Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 7th 2013 Contents MADRID---Barcelona came from behind for
an easy 4-1 victory over Cartagena in the
Copa del Rey yesterday to end a two-game
Carlos de Lerma struck after just six minutes
to put the hosts ahead against the Spanish
champions, who left Neymar on the bench.
Despite missing injured trio Lionel Messi,
Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, Barcelona
then simply overwhelmed its third-division
opponents with its sheer attacking talent.
Pedro Rodriguez scored either side of Cesc
Fabregas second-half volley, and substitute
Jean Dongou marked his debut with a late
goal as Barcelona snapped out of its first slump
of the season.
"We were obliged to win considering who
we are and where we come from," coach Ger-
ardo Martino said.
Six matches opened the round of 32, with
Juan Carlos Garrido beginning his Real Betis
coaching career with a win as the struggling
Spanish league side beat 10-man Lleida 2-1.
None of the lower-tier clubs emerged vic-
torious on Friday as Real Betis and Sevilla
coming away from their first legs with away
De Lerma latched on to a bouncing ball
inside the area to fire Cartagena ahead, and
the hosts should have had a second 10 minutes
later only Fernando Rodriguez shot wide.
"They played a very intense game, they
didn t stop running and showed a great attitude
for the first 15 to 20 minutes," Martino said.
"But after that when we controlled possession
we took the legs out from under Cartegena."
But Barcelona---which had Jordi Alba return
for the first time since September---continued
to pressure with its speed and combinations,
with Alexis Sanchez and Pedro guilty of glaring
misses before Fabregas sprung Pedro with a
through ball to score from in the 36th.
Fabregas volleyed Adriano s cross into the
top corner to put Barcelona ahead just before
Sanchez re-directed Pedro s cross over an
empty goal just before the Chile striker put
Pedro through to score in the 75th with a slick
dummy around goalkeeper Jesus Limones.
Dongou came on for Alexis and the
Cameroon teenager latched on to Pedro s shot
as it came off the post in the 90th for his first
Lleida goalkeeper Pau Torres was red-carded
in the fourth minute and his replacement,
Fran Perales, saved the ensuing penalty from
But Joan Verdu scored the next penalty in
the 27th to put Betis ahead, and Molina made
up for his earlier miss in the 42nd after a gaffe
Despite Betis scoring two away goals, Lleida
pulled a goal back through Pere Milla in the
57th to stay in the second leg.
Garrido replaced Pepe Mel on Monday with
Betis bottom of the first division.
Elsewhere, Algeciras rallied to draw 1-1
against Real Sociedad, 10-man Sevilla won 1-
0 at Racing Santander, and Elche has the edge
after drawing 2-2 at Villarreal in a matchup
of topflight clubs. Rayo Vallecano and Valladolid
drew 0-0 in the other topflight matchup.
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Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez from Chile, right, duels for the ball with Cartagena's Mariano
Sanchez during their la Copa del Rey football match at the Cartagonova stadium in Cartagena,
Spain, yesterday. Barcelona won 4-1. AP PHOTO
provisionally six points clear at
the top of Serie A with a 2-0 win
over Bologna yesterday despite
missing injured playmaker
Midfielder Arturo Vidal extend-
ed his run of good form by scoring
in the 12th minute with a shot
from the edge of the box and
defender Giorgio Chiellini sealed
the result with a header from a
corner in the 90th.
Vidal scored a hat-trick against
Copenhagen in the Champions
League last week and had his con-
tract with Juventus extended this
week to 2017.
Pirlo is out for 40 days with
damaged right knee ligaments.
Forward Carlos Tevez only came
on for the final 20 minutes as Juve
coach Antonio Conte looked ahead
to Tuesday s visit to Galatasaray
in the Champions League.
Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon
preserved the win with several key
saves for Juve s seventh consec-
utive clean sheet in the Italian
"We could have closed it out
earlier but the important thing
was to keep this streak going,"
Bologna forward Alessandro
Diamanti threatened with two
long shots in the first half and
Argentine forward Jonathan
Cristaldo nearly equalised after
sprinting past Juve s defense in
the 78th but his sharply angled
shot went just wide.
