
watch from the Santiago Bernabeu
Suarez will finish his four-month
ban for biting Italy s Giorgio Chiellini
at the World Cup just in time to dress
and possibly debut for Barcelona
against its archrival.
"We are excited for Luis to play
because he will add his strength to
the team," Messi said. "I m happy for
him because he has spent a long time
off the pitch."
Barcelona said yesterday that Suarez
was "ready" to play but coach Luis
Enrique has given no hint as to
whether he will use the Uruguay for-
Either way, Messi will have Neymar
to accompany him as Barcelona looks
to maintain the lead of the Spanish
league, and extend its four-point
advantage over Madrid.
Here are some things to know about
Barcelona s players and coach:
MESSI THE MAESTRO: For all of
his trophies and awards, Messi has,
above all, made his mark by playing
at his best against Real Madrid.
Last March, his hat-trick led
Barcelona to a thrilling 4-3 win at
Madrid, giving him a clasico record
of 21 goals.
Now he has a chance to equal or
surpass a nearly 60-year-old record
by becoming the league s top scorer,
and what better stage than the ground
of his No 1 rival. Messi needs one goal
to match Telmo Zarra s milestone of
251 goals the Athletic Bilbao great
established in 1955.
"I hope he does it," Barcelona s
Andres Iniesta said. "It would be
something special, and I don t know
if it will ever be beaten. We will be
happy regardless if the crowd applauds
or not because we will be closer to
Messi has proven to be equally dan-
gerous as a playmaker this season,
taking on that responsibility with Xavi
Hernandez being phased out of the
starting lineup. Messi has scored nine
times and created nine more goals for
his teammates with his passes.
"The important thing is to try and
win the game, not Zarra s record,"
NEW NEYMAR: Despite the ongo-
ing legal headaches his transfer is caus-
ing Barcelona, Neymar is showing why
the club went to such lengths to sign
him at the start of last season.
The Brazil striker has recovered
remarkably from his injury-shortened
World Cup. He has meshed well with
Messi to form a dangerous strike duo
after being too deferential in his first
season at Barcelona.
Both scorers look for one another
and yet know when not to force that
extra pass, and instead take the shot
that is there.
The results have been a team-high
ten goals for Neymar, with four coming
from Messi s passes.
"We are playing this way to help
the team with our goals and our pass-
es," Neymar said. "Messi is the best,
he thinks so fast. He is a step above
UNBEATEN BRAVO: Claudio Bravo
arrived from Real Sociedad with the
hefty task of filling the void left by
Victor Valdes after a decade in
Barcelona s goal.
The Chile keeper has responded
wonderfully and not allowed a goal
through eight rounds, a record in the
league to start a season.
Bravo will now face his biggest chal-
lenge. Bravo conceded 18 goals in
Sociedad s last four visits to Madrid,
with nine coming from Cristiano
MAN IN THE MIDDLE: For years,
there was little doubt that Xavi would
orchestrate Barcelona s attack while
Sergio Busquets protected his back.
But Xavi s age and a nagging pelvis
injury for Busquets have left in doubt
what midfield Luis Enrique will deploy
New signing Ivan Rakitic is tapped
to start, and Javier Mascherano has
played well the last two games for
Busquets as a holding midfielder,
recovering his former role that he
maintained with Argentina while play-
ing in defense for Barcelona.
Beyond doubt is the presence of
Iniesta, fresh off his best performance
of the season against Ajax.
NO STRANGER: Luis Enrique will
feel right at home on the sidelines of
his first clasico.
Besides coaching Celta Vigo when
they played at Madrid last season, Luis
Enrique is one of the few who has
experienced the game from both sides.
Luis Enrique played for Madrid from
1991-96 before joining Barcelona,
where he played until retiring in 2004.
In his 14 clasicos in Barcelona s bur-
gundy-and-blue, the former midfield-
er scored five goals against his old
"I am sure the na-
will be very happy to
find out that our
women are playing
their hearts out and
making us proud."
Sports Minister DR
on the T&T Soca
Call: 623-8870 (Ext:
2213, 2711, 2212, 2192)
MAESTRO OF CLASICOS
Messi leads Barca at Madrid
MATHEWS struck a
battling unbeaten 62
for the West Indies
women in a six-run
loss to Australia on
Messi, left, scores
from Rayo's Morcillo
during a Spanish La
Liga soccer match
Vallecano and FC
Barcelona at the
October 4. AP PHOTO
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