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Weligton scored a header deep in
injury time to snatch a 1--1 draw
at Villarreal yesterday, ending a
two-game losing streak for Bernd
Schuster s side in the Spanish
The Brazilian muscled by his
marker to head a last-gasp corner
kick into the net four minutes into
stoppage time and ruin what would
have equalled Villarreal s best ever
start through 15 rounds.
Also, Getafe beat visiting Levante
1--0 thanks to Pedro Leon s sec-
ond-half goal to end a three-game
winless run and provisionally rise
into sixth place.
Villarreal s draw left it in fourth
place and in the final Champions
League spot. Athletic Bilbao can
pass Villarreal if it can find a way
to deal Barcelona its first league
loss on Sunday.
Malaga edged two points above
the relegation zone before the rest
of the fixtures this round.
"When you don t win, it
becomes a burden for the team,"
Weligton said. "But the team is
united and the result was fair con-
sidering the effort we put into it."
Villarreal went ahead in the 32nd
when Bruno Soriano volleyed
Ruben "Cani" Gracia s low cross
into the far side of the net. But
Malaga stifled the hosts normally
vibrant attack until its final push
Mexico forward Giovani dos
Santos returned for Villarreal after
missing the last two games with
a muscle injury to his left leg. He
showed his hasn t lost his speed
when he raced to the end line and
sent in a dangerous cross late.
Levante established the slow
tempo that favoured its defensive
style in the first half that saw no
clear chances from either side,
leading to the sparse crowd at the
Alonso Perez Coliseum jeering both
sides as they walked off the pitch.
Levante threatened soon after
the break but Getafe goalkeeper
Miguel Moya saved Simao Mate s
header in the 51st before Jordi
Xumetra volleyed Papakouly Diop s
lofted pass wide.
Getafe showed more verve in
attack and broke through when
Simao s attempt to clear the ball
hit another player, with the ball
falling for Leon to blast it in off
Getafe s win came six days after
losing 7--0 to Atletico Madrid.
"We know that this wasn t our
best game," said Leon. "But these
are three important points after
the big setback we suffered last
week. Being Getafe, we are having
a good season."
It was Levante s fourth straight
loss and, depending on the round s
other results to come, it could slip
close to the drop zone.
Today, Atletico and Real Madrid
will try to put pressure on
Barcelona with their respective
games against Elche and Valladolid.
Also, Real Sociedad visits Espanyol
while Celta Vigo hosts Almeria.
Elsewhere tomorrow, it s: Real
Betis vs Rayo Vallecano, Granada
vs Sevilla, and Valencia vs Osasuna.
1--1 at Villarreal
after late goal
BERLIN---Wolfsburg survived a
late onslaught from northern rival
Hamburger SV to hold onto a 1--1
draw in the Bundesliga yester-
The visitors missed a host of
good chances to win the game,
and were left to rue substitute
Ivo Ilicevic s strike against the
crossbar in the 86th minute,
when he only had the goalkeeper
Hamburg midfielder Hakan Cal-
hanoglu opened the scoring in the
20th when his long-range free kick
came off the crossbar and
rebounded off Diego Benaglio and
"Perhaps I was a bit too offen-
sive," the Wolfsburg goalkeeper
said. "I was forward because that s
where the Hamburg lads were. I
take the blame of course."
Ricardo Rodriguez equalised
from the penalty spot in the 31st
after Daniel Caligiuri went down
under what seemed light contact
from Heiko Westermann.
Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel
Lasogga had narrowly missed the
chance to make it 2--0 just
"We were just missing that bit
of luck today. The goal didn t want
to come," Lasogga said.
Wolfsburg enjoyed the better
chances before Hamburg s late
"In the end the draw was a fair
result," Wolfsburg coach Dieter
The result left Wolfsburg fifth,
while Hamburg climbed one place
to tenth before the rest of the 14th
round of games. (AP)
Wolfsburg draws 1--1 with Hamburg
MARSEILLE---Florian Thauvin and
Saber Khalifa scored as Marseille beat
Montpellier 2--0 yesterday to pull
within two points of third-place
Monaco in the French league.
