Short Soccer, March 14, 2013

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 March, 2013, 4:27am


Cardiff snatch draw deep into injury time

Championship leaders Cardiff left it deep into injury time to snatch a point in a 1-1 home draw with Leicester. Rudy Gestede headed a dramatic equaliser, two minutes into stoppage time, as the late-goal specialists spared their blushes to stay four points clear of Hull. Michael Keane's second-half header looked to have nudged Cardiff to their second defeat in three home games, but substitute Gestede popped up to nod in Andrew Taylor's cross. Sam Byram salvaged a 1-1 draw for Leeds but his side's hopes of closing in on a play-off place ended in frustration as struggling Peterborough made it three games unbeaten on their travels. Barnsley breathed fresh life into their survival fight with a 2-1 victory which did further damage to Brighton's stuttering play-off ambitions. AFP


Red Devil Zaha charged over obscene gesture

Manchester United forward Wilfried Zaha has been charged with improper conduct over allegations he made an obscene gesture to Leeds United supporters while playing on loan for Crystal Palace. Zaha joined United from Palace in the January transfer window for an initial fee of £10 million (HK$115.5 million) but was promptly loaned back to the Championship club. Zaha, 20, appeared to make an offensive gesture towards Leeds' fans after being barracked during Palace's 2-2 draw against Leeds at the weekend. He later apologised on Twitter, writing: "I ... wanted to apologise for the gesture I did towards the Leeds fans in yesterday's game. Very unprofessional from me." AFP


Southampton pay for players' misbehaviour

Southampton have been charged with failing to control their players during last Saturday's 0-0 draw at Norwich City in the Premier League. The charge relates to an incident at the end of the game that saw referee Mark Clattenburg surrounded by furious Southampton players after awarding Norwich an injury-time penalty. However, goalkeeper Artur Boruc saved the spot-kick from Grant Holt, which left the Saints four points above the relegation zone with nine games to play. AFP