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BARCELONA---Barcelona drew 0-
0 at Osasuna and Atletico Madrid
fell 1-0 at Espanyol yesterday, leav-
ing both teams one victory shy of
matching a 45-year-old Spanish
league record of wins to start the
Real Madrid reduced the gap with
the two top sides by beating Malaga
2-0, and then watched both its rivals
squander their chances to equal the
milestone of nine wins in as many
opening rounds it set in 1968.
Barcelona remained league leader
by one point ahead of Atletico, with
Madrid another two points behind
and the first clasico match of the
season looming next weekend at
First, however, Barcelona visits
AC Milan on Tuesday and Madrid
hosts Juventus the next day in the
Champions League. Atletico visits
Austria Wien also on Tuesday.
Real Sociedad broke an eight-
game winless streak in all compe-
titions with a morale-boosting 2-1
victory at Valencia before it travels
to Manchester United on Wednesday
in Europe s top-tier competition.
Antoine Griezmann opened and
Ruben Pardo added a long strike for
Sociedad before Valencia s Dorlan
Pabon grabbed a consolation goal.
Yesterday saw the return of Lionel
Messi for Barcelona and Gareth Bale
for Madrid from nagging muscle
injuries. While Messi couldn t muster
a shot after going on in the 68th
minute against the well-organised
Osasuna, Bale earned a questionable
penalty that Cristiano Ronaldo con-
verted in injury time to seal Madrid s
victory over Malaga.
Barcelona was bolstered by the
return of veteran defender Carles
Puyol, who played all 90 minutes
of his first game in seven months
after recuperating from knee sur-
Faced with Neymar s diabolical
dribbling, Osasuna renounced the
ball, packed its midfield, and hung
on to a point its fans celebrated wild-
ly and coach Javi Gracia said "tastes
like a win."
Atletico had gone unbeaten
through 12 matches in Spain and
abroad this season.
And its first defeat only came
through an own goal after its rising
talent Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion
volleyed Diego Costa s pass off the
woodwork in an otherwise defense-
dominated first half at Cornella-El
But Espanyol broke through in
the 54th when Atletico goalkeeper
Thibaut Courtois redirected Juan
Fuente s cross into his own net in a
failed attempt to block its trajectory
with his outstretched boot.
Earlier in Madrid, Angel Di Maria
scored seconds after halftime with
a cross intended for Ronaldo that
caught Malaga goalkeeper Willy
Caballero out of position. Madrid
improved as the match went on and
only Caballero stopped the hosts
from recording a bigger win.
Caballero made an excellent reflex
save with his left foot to deny Ronal-
do from close range in the 82nd and
two minutes later used his right hand
to parry substitute Jese Rodriguez s
low shot past his upright.
But Caballero couldn t reach
Ronaldo s well-placed spot kick after
Bale, who had gone on for the final
15 minutes, went flying to the turf
following what appeared to be light
contact with Malaga defender Welig-
Ronaldo s eighth goal of the season
took him level with Messi. Both trail
Atletico s Diego Costa with 10.
Ancelotti said striker Karim Ben-
zema would be back in his squad
against Juventus after he missed
yesterrday s game due to a leg knock
he had picked up in training. Young-
ster Alvaro Morata started in his
place and was Madrid s most active
player in an otherwise dull first half.
Osasuna midfielder Sisinio
Gonalez tore a left knee ligament
early in the game and may be out
for the rest of the season. (AP)
Barca, Atletico fall one
win shy of matching record
PARIS---Zlatan Ibrahimovic and
Edinson Cavani scored spectacular
goals as unbeaten Paris Saint-Ger-
main beat Bastia 4-0 to provision-
ally move ahead of Monaco at the
top of the French league yesterday.
Ibrahimovic has some logic-defy-
ing goals during his illustrious career
and added another to his collection.
Winger Lucas cross from the
right inadvertently struck Hervin
Ongenda and the ball looped up and
behind Ibrahimovic, who showed
amazing flexibility to volley it over
his shoulder with the back of his
Moments later, he made it 2-0
after 15 minutes when Lucas cross
went in off his shoulder.
Cavani replaced Ibrahimovic at
halftime and dribbled past three
players down the left before slotting
in from a tight angle. He added a
late penalty for 4-0.
Monaco, the only other unbeaten
side, can retain top spot on goal dif-
ference if it wins by three goals at
lowly Sochaux today. Lille remained
in third place, four points behind
PSG after winning 1-0 at Montpellier
thanks to an early goal from defender
Cavani has six league goals so far,
one more than Ibrahimovic,
although they rarely combine.
Bastia is strong at home but
inconsistent away from home and
had not won in its previous 25 visits
It was soon obvious that bad run
was never going to end when Ibrahi-
movic, who has a black belt in taek-
wondo, put PSG ahead in the tenth.
