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LEIPZIG---Leipzig closed to within three
points of the top spot in the Bundesliga yes-
terday with a 3-0 win over Frankfurt, while
Hoffenheim remained the only unbeaten team
in Europe's five biggest leagues.
Frankfurt goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky handed a
crucial advantage to Leipzig when he was sent off
after just three minutes for needlessly handling the
ball outside his area. Substitute goalkeeper Heinz
Lindner saved the resulting free kick but defender
Marvin Compper scored on the rebound.
Despite the numerical advantage, Leipzig still
looked shaky in the first half and had to rely on
goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi for a double save to deny
Ante Rebic in the 25th minute, then an acrobatic
stop for Rebic's curler ten minutes later.
Hoffenheim and its 29-year-old coach Julian
Nagelsmann stayed third with a 2-0 defeat of
Augsburg, which stretched Hoffenheim's unbeaten
league run this season to 18 games. Fourth-placed
Dortmund struggled to a 2-1 win over Werder Bre-
men, even though Bremen lost goalkeeper Jaroslav
Drobny to a red card in the 39th for bringing down
Marco Reus. Schalke beat Ingolstadt 1-0 with a
stoppage-time winner by Guido Burgstaller.
In other matches, Darmstadt 0, Borussia Mo-
enchengladbach 0; and Wolfsburg 1, Hamburger
SV 0. (AP)
PARIS---Edinson Cavani punished Nantes
for missing clear chances by scoring both
goals as Paris Saint-Germain won 2-0 away
from home to move one point behind leader
Cavani is thriving now that he is out of Zlatan
Ibrahimovic's shadow and has 20 league goals in
19 games this season --- the most he has scored
since joining PSG from Napoli for more than 60
million euros ($64 million) in the summer of 2013.
Cavani has 26 goals in as many games in all
competitions this season and is on track to beat
his career-best mark of 38 in his final season with
Ibrahimovic usually grabbed the headlines for
PSG in recent years, but when he left to join Man-
chester United in the offseason this freed Cavani
to play in his favoured centre forward's role, rather
than doubling up as a winger to suit Ibrahimovic.
PSG is level on points with Monaco but is in
third place because Monaco has a superior goal
In yesterday's later matches, it was: Bordeaux vs
Toulouse; Dijon vs. Lille; Guingamp vs Rennes; and
Metz vs Montpellier. Caen vs Nancy was postponed
because of a frozen pitch. (AP)
MILAN---Inspired by Diego Maradona's visit
to training, Dries Mertens led Napoli to a 2-1
victory at AC Milan in Serie A yesterday.
Mertens, who has often been compared to Mara-
dona, provided two sublime assists to help Napoli
race into a 2-0 lead, with less than ten minutes
gone at San Siro.
Juraj Kucka reduced the deficit eight minutes
from halftime and Mario Pasalic hit the cross-
bar but Milan, which had fought back from two
goals down at Torino on Monday, couldn't find
Napoli moved level on points with second-placed
Roma, which hosts Cagliari today. Milan remained
fifth, seven points further back.
Maradona, who led Napoli to its only two league
titles in 1987 and 1990, was in Naples for a the-
atrical event last week and turned up at Napoli's
training session on Wednesday.
Also, Fiorentina romped to a3-0 victory in Ve-
rona, securing its second win over Chievo in as
Rooney sets Man U scoring record
into stoppage time with
Manchester United facing
defeat, Wayne Rooney bent
a free kick high over the de-
fence and into the Stoke goal.
A point was salvaged for Unit-
ed but the moment carried a
far greater significance. It was
Rooney's 250th goal for United
--- a record breaker.
Rooney's long wait to over-
haul Bobby Charlton as the
club's all-time leading scorer
ended in front of the 79-year-
old former United great yester-
day at Stoke.
"It's a proud moment for me
and a huge honour to get that
record, just a bit dampened by
the result," said the 31-year-old
Rooney, whose side remains
sixth in the Premier League after
the 1-1 draw. "It's about a career
and I still feel there's a lot more
to come, but overall it's a really
proud moment for me."
Inevitably the moment was
tinged with disappointment
for Charlton but not for long.
Soon after the game, Charlton
clambered down from his seat
at Stoke into the United dressing
room to congratulate Rooney.
Rooney took 546 games to
reach the milestone, while
Charlton netted 249 goals over
758 matches across the 1950s,
60s and 70s.
"I have become used to the
honour of being the club's all-
time top goal scorer ... but it has
been fairly obvious for a while
now that Wayne Rooney was
going to be the one likeliest to
break my record," Charlton said.
"And now that day has come,
I would be lying to say that I'm
not disappointed to have lost the
record. However, I can honest-
ly say that I'm delighted for
Wayne. He deserves his place
in the history books."
Breaking records is one thing,
now Rooney's priority will be
hauling United up the stand-
ings. The failure to beat Stoke
was even more costly as three
of the five teams above them in
action today all dropped points:
Tottenham, Liverpool and Man-
MAN CITY 2, TOTTENHAM 2
After uncharacteristic blun-
ders by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris
gifted City two goals at the start
of the second half, Tottenham
rediscovered the attacking
threat missing in the first pe-
Lloris resembled City coun-
terpart Claudio Bravo, who for
once wasn't the goalkeeper
committing the mistakes.
