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BERLIN---Tranquillo Barnetta s early goal earned
Schalke a 1-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach
and provisional third place in the Bundesliga yes-
Poor defending allowed Kevin Boateng a second
attempt to cross after a wayward first effort, and he
found Barnetta at the near post to score in the 11th
minute of his 250th Bundesliga game.
"We didn t allow much at the back. That s a major
aim because we know we ll always have chances
going forward," Barnetta said of a game lacking in
opportunities for either side.
The visitors sought a response but failed to trouble
the 19-year-old Schalke goalkeeper Timon Wellen-
reuther before halftime. Wellenreuther was playing
as Ralf Faehrmann and his backup Fabian Giefer
were both injured.
Schalke was also playing without suspended striker
Klaas Jan Huntelaar.
It was the 65th minute before Gladbach substitute
Ibrahima Traore forced Wellenreuther into action,
albeit from an offside position.
Granit Xhaka denied Boateng what seemed a certain
goal on a Schalke counterattack minutes later, but
the early goal proved enough for the home side to
move above Gladbach in the table.
"I ve played a lot of times against Schalke and I ve
rarely seen them so defensive," visiting captain Tony
Kick-off had been delayed 10 minutes due to a
bomb scare. (AP)
BATA---Equatorial Guinea s football
federation was fined US$100,000 yes-
terday after at least 36 people were
injured when angry home fans threw
bottles and rocks and clashed with riot
police during their team s semifinal
loss at the African Cup of Nations.
The Confederation of African Football
also ordered Equatorial Guinea to pay
for the treatment of all the people injured
in the ugly scenes on Thursday at Mal-
The match was halted for over 30
minutes late in the second half as
Ghanaian fans fled the missiles being
thrown at them, forced open a gate, and
ran onto the field to huddle for safety
behind one of the goals.
Riot police fired tear gas at Equatorial
Guinea fans, and a helicopter hovered
dangerously low over the stands, whip-
ping up debris as authorities tried to
restore order. The Ghana fans were
escorted out of the stadium by security
for their own safety.
Of the 36 people injured, 14 were
taken to the hospital, CAF said. One
person required "close monitoring," but
CAF gave no more details. Although the
Ghana players and officials were also
targeted with bottles when they left the
field at halftime, there were no reports
they were among the wounded, which
were believed to be mainly supporters.
Still, the Ghana Football Association
said the stadium became like "a war
zone" for its fans, players and officials.
Ghana dominated and won the semi-
final 3-0, while host Equatorial Guinea s
biggest ever soccer match ended up
being a major embarrassment for the
small, oil-rich Central African country.
It was praised for stepping in at the
last moment to host the African Cup
after Morocco pulled out over Ebola
fears. However, the violence---with fans
later running from baton-wielding riot
police---has completely overshadowed
A third punishment for Equatorial
Guinea---forcing it to play its next home
match without any fans---was suspend-
ed, CAF said in a statement following
a meeting of its disciplinary committee
in Bata. That means Equatorial Guinea s
rowdy supporters will be allowed to
return to Malabo Stadium for today s
third-place game against a wary Congo
"If they re throwing this at players,
Equatorial Guinea, you can have third
place, I love football but prefer to live,"
Congo player Gabriel Zakuani wrote on
Twitter yesterday. His tweet was in
response to photographs posted by a
British reporter of a rock, a broken plate,
and a large jagged piece of broken glass
found on the Malabo field after Thurs-
day s chaos.
"We are, of course, disappointed,"
CAF spokesman Junior Binyam said.
"Nobody was expecting such an out-
come yesterday. We hope ... to improve
security aspects and to be sure that, for
the third-place game and the final, we
won t have any issue."
CAF said it was not going to ban fans
from tomorrow s match, "to promote a
spirit of fair play and brotherhood" at
the tournament. (AP)
Gaal to contest charge
for referee comments
MANCHESTER---Manchester United manager
Louis van Gaal says he will contest a charge by
the English Football Association that he implied
a referee was biased against his team during an
FA Cup match.
Van Gaal said after United s 0-0 draw with
fourth-tier Cambridge on Jan. 23 that "every
aspect of the match is against us---the pitch, the
referee. Everything that you can think about this
is against you." He was charged by the FA for
bringing the game into disrepute.
The Dutchman said yesterday "I never said
anything wrong. I never say something about the
Van Gaal added "I am not angry, I am very dis-
appointed. For nearly 30 years I have been a trainer,
coach or manager and I have never been charged."
Deportivo La Coruna
gets past Eibar 2-0
MADRID---Two bad defensive errors by Eibar
gifted a 2-0 win to Deportivo La Coruna in the
Spanish league yesterday.
Lucas Perez scored his third goal of the season
after Eibar goalkeeper Xabi Irureta raced forward
to the edge of the penalty area and parried Oriol
Riera s shot straight to him in the 52nd minute.
Ivan "Cavaleiro" Neves reacted quickly and
sprinted forward to follow Borja Ekiza s lazy back-
pass and skilfully stole the ball off Irureta for his
third league goal in the 80th.
Deportivo rises to provisional 11th place on 24
points while Eibar stays eighth on 27. Real Madrid
is top on 54 points after 22 rounds ahead of its
derby clash with Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
Barcelona is second on 50 before traveling to
Athletic Bilbao tomorrow. (AP)
Schalke beats 'Gladbach
1-0 to earn third place
Moenchengladbach's Granit Xhaka from Switzerland, right, and Schalke's Kevin-
Prince Boateng from Ghana challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga
football match between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Moenchengladbach in
Gelsenkirchen, Germany, yesterday. Schalke won 1-0. AP PHOTO
Saint-Etienne gets late
equaliser in 3-3 at home
PARIS---Fourth-place Saint-Etienne failed to
win for a fourth straight match in the French
league and needed a late goal from Turkey striker
Mevlut Erding to draw 3-3 against struggling
Midfielder Landry N Guemo gave Saint-Etienne
the lead early on and the home side appeared to
be coasting when winger Yohan Mollo made it 2-
0 in the 58th minute.
But Lens, which remains in 19th place, hit back
as forward Yoann Touzghar scored twice and strike
partner Pablo Chavarria made it 3-2 to the visitors
after 77 minutes.
Erding, recently criticised by coach Christophe
Galtier after a lacklustre performance in a loss to
Paris Saint-Germain, struck in the 83rd with his
first goal since Aug. 17. (AP)
Morocco to pay
US$1m for failing
to host African Cup
BATA---Morocco was fined $1 million by the
Confederation of African Football yesterday for
failing to host the 2015 African Cup of Nations
soccer tournament because of fears over Ebola.
Morocco was also banned from the next two
tournaments in 2017 and 2019, and CAF said it was
seeking around $9 million in damages from the
North African nation for backing out of its hosting
The African football body said the decisions were
made by its executive committee, which met in the
Equatorial Guinea capital Malabo.
Morocco declined to stage the 16-team African
championship on its scheduled dates of January
17-February 8, citing fears over the spread of Ebola
from West Africa. It asked CAF for a delay. (AP)
Equatorial Guinea fined
US$100K for crowd violence
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