Baup disappointed by Lorient loss

10 December 2012 01:39

Marseille coach Elie Baup admitted it was a disastrous night in Ligue 1 as his side was thrashed 3-0 by Lorient on Sunday.

Baup’s men missed the chance to go second on the table as their inconsistent form continued at the Stade Velodrome.

The rot set in for Marseille when Charles Kabore was dismissed in the 38th minute, earning a second yellow card after fouling Jeremie Aliadiere to concede a penalty.

Aliadiere converted from the spot to put Lorient ahead, before goals from Benjamin Corgnet and Kevin Monnet-Pacquet secured a famous win for the visitors.

“Obviously, until then [Kabore’s red card], almost nothing happened. We had all the possession although we weren’t a real threat. Then we should have been awarded a penalty. Then there’s a double punishment. There’s a penalty against us, a red card,” Baup said.

“Their second goal was unbelievable. And that’s it. It’s gone against us. It was a disastrous night.

“We need to stop playing this kind of game. There are too many complicated situations, we must learn to be more efficient and consistent for a series of games and we can’t do it for the moment. That’s it,” he said.

Third-placed Marseille have the chance to rebound on Thursday when they travel to strugglers SC Bastia.

AFF Suzuki Cup: Malaysia 1 Thailand 1

10 December 2012 01:12

Thailand are in the box seat to reach the Suzuki Cup final after claiming a 1-1 draw against Malaysia in Sunday’s semi-final first leg.

The four-time Suzuki Cup winners were trailing 1-0 with 11 minutes remaining at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium but Tererasil Dangda’s 79th-minute header earned the visitors a priceless away goal.

Thailand had won all three of their group matches and were favourites heading to Kuala Lumpur and they looked the more likely to open the scoring in the first half but it remained goalless.

Malaysia took the lead four minutes into the second half when striker Norshahrul Idlan Talaha headed home Mahali Jasuli’s fine cross.

It looked like Malaysia would hang on for victory but Dangda equalised to give Thailand momentum ahead of Thursday’s second leg at the Supachalasai Stadium in Bangkok.

Malaysia pushed for a late winner but Norshahrul was denied and it finished one-apiece.

Thailand coach Winfried Schaefer was pleased with his side’s performance on Sunday.

“The 1-1 draw is a good result for us as we still have the second leg to come, hopefully in front of a big crowd like this in Bangkok,” he said.

“But we played well and we had enough chances to change the match even after we fell behind 1-0.”

Mancini losing patience with Balotelli

10 December 2012 00:47

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admits he is becoming increasingly frustrated by Mario Balotelli’s recent form.

Balotelli, who took his place among the starting XI ahead of Carlos Tevez in City’s 3-2 loss to Manchester United on Sunday, was hauled off for the Argentina international on 52 minutes after a largely ineffectual display.

And, while Mancini believes the former Inter man is talented, the 48-year-old was unable to hide his frustration at the striker’s recent performances.

“I love Mario but it is important for him to start to think about his job,” Mancini told Sky Sports.

“He has everything to play well but he can’t continue to play like today. We wanted more from him.

“When you have a player that has Mario’s quality, you cannot understand why he continues to throw it out of the window. It is incredible.

“I have seen players in my life with fantastic quality. But in the end, they did nothing. I don’t want Mario to finish like these players. It would be bad for him.”

Mancini also defended his decision to start the 22-year-old, highlighting the players physical attributes as a key factor in his decision.

He added: “It is easy to say after the game. I thought Mario could create problems for them. He is young and runs quickly – when you decide before the game this is what you think.”

Stark apologises to Dortmund

9 December 2012 06:05

Referee Wolfgang Stark has apologised to Borussia Dortmund following their 3-2 loss to Wolfsburg on Saturday.

The Bundesliga champions were leading 1-0 and dominating when the referee opted to award a penalty to Wolfsburg and send off Marcel Schmelzer, ruling the defended had handled on the goal-line.

It was a decision that ultimately turned the match in the visitors’ favour and Stark admitted he had made a mistake.

“I’ve looked at it again later and unfortunately it was an error of perception on my part,” he told reporters outside his dressing room.

“I’m sorry, that should not happen. The penalty and the red card were a mistake on my part. That’s annoying.”

Midfielder Diego converted the penalty and, with the home side down to 10 men, Wolfsburg went on to win the game 3-2, much to the annoyance of Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp.

“The consequences were bizarre,” he said after the game.

“We were 1-0 ahead and Wolfsburg had no chance and then comes the game-winning move. It was a brutal decision. The boys have to chop their hands off to avoid risking a handball.

“I had everything taken into account, including the penalty. But the red card decided the game today. Until then we were vastly superior.”

The defeat means Dortmund now trail league leaders Bayern Munich by 14 points.

Heynckes praises Augsburg

9 December 2012 05:41

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes says Augsburg made his team work hard for the three points in their 2-0 win on Saturday.

Despite sitting bottom of the Bundesliga table, Markus Weinzierl’s side caused the league leaders plenty of problems during the 90 minutes.

But a Thomas Mueller penalty and a Mario Gomez effort clinched the win for Bayern, and Heynckes said it had been tough for his side.

“Before the match, I told my team very clearly it wouldn’t be a stroll,” Heynckes told the club’s website.

“That was a hard job of work. As we all saw in the first half, everything that’s been written and said is wide of the mark.

“FC Augsburg were made out to be less capable than they really are. Their organisation was extremely good in the first half, their pressing was excellent, and we had a few problems getting going as an attacking force.

“We did better after taking the lead, and we had complete security again once we were 2-0 up. We showed the dominance and the authority which are our hallmarks.”

The result sees Augsburg remain in 17th spot and level bottom of the Bundesliga, but Weinzierl remained upbeat after the game.

“Congratulations to FC Bayern. Taking the full 90 minutes into account we have no complaints about the result, and it’s a deserved win,” he said.

“We gave a very, very good account of ourselves in the first half.

“We were extremely well set up to deal with our opponents. We didn’t look for a hiding place, and we didn’t want to pull everyone back.

“A goalless draw at half-time would have been deserved, but they were awarded the penalty, and goals like that really hurt you.

“We still came out for the second half with high hopes and good intentions. Their second goal showed what individual class really means.

“That was the straw that broke the camel’s back, and you could see we no longer believed we could turn it round before the end.”