Short Soccer, March 4, 2013

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 March, 2013, 3:12am


Suarez 'player of the year', Reds boss says

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes in-form striker Luis Suarez should be named player of the year after the Uruguayan grabbed a hat-trick in the 4-0 win at Wigan. Suarez took his Premier League goal tally for the season to 21 - and 28 in all competitions - as the Merseysiders moved into seventh spot in the table. "For me, there is not a better striker at the moment," said Rodgers. "He is clearly the player of the year, for myself and for many people around the country. He is absolutely incredible. Forget about his quality, it is his hunger and desire." Rodgers said he was unconcerned that Suarez may want to leave Anfield in the summer in search of Champions League football next season. "He has a real affinity here with the players, he is a real leader within the group for us. The supporters adore him, he loves the city and I think he genuinely sees there is a bright future for us." AFP


Redknapp angered by reports of 'stag party'

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp denied reports that his players behaved unprofessionally during a recent trip to Dubai. Redknapp reacted angrily to the claims that emerged on the morning of his side's 2-1 victory at Southampton, which breathed new life into their battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League. A newspaper story suggested that Rangers players' drank excessively during a five-day break that was likened to a "stag party", prior to the recent defeat by Manchester United. But Redknapp said: "It's an absolute load of nonsense. There were six or seven teams out there and we were the only team that trained every day." Redknapp did concede that his players had been given the all-clear to enjoy one night out, but blamed a player's agent for the emergence of the report. AFP


PSG lose for second time in three games

Paris Saint-Germain suffered another shock defeat, going down 1-0 away to struggling Reims despite the hosts having to play with 10 men for the final half an hour. Polish midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak netted the all-important goal just six minutes after Christopher Glombard had been sent off. The introduction of David Beckham for the final 26 minutes could not prevent the Paris club slipping to their fifth Ligue 1 defeat this season, and their second in three outings. AFP


Lennon targets win at Juve after cup victory

Celtic manager Neil Lennon says his side's Scottish Cup win against St Mirren will give his players a huge boost going into their Champion League tie against Juventus. The Hoops head to Turin on Wednesday to take on the Italian league leaders in the second leg of their last-16 tie. Juventus comfortably won the first leg 3-0 in Glasgow, giving Lennon's side a mountain to climb if they are to make the quarter-finals. But after seeing off St Mirren 2-1 to book a place in the Scottish Cup semi-finals, the Celtic boss said he would love to see his side end their Champions League campaign with a win against Antonio Conte's side. "We want to try and make it look like the scoreline at Celtic Park was a e bit flattering to Juventus." AFP


Lewandowski stars as Dortmund bounce back

Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski scored twice in a 3-1 Bundesliga victory over Hanover 96, as Jürgen Klopp's side put their midweek German Cup exit to Bayern Munich behind them. Dortmund, who host Shakhtar Donetsk tomorrow night for a spot in the Champions League last eight, consolidated second spot on 46 points, with third-placed Bayer Leverkusen - who scored twice in the last eight minutes to beat VfB Stuttgart 2-1 - a point behind. Lewandowski was able to play after he had his three-game ban for a red card reduced to two on Friday. Reuters