Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 30th 2013 Contents ATHENS---Second-place PAOK needed a 74th
minute equaliser from Tomas Necid to salvage
a 1-1 draw at OFI in the Greek league yesterday.
Alexandros Perogamvrakis had given OFI the
lead in the 15th minute.
The draw allowed defending champion
Olympiakos, a 2-0 winner at Panionios on Saturday,
to extend its lead at the top over PAOK to three
points. Panathinaikos, which beat Asteras 2-1 at
home yesterday, is a further two points back in
Also yesterday, Giannena beat Xanthi 2-1, Apol-
lon came back from a goal down to prevail 4-2
over Levadiakos and last-place Aris was held to
a scoreless draw by visiting Panetolikos.
Today, Platanias hosts Panthrakikos and Atro-
mitos travels to newcomer Kalloni, which seeks
to reclaim third place with a win.
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BERLIN---Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiy-
otake scored one and set up another yes-
terday as Nuremberg twice came from
behind to earn a 3-3 draw at Werder Bre-
men in the Bundesliga.
The home side went ahead in the eighth
minute, when Nuremberg defender Berkay
Dabanli deflected Sergio Garcia s cross past
his own goalkeeper.
Then Aaron Hunt crossed for Eljero Elia
to sidefoot the ball inside the right post in
the 34th, as Bremen appeared comfortably
But Kiyotake pulled one back with a thun-
derous half-volley before the break, and
Josip Drmic equalised in the 53rd after a
fine cross from Tomas Pekhart.
Elia restored Bremen s lead with his sec-
ond in the 66th, another fine effort inside
the far post after Nuremberg failed to clear,
only for Kiyotake to play Adam Hlousek
through to equalise again in the 70th.
Eintracht Braunschweig is still waiting
for its first win since returning to the Bun-
desliga after 28 years following a 4-0 home
defeat to Stuttgart.
The promoted side made the better start
but paid the price for poor finishing and
Vedad Ibisevic scored against the run of
play with a header from Alexandru Maxim s
free-kick in the 40th minute, the Bosnian s
sixth goal of the season, though TV replays
showed he pushed a defender to reach the
Maxim made it 2-0 five minutes after
the break, when he reacted first to the
rebound after Marjan Petkovic spilled Ibrahi-
ma Traore s effort from range. It was
Maxim s eighth goal or assist in just five
Braunschweig threatened briefly before
Traore killed off any hopes of a comeback
when he played a one-two with Christian
Gentner and scored in the 76th.
Stuttgart substitute Martin Harnik rubbed
salt in Braunschweig wounds with another
goal four minutes from time, with Traore
Braunschweig remains bottom of the table
with just one point from seven games---the
worst start any side has made to the Bun-
in thrilling 3-3 draw
Hamburg's Marcell Jansen, left, celebrates his side's equalising goal during a German
soccer Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Hamburger SV in Frankfurt,
Germany, Saturday. AP PHOTO
BARCELONA---Elche beat Celta Vigo 1-0 thanks
to Javi Marquez s solo effort to claim its first win
in Spain s top flight in 25 years yesterday.
Also, Levante s late goal gave it a 1-0 victory at
Osasuna, while Getafe striker Adrian Colunga
scored twice in a 2-0 victory over Espanyol, his
team s first away win this season.
While neither team shone at Celta s Balaidos
Stadium, Elche went close through Manuel del
Moral s high strike just before the halftime whis-
tle.Marquez then broke the deadlock on a coun-
terattack in the 62nd minute. His low shot from
an angle on the left side sent the ball in off the
Elche earned promotion last season, making its
long-awaited return to the first division where it
had gone winless through six rounds to start this
Levante looked ready to settle for a draw in
Pamplona when midfielder Jordi Xumetra netted
in the 87th following a penalty. Osasuna goalkeeper
Andres Fernandez blocked Papakouly Diop s spot
kick, but Xumetra raced in to slot home the
Osasuna dominated the first half but failed to
capitalise, with striker Oriol Riera squandering
two good chances.
Elche gets first win in
top flight in 25 years
BARCELONA---Barcelona s Lionel Messi will be
sidelined for two to three weeks with an injury
to his right leg, ruling him out of Tuesday s
Champions League match at Celtic and two World
Cup qualifiers for Argentina.
Barcelona also left injured defenders Carles
Puyol, Javier Mascherano and Jordi Alba out of its
squad for the trip to Glasgow.
