Monday 20 November 2017

O'Dea snatches win for Leeds

Darren O'Dea's injury-time winner secured Leeds a dramatic 3-2 victory at Peterborough in yesterday's early kick-off in the Championship. The Ireland defender tucked away Adam Clayton's free-kick in the 95th minute.

Another Ireland player was in the action too when Andy Keogh's stunning opener put Leeds ahead, but Gabriel Zakuani levelled before Posh were reduced to 10 men when Lee Tomlin scythed through the back of Keogh. Clayton fired Leeds back in front but the hosts thought they had salvaged a point after Mark Little equalised two minutes from time.

Red Star chief cuts little slack

Red Star president Vladan Lukic has fined nine of the team's players for lack of commitment after their 3-1 friendly win over lower league rivals Jedinstvo Surcin, Belgrade media reported yesterday.

Brazilian forward Bruno Mezenga, who scored one of the goals, and defender Nikola Petkovic were reportedly fined l5,000 each while seven other players including captain Nenad Kovacevic were fined l500 each.

"The club has a very clear rulebook on rewards and fines and this was the time to give some players a timely reminder that their lack of commitment for Red Star will not be tolerated," Lukic was quoted as saying. Coach Robert Prosinecki added: "I concurred with the action taken and some players will be left out for our league match against Novi Pazar."

Lennon looks for a good run

Neil Lennon senses his Celtic side are ready to go on a run of good form starting with the visit of Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League today. "I would like to see us go on a run of games and start to exert some pressure on the leaders," said Lennon. "And I sense it among the players." Crisis-stricken Rangers, meanwhile, are away to Hearts today.

Emnes guides Boro to second

Middlesbrough went second in the Championship after goals by Rhys Williams and Marvin Emnes guided them to a 2-0 win over Derby. The match was also notable for Mason Bennett becoming Derby's youngest-ever player aged 15 years and 99 days.

Crystal Palace moved up to third following a 1-0 win at Ipswich, who had Aaron Cresswell sent off. Patrick McCarthy scored the only goal in the 55th minute with a 20-yard strike into the top corner. Hull are just outside the play-offs after an injury-time goal by Robert Koren saw them beat Watford 3-2.

Elsewhere, Cardiff enjoyed a rollercoaster 5-3 win over Barnsley. Kenny Miller's fourth goal of the season put Cardiff ahead with Joe Mason doubling their lead. Danny Drinkwater pulled one back but Aron Gunnarsson put Cardiff 3-1 up at the interval.

Don Cowie extended the lead with a right-footed shot with half an hour to go before Gunnarsson scored the fifth from close range. The Tykes got the seventh goal of the game when Jimmy McNulty headed home with eight minutes to go and Ricardo Vaz Te completed the scoring.

Meanwhile, in the evening game, sub Steve de Ridder earned 10-man Southampton an unlikely-looking point at Reading. The Belgian winger finished sublimely after latching on to Guly do Prado's through ball to earn the Championship leaders a 1-1 draw with 10 minutes remaining. Mikele Leigertwood scored for Reading.

Balotelli found in new flare-up

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has escaped unhurt after a firework went off in his bathroom.

Two fire engines were sent to the home of the 21-year-old in Mottram St Andrew, Macclesfield, in the early hours of Saturday morning after the alarm was raised. They found a fire in the bathroom on the first floor of the detached property.

A spokesman for Fire and Rescue Service said: "Crews managed to put the fire out within half an hour of arriving but remained at the scene until 2.45am to prevent any possible flare-ups."

Ronaldo's quick

trick for Real

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a 14-minute hat-trick last night in Real Madrid's rampaging 4-0 win at Malaga, which put them top of La Liga. Gonzalo Higuain opened the scoring after only 11 minutes and the world's most expensive player rattled in three more before the break to take Real's goal tally to 25 from their last six games in all competitions.

Real climbed to 19 points from eight games, two ahead of Barcelona, who were hosting Sevilla in the late game last night. Big-spending Malaga stay sixth with 13 points.

In Germany, Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Borussia Dortmund closed the gap on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich to three points with a 5-0 thrashing of Cologne.

Bayern Munich travel to Hanover 96 today.

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