Monday, February 4, 2013

Balotelli starring Macy continues to find the net .. Ronaldo leads Real Madrid to defeat!

Faced the most prominent strikers European league football mixed chance this week after Mario Balotelli scored twice in his first appearance with AC Milan to snatch the spotlight from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Argentine Messi nets shook again with leaders Barcelona in Spain, but his team drew with Valencia put Ronaldo ball accidentally in his team's goal for Real Madrid lose away to Granada.

The following tour among the biggest European leagues this week ..


Raise leaders Manchester United difference with closest rivals to nine points after winning the 1 - away win over Fulham equalized champions Manchester City and second-placed 2-2 at home to Liverpool.

Striker Wayne Rooney goal in the 79th minute to ensure United won an important and difficult.

And the City owes to snatch a point for the Argentine striker Sergio Aguero, who scored a fantastic goal.

The Bosnian Aidan Gecko City grants but Liverpool responded with two goals by Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard.

The European champions Chelsea lost and third-placed 3-2 defeat at Newcastle United to shrink the gap that separates him from Tottenham Hotspur, who are fourth to one point after the latter beat Amadah West Bromteh Albion view without charge made by Gareth Bale.


Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid striker accidentally goal in his team's goal for the champions lose 1 - zero in front of lowly Granada and shrinking hopes in the competition after the fifth defeat in the competition this season.

Ronaldo put the ball with his head in his own net in the 22nd minute to increase the difference between Real Madrid and arch-rivals Barcelona off the lead.

Shook Argentine striker Lionel Messi nets for the 12th consecutive match in the league from the penalty spot just before halftime to lead Barcelona to a 1-1 draw at Valencia, who provide cross Ever Banega.

The Atletico Madrid in second place after winning the 1 - zero at home to Real Betis, who finished fifth thanks to a goal from a header Diego Costa.

Barcelona has 59 points compared to 50 points for Atletico, while Real Madrid in third place with 43 points.


Mario Balotelli scored twice in his first appearance with AC Milan to lead his new team to a 2-1 win over Udinese.

Milan and raise the tally to 40 points in fourth place ahead of city rivals Inter Milan on goal, who lost 3-1 to lowly Siena.

And away Milan, three points behind third-placed Lazio, who lost by three goals to two in front of Genoa.

Champions Juventus remained in the lead, three points ahead of second-placed Napoli after winning 2-1 at Chievo thanks to two goals in the first half of Alessandro Matri and Stefan to Echtnsteinr.

And Naples Best-point lead over Lazio after beating Catania goals without charge.


And leaders Bayern Munich continued its way to his first title in the league in three years after winning 3 - win over Mainz thanks to two goals from Croatian striker Mario Manzukich the competition's top scorer.

Bayern lead a 12-point lead over champions Borussia Dortmund who rose to second place after a 3-2 win away to Bayer Leverkusen.

Dortmund scored twice through Marco Rios and Jakob Bouachitkovski but Leverkusen drew in the second half thanks to bilateral Stefan Ryanaarts.

Polish and grabbed Robert Lewandowski win for Dortmund in the 64th minute to take his tally to 13 goals in the league this season.

Dortmund have 39 points compared to 51 points for Bayern see Leverkusen up to third with 37 points.


Paris Saint-Germain celebrated contract with midfielder David Beckham to overwhelm Toulouse 4 - zero unique to the first position, three points ahead of his closest rival.

PSG has 48 points compared to 45 points for Olympique Lyon and second-placed, who lost 3-1 to lowly Ajaccio after striker Adrian Mutu his first two goals in one game with the winning team.

And went out to midfielder Joey Barton sent off for the first time since joining Olympique Marseille on loan from Queens Park Rangers to lose his new team 1 - zero at home to lowly Nancy.

And Marseille are third with 42 points, four points ahead of Bordeaux, who won 2 - zero at home to Valenciennes thanks to the first goal for striker David Bellion former Manchester United in the French league during more than three years.


