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Dortmund gets back to
winning ways in German Cup
Drogba guides Chelsea
PARIS---Montpellier, Reims and
Lens all lost to second-division sides
in the third round of the French
League Cup yesterday.
Mouaad Madri fired Ajaccio to a 1-
0 victory over Montpellier while Creteil
won 2-0 at Lens with goals from Jean-
Michel Lesage and Ludovic Genest.
Fawzi Ouaamar scored in the 12th
minute of extra time to give Arles-Avi-
gnon a 3-2 win over Reims.
Bordeaux beat Toulouse 3-1, courtesy
of goals from Nicolas Pallois, Diego
Contento and Cheick Diabate.
Djibril Cisse netted twice in Bastia's
3-1 win over Auxerre, while Nantes
striker Itay Shechter scored twice in a
4-0 rout of Laval.
Jordan Ayew scored the winner in
Lorient's 2-1 win over Evian. And Caen
needed a goal from Mathieu Duhamel
in the last minute of extra time to defeat
Clermont 4-3. (AP)
Didier Drogba continues his
refusal to be ignored on his return
to the club, scoring the first goal
for Chelsea and making himself
a nuisance for the winner, which
came when Jermaine Grandison
turned the ball past his own goal-
keeper, Jayson Leutwiler, with
nine minutes remaining.
Jose Mourinho will be relieved
to return home with this game
safely navigated as he prepares for
Queens Park Rangers' visit on Sat-
urday before the Champions
League MATCH with Maribor and
the trip to Liverpool on 8 Novem-
ber.Understandably he picked out
the 36-year-old Drogba for playing
a second match in two days after
he starred in Sunday's 1-1 draw at
Manchester United. Mourinho,
though, was clear he expected
more from some.
"If players who play 90 minutes
two days ago were fantastic
tonight, I expect people who are
not playing a lot to raise the level
to create me problems. I love prob-
lems of choices [in selection]. And
it is easy to choose my team for
Saturday," he said.
Pushed if André Schürrle and
Mo Salah, who started against
Shrewsbury, were two players he
wanted to give him a headache,
he said: "Yeah."
Mourinho said normally Diego
Costa could play against QPR fol-
lowing a hamstring problem but
of Drogba being able to make it a
third match in seven days he said:
"We will see. His character is big-
ger than his body. His character is
stronger than his body. So what
he did today was maybe because
of his character and not because
of his body. So let's see the reac-
tion. This is what makes players
special and if I was a kid player
and I play with this guy on my
what can I wish more? So for the
kids it has to be a privilege and
they have to learn by example."
"Yes I was worried when they
equalised. Shrewsbury put up a
great fight. They are what the cups
are all about."
The rain came down before
kick-off and continued to soak the
players during a first half that
unfolded predictably. Shrewsbury
were breathless and in the visitors'
faces, while Chelsea preferred to
wait and patiently prod and probe.
BERLIN---Borussia Dortmund set
aside its Bundesliga troubles yesterday
with a 3-0 win at St Pauli in the sec-
ond round of the German Cup.
Dortmund, last season's beaten final-
ist, was looking for relief after losing
its last four league games, and the vis-
itors started strongly against the sec-
ond-division side in Hamburg.
Ciro Immobile, who arguably had a
good goal ruled out for offside early
on, opened the scoring in the 33rd
minute. Kevin Grosskreutz cut the ball
back and Shinji Kagawa helped it on
for the Italy striker to convert from
Immobile then set up Marco Reus
to make in 2-0 in the 44th, before the
home side threatened a comeback in
the second half. Florian Kringe went
narrowly close with a deflected shot
and Dortmund 'keeper Mitch Langerak
did well to save from Dennis Daube.
But Kagawa settled Dortmund's
nerves by sealing the result with four
minutes remaining after a poor clear-
ance from St. Pauli goalkeeper Philipp
Elsewhere, Werder Bremen defeated
third-division Chemnitzer FC 2-0 to
get Viktor Skripnik off to a winning
start as coach.
Fin Bartels finished off a clever pass
from Izet Hajrovic to open the scoring
in the 31st minute, and Argentine for-
ward Franco di Santo beat the Chemnitz
'keeper at his near post in the 49th.
