Malaga miss out on chance to go third
Malaga lost 2-1 at home to Real Sociedad and missed the chance to go third in La Liga, with Xabi Prieto poaching a winner for the side from San Sebastian on 59 minutes. Ex-Arsenal star Carlos Vela had put Sociedad ahead after just 48 seconds, before former Real Madrid striker Javier Saviola equalised for the home team before the interval. A Malaga win would have put the Costa del Sol side above Betis, who lost 2-1 at home to Granada on Friday night, and Real Madrid, who were to play at Levante last night, but Malaga never impressed in a duel between two closely matched sides. Bottom side Osasuna came away from their clash at second-from-bottom Espanyol with a vital 3-0 victory that keeps them in touch with the rest of the league. Reuters
South China back on top after Tuen Mun win
South China moved back to the top of the RedMR First Division after overcoming a resilient Tuen Mun 2-1 yesterday. Brazilian midfielder Manoel Santos scored the winner in the second half after teammate Luk Chi-ho's strike was cancelled out by Mauricio da Luz in first-half stoppage-time. With 20 points from eight matches, the Caroliners are one point ahead of champions Kitchee. "There is still a long way to go in the league journey and we have to stay focused if we want to win the title back from Kitchee," said defender Man Pei-tak. Elsewhere, 39-year-old Detinho scored a hat-trick as a second-half substitute for Citizen, who defeated Wofoo Tai Po 7-3 at Mong Kok Stadium. Tai Po were leading 3-2 before the break, but the introduction of the towering veteran made the difference. With only one win from eight games, Tai Po are second from the bottom in the league table with just six points, three ahead of cellar dwellers Sunray Cave Sun Hei, who have yet to win a game. Chan Kin-wa
Coach quits, citing Del Piero 'pressure'
Under-pressure Sydney FC coach Ian Crook has resigned after only six matches in charge, saying the extra attention brought by the arrival of Italian great Alessandro Del Piero had taken a toll on his health. Crook, a former Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City midfielder, stepped down with the club sitting in eighth place in the 10-team A-League, with just two wins this season. The 49-year-old Englishman had been on shaky ground after his team were thrashed 7-2 at Central Coast Mariners last week. A 3-2 home loss to Melbourne Victory on Saturday, after they were leading 2-0 with 15 minutes to play, compounded the pressure. "All this media has become a bit of a burden," said Crook. "With Alessandro coming, the whole thing has become a bit bigger. Reuters