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MALAGA---Sevilla managed to draw at
Malaga 0--0 yesterday despite losing Steven
N Zonzi in a mistake-filled opening match
of the Spanish league season.
Former Stoke City midfielder N Zonzi
had a forgettable Liga debut following his
7 million pound (9.7 million euro) move in
He was needlessly booked early for
impeding a throw-in before being sent off
with a second yellow card for a foul in the
The match at La Rosaleda mixed poor
defending and a slew of off-target strikes.
Add steady goalkeeping performances by
Malaga s Carlos Kameni and his counterpart
Antonio "Beto" Bastos, and the Spanish
league started with a goalless dud.
Kevin Gameiro wasted his opportunity
to prove he could lead Sevilla s attack---after
Carlos Bacca s departure for AC Milan---by
squandering three great chances in the first
That may motivate Sevilla to sign another
striker before the summer transfer window
closes at the end of the month. The club
is reported to be interested in Juventus Fer-
"I m happy with the players I had for the
match. As long as we create chances I m
happy," Sevilla coach Unai Emery said.
"Gameiro and (Ciro) Immobile are capable,
but we are open to any player who can come
and improve our team before August 31."
Bacca helped guide Sevilla to consecutive
Europa League titles and a Champions
League berth for this campaign.
Sevilla didn t miss his firepower in its
thrilling 5--4 loss to Barcelona in the UEFA
Super Cup last week. But the first league
match was a different story.
Immobile, brought in to replace Bacca,
only played the final nine minutes with his
team undermanned and focused on pre-
serving a point.
By then Gameiro had seen his chances
come and go. The French forward first fired
a rebound into the side netting in the 12th.
He followed that by shooting wide from
close in the 16th and sending a strike high
two minutes later.
Malaga s players didn t have their best
day either. Nordin Amrabat lacked the fin-
ishing touch twice in the final minutes,
while Arthur Boka proved to be deft at drib-
bling into the area but unable to put the
ball between the uprights.
Barcelona opens its title defense tomorrow
when it visits Athletic Bilbao less than a
week after losing 5--1 on aggregate to the
Basques in the Spanish Super Cup.
Real Madrid plays later tomorrow at pro-
moted Sporting Gijon. (AP)
10-man Sevilla draws with
Malaga in Spanish league opener
ground out a 1--0 win yesterday at Mont-
pellier to maintain its 100 percent start to
the French league as it seeks a fourth suc-
Blaise Matuidi scored the only goal just
after the hour mark to make it three wins
out of three for PSG, which moved provi-
sionally three points ahead of Reims and
PSG also had two goals disallowed for
"It was the most difficult of our three
league wins," PSG coach Laurent Blanc said.
"There are a lot of things to look at, but
like many teams at the beginning of the
season we re still looking for our form, espe-
Montpellier had its own chances but could
not find its first goal of the season and
remained bottom of the Ligue 1 table with
"It s encouraging after our two previous
matches, but it s hard to concede a goal on
a half chance," Montpellier midfielder Bryan
Dabo said. "We had quite a lot of counter-
attacks and chances, but we struggled with
the final ball. That s been our problem since
the start of the season.
"We posed problems for PSG, that s true.
But we still have zero points, that s true
The only sour note of the night for PSG
involved Javier Pastore limping off with a
calf injury after less than ten minutes.
The capital club was already without Zla-
tan Ibrahimovic, Angel Di Maria and Marco
PSG thought it had broken the deadlock
ten minutes from halftime but Serge Aurier
was clearly offside when he headed in Thiago
Motta s free kick---as were two of his team-
Montpellier almost gifted PSG the lead
when Jonas Martin attempted to control a
ball on his chest in the penalty area and it
fell to Ezequiel Lavezzi, whose effort flew
narrowly past the right post.
Montpellier improved after the break and
should have taken the lead at the start of
the second half.
First, Ramy Bensebaini forced a great save
from PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp with a
powerful header. Moments later, Aurier had
to clear Djamel Baker s low shot from almost
off the line.
