Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 15th 2015 Contents MANCHESTER, England--- Manchester City s
Premier League title defense was dealt a
further blow yesterday with a first loss to
Burnley in 41 years.
George Boyd clinched a 1-0 victory for rel-
egation-threatened Burnley after meeting
City captain Vincent Kompany s clearance
from Kieran Trippier s free kick with a half-
volley in the 61st minute.
City, which has lost two of its last three
league games, remains five points behind
Chelsea with nine games to go. The leaders
have two games in hand on the champions,
and host Southampton on Sunday.
City s domestic difficulties come ahead of
a trip to Barcelona where Manuel Pellegrini s
side will be trying to overturn a 2-1 deficit
in the Champions League round of 16 on
Arsenal prepared well, though, for its trip
to Monaco to turn around a 3-1 first-leg loss
by easing to a 3-0 victory over West Ham.
Olivier Giroud inspired Arsenal s fifth
straight league victory by scoring one and
setting up Aaron Ramsey s goal at Emirates
Stadium. Mathieu Flamini also netted as
Arsene Wenger s team tightened its grip on
third place and moved within a point of Man
Aston Villa ended its barren scoring run
away from home in spectacular style at Sun-
Villa had taken seven months to score four
away goals in this season s league campaign,
only for the team to double that amount in
the first 45 minutes in a 4-0 win at Sunder-
land. Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbon-
lahor both scored twice.
The glut of goals sparked unrest and a
mini-exodus among home fans at halftime,
with some supporters confronting Sunderland
manager Gus Poyet close to the dug-out.
With 10 minutes left, the Stadium of Light
"When you are a fan and you see your
team performing like we did in the first half,
I would do the same," said the under-pressure
Poyet, who described the display as "unac-
Crystal Palace beat Queens Park Rangers
3-1 at home in a match marked by an out-
rageous 40-meter consolation strike by Matt
Phillips for the visitors. West Bromwich Albion
overcame Stoke 1-0 and Leicester drew 0-
0 with relegation rival Hull.
Arsenal will head to Monaco increasingly
confident of securing yet another season in
Europe s top competition by finishing in the
The Gunners are fighting with Manchester
United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Southamp-
ton for the two spots behind the current top
two of Chelsea and City, and their form sug-
gests they will be difficult to stop.
Giroud set Arsenal on its way to an eighth
straight home win by smashing in a left-foot
shot off the post in first-half injury time.
The France striker provided the square ball
that Ramsey steered home in the 81st before
Flamini added a third in the 84th.
West Ham is winless in seven league games
as it drifts toward mid-table after challenging
for the top four in the first half of the sea-
Villa hadn t scored an away goal in more
than 10 hours before Benteke s 16th-minute
goal against Sunderland. Agbonlahor scored
in the 18th and 37th minutes before Benteke
piled on the agony for the hosts with a fourth
in scarcely believable scenes.
Villa has been revived by new manager
Tim Sherwood and a second straight win in
the league---after seven defeats in a row---
pushed the team above Sunderland further
clear of relegation.
Sunderland has won one of its last 11 league
games at home.
QPR stayed in the relegation zone after
another pitiful away performance, in which
it conceded three goals in the first half to
Wilfrid Zaha, James MacArthur and Joel Ward.
Phillips late consolation was one of the goals
of the season in the Premier League, a dripping
strike from long range with flew in off the
underside of the crossbar.
Brown Ideye scored West Brom s winner
to move the team into mid-table and continue
its resurgence under new manager Tony Pulis.
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Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey, centre, celebrates scoring his side's second goal with teammates
Olivier Giroud, bottom, and Danny Welbeck during the English Premier League soccer
match between Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium in London,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
BERLIN---Thomas Mueller scored one goal and
set up two more as Bayern Munich opened a
14-point lead in the Bundesliga with a comfort-
able 4-0 win at Werder Bremen yesterday.
Fine strikes from Mueller and David Alaba in
the first half and two goals from Robert
Lewandowski in the second secured the visitors
sixth consecutive victory across all competitions
and a healthy advantage over second-placed
Wolfsburg, which hosts Freiburg on Sunday.
Mueller opened the scoring in the 24th minute
with a top-class curled effort inside the far post
after Raphael Wolf blocked his initial effort, and
Alaba put Bayern in a commanding position with
a perfectly struck free kick before the break.
Bremen had a goal ruled out for a handball by
Sebastian Proedl, but TV replays showed the Aus-
trian was pulled back by Jerome Boateng and
should have had a penalty.
