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ZANDVOORT---Pablo Larrazabal shot a
4-under 66 yesterday to join fellow
Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez in the
lead of the KLM Open after the second
round in Netherlands.
First-round leader Jimenez shot a
bogey-free 67 to stay in the joint lead of a
tournament he won in 1994. Both players
had 9-under totals of 131.
"This course suits me," Jimenez said
"It's not a very long course but you have
to have the ball in position."
The 49-year-old Spanish veteran is
chasing his 20th European Tour title.
Larrazabal briefly held the outright lead
before he bogeyed the 16th.
Three-time champion Simon Dyson of
England matched the course record at the
Kennemer Golf & Country Club with a 63
to join fellow Englishman Oliver Fisher
and Julien Quesne of France a shot be-
hind the leaders.
Dyson won two of his Dutch titles on
the links-like Kennemer course on the
Dutch North Sea coast and the third in
"I've done well in previous years and
played well around it today," he said. "I
played really solid apart from the last two
holes and never looked like making
bogey." So far, his only dropped shots of
the week came on the first hole of the
first round, when he double-bogeyed the
par 4. (AP)
Spaniards take the lead at KLM Open
Paris St Germain moved to the top of
the French League following their victory
over Bordeaux at the Stade Chaban-Del-
Blaise Matuidi bundled the defending
champions ahead on the half-hour mark
before Lucas Moura sealed the win in the
The result lifted PSG one point above
Monaco, who play Lorient tomorrow.
There was little action of note in the first
half until Matuidi broke the deadlock in the
30th minute. Zlatan Ibrahimovic played in
the midfielder, who pulled the trigger from
close range. Bordeaux goalkeeper Cedric
Carrasso went down to block the ball but
it slipped underneath him, with Matuidi
winning the race to stab home the loose
Bordeaux went close just before the half-
time whistle when Diego Rolan teed up
Ludovic Obraniak on the edge of the box.
He took his time to shoot but PSG goal-
keeper Salvatore Sirigu was up to the test
and saved at full stretch before gathering
the loose ball.
PSG almost doubled their lead in the 58th
minute when Matuidi freed Ibrahimovic in
midfield near the box, but the Sweden inter-
national saw his powerful effort saved by
However, six minutes later the Bordeaux
keeper was beaten by Moura. Marco Verratti
passed the ball to the midfielder, who beat
the offside trap and, with Carrasso expecting
him to square it to the unmarked Ibrahi-
movic, Moura rolled the ball calmly past
the wrong-footed keeper.
Lucas almost set up Ibrahimovic for the
third goal with 20 minutes on the clock,
but the striker was denied by a reflex save
by Carrasso. Ibrahimovic tried again five
minutes later with a clever lob, but again
Carrasso kept the ball out.
Despite the goalkeeper s efforts, it was
not enough to stop PSG claiming their third
win of the campaign to move them into top
spot, albeit potentially only overnight.
PSG go top of French league Ancelotti: Bale will
debut at Villarreal
MADRID---Coach Carlo Ancelotti gave Real Madrid
fans two things to celebrate yesterday.
The Italian manager said Gareth Bale will make
his debut for his new club at Villarreal today, and
goalkeeper Iker Casillas will get his first start since
midway through last season on Tuesday in Madrid's
Champions League opener.
"Bale doesn't have any injuries, he is in good
health, excited and motivated. He will play against
Villarreal," Ancelotti said.
He said Bale will play "on the right," likely meaning
Cristiano Ronaldo will shift inwards. He said he
hadn't decided if Bale will start or play as a substi-
Ancelotti added that Tottenham had received of-
fers from other clubs greater than the world record
100 million euros ($132 million) Madrid paid to se-
cure the transfer of the Welsh winger.
"I know that Tottenham had offers superior to
Real Madrid's," he said. "I don't know what was paid,
but I know they had a greater offer. The desire the
player had to come here made the difference."
Bale made his first appearance this season as a
substitute for Wales on Tuesday.
