European round-up: Carlo Ancelotti shrugs off Cristiano Ronaldo injury after Real Madrid romp
Monday 25 November 2013
Real Madrid’s 5-0 win over Almeria on Saturday was soured slightly by an injury to Cristiano Ronaldo but Carlo Ancelotti, the Real coach, said there was nothing to worry about after the forward limped off in the second half, having scored the opening goal.
Karim Benzema scored Real’s second on 61 minutes before Gareth Bale, Isco and Alvaro Morata added more late on to keep them six points behind Barcelona, who had beaten Granada 4-0 earlier on Saturday.
“I don’t think it is important,” Ancelotti said of Ronaldo’s injury. “He had a problem with his thigh but I don’t think it will be anything as there was no pain. He will be back soon.”
In Germany, Mario Götze inspired a resounding 3-0 win for Bayern Munich over his former club Borussia Dortmund and his opening goal left the Bundesliga leaders’ coach Pep Guardiola relieved. “We are satisfied. We have won against the best counter-attacking team in the world,” he said.
In France yesterday nine people were injured when St Etienne fans threw seats at local supporters at Nice’s Allianz Arena stadium.
An hour before kick off in the Ligue 1 game, the away fans dismantled their seats and threw them towards the opposing supporters. Stewards unsuccessfully tried to calm them down, with police then moving into the stands to remove the St Etienne fans.
“The few cretins who claim to be supporters do not even realise they ruin the image of football,” league president Frédéric Thiriez said.
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