Friday, November 8, 2013
Monaco draws 1-1 with Evian in French league
MONACO -- Radamel Falcao scored a tying goal in the 27th minute to give Monaco a 1-1 tie against Evian on Friday night that pulled the hosts within two points of French league leader Paris Saint-Germain.
Daniel Wass outpaced the defense to open the scoring in the 21st minute, and Falcao responded with his ninth league goal this season.
"It's a good point for us," Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri said. "We played poorly, and Evian would have deserved to win 3-1 tonight."
PSG (8-0-4) hosts Nice on Saturday. Monaco (7-1-5) trails Lille (8-2-2) on goal difference.
BARCELONA, Spain -- Granada's Youseff El Arabi scored a hat trick to lead the hosts over Malaga 3-1 in the Spanish league.
Granada's Yacine Brahimi also played a big part in his team's third victory in four games by setting up two of El Arabi's goals after the striker opened the scoring three minutes into the second half following a defensive error.
First-place Barcelona (11-0-1) visits Real Betis on Sunday while second-place Atletico Madrid (11-1) plays at fourth-place Villarreal (7-3-2).
Third-place Real Madrid (9-2-1), which trails Barcelona by six points, hosts Real Sociedad on Saturday.
BERLIN -- American defender Steve Cherundolo dressed for the first time this season but did not enter the match in Eintracht Braunschweig's 0-0 tie at Hannover on Friday night, the Bundesliga's first Lower Saxony derby in 37 years on Friday.
The 34-year-old right back, a member of the last three U.S. World Cup teams, had left knee surgery in February and returned for five games in April and May. Cherundolo, Hannover's captain, had another knee operation in August.
Braunschweig is back in the Bundesliga after 28 years.
A flare landed on the field during the game, and there was a heavy police presence.