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Scott Marshall leaves Villa
First-team coach Scott Marshall has left Aston
Villa after the appointment of new boss Tim
Marshall had been in caretaker charge following
the sacking of Paul Lambert last week and oversaw
Sunday's 2-1 FA Cup win over Leicester.
But, with Sherwood replacing Lambert, former
Arsenal defender Marshall has now parted company
with the Barclays Premier League strugglers.
Villa chief executive Tom Fox told the club's official
Web site: "I'd like to thank Scott for his efforts during
his time at the football club and especially under
difficult circumstances at the weekend when he took
the team for Sunday's FA Cup victory over Leicester
"We wish him all the best in the future."
Marshall worked with Lambert at Norwich before
moving to Villa in 2013 and, while caretaker, was
being assisted by goalkeeping coach Andy Marshall
and under-21 boss Gordon Cowans.
Too many coloured players on Italy's youth clubs
ROME---Former Italy coach Arrigo Sacchi said
"there are too many coloured players" on the youth
sides of Italian clubs, and that is affecting "national
pride and identity."
Sacchi said he is "certainly not racist and my past
as a coach shows that."
Referring to an international youth tournament in
Viareggio, he said: "I've got to say there are too many
coloured players, even in the youth squads."
He made his comments at an awards ceremony in
Montecatini Terme on Monday night.
Asked by sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport to
clarify his statements, Sacchi said: "I only wanted to
underline that we're losing our national pride and
Sacchi coached AC Milan before guiding Italy to the
1994 World Cup final. He now writes a regular
column for Gazzetta and appears on TV as a
Bologna penalised for missed wages
ROME---Serie B club Bologna has been penalised
one point for failing to pay players and other workers.
The Italian football federation said the penalty
stems from missed payments in January, February
and March of last year.
New York lawyer Joe Tacopina and Montreal
Impact president Joey Saputo purchased Bologna in
October. Also, former Bologna president Albano
Guaraldi was banned from football activities for three
Bologna dropped seven points behind Carpi but
remained second in the Serie B standings.
Also, Nocerina chairman Giovanni Citarella was
banned for 3 1/2 years following the abandonment of
a derby with Salernitana in November 2013 after
fans allegedly issued death threats to players.
Nocerina responded by using all three of its
substitutions after two minutes and five players then
appeared to fake injuries.
Mainz fires coach Kasper Hjulmand
MAINZ---Bundesliga club Mainz fired coach
Kasper Hjulmand yesterday after the team managed
only one win from the past 13 league games.
Mainz appointed under-23 coach Martin Schmidt
to replace Hjulmand, who joined the club last
summer from Danish side Nordsjaelland. Schmidt, 47,
joined Mainz from FC Thun of his native Switzerland
Mainz's 4-2 defeat at Borussia Dortmund on Friday
left it only one point clear of the Bundesliga's
Managing director Christian Heidel said Hjulmand
was "a football expert who without doubt can
develop teams" but the club had new priorities in the
"For our sporting survival, we need along with
tactical discipline great passion, fighting spirit,
aggressiveness and consistency," Heidel said, adding
that he was convinced Schmidt "can give the team
the stimulus it has been lacking in recent weeks and
Hjulmand had a hard act to follow after replacing
Thomas Tuchel, who unexpectedly quit at the end of
last season after five seasons in charge. Tuchel led
Mainz to seventh place in the 18-team Bundesliga
last season. (AP)
Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale taught
Schalke a lesson when Real Madrid visited
Schalke at the same Round of 16 stage in
the Champions League last season. One
year later, Schalke hopes it has learned
enough to avoid another rout when they
meet again today.
The three Real stars produced a stunning
attacking performance and scored a pair of
goals apiece as Real romped to 6-1 win in
Gelsenkirchen and later completed a 9-2
victory on aggregate. Real Madrid went on
to win its elusive 10th title and is seeking to
become the first team to retain the Cham-
pions League trophy. Here are some things
to know about today's match.
Schalke is not the same team one year
later, starting with coach Roberto Di Matteo.
The Italian replaced Jens Keller in October
and has shored up the team's defense.
"We learned from our defeat last year. But
we have also improved, we are a different
team now," said Di Matteo, who won the
Champions League in charge of Chelsea in
2012. During the winter break, Schalke added
central defender Matija Nastasic on loan from
Manchester City. The team is in fourth place
and in competition to reach the Champions
In another boost, goalkeeper Fabian Giefer
has returned to training and Di Matteo prob-
ably won't have to rely on 19-year-old Timon
Finding the target
In defense, Schalke looks solid. But it has
struggled to convert its chances, especially
since striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar started
serving a four-match ban.
