Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 2nd 2015 Contents A58
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, March 2, 2015
BARCELONA---Real Madrid stumbled
to a costly 1-1 draw with Villarreal at
home yesterday to tighten the Spanish
league title race.
Cristiano Ronaldo gave Madrid the
lead in the 52nd with a penalty he
earned and converted.
But Madrid squandered Ronaldo's
league-leading 30th goal of the season
when it conceded a goal by Villarreal
striker Gerard Moreno.
Carlo Ancelotti's side still had over
25 minutes left to push for a winner,
but it could have even lost if not for
goalkeeper Iker Casillas' late save to
deny Luciano Vietto.
Atletico Madrid was left six points
adrift in third after a 0-0 draw at Sevil-
la. Sevilla hemmed Atletico into its area
in the first half but could go no closer
than Vicente Iborra's shot off the post
in the 27th minute.
Atletico finally threatened Sevilla's
goal after Fernando Torres went on
after halftime to help out Antoine
Griezmann in attack. Midfielder Jorge
"Koke" Resurreccion also returned from
injury as a second-half substitute, but
Diego Simeone's side was still denied
Sevilla remained in fifth place and
the only undefeated home side in the
league. Even so, it fell seven points
behind forth-place Valencia and the
last Champions League spot after
Valencia won early on Sunday.
Griezmann, Atletico's leading scorer
in the league, will miss next week's key
clash against Valencia, which has pulled
to within one point.
Valencia beat Real Sociedad 2-0 at
home thanks to Pablo Piatt's double
shortly after halftime.
Piatti converted Valencia's dominance
into a goal eight minutes after the inter-
val when his deflected shot beat goal-
keeper Geronimo Rulli.
The forward then met Sofiane
Feghouli's cross and slotted it beyond
Rulli to seal the outcome three minutes
Valencia, however, lost first-choice
defender Nicolas Otamendi to a leg
injury right before halftime.
Athletic Bilbao also earned a 1-0 vic-
tory at Eibar in a Basque Country derby
as it moved into 10th place before its
Copa del Rey second-leg semifinal at
Espanyol on Wednesday with the tie
poised at 1-1.
Defender Carlos Gurpegui was left
unmarked to head in Oscar de Marcos'
pass for what proved to be the winner
in the 36th. Goalkeeper Jaime Jimenez
saved the hosts from greater defeat
with at least five impressive stops, but
he couldn't prevent Eibar from slipping
into 13th after a sixth consecutive defeat.
to costly draw
MILAN---Lazio kept up the pressure
on third-placed Napoli with a com-
fortable 3-0 win at Sassuolo in Serie
A yesterday as the race for the final
Champions League spot gathered
Goals from Felipe Anderson,
Miroslav Klose and Marco Parolo
helped Lazio record its third successive
win and move two points behind
Napoli, which can go level with sec-
ond-placed Roma with a victory at
Torino later. Mohamed Salah was on
target again as Fiorentina remained a
point behind Lazio following a 1-0
victory at Inter Milan, while Sampdoria
was three points further back after
coming from behind to win 2-1 at Ata-
lanta. In the lunchtime kickoff Cagliari
lost a relegation battle 2-1 at home to
Hellas Verona. Elsewhere, Palermo
drew 0-0 at Empoli, while Cesena
beat Udinese 1-0. Parma's match at
Genoa was postponed, with the players
protesting the situation at the finan-
cially-stricken club and the lack of
help from the Italian footballing
It was the second match in a row
Parma has postponed and all matches
this weekend started 15 minutes late
in a show of solidarity with the cri-
Sassuolo was struggling of late, los-
ing its past two matches and Lazio
broke the deadlock on the stroke of
halftime. Francesco Acerbi headed out
Seydou Keita's cross but only as far
as Felipe Anderson, who curled a
delightful shot into the top right corner
from just outside the area.
The Brazilian was also involved in
both Lazio's other goals, with a cross
into the box for a Klose header in the
70th minute---shortly after the Ger-
many forward had come off the bench
---and a shot which took a series of
ricochets before Parolo fired it home.
Lazio keeps up pressure on Napoli
three quick goals early in the second
half to end Werder Bremen s six-
match unbeaten Bundesliga run with
a 5-3 victory yesterday.
Two goals apiece from Bas Dost and
Daniel Caligiuri helped Wolfsburg come
from behind and stay eight points adrift
of leader Bayern Munich in second
Earlier, Borussia Moenchengladbach
strengthened its grip on third place
with a 2-0 victory over Paderborn on
Sunday. In a wild match in Bremen,
the goals kept happening in quick suc-
cession as Bremen took a 3-2 lead at
But Wolfsburg capitalized on mis-
takes by Bremen's defense early in the
second half to turn the match around.
Wolfsburg scored three goals within
five minutes, between the 48th and
53rd. Dost, who now has 12 Bundesliga
goals in the last six matches, notched
the first two from close range on feeds
from Kevin de Bruyne.
Wolfsburg ends Werden Bremen's run
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