MLS wrap: Wins for Sporting, San Jose

12 August 2012 08:44

Sporting Kansas City have moved to the top of the Eastern Conference standings after beating DC United 2-1 at Live Strong Sporting Park.

Teal Bunbury gave Kansas City the early lead, converting a header from a Graham Zusi corner kick in the 13th minute.

United midfielder Nick Deleon replied in the 23rd minute to have the scores locked 1-1 at the half time break.

Zusi then added a goal to his assist in the 63rd minute, scoring the game-winner to secure Kansas City the victory.

The San Jose Earthquakes extended their lead in the Western Conference standings with a 2-1 victory over Seattle Sounders FC.

Simon Dawkins scored the first goal of the match for San Jose from a corner in the 71st minute.

Seattle’s Fredy Montero converted the apparent match-saver, equalizing in the 92nd minute with a header in to the back of the goal.

But forward Steven Lenhart sealed the contest with a winner in the third minute of injury time, gifting San Jose the victory.

San Jose remain unbeaten at Buck Shaw Stadium.

FC Dallas produced a thrilling come-from-behind victory to beat 10-man Colorado Rapids 3-2.

A Brian Mullan cross was sent home by Jamie Castrillon to give Colorado the first lead of the match in the 12th minute.

Dallas held a 62 percent possession advantage in the first half and capitalised with goals to Fabian Castilo (41′) and Jair Benitez (44′).

A David Ferreira score in the 49th minute for Dallas sealed the victory, with Colorado unable to overcome the deficit despite Jeff Larentowicz converting for the Rapids in the 55th minute.

The match-up between Columbus Crew and Toronto FC was postponed because of the funeral of Crew midfield Kirk Urso, who died last week.

Brazil Serie A wrap: Love blooms for Flamengo, Santos struggles

12 August 2012 05:18

Vagner Love scored twice to help Flamengo to their second win in a row as they defeated Nautico 2-0 in Brazil’s Serie A.

In the 15th minute, Love rolled off his opponent at the top of penalty area to collect a pass, beat another Nautico defender and then thumped his shot through the opposition goalkeeper’s hands.

The 28-year-old striker’s second goal of Saturday’s match came on a counter-attack with Love hitting the post with his first shot before collecting the loose ball and taking his time to slot it in the bottom corner.

Love’s two goals take him into a share of the lead at the top of the Brazilian goal-scoring charts.

Saturday’s result continued a welcome return to form for Flamengo, who went four matches without victory to finish July before winning their past two games.

Flamengo have moved up to ninth on the league table thanks to the win, while Nautico remain in 12th.

Figueirense moved off the bottom of the Serie A table with a 1-0 victory away to Sport Recife thanks to a 56th-minute goal from Aloisio.

Santos’ poor season has continued with a disappointing 2-2 draw to visiting Atletico GO, who have replaced Figueirense at the bottom of the league.

The away team led 2-0 at half-time with goals from Patric and Wesley but Santos fought back after the break.

Patricio Rodriguez started Santos’ comeback when he hit the back of the net in the 56th minute, while an 83rd-minute penalty from Ezequiel Miralles salvaged a draw.

In the other match in Brazil’s Serie A on Saturday, Cruzeiro won 1-0 away to Bahia through a ninth-minute goal from Walter Montillo.

Rooney: Great to play with Kagawa

12 August 2012 04:31

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is pleased with the partnership developing between himself and new signing Shinji Kagawa.

Both players got on the scoresheet as United beat German outfit Hannover 4-3 in a pre-season friendly.

Rooney bagged a double and then set up Kagawa for the winning goal as United rallied to come from 3-1 behind and claim a thrilling win.

With the Premier League season set to kick off on August 18, the England international has been encouraged by his side’s form as they seek to wrestle the title back from local rivals Manchester City.

“It was great (to play with Kagawa),” he told MUTV. “Obviously he’s a very clever player. The likes of him, Chicharito and Tom Cleverley are players who are capable of getting on the ball and linking the play and it worked well for us tonight.

“It as end-to-end and we were a bit sloppy at times. We could have done better defending, but I thought some of the play throughout was great, with some great link-up play between us.”

Rooney is eagerly looking forward to the new campaign and is confident United’s defence will be more secure when they take on Everton in their opening Premier League fixture.

“It’s been a bit stop-start with the international players coming back a bit later but we’ve had to make sure we look after ourselves over the summer,” said the 26-year-old.

“I think tonight you can see that they players are looking better every game – fresher and fitter – and hopefully come next Monday against Everton we’ll be ready because it’s a difficult game.”

Celtic´s McGeouch hospitalised after friendly

12 August 2012 04:07

Celtic confirmed that Dylan McGeouch was hospitalised after being knocked unconscious during a friendly with Real Madrid on Saturday.

The 19-year-old is believed to have suffered a fractured jaw after colliding with Nuri Sahin when challenging for an aerial ball at the Lincoln Financial Field.

The Scot’s unconscious state was quickly flagged up by players of both sides, resulting in medical staff rushing on to the pitch before taking him off the field wearing a neck brace.

“Dylan McGeouch has been taken to hospital with suspected jaw fracture,” Celtic confirmed on their Twitter account.

Sahin, meanwhile, issued a public apology to the Hoops player via his own Twitter account after the match.

He posted: “@DMcGeouch get well soon my friend, i am so sorry, fingers crossed!”

Real Madrid won the match 2-0.

Ibrahimovic: PSG will only get better

12 August 2012 03:28

Paris Saint-Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic is convinced there is more to come from him and his team after a disappointing draw with Lorient.

Ibrahimovic scored both goals as PSG came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with visiting Lorient in the first round of the new Ligue 1 season.

With PSG having reportedly spent almost 150 million euros since last season to improve their squad, an opening-day draw with a club that has never won a French league title was not expected but Ibrahimovic remains convinced the Parisian club will get better.

“It’s just the first match with a new team,” Ibrahimovic said after Saturday’s game.

“There’s still plenty of time to get better organised and do well.”

Trailing 2-0, Ibrahimovic got PSG back into the game with a goal in the 64th minute and then completed the home side’s recovery with a penalty in the second last minute of regular time.

The Swedish forward was impressive on debut, thrilling his new head coach Carlo Ancelotti.

However, Ancelotti still lamented the loss of two points that would have given his side the advantage over French champions Montpellier, who were also held to a draw on Friday.

“Ibrahimovic turned in a fantastic shift,” Ancelotti said.

“We put in a better performance in the second half.

“Unfortunately, we lacked balance in the first period.

“While we displayed character to fight back, we have to work better as a unit.”