Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 16th 2015 Contents MANCHESTER---Chelsea failed
to fully capitalise on Manchester
City s stumble in the Premier
League title race by only drawing
against Southampton yesterday,
while Wayne Rooney landed a
blow to Tottenham s Champions
League hopes in Manchester
United s most impressive victory
Chelsea extended its lead over
City to six points---with a game
in hand---with a 1-1 draw at
Stamford Bridge, although the
advantage would have been even
bigger had Southampton goal-
keeper Fraser Forster not produced
several great saves in the second
Diego Costa's 11th-minute
header for Chelsea, which ended
his seven-game goal drought, was
quickly canceled out by a penalty
converted by Dusan Tadic.
Rooney capped United's 3-0
win over Spurs at Old Trafford
with a stunning solo goal and
performed a boxing knockout cel-
ebration, where he shaped a flurry
of punches before falling over on
his back. It was a response to
video footage, released by a British
newspaper on Sunday, that
apparently showed the England
captain being floored by an ex-
teammate in a sparring session
"I don't know how it's got out,"
Rooney said. "You know, it's what
friends do---we mess around in
the house and unfortunately it's
made the front page of the news-
Marouane Fellaini and Michael
Carrick also scored first-half goals
for fourth-place United, which
moved to within two points of
Man City in what is proving to
be a riveting tussle for Champions
"We have waited a long time
for such a victory," said United
manager Louis van Gaal, who had
come under fire in recent weeks
for some insipid displays by his
Spurs dropped six points off
the top four with a poor display
that revived memories of its capit-
ulations against the top sides last
In the day's other game, Ever-
ton beat Newcastle 3-0 to pull
clear of relegation danger and lift
some of the gloom surrounding
the club. James McCarthy,
Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley
scored the goals as Newcastle fin-
ished with 10 men following
Fabricio Coloccini's sending-off.
City's 1-0 loss to Burnley on
Saturday made Chelsea an even
bigger favorite for the league title,
although Jose Mourinho's team
is inching rather than motoring
to the trophy. It has drawn three
of its last four league matches at
Chelsea wasn't at its best in
the first half against Southamp-
ton, perhaps experiencing a hang-
over from being eliminated from
the Champions League by Paris
Saint-Germain in midweek.
Costa headed in a cross from
Branislav Ivanovic but the visitors
responded with Tadic's penalty
and regularly breached Chelsea's
defense. It was a different story
after the interval, with Chelsea
repeatedly thwarted by Forster.
"If somebody tells me in
August that at the end of March,
we are six points in front and one
match in hand, I would sign
immediately," Mourinho said.
The latest incident in Rooney's
colourful career may overshadow
a powerful performance by Unit-
ed, which began a tough run of
fixtures that could define its sea-
United had a quicker tempo to
its passing and movement, and
pounced on poor defending and
lapses in concentration by Spurs
in going 3-0 ahead after 34 min-
Carrick set up Fellaini's goal
with a neat pass, before sending
a precise header into the corner
after Fellaini caused trouble at a
Rooney then seized on Nabil
Bentaleb's errant sideways pass,
ran straight at the visiting defense,
turned Eric Dier inside out and
placed a low finish past goalkeeper
Hugo Lloris. He sprinted toward
the corner flag, performed some
shadow-boxing and then fell
backward to the ground.
When Van Gaal was asked
about the video involving Rooney,
he said: "What is this world,
twisted? I don't want to answer
this question because I think it
is ridiculous that we have to talk
about such things."
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MILAN---Napoli s hopes of a Champions League
spot were dealt a blow yesterday by a 2-0 defeat
at Hellas Verona in Serie A.
World Cup winner Luca Toni scored both goals
for Verona, at the start of each half, to take his tally
to 13 league goals this season.
Verona midfielder Jacopo Sala was sent off in the
final minute following a second booking.
Napoli remained level on points with third-place
Lazio, which visits Torino on Monday. It also failed
to reduce the gap with second-place Roma, which
also plays Monday, at home to Sampdoria.
Genoa's slump continued as it lost 2-0 at home
to Chievo Verona, with Alberto Paloschi scoring
twice against his former club. Sassuolo ended a run
of four consecutive defeats as it crushed crisis-hit
Parma 4-1, while 10-man Atalanta managed a score-
less draw against Udinese.
Inter Milan hosts Cesena later.
Rafa Benitez's Napoli side had appeared to be
closing in on Roma following four successive vic-
tories, only to see its challenge fade after just one
win in its five league matches since then.
