La Liga wrap: High five for Real Madrid

30 September 2012 23:40

Real Madrid continued their La Liga resurgence with a 5-1 rout of Deportivo La Coruna thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick.

Jose Mourinho’s men were made to come-from-behind after Riki gave the visitors a shock 16th minute lead, however Ronaldo restored parity from the penalty spot seven minutes later.

Angel Di Maria put Real ahead from close range on 38 minutes and Ronaldo grabbed his second of match on the stroke of half-time.

Portuguese defender Pepe netted a fourth for the defending champions in the 66th minute before Ronaldo completed his hat-trick courtesy of his second spot-kick of the night.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Atletico Madrid extended their unbeaten run to six matches and climbed up to second on the table with a 1-0 win at cellar-dwellers Espanyol.

Raul Garcia’s 30th-minute effort was enough to hand Atletico their fifth win of the season and move Diego Simeone’s team within two points of league leaders Barcelona, while Espanyol remain rooted to the foot of the table with just a solitary point.

Real Valladolid trounced Rayo Vallecano 6-1 at the Estadio Municipal Jose Zorrilla.

Vallecano took the lead five minutes into the match thanks to an Alejandro Dominguez strike from close strange, but their joy was short lived.

Valladolid drew level five minutes later through Bueno before they opened up a three-goal lead at half-time courtesy of Manucho Goncalves, Oscar Gonzalez and Antonio Rukavina.

Gonzalez netted his brace after 56 minutes and Valladolid completed the demolition following Manucho’s second goal of the match.

Osasuna secured their first victory of the season with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Levante.

After a scoreless opening 45 minutes, Osasuna went on a rampage with goals from Emiliano Armenteros, Roland Lamah, Timor and Nino.

Meanwhile, two goals in the opening 20 minutes from Guilherme Siqueira and Gabriel Torje guided Granada to a confidence-boosting 2-1 win at home to Celta De Vigo.

Ligue 1 wrap: Valenciennes stun Marseille

30 September 2012 23:17

Marseille’s perfect start to the Ligue 1 season came to a stunning end when they were trounced 4-1 at Valenciennes on Sunday.

Anthony Le Tallec netted a brace for the home side, while Gael Danic and Foued Kadir also got on the scoresheet at the Stade du Hainaut.

Jordan Ayew scored a late consolation for Marseille, who had won their opening six matches and conceded just one goal before travelling to Valenciennes.

“It’s a heavy defeat, when we went in at halftime 3-0 down the game was over for us,” Marseille manager Elie Baup said.

“After their first goal we had some chances, we could have got back to 1-1, but we couldn’t do it. When you lose like that, it means that very little went right.”

Lyon suffered their first defeat of the season after they conceded two second-half goals at home to championship rivals Bordeaux.

Following a goalless first-half, Bordeaux took the lead through Benoit Tremoulinas and the visitors maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign with a second goal courtesy of Cheick Diabate.

The results moves Bordeaux up to fifth, while Lyon drops down to third, four points adrift of leaders Marseille.

Elsewhere, Saint Etienne and Reims played out a 0-0 stalemate.

Baup rues poor first half

30 September 2012 23:10

Marseille coach Elie Baup rued his team’s poor start after they crashed to a 4-1 loss to Valenciennes in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

The league leaders dropped points for the first time this season as Anthony Le Tallec netted a brace for the victors at Stade du Hainaut.

Former Liverpool striker Le Tallec, Gael Danic and Foued Kadir all netted in the first half as the hosts stunned Marseille.

Baup said his team’s efforts in the first half cost them, but dismissed suggestions they were complacent heading into the clash.

“It was not a question of overconfidence from us. We made a poor start today. They did some very efficient pressing on us,” Baup said.

“We could not move the ball around. We were in trouble every time we lost the ball.

“In the air, they were better than us. A lot of things did not work, especially in the first 15 minutes.”

Marseille were unable to recover from their lacklustre first half and fell further behind in the 63rd minute when Le Tallec completed his brace.

Jordan Ayew scored a late consolation for Baup’s side, but the coach said the damage had been done in the first half.

“At 3-0 down at half-time, it was complicated for us even though we tried some things,” he said.

“We were still in trouble on the counter-attacks though. The second half ended 1-1, but the three goals in the first half definitely left a mark on the group.”

Chinese Super League wrap: Sainty take top spot

30 September 2012 22:52

Cristian Danalache netted an injury time winner as Jiangsu Sainty leapfrogged Guangzhou Evergrande into top spot on Sunday.

The Romanian striker bagged a brace to help Sainty overcome a stubborn Dalian Aerbin outfit 3-2 at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center.

Sainty defender Ji Xiang opened the scoring after four minutes before Danalache doubled the host’s advantage within five minutes of the half-time break.

Former Middlesbrough midfielder Fabio Rochemback pulled a goal back for Aerbin seven minutes after the interval and Zhou Tong struck the all-important equaliser with just over 20 minutes remaining.

However, with the match set to finish all square, Danalache stepped up to convert a last-minute penalty, his 23rd goal of the campaign.

Meanwhile, Guangzhou R&F bounced back from their defeat to Henan Jianye with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Guizhou Renhe.

Yakubu’s 80th minute strike was enough to separate the two sides and consolidate R&F’s third-placed position.

Liga Sagres wrap: Academica notch first win

30 September 2012 22:39

Academica continued their unbeaten start to the Liga Sagres season with a 2-0 win at Maritimo on Sunday.

Pedro Emanuel’s side jumped into fourth with their first win of the campaign, having drawn their opening four league outings, thanks to goals from Wilson Eduardo and Marinho.

Maritimo, who are in the Europa League after finishing fifth last season, sit 12th in the league, six points adrift of leaders Benfica.

The hosts made a poor start in front of their home fans, falling behind to an 11th-minute Eduardo strike.

Marinho doubled Academica’s lead just before half-time as they continued their strong start to the campaign.

Gil Vicente also registered their first win of the season, edging Moreirense 4-3 at Estadio Cidade de Barcelos.

Andre Cunha cancelled out Nabil Ghilas’ opener and then gave the hosts the lead on the half-hour mark.

But Moreirense hit back almost immediately through Vinicius and looked set to head into the break ahead after Ghilas gave them the lead for a second time.

Claudio completed an enthralling first half when he struck from the penalty spot to make it 3-3.

Halisson netted the winner with the only goal of the second half in the 78th minute.

Nacional moved out of the relegation zone as Mario Rondon scored a late winner in their 2-1 victory at Olhanense.

A Mauricio own goal handed Nacional the lead before Liban Abdi responded for the hosts, only for Rondon to pop up and score the decisive goal in the first minute of additional time.

Beira-Mar remain the only winless team in the league after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Vitoria Setubal.

Camara and Albert Meyong were on the scoresheet, while Nildo Petrolina was sent off late on for the hosts.