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Germans snatch late Austria win
       Italy on brink
VIENNA, June 3, (Agencies):
Mario Gomez grabbed a last-
gasp winner as Germany beat
Austria 2-1 to maintain a 100
percent record in Euro 2012
qualifying Group A on Friday.
  Germany, having won their first five
games, took the lead a minute before
halftime when Gomez scrambled the
ball home from a corner for his first
goal of the night.
   But Austria, beaten in their last five
                     meetings with their
                     neighbours, levelled
                     five minutes after the
                     break when teenager
                     David Alaba’s cross
                     was turned into his
                     own net by Arne
                     Friedrich.
                        Austria looked the
                     more likely winners
                     until Gomez got in
       Gomez         front of his marker to
                     head in Philippe
Lahm’s cross in the last minute.
   The win left Germany with 18 points
from six games and Austria with seven.
   A lively start saw Martin Harnik head
narrowly wide in the fourth minute
before the visitors replied with a flurry of
chances.
   The best of these saw the lively
Gomez flick the ball wide of the post
after a quick-passing move sliced open

                     SOCCER
the Austria defence before Lukas
Podolski rifled a left-foot shot against
the bar from 25 metres.
   Germany’s dominance continue as
Gomez headed into the arms of goal-
keeper Christian Gratzei although
Austria came back into the game after
the half-hour.
   Erwin Hoffer had the home side’s best
first-half chance, poking the ball wide
after a superb drag-back, but Germany
went ahead with their next attack when
Gomez scored from close range as the
hosts failed to clear a corner.
   Austria were level five minutes after
the restart when Florian Klein found
Alaba free on the left and the 18-year-
old’s low cross was turned into his own
goal by Friedrich.                                                        Belgium’s Jan Vertonghen, (right), is challenged by Turkey’s Gokhan Gonul during their Euro 2012 Group A qualifying soccer match in Brussels, June 3. (AP)
   Stefan Kulovits headed against the
post in Austria’s next attack as they con-
tinued to put pressure on the visitors who
missed the influence of Bastian                                                                                                 Wade scores 36 in losing effort
Schweinsteiger in midfield.
              Italy 3 Estonia 0
   Italy are on the brink of qualifying for
the Euro 2012 finals in Poland and
Ukraine after maintaining their grip on
Group C with a 3-0 win over Estonia
                                                 Never-say-die Mavs stun Heat with late show
here on Friday.                                  MIAMI, June 3, (AFP): Dirk Nowitzki           ly would have,” said Nowitzki. “I was       drive and that’s what he wanted,” Bosh        en route to their 10th consecutive win        league.
   Italy stayed five points clear of             hit the decisive layup with 3.6 seconds       able to drive the basket and make the       said. “For a split-second I just played       at home in these playoffs when they hit          There was a video tribute to
Slovenia, 2-0 winners in the Faroe               remaining as the Dallas Mavericks ral-        play.”                                      bad defence. It cost us two points.”          a wall.                                       Shaquille O’Neal with three minutes
Islands, with a game in hand, and need           lied from a 15-point deficit in the              Germany’s Nowitzki tore a tendon in         The series now shifts to Dallas for           “We are not happy about this,”             left in the first quarter, showing him
only win two of their last four matches to       fourth quarter to beat the Miami Heat         the middle finger on his left hand in       game three on Sunday.                         Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said.              holding the NBA championship trophy
guarantee progress to the finals.                95-93 in game two of the NBA finals.          game one and is wearing a splint for           The Heat led 75-71 at the end of the       “Offensively if we could have executed        when he and Wade led Miami to the
   Forwards Giuseppe Rossi, Antonio                 Nowitzki finished with 24 points and       protection.                                 third quarter then extended it to 88-73       and moved the ball we might have been         title five years ago.
Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini scored             11 rebounds for the Mavericks, who               “I got caught up trying to cut off his   in the fourth quarter and appeared to be      able to stem the tide.”                          O’Neal announced his retirement
one each in what was a walk in the park          levelled the series at 1-1 and handed                                                                                                      LeBron James finished with at least        Wednesday after 19 brilliant seasons in
for the Azzurri against poor opponents.          the Heat their first loss at home in this                                                                                               20 points for the sixth playoff game in       the NBA that netted him four NBA
   Although coach Cesare Prandlli had            post-season.                                                                                                                            a row but couldn’t hit a late basket,         championship rings.
claimed before the game that he expect-             “What a huge swing that was,”                                                                                                        unlike game one when he carried the              Dallas raised their physical play a
ed it to be tougher than their meeting in        Nowitzki said. “It was a huge come-                                                                                                     Heat on his back down the stretch.            notch Thursday and the Heat respond-
Tallinn in September — where Italy               back. We never gave up.”                                                                                                                   Said Bosh, “I don’t know what hap-         ed in kind with plenty of pushing and
scraped a 2-1 success — this was any-               Nowitzki, who played through an                                                                                                      pened. We were playing against the            shoving under the baskets and one-on-
thing but competitive. On seven minutes          injured finger on his left hand, got open                                                                                               shot clock pretty much the whole end          one battles for loose balls.
Cassano pounced on a defender’s slip             and drove past Miami’s Chris Bosh on                                                                                                    of the fourth quarter.”                          The Mavericks wanted to get more
but his chipped finish was easy for goal-        the winning basket for the easy layup                                                                                                      Shawn Marion finished with 20              production out of their supporting cast
keeper Sergei Pareiko. Martin Vunk had           in front of a crowd of 20,003 at the                                                                                                    points and eight rebounds. He and             and it worked Thursday, including
a speculative crack from distance for the                                                                                                                                                Nowitzki got plenty of help from the          from guard DeShawn Stevenson.
visitors but dragged it wide.                                                                                                                                                            supporting cast Thursday as four                 He was able to provide the added
   On 14 minutes Rossi played a great                            TENNIS                                                                                                                  Mavericks finished in double figures.         energy and muscle from the opening
pass down the inside right channel for                                                                                                                                                   Guard Jason Kidd also had six points          tip-off that was missing when the Heat
Cassano but he shot straight at Pareiko,         AmericanAirlines arena.                                                                                                                 and eight assists.                            pushed the Mavericks around in game
who saved with his legs.                            Dallas’ come-from-behind win also                                                                                                       “We were down 15 and then went on          one.
   From Pirlo’s resulting corner Rossi’s         spoiled a 36-point performance by                                                                                                       a 4-0 run,” Mavericks coach Rick                 Stevenson shot three-of-six from the
flicked header had Pareiko scrambling it         Miami’s Dwyane Wade.                                                                                                                    Carlisle said. “We have been down big         field and finished with nine points.
clear at his near post. Rossi was causing           Miami had been sending two men to                                                                                                    a couple of times in the playoffs and we         But Carlisle was most impressed
all sorts of problems and he managed to          cover Nowitzki for most of the series                                                                                                   have shown the ability to come back.”         with the gutsy performance by
skip inside Tavvi Rahn but Pareiko came          but chose not to with the game on the                                                                                                      This year’s final is a rematch of the      Nowitzki.
out well to block his shot.                      line. They also decided not to try and                                                                                                  2006 NBA championship, which                     “You play and you play if you are
   Estonia could only take pot shots from        foul and send Nowitzki to the free                                                                                                      Miami took in six games for their first       feeling pain,” he said. “You make your-
outside the box and Tarmo Kink had a             throw line where he is a perfect 15-for-                                                                                                title in franchise history. Dallas have       self numb so you don’t feel the pain.
whack that flew wide.                            15 in this series.                            Dallas Mavericks’ Shawn Marion shoots past Miami Heat’s LeBron James (6)                  never won the NBA championship in             You’ve got to play and you’ve got to be
   Italy got the goal their dominance               “I drove a little earlier than I normal-   during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Finals basketball game June 2. (AP)            the 31 years they have been in the            a warrior.”
deserved on 21 minutes as a Rahn mis-
take handed the ball to Cassano, who
slipped it to Rossi.                             Cup with Barcelona at Wembley - but if                   Romania 3 Bosnia 0               campaign against bottom team                  told a news conference.                       ing.