If only for one half, Cavani got a
chance to play in his favoured centre
forward role, rather than wide right
when he s picked with Ibrahimovic
in a 4-3-3 formation.
His first goal even had a grinning
Ibrahimovic leaping up from the
bench to applaud.
In other matches, it was: Ajaccio
0, Nantes 1; Evian 1, Guingamp 2,
and Rennes 2, Valenciennes 2.
Nantes jumped above Marseille
and into fourth place with American
midfielder Alejandro Bedoya scoring
a late winner, while Guingamp
moved up to eighth spot thanks to
goals from Thibault Giresse and
Midfielder Foued Kadir, on loan
from Marseille, scored twice for
mid-table Rennes before striker
Anthony Le Tallec and Marco Da
Silva scored for Valenciennes, which
moved off the bottom of the table.
In today s other matches, Saint-
Etienne faces Lorient and struggling
Lyon takes on Bordeaux.
In Friday s matches, it was Nice
1, Marseille 0 and Reims 1, Toulouse
Ibrahimovic scores twice, PSG beats Bastia 4-0
Mario Goetze inspired Bayern
Munich to a 4-1 come-from-behind
win over Mainz to reclaim the Bun-
desliga lead yesterday, while his for-
mer side Borussia Dortmund
labored past Hannover 1-0.
Bayern struggled in the first game
after the international break and was
the only side across all matches not
to register a shot on target in the first
half. Mainz, in contrast, had two
inside the first 15 minutes.
The visitors scored in the 44th
minute, when a mistake from Jerome
Boateng allowed Shawn Parker
through to round Manuel Neuer.
It was Bayern s 34th successive
Bundesliga game without defeat, edg-
ing it closer to Hamburger SV s record
36-match run without a loss.
Roman Neustaedter s injury-time
strike gave Schalke a somewhat for-
tunate 3-2 win at Eintracht Braun-
Schalke, which hosts Chelsea in
the Champions League on Tuesday,
needed goals from Max Meyer and
Leon Goretzka to equalise after Orhan
Ademi and Karim Bellarabi had twice
given Braunschweig the lead.
Nuremberg drew 1-1 at Eintracht
Frankfurt thanks to an 86th-minute
equalizer from Josip Drmic in the
visitors first game without dismissed
coach Michael Wiesinger. Vaclav
Kadlec scored in the 50th for Frank-
Werder Bremen drew 0-0 with
visiting Freiburg in the Bundesliga s
first scoreless draw---after nine
Adrian Ramos 36th-minute header
from a free kick was enough for
Hertha Berlin to beat Borussia
Moenchengladbach 1-0 at home in
the late game.
Hertha s fourth win of the season
was enough to propel the promoted
side to fourth.
Today, Stuttgart visits Hamburg
and Augsburg hosts Wolfsburg. (AP)
Bayern to 4-1
win over Mainz
MILAN---Injury-hit AC Milan
edged visiting Udinese 1-0 for
just its third win in eight Serie
A matches yesterday.
Slovenia midfielder Valter
Birsa scored with a long, curling
shot following an exchange with
Robinho in the 22nd minute at
the San Siro.
Milan moved up to seventh
place, 13 points behind leader
Roma, which defeated Napoli
2-0 on Friday to stretch its win-
ning start to the season to eight
Udinese came close when
former Italy forward Antonio
Di Natale hit the crossbar with
a free kick in the 63rd but the
northeastern club still dropped
one point behind Milan.
Milan meets Barcelona in the
Champions League on Tues-
Earlier, Cagliari beat ten-man
Catania 2-1 in its first match
at its Sant Elia Stadium home
in 1 1/2 years.
In Sardinia, Mauricio Pinilla
scored the winner for Cagliari
in the 84th by converting his
Gonzalo Bergessio put Cata-
nia ahead five minutes in, Victor
Ibarbo equalised in the 26th
and the visitors were reduced
to ten men in the 40th when
defender Nicola Legrottaglie
was sent off for a last-man foul.
in Serie A
GLASGOW---Celtic avoided its first
domestic loss of the season as James
Forrest grabbed a late equaliser in
a 1-1 draw against Hibernian in the
Scottish Premier League yesterday.
Paul Heffernan put Hibernian in
front in the 18th minute after racing
through the Celtic lines as the league
leaders struggled to open their oppo-
nent s defence.
Celtic, which hosts Ajax in the
Champions League on Tuesday, was
four points clear of second-place
In other matches, Aberdeen edged
Dundee United 1-0, Kilmarnock beat
Ross County 2-0, Motherwell stopped
Hearts, 2-1 and St Mirren beat St
1-1 draw at
Paris Saint Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic jumps in the air after scoring the
second goal against Bastia, during the French League One football match
between Paris Saint Germain and Bastia, at the Parc des Princes stadium,
in Paris, yesterday. PSG won 4-0.
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