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GENOA---Genoa has sacked
coach Fabio Liverani and
rehired Gian Piero Gasperini
after one of its worst starts to
Liverani was promoted from
youth team coach in the
offseason but his team has
won just one match---the
derby against Sampdoria---and
lost four of its opening six
Genoa has only had one
worse start to the season, 30
A statement yesterday says
Genoa has given Gasperini a
Gasperini coached Genoa
from 2006 to 2010, bringing
the club up from Serie B
after his first season and
steering it into the Europa
He went on to coach Inter
Milan and Palermo after
being sacked from Genoa.
Liverani is the first Serie A
manager to be fired this
Genoa fires Liverani, rehires Gasperini as coach
MANCHESTER---Luis Suarez returned
to the Premier League in explosive
fashion yesterday, teaming up with
strike partner Daniel Sturridge to pro-
pel Liverpool to a 3-1 win at Sunder-
land that inflicted more misery on the
division s managerless bottom team.
Liverpool climbed to second place in
the standings, two points behind Arse-
nal, after Suarez added to Sturridge s
contentious opening goal that came off
his arm by scoring twice at the Stadi-
um of Light.
After serving a ten-match ban for bit-
ing Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic
during a league match in April, Suarez
made his comeback in a frustrating
League Cup loss to Manchester
United on Wednesday.
He found the cutting edge
against Sunderland, though,
to help Liverpool earn a
fourth win in six games
and provide another
demonstration of his
ship with Sturridge
that was cut short
by Suarez s act of folly
five months ago.
"He s getting the reward for
his hard work over the period that he
was off," Liverpool manager Brendan
Rodgers said of Suarez.
Norwich beat Stoke 1-0 in Sunday s
other match, with Jonny Howson scor-
ing the winner from long range in the
34th minute to secure his team s sec-
ond victory of the season.
Suarez couldn t have asked for more
compliant opposition in his comeback
match in the Premier League, with
Sunderland having now lost five of its
six games and being stranded at the
foot of the table on just one point.
Interim manager Kevin Ball, who is
in charge following the firing of Paolo
Di Canio last weekend, was unable to
shore up the league s leakiest defence
in the face of one of the leading strike
partnerships in English football.
Sturridge climbed to the top of the
scoring charts with his fifth goal of the
campaign, inadvertently bundling the
ball in with his upper arm after mis-
judging the flight of Steven Gerrard s
corner in the 28th minute.
Sturridge then turned provider, cut-
ting in from the right and crossing
for Suarez to poke in at the far post
in the 36th. After Emanuele Giac-
cherini had halved the deficit in the
52nd, the same combination struck for
Liverpool again to seal victory in the
89th, Sturridge making inroads down
and crossing for Suarez to
hook home a left-footed
"It s great to have him back
in, he gives us options and he s
one of the best forwards in the
league," Sturridge said of Suarez.
"We form a good partnership."
Liverpool went above third-
place Tottenham on goals scored
and is now six points above arch-
rival Man United, which sits in 12th
place after losing 2-1 to West
Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
United is level on seven points
with Stoke and Norwich, who served
up poor fare at Britannia Stadium
except for Howson s brilliant effort
that separated the sides.
"It was a disappointing performance
and we were poor," said Stoke manager
Mark Hughes, whose team outplayed
Man City in its last home game.
Nantes won 3-1 at Rennes to
move above its opponent in the
top half of the French league
Filip Djordjevic opened the
scoring in the 17th minute, fir-
ing in the rebound after he had
headed Lucas Deaux s cross onto
the left hand post.
Nantes doubled its lead two
minutes from halftime when the
ball came to Serge Gakpe, who
did well to change direction,
turn round his marker and fire a
low shot across goal into the
bottom right corner.
Nelson Oliveira pulled one
back for Rennes ten minutes
after the interval, moments after
Julien Feret had headed onto the
post for the home
side. Deaux sealed
the match in
time Rennes had conceded in
five league matches.
Montpellier was held to a
fifth successive draw, finishing
up 1-1 with Ajaccio in Corsica
in a match which both teams
finished with ten men.
Ajaccio got off to the worst
possible start when midfielder
Claude Goncalves was sent off in
the ninth minute for what was
harshly judged to have been a
deliberate handball to clear Souley-
mane Camara s shot off the line.
Remy Cabella fired the spot
kick powerfully and even though
Ajaccio goalkeeper Guilherme
Ochoa got his hands to it, he
couldn t stop it from going into
the top left side of goal.
The game changed in the 36th
minute when Ronald Zubar head-
ed Johan Cavalli s free kick down
across goal and into the bottom
right corner for the equaliser.
Liverpool's Luis Suarez
celebrates after scoring
his goal during their
at the Stadium of
sinks Black Cats
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