Leaders PSV Eindhoven scored six goals in the second half to crush the ADO Den Haag 7 - zero thanks to two goals each from Driss Mertens and Jorginho Vynaldom.

The champions Ajax Amsterdam into second place, three points behind behind PSV after winning 3 - away win over VVV Venlo.

The decline Twente Enschede to third place, four points off the pace after a 4-2 defeat at home to Utrecht.


Porto continued champions and arch-rivals Benfica in sharing the lead after skipping Akpti Vitoria Guimaraes and Vitoria Setubal respectively easily.

Both teams have 45 points from 17 games each away Braga placed third, 15 points behind the pace.

The log-form Colombian striker Jackson Martinez three goals to lead Porto to win 4 - zero away in Guimaraes and unique lead the competition's top scorer with 18 goals.

Benfica won 3 - zero at home to Setubal thanks to goals from Argentine midfielder Enzo Perez Zalmhajm Brazilian Lima and Spanish rookie Rodrigo.

Gerrard: We Can competition for fourth place provided

Said Steven Gerrard that his team could compete for fourth place in the Premier League table, but linked to the condition that the continued provision of the same team performance, which fought against Manchester City last.

Gerrard added in comments carried by British Sky Sports "with all due respect to all the other teams, but we can definitely compete for fourth place if we continue to perform well, as happened in the City game."

Gerard explained that the team "Reds" will bring together many points if maintained at the same level, which Saahlh to compete for the fourth place. Liverpool are seventh in the moment, 9 points ahead of full fourth-placed Tottenham.

Competing several English clubs on the first four centers being entitle their owners to the Champions League, and Competition for third and fourth places due to the difficulty catch Palmtsdr and runners often.

And wrestle Chelsea and Tottenham, Everton, Arsenal and Liverpool this season on two qualified for the Champions League.

Liverpool suffer in recent years in the Premier League championship, where he could not finish the season in one of the top four since his sojourn runners-up behind Manchester United in the 2008-2009 season, did not participate in the Champions League since the 2009-2010 season.

And Liverpool finished seventh in 2010, and sixth place in 2011, and finished eighth in 2012.

It should be noted that Liverpool faced difficulties at the beginning of the season but it rose "relatively" in the second round and gave a good performance in the last two matches against Arsenal and Manchester City, which ended one result is a 2-2 draw

Balotelli scores twice on Milan debut

 Mario Balotelli scored twice, including a hugely-controversial penalty three minutes into stoppage time, on his AC Milan debut to give them a 2-1 win over Udinese on Sunday, three days after completing his move from English champions Manchester City.

Furious Udinese players surrounded the referee to protest and police came onto the field to protect the official after the final whistle.

Balotelli was included in the starting line-up at the last minute after Giampaolo Pazzini pulled out during the warm-up.

The maverick Italy striker, who moved to Milan for a fee media reports put at 20 million pounds, opened his account by turning the ball in from six metres in the Serie A game against Udinese after Stephan El Shaaraway's cross from the left was deflected to his feet.

He nearly added another two minutes later with a dipping shot which was turned over by the bar by Udinese goalkeeper Daniele Padelli.

Giampiero Pinzi equalised on the break in the 55th minute when Udinese caught Milan napping and the home defence suddenly began to look vulnerable.

Balotelli was close in the 85th minute with a low free kick which Padelli turned around his post.

The match ended in uproar when Thomas Heurtaux tackled El Shaaraway who fell theatrically in the area and the referee pointed to the spot. Balotelli calmly converted to lift Milan to fourth in the table, ahead of rivals Inter Milan on goal difference.

Marseille slump as Barton sees red

 Olympique Marseille failed to take advantage of Olympique Lyon's defeat at Ajaccio when they slumped to a shock 1-0 home loss to Nancy after finishing with 10 men following Joey Barton's first Ligue 1 sending-off on Sunday.

Salif Sane scored the winner for Nancy after Andre Ayew deflected the ball into his own net following a corner in the 75th minute, giving the visitors their first away victory of the season and lifting them to 19th, four points from safety.