"(Bale) missed the preseason, but it's not the mo-
ment to train away from the team. He will train and
play at the same time," Ancelotti said. "He isn't in
top form, but his fitness isn't bad."
Ancelotti also said fellow new signing Asier Illarra-
mendi was fit and will make his debut in the mid-
Casillas hasn't started for Madrid since he was
benched by former coach Jose Mourinho last sea-
son. Ancelotti has maintained Diego Lopez as
Madrid's starter through its first three Spanish
league games, and it appears Lopez will also start at
Villarreal on Saturday. While not confirming that
Casillas will be his set starter in the Champions
League, Ancelotti said he will at least be his keeper
at Galatasaray in Turkey on Tuesday.
"On Tuesday, Casillas will play, so that issue can
quiet down," Ancelotti said. (AP)
Moyes unsure on
MANCHESTER---Manchester United manager
David Moyes is still unsure when striker Wayne
Rooney can make his return following a deep cut to
Ahead of today's Premier League game against
Crystal Palace, Moyes says Rooney is "in great phys-
ical shape," but that he has to assess the risk of the
cut splitting open again before selecting him for a
Rooney missed England's two World Cup quali-
fiers against Moldova and Ukraine after requiring
stitches to his forehead after accidentally being
kicked in the face during a training session for
United. Moyes says "obviously he's got a cut right in
the middle of his forehead which could split. The skin
is very thin so he's had the stitches out - it's knitted
well and we just have to see where the level of risk
is with his injury."
MILAN---Kaka is likely to start
for AC Milan in his first match
since transferring back to the club
from Real Madrid.
Milan visits Torino today and
coach Massimiliano Allegri says
"I think he ll be a starter."
Allegri says "he s in good phys-
ical shape. ... He s a bit excited
for his debut tomorrow (today)."
The highlight of Kaka s previ-
ous six-season spell at Milan
came in 2007, when the Brazilian
led the club to the Champions
League title and won the FIFA
world player of the year award.
After a left knee injury and
little playing time at Madrid, Kaka
is clearly not the player he once
was but Milan is hoping he can
still provide the necessary passes
and vertical speed to free up
Mario Balotelli in front of the
BERLIN---Stuttgart continued its revival
under new coach Thomas Schneider with
a 1-0 win at Hertha Berlin in the Bun-
Christian Gentner scored in the 49th
minute when he met Alexandru Maxim s
corner at the near post to head past Thomas
"It s all the same how we score. As long
as they go in," Gentner said.
Kraft displayed fantastic reflexes to deny
Gentner before the break, when he tipped
over the Stuttgart s player s powerful header
in the visitors only other scoring chance.
The home side dominated the game but
failed to convert possession into clear-cut
chances. Adrian Ramos illustrated his side s
wastefulness when he blasted over from a
promising position in the 25th.
"It happens in football. If you don t score,
there s a chance you ll concede," said Hertha
midfielder Ronny, who started for the first
time this season.
Stuttgart had goalkeeper Sven Ulreich to
thank for securing the win with a string of
saves in the second half as Hertha s pressure
failed to yield an equaliser.
"The lads played a good home game. It s
bitter they didn t even get a point," said
Hertha general manager Michael Preetz.
"(Gentner s goal) didn t decide the game.
What decided the game was that we
couldn t make more out of our opportu-
Hertha defender Peter Pekarik had the
chance to secure at least a draw in injury
time but missed Ramos cross with the goal
at his mercy.
Schneider has led his side to two wins
since taking over from Bruno Labbadia,
who was sacked for starting the league with
three straight defeats.
"Hertha put us under a lot of pressure,"
Schneider acknowledged. (AP)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris Saint Germain (PSG), left, scores a goal past Jeremy Sorbon of
Guingamp during their French League One soccer match in Paris, yesterday. PSG won 2-0.
Stuttgart wins 1-0 at Hertha Berlin
Kaka likely start in return to AC Milan
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