   The Villarreal man beat two defenders         the return was an emotional one in a sea-        Two goals from Ciprian Marica and        Luxembourg in September while Bosnia             “Our rivals today showed the kind of          Belgium maintained their one-point
but seemed to have gone too wide until           son which saw him undergo surgery on a        one by Adrian Mutu gave Romania a 3-        entertain Albania on Tuesday.                 soccer that is played at the international    cushion over Turkey but wasted a great
he fired a rasper across Pareiko into the        kidney tumour in March it was also not        0 win over Bosnia on Friday, their sec-              Kazakhs 2 Azerbaijan 0               level. As for my team, I am very upset.       chance when Axel Witsel missed a
bottom far corner.                               entirely a successful one. The left back      ond victory in Euro 2012 qualifying.           Kazakhstan beat fellow Group A out-        We have a young team and for 90               penalty with 15 minutes left.
             France 1 Belarus 1                  promptly put through his own net on 20           Romania have eight points from six       siders Azerbaijan for their first win in      straight minutes it can’t display the kind       Turkey, coached by Chelsea target
   French coach Laurent Blanc cvould             minutes and although Florent Malouda -        games in Group D while Bosnia are on        Euro 2012 qualifying on Friday, with          of soccer we play while training.”            Guus Hiddink, have a game in hand on
not hide his frustration as France               playing out on the right - levelled within    seven points from five matches.             two goals from Sergey Gridin.                    Gridin put Kazakhstan ahead in the         the Belgians in the chase for a playoff
laboured to a 1-1 draw at Belarus in their       two minutes that was as good as it would         Mutu opened the scoring from close          Azerbaijan had stunned Euro 2008           57th minute before Azerbaijan’s Vugar         spot. Germany lead the way with 18
Euro 2012 Group D qualifier in Minsk             get for the French with striker Karim         range in the 37th minute before Marica      semi-finalists Turkey with a surprise 1-0     Nadirov equalised in the 63rd minute,         points from six matches. The hosts
on Friday.                                       Benzema seemingly having left his             put the game beyond the visitors in the     win last October but were unable to hold      two minutes after coming on as a substi-      opened the scoring after four minutes,
   France still lead the group by a healthy      shooting boots at home.                       41st and 55th. Cristian Sapunaru also       off bottom-placed Kazakhstan who had          tute.                                         Marvin Ogunjimi grabbing his fourth
four points from the eastern Europeans -            The French began with a shock home         missed a penalty for the home team deep     not scored a single goal in their five pre-              Turkey 1 Belgium 1                 goal in six matches as he profited from a
but Les Bleus seem intent on making              loss against Belarus and Blanc, who           into stoppage time.                         vious games.                                     Turkey came from behind to draw 1-1        slip by Turkey left back Caglar Birinci.
heavy weather of their passage to next           came under fire recently over alleged            “It was a very good performance ... I       “This victory was well-deserved. The       with Belgium on Friday, a result that            The visitors equalised midway
summer’s finals in Poland and Ukraine.           proposals to introduce race quotas at         hope this is a new beginning for            Kazakhs played with passion,”                 leaves the visitors best placed to secure     through the first half when Arda Turan
   Eric Abidal was back in French blue           youth level before an internal investiga-     Romania,” Mutu told state television.       Azerbaijan coach Berti Vogts, who for-        second spot behind runaway leaders            ran down the right and set up Burak
less than a week after liting the European       tion cleared him, was clearly vexed.             Romania resume their qualifying          merly coached Germany and Scotland,           Germany in Euro 2012 Group A qualify-         Yilmaz for an easy tap-in.


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