ARAB TIMES, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2012 56
wednesday— (all times are kuwait local)
12:30 rugby championship ................................. osn sport 2
13:00 japan vs new zealand world cup ..... aljazeera sport +1
14:20 combat league ................................... extreme sports
15:00 nrl premiership ........................................ osn sport 2
18:00 ufc ultimate fighter ................................. osn sport 2
20:00 wwe smackdown .................................... osn sport 2
21:45 malaga vs palathanaikos ................. aljazeera sport +3
21:45 braga vs udinese ............................ aljazeera sport +7
Everton stun United in opener
Fellaini ruins Van Persie debut
LIVERPOOL, Aug 21, (AFP): Robin van Persie suffered a losing start
to his Manchester United career as Marouane Fellaini gave Everton a
surprise 1-0 win at Goodison Park.
Van Persie, who joined United from Arsenal for £24 million last week, was forced to
watch the opening 68 minutes from the substitutes bench before coming on 11 minutes after
But the Dutch forward was unable to inspire a United comeback and Everton deservedly
chalked up a fine win in their first match of the Premier League season.
Belgium international Fellaini had already been denied by the woodwork before heading the
winner, while Everton mid-
fielder Leon Osman hit the
crossbar as David Moyes’
side dominated a toothless
United from start to finish.
Van Persie’s decision to
snub champions Manchester
City in favour of a move to
United has renewed opti-
mism at Old Trafford that
they can wrestle the title back
from their local rivals this
But Ferguson’s team will
need to improve on this errat-
ic display if they are to win a
20th English league crown.
Although Van Persie start-
ed his United career on the
bench due to a lack of match
sharpness, there was one new
face in United’s line-up in the
shape of Japan midfielder
Shinji Kagawa, the £12 mil-
lion signing from Borussia
Kagawa was impressive at
time, but it was Nani who
went closest to opening the
Manchester United’s Dutch goalkeeper David de Gea scoring for the visitors, the
(left), clears the ball from the Manchester United’s Serbian Portuguese flashing a long-
defender Nemanja Vidic (right), and Everton’s British range effort narrowly wide in
defender Phil Jagielka (center), during their English the 23rd minute, before
Premiership football match at Goodison Park in Liverpool Wayne Rooney was denied
on Aug 20. (AFP) by Tim Howard’s out-
stretched hand from a free-
EPL Results/Standings SOCCER
kick six minutes later.
LONDON, Aug 21, (AFP): English Premier League result However this was anything
on Monday: but one-way traffic.
Everton 1 Man United 0 Everton, partly responsible
Played Sunday for United’s title downfall
Man City 3 Southampton 2 Manchester United’s Portuguese midfielder Nani (left), vies for the ball with Everton’s Croatian forward Nikica Jelavic during their English Premiership
last season after coming from football match at Goodison Park in Liverpool on Aug 20. (AFP)
Wigan 0 Chelsea 2
Played Saturday 4-2 down to draw 4-4 at Old
Arsenal 0 Sunderland 0 Trafford in April, caused
defence all kinds of problems Real face Barca in Super Cup
QPR 0 Swansea 5 before half-time.
Reading 1 Stoke 1
Vilanova, Mou go eye-to-eye
West Brom 3 Liverpool 0
With Rio Ferdinand out
West Ham 1 Aston Villa 0 with a groin injury, Michael
Standings Carrick stood in at centre-
P W D L GF GA Pts back alongside the returning
Fulham 1 1 0 0 5 0 3 Nemanja Vidic, back in the
Swansea 1 1 0 0 5 0 3 team after a long-term cruci- MADRID, Aug 21, (RTRS): Tito
West Brom 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 ate knee ligament injury. But Vilanova was still Pep Guardiola’s
3 the ease in which Fellaini Barcelona assistant when he hit the Tokyo hopes parade to boost bid
Newcastle 1 1 0 0 2 1 3 glided past the England inter- headlines last August after Real
national before striking the
woodwork in the 14th minute
made uncomfortable viewing
Madrid coach Jose Mourinho jabbed
him in the eye during a touchline
scuffle in the Spanish Super Cup.
Suspended players appeal penalties
Arsenal 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 for Ferguson. Twelve months on he has replaced SEOUL, Aug 21, (Agencies): Four Coach Sung Han-Kook and other possible breaches.
Sunderland 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 In addition, United keeper his good friend in the Barca hot seat South Korean badminton players assistant coach Kim Moon-Soo The Japanese Olympic
Southampton 1 0 0 1 2 3 0 David de Gea made four and returns to face his tormentor this who were suspended for trying to have received lifetime bans from Committee (JOC) reportedly spent
Tottenham 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 excellent stops to deny time as coach in the first leg of the throw matches at the London coaching. Kim appealed the ban 40 million yen ($500,000) to
Aston Villa 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 Steven Pienaar twice before 2012 edition at the Nou Camp on Olympics have appealed their while Sung accepted his penalty. parade new Olympic medalists for
Man United 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 penalties, the Badminton Korea Eight women’s doubles players the first-time ever — in open-top
Wigan 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 half-time, while Leon Osman Thursday (2030 GMT).
and Leighton Baines also suf- Holders Barca arrive as King’s Cup Association said Tuesday. cars and buses over a 1-km (0.6-
Liverpool 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 The body said the players — mile) stretch of Tokyo’s upmarket
Norwich 1 0 0 1 0 5 0 fered frustration at the hands winners and it is a first chance to Jung Kyung-Eun, Kim Ha-Na, Ha
OLYMPICS Ginza area.
