Aguero upbeat about knee injury

20 August 2012 01:02

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has eased concerns over his knee injury by confirming there is no significant damage to the joint.

The Argentina international was stretchered off after just 13 minutes of City’s 3-2 win in their Premier League opener against Southampton following a collision with full-back Nathaniel Clyne.

The 24-year-old is set to undergo a scan on Monday to reveal the extent of the problem but the forward remains upbeat about his situation.

“The studies I had done revealed there’s no significant injury but it was a very tough hit to my knee,” Aguero posted on Twitter.

“Tomorrow, the physicians will evaluate the time it will take for me to recover. I can’t muster words to thank for your concern and with this much support, I’ll probably get back up on my feet soon.”

City found themselves trailing after 68 minutes as goals from Rickie Lambert and Steven Davis cancelled out Carlos Tevez’s opener but Edin Dzeko drew his side level in the 72nd minute before Samir Nasri grabbed a late winner.

Liga Sagres wrap: Porto, Sporting Lisbon make slow starts

20 August 2012 00:54

Portuguese champions Porto began their Liga Sagres campaign in underwhelming fashion on Sunday, held to a 0-0 draw at Gil Vicente.

Neither side was able to break the deadlock at the Estadio Cidade de Barcelos, meaning Vitor Pereira’s side – who won the title by six points from Benfica last term – kicked off their season with a draw.

Stalemates were the order of the day in Portugal on Sunday, with Nacional and Vitoria Setubal playing out a 2-2 draw.

A Claudemir penalty on 70 minutes put Nacional ahead, and they looked assured of the three points when Isael doubled their advantage four minutes later.

But Vitoria Setubal responded in kind, with a penalty from Albert Meyong trimming the gap before an 85th-minute goal from Cristiano secured them a share of the spoils.

Elsewhere, Pacos de Ferreira and Moreirense drew 1-1, with Moreirense’s Fabio Espinho netting 10 minutes from the end to cancel out Andre Leao’s first-half opener for Pacos de Ferreira.

And Sporting Lisbon, who finished fourth last term, began their season with a 0-0 draw at Vitoria Guimaraes.

Gillot pleased with lucky win

20 August 2012 00:27

Bordeaux coach Francis Gillot said his side was fortunate to take all three points from their home clash with Rennes on Sunday.

Bordeaux made it two Ligue 1 wins from two matches with the 1-0 triumph, which came courtesy of a 75th-minute goal from Ludovic Obraniak.

Gillot believed there was little to separate the two teams and praised the work of his forwards, who helped them win the game.

“We did very well in that game,” Gillot said. “The difference between the two teams was thin but we were more realistic.

“We started the game well and created a few goal scoring opportunities. We missed a penalty, then it was more complicated as we spent a lot of energy in the first half.

“But the forwards who came in did very well. If the score was 1-1 it wouldn’t be unfair but luck was on our side, like the end of last season.”

Ligue 1 wrap: PSG stumble, Marseille fire

20 August 2012 00:05

Paris Saint-Germain endured another frustrating outing in a goalless draw with AC Ajaccio while Marseille moved into Ligue 1’s top two with a win.

After two games, raging favourites PSG are still looking for a win with big-money signing Ezequiel Lavezzi sent off on Sunday, as well as manager Carlo Ancelotti for kicking a water bottle onto the pitch at the Stade Francois-Coty.

PSG, who were without star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to a foot injury, started with the same back four that were roundly criticised in last week’s 2-2 draw with Lorient.

French international Jeremy Menez had PSG’s best chance of the game but fired his shot straight at the keeper after a delightful curling through ball from Javier Pastore.

The capital club’s night turned further sour when Lavezzi saw red for a two-footed lunge on Benjamin Andre and are now ninth with two points from two games.

Elsewhere, Marseille were too good for Sochaux in a 2-0 win, with Andre-Pierre Gignac and Rod Fanni on target.

Marseille had to wait until the 54th minute despite dominating the first half, but went ahead through Gignac, who netted the first with a powerful header over Sochaux defender Mathieu Peybernes.

Gignac should have made it two moments later before inexplicably missing from close range with the goal gaping.

Fanni poked home from close range in the 90th minute to ensure Marseille were not made to pay for a succession of missed chances in the opening half hour.

Bordeaux stayed in the top four after a 1-0 win over Stade Rennes, courtesy of Ludovic Obraniak’s 75th-minute winner.

Earlier, Henri Saivet missed a penalty for the home side after Rennes’ defender John Boye was harshly adjudged to have fouled Yoan Gouffran in the box.

In a tense second half, chaotic scenes saw Kana-Biyik block a shot before Obraniak followed up to smash home the goal for Bordeaux.

Baup delighted with home win

19 August 2012 23:39

Marseille coach Elie Baup was thrilled to secure a win on Sunday in his first home Ligue 1 match in charge of the club.

Baup’s side recorded a 2-0 win – with goals from Andre-Pierre Gignac and Rod Fanni – over Sochaux to continue their perfect start to the season.

Baup has taken over from new France boss Didier Deschamps and said he was pleased with his side’s performance and the response from the home fans.

“It was a very warm reception today,” Baup said. “There was a lot of emotion but I did not want to show anything.

“It is always a strong feeling coming here. I came with other teams but the atmosphere was different. Today this is my team and it is different. At the beginning you feel something for a few minutes. Then you have to start to think about the game, that’s it.

“It is still 2-0, even if both goals come from free-kicks. We had a lot of chances and should maybe have had a penalty but we are not going to complain about it. We have to keep playing this way to get results.”