Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 25th 2016 Contents A50
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, January 25, 2016
BARCELONA---Atletico Madrid failed
to regain the Spanish league lead from
Barcelona a week before their Camp
Nou clash after being held 0-0 yesterday
by a Sevilla side that had a player and
coach Unai Emery sent off.
The stumble left Barcelona ahead of
Atletico on goal difference thanks to Sat-
urday s 2-1 win at Malaga. The title-
holders will also have a game in hand
after they host Atletico next weekend in
a highly anticipated meeting between
the last two league champions.
Antoine Griezmann had Atletico s best
scoring opportunity when his header hit
the post in the 53rd minute.
Sevilla then dug in and held on after
Victor "Vitolo" Machin earned a second
booking in the 61st, with Emery being
sent off moments later for protesting the
referee s decision.
Emery s starting 11 was loaded with
defensive players, and his game plan suc-
ceeded in disrupting Atletico s attack and
ending its nine-game winning streak in
all competitions at its Vicente Calderon
Atletico has based its title bid on an
excellent defence and players rising to
the occasion to get goals that its strikers,
with the notable exception of Griezmann,
have failed to produce.
With Fernando Torres watching from
the stands, Atletico coach Diego Simeone
sent on attacking players Yannick Car-
rasco, Jackson Martinez and Angel Correa
after Sevilla lost Vitolo, but the visitors
withstood the onslaught.
Simeone stuck to his line that, despite
winning the 2014 title, Atletico is not a
contender to outlast the star-studded
squads of Barcelona and Madrid.
Elsewhere, Alvaro Negredo s stoppage-
time header snatched Valencia a 1-1 draw
at Deportivo La Coruna, after the hosts
had dominated but failed to add to Lucas
Perez s first-half goal. Valencia coach
Gary Neville remained winless after seven
league games in charge.
Aritz Aduriz also scored two goals to
lead Athletic Bilbao s 5-2 home win over
Eibar in a Basque Country derby.
Borja "Baston" Gonzalez scored both
goals for Eibar to reach 14 this season,
while Aduriz s 12th and 13th in the league
took his overall tally this campaign to 23.
MILAN---League leader Napoli moved
provisionally five points clear with a
4-2 win at 10-man Sampdoria yester-
day, ahead of Juventus match against
Roma as Inter Milan s woes continued.
Serie A s top goalscorer Gonzalo
Higuain was on target again to set Napoli
on the way. Lorenzo Insigne netted a
penalty before goals from Marek Hamsik
and Dries Mertens sealed the result.
Napoli moved five points clear of
Juventus, which is seeking an 11th suc-
cessive league win. Inter is now six points
off the pace after a last-minute equaliser
by ten-man Carpi held it to a 1-1 draw.
Fiorentina is above Inter on goal dif-
ference after Josip Ilicic and Gonzalo
Rodriguez secured a 2-0 win over Tori-
no.Elsewhere, Sassuolo lost 2-0 against
Bologna while Lazio came from behind
to beat Chievo Verona 4-1 in a match
that saw both sides finish with ten men
and the visitors miss a penalty.
Palermo also won 4-1, against Udinese,
and Hellas Verona drew 1-1 against Genoa.
Higuain had been in good formwith
20 goals in as many league matches
this season and, although he missed
an early chance, he got Napoli off to
the perfect start in the ninth minute,
pouncing onto Edgar Barreto s woeful
backpass and firing into the bottom
Matters went from bad to worse for
Barreto in the 17th minute when he
barged over Raul Albiol and Insigne
converted the resulting penalty.
Joaquin Correa got Sampdoria back
into the game on the stroke of halftime
but the home side went down to ten
men shortly before the hour mark when
Mattia Cassani was sent off for a second
Napoli made the most of the man
advantage as Hamsik immediately
scored after a slalom run between two
Samp got back into the match again
in the 73rd with a glancing header from
an Eder corner, but substitute Mertens
sealed the result ten minutes from time.
BERLIN---Eintracht Frankfurt captain
Alexander Meier scored in injury time
to complete a hat-trick and earn his
side a 3-2 win over Wolfsburg in the
Dante shot the visitors into a deserved
25th-minute lead, after Ricardo Rodriguez
sent on Andre Schuerrle s free kick to
the far post.
Frankfurt fans whistled their side off
at halftime, and coach Armin Veh
responded by bringing on Mexico mid-
fielder Marco Fabian for his Bundesliga
Meier equalised with a great finish in
the 66th after Stefan Aigner laid the ball
back. Wolfsburg complained about a
disputed foul by Fabian beforehand.
Goalkeeper Diego Benaglio was help-
less to stop Meier from claiming his
second seven minutes later, again set
up by Aigner. Schuerrle thought he d
salvaged a draw when he scored in the
But there was still time for Frankfurt
defender and Japan captain Makoto
Hasebe to clear off the line in the 90th
minute, before Meier struck the winner
three minutes later.
Werder Bremen captain Clemens Fritz
inspired his side to a 3-1 comeback win
at Schalke in the late game, giving the
relegation-threatened side a huge boost
and denying Schalke the chance to go
fourth. Joel Matip headed Schalke into
a fourth-minute lead, but the home side
missed a host of chances before Fritz
turned one way, then another and
equalised in the 43rd.
Fritz then crossed for veteran Peru
striker Claudio Pizarro to score his 179th
Bundesliga goal in the 54th, and the Bre-
men captain crossed for Anthony Ujah
to seal it in the 89th.
Atletico Madrid's Luciano Vietto, left, tussles for the ball with Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi during a Spanish La
Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Sevilla at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, yesterday.
Atletico draw leaves Barcelona top
Napoli extends Serie A lead
Meier hat-trick boots Frankfurt past Wolfsburg
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