Former Under-23 coach Skripnik
took over the Bundesliga's bottom club
on Saturday, when predecessor Robin
Dutt was sacked after claiming just
four points from nine league games.
Hertha Berlin crashed out 4-2 on
penalties to third-tier side Arminia
Bielefeld. Bielefeld goalkeeper Alexander
Schwolow was the hero with two saves
after the game finished scoreless.
Hannover lost 2-0 at second-division
Aalen. An own goal from Ceyhun
Gulselam gave the home side a 24th-
minute lead and Michael Klauss made
it 2-0 in the 59th.
Fourth-tier side Kickers Offenbach
caused another upset by defeating sec-
ond-division Karlsruher SC 1-0 thanks
to Benjamin Pintol's 63rd-minute strike.
Kaiserslautern defeated second-divi-
sion rival Greuther Fuerth 2-0. (AP)
Sassuolo beats Empoli 3-1
for second straight win
ROME---Sassuolo came back from
a goal down to beat Empoli 3-1 at
home in Serie A yesterday, its second
consecutive win after failing to record
a victory in its opening seven match-
es.Daniele Croce put Empoli ahead in
the 18th minute and Sassuolo struck
back with second-half goals from
Simone Missiroli, Sergio Floccari and
Berardi also missed a penalty in the
second half when he hit the crossbar.
Located near Modena, Sassuolo made
its Serie A debut last season and is now
near the middle of the table in 12th
place, level on points with Fiorentina.
Empoli remained one point above the
Today, Serie A leader Juventus visits
Genoa, second-place Roma hosts Cese-
na, AC Milan plays Cagliari and strug-
gling Inter Milan meets Sampdoria.
FIFA monitoring Ebola
ZURICH---Preparations for the
Club World Cup in Morocco in
December are continuing and
there is currently no Ebola threat
to cause it to be canceled or post-
poned, Fifa said yesterday.
"Should the situation change we
will be in touch with the partic-
ipating clubs accordingly," Fifa
The world football body said it
is in contact with Moroccan
authorities and is "constantly
updating its position" with regard
to Ebola on the advice of the World
Morocco has no reported cases
of the deadly virus that has killed
nearly 5,000 people in West Africa,
almost all in the three worst-
affected countries of Liberia,
Guinea and Sierra Leone.
The Club World Cup, which will
feature Champions League winner
Real Madrid and South American
champion San Lorenzo of Argenti-
na, is scheduled for December 10-
20.Fifa also said it agrees with the
Confederation of African Football's
decision to move games out of
Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone,
but it didn't comment on Moroc-
co's request for the African Cup
of Nations in January and February
to be postponed because of Ebola.
Morocco has asked organizer
CAF if the tournament can be
delayed, fearing fans traveling in
numbers from West Africa for the
16-nation, three-week tourna-
CAF insists the African Cup
must go ahead on the planned
dates --- January 17-February 8 ---
and will meet with Moroccan
authorities early next month. Pos-
sible stand-in countries South
Africa, Egypt and Sudan have all
declined to host the tournament
in Morocco's place. (AP)
Shrewsbury's Jermaine Grandison, left, and Chelsea's Didier Drogba head the ball, during the fourth round of
the English League Cup football match between Shrewsbury Town and Chelsea at Greenhous Meadow,
Shrewsbury, England, yesterday. Chelsea won 2-1. AP PHOTO
...Club World Cup goes ahead
UEFA reduce CSKA Moscow racism punishment
NYON---CSKA Moscow has had its
punishments for fan racism reduced
by Uefa yesterday after the club
appealed against the initial sanc-
CSKA were originally ordered to
play three Champions League matches
behind closed doors, but the third
game has been suspended for a pro-
bationary period of five years.
An initial fine of 200,000 euros
(US$255,000) has also been reduced
to 100,000 (US$127,000).
The first match which fans were
barred from attending was played last
week against Manchester City, but
around 200 supporters managed to
get into the stadium. CSKA is also
banned from selling tickets to fans for
its next two away fixtures in the com-
The punishments were handed out
by Uefa for racist behaviour and vio-
lence from its fans in a 5-1 defeat to
Roma in September. (AP)
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