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BERLIN---Bayern Munich fell to its
first Bundesliga loss of the season yes-
terday as Fabian Johnson helped Borus-
sia Moenchengladbach to a 3--1 win
against the defending champion.
The United States international put
the result beyond doubt in the 68th
minute, two minutes after Lars Stindl
made it 2--0.
Bayern, which was unbeaten with 13
wins from its previous 14 games, paid
the price for missing several chances in
the first half when Oscar Wendt opened
the scoring in the 54th.
Franck Ribery came on with 15 minutes
remaining and marked his return after
269 days out injured by scoring Bayern s
consolation in the 81st.
Japan star Shinji Kagawa scored in the
third minute of injury time to give Borus-
sia Dortmund a 2--1 win at Wolfsburg
and cut the gap on Bayern to five points.
Dortmund was leading through Marco
Reus 32nd-minute strike but looked to
have dropped two points when Ricardo
Rodriguez equalised with a penalty in
the first minute of injury time.
However, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who
also set up Reus, sent Lukasz Piszczek s
cross directly on for Kagawa to have the
Also, Hertha Berlin defeated ten-man
Bayer Leverkusen 2--1, Augsburg won
1--0 at Cologne, Mainz won 3--1 at Ham-
burger SV, and Ingolstadt drew 1--1 with
Hoffenheim, which equalised in the fifth
minute of injury time through Mark Uth.
Bayern had an unchanged lineup from
the weekend before for only the second
time in 131 competitive games under Pep
Guardiola. Gladbach started with three
at the back, unlike the usual five that
Bayern typically faces. (AP)
MADRID---Karim Benzema scored
his first goals since being implicated
in a blackmail case, helping Real
Madrid beat Getafe 4--1 in the Span-
ish league yesterday.
Benzema scored in the fourth and
16th minutes at the Santiago Bern-
abeu Stadium. Gareth Bale added a
third in the 35th and Cristiano
Ronaldo scored in the 38th to give
Madrid a needed victory, one day
after it was disqualified from the
Copa del Rey for using a suspended
player in the latest embarrassment
to hit the Spanish powerhouse.
Madrid has been under increased
pressure since a humiliating 4--0
loss to Barcelona at home, and again
coach Rafa Benitez was loudly jeered
by fans at the Bernabeu. Many club
supporters also repeated calls for the
resignation of president Florentino
Fans also booed the team after
Getafe scored its lone goal through
defender Alexis Ruano after a corner
in the 70th.
The result allowed Madrid to pull
within three points of Barcelona,
which plays at Valencia later Satur-
day. Real remained two points behind
Atletico Madrid, which defeated
Granada 2--0 for its fourth straight
Diego Godin scored with a header
in the 20th and Antoine Griezmann
sealed Atletico s away victory with
a close-range shot in the 76th.
Benzema hadn t scored since
October 8, when France defeated
Armenia 4--0 in a friendly match.
His last goal for Madrid was in a 1--1
draw at Atletico Madrid on October
4 at the Vicente Calderon.
Benzema has been charged in
France with conspiracy to blackmail
in relation to an alleged extortion
scam over a sex tape featuring his
national teammate Mathieu Valbue-
na. Benzema is suspected of having
played an active role in pressuring
Valbuena to deal with the black-
Benzema spent a night in police
custody in November because of the
case, which has attracted unwanted
attention for the striker with head-
lines both on and off the sports
pages. Benzema also had to deal with
an injury, and he had played only
three games since the friendly against
Madrid built the victory entirely
in the first half on Saturday.
"We were very focused from the
start," defender Nacho Fernandez
said. "We wanted to play the same
way in the second half but we could-
n t do it. It s difficult, the score had
already been made."
Benzema opened the scoring with
a goal from close range after a cross
by defender Pepe, then added to the
lead by evading a couple of defenders
in front of the goal before firing a
left-footed shot into the back of the
Bale also scored with a low left-
foot shot from inside the area, and
Ronaldo netted his tenth league goal
following a fast counterattack.
Ruano put Getafe on the score-
board with a header toward the end
of the match.
"We gave the goals away in the
first half, we can t do that," Ruano
said. "It s always difficult to earn
points in here."
