So­lari thrilled with Madrid derby win

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - WORLD - Agen­cies

MADRID:REAL Madrid coach San­ti­ago So­lari was thrilled by his team’s 3-1 derby vic­tory over Atletico Madrid on Satur­day as the Euro­pean cham­pi­ons forced their way back into the La Liga ti­tle race.

Casemiro, Ser­gio Ramos and Gareth Bale’s goals al­lowed Real to con­demn Atletico to their first home de­feat of the sea­son and move within five points of Barca.

“It was a team per­for­mance, strong in ev­ery as­pect, prob­a­bly our best game since De­cem­ber,” So­lari told re­porters. “The key was the play­ers as it al­ways is, we’re all part of the team. The phys­i­cal­ity, the de­liv­ery, the heart and the tal­ent is all theirs, they de­serve the credit.”

CA­VANI TO MISS CLASH AGAINST UNITED

Paris:edin­son Ca­vani will sit out of the first leg of Paris Saint-ger­main’s Cham­pi­ons League game with Manch­ester United, the club con­firmed on Sun­day say­ing the striker had sus­tained dam­age to a ten­don in his hip.

PSG are al­ready miss­ing Ney­mar, side­lined un­til at least April with a foot in­jury, while Manch­ester United have won 10 of their 11 games un­der new coach Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer.

“The tests car­ried out have shown an in­jury in the right hip. The treat­ment and the amount of re­cov­ery time will de­pend on how he re­acts over the next few days,” PSG said on their web­site.

NAPOLI STUM­BLE AT FIORENTINA; IN­TER WIN

ROME: Napoli could fin­ish the week­end trail­ing Serie A lead­ers Ju­ven­tus by 11 points af­ter Carlo Ancelotti’s waste­ful side stut­tered to a 0-0 draw at Fiorentina on Satur­day, as Lau­taro Mar­tinez scored the only goal to get In­ter Mi­lan back win­ning against pro­moted Parma.

Both sides start their Europa League cam­paigns af­ter crash­ing out of the Cham­pi­ons League with Napoli trav­el­ling to FC Zurich and In­ter Mi­lan away to Rapid Vi­enna in their round of the 32, first leg ties. Fiorentina’s Al­ban La­font pro­duced a string of saves to deny Piotr Zielin­ski and Dries Mertens as Napoli failed to score away from home for the third game run­ning.

NANTES PAY FI­NAL TRIB­UTE TO SALA

PARIS: Nantes paid a fi­nal trib­ute to for­mer striker Emil­iano Sala in a 4-2 home de­feat against Nimes in Ligue 1 on Sun­day, three days af­ter the Ar­gen­tine was con­firmed dead in a plane crash. There was a minute of ap­plause be­fore kick­off and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Cardiff City came to La Beau­joire Sta­dium to hand the French club a shirt from the Welsh side. La Beau­joire was at ca­pac­ity af­ter tick­ets were sold for €9 in ref­er­ence to Sala’s shirt num­ber. Fans also chanted a song in mem­ory of Sala in the ninth minute of the game.

Else­where, Andy Delort’s late penalty sal­vaged a 2-2 draw for Mont­pel­lier against Monaco.

REUTERS

Fans hold a ban­ner as a trib­ute to Emil­iano Sala dur­ing the game be­tween Nantes and Nimes on Sun­day.

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