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Elche 0 Eibar 2: Hosts´ unbeaten run comes to an end

19 September 2014 23:13

Elche went down 2-0 to Eibar on Friday and surrendered their impressive unbeaten home record this year in the process.

Prior to the defeat, the hosts had not tasted defeat at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero in all competitions since December last year.

However, first-half goals from Dani Garcia and Raul Albentosa brought about an end to that run as La Liga newboys Eibar picked up their second win since returning to the top flight.

Garcia got the visitors off to an ideal start when his long-range strike opened the scoring after just three minutes.

The former Real Sociedad midfielder saw his effort fly in with a nick off the post before Ferran Corominas missed an opportunity to level shortly before the half-hour mark.

Corominas failed to convert from inside the area and Raul Albentosa made the hosts pay when he doubled Eibar’s advantage three minutes before the break.

The defender headed home to give the visitors a comfortable half-time lead and, while Fran Escriba’s men improved after the break, it proved in vain.

Gaizka Garitano’s side held firm to pick up three points and move into fifth ahead of this weekend’s remaining action.

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Freiburg 2 Hertha Berlin 2: Ronny strikes twice to deny hosts

19 September 2014 22:42

Two free-kicks from Brazilian striker Ronny helped salvage a point for 10-man Hertha Berlin against Freiburg on Friday.

With both sides going into the clash at the Mage Solar Stadion without a win in the Bundesliga this term, the home side were twice thwarted in their attempts to get on the board by the 28-year-old.

Having cancelled out Marc-Oliver Kempf’s opener before half-time, Ronny left it until late in stoppage time at the end of the game to ensure a point for Jos Luhukay’s side – who had Nico Schulz dismissed late on.

Freiburg opened the scoring after half an hour when Kempf rose highest to head Jonathan Schmid’s outswinging corner past Thomas Kraft.

However, the hosts did not lead for long as Ronny equalised with his second goal of the Bundesliga campaign six minutes later.

The Brazilian expertly curled a free-kick over the wall and past Roman Burki to draw Hertha level.

Hertha had conceded nine goals in three Bundesliga matches – more than any other team in the top flight – and that became 11 in four when Freiburg restored their lead.

Vladimir Darida and Karim Guede linked well to forge an opportunity for Felix Klaus who made no mistake and coolly finished from close range 11 minutes from time.

When Schulz was sent off for a professional foul Freiburg seemed on course for a first win of the campaign but, in a dramatic finale, Ronny’s driven strike took a deflection in the wall and squirmed out of Burki’s reach.

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Bordeaux 2 Evian 1: Hosts back on track against dismal strugglers

19 September 2014 22:42

Bordeaux got their strong start to the Ligue 1 season back on track with a well-earned 2-1 win over Evian on Friday.

Willy Sagnol’s side had been the early pacesetters after winning their first three games, but a draw and defeat in their last two tempered their progress.

However, Diego Rolan and Wahbi Khazri struck in either half to get the Garonne club back to form.

Yeltsin Tejeda, a star of Costa Rica’s World Cup campaign, grabbed his first goal in French football late on but it was not enough for Pascal Dupraz’s strugglers, who have conceded 15 goals in their first six games this term and are rooted to the foot of the division.

Evian had started strongly at the Stade Chaban-Delmas, but Bordeaux eventually began to get on top and Rolan should have done better when unmarked 15 minutes in but his flicked header was off-target.

The Uruguayan atoned for that miss just two minutes later though, flicking in at the near post of Nicolas Maurice-Belay’s whipped cross.

Bordeaux left-back Diego Contento was forced off midway through the opening half, after a stray elbow caused him a cut above the eye.

Evian took advantage of the former Bayern Munich man’s absence down the right, Fabien Camus delivering well, but Nicolas Benezet made a mess of his chance from seven yards.

Just 11 minutes after the interval, Bordeaux had breathing space as Khazri picked up the ball in the left channel before stepping inside and curling a sumptuous effort into Jesper Hansen’s top-left corner.

Tejeda’s deflected effort gave the visitors brief hope, but it was not enough and they look to have much work ahead to salvage their season.

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Willem II 2 NAC Breda 1: Braber leaves it late

19 September 2014 22:20

Robert Braber scored in stoppage time to secure a 2-1 Eredivisie win for Willem II over NAC Breda on Friday.

The hosts looked as though they would have to settle for a share of the spoils after Uros Matic struck for Breda to cancel out Ben Sahar’s 13th-minute opener.

But Braber provided the late drama to lift Jurgen Streppel’s men into the top half and above their visitors, ending the away side’s three-game unbeaten run in the Dutch top flight.

Sahar put the hosts ahead after collecting Stijn Wuytens defence-splitting pass to coolly slot past Jelle ten Rouwelaar early on.

Breda, winners in their previous two games, hit back three minutes before half-time when Matic found the bottom-right corner from 25 yards.

And it fell to Braber to settle matters, the recent signing from RKC Waalwijk opening his account for his new club with a neat close-range finish after good work from Bruno Andrade.

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Simeone: Confidence high at Atleti

19 September 2014 21:48

Diego Simeone hopes Atletico Madrid’s derby win last weekend will stand them in good stead for Saturday’s La Liga clash with Celta Vigo.

The Spanish champions secured bragging rights against city rivals Real Madrid courtesy of goals Tiago and Arda Turan but Simeone’s side were beaten by Olympiacos in midweek in the UEFA Champions League.

Atleti now revert their attention to domestic matters and maintaining the unbeaten start to their title defence.

Despite their midweek defeat in Athens, Simeone believes confidence remains high from the win over Real at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“I think after winning against Real the team’s confidence will be high,” he said on Friday.

“We will play in front of our fans again, against a very difficult rival who will make things difficult for us. We are looking forward to a good performance.

“This beginning of season will be difficult as there are many games to play.”

Simeone, who must do without Mario Mandzukic after the Croatian striker broke his nose in Greece, recently moved past 1000 days in charge of the club.

The Argentinian has won silverware including La Liga, the UEFA Europa League and the Copa del Rey while in charge and explained he was not surprised to still be with the club.

“To be honest I didn’t count on it but I’m not surprised I’ve been around the last 1000 days,” he added.

“The moment I arrived here I was as excited about this project as I am right now. I don’t really stop and I enjoy everything we achieve.”

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