Pre-Season Friendly: Peterborough 0 Hull City 1

29 July 2013 23:19

A stunning Maynor Figueroa strike was enough to secure Hull City a 1-0 win over Peterborough at London Road on Monday.

The close-season free signing following his release by Wigan Athletic smashed home an eye-catching strike midway through the first half as Hull continue to prepare for their return to the Premier League.

Figueroa’s fine goal left Peterborough to rue a couple of early missed chances.

Emile Sinclair first forced a good save from Steve Harper after 15 minutes before Tyrone Barnett spurned a golden opportunity when a long ball looped over the Hull defence and into his path, but he failed to convert.

Figueroa then took centre stage after 22 minutes to give Steve Bruce’s men the lead as the Honduras international drove a delightful left-footed effort into the top corner from long range.

The closest Peterborough came to equalising before the break was a Grant McCann free-kick that whistled over after 37 minutes.

The home side made 10 changes at the break while Hull made six and, unsurprisingly, it had an impact on the flow of the game with chances at a premium in the second half.

Nick Proschwitz thought he had doubled Hull’s lead after 69 minutes, but his header was ruled out for offside before Robbie Brady dipped a low free-kick to Joe Day’s left side five minutes later, with the goalkeeper saving well.

Russian Premier League Wrap: Spartak, CSKA victorious

29 July 2013 22:07

Spartak Moscow maintained their 100 per cent winning record with a crushing 4-1 defeat of rivals Dinamo in the Russian Premier League.

Valeri Karpin’s side produced a dominant first-half performance at the Arena Khimki on Saturday to make it three wins from three at the start of the new campaign.

All of Spartak’s goals came in the opening 45 minutes with Jose Manuel Jurado and Pavel Yakovlev putting the away side 2-0 up within 12 minutes.

Nigerian Emmanuel Emenike fired home his second of the season and Jurado added another three minute before the half-time whistle to essentially put the game beyond doubt.

Spartak were unable to replicate their performance in the second half, but they were seldom troubled until Andriy Voronin grabbed a consolation from the penalty spot for Dinamo with 10 minutes remaining.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Ural were defeated 2-1 at home by Volga while Tom Tomsk still await their first points of the season after a 3-0 away loss to Rostov.

Rene Meulensteen’s first game in charge of Anzhi Makhachkala ended in a 1-1 draw away to Krylya Sovetov at the Stadion Metallurg on Sunday.

After a goalless first-half, Samuel Eto’o broke the deadlock in the 59th minute.

But, with just eight minutes remaining on the clock, midfielder Roman Vorobyov’s first goal of the season ensured both sides earned a share of the spoils.

The result means Anzhi are still winless from their first three games.

Reigning champions CSKA Moscow remain unbeaten after a 2-1 success away to city rivals Lokomotiv.

Milan target Keisuke Honda scored his first goal of the season at the Stadion Lokomotiv to give the away side a first-half lead.

Dmitriy Tarasov thought he had rescued a point in the final quarter of the match, but forward Ahmed Musa secured the three points for CSKA with the winner in the 82nd minute.

In Sunday’s other fixture, Terek Grozny held Rubin Kazan to a 0-0 draw, while Krasnodar earned their first win of the campaign with a 2-1 success over Amkar Perm on Monday.

Zenit St Petersburg’s shaky start to the season continued on Friday as they stumbled to a 1-1 draw at home to Kuban Krasnodar at the Stadion Petrovskij.

Former Arsenal attacker Andrey Arshavin gave Luciano Spalletti’s side a second-half lead, but they were unable to hold their advantage and Gheorghe Bucur levelled proceedings with 11 minutes remaining.

Tributes pour in for Benitez

29 July 2013 21:10

FIFA president Sepp Blatter led the tributes to Christian Benitez as the world of football mourned his death.

The Ecuador international, 27, was taken to hospital on Monday complaining of stomach pains and suffered a fatal heart attack.