Juventus forward Mirko Vucinic
came off with an apparent left
knee injury in the 38th and was
replaced by Fernando Llorente,
who was denied from close range
in the 62nd.
Second-place Roma hosts
Juventus beats Bologna
2-0, moves 6 points clear
BERLIN---Mainz snatched a 1-1 draw at
Nuremberg yesterday after an equaliser
from Shinji Okazaki denied the home
side its first Bundesliga victory of the
Park Joo-ho sent a long ball forward for
Japan striker Okazaki to shoot beyond
Nuremberg keeper Raphael Schaefer inside
the far post in the 75th minute.
It was the visiting side s first real chance
of the second half, with Nuremberg missing
a host of opportunities to extend its lead
in snowy conditions after Per Nilsson
opened the scoring with a deflected header
in the fifth minute.
The equaliser gave the visitors confi-
dence. Nicolai Mueller and Eric Maxim
Choupo-Moting both missed great chances
to win it for Mainz in the closing minutes,
before teammate Peter Sliskovic was sent
off for a dangerous challenge on Schaefer
in the 90th.
Timmy Chandler was a constant threat
down the right for Nuremberg, but the
United States defender went off in 61st
after taking a knock to his thigh.
Nuremberg now has the dubious honor
of the Bundesliga s longest streak without
a win---15 games---while the club remains
second last before the rest of the 15th
Previously only 1860 Munich and Duis-
berg started without winning in 14 games,
in 1977 and 1994 respectively. Both sides
won the 15th but were relegated at the end
of the season. (AP)
MARSEILLE---An early goal
from US international mid-
fielder Alejandro Bedoya gave
promoted Nantes a 1-0 victory
over Marseille yesterday and
saw his team leapfrog its oppo-
nent into fourth place in the
Bedoya scored from close
range in the 17th minute. Filip
Djordjevic cut the ball back for
the American, whose low strike
took a deflection off a defender
to beat Marseille goalkeeper
Steve Mandanda for his third
"Nantes is obviously the
newcomer in the league,"
Bedoya said. "Because of that,
everybody predicted we would
end up in the bottom of the
There was a minute of
applause at Stade Velodrome
before kickoff in memory of
Nelson Mandela, the father of
democratic South Africa, who
died on Thursday.
Nantes was the more ambi-
tious in the first half and nearly
doubled the lead in the 28th
with Papy Djilobodji s header
from a corner, but Mandanda
cleared the ball off the line.
Marseille showed more desire
in the second half to appease
an angry crowd calling for the
resignation of Marseille coach
Today, it s: Paris Saint-Ger-
main vs Sochaux; Lorient vs
Rennes; Reims vs Nice; Saint-
Etienne vs Evian; and Valenci-
ennes vs Guingamp.
Tomorrow, second-place Lille
visits Bordeaux, Monaco hosts
Ajaccio, Lyon faces Bastia and
Montpellier plays Toulouse. (AP)
RIO DE JANEIRO---A small group of pro-
testers gathered outside Rio s famous
Maracana stadium---the site of next year s
World Cup final---to criticise the cost of
staging the event and accuse politicians
and FIFA of profiting at the expense of
The protest, termed the "World Cup
Anti-Draw" took place Friday as the actual
draw was held 1,400 kilometers (850 miles)
north in the coastal resort of Costa do
Sauipe. The billions being spent to stage
the World Cup and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro
Olympics have triggered sporadic protests
The grievances have united groups
opposing everything from high taxes and
soaring costs, to forced relocations of the
poor living in favelas (slums) to make way
for World Cup- and Olympic-related proj-
Yesterday s gathering was light-hearted.
Protesters held a fake draw ceremony,
chanted slogans as they pulled plastic balls
from a bowl, and ridiculed local politicians
"The people are the big losers," said
Demian Castro, a spokesman for an activist
group that organised the event. "All of us
are living in cities that are getting more
expensive. The World Cup has driven up
the cost of living."
This one was tiny, but Brazilian author-
ities and FIFA are preparing for large and
persistent protests during the World Cup,
which opens June 12 in Sao Paulo and ends
July 13 in Rio de Janeiro. (AP)
'fake' draw in Rio
Nantes stuns Marseille
1-0 in French league
Cartagena for cup win
Mainz draws 1-1 at
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