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Sunday, January 14, 2018
BERLIN---Naby Keita scored in what could have
been his last game for Leipzig as the home side
defeated Schalke 3 1 to move to second in the
Substitute Timo Werner scored one and set
up another in the second half to cancel Nal-
do's equalizer as Leipzig moved a point above
Schalke, and 13 behind leader Bayern Munich.
Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann saved
a penalty from Jean-Kevin Augustin but there
was little he could do to stop Keita's effort from
distance after it took a decisive deflection from
defender Naldo about ive minutes before the
Keita is due to leave Leipzig for Liverpool at
the end of the season, but media reports sug-
gest the English club is interested in bringing
forward the transfer.
Speaking before the game, however, Leipzig
sporting director Ralf Rangnick said there had
been no contact from Liverpool about changing
the existing agreement, reported to worth some
70 million euros ($85 million).
"There are no inquiries or offers for any player
who is on the pitch on or the bench for us today
from any club," said Rangnick, who added that
an increased offer would make no difference.
Keita was booked in the second half, his ifth
yellow card of the season ensuring he'll be sus-
pended for the following game. He might have
got another for a foul on Max Meyer before Leip-
zig coach Ralph Hasenhuettl decided to take
him off with just over 20 minutes remaining.
Naldo equalized early in the second half when
he was left unmarked to head in a free kick, but
Werner put the home side back in front after
coming on with half an hour remaining, then
set up Bruma to seal the win.
Augsburg 1 v 0 Hamburger SV
Eintracht Frankfurt 1 v 1 Freiburg
Hannover 96 3 v 2 Mainz 05
VfB Stuttgart 1 v 0 Hertha Berlin
Werder Bremen 1 v 1 Hoffenheim
RB Leipzig 3 v 1 Schalke 04
Yesterday's French Results
Rennes 0 v 3 Marseille
Montpellier 0 v 0 Monaco
Nice 1 v 0 Amiens
Troyes 0 v 1 Bordeaux
boss dies in jail
MANAGUA---The head of the Nicaraguan Football
Federation says his predecessor Julio Rocha,
who was convicted in the United States in a cor-
ruption scandal at FIFA, has died. Rocha was 67.
Federation president Manuel Quintanilla says
Rocha died on Saturday after an illness he had
had "for several months."
Federation spokesman Moises Avalos tells
Nueva Radio Ya the former of icial had cancer.
Rocha was president of the federation from
1987 2012, director of the Central American Soc-
cer Union from 2003 07 and FIFA development
director for CONCACAF in 2013 15.
In 2016, he pleaded guilty to taking $150,000
in bribes in exchange for facilitating commercial
rights to tournaments and was jailed in the U.S.
He was also suspended from football for life by
More jeers for Real after home loss to Villarreal
MADRID---Another poor result, another
round of jeers for Real Madrid.
Madrid's struggles in the Spanish
league continued when it lost to Villar-
real 1 0 yesterday, infuriating fans at San-
tiago Bernabeu Stadium and increasing
pressure on coach Zinedine Zidane.
Pablo Fornals netted Villarreal's win-
ner in the 87th minute, prompting loud
boos by the home crowd which three
days ago saw their team draw with sec-
ond-division club Numancia 2 2 in the
Copa del Rey.
"There is no explanation for this," Zi-
dane said. "We did everything we could,
we had plenty of chances, but the ball
just didn't go in. It's a dif icult moment
for us. It's tough for the players, they
gave their best. We didn't deserve this
Madrid also drew at Celta Vigo 2 2 a
week ago, and lost to Barcelona 3 0 at the
Bernabeu in its last match last year. It has
gone four matches without a win.
"We have endured negative results re-
cently, but we know that we can change
this situation by winning again," Zidane
said. "We have to start winning, and
winning convincingly, then things will
The defending champion was 16 points
behind league leader Barcelona at the
competition's halfway point. The Catalan
club can increase the gap when it plays at
Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Madrid, which has a game in hand, is
only fourth in the standings, behind Va-
lencia and Atletico Madrid.
Villarreal moved to ifth place with the
victory, its irst ever at the Bernabeu.
