Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 2nd 2013 Contents A54
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BARCELONA---Alexis Sanchez scored a
second-half goal as Barcelona and Lionel
Messi struggled past Espanyol 1-0 yes-
terday to remain top of the Spanish
Neymar drew two defenders before
guiding a pass through both pairs of legs
across goal for Sanchez to tap in at the
far post for the easy 68th-minute win-
Barcelona opened up a four-point
advantage over Atletico Madrid, which
plays Athletic Bilbao tomorrow, and a
nine-point lead on Real Madrid. Madrid
faces Rayo Vallecano today.
Messi is coming off one of his worst
months of football, having not scored in
the league since September.
The Argentina international, who has
been troubled by an injury, lacked
rhythm and made uncharacteristic
turnovers at the Camp Nou Stadium
to start November goalless.
Barcelona next plays against AC Milan
in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Messi did score at Milan nearly two weeks
While Barcelona laboured to another
victory, it maintained its impressive start
under new coach Gerardo Martino who
has led the team to 34 of a possible 36
Messi missed time with a right leg injury
and by the end of the match he looked
like he was either frustrated or feeling the
effects of not being 100 per cent fit.
Barcelona dominated possession and
controlled the tempo from the start with
Espanyol goalkeeper Francisco Casilla div-
ing to make a save from Sanchez early on,
with the Chilean enjoying some of the
hosts best opportunities throughout.
Espanyol needed over half an hour to
register its first shot on goal, and it was
nearly ahead in the 36th but Victor Valdes
got a leg to Victor Sanchez s low shot fol-
lowing a smart run onto Thievy Bifouma s
Andres Iniesta forced a save from Casilla
with Dani Alves hitting the post in the
ensuing scramble as Barcelona nearly went
ahead just before halftime.
Casilla was in top form as he got a hand
to Messi s well-guided header in the 54th.
Messi then had two opportunities from
free kicks but never came closer to scoring
his first league goal since September 28.
Neymar nearly found the net moments
before setting up Sanchez, and appealled
for a foul when Casilla put him to the
ground outside the area in the 76th with
the empty net beckoning.
Espanyol should have tested Valdes in
the 85th but Manuel Lanzarote showed
poor finishing as he weakly headed over
PARIS---Edinson Cavani scored twice
to help Paris Saint-Germain to a dom-
inant 4-0 victory at home to Lorient
yesterday as the Uruguayan moved to
the top of the French league scoring
Fellow star forward Zlatan Ibrahi-
movic was rested with a minor knee
injury ahead of Tuesday s Champions
League match against Anderlecht but
PSG got off to the perfect start when
Lucas was given too much space in the
area and volleyed in Lucas Digne s cross
after just two and a half minutes.
The capital club almost doubled its
lead in the 20th minute but Alex s head-
er was cleared off the line by Lorient
defender Raphael Guerreiro. There was
more bad news for Lorient as goalkeeper
Fabien Audard was injured in that inci-
dent and had to be replaced, as did
forward Jeremie Aliadiere.
Jeremy Menez doubled PSG s lead
in the 39th minute, driving home Marco
Verratti s chipped throughball.
In the absence of Ibrahimovic, Cavani
played in his preferred centre-forward
position and the Uruguayan extended
PSG s lead three minutes from halftime.
Baptiste Reynet mistakenly came to try
and gather a ball but Lucas evaded the
substitute goalkeeper and crossed in
for Cavani to head into an empty net.
Moments earlier Lorient had had its
best chance of the match when PSG
goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu pulled off
a stunning save to keep out Kevin Mon-
net-Paquet s header.
Cavani doubled his tally nine minutes
from time. Reynet did well to parry
Adrien Rabiot s header but Cavani was
on hand to tap in the rebound for his
ninth goal of the season.
PSG moved provisionally three points
clear of Monaco, which visits Lille
scored a hat-trick and added an assist
to lead Borussia Dortmund to a 6-1
rout of Stuttgart yesterday, lifting the
side provisionally top of the Bundesli-
ga.Dortmund started strongly only to
go behind in the 13th minute when
Karim Haggui scored with a header
from the visitors only corner.
But Sokratis equalised six minutes
later in similar fashion, three minutes
before Marco Reus made it 2-1 with a
fine solo effort.
Reus had just squandered a golden
opportunity created by Henrikh Mkhi-
taryan, but the Germany midfielder
more than made up for the rare mistake
when he shrugged off two defenders,
eluded two more and fired inside the
Lewandowski decided the game with
two goals in as many minutes. First
Reus set him up with a back-heel in
the 54th and then Mkhitaryan sent him
though to score again.
"He wants to score goals, regardless
when, regardless where," said Juergen
Klopp, who renewed his contract as
Dortmund coach to 2018 on Wednes-
Lewandowski claimed his ninth of
the season on a rebound in the 72nd,
when Sven Ulreich s save from Jakub
Blaszczykowski came back off the cross-
bar, and the Poland striker set up
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to wrap
up the scoring in the 81st. (AP)
Barca, Messi struggle
to beat Espanyol 1-0
FC Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez, from Chile, reacts after
scoring against Espanyol during a Spanish La Liga football
match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain,
yesterday. Barcelona won 1-0. AP PHOTO
Cavani scores twice to
help PSG crush Lorient
Lewandowski stars as
Dortmund routs Stuttgart 6-1
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