Milik gets Bundesliga goal
Substitute Arkadiusz Milik scored his first Bundesliga goal in the 88th minute to earn Augsburg a 2-2 draw at home with Borussia Moenchengladbach, who took a 2-1 lead when another substitute, Branimir Hrgota, scored in the 71st, only four minutes after coming on. However, Milik connected on a deflected cross from Andre Hahn at the far post to level the scores. Both teams had early chances. Augsburg’s Halil Altintop shaved the post and Moenchengladbach’s Juan Arango shook the crossbar before Augsburg went ahead in the 27th when Hahn collected a through ball and shot inside the far post. Max Kruse equalized when he collected a pass on the edge of the area, faked a defender and slotted into the corner of the net in the 33rd.
Malaga still unbeaten
A spectacular equalizer by Bartlomiej Pawlowski extended Malaga’s unbeaten sequence in La Liga to five games as they hit back to draw 2-2 at Real Valladolid on Friday. The 20-year-old Pole took a cross on his chest in the 76th minute before swiveling in mid-air to smash the ball into the net with his left foot. Pawlowski’s goal helped Malaga move up to seventh in the table with nine points. Valladolid are 13th with six points. Malaga went ahead on Friday when Roque Santa Cruz converted a neat pass from Fernando Tissone in the 23rd minute. Javi Guerra leveled for Valladolid 11 minutes into the second half, nodding his third league goal of the season after good work by Patrick Ebert. The home team went 2-1 up with another header eight minutes later from Colombian striker Humberto Osorio.
Stade Francais go top
Stade Francais took top spot in France on Friday with an 18-11 win over Montpellier as the Paris giants confirmed their status as a rejuvenated force this season. Stade scored two tries, one in each half, to claim a sixth win in eight games and open a four-point lead over European champions Toulon, in second place, and Montpellier, who are third. The capital city side, reborn under new coach Gonzalo Quesada, have endured a lean time in France in the last four seasons, finishing in eighth, 11th, seventh and 10th place. However, last weekend, Stade moved into second spot after ending promoted Oyonnax’s 22-month undefeated home run with a 16-15 win. Montpellier, meanwhile, had shocked European Cup runners-up Clermont 43-3, with scrumhalf Jonathan Pelissie contributing 31 points.
Burger returns to action
Springbok Schalk Burger returned to action on Friday after a long lay-off as the Sharks and Western Province secured South African Currie Cup semi-finals places. The flanker and 2007 World Cup winner came off the Province bench on the hour in a thrilling 29-27 triumph at Cheetahs, while the Sharks won 31-25 at the Lions. It was Burger’s first appearance for the Cape Town outfit since injuring a knee 18 months ago in the opening round of last year’s Super Rugby competition. Capped 68 times by South Africa, Burger, 30, had his comeback delayed through a calf muscle injury, a cyst pressing on his spine and bacterial meningitis. The illness kept the 2004 World Player of the Year in hospital for six weeks and he spent a further eight weeks indoors after being released. Burger ran on to huge applause from the Free State Stadium crowd in central city Bloemfontein and helped Province transform an eight-point deficit into a last-gasp win.