Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 26th 2014 Contents LIVERPOOL, England---Mario
Balotelli misfired in front of goal
again as Liverpool was held to a
0-0 draw by Hull in the Premier
The Italy striker has made an
underwhelming start to his Liverpool
career and was criticized for
exchanging shirts at halftime with
Real Madrid defender Pepe in a 3-
0 loss Wednesday in the Champions
But it wasn t only Balotelli who
couldn t find a way through Hull.
Raheem Sterling and Philippe
Coutinho also went close to scoring
in stoppage time after Liverpool
dominated the second half. Balotelli
and Sterling both had penalty
appeals turned down.
Liverpool, last season s runner-
up, dropped to sixth place, eight
points behind leader Chelsea, which
has a game in hand.
"I thought it was a great response
for us from the game in midweek,"
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
said. "We were maybe a bit slow in
the first half but in the second half
we were outstanding---the energy
and effort we put into the game,
and we created chances."
Although Balotelli s body language
has been questioned in recent weeks,
he looked up for the challenge in
this game from the first minute.
There was little of the lazy, languid
demeanor or gestures of frustration
he had shown in recent perform-
"I thought Mario worked very
well and very hard," Rodgers said.
"He maybe thought he wasn t going
to play today. You saw that he is
working hard and at the moment
he s doing his best.
"Unfortunately, it s about confi-
dence sometimes when you don t
get the goal. He kept going and kept
getting into the areas."
Balotelli was often up front on his
own, but he did work hard to bring
others into play when he could. One
pass seemed perfect to tee up Dejan
Lovren to score after a set piece, but
the defender completely miskicked.
A back-heeled pass early on from
Balotelli also delighted the crowd,
but he got few sights of goal.
Balotelli s one clear-cut chance
in the first half brought a decent
save out of goalkeeper Eldin
Hull s third-choice goalkeeper was
Hull s savior at the end, tipping over
Coutinho s long-range effort and
blocking Balotelli from point-blank
range in the closing stages.
"It was a big effort by the team
physically," Rodgers said. "We just
couldn t find the final touch."
October 26, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
mund s Bundesliga troubles
continued yesterday with a 1-
0 loss at home to Hannover,
the side s fourth straight league
Dortmund, the 2011 and 2012
league champion, was left to
rue a host of missed opportu-
nities when Japan midfielder
Hiroshi Kiyotake struck a pre-
cise free kick over the wall and
inside the corner in the 61st
Hannover goalkeeper Ron-
Robert Zieler produced a string
of saves to deny the home side.
Hannover finished with ten men
after Ceyhun Gulselam got his
second yellow card in the 89th.
Elsewhere, Stuttgart edged a
nine-goal thriller 5-4 at Ein-
tracht Frankfurt, Augsburg
defeated Freiburg 2-0, Hertha
Berlin routed Hamburger SV 3-
0 and unbeaten Hoffenheim
defeated promoted Paderborn
1-0 to go provisionally second.
Earlier, bottom side Werder
Bremen fired coach Robin Dutt
and appointed Viktor Skripnik,
its under-23 coach, in his place.
Bayer Leverkusen was hosting
Dortmund s players lined up
in their Champions League jer-
seys, hopeful of bringing Euro-
pean form --- three wins from
three games --- to the Bundesli-
ga, where the side is enduring
its worst start to the season
under Juergen Klopp, who took
over in 2008.
Klopp s side dominated the
first half in terms of possession
and chances but again the effort
failed to yield goals.
"We had four or five clear
chances, but didn t put the ball
in," Klopp said. (AP)
BREMEN, Germany---Werder Bre-
men fired coach Robin Dutt yester-
day with the side bottom of the Bun-
desliga after failing to win any of its
opening nine games of the season.
Viktor Skripnik, former under-23
coach, was promoted in Dutt s place.
The 44-year-old former Ukraine
international, who played 138 Bun-
desliga games for Bremen, will be
assisted by former Germany mid-
fielder Torsten Frings, Florian Kohfeldt
and Christian Vander. They take
charge in time for Tuesday s German
Cup tie at third-division Chemnitzer
"We were already close by in the
last months and know every single
player. I m certain we ll manage this
task," said Skripnik, who began coach-
ing Bremen s youth sides after win-
ning the double in 2004.
Bremen general manager Thomas
Eichin said that Dutt "led the side
with great passion through a difficult
phase over the last months. After the
latest results, however, we came to
the conclusion the team needs a fresh
impulse to get out of the current sit-
Dutt s last game was a 1-0 defeat
at home to Cologne on Friday, He is
the third coach to be sacked in the
Bundesliga this season after Mirko
Slomka at Hamburger SV and Jens
Keller at Schalke.
The former German Football Fed-
eration sporting director took over in
2013 from Thomas Schaaf but was
unable to lead the four-time German
champion back to success. In 45 Bun-
desliga games, Dutt managed an aver-
age of just one point per game, equal-
ing Dutchman Aad de Mos record
as Bremen s worst coach in top-flight
Also yesterday, Bremen announced
that former playmaker and Germany
international Marco Bode had taken
over as president of the supervisory
board from Willi Lemke, who had
been in charge since 2005.
Bode s promotion is expected to
draw more local sponsors to the club.
Lemke was to remain a member of
the supervisory board. (AP)
Bundesliga bottom side
Bremen fires coach
Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga crisis deepens
Hannover's Hiroshi Kiyotake from Japan, center, celebrates after scoring during the German first division Bundesliga
soccer match between BvB Borussia Dortmund and Hannover 96 in Dortmund, Germany, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Liverpool's Mario Balotelli reacts at the final whistle as his team draw 0-0
with Hull, after their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield
Stadium, Liverpool, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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