Osasuna beat Levante 2-0
Masoud Shojaei Soleimani came off the bench to score a superb goal and set CA Osasuna on their way to a 2-0 win at Levante UD on Monday that lifted the struggling Pamplona-based side to 14th in La Liga. A scrappy game at Levante’s Ciutat de Valencia stadium appeared to be heading for 0-0 draw until Iranian Masoud ghosted away from his marker in the 87th minute and curled a brilliant shot into the top corner. Kike Sola, another substitute, added a second in the fourth minute of added time to leave Levante, who play Russian side Rubin Kazan in the Europa League last 16, in 10th on 34 points and in danger of missing out on a place in continental competition next season.
Redmond in good spirits
Winnipeg Jets defenseman Zach Redmond is in good spirits at a Raleigh, North Carolina, hospital as he recovers from surgery to repair a skate cut to his right thigh. The 24-year-old rookie suffered a gash to his right femoral artery and vein during a practice on Thursday. His family released a statement on Monday thanking the Jets’ training staff and players for their quick action, which the Redmonds say saved his life. He was taken to the hospital and underwent a three-hour surgery. He is out indefinitely.
Shooting wounds 13 fans
A shootout involving fans of Argentine top-flight sides Tigre and River Plate injured 13 people, two seriously, local authorities said on Monday. The shooting, which a non-governmental organization put down to the work of a criminal gang, took place in the northern Buenos Aires suburb of Victoria before Sunday evening’s match at River’s Monumental. “These mafia are tolerated by the clubs, and they are armed,” Monica Nizzardo of the Save Football said. “The clubs’ directors bear much of the responsibility. So do the Argentine Football Association, the judiciary and the police,” added Nizzardo, who calculates soccer violence in Argentina has claimed 165 lives since 1979.
Schneiderlin stays at Saints
Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has signed a four-year contract with the Premier League club on Monday. Schneiderlin will remain with the Saints until 2017 after being rewarded for some influential displays this season. The 24-year-old Frenchman has played an important role for Southampton in their first season back in the top flight, missing just one Premier League match and scoring four goals.
Fan confesses to flare death
A teenage Corinthians fan who confessed to causing the flare death of a 14-year-old during the Sao Paulo side’s Libertadores Cup game in Bolivia last week surrendered to authorities in suburban Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Monday. The 17-year-old, accompanied by his lawyer, appeared before a juvenile court in Guarulhos, where he testified for more than two hours about what he has described as an accident. In an interview on Brazil’s Globo TV late on Sunday, the teenager took responsibility for the death of 14-year-old Kevin Espada during Wednesday’s 1-1 draw between Corinthians and San Jose in Oruro, Bolivia. In the wake of the incident, Bolivian police detained 12 other traveling Corinthians fans. Saying he only learned of the death after the game, the youth, identified only as H.A.M, asked for forgiveness from the victim’s family and from those of the detained Brazilian fans.