Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 9th 2018 Contents MADRID—Cristiano Ronaldo
scored for the 650th time in his ca-
reer yesterday but Antoine Griez-
mann responded with a goal of his
own to leave Atletico Madrid and
Real Madrid even in a city
derby that allowed Barce-
lona to move closer to the
Spanish league title.
Atletico held Real Madrid 1-1 at
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to
keep a four-point lead over its city
rival in the fight for second place
in the Spanish league.
The result benefited league
leader Barcelona, which defeated
Leganes 3-1 on Saturday with a
hat trick by Lionel Messi to stay
11 points in front of Atletico at the
top with seven matches left.
Atletico won La Liga in 2013-
14 but has finished third behind
either Barcelona or Real Madrid
in all other years since 2012-13,
which was the team’s first full sea-
son under coach Diego Simeone.
“I’m not happy
wanted to win, we
wanted the three
try to stay close
more. Our goal
is always to try to do the best we
can against the powerhouses of
Real Madrid and Barcelona. As
an Atletico fan I would have been
proud of how we have been com-
peting against them.”
Madrid hasn’t finished
worse than second since
2014, when it trailed At-
letico and Barcelona.
Before then, the last
time it failed to
finish in the
top two was
when it was fourth
tivo La Coruna.
the scoring with
his 650th career
goal — for clubs
and country —
early in the second half with a shot
from near the far post after a long
cross by Gareth Bale from the left
Griezmann equalized less than
five minutes later with a strike
from near the penalty spot after a
move started by Vitolo inside the
“We deserved more, it’s a
shame,” Real Madrid coach Zine-
dine Zidane said. “But in the end
we also could have lost the match.
This is how it goes in football.”
Zidane rested some of his regu-
lar starters ahead of the return leg
against Juventus on Wednesday at
Bernabeu, including midfielders
Luka Modric and Casemiro. Striker
Karim Benzema also started from
the bench, replacing Ronaldo in
Monday, April 9, 2018
Napoli keeps title
ROME—Napoli scored twice in the final
two minutes for a come-from-behind 2-1
win over Chievo Verona yesterday that
kept the southern squad’s title hopes alive.
Arkadiusz Milik connected with a long
pass from Lorenzo Insigne to head in the
equaliser in the 89th. Amadou Diawara
then quickly controlled the ball and sent
a curling shot inside the far post for the
winner in added time.
Napoli moved back within four points of
Italian leader Juventus, which won 4-2 at
Benevento on Saturday.
The leaders meet in two weeks.
Mariusz Stepinski had put Chievo ahead
in the 73rd after being set up by Emanuele
Giaccherini, who was loaned by Napoli in
Earlier, Dries Mertens had a penalty
blocked by Chievo goalkeeper Stefano
Sorrentino, who has now saved three of
his last four penalties.
Napoli is aiming for its first Serie A title
since Diego Maradona led the club to its
only two championships in 1987 and 1990.
Torino 1, Inter 0; Crotone 1, Bologna 0
Hellas Verona 1, Cagliari 0; Udinese 1, Lazio
2; AC Milan 1, Sassuolo 1
Depay shines as Lyon
routs Metz 5-0
PARIS—Brazilian defender Marcelo scored
twice and forward Memphis Depay was
involved in every goal as Lyon piled more
misery on last-place Metz with a 5-0 win
in the French league yesterday, keeping
its chances alive in the race for Champions
With six matches left this season, the
seven-time French champions cut their
deficit with second-place Monaco to seven
Paris Saint-Germain has a 14-point lead
at the top of the standings and can seal
its fifth title in six years with a win against
Monaco next weekend.
It was Lyon’s fourth 5-0 win of the
season, and its fourth consecutive league
win. The result took Lyon to third, level on
points with Marseille.
Depay made it 3-0 in the 65th with a
chipped finish before Bertrand Tarore and
Mariano Diaz completed the rout.