The hosts were down to 10 men after controversial Englishman Barton picked up two bookings in four minutes just before the hour to earn his first red card since joining Marseille on loan from Queens Park Rangers.

Marseille stayed third on 42 points from 23 games, six behind leaders Paris St Germain and three adrift of Lyon who were stunned 3-1 at lowly Ajaccio thanks to Adrian Mutu's first Ligue 1 double.

The action-packed second half proved to be a nightmare for title-chasing Lyon, for whom Bafetimbi Gomis missed a chance to make it 2-2 from the penalty spot with three minutes to go and centre back Dejan Lovren was sent off in stoppage time.

Mutu, who put his side ahead with a close-range header in the 65th minute, netted the resulting penalty to seal the home team's victory.

Champions Montpellier recovered from Gaetan Courtet's first- half opener to beat struggling Stade Reims 3-1 at home through goals by Souleymane Camara, Marco Estrada and Younes Belhanda.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Djokovic to finish year as world number one

Novak Djokovic will move above Roger Federer to number one in the world rankings next week and is guaranteed to retain the top spot until the end of the year, the ATP Tour said.

The Serbian, who lost the top spot to Federer in July, will be the first player to top the men's singles rankings at the end of consecutive seasons since the Swiss did it four times from 2004 to 2007.

Djokovic has won five tournaments this year - including the Australian Open and Masters series titles in Miami, Canada and Shanghai - and pocketed more than $8 million in prize money.

The 25-year-old, who is scheduled to compete at the Paris Masters this week, will be presented with a trophy to recognise his feat at next week's season-ending championships in London, the ATP said.

Golden Messi dreaming of ending career at Barcelona

FC Barcelona's Argentinian striker Lionel Messi
 Lionel Messi dreams of retiring at Barcelona, the club who trained him as a teenager and where he began his professional career in 2004, the Argentine World Player of the Year said on Monday.

Collecting his Golden Boot award for scoring a Europe-leading 50 league goals last season, Messi spoke of his gratitude to Barca for giving him the chance to realise his dream when they took him on at their youth academy as a scrawny 13-year-old in 2000.

Now 25, Messi has four years left on his contract and a buyout clause worth 250 million euros ($322.63 million) and club officials have said an extended and improved deal may be imminent.

"My dream is to finish my career at the club," Rosario-born Messi, who is poised to become a father for the first time, said at the ceremony in the Catalan capital.

"The most important thing is that I continue developing here and I would like to do that until the end," he added.

In line for an unprecedented fourth straight World Player award when the 2012 winner is announced in January, Messi took his senior career goals tally to 301 on Saturday when he scored twice in Barcelona's 5-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano.

He has netted 270 goals for his club and 31 for Argentina.

Day-night tests now inevitable-Cricket Australia chief

James Sutherland, CEO of Cricket Australia
 Day-night test cricket, possibly played with a pink, orange or yellow ball, is an inevitability now the way has been cleared for such matches, Cricket Australia (CA) chief James Sutherland said on Tuesday. The International Cricket Council (ICC) decreed on Monday that countries could agree to play day-night tests and Sutherland said CA would put them on the agenda when negotiating all future tours to Australia. "Test cricket is by definition played on at least three week days, times when most people are at work or school, and this limits the ability of fans to attend or watch on TV," he said in a news release. "We limit ourselves by staging cricket's premium format at times when fans often cannot watch. "We know that the audience for the Perth test, which is on TV in the evening on the east coast, is up significantly because fans in the East can tune in after work." Although he believes 50-over and Twenty20 cricket have proved that batting is possible under floodlights, Sutherland conceded finding a ball with the visibility for night play and the durability required for tests was a stumbling block. "Finding a test ball that is as easily visible in the day as it is at night is still a technical work in progress that the ICC is now leading and it has not yet been possible to predict when such a ball might be available," he added. "Experiments with other colours such as pink, orange and yellow have seen some promising developments in recent times and Cricket Australia will ... continue to encourage research and development that delivers a ball with the optimal colour and durability for test cricket."