Short Soccer

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 August, 2012, 1:52am


Hazard will be safe on pitch, says Di Matteo

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo insists Eden Hazard won't become a target for the Premier League's hatchet men after he inspired the Blues to a 2-0 win over Wigan on his debut. New signing Hazard's man-of-the-match display at the DW Stadium on Sunday was a significant statement of intent from the Belgium forward as he set up Branislav Ivanovic's opener and then won the penalty converted by Frank Lampard to seal the points. However, his display did bring out some tough tackling from Wigan. But that didn't worry Di Matteo, who believes rule changes to protect flair players will stop defenders kicking him out of his stride. "I don't think teams will try to hurt him," said Di Matteo. AFP

Top-flight teams crash out of German Cup

Bundesliga teams Werder Bremen, Hamburg, Nuremberg and Eintracht Frankfurt were all knocked out of the German Cup in the first round. Bremen and Hamburg lost to Third Division opposition by the same 4-2 scoreline, with the former going out of the competition after extra-time at Preussen Munster while the latter twice let a lead slip at Karlsruhe. Nuremberg, German Cup winners in 2007, struggled against Havelse before losing 3-2 to their fourth-tier opponents after extra-time. Frankfurt lost 3-0 at Second Division Erzgebirge Aue, who played the last 20 minutes with 10 men. Reuters

Security guards injured after pitch invasion

Tunisian police say 22 security guards were injured after the home fans of Etoile du Sahel threw projectiles and invaded the field during a top-flight league match in Sousse, south of Tunis. The trouble started when Esperance de Tunis scored to go up 2-0 in the 70th minute of the match on Saturday night. Police responded with tear gas and the game was abandoned after the incident. Some of guards suffered serious inuries. AP

Korean Ki to leave Celtic for Swansea

Ki Sung-yueng is on the verge of joining Swansea City after Scottish champions Celtic agreed a £6 million (HK$73 million) deal to sell the South Korea midfielder. The 23-year-old former FC Seoul star has not returned to Celtic since playing for South Korea at the Olympics. "He is a quality player but on the other hand he is keen to move on .. we will be sorry to see him go," Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby said. AFP