Short Soccer, November 8, 2012

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 November, 2012, 3:17am

Galaxy won't change tactics, says Beckham

David Beckham says reigning champions Los Angeles Galaxy will not change their approach to today's Major League Soccer play-off match at San Jose just because a loss will end their season. Galaxy lost the first leg 1-0. "Our mindset doesn't change going into the game, whether it was 0-0 or obviously, the result we got," Beckham said. "There's no reason why we can't beat them." AFP

Speculation linking Guardiola to AC mounts

Rumours of Pep Guardiola's interest in taking over at AC Milan gathered pace when the agent and brother of the former Barcelona supremo was seen with officials from the Serie A club. Italy's biggest selling newspaper, sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport, said Guardiola's brother Pere and former Barcelona assistant coach Manuel Estiarte were seen with club chief executive Adriano Galliani. AC Milan denied the meeting took place. AFP

Trio arrested for snatching Hulk's sister

Three people have been arrested for their alleged participation in the kidnapping of the younger sister of Brazil striker Hulk, the 26-year-old Zenit St Petersburg player. The sister's boss was among those taken into custody, police said. Angelica Aparecida Vieira de Souza, 22, was released after the suspected kidnappers got into a row about the ransom. One of them was upset and decided to let her go. They were going to ask for US$150,000, police said. AP

Atletico on verge of Europa knockout stage

Defending champions Atletico Madrid head a list of teams that can advance to the knockout stages of the Europa League tonight, as the group phase reaches the business end. But Atletico will be without Colombian star Radamel Falcao with manager Diego Simeone naming a youthful squad for the trip to Portugal. "If one player plays and another doesn't, it isn't a problem. We are all working very hard under a fantastic coach who is like a friend to us," midfielder Emre Belozoglu said. Reuters

Eliseu elated Malaga in Champs League final 16

Malaga have come a long way since Eliseu joined the Andalusian club in 2007 and the Portuguese had to pinch himself after scoring the goal that put the Champions League debutants into the last 16 with two games to spare. Eliseu's clinical strike in the 1-1 draw at seven-times winners AC Milan was his third goal of the competition. "It feels as if it were only yesterday that we were down in the second division fighting to the death. Now we are here sealing qualification in the San Siro, it's a dream." Reuters