Nice 1, Rennes 1; Marseille 0, Montpellier 0
Pulisic leads Dortmund
BERLIN—Borussia Dortmund recovered
from a lackluster first half to beat Stuttgart
3-0 in the Bundesliga yesterday, gaining
some confidence for next weekend’s Ruhr
Christian Pulisic scored one goal, with a
bit of luck, and set up Maximilian Philipp
to seal the win as Dortmund consolidated
third place ahead of the clash at second-
Dortmund’s 6-0 rout by Bayern Munich
in the previous round appeared to weigh
down the home side.
Mahmoud Dahoud sent a cross to
the far post for Pulisic to pull it back for
Philipp. Zieler saved his first effort but
Philipp made no mistake with the rebound
before the hour-mark.
Pulisic might have made it 4-0 only to
be denied by Zieler.
In the other match, Serge Gnabry scored
again for Hoffenheim to earn a 1-1 draw at
Eintracht Frankfurt that keeps both sides’
European ambitions intact.
Bayern clinched the title on Saturday
to extend its league record to six
championships in a row. (AP)
Atletico holds Real Madrid 1-1
Levante 2, Las Palmas 1
Real Sociedad 5, Girona 0
Valencia 1, Espanyol 0
Arsenal grabs 3-2 win
scored twice to help Arsenal
beat Southampton 3-2 in a Pre-
mier League game that ended
with two sendings-off yesterday.
In yesterday’s other league
game, Javier “Chicharito” Her-
nandez scored minutes after
coming on as a substitute to
earn West Ham a 1-1 draw at
Chelsea in their London derby.
At the Emirates Stadium,
Southampton defender Jack Ste-
phens was shown red in injury
time when he reacted to Jack
Wilshere tugging his shirt by
pushing the Arsenal midfielder
to the ground.
Stephens, his shirt in tatters,
left the pitch as Wilshere was
booked for his tactical foul.
Then Mohamed Elneny was
shown red after he pushed
the visiting players while they
were trying to take the free kick
Southampton was looking
for the equalizer after Welbeck
grabbed the home side’s winner
late, minutes after missing an
easier chance to score.
Shane Long had rewarded
start when he nipped ahead
of Shkodran Mustafi to end his
goal-drought in the 17th minute.
It was the Ireland striker’s sec-
ond league goal of the season
and his first since January 2.
Aubameyang equalized with a
fine finish shortly afterward,
taking his tally to six goals in
seven games since his winter
transfer from Borussia Dort-
There were chances at either
end before Welbeck grabbed
his first goal minutes before the
break, only for Charlie Austin
to rekindle the visitors’ hopes
after some brilliant work from
But Welbeck atoned for his
miss before the eventful finale.
The win gives Arsene Wenger’s
side a boost before Thursday’s
Europa League quarterfinal sec-
ond leg at CSKA Moscow. Arse-
nal leads 4-1 from the first.
Before the game, fans paid
tribute to former England cap-
tain Ray Wilkins, who died on
Wednesday, with a minute’s ap-
plause, despite his long associa-
tion with London rival Chelsea.
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez
earned West Ham a valuable
point in a 1-1 draw at Chelsea.
The visitors did not look like
scoring until Chicharito came on
with 20 minutes remaining. The
Mexico forward equalized with
a brilliant finish after Marko Ar-
nautovic cut the ball back.
Chelsea was to rue the mis-
take from Gary Cahill that gifted
Arnautovic the ball.
Host Chelsea, which went
ahead through Cesar Azpili-
cueta in the 36th minute, had
been dominating the game and
would probably have won it but
for some excellent goalkeeping
from Joe Hart.
Hart produced a brilliant fly-
ing save to deny Marcos Alonso
a winning goal.
While West Ham moved six
points clear of the relegation
zone, Chelsea fans vented their
frustration after the latest in a
series of poor results.
Champions League football
looks beyond the fifth-place
team with Tottenham now 10
points clear in the last qualifica-
There were tributes and a
minute’s applause for former
Chelsea captain Ray Wilkins be-
fore kickoff. (AP)
Chelsea held at home
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, centre, scores his side’s first goal during its English Premier League
football match against Southampton at the Emirates Stadium, in London, yesterday. Arsenal won 3-2. PICTURE AP
the ball during
their Spanish La
Liga match against
Atletico Madrid at
Bernabeu stadium in
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