Soccer

Real Madrid to play friendlies in Australia

Monday, 24 November 2014.

MELBOURNE: European champions Real Madrid will play exhibition matches with an English Premier League side and a Serie A club at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground next year, organisers said today.

Hamburg win 101st derby to escape bottom three

Monday, 24 November 2014.

BERLIN: Hamburg escaped the Bundesliga’s bottom three on Sunday with a 2-0 win at home to 10-man Werder Bremen, which pushed Borussia Dortmund back into the relegation places.

Arab footballers beat Jewish rivals 1-0 in tense grudge match

Monday, 24 November 2014.

SAKHNIN, Israel: Under the eyes of hundreds of police and private security guards the Israeli premier league’s only Arab club beat mainly-Jewish rivals Beitar Jerusalem 1-0 on Sunday.

Liverpool misery goes on, Spurs bounce back to win

Monday, 24 November 2014.

LONDON: Crystal Palace heaped more misery on a mentally frail Liverpool when they came from behind to win 3-1 in the Premier League on Sunday, six months after effectively ending the northern club’s title hopes when they drew 3-3.

Valencia fall to derby defeat at Levante

Monday, 24 November 2014.

MADRID: Valencia hopes of returning to the Champions League next season suffered a blow as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at local rivals Levante on Sunday.

Gignac makes right headlines in Marseille win

Monday, 24 November 2014.

PARIS: Andre-Pierre Gignac steered home an 85th minute header to help under-fire Marseille to a 3-1 victory over Bordeaux and keep Marcelo Bielsa’s side top of Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Cruzerio crowned Brazilian champions

Monday, 24 November 2014.

SAO PAULO: Cruzeiro were crowned Brazilian league champions for the second consecutive year on Sunday after they beat Goias 2-1 at home to open up an unassailable lead at the top of Serie A.

Bayern romp fails to impress Guardiola

Monday, 24 November 2014.

BERLIN: Bayern Munich’s 4-0 hammering of Hoffenheim failed to impress coach Pep Guardiola as they extended their 21-match unbeaten run ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League clash at Manchester City.

Messi smashes La Liga record with hat-trick

Monday, 24 November 2014.

CRISTIANO Ronaldo struck twice as leaders Real Madrid subdued Eibar 4-0 on Saturday while Lionel Messi set a La Liga record of 253 goals with a hat-trick in second-placed Barcelona’s 5-1 rout of Sevilla.

Van Gaal backs de Gea to keep improving

Monday, 24 November 2014.

LONDON: Louis van Gaal is adamant David de Gea can still get better despite witnessing the Manchester United goalkeeper produce a superb performance in the 2-1 Premier League win against Arsenal.