Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 11th 2015 Contents A56
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, November 11, 2015
BUENOS AIRES---It s always
special when Argentina and
Brazil play, even if this time
Argentina goes into the match
without Lionel Messi and Sergio
No such problem for Brazil.
Neymar is healthy and back from
suspension for the World Cup
qualifier tomorrow at Monumental
Stadium in Buenos Aires.
"Every absence is important,"
Argentina coach Gerardo Martino
said, but acknowledged some such
as Messi and Aguero are more crit-
ical than others. "We ll have to
change our mindset to beat Brazil."
Neither team showed much in
its first two qualifiers last month.
Brazil beat Venezuela 3-1 and
lost to Copa America champion
Chile 2-0. Argentina lost 2-0 to
Ecuador and eked out a 0-0 draw
Brazil coach Dunga also has
injury problems, missing defenders
Marquinhos of Paris Saint-Ger-
main and Marcelo of Real Madrid.
He s replaced them with Arsenal
defender Gabriel Paulista and
winger Douglas Santos of Brazilian
club Atletico Mineiro.
But he has Neymar, who returns
after completing a four-match
suspension picked up in the Copa
Neymar probably scored the
best goal of the season on Sunday
against Spanish club Villarreal,
taking a ball off his chest, dropping
it to his right foot, and spinning
to lash a shot just inside the near
In other matches tomorrow, it s:
Ecuador vs. Uruguay, Chile vs.
Colombia, Bolivia vs. Venezuela
and Peru vs. Paraguay.
Uruguay, Ecuador and Chile
have maximum points from two
matches each to lead early qual-
Uruguay and Ecuador meet in
Quito at 2,850 meters (9,350 feet),
where the home team always has
Uruguay will be without injured
Atletico de Madrid defender Jose
Maria Gimenez. Also missing will
be Barcelona star Luis Suarez, who
is out for two more matches fol-
lowing his penalty for biting Italian
defender Giorgio Chiellini in last
year s World Cup.
Ecuador will also be without its
top player, injured Manchester
United midfielder Antonio Valen-
cia.Chile has its perfect record on
the line at home against Colom-
In the next round of qualifiers
on Tuesday, it s: Colombia vs.
Argentina, Venezuela vs. Ecuador,
Paraguay vs. Bolivia, Uruguay vs.
Chile, and Brazil vs Peru.
PARIS---Karim Benzema s lawyer
will take legal action against a radio
station that published a transcript
of a conversation between the
France striker and a friend which
was recorded as part of the inves-
tigation into a sex tape involving
national teammate Mathieu Valbue-
na.French radio Europe 1 violated the
confidentiality of an official investi-
gation, Sylvain Cormier told The
Associated Press yesterday.
The extracts published on Monday
tend to give credence to the claim
that Benzema, who was charged last
week with conspiracy to blackmail
and participation to a criminal group,
took an active role in the extortion
"This is a scandalous method,"
Cormier said. "They did not publish
the conversation in its entirety, but
extracts of it. We believe that the files
have been leaked to the press to influ-
ence Valbuena s future testimony."
The investigation, which includes
wiretap evidence, started when Val-
buena decided to take legal action
after being contacted by a man claim-
ing to be in possession of an incrim-
inating sex tape.
Benzema s involvement has yet to
be determined, but investigators
believe he was approached by a child-
hood friend to act as an intermediary.
According to the transcript, Benzema
tried to convince Valbuena to deal
directly with the blackmailers.
Cormier has a different view, being
adamant that Benzema was not
involved, and that he tried to dissuade
Valbuena from negotiating with the
was goaded into retaliation, and
slapped the sportsman. For once,
this wasn t the England striker s
fiery temperament resurfacing but
a playful clash with a WWE star.
Wade Barrett has had a feud
with Rooney ever since he accused
the Manchester United captain of
diving to win a penalty last year
against Preston --- the northern
English club supported by the
Rooney came face to face with
the wrestler at RAW in Manches-
ter late Monday.
"I don t like the way you re
looking at me, Wayne," Barrett
yelled at Rooney. "You re looking
at me like you ve got some kind
of problem with me."
Rooney was sitting with six-
year-old son Kai in the front row.
"I would offer to have you step
inside this ring so we can fight
this out like men," Barrett said.
"But I would hate for your little
boy to sit there and watch his
own father fail because, let s face
it, he gets to experience that every
single time you step on a football
Barrett climbed out of the ring
to confront Rooney in person. He
threatened to knock Rooney out
and prodded the player in the
chest. Rooney responded by slap-
ping Barrett and he theatrically
fell to the floor.
and Bayern Munich
returned to the top of
the Associated Press
Global Football 10 yes-
Neymar was player of
the week after scoring
twice in both of
Barcelona s 3-0 victories,
against BATE Borisov in
the Champions League
and Villarreal in the
Spanish league, a result
which moved his team to
the top of the standings
and meant the absence
of the injured Lionel
Messi was not felt by his
"No Messi, no prob-
lem - especially when
you have Neymar,"
Umaid Wasim of Dawn
Newspaper in Pakistan
said. "Four goals over the
week by the Brazilian,
whose second goal
against Villarreal was a
piece of pure magic."
Bayern striker Thomas
Mueller equalled Ney-
mar s feat but was sec-
ond behind the Brazilian.
Mueller scored two
against both Arsenal in
the Champions League
and Stuttgart in the Bun-
was third after scoring a
hat trick as Lyon beat
Saint-Etienne 3-0 in the
"Lacazette picked the
perfect game to redis-
cover last season s prolific
Jonathan Johnson of
beIN Sports USA said.
"The France international
scored all three goals as
Lyon beat Rhone-Alpes
rivals Saint-Etienne 3-0
in the last ever derby at
In the team poll, Bay-
ern took leading honours
for thrashing Arsenal 5-
1 in the Champions
League and beating
Stuttgart 4-0 in the Bun-
"Bayern Munich is
superior in the Bundesliga
(and) brilliant in the
Francois Colin of De
Standaard in Belgium
said. "The best team in
Europe at this moment."
Barcelona is second
while Sevilla is third after
beating Real Madrid 3-2.
Borussia Dortmund is
fourth after a 3-2 victory
against Schalke followed
a 4-0 win over FK Qabala
in the Europa League.
Angel Di Maria plays
with a soccer ball
during a training
session in Buenos
will face Brazil for a
World Cup Russia
It's Argentina versus Brazil
Neymar in; Messi,
Rooney plays up to wrestling
crowd by slapping WWE star
Benzema suing for
breach in sex tape case
Barca star, Bayern lead AP Top 10
Barcelona players celebrate after Neymar, centre right, scored the opening goal
during the Champions League Group E match against BATE Borisov at the Camp
Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, last Wednesday. AP PHOTO
AP Global Football 10
1. Neymar, 131 points.
2. Thomas Mueller, 71.
3. Alexandre Lacazette, 66.
4. Jamie Vardy, 56.
5. Dani Parejo, 50.
6. Salomon Kalou, 42.
7. Edin Dzeko, 40.
8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35.
9. Luis Suarez, 34.
10. Inaki Williams, 28.
1. Bayern Munich, 143.
2. Barcelona, 114.
3. Sevilla, 73.
4. Borussia Dortmund, 59.
5. Roma, 54.
6. Fiorentina, 45.
7. Paris Saint-Germain, 44.
8. Leicester, 43.
9. Stoke, 37.
10. Crystal Palace, 31.
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