Short Soccer, November 5, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 November, 2012, 4:33am


Leaders Barca enjoy best start to season

Real Madrid beat Zaragoza 4-0 but remain eight points behind record-breaking Barcelona, who won 3-1 against Celta Vigo to go three points ahead of the pack in the Primera Liga. Real's Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Maria struck in a two-minute blitz midway through the first half, while Michael Essien and Luka Modric added another two late on but it will be difficult to claw back the Catalan side, who have made their best start to a season. Barcelona now have nine wins and a draw, which beats their previous record by Louis van Gaal's 1997-98 side. AFP


Neymar fires hat-trick in Santos victory

Neymar scored a hat-trick to lead Santos to a 4-0 win at Cruzeiro in the Brazilian championship, where his performance earned him a standing ovation from the home supporters. The 20-year-old took his tally to 12 goals in the competition even though he has missed a number of games. "I'm overcome, it makes me want to cry," Neymar said after Cruzeiro fans, who had initially booed their own team, chanted his name and applauded him off the pitch. Reuters


Ibrahimovic sent off as PSG loses to Entienne

French leaders Paris Saint-Germain lost their unbeaten league record and lost top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic to a red card in a 2-1 home loss to Saint-Etienne. An own goal from centreback Mamadou Sakho gave the visitors the lead in the 55th minute, and striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made it 2-0 in the 73rd. The defeat put an end to PSG's four-match winning run in all competitions. "We deserved to lose tonight because Saint-Etienne played better," PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti said. Ibrahimovic was sent off for kicking goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier in the chest. Guillaume Hoarau pulled a late goal back for PSG but it was too little, too late. AP


Central Coast run riot against Sydney FC

Daniel McBreen bagged the first hat-trick by a Central Coast player in the A-League in a record 7-2 win over Sydney FC, who floundered in the absence of their international star Alessandro Del Piero. Del Piero was withdrawn shortly before kick-off with a hamstring injury. A crowd of 15,686 - Central Coast's biggest in five years - was treated in the absence of the former Juventus star to a one-sided goal-fest. AP