Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 16th 2014 Contents A52
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, December 16, 2014
MADRID---With defending champion Real
Madrid away at the Club World Cup in
Morocco, this week s Copa del Rey fixture
list puts rival challengers, including
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, in focus.
Real Madrid and Sevilla played in advance
and the champions set the pace by easing
past Cornella with a 9-1 victory on aggre-
Barcelona seeks to improve on a 4-0
first-leg win at Huesca when it hosts the
third-tier side at the Camp Nou today,
while Atletico seeks to build on its 3-0 away
win against L Hospitalet on Thursday.
Here are some things to know about this
week s round of 16 return leg Copa del Rey
Barcelona will be without Dani Alves
defense-splitting passes that have helped
Lionel Messi continue breaking goal-scoring
records this season.
The club said Sunday that medical tests
confirmed Alves had injured a muscle in
his right leg and would not play against
His "availability for future matches"
would be determined by the evolution of
his injury, a club statement said.
Stopping the rot
Top tier side Celta Vigo started the season
well, losing only one of 11 matches, and
upset Barcelona by winning 1-0 at the Camp
Nou on November 1.
Then Celta lost five in a row, including
a 2-1 defeat at second-division Las Pal-
Celta has gone six games without a win
and Argentine coach Eduardo Berizzo will
hope to stop the rot when his side hosts
the Canary Island club on Tues.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone will hope
his team returns to winning ways at home
after losing 1-0 to Villarreal in the league
at the weekend, his first defeat there since
May 12, 2013, when Barcelona won 2-1.
The rreigning Spanish league champion
Atletico will be on its best behaviour as it
hosts minnows L Hospitalet.
A large police presence is expected at the
Vicente Calderon after a Deportivo La
Coruna supporter died following violent
clashes between radical fans outside the
stadium on November 30.
L Hospitalet is a working class suburb
Coach David Moyes is beginning to see
some effects from the extended training
sessions he introduced at Real Sociedad
when he arrived and said he thought the
squad looked unfit.
So far, Moyes has coached his team to
one victory, two draws and one defeat, 4-
0 at Villarreal.
Sociedad managed a first-leg 0-0 draw
at Oviedo, which is top of its group in
Spain s Segunda B league.
Moyes team missed a chance to win the
Basque derby on Sunday, dropping its per-
formance level in the second half to allow
rival Athletic Bilbao an equaliser in a 1-1
MILAN --- Roberto Mancini recorded his
first league victory back in charge at Inter
Milan with a 2-0 win at ten-man Chievo
Mateo Kovacic and Andrea Ranocchia
scored for Inter, which had goalkeeper Samir
Handanovic to thank for several crucial
Chievo midfielder Ruben Botta --- who is
on loan from Inter --- was sent off for dissent
18 minutes from time.
Inter moved into 11th spot with its first
win in six matches, while Chievo, which
was undefeated in five, slipped to 17th, a
point off the relegation zone.
Torino leapfrogged Chievo with a 0-0
draw at Empoli in a relegation battle which
the home side dominated.
Inter had lost twice and drawn once since
Mancini replaced the sacked Walter Mazzarri
Chievo started brightly and almost took
an early lead but Handanovic did well to
stop Alberto Paloschi s header from point-
Inter went ahead in the 19th minute when
Mauro Icardi headed down Yuto Nagatomo s
cross and the Chievo defence failed to clear,
allowing Kovacic to fire home.
Chievo almost leveled in spectacular fash-
ion, but Handanovic was alert again, diving
smartly to his left to keep out Riccardo
Meggiorini s overhead kick.
The Inter goalkeeper went close to gifting
Chievo the equalizer, however, as he mis-
judged Gennaro Sardo s cross but it crashed
off the woodwork and out to safety off Bost-
jan Cesar s face.
Chievo again went close immediately after
the interval when Paloschi s effort went
inches wide of the right upright.
Inter doubled its advantage in the 55th
when Ranocchia slotted Danilo D Ambrosio s
cross into the bottom left corner.
Botta lasted just 10 minutes against his
parent club as he was booked for jumping
with an arm on Zdravko Kuzmanovic, and
then shown a second card immediately after
for his protests.
Earlier, promoted side Empoli stretched
its unbeaten run to five Serie A matches.
Empoli, which was two points above Tori-
no, almost took an early lead but Matias
Vecino sent a 30-yard effort just wide of
the top corner and Simone Verdi s free kick
was palmed round the upright by Jean-
Empoli had Torino pegged back in its
own half for much of the second period but
Gillet was in fine form.
Torino defender Pontus Jansson was sent
off after a second booking in the final
MADRID---Manchester United midfielder
Ander Herrera and Atletico Madrid captain
Gabriel "Gabi" Fernandez were named yes-
terday as suspects in a match-fixing probe
launched by Spain s state prosecutor.
They were identified when the prosecutor
issued an official complaint and asked the judi-
ciary to investigate officials and players linked
to football clubs Zaragoza and Levante in May
The match that was allegedly fixed, in round
30 of the 2010-2011 Spanish league program,
was played on May 21, 2011.
The Anti-Corruption branch of the prose-
cutor s office issued a writ saying Zaragoza paid
965,000 euros ($1,198,500) to "Levante players
so they would allow the Zaragoza team to win."
Five Zaragoza officials, including current
Japan coach Javier Aguirre, and 18 players,
including Fernandez and Herrera, were named
and alleged to have been involved in "sports
Agapito Iglesias, then president of Zaragoza
is named, as is the club itself.
The writ also names 18 players who were at
Levante at the time, including Juan Francisco
"Juanfran" Garcia who still plays at the club.
The prosecutor lists payments, dates and
even specific bank accounts into which alleged
bribes were paid.
According to the writ, Gabi scored twice---
in the 38th and 73rd minutes---and Christian
Stuani pulled one back for Levante in the 80th,
giving Zaragoza victory as had been allegedly
agreed. That win saved Zaragoza from relega-
Match-fixing is a crime that can, in Spain,
lead to prison sentences for individuals, and
clubs can be banned from all official compe-
The prosecutor has asked the courts to probe
those named after summoning players for ques-
tioning on October 3.
Spanish league president Javier Tebas in June
2013 included the Levante vs. Zaragoza match
in a list of nine matches he said his organization
was investigating for match-fixing.
The league in May 2013 opened a separate
probe into Deportivo La Coruna s 4-0 win at
Levante a month earlier---a second Levante
match to come under scrutiny.
Levante still plays in the top flight, but
Zaragoza was relegated to the second division
in 2013 (AP)
ROME---Sampdoria president Massimo Fer-
rero has been suspended for three months for
a discriminatory comment aimed at his Inter
The Italian football federation said yesterday
that Ferrero has also been fined 10,000 euros
($12,400), while Sampdoria has been handed
a 35,000 euro ($43,500) fine.
During an interview on a television show on
October 26, Ferrero said he told former Inter
president Massimo Moratti to "kick out that
Filipino" in reference to Indonesian entrepreneur
and current Inter president Erick Thohir.
Ferrero later apologised for the remark, saying
he was merely trying to praise Moratti.
It is the latest racism gaffe to hit Italian foot-
ball. Federation president Carlo Tavecchio is
serving a six-month Uefa and Fifa ban following
a racist comment during his election campaign.
Inter wins 2-0 at Chievo
for Mancini's 1st victory
named in Spain
banned for 3 months
Barcelona, Atletico look to advance in Copa
Inter Milan's defender
Andrea Ranocchia, right,
scores during a Serie A
football match against
Chievo at the Bentegodi
stadium in Verona, Italy,
yesterday. Inter won 2-0.
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