K.League wrap: Uribe keeps Seoul second

4 August 2012 15:57

Seoul consolidated second position on the K. League table on Saturday after overcoming a gallant Gangwon outfit 3-2.

The four-time domestic champions had won seven games in succession against Gangwon since losing 2-1 back in the 2009 season but they made a poor start as Weslley found the back of the net after eight minutes.

However, leading league goal scorer Dejan Damjanovic got the hosts back on level terms with his 17th goal of the season on 32 minutes.

And two in goals in the space of four minutes from Colombian attacking midfielder Molina Uribe opened up a 3-1 lead before Sung-Min Jung scored with three minutes remaining to ensure a nervy finish.

Meanwhile, a hat-trick from Brazilian striker Caique inspired Gyeongnam to a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Daegu at the Changwon Football Center.

Caique converted a second minute spot-kick before Australian defender Luke DeVere netted his third goal in as many league matches on 49 minutes to give Gyeongnam a 2-0 lead.

Gyeongnam soon found themselves three goals to the good courtesy of Caique just after the hour mark and he completed his hat-trick 10 minutes later, while Il-Soo Hwang pulled a goal back for the visitors with less than 15 minutes left.

Elsewhere, Gwangju’s winless streak extended to eight games after they were beaten 2-0 by Busan I’Park at Guus Hiddink Stadium.

A 15th-minute goal from Fagner and Ji-Hun Yoo’s strike deep into injury time helped move Busan level on points with Jeju United, who were edged 2-1 away at Sangju Sangmu courtesy of a brace from Sang-Hee Lee.

And Jun-Jae Nam’s 58th goal was enough to hand Incheon United a 1-0 win and three points against Chunnam Dragons.

J.League wrap: Tanaka shines for Grampus

4 August 2012 14:58

A rampant Nagoya Grampus trounced Vissel Kobe, while Sanfrecce Hiroshima tasted defeat for the first time in eight matches.

Grampus suffered a shock 2-1 loss at bottom-placed Consadole Sapporo in the previous round but four goals from defender Marcus Tanaka guided the hosts to a 5-1 victory on Saturday and fifth place on the table with 32 points.

The former Japanese international opened the scoring after two minutes and Yoshizumi Ogawa doubled their advantage after 26 minutes.

Tanaka popped up again six minutes before the half-time break to make it 3-0 and he completed his hat-trick tp make it 4-0 five minutes after the interval.

Grampus rounded off the dominant display with a fifth goal on 88 minutes through Tanaka before Keijiro Ogawa netted a consolation for the hapless visitors.

And at the Hiroshima Big Arch, Sanfrecce Hiroshima missed the chance to consolidate top spot, falling to Shimizu S-Pulse 2-1.

Hisato Sato put Sanfrecce ahead after three minutes, his 16th goal of the campaign, but two goals in the final 10 minutes from Shimizu handed the home side their first defeat in eight league matches.

Gamba Osaka, meanwhile, gave their survival chances a boost with an important 3-1 win against fellow strugglers Omiya Ardija.

A brace in the space of a minute from Leandro gave the 2008 AFC Champions League victors, languishing in 17th place, a priceless three points to move them within four points of safety.

Elsewhere, Vegalta Sendai salvaged a 2-2 draw against Yokohama. F Marinos. It was their third successive draw and it was enough to claim top position with 38 points.

Third-placed Urawa Red Diamonds extended their unbeaten run to 11 matches with a 2-2 draw at home to FC Tokyo, Sagan Tosu accounted for Kashima Antlers 2-0 and Cerezo Osaka hammered the visiting Consadole Sapporo 4-0.

Albirex Niigata drew 1-1 with Kashiwa Reysol and Kawasaki Frontale held Jubilo Iwata 2-2.

Cahill keen on Brighton start

4 August 2012 11:50

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is hopeful of starting in Saturday’s friendly at Brighton as the Community Shield approaches.

With just over a week until Chelsea take on Manchester City at Villa Park in the traditional season warm-up, the 26-year-old defender wants to feature in a side he predicts will be close to full strength.

“The squad will more than likely be the one generally involved at the start of the season,” Cahill told the club’s official website.

“Everyone wants to play, to start, and show what they can do. I’m no different and there is a lot of competition.

“There will be times when players are rested with the amount of games we play, and there is depth, but you want to be the one in the big games, and hopefully I can play that part this season.”

Cahill was a second-half substitute in Chelsea’s 1-0 friendly defeat against AC Milan in Miami on Saturday.

Birtles implores Forest owners to spend

4 August 2012 11:47

Nottingham Forest legend Garry Birtles has urged the club’s new owners to splash out and sign a quality striker.

Forest were taken over by the Al-Hasawi family from Kuwait last month and have already strengthened the club’s squad with the signings of Danny Collins, Greg Halford, Danny Collins and Adlene Guedioura.

All are good signings at Championship level but Birtles – who was a Champions League winner at Forest and made over 200 appearances at the club – expressed his desire to see a big-name arrive at the City Ground.

“We are getting to the point where, if there are to be further additions, the new owners are going to have to put their hands in their pockets,” Birtles wrote in his weekly column in the Nottingham Post.

“We will be able to judge how serious they are (and) how much intent they have when it comes to making Forest a force in the Championship.

“There has been talk they are in the market for a marquee signing; that they do want to demonstrate their seriousness with a big acquisition. There is not a single Forest fan who would not like to see that. I know I would.

“If they do go out and spend a few million pounds on a new signing, in a strange way, it would put a lot of minds at rest. Because then there would be no more lingering doubt. We would know that the Al-Hasawi family are genuinely the real deal.

“They have done nothing to suggest they are not. But making a statement of intent would not do them any harm. And, the fact is, the team needs one as well.

“Because, on the pitch, one of the biggest things Forest are missing is a striker who can get more than 20 goals this season. And if you can add a Premier League class striker to the mix, then you have the formula for success. You have a good chance of winning promotion.”

Birtles named Brighton forward Craig Mackail-Smith as an ideal signing, although the Scottish international is also wanted by Leeds United.

Threat of violence sees friendly cancelled

4 August 2012 11:44

Leicester City’s proposed friendly against Lincoln City has been called off due to fears for public safety.

Leicester were scheduled to travel to Lincoln for a pre-season fixture on Saturday as they finetune their preparations for a busy Championship season.

But the clash will not go ahead, with a statement from Lincolnshire Police revealing that they received intelligence that the match may be disrupted by travelling fans with the intention of causing serious disorder.

“In close consultation with the club, we have reviewed the situation and looked at the potential consequences if the game goes ahead,” the statement continued.

“It has been decided to cancel the match on the grounds of public safety.”

Chief Inspector Kieran English added that ‘the risk to the public is just too great’ for the match to go ahead.