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.


Al-Hilal land Saudi Arabia volleyball treble by winning Elite Championship

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Al-Hilal land Saudi Arabia volleyball treble by winning Elite Championship

  • Riyadh club beat Al-Ahli by six sets to nil over two legs
  • Title adds to the Saudi League and Saudi Cup

Al-Hilal confirmed themselves as the dominant volleyball side in the Kingdom by winning their third title of a hugely successful season on Monday.

The team beat Al-Ahli, their big rivals, by three sets to nil in the second leg of the final round of the Elite Championship at the arena of the General Sports Authority in Riyadh. Al-Hilal also whitewashed Al-Ahli in the first leg, confirming their superiority.

Chairman of the Saudi Volleyball Federation, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Babtain, was present as Waldo Kantor’s side added the title to the Saudi League crown and the Saudi Cup they won earlier this year. It was further celebration for the Riyadh-based club as the football team won the Saudi Pro League title on the final day of the season, pipping Al-Ahli to the title by a point.

The victorious Al-Hilal basketball team included Ahmad Al-Bekhayet, Khalil Hajji, Muwaffaq Al-Motairi, Hassan Al-Wathlan, Abdulaziz Al-Harbi, Fahad Masoud, Abdullah Al-Zahrani, Abdulrahman Al-Dawsari, Nawaf Al-Bekhayet, Mohammad Bakr, Raidel Poey and Hiroshi Centelles.

The team are coached by Kantor who represented Argentina at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. He has been in charge of Al-Hilal since September after coaching spells in Italy, Spain, Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina.