Daily Archives: December 4, 2017

Referee Jon Moss admits mistake after south coast derby draw

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Bournemouth defender Adam Smith said referee Jon Moss admitted to wrongly booking him for diving instead of awarding a penalty during Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Southampton.

It was goalless after 32 minutes when Smith fell to the ground under the challenge of Sofiane Boufal. However, rather than point to the spot for a penalty, Moss showed Smith his fifth yellow card of the season, which means he will be suspended for one game.

“For the ref to book me doesn’t help because that’s my fifth yellow card of the season,” said Smith. “I spoke to him after and he apologised and said it was a penalty.”

“I don’t mind him admitting it but the fact he booked me and can’t get it rescinded means I’ll miss the next game.”

“I can’t work out what the referee has seen, but that’s football,” Cherries manager Eddie Howe said. “You live and die by those decisions and I think he’s got it wrong.”

“I think it’s a clear penalty. At the time I had a good view of it and I think if the defender doesn’t get the ball he’s in trouble because he’s committed, he’s on the floor. Adam goes over his leg. It’s hugely disappointing because not only do we not get the penalty but we lose Adam to suspension and it has a knock-on effect to the next game.”

Bournemouth took the lead just before the break when Scotland winger Ryan Fraser slotted a first-time effort past Fraser Forster, but the Cherries, were pegged back when Southampton striker Charlie Austin swept home the equaliser just after the hour mark.

Still, the point takes Bournemouth above Newcastle into 14th place, while Howe’s team prepares for league games against Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City coming up in a tough run of matches.

Benevento snatches shock first point in Serie A from Gattuso’s Milan

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Benevento has secured their first point in their Italian top-flight debut after their goalkeeper scored a goal an injury-time to tie 2-2 against Gennaro Gattuso’s AC Milan.

The Serie A newcomers are playing in their first ever season in the Italian top flight but had lost each of their previous 14 games.

Benevento — who were in the third tier in 2015-16 — had also lost more games at the start of a season than any team in history from Europe’s top five leagues, and looked to be on their way to a 15th defeat with Milan leading in the 95th minute.

However, Alberto Brignoli, a goalkeeper on loan at Benevento from Juventus, came up into the box for a Danilo Cataldi free-kick, and rose above the Milan defence to glance a header into the bottom corner to level the score dramatically, and thus becoming the first goalkeeper to score in Serie A since Massimo Taibi for Reggina in 2001.

“It’s difficult to describe,” said Brignoli. “I was thinking: ‘It’s 2-1, the 95th minute, we have nothing to lose.’ I went up there, closed my eyes and jumped.”

“It would have been terrible to lose this, as we’ve lost so many at the last second that we really didn’t deserve to. Today we got some of that [luck] back. We’ve shown that we can play against anyone and just need the incidents to go our way.”

The result also extends a bad spell for Milan, who were looking for a fresh start under new coach Gennaro Gattuso.

Gattuso had replaced Vincenzo Montella as coach last Monday, and was frustrated at the sight of his team squandering their lead twice in a game they looked prepared to win despite Alessio Romagnoli’s sending off in the 75th minute.

“We conceded a strange goal and at the moment that’s just what our luck is,” said Gattuso. “We have a long way to go and a lot to improve. “It hurts. A stabbing would have been better than this goal. We’re Milan and we need to be better, because this isn’t enough.”

AC Milan dropped to eighth place with the draw, as Fiorentina leapfrogged them by cruising to a 3-0 home win over struggling Sassuolo to end a spell of four Serie A games without a win.

Barcelona draws but Valencia’s defeat widens gap on top of La Liga

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FC Barcelona were held to a 2-2 draw against Juan Carlos Unzue’s Celta Vigo, but saw their lead on top of La Liga widened against Valencia after Los Che succumbed to 10-man Getafe.

This was the second game in a row that Barca dropped points, but was given a helping hand in their La Liga campaign thanks to Getafe’s 1-0 win over title challengers Valencia.

Their own game at home saw Celta striker Iago Aspas silencing the Camp Nou by giving Celta the lead in the 20th minute, knocking in on the rebound after splitting the home defence with a darting run through the middle.

But Barca star Lionel Messi quickly replied by clinically finishing a sweeping team move two minutes later to score for the first time in six games in all competitions. Messi then set up what looked to be the winning goal for Luis Suarez in the 62nd minute as the striker thrashed home a Jordi Alba cutback, but his team was denied victory by Maxi Gomez, who slotted in from close range after another brilliant run by Aspas.

Gerard Pique missed a chance and hit the woodwork from close range, while Messi, who also saw an earlier effort in the game found the post, sent a free kick just wide deep in stoppage time.

However, second-placed Valencia could not close their gap against the leaders after they lost for the first time in La Liga this season as Getafe beat them to leave Barcelona five points clear at the top.

Getafe, who move up to eighth in the table thanks to their 1-0 victory, had to play 65 minutes with 10 men after Mauro Arambarri was sent off for a second booking.

Markel Bergara scored the only goal of the game when his 25-yard strike deflecting in off Gabriel Paulista.

Valencia, who could have overtook Barca with a win, instead saw striker Simone Zaza — who is the joint second top scorer in the league — missed a glorious chance to equalise deep into injury time, when he headed over from close range.