But the Dutchman is available for the
Champions League and is expected to return
against Real. He scored Schalke's only goal
at home against Real last season and it was
a spectacular volley.
How much Schalke misses Huntelaar was
evident in Saturday's 1-0 loss at Eintracht
Frankfurt. Schalke dominated the first half,
missed several good chances and then fell
victim to an opportunistic second-half goal.
Schalke is not the only one struggling to
score---Cristiano Ronaldo has been held score-
less in Real's last three matches, the first
time he has gone through such a slump since
February 2011. Ronaldo only has four goals
in his last 10 matches, while the Ballon d'Or
winner scored 17 in his first 11 league match-
Pepe to the rescue?
Real Madrid's dip in form since the start
of 2015 coincides with a spate of injuries to
its midfield and defense. The titleholders
have lost James Rodriguez (broken right foot),
Luka Modric (left leg), Sergio Ramos (left
leg), Pepe (ribs) and Fabio Coentrao (right
But media reports say the club hopes Pepe
will be back fit to play in Germany. If not,
then coach Carlo Ancelotti will again be left
to rely on young center backs Raphael Varane
and Nacho Fernandez, a far from equal pair
to Ramos and Pepe. The two were helpless
to stop Atletico Madrid from dealing Madrid
its worst loss since 2010 in a 4-0 thrashing
two weeks ago.
Toni Kroos immediately became a first-
choice player for Ancelotti following his move
from Bayern Munich last summer.
Since then, Kroos has seen both midfield
partners Modric and Rodriguez go down with
injury, as well as the transformation of Fran-
cisco "Isco" Alarcon into a Madrid fan
favorite. But the weight of both helping out
in defense and organising the attack falls on
"Playing in the centre of midfield is dif-
ficult. You have to be versatile, good with
and without the ball, defend well, start attacks
and be strong in the challenges. It is a tough
position to play in and I am trying to over-
come my weaknesses," Kroos said. (AP)
OLD TRAFFORD---Wa y n e
Rooney ended his goal drought
as Manchester United came
from behind to beat Preston
and set up a mouth-watering
FA Cup quarter-final against
After watching Bradford take
their second Premier League
scalp of the competition on Sun-
day, United were wary of falling
victim to another upset and they
feared the worst when Scott
Laird put Preston ahead.
But luckily for United man-
ager Louis van Gaal, Ander Her-
rera equalised soon after and
Marouane Fellaini poked home
before Rooney scored a late
penalty to give the Red Devils a
Rooney, starting up front
rather than in the midfield role
he has occupied of late, looked
threatening in the first half,
working the channels, but was
unable to test Preston goalkeeper
Rooney was not the only
guilty party. Radamel Falcao put
in yet another poor display and
it did not come as a surprise
when he was substituted for
Ashley Young on the hour.
Van Gaal's substitution proved
crucial as Young set up Herrera
for the equaliser.
Fellaini, who was pushed up
front following Falcao's removal,
then poked in from close range
after a brave save from Stuck-
And then Rooney ended his
seven-and-a-half week wait for
a goal when he tucked away a
penalty after being brought
down in the box on a United
United's tempo was much
better than it had been in recent
weeks and they moved from
defence to attack quickly. Di
Maria continued to dazzle, beat-
ing three Preston players with
a run from deep.
But more often than not, the
final ball from United was poor.
Luckily for United, Preston
offered little going forward
either. Their main chances
before the break came when
Garner headed over and Paul
Gallagher fired a low shot at
David de Gea.
Two minutes after the restart,
Laird ran on to Garner's incisive
pass and fired an early shot that
squeezed past De Gea via the
toe of Antonio Valencia.
Van Gaal replaced Falcao with
Young, who moved out to the
United instantly looked more
threatening with two wingers
on the pitch and Young provided
the assist for the equaliser.
The former Aston Villa man
found Herrera, who fired a pow-
erful shot past Stuckmann and
in off the post. (AP)
Schalke hoping to avoid
rout against Real Madrid
United sets up FA clash with Arsenal
in the FA
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, left, celebrates
his goal with Real Madrid's Cristiano
Ronaldo, right, during a Spanish La Liga
soccer match between Getafe and Real
Madrid at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez
stadium in Madrid, Spain, last Sunday.
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