Tempers became frayed after a series of bad
challenges in the second half.
Mueller set up Lewandowski to score with a
diving header in the 76th and then again in injury
time for the Poland striker to complete the rout.
Bayern was without Franck Ribery and Arjen
Robben due to injuries, and Xabi Alonso due to
an accumulation of yellow cards.
Pepe Reina played in Bayern s goal for the rested
Manuel Neuer but had a quiet game, with one
good save, while captain Philipp Lahm made a
second-half appearance to return from his ankle
Elsewhere, Joel Matip scored in the last minute
to salvage a 2-2 draw for Schalke at Hertha Berlin.
Eintracht Frankfurt routed promoted Paderborn
4-0, Hoffenheim defeated 10-man Hamburger
SV 3-0, and Mainz won 2-0 at Augsburg, which
missed the chance to capitalize on Schalke s draw
to move fifth.
Dortmund hosted Cologne in the late game.
Japan midfielder Genki Haraguchi s first Bun-
desliga goal in the 81st minute looked to have
secured Hertha a vital win in its fight against rel-
egation, only for Matip to head the equalizer.
Anis Ben-Hatira opened the scoring on the
rebound for Hertha in the 21st, celebrating with
a Spiderman mask in tribute to a young child
The 19-year-old Leroy Sane---who impressed
in Schalke s 4-3 defeat of Real Madrid in the
Champions League on Tuesday---equalised with
a cheeky chip from a difficult angle for his first
Bundesliga goal in the 40th.
In Frankfurt, Alexander Meier scored from Marc
Stendera s cross in the 27th for his league-leading
19th goal of the season, before returning the favor
for Stendera to make it 2-0 in the 42nd.
The game had been held up briefly to allow
treatment to referee Guido Winkmann after he
was knocked over by Paderborn s Marvin Bakalorz.
Japan midfielder Takashi Inui set up Stefan
Aigner in the 55th and Nelson Valdez in the 82nd.
It was the Paraguay striker s first Bundesliga goal
since leaving Dortmund in 2010.
There was further Japanese involvement in
Augsburg, with Shinji Okazaki firing in off the
far post in the 32nd for Mainz. South Korean
midfielder Koo Ja-cheol wrapped up the visitors
win in the 89th.
Hamburg was down to 10 men from the 20th
minute when goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny was
sent off for bringing down Sven Schipplock.
Eugen Polanski scored the resultant penalty
for Hoffenheim, and made it 2-0 in the 81st,
before Sebastian Rudy sealed the win in the 87th.
SAO PAULO---Sao Paulo may
not be able to host games for
the 2016 Olympic football
tournament because of the
high costs involved in the com-
petition, city officials said this
South America s biggest city
had been considered a lock as
one of the football host cities
for the 2016 Rio Games, but
officials now say they will have
to analyze the list of require-
ments for the tournament to
see if it will be possible to par-
Sports Secretary Celso Jatene
told the Folha de S. Paulo news-
paper that it is "not guaranteed"
Sao Paulo will be able to host
Sao Paulo was pre-selected
by local organizers as one of the
six football cities for the
Olympics, along with Rio de
Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia,
Salvador and Manaus. All of
them hosted matches during
last year s World Cup.
FIFA has the final say on the
host cities. FIFA s Olympic
organizing committee will meet
in Zurich next week to discuss
the issue and possibly make a
The governing body has
already hinted Manaus may be
dropped because it s too far from
the Olympic center in Rio. The
city is about 3,000 kilometers
(1,800 miles) from Rio in the
Sao Paulo had originally
planned on using two venues
to host games but Jatene said
that only Corinthians Itaquerao
stadium, which opened the
World Cup, would be used if
the city does participate.
Rio is expected to host games
at the Maracana, where the
World Cup final took place, and
at the Engenhao stadium, which
will also host the athletics com-
The southern city of Porto
Alegre and the northeastern city
of Fortaleza had previously indi-
cated interest in hosting matches
and could become options if
Sao Paulo and Manaus are
Football is the only Olympic
competition that will be played
outside of Rio. There is a need
for several host cities because
the tournament is played with
16 nations in the men s side and
12 in the women s.
The competition will be extra
special for Brazil s national team
as it s the only significant foot-
ball tournament it has never
won. Mexico beat Brazil to win
the men s gold at the 2012 Lon-
don Games. (AP)
Man City title defense dealt
blow; Arsenal surge continues
Bayern routs Bremen
4-0, opens 14-point
lead in Bundesliga
Sao Paulo may not host football games for 2016 Olympics
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