Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 25th 2017 Contents sports A37
Monday, September 25, 2017
Newcastle's winning streak comes to an end
as they lost 1-0 at Brighton yesterday to take
their record to three wins and three defeats so
far this season.
Israel forward Tomer Hemed denied the
Magpies the chance to move fourth, scoring
his second Premier League goal in manager Chris
Hughton's first win over his former club at the
Brighton moved 13th with its second win of
the season after the clash between the league
newcomers. Arsenal take on West Browmwich
Albion today at the Emirates in the lone EPL
Espanyol beat Deportivo La Coruna 4-1
yesterday for its second win in the Spanish
league after a poor start to the season. Leo
Baptistao opened the scoring five minutes into
the match at the RCDE Stadium in Barcelona,
helping the hosts to move further from the
bottom of the standings.
Espanyol had earned only one point from its
first three matches, but was coming off a win
against Celta Vigo and a draw at Villarreal. It
reached 12th place with the victory on Sunday.
An own-goal by Deportivo La Coruna defender
Alejandro Arribas gave Espanyol a 2-0 lead at
halftime. Striker Gerard Moreno added a brace
in the second half after Celso Borges had put
the visitors on the board.
Deportivo was coming off its first victory of
the season against Alaves in the previous round.
It has lost four of its six matches and is inside
the relegation zone.
Real Madrid rebounded from a home loss to
Real Betis with a 2-1 win at last-place Alaves,
moving to fourth place but remaining seven
points behind Barcelona. Getafe scored three
goals early in the second half to rout Villarreal
4-0 and win its first home game of the season.
AC Milan's problems with consistency
continued as a poor performance saw it lose
2-0 at Sampdoria in Serie A yesterday.
Milan didn't even have a shot on target as
late goals from Duvan Zapata---unintentionally
helped by his cousin---and substitute Ricky
Alvarez condemned the Rossoneri to its second
defeat of the season.
Milan slipped to sixth, six points behind
leaders Napoli and Juventus. Inter Milan is two
points below the top two after a narrow 1-0
victory over Genoa, with Lazio three points
further back after beating Hellas Verona 3-0.
There was a huge scare for Milan in the second
minute as the referee awarded a penalty to
Sampdoria for handball but changed his mind
after video review, as Franck Kessie's arm was
against his back when it was hit by Ivan Strinic's
Sampdoria had a number of chances before
eventually breaking the deadlock in the 72nd.
Milan defender Cristian Zapata inadvertently
nodded an attempted clearance straight at his
cousin, Duvan Zapata, who fired it in from six
yards. Alvarez sealed the result in stoppage time,
seconds after coming off the bench.
Three days after being cleared to play by
FIFA, Argentine striker Lucas Alario scored one
goal and set up another on his debut for Bayer
Leverkusen to beat Hamburger SV 3-0 in the
Bundesliga. Alario struck midway through the
first half, converting a cross from Leon Bailey,
who also set up Kevin Volland's opening goal
just three minutes before.
A moment of class from Julian Brandt sent
Alario through with less than ten minutes
remaining, and the Argentine had the awareness
to spot the better-positioned Volland to seal the
win. Alario went off moments later to warm
applause from fans.
Elsewhere, Cologne fought its way to its first
point in a 0-0 draw at promoted Hannover after
starting the Bundesliga with five straight defeats.
Saint-Etienne forward Jonathan Bamba
salvaged a 2-2 home draw from the penalty spot
against Rennes as the 10-time champions missed
the chance to go third in the French league.
Oscar Garcia's team played poorly during an
uneventful first half but Saint-Etienne applied
more pressure after the interval at Geoffroy
Guichard stadium, coming twice from behind.
Saint-Etienne put on an aggressive display
early on and Kevin Theophile Catherine escaped
a red card at the half-hour mark after a reckless
foul on Ismaila Sarr, who was replaced a few
minutes later due to injury.
Benjamin Bourigeaud put Rennes in front with
a clever lob over 'keeper Stephane Ruffier in the
41st minute after midfielder Ole Selnaes gave
the ball away in front of the area.
Saint-Etienne reacted immediately through
Gabriel Silva, who pounced on a cutback pass
from captain Loick Perrin
The second half was more entertaining and
Theophile Catherine was again at fault in the
53rd when he pushed Firmin Mubele in the
back, giving away a penalty converted by Wahbi
Bamba levelled with a well-taken penalty kick
with 20 minutes left after Rennes goalkeeper
Tomas Koubek fouled Lois Diony in the box.
Both teams could have snatched the three
points in the final minutes, but Morgan
Amalfitano's shot at the end of a fast
counterattack hit Ruffier's post moments before
Saint-Etienne substitute Kevin Monnet-Paquet
sent a header on the woodwork.
Saint-Etienne finished with ten men following
Silva's dismissal in the 90th for a late tackle.
European football leagues round-up
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