Last-minute Barcelona defeat 10-man Sevilla

first_imgHowever, Barca fought back with Cesc Fabregas reducing the arrears after 53 minutes and then the talking point was the dismissal of Gary Medel for an apparent headbutt on Fabregas which led to him being red-carded with 18 minutes to go.Barca pressed forward and it was Fabregras who equalised with a minute to go before substitute David Villa got the winner in the fourth minute of injury time.Barca coach Tito Vilanova felt it was right to send off Medel.“If a player goes towards another and hits them in the head then the referee does the right thing to apply the law. That is a red card here or anywhere. It is difficult to referee and easy to make mistakes but not in this case,” he said.Sevilla coach Jose Miguel Gonzalez ‘Michel’, who was sent to the stands in closing stages for complaining too vociferously, refused to get drawn into questions about Medel’s dismissal.“Sometimes things are just crystal clear but still rules are about interpretation and I never talk about referees,” he said.“My players were excellent against an excellent rival. I won’t say it was an unjust result but it was frustrating and leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.”The pressure is now very much on Real Madrid who face Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday before they then go head-to-head with Barcelona in the first El Clasico of the season in the league next weekend.Barca started stronger and Pedro Rodriguez fired over in the opening minutes.Goalkeeper Andres Palop then got down well to stop Lionel Messi inside the area after 13 minutes.Sevilla’s Ivan Rakitic had a tame shot from the edge of the area before, on another breakaway, Trochowski gave the home side the lead.The ball came to him after Javier Mascherano tried to clear the danger and from the left-hand side of the area the Sevilla man slotted the ball into the corner.Straight after the restart Sevilla got their second goal after Sergio Busquets gave the ball away in midfield. Medel found Negredo who clipped the ball over the keeper for a fine finish.Barca went close through Pedro Rodriguez before Fabregas pulled a goal back with a shot from the edge of the area.Medel was controversially dismissed for a headbutt on Fabregas and then, in the closing minutes, it was the former Arsenal man who ran through to beat Palop.There was still time three minutes into injury time for Villa to latch onto a Messi pass for the winner.Malaga maintained their unbeaten start as they cruised to a 4-0 victory over Real Betis with the game turning on an early penalty and the sending off of goalkeeper Casto Espinosa.Casto was red-carded for a foul on Eliseu Pereira and after Joaquin Sanchez converted the penalty, Malaga never looked back.They had a series of chances with Ignacio Camacho hitting the post with a header and then Javier Saviola slotted home the second after 28 minutes following an exchange with Francisco Portillo.Midway through the second half Antonio Amaya put the ball through his own net as he intercepted a Nacho Monreal cross and then Isco Alarcon finished clinically to add to Betis’ misery.Elsewhere Valencia beat Zaragoza 2-0 and Real Sociedad also came out on top 2-0 against Athletic Bilbao.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, September 30 – Barcelona struck twice in the final minutes to complete a controversial fightback as they beat 10-man Sevilla 3-2 to go eleven points clear of bitter rivals Real Madrid.Piotr Trochowski put Sevilla ahead after 26 minutes and when Alvaro Negredo doubled the advantage after the break it looked as though the Andalusians would achieve a double over the top two, having beaten Real a fortnight ago.last_img read more

I have no authority to ban Gor, AFC- Kidero

first_img0Shares0000Nairobi Governor, Dr. Evans Kidero (right) with Gor Mahia’s chief supporter, Jaro Soja (third right). The County boss says he has no authority to ban AFC Leopards or Gor from playing in Nairobi. PHOTO/FacebookNAIROBI, August 23- Nairobi County boss, Dr. Evans Kidero, has discounted reports he had banned SportPesa Premier League titans, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards from playing their matches in the capital following the violence that saw the latest Mashemeji Derby abandoned on Sunday.Speaking to Capital Sport on Monday, the Governor asserted the reports associated with him did not emanate from his person as he called on the two self-supporting community clubs to stamp out hooliganism from their ranks. “The statement wasn’t from me; I think probably, somebody sent that statement in error.“I have been a long term supporter of Gor and I’ve been a long term supporter of AFC, and you recall I used to sponsor AFC in the previous years. All we have done is say, games must be played with calmness and peace and there should be no violence or destruction of property,” Kidero stated.“I don’t have the authority and capacity to ban. I’m their biggest supporter and I will always support them. Action is being taken on the person who sent the message in error,” the County boss added.The latest derby between the champions who were playing at home and struggling Leopards was locked at 0-0 when Gor were awarded a spot-kick for Jackson Saleh’s needless handball in the box on 66 minutes.A section of Ingwe faithful took the cue to hurl projectiles onto the pitch disrupting the match for the second time following fracas that broke out on the stroke of half time and after a 25-minute stoppage, Match Commissioner, Paul Kaunda, called off the clash for security reasons.Last year, Machakos County Governor, Alfred Mutua, banned Gor from Machakos after supporters of the team went on rampage after losing 3-2 to Sofapaka and K’Ogalo are yet to play there this season ahead of their October 18 second-leg clash slated for Kenyatta Stadium.It remains to be seen whether Mutua’s ban is still in force having fined K’Ogalo Sh10m for the damage caused to businesses and other amenities within the County headquarters.Meanwhile, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) is awaiting Kenyan Premier League (KPL) report on the derby before deciding what action to take following the latest acts of hooliganism in the derby.In a statement signed by Media Officer, John Kariuki, the federation blamed KPL and lax security arrangements by the host team for the aborted match.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Paratici: ‘Juve not interested in Rakitic’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Juventus are not interested in Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, assured director of sport Fabio Paratici, but he believes Matthijs de Ligt “will become the best defender in the world.” The Croatian international has fallen down the pecking order at the Camp Nou this season and has been repeatedly linked with moves away, specifically to Juve and Inter. “We have a great team and are not looking for reinforcements at the moment. We are strong in every position,” Paratici told ESPN. The Juventus chief was then asked to comment on Patrick Kluivert’s remarks that De Ligt regrets his €75m move to the club last summer. “I don’t see it like that. He will soon become the best defender in the world.”last_img read more