Lloris raced off his line when
Kevin De Bruyne ball sent a
ball high over the Tottenham
defence and went for a diving
header to clear, rather than try-
ing to make a save. The header
went straight to Leroy Sane, who
then had clear sight of goal to
put City in front.
If that looked bad for Lloris,
the next goal was even more
mortifying for the captain.
Lloris dived to gather Raheem
Sterling's cross but he allowed
the ball to slip through his fin-
gers and De Bruyne was there to
capitalise with a simple finish.
City's two-goal cushion only
lasted until the 58th minute
when Kyle Walker whipped in
a cross from the right and Dele
Alli headed in his 11th goal of
City manager Pep Guardio-
la was left infuriated with the
referee for not awarding a pen-
alty when Sterling was pushed
by defender Kyle Walker as he
shot. Then Tottenham went
up the other end to equaliser,
with Son Heung-min set up by
Harry Kane to clinch the point
that moved the north London
club a point ahead of third-place
LIVERPOOL 2, SWANSEA 3
Swansea climbed off the
bottom and out of the relega-
tion zone with a thrilling first
Premier League win at Anfield.
Swansea forward Fernando
Llorente saw his double can-
celled out by Roberto Firmino's
pair of goals but Gylfi Sigurds-
son produced a winner for Paul
MADRID --- Real Madrid re-
bounded from two straight
losses by beating Malaga
2-1 yesterday to guarantee
it finishes the first half of
the Spanish league season
in first place.
Defender Sergio Ramos,
coming off a difficult stretch
in which he scored an own goal
and was criticised for provoking
opposing fans, scored twice in
the first half.
That helped Madrid snap a
three-game winless streak and
defend its league lead at the
The win gave Madrid 43
points, four more than Sevil-
la, which plays at last-placed
Osasuna today. Third-placed
Barcelona, now five points
behind Madrid, plays at Eibar
Madrid will remain with a
game in hand --- at Valencia ---
after the weekend's matches.
"If we are in front at this point
in La Liga, it means that we have
been doing things correctly,"
Madrid forward Lucas Vazquez
said. "Now it's important to
keep working like this so we can
keep winning matches and win
the title in the end."
Ramos put Madrid ahead at
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
with a firm header off a corner
taken by Toni Kroos in the 35th
minute, and added to the lead
just before halftime with a shot
from close range after another
set-piece cross by Kroos.
"We all know what Sergio can
do for us, especially in these set
pieces," Madrid coach Zinedine
Zidane said. "He has been great
Ramos, who hadn't scored
twice in a game since 2014, has
reached five league goals for
the first time in his career. Only
Cristiano Ronaldo has more
goals for Madrid this season,
Ramos made headlines in the
last couple of weeks after getting
into a spat with fans of former
club Sevilla, saying they disre-
spected him in a Copa del Rey
match. In his next game against
Sevilla, three days later in the
league, the Madrid captain
scored an own goal that allowed
the hosts to come from behind
and eventually win late to end
Madrid's record run of 40 games
unbeaten in all competitions.
Madrid's second loss in a row
came on Wednesday at home
against Celta Vigo in a first-
leg match in the quarterfinals
of the Copa del Rey, leaving Los
Blancos under pressure.
Madrid hadn't won since a
5-0 rout of Granada in the Span-
ish league in its second game of
Malaga had a few chances
early at Bernabeu, including
a dangerous shot by Gonza-
lo Castro that struck the post
when the game was scoreless.
The visitors also threatened
midway through the second
half, when Juanpi scored Mal-
aga's lone goal in the 63rd and
Castro forced goalkeeper Keylor
Navas to make a difficult save
from close range only a minute
later to avoid the equalizer.
"We are glad to leave with the
three points despite the difficul-
ties that we had," Zidane said.
Madrid left back Marcelo was
substituted in the 25th because
of an apparent muscle injury.
Luka Modric also had to leave
because of an apparent injury
in the second half.
Ronaldo, playing in his 250th
Spanish league game, hit the
post with a shot from inside the
area in the 75th, his best chance
of scoring his 274th goal all-time
in the competition.
In other matches, Espanyol 3,
Granada 1; Alaves 2, Leganes 2;
and Villarreal 0, Valencia 2. (AP)
Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos
celebrates after scoring a goal
against Malaga during a
Spanish La Liga football match
at the Santiago Bernabeu
stadium in Madrid, yesterday.
Ramos scored twice in Real
Madrid's 2-1 victory. AP PHOTO
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, left, celebrates after scoring
from a free kick during the English Premier League football match
against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke on Trent,
England, yesterday. The match ended 1-1. AP PHOTO
...Man City, Spurs draw
Crystal Palace 0, Everton 1
Middlesbrough 1, West Ham 3
West Brom 2, Sunderland 0
Bournemouth 2, Watford 2
Ramos double keeps Madrid ahead
Napoli to win
Leipzig eases past Frankfurt
PSG defeats Nantes
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