Refereeing draws Garde´s ire

13 December 2012 02:06

Lyon head coach Remi Garde blamed poor refereeing decisions for his side’s 1-1 draw with Nancy in Ligue 1 on Wednesday.

Referee Jean Cailleux turned down Lyon’s penalty appeals before Jordan Loties gave Nancy the lead in the 74th minute.

Michel Bastos salvaged a point for Lyon seven minutes before time, but Garde was infuriated by the officials nonetheless.

“I think we could have scored first,” Garde said.

“We should have been awarded a penalty by the referee and it was not given, that was the pivotal moment of the game, because we have never lost a game at home when we have taken a 1-0 lead.

“We had the opportunity to win but tonight the referees stopped us from winning and cost us two points.”

Continuing his attack, Garde said he was hoping for more luck from the officials in the weekend’s blockbuster clash with PSG.

“It is hard when you can’t win games, when you do not have help or when you are not refereed well,” he said.

“I allow myself to say it because it’s really rare that I say something about the referees at the end of game but I hear a lot of talking about referees.

“I think that it is a pity to not be refereed well. I know that some people complained lately that we see a lot of penalties but if you deserve a penalty, you have to give it.

“It’s simple. I hope that in the future penalties will be given to us, maybe in the next game.”

Lyon sit top of Ligue 1 on 35 points, three clear of PSG and Marseille.

Kehl laments Dortmund´s home form

13 December 2012 02:00

Borussia Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl has admitted that his side’s chances of defending their Bundesliga title are slim.

Kehl believes their dismal home form is to blame for the 14-point gap with Bayern Munich.

The Bavarians currently hold a commanding lead, having failed to win just three games, while BVB have suffered disappointing results at the hands of Stuttgart, Fortuna Dusseldorf and Wolfsburg on their own turf.

And the veteran midfielder feels they cannot hold any hopes of a third consecutive national crown, and they have only themselves to blame.

“It should not happen to us,” Kehl told Bild, referring to the 10 points dropped at Signal Iduna Park.

“It is our own mistake and the 14 points difference means we do not need to talk about the title.”

BVB’s final league game before the winter hiatus is a trip to the Rhein Neckar Arena to face Hoffenheim on Sunday.

Dunga named Internacional coach

13 December 2012 01:40

Dunga has been named as coach of Internacional, his first role since being fired by Brazil at the end of 2010 World Cup.

The former Brazil captain led the national team for four years, winning the Copa America in 2007 and the Confederations Cup in 2009, but was sacked after a quarter-final exit to Netherlands in South Africa.

“The most important thing is to put the ideas into practice. I want a vibrant and competitive team,” Dunga told reporters at his unveiling.

“Inter have a battling team and in football we can always learn.”

Dunga, who had began and ended his playing career with Internacional, went on to voice his opinion that he had landed one of the most exclusive roles in the game.

“The Internacional job is like the Brazil job; you do not go when you want, you go when you are called,” Dunga said.

Club president Giovanni Luigi chose to replace former boss Fernandao with Dunga after watching the club finish ninth in the recently concluded Brazil Serie A campaign.

Adelaide extend Neumann´s stay

13 December 2012 01:24

Adelaide United have signed Argentine forward Jeronimo Neumann to a permanent deal until the end of the 2014-15 A-League season.

The 26-year-old forward arrived at the Reds in August on an initial loan deal from Paraguayan club Sol de America, and scored his first goal in the second leg of the AFC Champions League semi-final with Bunyodkor.

He has found the back of the net five times in 10 matches in all competitions for Adelaide, prompting the offer of a two-year extension to his existing one-season deal.

“It’s terrific to see players of the quality of Jeronimo come into the A-League in the first instance and even better when they stick around for longer terms, so to have ‘Jero’ here for the next two seasons speaks volumes for the club and what we are trying to build here,” Reds football director Michael Petrillo said via club statement on Thursday.

“Negotiations went very smoothly and we have only been awaiting his release from his previous club Sol de America in Paraguay, which arrived last night.”

Neumann, who began his career at powerhouse River Plate in his homeland and also spent time at Estudiantes and English club Barnsley, was one of two Argentines signed by United for the 2012-13 campaign.

While he was subject to accusations of diving after the match with the Wellington Phoenix in October, Neumann and his countryman Marcelo Carrusca have played a major part in Adelaide’s ascension to second on the A-League table.

“From the first day here everyone has been so good to me, the owners, management, the staff, the coaches and the players have accepted me so well, but what has been amazing is the way the fans have made me feel so welcome and a part of the club so quickly,” he said.

“Everything has been very good so far – it’s a great club and a great city and that’s why I decided to stay for a longer time here.

“I now look forward to focus on my football and do my best for the team.”

Ligue 1 wrap: Marseille close on Lyon

13 December 2012 01:15

Marseille have defeated Bastia 2-1 to move within three points of Lyon after the Ligue 1 leaders could only draw against lowly Nancy.

Mathieu Valbuena and Andre Ayew scored for Marseille as they won at Bastia’s empty stadium on Wednesday after the home fans were locked out as punishment for crowd trouble in the Corsican derby versus Ajaccio in October.

Valbuena gave Marseille the lead in the 15th minute with a fine volley from Rod Fanni’s header and Ayew doubled the visitor’s margin from the spot with 20 minutes to go before Anthony Modeste gave Bastia some hope with a late goal, although the home side could not manage an equaliser.

With a quarter of an hour gone, a cross from the right wing was partially cleared by Bastia’s defence but Marseille’s Fanni got to the high ball first, heading the ball towards Valbuena and the stocky midfielder swivelled to strike a right-footed volley into the top corner of the net.

Marseille scored a deserved second goal in the 70th minute after Jordan Ayew was brought down in the box by Bastia goalkeeper Landry Bonnefoi.

The visitors’ captain Andre Ayew thumped home his left-foot penalty to make the score 2-0.

Bastia hit back in the 82nd minute when Modeste snuck in behind Marseille’s defence to tap the ball home but Marseille held on for their first win in three games.

The result sees Marseille move to 32 points, three behind Lyon, who needed an 83rd-minute goal from Michel Bastos to draw at home against second-bottom club Nancy.

The visitors took an unlikely lead in the 74th minute through Jordan Loties but Lyon avoided an embarrassing defeat on their home turf when Bastos struck the ball into the bottom corner from outside the box with seven minutes to play.

Reigning Ligue 1 champions Montpellier moved up to 11th after a come-from-behind victory over Brest.

Eden Ben Basat put Brest in front in the 14th minute but the home side conceded their lead just seven minutes later when defender Johan Martial scored an own goal.

Montpellier took advantage of that gift in the 57th minute when John Utaka scored after fine lead-up work from Younes Belhanda.

In other results, Lorient, Evian and Ajaccio all won 2-0 at home, defeating Sochaux, Troyes and Reims respectively.