Record for Barca, United goes clear

Updated 04 December 2012
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Record for Barca, United goes clear

LONDON: Two goals by the dynamic Lionel Messi helped La Liga leaders Barcelona maintain their flying start to the season with a 5-1 destruction of Athletic Bilbao.
In England, Manchester United charged three points clear of second-placed Manchester City with a thrilling 4-3 win at Reading while their neighbors were held 1-1 by Everton.

SPAIN
Leaders Barcelona created a new record for the best start to a La Liga season, thrashing Athletic Bilbao 5-1 to notch 40 points from 14 games.
Barca, under new coach Tito Vilanova, have won 13 matches and drawn one which beats the previous best by Real Madrid in 1961-62 of 13 wins and a defeat.
Lionel Messi scored twice to move within one goal of former Germany and Bayern Munich striker Gerd Mueller’s record of 85 goals in a calendar year. Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas and Adriano netted the others.
Second-placed Atletico Madrid slipped six points behind Barca after losing 2-0 to Real Madrid in the city derby at the Bernabeu.
A trademark fizzing free kick saw Cristiano Ronaldo open the scoring for Real and he set up Mesut Ozil for the second to leave Jose Mourinho’s champions third on 29 points.

ENGLAND
Manchester United moved three points clear at the top of the Premier League after an extraordinary 4-3 win at struggling Reading while champions Manchester City were held to a 1-1 home draw by Everton.
All seven goals at Reading came in 34 first-half minutes as Wayne Rooney struck twice and Robin van Persie also found the net to give United victory despite some inept defending.
City needed a 43rd-minute Carlos Tevez penalty to salvage a draw with Everton who had taken the lead through Marouane Fellaini.
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez saw his side go ahead at West Ham United through Juan Mata before the home side hit back with three second-half goals to win 3-1.
Arsenal slumped to 10th in the table following a 2-0 home loss to Swansea City.
United top the table on 36 points going into next weekend’s Manchester derby at City who are second on 33.
Chelsea are third, level on 26 points with Tottenham Hotspur and surprise packages West Bromwich Albion.

GERMANY
Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga lead was cut to eight points after they were held 1-1 at home by champions Borussia Dortmund, the sixth game in a row the Bavarians have failed to beat their rivals.
Toni Kroos drilled home the opening goal for Bayern on 67 minutes and Mario Goetze levelled seven minutes later before Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller pulled off a string of saves late in the game to rescue a point for the visitors.
Bayer Leverkusen tightened their hold on second place with Stefan Kiessling’s ninth league goal of the season giving them a 1-0 victory over Nuremberg for their sixth win in seven games.
Leverkusen are second on 30 points with Dortmund in third place on 27, two points better off than Schalke in fourth who drew 1-1 against Borussia Moenchengladbach.

FRANCE
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 13th goal in 12 Ligue 1 appearances but could not prevent Paris St. Germain losing 2-1 at mid-table Nice, their third defeat in the last five league games.
PSG are fourth on 26 points, five behind leaders Olympique Lyon who won 1-0 at home to champions Montpellier thanks to Bafetimbi Gomis’s 10th league goal of the season and his fourth in less than a week.
Olympique Marseille, crushed 4-1 by Lyon earlier in the week with Gomis hitting a hat-trick, bounced back to win 2-1 at Stade Brest and climb to second on 29 points.
On-loan Englishman Joey Barton, who has started all three league matches since his 12-game ban ended, delivered his best performance so far for Marseille, setting up both goals.
St. Etienne are third, tied on 26 points with PSG but ahead on goal difference, after a goalless draw at lowly Ajaccio.

