Hole­bas gives Wat­ford win at Mid­dles­brough in Premier League

Va­len­cia gets win in Pran­delli’s de­but

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Foot­ball in Spain

Jose Hole­bas lit up an un­spec­tac­u­lar game with an eye-catch­ing goal to give Wat­ford a 1-0 win at Mid­dles­brough in the Premier League yes­ter­day.

The 32-year-old Greek mid­fielder sent a shot from the edge of the penalty area soar­ing into the top of the net in the 54th minute at the River­side sta­dium in north­east Eng­land.

Wat­ford climbed to 10th place as Mid­dles­brough re­mained win­less at home this sea­son since re­turn­ing to the Premier League and only out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone on goal dif­fer­ence.

“I know for ev­ery­body it is not a nice mo­ment,” Mid­dles­brough man­ager Ai­tor Karanka said af­ter a fourth loss in five league games. For­mer Italy man­ager Ce­sare Pran­delli got off to a good start in his coach­ing de­but in the Span­ish league yes­ter­day, lead­ing Va­len­cia to a dif­fi­cult win at Sport­ing Gi­jon and lift­ing the club out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Play­ing smart foot­ball with quick tran­si­tions and ef­fi­cient ball pos­ses­sion, Va­len­cia de­feated Sport­ing 2-1 with two goals by striker Mario Suarez at El Moli­non Sta­dium.

It was the team’s third win in eight rounds as Va­len­cia reached 14th place with nine points, two more than Sport­ing, now in the rel­e­ga­tion zone af­ter its fifth straight loss.

The top four teams in the league played on Satur­day. Atletico Madrid thrashed Granada 7-1 to

“We have to be pos­i­tive be­cause we have a strong group of play­ers, so we have to keep go­ing. If we don’t be­lieve our­selves, who can be­lieve in us?”

Austin scores twice as Southamp­ton beats Burn­ley 3-1

Southamp­ton striker Char­lie Austin scored twice against for­mer club Burn­ley in a con­vinc­ing 3-1 Premier League win.

Even with Shane Long, James Ward-Prowse and Pierre EmileHo­jb­jerg on the bench, Southamp­ton re­tained a strong look and climbed to eighth in the stand­ings.

Sun­day's home fix­ture rep­re­sented Southamp­ton's first game in a run of seven in 22 days, with main­tain its lead with 18 points. Real Madrid, which won 6-1 at Real Betis, also has 18 points, but a worse goal dif­fer­ence than the city ri­val.

Barcelona de­feated De­portivo La Coruna 4-0 at home in the re­turn of Lionel Messi, stay­ing in fourth place with 16 points, one less than Sevilla, which won 3-2 at Le­ganes.

Va­len­cia scored first with Suarez’s right-footed shot from in­side the area af­ter a cross in the sev­enth minute, but Sport­ing striker Car­los Cas­tro equal­ized with a close-range header in the 41st.

Suarez’s win­ner came with an easy shot from in front of the goal af­ter Sport­ing de­fend­ers failed to clear a ball crossed into the area in the 65th. a trip to In­ter Mi­lan in the Europa League on Thurs­day fol­lowed by an away match at Manch­ester City.

A third loss in four left pro­moted Burn­ley only a point above the rel­e­ga­tion zone. But Southamp­ton took un­til seven min­utes into the sec­ond half to break through Burn­ley's re­sis­tance.

Dusan Tadic’s cor­ner was headed across goal by Vir­gil van Dijk. Austin, from his sec­ond at­tempt amid Burn­ley's des­per­ate de­fend­ing, fi­nally stabbed his first goal into the back of the net from di­rectly in front of goal.

Southamp­ton's sec­ond goal pro­vided by Nathan Red­mond on the hour - was of a higher

The 59-year-old Pran­delli, who coached Italy from 2010-14, was hired just be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break to re­place Pako Ayestaran, who be­gan the sea­son with four straight losses.

Pran­delli is Va­len­cia’s eighth full-time man­ager since Unai Emery’s four-year stint ended in 2012.

Owned by Sin­ga­pore in­vestor Peter Lim since 2014, Va­len­cia is the last team other than Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico to win the league ti­tle, in 2004.

ATH. BIL­BAO 3, REAL SO­CIEDAD 2

Fifth-placed Ath­letic got the bet­ter of Basque ri­val Real So­ciedad to earn its fifth win in its last six games.

The hosts con­ceded early at San qual­ity. In space in the penalty area af­ter an­other cor­ner, Red­mond waited for the ball to ar­rive at his feet be­fore send­ing a low fin­ish into the bot­tom right be­yond goal­keeper Tom Heaton’s reach.

Southamp­ton went fur­ther in front six min­utes later. Af­ter Jo­hann Berg Gud­munds­son brought down Sam McQueen, Austin made it seven goals in six games by con­vert­ing a penalty.

A con­so­la­tion ar­rived for Burn­ley when the north-west club was awarded a penalty in the 72nd minute. Ref­eree Mike Dean felt Tadic had fouled Ben Mee, al­low­ing Sam Vokes to be­come the first player to score against Southamp­ton in 612 min­utes. Memes Sta­dium but ral­lied with three sec­ond-half goals, in­clud­ing a nice lob from out­side the area by vet­eran striker Aritz Aduriz.

Ath­letic had won four in a row be­fore a loss at Malaga in the pre­vi­ous round.

It trails lead­ers Atletico and Real Madrid by three points.

ALAVES 1, MALAGA 1

Pro­moted Alaves was close to win­ning for the third time this sea­son un­til con­ced­ing a late goal against Malaga.

Brazil­ian striker Deyver­son had put the hosts ahead in the ninth minute but Roberto Rosales evened the match in the 85th.

Alaves, which beat Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the third round, is ninth with 10 points. Malaga is 13th, one point be­hind. Man City Arse­nal Tot­ten­ham Liver­pool Chelsea Ever­ton Man United Southamp­ton Crys­tal Palace Wat­ford Bournemouth West Brom Le­ices­ter Burn­ley West Ham Hull City M’boro Stoke City Swansea Sun­der­land

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