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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, December 1, 2015
LONDON---With or without Sergio
Aguero, Manchester City has a League
Cup quarterfinal match to play today.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini has
said he will play his best team at home
against Hull, but Aguero came off with
a possible injury midway through the
second half of his team's 3--1 win over
Southampton on Saturday.
"Kun came off as a precaution," Pel-
legrini said of Aguero. "I spoke with
him before the game and we said he
would play 65 minutes. He has a kick
in his heel, but nothing important."
City won the League Cup in 2014,
and went on to win the Premier League
title. Chelsea did the same last season,
but the Blues have already been elim-
inated from the cup competition and
are struggling in the league.
"It's important for us to reach the
semifinal of the League Cup," Pellegrini
Hull, which plays in the second-tier
League Championship, has won only
one of the last nine meetings between
the two sides. However, the Tigers have
already beaten Premier League clubs
Swansea and Leicester to reach the
In the other games, Liverpool will
visit Southampton tomorrow in the
only match between two Premier
League teams. Today, Middlesbrough
hosts Everton and Stoke hosts Sheffield
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp
said he expects Philippe Countinho to
play against Southampton despite miss-
ing the 1--0 win over Swansea on Sun-
"Philippe had a very intensive session
yesterday but we decided two or three
days ago that we didn't want to risk
(him) for this game," Klopp said. "Now
I think he's fit. I saw him in the dressing
room and he looks good. I'll have to
talk with him tomorrow. I think he's
ready for Southampton."
The match will be a return for both
Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne,
who joined Liverpool from Southamp-
Sheffield Wednesday, which reached
the quarterfinals by beating Arsenal
3--0, faces a tough trip to Stoke. But
striker Lucas Joao said the team believes
it can advance.
"Stoke have quality players but we
don't fear them," the Portuguese for-
ward said. "We will do everything we
can to win."
Middlebrough also took out a Pre-
mier League team on its way to the
quarterfinals, beating Manchester Unit-
ed in a penalty shootout at Old Traf-
Everton will play today without Tim
Howard in goal, according to manager
"Joel Robles was man of the match
in the previous round," Martinez said
of his backup goalkeeper. "He will start
the game tomorrow." (AP)
Manchester City to
face Hull in League
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero holds his ankle before being substituted during
the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and
Southampton at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday. AP PHOTO
remained near the top of
Serie A with a 1--1 draw at
Sassuolo yesterday in a match
that highlighted Giuseppe
Rossi s struggle to return to
form after a series of knee
Borja Valero put Fiorentina
ahead after just five minutes
after being left unmarked to
redirect a cross from Josip Ilicic
that wound its way past several
players inside the area.
Sergio Floccari equalised for
Sassuolo shortly before half-
time with a header, leaping
between two defenders to meet
a cross from Sime Vrsaljko.
Fiorentina moved within
one point of leader Inter Milan,
which was visiting Napoli late
Sassuolo is an impressive
sixth, level on points with AC
Milan one point behind four-
time defending champion
Rossi got a rare start at for-
ward for Fiorentina but was
replaced by Nikola Kalinic early
in the second half after failing
to make an impact.
Once he sat down on the
bench, Rossi shook his head
The United States-born for-
mer Italy international
returned in August after 15
months out following the latest
surgery on his right knee,
which he first injured four
years ago while with Villarreal
against Real Madrid.
Kalinic had a few chances
to win it but couldn't quite
find the target and add to his
total of nine goals this season.
Rossi is scoreless in eight
Serie A appearances. He has
two goals in the Europa
1--1 with Sassuolo
as Rossi struggles
SAO PAULO---The embattled
president of the Brazilian soc-
cer confederation is under
investigation for marketing
deals with a major carmak-
er.The office of former
Barcelona star Romario, now
a federal senator, confirmed
the contract probe involving
Marco Polo del Nero yesterday.
It is part of an ongoing senate
investigation looking into how
the sport is run by the Brazilian
The investigation involves
contracts negotiated with more
than 20 state federations when
Del Nero was vice president
of the national federation.
Senators want to know if
awarding those contracts influ-
enced votes from state feder-
ations for Del Nero to become
president, succeeding Jose
Sergio Gomes, who signed
the contracts as a representa-
tive of the automaker Chevro-
let, continues to work for Del
A call to Gomes yesterday
Chevrolet replaced Volk-
swagen as the national team
sponsor after Del Nero took
over the presidency this year.