That means that Marc Bartra will probably start
again in the centre of the defense alongside Gerard
Pique. The little-used Bartra played perhaps his
best game for Barcelona in Saturday s 2-0 win at
Messi hurt a muscle in his right thigh after scor-
ing in Barcelona s victory.
It is Messi s second leg injury this season. He
missed the second game of the season after bruising
his left thigh and was ruled out of several games
at the end of last season with a right hamstring
Besides the Celtic match, Messi is set to miss
Argentina s games against Peru on October 11 and
Uruguay on October 15 as well as two Spanish
league games against Valladolid and Osasuna.
weeks with injury
MANCHESTER---The Champions League
may only be heading into its second round
of matches this week, yet Chelsea and
Borussia Dortmund are already under pres-
sure to claim victories in Europe s top club
Most of the continent s top teams got off
to flying starts two weeks ago, with
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and
Manchester United scoring 17 goals among
them to take early command of their groups.
However, 2012 winner Chelsea slipped
up 2-1 at home to Basel and Dortmund---
last season s beaten finalist---lost by the
same score line at Napoli. Both will need
to get their campaigns back on track this
Heat already on Chelsea, Dortmund
Last season Chelsea became the first
defending champion to fail to get out of the
group stage, but was expecting to fare much
better this time round with the return of
two-time Champions League-winning coach
Jose Mourinho. Opening up with a home
defeat to Basel in Group E certainly wasn t
in the script and the English team now faces
a trip on tomorrow to Romania s Steaua
Bucharest, where it lost 1-0 in the Europa
League last 16 last season. At least that
group appears to give Chelsea some leeway
Dortmund, on the other hand, can t afford
another slip-up at home to Marseille tomor-
row, with Arsenal and Napoli---the league
leaders in England and Italy, respectively---
the other teams in Group F.
Will history repeat at Celtic Park?
Tears of joy streamed down Rod Stewart s
cheeks the last time his beloved Celtic hosted
Barcelona in a Champions League game.
On that memorable night last November,
the Scottish champions produced one of
the most stunning results in the competi-
tion s history to beat Barca 2-1 and reduce
rock star Stewart to an emotional wreck.
The following day, another pop icon, Elton
John, phoned Celtic manager Neil Lennon
to offer his congratulations.
Can history repeat itself tomorrow when
Celtic hosts Barcelona in the Group H
match? Well, Celtic lost 1-0 at home to sec-
ond-tier Morton in the League Cup last
week and Barcelona has not only made its
best ever start to a La Liga campaign with
seven straight wins but also thrashed Ajax
4-0 in its Champions League opener. Lionel
Messi will be missing for the visitors with
an injury to his right leg, offering Celtic
renewed hope of another famous upset.
European respite for Moyes
Manchester United manager David Moyes
may be glad to see the back of the Premier
League for a few days.
After making its worst six-game start to
a domestic season in 24 years, United is
languishing in 12th place in the standings
and is already eight points behind early
leader Arsenal. The transition from Alex
Ferguson to Moyes is proving tough to swal-
low for United fans, who won t have been
too thrilled to hear their new coach play
down the team s chances in Europe this
"To win the Champions League, you need
five or six world-class players," Moyes said.
"Look at Bayern Munich, they have it. Look
at Barcelona, who had it in the past and
Real Madrid, who have maybe got it now.
That s the level you have to be at to win it.
We ve not got that yet but what we have
got is experience."
United started with a 4-2 home win over
Bayer Leverkusen in Group A and travel to
Ukraine s Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednes-
Man City vs Bayern Munich
It s comfortably the standout game of
matchday two and this Group D showdown
gives Bayern a first real test in its defense
of the trophy. Lacking recent experience in
Europe, City failed to advance from its group
over the last two seasons but began this
campaign well with a 3-0 win at Viktoria
Plzen 3-0. It also has a wily new coach in
Manuel Pellegrini, who exceeded expecta-
tions in the Champions League with Vil-
larreal and Malaga in the past.
Bayern easily beat CSKA Moscow 3-0 in
its first group game and is now 32 matches
unbeaten in the Bundesliga after a labored
1-0 win over Wolfsburg on Saturday.
Chelsea, Dortmund in danger in Champions League
PAOK draws 1-1 at OFI,
stays second in Greece
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