Bremen’s Arnautovic hat trick sinks Hoffenheim

Updated 03 December 2012
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Bremen’s Arnautovic hat trick sinks Hoffenheim

BERLIN: Werder Bremen forward Marko Arnautovic scored a hat trick to lead his team to a 4-1 victory at Hoffenheim Sunday, consigning the hosts to their fourth straight loss and putting further pressure on coach Markus Babbel.
Austrians Sebastian Proedl and Arnautovic scored midway through the first half as Bremen stormed to a 2-0 Bundesliga lead against what had been a toothless Hoffenheim.
With home fans chanting “We want to see you fight,” and jeering them off the pitch at halftime, the hosts looked transformed after the break.
They came out strong and grabbed a goal in the 50th minute through Sejad Salihovic.
With Bremen keeper Sebastian Mielitz keeping them in the lead with a string of superb saves, the visitors dashed any comeback hopes when Arnautovic drilled in a 73rd minute free kick.
He notched his fifth goal of the season six minutes later with a skillful move in the box to lift Bremen to eighth on 21 points.
Backed by billionaire Dietmar Hopp, Hoffenheim are third off the bottom in the relegation playoff spot after one victory in their last 10 games and in the midst of their worst start to the Bundesliga.
Leaders Bayern Munich saw their advantage cut to eight points over second-placed Bayer Leverkusen after drawing 1-1 with champions Borussia Dortmund in Munich on Saturday.
Leverkusen edged past Nuremberg 1-0 to move up to 30 points with Dortmund on 27 in third.


“Captain fantastic” Harry Kane to the rescue as England beat Tunisia at the death

Updated 18 June 2018
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“Captain fantastic” Harry Kane to the rescue as England beat Tunisia at the death

  • Harry Kane came to the rescue with two goals, the second a dramatic injury-time winner
  • England had started brightly in a blur of passing and movement and could have been two goals up inside the first four minutes

VOLGOGRAD, Russia: Captain Harry Kane came to the rescue with two goals, the second a dramatic injury-time winner, as England began their World Cup Group G campaign with a stuttering 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday.
Gareth Southgate’s men almost paid a heavy price for missing a slew of first-half chances when Tunisia’s Ferjani Sassi slotted home a softly-awarded penalty 20 minutes before half-time.
And the north Africans were still level as the game went past the 90-minute mark.
But Harry Maguire won a header from a corner and Kane was on hand at the far post to nod in the winner before being mobbed by his ecstatic teammates.
“I’m so proud of the lads,” Kane said. “They kept going, kept going to the last second.
“I am absolutely buzzing, everyone on the staff is. It shows good character to get the job done.”
England had started brightly in a blur of passing and movement and could have been two goals up inside the first four minutes.
First Jordan Henderson’s lofted first-time pass released Dele Alli and when the ball eventually broke to Jesse Lingard he saw his shot from six yards saved by the outstretched left boot of Mouez Hassen in the Tunisia goal.
Kane had been kept quiet in the opening salvos but he exploded into action in the 11th minute when he cut inside from the left and saw his shot from the edge of the box deflected wide for a corner.
Ashley Young delivered the set piece for John Stones to rise highest and meet with a powerful header. Hassen saved acrobatically but Kane was on hand to tap home the rebound with his right foot and open his World Cup account.
Hassen, who had injured his left shoulder making an earlier save, could not continue and left the field in tears as he was replaced in goal by Farouk Ben Mustapha.
England continued to press and were made to pay for not converting a succession of chances when they conceded a soft penalty.
Kyle Walker swung a lazy arm across Fakhreddine Ben Youssef who fell as if poleaxed and Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan pointed to the spot, with his decision being upheld by the VAR.
Ferjani Sassi took one step and fired home confidently past the hitherto unemployed Jordan Pickford and Tunisia who had been outplayed for the first half-hour were somehow level 10 minutes before half-time.
Still there was time for Lingard to come close again twice, first from a goalbound shot and then a dink over the keeper which agonizingly struck the post.
Alli too hit the woodwork with a header and England went into half-time wondering how they had not sealed victory already.
England still enjoyed the lion’s share of possession but could not find the same zip and penetration they had enjoyed at the start of the first half.
The ineffective Sterling gave way to Marcus Rashford with just over 20 minutes to go and the Manchester United man almost fashioned a chance straight away with a jinking run into the box.