"We knew we could make history,"
Villarreal coach Javier Calleja said. "We
played a very smart match."
The host had most of the chances
under steady rain, but Villarreal also
threatened a few times before Fornals
found the net.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who was also
jeered, hit the crossbar from a free kick
in the irst half after the ball deflected off
Ronaldo nearly scored from close
range just before halftime, but his shot
was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Ser-
Gareth Bale had a goal disallowed for
offside early in the irst half.
Fornals' goal came after a great save by
Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas follow-
ing a counterattack. Fornals picked up
the loose ball just outside the area and
chipped it over the goalkeeper for the
It was Madrid's third home loss this
season. It has won only half of its games
at the Bernabeu.
Girona 6 v 0 Las Palmas
Real Madrid 0 v 1 Villarreal
Eibar 0 v 1 Atletico Madrid
Deportivo La Coruna 1 v 2 Valencia
Kane sets more records
Tottenham thrashes Everton 4 0
LONDON---Harry Kane became
Tottenham's record scorer in
the English Premier League by
grabbing a second-half double
in a 4 0 win over Everton yes-
The England striker moved
onto 98 goals, surpassing
the previous mark of 97 set
by Teddy Sheringham,
thanks to two tap-
ins at Wembley
put Tottenham ahead i n
the 26th minute, courtesy of an-
other close-range strike, and pro-
duced possibly the highlight of the
game with his spin and driving run
to set up Kane's irst goal.
Christian Eriksen wrapped up
victory in the 81st with a fourth
goal, smashed home from the edge
of the area, after good work by Son
and Dele Alli.
Fifth-place Spurs moved level on
points with Liverpool, whose game
in hand is against Manchester City
at An ield.
Everton, which had a headed goal
by Wayne Rooney disallowed when it
was 0 0, hasn't won any of its last ive
games in the league.
The team continues to struggle in
attack, with the addition of Turkey
striker Cenk Tosun --- handed his debut
following his arrival from Besiktas last
week --- failing to have an effect.
Tottenham has no such problems
The striker is the league top
scorer with 20, three more than
nearest rival Mohamed Salah.
There was a hint of luck about his
second goal, Tottenham's third,
with his inish from Eric Di-
er's cross coming off his
studs and flicking up
over goalkeeper Jor-
dan Pickford and
into the cor-
LONDON--- Mis iring
Chelsea missed the chance to
climb into second place in the
English Premier League by drawing 0 0
at home to 10-man Leicester yesterday.
It was a third straight goalless draw in-
volving Chelsea in all competitions --- and
a fourth in the team's last seven matches.
Leicester dominated at Stamford
Bridge until Leicester left back Ben Chil-
well was sent off after receiving a sec-
ond yellow card in the 68th minute for a
lunge at Victor Moses.
Chelsea applied pressure after that but
rarely threatened Kasper Schmeichel,
who easily clawed away a free kick from
Marcos Alonso in injury time.
Chelsea stayed in third place, behind
second-place Manchester United on
goal difference and 15 points off leader
Its other goalless draws in the past
seven days came against Norwich in the
FA Cup and Arsenal in the irst leg of
their League Cup semi inal.
Gary Cahill came off in the 33rd min-
ute for Chelsea with an apparent ham-
Chelsea 0 v 0 Leicester City
Crystal Palace 1 v 0 Burnley
Huddersfield Town 1 v 4 West Ham United
Newcastle United 1 v 1 Swansea City
Watford 2 v 2 Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur 4 v 0 Everton
Scotland - Championship
Brechin City 0 v 2 Livingston
Dumbarton 0 v 2 St. Mirren
Dunfermline Athletic 0 v 0 Dundee United
Greenock Morton 0 v 1 Falkirk
Inverness CT 3 v 1 Queen of South
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane
celebrates scoring his side's third goal
of the game during their English
Premier League versus Everton at
Wembley Stadium, London, yesterday.
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, left, waits
to kick off with Luka Modric after Villarreal
scored during their Spanish La Liga match
at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in
Madrid, Spain, yesterday.
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