Benitez had made his debut for Qatar Stars League side El Jaish Qatari El Jaish on Sunday in their 2-0 win over Qatar SC in the Sheikh Jassem Cup.

“Saddened by the death of Chucho Benitez. My thoughts are with his family and Ecuadorian Football,” posted Blatter on Twitter.

English Championship club Birmingham City also honoured the striker.

Benitez enjoyed a year-long spell at Birmingham during the 2009-10 season, scoring four goals in 36 appearances for the club.

A statement of the club’s official website read: “Birmingham City Football Club is saddened to learn of the passing of former striker Christian ‘Chucho’ Benitez.

“The thoughts of all associated with the football club are with Chucho’s family and friends at this very sad time.

“The Ecuador international was an immensely popular character during his time at the football club.”

Former Birmingham team-mates Liam Ridgewell and Craig Gardner, who now play for West Brom and Sunderland respectively, took to Twitter to offer their condolences.

“Can’t believe the news about Chucho. Such a sad thing. Had a great yr (year) with him at blues. Sad time, my thoughts go out to his family RIP,” wrote Ridgewell.

Gardner added: “Can’t believe Christian Benitez aka chucho has died had the pleasure to play with him he was a top bloke. My thoughts go out to his family.”

A host of Premier League stars also voiced their shock at the news on the social networking site.

“Extremely sad and shocked by the death of Chucho Benitez, my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends #animoEcuador,” tweeted Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

Hernandez’s Old Trafford team-mate Rio Ferdinand wrote: “RIP Christian Benitez, sad to hear the terrible news.”

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta added: “Very sad to hear that Ecuadorian player Christian Benitez was killed. My deepest condolences to his family.”

“What horrible news!! RIP Christian Benitez,” commented Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva.

Sunderland defender Carlos Cuellar tweeted: “Sad news of the death of player Chucho Benitez my deepest condolences to his family and the people of Ecuador.”

Juventus to open Serie A season at Sampdoria

29 July 2013 19:39

Serie A champions Juventus will begin their title defence away at Sampdoria next month after the full fixture list was released on Monday.

Antonio Conte’s side were dominant in the league last season, finishing nine points clear of Napoli as the Turin club secured back-to-back titles.

Juve will start the 2013-14 campaign against a Sampdoria side who were the only team to beat them twice in Serie A last season.

Conte has been busy during the transfer window, adding the likes of Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente and Angelo Ogbonna to his squad.

The first round of Serie A fixtures, which are due to take place on the weekend of August 24, will see last season’s runners-up Napoli entertain Bologna, while Milan are on the road at new-boys Verona and Inter welcome Genoa to San Siro.

Fiorentina and Lazio have been handed home games against Catania and Udinese respectively, Parma play host to Chievo and Atalanta face Cagliari in Sardinia.

Last season’s Serie B champions Sassuolo travel to Torino and Livorno start life back in the top tier of Italian football at home against Roma.

Cardiff sign goalkeeper Moore

29 July 2013 18:55

Cardiff City have confirmed the signing of 23-year-old goalkeeper Simon Moore from Brentford.

Moore joins the Premier League new-boys on a four-year deal having made 52 appearances for Uwe Rosler’s side last season.

He is a product of Southampton’s youth academy and had a spell at Farnborough Town before moving to Griffin Park in 2009.

Moore told the Welsh club’s official website: “I’m delighted to be at Cardiff City – to play in the Premier League has always been my goal.

“It’s exciting to think that I’ll be working with quality goalkeepers like David Marshall and Joe Lewis on a daily basis and I know that I can develop and learn from them.”

Moore becomes Malky Mackay’s third signing of the close-season, after Andreas Cornelius and John Brayford were brought to the Cardiff City Stadium.

Mackay added: “We have been watching Simon for a year or so – he is a real up-and-coming goalkeeper.

“My thanks go to Brentford for the way they went about their business and we are delighted to get Simon in for the start of our season.

“He is one for the future and we have three quality senior goalkeepers in our squad.”