Many Real Madrid fans applauded
after the final whistle, but before
the match loud boos greeted coach
Benitez and Russian player Denis
Cheryshev, who played in the team s
3--1 win over Cadiz in the Copa del
Rey on Wednesday despite being
Benzema scores 2 as Real Madrid blitzs Getafe 4--1 in Spain
MILAN---Roma s poor run of
results continued as Torino
snatched a 1--1 draw against Rudi
Garcia s side in Serie A yesterday.
Miralem Pjanic looked to have
won the match for Roma when an
error from Torino goalkeeper
Daniele Padelli allowed his free kick
to sneak in seven minutes from
However, Maxi Lopez converted
a penalty deep in stoppage time
after Kostas Manolas was adjudged
to have tripped Andrea Belotti in
the area as he tried to atone for a
mistake from team-mate Antonio
"This draw is also our fault
because when you are so close to
the end of the match you have to
manage the result better," said Gar-
cia, who ironically applauded the
referee after the match. "Looking
at the penalty again, Manolas
appears to get the ball and put it
out for a corner, without touching
Roma created little of note
throughout the match and it was
Torino which looked the likelier to
score and claim its first win over
Roma in eight years --- and its first
at home in Serie A since 1990.
Roma remained fourth, three
points behind current Serie A leader
Napoli --- which can be provision-
ally overtaken if Inter Milan beats
Torino was eighth ahead of the
rest of the weekend s fixtures.
Roma was looking to bounce
back ahead of Wednesday s crucial
Champions League showdown with
BATE Borisov. It was humiliated
6--1 at Barcelona in its last Euro-
pean outing, and that match was
sandwiched between a 2--2 draw
at Bologna and an alarming 2--0
defeat at home to Atalanta.
Torino had several early chances
but recalled Roma goalkeeper Woj-
ciech Szczesny did well to parry
Belotti s effort from close range and
moments later Bruno Peres snap-
shot from was distance was deflect-
ed just over the bar.
There was more bad news for
Roma as key striker Gervinho
limped off 25 minutes into his
Torino started the second half
where it had left off and the ever
dangerous Bruno Peres went on a
mazy run, beating several defenders
but his cross was intercepted by
Szczesny. It took Roma until the
49th minute for its first shot and
Radja Nainggolan s volley was
straight at Padelli.
Edin Dzeko should have put
Roma in front in the 71st from a
great ball over the top from
Alessandro Florenzi, but he headed
over the bar.
The capital side did take the lead
with a slice of fortune as Padelli
mistimed his run off the line and
saw Pjanic s free kick float past
However, Torino snatched a point
when Rudiger miscontrolled in the
area, allowing Belotti to get past
him and the Torino forward was
brought down by Manolas.
Maxi Lopez fired into the bottom
left corner. (AP)
Roma's struggles continue
as Torino snatches 1--1 draw
Roma's Lucas Digne, right, is challenged by Torino's Bruno Peres during a
Serie A soccer match at the Olympic stadium, in Turin, Italy, yesterday.
SYDNEY---Western Sydney took
over top spot in the A-League by
beating the Brisbane Roar 2--1
thanks to Mitch Nicholls late goal
Mark Bridge gave the Wanderers
the lead after half an hour, and
Jamie Maclaren equalised for Bris-
bane seven minutes later.
Midfielder Nicholls took a couple
of touches outside the box before
unleashing a shot that left diving
Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young
clutching for air, giving Nicholls
his fifth goal of the season.
The Wanderers have a three-
point edge over the Melbourne Vic-
tory and Sydney FC.
Also, the Wellington Phoenix
defeated the Victory 2--0.
Goals by Roy Krishna and Roly
Bonevacia in the first half helped
to move the Phoenix into sixth
place, five points behind the Wan-
derers. On Friday, third-place Syd-
ney FC beat Newcastle 1--0.
Today, Perth travels to Adelaide
to complete the ninth round. (AP)
Wanderers move into 1st place in A-League
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, left, celebrates with team-mates Cristiano
Ronaldo, right, and Gareth Bale after scoring their side's third goal against
Getafe during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and
Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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