Friday, August 23, 2013
Dortmund beats Bremen 1-0 in Bundesliga
BERLIN -- Robert Lewandowski scored to give Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 victory over Werder Bremen on Friday in the Bundesliga.
Lewandowski scored in the 55th minute. Marco Reus crossed from the right to give the Poland striker an easy finish from close range.
Dortmund, last season's Champions League runner-up, created numerous chances before that, but lacked the efficiency to turn them into goals.
"We need to look at it and see what we can do better. At the moment all I can say is that we didn't put the ball in. But there are reasons for that," Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said.
Jakub Blaszczykowski rattled the crossbar in the first half, and Bremen captain Aaron Hunt twice cleared off the line.
"Something's still missing. We're not yet at 100 percent," said Marco Reus, who had eight efforts on goal alone.
Marko Arnautovic almost gave Bremen the lead before the break, when his low effort whizzed past the post in his side's only chance of the first half.
"We should have had more of these scenes," Bremen coach Robin Dutt said.
Dortmund substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a chance to seal the win in the 75th, only to be denied in a one-on-one with Bremen goalkeeper Sebastian Mielitz.
Roman Weidenfeller then pulled off a good save to deny Bremen substitute Franco di Santo a late equalizer on the Argentine's Bundesliga debut.
Lewandowski's goal was the first Bremen conceded this season, in its third game. Dortmund maintained its perfect record.
The only previous two times when Dortmund started the season with three wins, the side went on to win the title in 2001-02 and 1994-95.
MONACO -- Monaco dominated but was held to a 0-0 draw by Toulouse on Friday as it dropped points for the first time this season.
Jeremy Toulalan almost scored a stunning late winner for Monaco, but his 30-yard effort smashed off the woodwork.
Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere almost scored his fifth goal in three matches in the 19th minute when he cut in between two defenders into the penalty area and unleashed a shot which was parried by Ali Ahamada.
Yannick Ferreira Carrasco missed a good chance for Monaco as he pounced on a loose ball in the area but blasted over from four yards out.
Toulouse's only real chance was when Oscar Trejo fired inches wide of the right upright.
The match was played in an empty stadium as punishment following crowd trouble in Monaco's match against Le Mans last season.
Monaco, which was promoted to the top division last season and has spent heavily on top players in the summer, was looking to make it three wins out of three. The last promoted team to have achieved that feat was Toulouse, 31 years ago.
"It was a very good match," Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri said. "We played well in the first half. We just lacked a goal. In contrast, there was a lot of nervousness in our team in the second half. The players wanted to win, they were looking for the goal.
"But it's not possible to win every match. Moreover, the atmosphere was very difficult. The players are used to playing in front of fans. This type of team is defensive. It's normal. We were expecting that. But I am fairly satisfied."
Toulouse has two points from its opening three matches.
BARCELONA, Spain -- Athletic Bilbao beat Osasuna 2-0 on Friday to stay perfect through two rounds of the Spanish league, while Angel Lafita scored one goal and earned a late penalty to help Getafe salvage a 2-2 draw at home against Almeria.
Bilbao's victory came at Anoeta Stadium, the home of regional Basque rival Real Sociedad, with Bilbao's new San Mames Stadium still under construction.
Supported by thousands of fans who had made the trip, Bilbao almost got off to a perfect start when Aritz Aduriz hit the post in the opening minute.
Instead, Bilbao went ahead in the 31st when Osasuna's Alejandro Arribas knocked Markel Susaeta's cross into his own net shortly after the defender had saved a goal-bound shot by Aduriz.
Bilbao took control of the ball in the second half, and substitute Oscar de Marcos sealed the win in the 82nd on the break with Osasuna pressing all its men forward in search of the equalizer its toothless attack couldn't produce.
"This was an important win," De Marcos said. "Next week we go to (Real Madrid's Santiago) Bernabeu and it's good to get this win at home. Even though this isn't our home, it felt like it. Everyone would like to be in Bilbao, but the team is very grateful to our fans. Our fans never disappoint us."
At Getafe, the promoted Almeria squandered a lead and a strong performance for the second consecutive match and will have to wait until round three for another chance at its first victory.
Almeria striker Rodrigo Rios scored his third goal this season on the half-hour mark when he fired Jesus "Suso" Fernandez's pass off the post and into the net.
Lafita leveled for Getafe with a well-placed header inside the far post two minutes later, but Fernando Soriano scored from a rebound in the 37th to restore the visitors' advantage.
Goalkeeper Miguel Moya kept Getafe in the game before Diego Castro converted a spot kick in the 85th after Rafael Ramos fouled Lafita in the area.