Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 23rd 2015 Contents A66
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, March 23, 2015
PARIS---Teenage striker Anthony Martial scored
his fourth league goal in the last three games yes-
terday as Monaco kept up its push for a European
place next season with a 3-1 win at Reims.
After Brazilian defender Fabinho gave Monaco a
fifth-minute lead, the 19-year-old Martial made it
2-0 in the 14th.
Forward Diego Rigonato pulled one back for Reims,
but Morocco midfielder Nabil Dirar sealed Monaco s
win in the 79th.
Monaco is enjoying a strong resurgence following
a poor start to the season, and coach Leonardo Jardim s
team is also qualified for the Champions League
quarterfinals, where it will take on Juventus.
"We started the match very well," Dirar said.
"Our aim is to keep the pressure on the top three,
giving that Lyon lost (on Saturday). We ve had a taste
of the Champions League this year and we want to
back next season, so we ll do everything we can to
finish on the podium."
Also, Ivory Coast winger Max-Alain Gradel scored
both goals in Saint-Etienne s 2-0 home win against
Lille, taking his tally to ten this season---including
five in the last four games.
Lille midfielder Rony Lopes was sent off in the
52nd. Fifth-place Saint-Etienne is one point behind
Monaco, having played one game more, and is four
clear of sixth-place Bordeaux.
"We re on a good run at the moment. You have
to make the most of it," Saint-Etienne coach
Christophe Galtier said. "We re scoring goals and
we re not conceding many chances."
He praised Gradel for another fine individual per-
"Like for all forwards, there are times when things
are more difficult and other times when everything
goes for you," Galtier said.
"Things are working well in attack now. That s
why Ricky van Wolfswinkel has been on the bench
for the past three games. It s nothing personal against
Lyon lost 2-1 at home to Nice on Saturday to
remain one point behind Paris Saint-Germain, which
beat Lorient 3-1 at home on Friday.
MILAN---Carlos Tevez scored again to
help Juventus beat Genoa 1-0 and pro-
visionally move 17 points clear at the top
of Serie A.
Tevez, who also had a penalty saved at
Juventus Stadium, scored the only goal of
the game with a magnificent finish to
increase his tally to a league-leading 16
on the season.
It was also the Argentina forward s 24th
goal in all competitions, following a double
in Wednesday s 3-0 win at Dortmund,
which sent Juventus through to the Cham-
pions League quarterfinals.
"The coach always gives me compli-
ments for what I do on the pitch for the
team," Tevez said.
"Everyone knows I am happy here, I
don t want to talk about my future at the
moment. I have to enjoy this unique
moment that I am experiencing.
"We have to seal the championship as
soon as possible," he said, so that Juventus
"can focus on the Italian Cup semifinal
and the Champions League quarterfinals.
We can t let our guard down."
The match at Juventus Stadium was the
only one of the weekend with the tradi-
tional kickoff of 3 pm local time.
There were six matches yesterday
evening, with Roma visiting Cesena, des-
perate to cling onto second spot. Lazio,
which is a point behind, hosts Hellas
Verona. Earlier, Empoli beat Sassuolo 3-
1 for a club record eighth match unbeat-
en.Genoa was the only side to have beaten
Juventus in Serie A this season, having
snatched a 1-0 win at the end of October.
Tevez broke the deadlock with a moment
of magic in the 25th minute, beating two
defenders as he surged into the area before
firing an unstoppable effort in off the
underside of the crossbar.
Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin was
forced off early in the second half with a
shoulder injury and was replaced by Euge-
nio Lamanna, who saved a penalty ten
minutes later, diving smartly to his right
to keep out Tevez s spot kick.
It was the second penalty Lamanna has
saved in his three appearances this season,
after also denying Roma s Adem Ljajic.
Facundo Roncaglia had given away the
penalty by bringing down Roberto Pereyra.
Earlier, Riccardo Saponara scored two
and created another to help Empoli win
a relegation battle.
Substitute Levan Mchedlidze bagged
Empoli s second just 13 seconds after com-
ing off the bench.
Sassuolo s consolation was an own goal
by Daniele Rugani.
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, left,
hugs Argentine teammate Carlos Tevez at
the end of a Serie A soccer match between
Juventus and Genoa at the Juventus
stadium, in Turin, Italy, yesterday. Tevez
scored again to help Juventus beat Genoa
1-0 and provisionally move 17 points clear
at the top of Serie A. AP PHOTO
Juve goes 17 points
clear in Serie A
shines for Monaco
Links Archive March 22nd 2015 March 24th 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page