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Soccer Digest, February 27, 2013

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 February, 2013, 4:56am

Scoreless draw leaves Napoli six points behind Juventus

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri refused to point the finger after a scoreless draw against Udinese left them six points off top-placed Juventus. "If we played like that against Juventus we'd still have given them a game," the coach said. "Obviously the win would have been better but we simply didn't have the rub of the green." Lazio beat Pescara 2-0 to go third. AFP

 

Injury-prone Forrest hopes troubles are in the past

Celtic midfielder James Forrest is hoping he has put his injury nightmares behind him as he targets a run in the first team. The Scotland international is slowly returning to full fitness after a stop-start season due to a number of injury worries. And after scoring in the 5-0 demolition of Dundee on Sunday, Forrest is hoping to retain his starting slot for the match against Motherwell at Fir Park tonight. "I have done a lot of running with the sports scientist and I feel good. I just need to get more games," Forrest said. "It has been really frustrating to come back and then get injured. They have been niggling injuries, so hopefully I can have a bit of luck and stay fit for the rest of the season." AFP

 

Beckham will start for PSG clash against Marseille

Three days after clashing in the league, bitter rivals Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille meet again at the Parc des Princes in the last 16 of the French Cup tonight, with David Beckham a starter for the home side. Beckham made his long-awaited debut for the capital club when he came off the bench for the final 15 minutes of Sunday's game, which PSG won 2-0. Beckham will replace suspended midfielder Marco Verratti. "I'm close to being 100 per cent fit now," he said. "But I never expect to start a game because we've got many great players in and I'm just very happy to be part of the squad." AFP, AP

 

Dortmund look to upset Bayern's 'perfect season'

Holders Borussia Dortmund are aiming to shatter Bayern Munich's "perfect season" when Germany's top two teams collide in tonight's crunch German Cup quarter-final in a repeat of last season's final. "For them, it's a perfect season, for us it is like a Champions League away game," said Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp. Bayern Munich is a commanding 17 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, with Borussia second in the league. "We know that we are one of the few clubs on the planet who can beat Bayern," said Klopp. "We have ambitions … but we need a good performance. You can't beat Bayern by playing at just 98 per cent," he said of the match to be held at Munich's Allianz Arena. AFP

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