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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, March 5, 2015
ROME---Defending champion Napoli
drew 1-1 at Lazio in the first leg of
their Italian Cup semifinal yesterday.
Miroslav Klose broke the deadlock
in the 33rd minute but the in-form
Manolo Gabbiadini leveled for Napoli
shortly before the hour mark.
Both sides also hit the woodwork in
an entertaining match that leaves it all
to play for in the second leg in Naples
The winner will face either Juventus
or Fiorentina, which meet in the other
Napoli has won two of the past three
editions of the competition, with Lazio
triumphing in 2013.
The teams are also evenly matched
in the league, with Lazio two points
behind Napoli in the fight for third
Lazio had lost all but one of its past
six matches against Napoli but almost
took an early lead when Klose headed
a corner off the left upright.
It did take the lead, though, shortly
after the half hour following a classic
counter attack. Felipe Anderson sprinted
forward and played a smart through
ball to Klose, who sidefooted it past
the onrushing Mariano Andujar.
Napoli went close to the equalizer
five minutes into the second half but
David Lopez's header from a corner
clipped the top of the crossbar.
Rafa Benitez's side leveled in the 58th.
Dries Mertens put a delightful ball over
the top towards Gonzalo Higuain, who
rounded Lazio goalkeeper Etrit Berisha.
His attempt to get it into the empty
net appeared to be going wide but Gab-
biadini tapped it in.
Gabbiadini has scored five goals for
Napoli since a January move from Sam-
pdoria, where he had scored nine goals
before the winter break.
PARIS---Paris Saint-Germain remains
on course for a domestic treble after
beating Monaco 2-0 to reach the
French Cup semifinals yesterday.
Former Chelsea player David Luiz
gave PSG the lead in the third minute,
and striker Edinson Cavani grabbed his
18th goal of the season to make it 2-0
after 52 minutes.
The teams had met in the French
league on Sunday, when PSG missed a
glut of chances in a 0-0 draw which
only served to highlight the absence of
suspended top scorer Zlatan Ibrahi-
PSG, which is second in the French
league and through to the League Cup
final, joins fellow first division side Saint-
Etienne in the semis.
Saint-Etienne beat third-tier
Boulogne-sur-Mer 4-3 on penalties in
a shoot-out on Tuesday.
Ashley Young struck a late winner
for Manchester United at Newcastle
to ensure Louis van Gaal's side did
not lose ground on what was a great
night for sides at the top of the Pre-
mier League table.
With time ticking away, United was
the only one of the top-four contenders
in action who was not winning.
But Young popped up in the 89th
minute with his first goal since January
2014 to earn United a 1-0 victory over
the Magpies, who were able to celebrate
the return to the pitch of Jonas Gutierrez
following his battle against cancer.
Leaders Chelsea remain five points
clear of Manchester City after both
teams claimed victories.
Eden Hazard was Chelsea's match-
winner with a 22nd-minute goal in a
1-0 victory over West Ham.
David Silva struck against bottom
side Leicester in first-half injury time
but it remained a nervy night at the
Etihad Stadium until James Milner
made it 2-0 in the 88th minute.
Arsenal remains four points behind
City thanks to a 2-1 victory over QPR.
Olivier Giroud broke the deadlock in
the 64th minute and Alexis Sanchez
doubled Arsenal's advantage five min-
Charlie Austin pulled QPR back into
it with a fine strike eight minutes from
time but they could not find an equalis-
After their victory over City at the
weekend, Liverpool continued their
excellent form by defeating strug-
gling Burnley 2-0 at Anfield.
Stand-in captain Jordan Hen-
derson made it two goals in as
many games with the opener in the
29th minute and Daniel Sturridge netted
the second six minutes after half-time.
Tottenham stayed firmly in the hunt
for a Champions League place with a
3-2 victory over Swansea.
Nacer Chadli's seventh-minute volley
put Spurs ahead but the night took a
worrying turn moments later when
Swans striker Bafetimbi Gomis col-
Three years after Fabrice Muamba
suffered a cardiac arrest on the same
ground, there was understandably huge
But Gomis, who has a history of
fainting, was conscious when he was
carried off the pitch and Swansea later
confirmed the striker was fine.
After a lengthy delay, Ki Sung-yeung
drew Swansea level but second-half
goals from Ryan Mason and Andros
Townsend looked to have made the
game safe for Spurs.
However, Gylfi Sigurdsson's 89th-
minute strike ensured a frantic finish
and Swansea would have taken a point
but for a stunning save from Federico
Fernandez's header by Hugo Lloris.
The clash between Stoke and Everton
form book as
Potters made it three
wins in a row.
Victor Moses' fine header put
Stoke ahead in the 32nd minute
and Mame Biram Diouf sealed the
2-0 victory six minutes from time
to heap more misery on Everton
boss Roberto Martinez.
celebrates his goal
during their English
Premier League clash
United at St James'
West Ham 0 - 1 Chelsea
QPR 1 - 2 Arsenal
Man City 2 - 0 Leicester
Newcastle 0 - 1 Man Utd
Liverpool 2 - 0 Burnley
Tottenham 3 - 2 Swansea
Stoke 2 - 0 Everton
Napoli, Lazio draw in
Italian Cup semi
PSG goes pasts Monaco
into French Cup semis
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