Toni got Verona off to the perfect start in the
seventh minute, collecting the ball in a crowd of
Napoli defenders before rounding goalkeeper Mariano
Andujar and slotting into the far corner.
Verona went close to extending its lead before
Napoli finally stepped up a gear toward the end of
However, Verona doubled its advantage six minutes
after the break following a brilliant run from Emil
Hallfredsson, who raced down the left flank before
crossing for Toni to turn it in with a sidefoot vol-
ley.Only Carlos Tevez and Mauro Icardi have scored
more times this campaign in Serie A, with both on
15 goals apiece.
Napoli had chances to reduce the deficit and
Francesco Benussi needed a desperate double save
to keep out Gokhan Inler's volley in the 65th.
Substitute Manolo Gabbiadini also hit the post
with a 30-yard (metre) strike two minutes from
Genoa had looked like outside contenders for the
final Champions League spot at the end of the year,
but has now won just two of 12 matches.
Paloschi, who spent half a season at Genoa before
signing for Chievo in 2011, netted his first four min-
utes after the interval following good work from
Riccardo Meggiorini that sent him clean through
The two linked up again in the 68th for Paloschi
to volley in Meggiorini's cross from the left.
Chievo moved eight points away from the drop
zone, while Genoa remained nine points behind
Parma was deducted a further two points on
Friday for failing to pay players' salaries and faces
a bankruptcy hearing on Thursday.
There had been more joy on the field, with the
bottom club drawing its previous two matches.
Nicola Sansone gave Sassuolo a controversial lead
in the 24th minute as he appeared to marginally
offside when he tapped in Saphir Taider's cross but
Parma leveled moments later when Andi Lila's curled
effort was deflected in for his first goal for the club.
Sansone, who left Parma for Sassuolo last year,
restored the home side's lead with a magnificent
long-range strike which dipped into the bottom
right corner in the 36th minute.
Sassuolo all but sealed the result on the hour
mark when Parma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante was
harshly adjudged to have fouled Sansone and was
dismissed. Domenico Berardi converted the resulting
Simone Missiroli completed the scoring four min-
Chelsea's Diego Costa, right, competes for the ball with Southampton's Toby Alderweireld, during
the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge
stadium in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
beat Freiburg 3-0 yesterday to remain 11
points behind Bayern Munich in the Bun-
desliga, and keep Freiburg firmly in the
Kevin de Bruyne opened the scoring and
played a role in goals by Roberto Rodriguez
and Maximilian Arnold.
The defeat left Freiburg next to last, three
points from safety.
In the late match, Patrick Herrmann
scored both goals for Borussia
Moenchengladbach to beat Hannover 2-
0. Moenchengladbach is third, nine points
behind Wolfsburg and two points ahead
of Bayer Leverkusen.
Bayern Munich won 4-0 at Werder Bre-
men on Saturday.
De Bruyne put Wolfsburg ahead in the
19th after Marc Torrejon had mistimed his
clearance, allowing de Bruyne to slot home
Freiburg missed several chances before
Wolfsburg regained control late in the game.
De Bruyne earned a penalty when he
was brought down by Freiburg goalkeeper
Roman Buerki, who escaped a red card.
Rodriguez converted from the spot in the
78th. De Bruyne then provided the cross
for Arnold's goal in the 84th.
Hermann connected with a low cross
from Thorgan Hazard at the far post to
open the scoring for Moenchengladbach
in the 43rd.
He sealed a sixth straight home victory
with another close-range shot, after being
picked out by Max Kruse in the 75th.
Hannover is winless in nine matches and
is four points from the danger zone.
Wolfsburg keeps going in Bundesliga
Rooney kayoes Spurs, Chelsea held
GLASGOW---Rock star Rod Stewart
handed over the Scottish League Cup to
Celtic players after his beloved club won
its first title under manager Ronny Deila
Celtic won the competition for the 15th
time by beating 10-man Dundee United
2-0 in the final at Hampden Park.
The team is also three points clear with
a game in hand in its Scottish Premiership
title defense, and remains in contention
for the Scottish Cup in Deila's first season
"I'm very happy and proud of the boys
today," the Norwegian manager said. "I
am so happy we can experience this."
Kris Commons put Celtic ahead in the
28th minute and James Forrest added a
second in the 79th to keep the Glasgow
club on course for the treble.
United had captain Sean Dillon sent off
in the 56th for a reckless challenge on
Emilio Izaguirre to make its task even
Celtic's margin of victory should have
been bigger, but Forrest missed a late
Celtic wins League Cup, receives trophy from Rod Stewart
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