QPR 1 0 0 1 0 5 0 of the Spanish keeper. De measure up Vilanova’s side against Jung-Eun and Kim Min-Jung — The parade was also aimed at
Note: Standings read as Played, Won, Drawn, Lost, Gea’s stop from Osman’s the league champions, with tensions
Goals For, Goals Against, Points. have contested a two-year sus- from South Korea, Indonesia and leveraging Tokyo’s 2020 bid after it
powerful shot-on-the-turn between the Spanish giants eased pension proposed by the associa- China were disqualified for trying lost out to Rio de Janeiro in the
was the pick of the saves. since last year’s low point. tion’s disciplinary committee. to lose matches, in dismal scenes campaign for the 2016 Summer
The second half started the A mass brawl between players at The committee plans to make its that have prompted an investiga- Games, with low public support
Spurs sign Adebayor way the first period ended —
with United under the cosh
and looking rattled at the
the end of the 2011 second leg result-
ed in three red cards while television
final decision on Wednesday. tion into players and coaches for cited as a reason for the defeat.
images of Mourinho’s attack on
from Manchester City back.
Osman was denied by the
underside of the bar after a
Vilanova led to harsh recriminations.
Mourinho was eventually given a
the irrepressible Lionel Messi who
netted twice and had numerous
chances to complete a hat-trick.
of finding the back of the net against
Real and looked particularly sharp as
Barca produced a high-tempo per-
Messi told Barca TV.
“The dressing room are still hungry
for titles. I want to win everything we
two-match Super Cup ban, and
LONDON, Aug 21, (RTRS): Tottenham Hotspur have signed sweeping 49th minute move. Vilanova one game for his retaliatory The World Player of the Year, who formance full of attacking menace. play for, like Tito. It’s tough but we
striker Emmanuel Adebayor from Premier League champions But the outstanding gesture, but both punishments have scored an incredible 73 goals in all “The team still has the same philos- will try.” Messi’s and Barca’s snappy
Manchester City on a permanent deal, the London club said on Fellaini broke the deadlock in since been lifted by federation presi- competitions last season, has a knack ophy and style as with Guardiola,” display contrasted with that of Real’s
Tuesday. the 57th minute after rising dent Angel Maria Villar. and their leading scorer Cristiano
The Togo international scored 18 goals in 37 appearances for above Carrick to meet Darron Mourinho, who had refused to Ronaldo at the Bernabeu.
Spurs last season on loan at White Hart Lane. Gibson’s corner and plant a apologise to anyone but Madrid fans Albeit against stronger opposition,
The clubs were reported by British media to have agreed a powerful header beyond De for his actions, calmed the waters ear- Real were slow to get into their stride
deal last month for the 28-year-old, who had been earning Gea. That sparked movement lier this month by saying he was while a quiet Ronaldo failed to fire a
about 170,000 pounds ($268,300) a week at City. on the United bench and the wrong. single shot on target.
No financial details of the transfer fee were available but moment all United fans had Vilanova has also sought to put the “I am not yet 100 percent but I hope
media reports put its value at five million pounds. been waiting for — van incident behind him as he takes up the to get back to top form soon,” said
Adebayor joined Tottenham’s north London rivals Arsenal Persie’s debut — finally baton from Guardiola who swept up Ronaldo.
from Monaco in early 2006 and moved to City in 2009 in the arrived in the 68th minute 14 trophies in his four years at the His Portuguese international team
first wave of big-money signings by the Manchester club’s after Tom Cleverley had been helm.
Qatari owners. denied an Barca made a flying start to their SOCCER
But he fell out of favour when Roberto Mancini replaced equaliser by league campaign with a 5-1 mauling
Mark Hughes as City manager. He had a loan spell at Real P h i l mate Pepe is a doubt after suffering a
J a g i e l k a ’s of Real Sociedad on Sunday, gaining
Madrid in early 2011 before joining Tottenham for the 2011-12 an immediate advantage over arch- hefty blow to his head in a collision
clearance. rivals Real Madrid who drew 1-1 at with Iker Casillas and having spent
“I am pleased to be signing for Spurs on a permanent basis home against Valencia. Sunday evening in hospital as a pre-
after finally agreeing my departure with Manchester City,” Van Persie
showed flash- Vilanova’s league debut as coach caution having momentarily lost con-
Adebayor told the club website (www.tottenhamhotspur.com): was made all the sweeter by striker sciousness.
“It may have taken longer than expected but I am delighted es of what he
is capable of, David Villa’s return from an eight- Mourinho’s men won on their last
to be back at Tottenham. I really enjoyed my time here last sea- yet he was Fellaini month injury layoff due to a broken visit to the Nou Camp when Ronaldo
son and I am hoping we can achieve great things together unable to inspire his team- leg to score the fifth goal of the night struck the decider for a 2-1 La Liga
again.” mates as United lost their first as a substitute. triumph that effectively wrapped up
Uncapped Dutch defender Alexander Buttner completed his game of the season for the Spain’s all-time leading scorer is Tunisian Chief of staff, General Rachid Ammar (center), poses with the title in April.
move from Vitesse Arnhem to Manchester United on Tuesday, first time since Eidur still short of match fitness and is Olympic silver medalist Habiba Ghribi (right), and Olympic champion, Although Barca held the edge in
signing a five-year contract with the Premier League club. Gudjohnsen’s goal secured unlikely to start on Thursday, a simi- swimmer Oussama Mellouli (left), in Tunis on Aug 21. Habiba Ghribi won the ‘clasicos’ under Guardiola, Real
The 23-year-old left back becomes United’s second recent Chelsea a 1-0 win in 2004. lar scenario facing new signing Alex silver medal in the 3000m steeplechase while Oussama Mellouli won the have only lost once under Mourinho
Dutch acquistion following Robin van Persie’s move from Song. men’s 10km swimming marathon during the London 2012 Olympic in their last four visits to Catalunya
Arsenal last week. See Also Pages 54 & 55 One man who will start, though, is Games. (AFP) across all competitions.
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