ITALY
Contrasting wins for Napoli and Inter Milan kept them hard on the heels of leaders Juventus in Serie A but Fiorentina lost ground after being held at home by improving Sampdoria.
Napoli had a thumping 5-1 win over bottom club Pescara but Inter scraped an unconvincing 1-0 victory at home to Palermo.
Two goals each by Gokhan Inler and Edinson Cavani, one from the penalty spot, helped Walter Mazzarri’s Napoli side stay two points behind Juve who defeated local rivals Torino 3-0 thanks to a double by Claudio Marchisio and another goal from Sebastian Giovinco.
Inter are four points behind Juve on 31 after ending a run of three games without a win thanks to an own goal by Palermo’s Santiago Garcia.
Stefan Savic scored both goals for fourth-placed Fiorentina in a 2-2 draw after Nenad Krsticic and a Gonzalo Rodriguez own goal had seen Sampdoria equalize and then take the lead.


Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 to win Champions League

Real Madrid's players celebrate after their Welsh forward Gareth Bale scored the the 3-1 during the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on May 26, 2018. (AFP / Sergei Supoinsky)
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Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 to win Champions League

  • adrid is the first team to achieve that feat since Bayern Munich in 1976. This is their fourth title in five years, and their 13th overall.
  • Jurgen Klopp’s and Liverpool’s own evening was marred by the loss of a distraught Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half, the Egyptian coming off half an hour in having damaged his shoulder.

KIEV, Ukraine: Gareth Bale’s eye-catching scissor-kick helped Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League title on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over a Liverpool side thwarted by a pair of goalkeeping blunders and Mohamed Salah being forced off injured.

Bale’s jaw-dropping overhead kick put Real 2-1 up moments after his introduction, following a dramatic start to the second half in which Karim Benzema gave Real the lead as a result of a Loris Karius howler.

Sadio Mane had briefly restored parity, but Bale put Real in front again and then made it 3-1 late on with a long-range strike that the unfortunate Karius could only punch into the net.

Jurgen Klopp’s and Liverpool’s own evening was marred by the loss of a distraught Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half, the Egyptian coming off half an hour in having damaged his shoulder.

This was not to be Salah’s night, with Real allowing Zinedine Zidane to become the first coach ever to win the Champions League three years in a row.

Madrid is the first team to achieve that feat since Bayern Munich in 1976. This is their fourth title in five years, and their 13th overall.

Cristiano Ronaldo has now won five in his great career, but even he could not argue that this was Bale’s evening.

The Welshman had been tipped to feature in the Real starting line-up but in the end was left out for Isco — just as he had been in the final win over Juventus last year — before making an emphatic impact as a substitute.

For Liverpool, this game will be remembered for the disaster that befell goalkeeper Karius in the second half, and for Salah’s tears as he departed the pitch at the NSC Olympiyskyi.

The Egyptian hurt his left shoulder as he went down in a challenge with Sergio Ramos in the 25th minute. Five minutes later he made way for Adam Lallana.

His presence at the World Cup could now be in doubt, as could that of Dani Carvajal — the Real right-back came off with a hamstring injury before the interval.

Those injuries temporarily took the sting out of the game after an enthralling start, with Liverpool on top.

It had been uncomfortable for Real, but after Salah departed, they sensed their chance. They even had the ball in the net in the 43rd minute, only to be denied by a marginal offside call.

Ronaldo’s header from Isco’s cross was parried by Karius, and Benzema turned in the loose ball, but the Frenchman had come from a fraction ahead of the last defender and the flag came up.

If that was a let-off for Liverpool, they were their own worst enemies at the start of the second half.

Isco struck the bar after Lallana diverted the ball into his path, before Benzema opened the scoring in the 51st minute.

It was a moment of unbelievable carelessness from Karius, who attempted to roll the ball out to the nearest red shirt only for Benzema to stick out a leg and send it trickling into the net.

Klopp’s side really could have let their heads drop, and yet they were soon back level, Mane turning the ball in after Dejan Lovren headed down James Milner’s corner.

But their renewed hope was crushed upon the introduction of Bale.

The Welshman had been on the field barely two minutes when he met Marcelo’s cross from the left with an improbable leap, back to goal, 15 yards out, to send an overhead kick on his left foot arcing over Karius and in.

Such a strike deserved to be the winner, although it was his long-range shot that beat the embarrassed Karius in the 83rd minute that made sure of the victory.

Mane hit the post for Liverpool in between Bale’s strikes, but they will have to wait a while yet before winning their sixth European Cup.