Debutant lasts 90 seconds
Teenager Maximilian Hofmann had the worst possible start to his league career when gave away a penalty and was sent off 90 seconds into his debut on Sunday, although his side Rapid Vienna went on to win the match 4-2. The 19-year-old, playing his first Austrian Bundesliga match after being promoted from Rapid’s second team, was dismissed against SK Sturm Graz for denying Robert Beric a clear scoring opportunity. Nikola Vujadinovic then converted to put Sturm 1-0 head, suggesting the visitors were in for a long, hot afternoon. Instead, Rapid turned the game around with second-half goals from Christopher Trimmel, Guido Burgstaller, Brian Behrendt and Louis Schaub, while Daniel Beichler replied for the hosts.
Injured ’keeper saves penalty
Goalkeeper Mauricio Viana played the last few minutes of a Chilean league game, even saving a last-minute penalty, unaware that he had suffered a perforated intestine, his club Santiago Wanderers said on Sunday. Viana was injured in a clash with rival forward Omar Zalazar in the 78th minute of Saturday’s match against Audax Italiano, the club said on their Web site. There was no obvious injury and the 22-year-old Brazilian-born goalkeeper played on, saving a penalty taken by Cristian Canuhe in the 89th minute to earn his team a 0-0 draw. However, afterwards he complained of severe pain and underwent emergency surgery after it was diagnosed as a perforated intestine. Wanderers said the operation had gone well and Viana is expected to recover in about four weeks.
PEC Zwolle stun Feyenoord
Feyenoord started the Dutch league season by conceding a stoppage-time goal in a shock 2-1 defeat at PEC Zwolle on Sunday. PEC went ahead in the 66th minute when Polish midfielder Mateusz Klich headed home a cross by Jesper Drost. Ruben Schaken equalized four minutes from time, only for Guyon Fernandez, on loan from Feyenoord, to grab the winner for PEC in stoppage-time. “A few weeks ago I learned that I was no longer needed in Rotterdam. I hope that by scoring this goal I showed them what they are missing”, Fernandez said.
Rodriquez to be suspended
A person familiar with deliberations said that Major League Baseball has informed the New York Yankees that Alex Rodriguez would be suspended yesterday, but could play while he appealed the penalty. The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Sunday because no announcement has been authorized. The Yankees were not told the exact length of the suspension, but were left under the impression it would be through next season, the person said. Rodriguez could get a shorter penalty for violating baseball’s drug agreement if he gives up the right to file a grievance and force the case before an arbitrator, the person added.
Demare wins on The Mall
France’s Arnaud Demare won the inaugural Ride London-Surrey Classic after a tense finish on The Mall in London on Sunday. The 21-year-old benefited from a fine display by his FDJ team to beat Italian Sacha Modolo and compatriot Yannick Martinez in to second and third place respectively after launching his sprint 150m from the finish. Demare was quick to thank his team for making the victory possible. “I am really happy with the race,” he said. “My teammates did a really good job to get me into the perfect position.”