Sun, Nov 28, 2010 - Page 18 News List




Breda stun leaders PSV

Leaders PSV Eindhoven suffered a stunning 4-2 defeat at NAC Breda in the Dutch league on Friday as they missed the chance to go six points clear. Breda twice came from behind before goals by Ali Boussaboun and Matthew Amoah, with his second of the match, wrapped up the victory despite Kees Luijckx being sent off in the 74th. Twente Enschede would move level on 34 points with PSV at the top if they won at NEC Nijmegen yesterday. PSV took the lead through Jonathan Reis after 15 minutes before Amoah set up Leonardo to equalize on the half-hour, but Balazs Dzsudzsak put the visitors in front again in the 33rd. Amoah then headed home his first goal four minutes before the interval to leave the scores level at halftime. Boussaboun put Breda ahead five minutes into the second half and, after Luijckx was dismissed for a second booking, Amoah scored again 11 minutes from time to wrap up the points.


Portuguese refs pull out

A group of Portuguese referees has joined Polish match officials in withdrawing from plans to replace striking referees in this weekend’s Scottish Premier League matches. Poland’s football association backed out of an agreement reached on Thursday to send 12 match officials to Scotland to cover for referees who went on strike to protest clubs’ criticism of their recent performances. The Scottish Football Association said on Friday that all six topflight matches were still on, although a First Division game between Greenock Morton and Falkirk has been postponed. However, later Friday, Portuguese referees who had been brought in had also returned home. They were due to officiate in Hibernian’s home game against St Johnstone yesterday and the match today between Motherwell and Hearts. Israeli officials were due to run yesterday’s matches between Hamilton and St Mirren, and Kilmarnock and Aberdeen. A delegation from Luxembourg were to take charge of the weekend’s biggest matches. The officials were to take charge of Celtic’s home match against Inverness yesterday and Rangers’ visit to Dundee United today.


Van Gaal safe: Rummenigge

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal’s job is safe despite the team being 14 points behind Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund close to the halfway mark of the season, according to club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “Van Gaal is not wobbling at all,” Rummenigge told yesterday’s edition of Bild newspaper. Rummenigge said the board remains convinced of Van Gaal’s qualities. “We have to go through this difficult stage together. Anything else would not be Bayern-like. After all, we are still on course in the German Cup and the Champions League,” Rummenigge said. Bayern won the domestic double last season and reached the Champions League final but the Bundelsiga title now appears out of reach.


Charisteas quits Arles

Greek striker Angelos Charisteas has agreed to quit Arles-Avignon by mutual consent, having failed to relaunch his career with the French first division strugglers. Charisteas, 30, joined Arles from Bundesliga side Nuremberg in the hope of reigniting his career after two frustrating years. However promoted Arles have won only one match in 14 starts, and the Greek striker failed to make an impact. Charisteas and the club reached agreement to bring his contract, due to expire at the end of the season, to an end with immediate effect.

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