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BERLIN---Stuttgart striker Vedad Ibisevic missed
a penalty with the last kick of the game as the home
side drew 1-1 with Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bun-
Ibisevic skewed his shot to the right of Kevin Trapp s
goal, missing the chance to make it three wins from
three since new coach Thomas Schneider took over.
"It s a shame for the club because we deserved the
win. But It can happen. I m sorry," Ibisevic said.
The penalty was conceded by Sebastian Rode for
a foul on Ibrahim Traore in the fourth minute of
"You can t blame Vedo," Schneider said. "He took
the risk and sometimes you have to accept that it
goes to the side."
With Stuttgart playing in retro jerseys to celebrate
the club s 120-year anniversary, it was the visitors
who scored first when Marco Russ stabbed the ball
to the roof of the net after a corner in the 14th minute.
Then 17-year-old Timo Werner equalised with a
header after a Stuttgart corner one minute later.
"It doesn t get any better," Werner said.
Vaclav Kadlec and Stefan Aigner came close in an
exciting second half for Frankfurt, before Stuttgart s
Alexandru Maxim had a goal ruled out for offside.
Ibisevic also missed a chance in the 83rd when he
eluded four defenders before firing over, though will
rue the later missed chance more.
"Of course it s unlucky how it happened," said
Stuttgart captain Christian Gentner. "But perhaps
it s fairer based on (the sides ) performances."
Freiburg is still waiting for its first Bundesliga win
of the season after a 1-1 draw at home with Hertha
Admir Mehmedi put Freiburg ahead in the 6th
minute, when Sebastian Freis played him through to
round the keeper and slot to the unguarded net.
It got worse for Hertha in the 20th, when United
States defender John Anthony Brooks went off injured
with a suspected dislocated elbow.
But the visitors regrouped and Per Ciljan Skjelbred
deservedly equalised in the 38th when he slid in ahead
of his marker to deflect Ronny s throw-in inside the
Both sides cancelled each other out in a scrappy
second half before Gelson Fernandes struck the post
for Freiburg in the final minute, when he only had
the goalkeeper to beat.
BARCELONA---Cristiano Ronaldo scored
a double and set up another goal for Real
Madrid in a 4-1 comeback win over Getafe
yesterday in the Spanish league, as new
teammate Gareth Bale couldn t make his
home debut after injuring his leg before
Bale was dropped from Madrid s starting
lineup minutes before the match after the
club s medical staff examined his left thigh
during warm-ups at the Santiago Bernabeu
Stadium. The club said it was for "precau-
tion" and that he would undergo tests Mon-
Things only got worse for Madrid s dis-
appointed fans when Getafe forward Angel
Lafita opened the scoring in the fifth minute.
But Pepe scored from a rebound in the
19th before Ronaldo converted a penalty in
the 33rd, set up Francisco "Isco" Alarcon
in the 59th, and added another goal in injury
time after Getafe had been reduced to 10
Ronaldo s 207th and 208th career goals
for Madrid in 205 games moved him ahead
of Hugo Sanchez as the club s fifth all-time
leading scorer. Raul Gonzalez holds the
record with 323 goals.
Ronaldo has scored seven goals in his last
four games in all competitions for Madrid.
Madrid remained undefeated through five
rounds and is in third place in the standings,
two points behind Barcelona and Atletico
Villarreal also stayed unbeaten in its return
to Spain s top flight after drawing 0-0 at
The same lack of finishing touch con-
demned Real Betis to a 0-0 finish against
visiting Granada, leaving both teams with
one win through five rounds.
Valencia hosts Sevilla later.
If losing Bale for what was supposed to
be his highly-anticipated first game in front
of Madrid s fans wasn t a big enough blow,
Carlo Ancelotti s side soon fell behind to their modest
After Ronaldo had squandered back-to-back scor-
ing chances, the Portugal forward lost the ball and
Getafe struck when Lafita s resulting shot took a
deflection off Pepe before landing in the net.
But Ronaldo helped Madrid level when he drew
a save from goalkeeper Miguel Moya, with the
rebound falling for Pepe to tap in.
Ronaldo put Madrid in front by driving a low spot
kick just inside the post after Getafe s Miguel "Michel"
Marcos blocked his free kick with his arm inside the
Ronaldo s quickly taken free kick left Isco alone
in the area to curl in his fourth goal in the league
play. Ronaldo almost took another goal in the 79th
when he clipped the post.
Getafe played the final five minutes with 10 men
after Michel was sent off with a direct red card for
fouling Jese Rodriguez with only Moya to beat.
Ronaldo then got his well-earned brace when he
used a brazen back-heeled shot with his right boot
to redirect Sami Khedira s cross into the net.
The next chance Madrid s fans will have to see
Bale at home will be next Saturday against Atletico
Madrid in the Spanish capital derby.
Ronaldo leads Madrid win with Bale injured
1-1 with Frankfurt
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