The newspaper Estado de S
Paulo first reported the inves-
tigation into the contracts.
Documents it published
showed large, lucrative deals
were awarded to even small,
relatively unimportant state
Del Nero has come under
increasing scrutiny and was
forced to resign last week from
the FIFA executive committee,
though he kept his job as pres-
ident at home.
Del Nero was not indicted
in the FIFA corruption scandal,
in which Swiss and American
authorities six months ago
arrested top football officials
in a deepening corruption
Brazil has no extradition
treaty with the United States,
so Del Nero is safer in Brazil
than if he travels outside the
South American country.
Del Nero subject of
ZURICH---Neymar made the three-
man Ballon D Or shortlist for the
first time on Monday alongside
Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi
and title holder Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 30-year-old Ronaldo has won
two consecutive world player of the
year titles since ending Messi's four-
year winning streak and is nominated
despite failing to win any trophies
with Real Madrid in 2015.
The 23-year-old Neymar, though,
won a treble with Messi at Barcelona,
ensuring he became the first Brazilian
finalist since 2007 winner Kaka.
Neymar has 41 goals across the
calendar year for Barcelona---three
fewer than the 28-year-old Messi---
but one blot is the four-match ban
from Brazil games imposed at the
Copa America following a red card.
The winner is announced at a
FIFA gala in Zurich on January 11
when a series of other awards are
Chile's Jorge Sampaoli is a finalist
for men's coach of the year after
winning the Copa America title.
Barcelona's Luis Enrique, who led
his team to the Champions League
title, also is a finalist along with Bay-
ern Munich's Pep Guardiola.
American forward Carli Lloyd is
among the finalists for FIFA's
women's award after scoring a hat-
trick that led the United States to
victory over Japan in the World Cup
final. Japan's Aya Miyama and Ger-
many's Celia Sasic are the other
Jill Ellis of the US is a finalist for
women's team coach award along
with Mark Sampson, who led Eng-
land to third place, and Norio Sasak
of Japan. (AP)
Neymar on Ballon D'Or shortlist alongside Messi, Ronaldo
PARIS---With unbeaten Paris Saint-Ger-
main 13 points clear at the top and eyeing
a tenth straight league win when it plays
at Angers today, the French title looks
increasingly like a one-horse race.
There has been very little to suggest that
any side is good enough to stop PSG from
winning a fourth straight title, unlike last
season when Marseille and then Lyon chal-
lenged strongly for long spells, before ulti-
mately fading away.
Instead, the fight for second place is
where the competition will intensify, with
newly-promoted sides Caen and Angers
confounding pre-season predictions in style.
Caen is second, two points above third-
Local rivals Lyon and Saint-Etienne are
just one point further back.
But while Saint-Etienne's form is improv-
ing, Lyon is struggling amid talk of feuding
inside the dressing room and coach Hubert
Fournier is under pressure.
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Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc
has played down striker Edinson Cavani's
tantrum after he was substituted during
Saturday's 4--1 home win against Troyes.
Having scored the opening goal, Cavani
was clearly unhappy when taken off with
10 minutes to go, muttering to Blanc for
several moments as he walked past, and
then looking disgruntled as he sat on the
Rather than reprimand Cavani, Blanc
preferred to defuse the situation with a
dose of humor.
"I actually took him off to keep him fresh
for today's game (against Angers)," said
Blanc, who played for Barcelona and Inter
Milan during an illustrious playing career.
"But players are selfish. I should know; I
used to be one."
Lille midfielder Florent Balmont finds
himself in the rare position of being in a
relegation battle---and has urged his team-
mates to respond quickly.
"I haven't been in this position often in
my career, I don't like it," the 35-year-old
midfielder said. "We're in a state of emer-
gency, we can't hide from that."
Lille has lost two and drawn four of its
past six league games, scoring only four
goals during that barren run. Lille faces
Saint-Etienne on Wednesday.
"We're at rock bottom, at our lowest
ebb," said Balmont, who has played 235
league games for the club. "The only way
out of this is through hard work." (AP)
With leader PSG
fight for 2nd
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