Marseille bounced back from a 2--0
loss to Arsenal in the Champions
League on Tuesday by earning a third
straight victory in the French league.
Thauvin, who led France to the
Under-20 World Cup title this summer,
capitalised on a miscued clearance from
Montpellier defender Daniel Congre to
score from close range in the 36th
minute. The 20-year-old forward has
scored three goals in his last three league
Substitute Khalifa sealed the win in
the last minute of stoppage time.
"We could have played better but
the most important thing for our con-
fidence is the victory," Marseille cen-
terback Souleymane Diawara said.
Montpellier still has not won an away
game this season.
Things did not start well for Mont-
pellier, whose striker Djamel Bakar
picked up a knee injury in the opening
minute and was replaced by Victor
The Montpellier defence was quite
shaky in the first half as a poor first
touch from Vitorino Hilton gave Thau-
vin his first chance of the match in the
20th but he was denied by goalkeeper
Geoffrey Jourdren. A weak backpass
from Montpellier winger Morgan San-
son then forced Jourdren to rush off
his line and knock the ball away in the
Marseille could have reached half-
time with a bigger lead but Jourdren
parried free kicks from playmaker
Mathieu Valbuena in the 34th and
striker Andre-Pierre Gignac in the
39th before getting the better of
Thauvin in the 42nd.
The hosts had no trouble to protect
their lead in a lackluster second half
despite a wide effort from Montpellier
midfielder Remy Cabella in the 69th.
Gignac had a curling shot palmed away
by Jourdren in the 71st. In the third
minute of stoppage time, Thauvin led
a counterattack and found Khalifa, who
fired through the legs of Congre to beat
"We re starting to feel the pressure
from behind," Montpellier midfielder
Benjamin Stambouli said. "We ll have
to hang tough."
Montpellier remained in 16th place,
five points above the relegation zone.
Today, it s: Monaco vs Rennes;
Guingamp vs Nantes; Lorient vs Nice;
Saint-Etienne vs Rennes; Toulouse vs
Sochaux; and Valenciennes vs Lille.
Tomorrow, leader Paris Saint-Ger-
main hosts Lyon, Ajaccio visits Bor-
deaux and Bastia faces Evian. (AP)
MADRID---Real Madrid coach
Carlo Ancelotti says Cristiano
Ronaldo will not play this week-
end as the club guards its top
player from aggravating his
Ancelotti says Ronaldo has
recovered from a hamstring injury
but "but he doesn t feel comfort-
able yet so we won t risk him."
Madrid is third in the Spanish
league, six points behind leader
Barcelona, going into today s game
Ancelotti says Ronaldo will likely
not return to the field before a
Spanish league match at Osasuna
on December 14.
Ronaldo is suspended for next
weekend s Copa del Rey game and
will likely not play at FC Copen-
hagen in the Champions League
with Madrid having already
clinched top spot in Group B.
Also, Ancelotti dismissed reports
yesterday suggesting defender Ser-
gio Ramos could be sold. (AP)
Real Madrid keeping injured Ronaldo on ice
GELSENKIRCHEN---Schalke defender Dennis
Aogo will likely be out for the rest of the
season after tearing the cruciate ligament
in his right knee.
The injury-plagued Bundesliga club says
on its Web site that Aogo suffered the injury
in the side s last training session before today s
home game against Stuttgart. An examination
later yesterday confirmed the extent of the
Midfielder Marco Hoeger (cruciate liga-
ment), striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar (knee) and
Kyriakos Papadopoulos (knee) were already
long-term injury absentees for the club.
Winger Jefferson Farfan and attacking mid-
fielder Kevin-Prince Boateng have also missed
games with a groin injury and knee problems,
Schalke was sixth in the Bundesliga ahead
of the 14th round of games. (AP)
Schalke defender Aogo tears ligament in right knee
Marseille's Tunisian forward Saber Khalifa, centre, reacts with Marseille's French
forward Andre-Pierre Gignac, third left, and his team-mates, after scoring against
Montpellier, during their League One football match, at the Velodrome Stadium,
in Marseille, southern France, yesterday. Marseille won 2--0. AP PHOTO
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