Montpellier left itself exposed at the back
and was almost caught out when Edinson
Cavani raced ahead from midfield but his
goal was ruled out for a tight offside deci-
PSG did break the deadlock when Lavezzi
did well to turn his marker and find Maxwell
just inside the area. The Brazilian threaded
the ball through for Matuidi to fire in at the
near post for his second goal in as many
PSG edges Montpellier 1--0 to maintain perfect start
LONDON---The Premier League has taken the un-
usual step of publicly saying Liverpool's winning goal
against Bournemouth on Monday should have been
Christian Benteke's close-range goal at Anfield was
allowed to stand by referee Craig Pawson despite
teammate Philippe Coutinho being in an offside posi-
tion and attempting to play the ball.
The league says Coutinho's actions impacted on
goalkeeper Artur Boruc who had to "delay his action
to wait and see if the attacking player in an offside
position touches/plays the ball."
The league has written to clubs clarifying this new
interpretation of the globally-applicable offside rule.
Benteke secured Liverpool's second 1--0 win of the
season after league newcomer Bournemouth had a
goal from Tommy Elphick ruled out for a push earlier
in the game.
Atletico extends defender
Godin's contract through 2019
MADRID---Atletico Madrid says defender Diego
Godin has agreed to add another year to his contract,
tying him to the Spanish club until 2019.
Since his arrival in 2010, Godin has helped Atletico
win the Spanish league, the Copa del Rey, the Europa
League, and reach the Champions League final.
The 29-year-old Uruguay international's most
memorable goal was his header in a 1--1 draw at
Barcelona to clinch the 2014 league title in a dramatic
winner-takes-all finale on the last round of the sea-
Atletico opens the 2015-16 Spanish league season
against Las Palmas today.
Real Madrid extends Pepe's
contract until 2017
MADRID---Real Madrid says defender Pepe has
agreed to extend his contract until the end of the
The Spanish club made the announcement yester-
day, four days after it renewed fellow defender Sergio
Ramos' contract through 2020.
Pepe, 32, has helped Madrid win the Champions
League and two Spanish league titles in eight sea-
Madrid starts the league season at promoted
Sporting Gijon tomorrow.
Barcelona loans Halilovic
to Sporting Gijon
BARCELONA---Barcelona has agreed to loan mid-
fielder Alen Halilovic for a season to fellow Spanish
league club Sporting Gijon.
The 19-year-old Croat played in Barcelona's reserve
team last season after arriving from Dinamo Zagreb.
Halilovic made his debut for Barcelona's first team
in the Copa del Rey in January.
Newly promoted Sporting plays its league opener
against Real Madrid tomorrow.
Leverkusen's new signing
Aranguiz out for months
LEVERKUSEN---Bayer Leverkusen has lost latest
signing Charles Aranguiz for months.
The Bundesliga club says the Chile midfielder has
torn his left Achilles tendon in practice and requires
Aranguiz only signed for Leverkusen last week.
"He will be out for months," club spokesman Dirk
Mesch said yesterday.
Aranguiz, who was preparing for his Bundesliga
debut today against Hannover, joins a group of sev-
eral injured players in Leverkusen's squad, among
them defenders Tin Jedvaj and Omer Toprak. (AP)
Premier League says Liverpool
winner should not have stood
Anthony Ujah struck for
Werder Bremen to draw at
Hertha Berlin 1--1 and claim its
first point of the Bundesliga
Valentin Stocker rifled a shot
to the roof of the net for the
home side in the sixth minute,
but Ujah equalised with Bre-
men s first chance 20 minutes
later after a cross from left back
"I tried first with my head
and it didn t go in but then I
had a second chance with my
foot and it did," Ujah said of his
second goal in three competitive
Hertha began strongly after
the break, when Stocker failed
to make the most of a good
The visitors threatened a late
victory when Jannik Vester-
gaard struck the post in the
82nd, a minute after Bremen
had hit the crossbar with a
"We had the chance to go 2--0
up after the first goal and we
didn t take it," Hertha coach Pal
"We re not effective enough
in front of goal. That s the last
missing thing we need to draw
out of our players."
returned from injury with eight
minutes remaining. The Hertha
midfielder tore cruciate liga-
ments in his knee in August 2013
and then again in August 2014.
"It s an incredible feeling. I ve
always been working toward it
(returning). Unfortunately it
wasn t enough for the win,"
Hertha is provisionally top,
ahead of the rest of the second
round, with four points from
two games. (AP)
Bremen draws at Hertha to earn 1st point
the winner for PSG.
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