Aris end Olympiakos streak
Super League leaders Olympiakos Piraeus’ perfect start to the season came to an end on Monday when they grabbed a point late on against Aris in a 2-2 draw. Leonardo Jardim’s team went into the match on the back of seven straight victories, but the visitors were behind twice and had to rely on an 83rd-minute equalizer by Greece international defender Jose Holebas with the hosts down to 10 men. Manolis Papasterianos gave Aris the lead after three minutes, only for Djamel Abdoun to level from the penalty spot six minutes later, before David Aganzo’s 79th-minute strike restored the hosts lead over the champions. However, when Nikos Psychogios was dismissed for a second bookable offense with nine minutes remaining it was 12th-placed Aris hanging on as Olympiakos, who top the table with 22 points from eight games, fought back through Holebas’ equalizer. Panionios are second on 18 points and PAOK are third with 17, while Panathinaikos continue to struggle in ninth with nine points following their 2-2 draw against OFI on Monday, where they were twice in front. There was joy for bottom club AEK on Sunday as the club picked up a vital first win of the season against Platanias in new coach Ewald Lienen’s second game in charge.
NFF proposes novel idea
The Norwegian Football Association (NFF) has a novel idea to even out one-sided matches — if a team go four goals down they can bring on another player, a proposal backed by former Norway international Henning Berg. “It’s a good rule that will lead to more even matches,” said Berg, who was capped 100 times by Norway. “It’s no fun to lose 17-0. It’s no fun to win 17-0 either.” Aalesund coach Kjetil Rekdal, who often partnered Berg in defense for the national side, was less enthusiastic. “It can be positive, to get more [people] active, but it can be negative if you destroy or punish those who are better,” he told Verdens Gang.
M’Vila and Mavinga return
Stade Rennais players Yann M’Vila and Chris Mavinga are back with the first team after being dropped and made to train with the youth team for eight days for disciplinary reasons. M’Vila and Mavinga were among five members of France’s under-21 squad who went to a nightclub between two playoff games for next year’s European Championships. Rennes coach Frederic Antonetti said no new sanctions would be imposed by the club regardless of what the French Football Federation’s disciplinary commission decides. The duo faces a hearing along with three international teammates on Thursday next week. M’Vila and Mavinga, along with Antoine Griezmann, Mbaye Niang and Wissam Ben Yedder, went out in Paris before the return match against Norway, when France lost 5-3 to end their qualification hopes.
Injury sidelines Seedorf
Botafogo midfielder Clarence Seedorf will be sidelined for at least a week from the Brazilian league because of a right-thigh injury. Botafogo said on Monday that the Dutch player underwent tests, but that he requires a new medical evaluation next week to determine the seriousness of the injury. Seedorf had to be substituted just before halftime in Botafogo’s 4-0 win over Atletico Clube Goianiense on Saturday. He appeared to be in tears as he left the field. The 36-year-old Seedorf signed with Botafogo in July and has helped the team to sixth place in the 20-team standings, staying in contention for the Copa Libertadores next year.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on
Growing concern over health standards in e-sports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes. The retirement of top Chinese player Jian Zihao, better known by his gaming handle “Uzi,” sent tremors through the booming sport, whose revenues are predicted to reach US$1.1 billion this year, according to industry analyst Newzoo. The 23-year-old, hailed as an “icon” of the League of Legends game, stepped away from e-sports in June, saying that “chronic stress, obesity, irregular diet, staying up late and other reasons” had given