European soccer wrap: Frankfurt captain sees red for coach hit, Lyon bus stoned

The Sydney Morning Herald Sports 3 weeks ago

'He just ran me over'

Freiburg's home Bundesliga win over Eintracht Frankfurt ended in chaos and red cards after visiting captain David Abraham was sent off for knocking over the hosts' coach Christian Streich.

The 1-0 victory lifted Freiburg to fourth as Frankfurt the game with nine men.

Nils Petersen scored the winner for Freiburg in the 77th minute against a Frankfurt side down to 10 men shortly before half-time when Fernandes was sent off for a second booking. Frankfurt then ended the match with nine after Abraham was shown a red card in stoppage time for barging over Streich on the touchline.

The incident led to a melee on the pitch near the touchline involving several players and coaching staff before Abraham, who had shortly before been booked for a tackle from behind, was dismissed.

After a video review on a touchline monitor, Freiburg's Vincenzo Grifo, who had earlier been substituted, was also shown a red card for grabbing Abraham in the face in the confrontation.

Streich told Sky TV that Abraham "was just so charged up and blew a fuse because he wanted to win the game and was emotional, that's all."

He said he saw the player coming "but I couldn't get out the way, he just ran me over."

Frankfurt sports director Fredi Bobic said Abraham felt provoked as he ran to collect the ball which had run out of play and past Streich standing on the touchline.

"He felt provoked but that shouldn't happen, he knows that," Bobic told Sky. "There will be consequences for all involved."

Frankfurt, who had beaten champions Bayern Munich 5-1 last week, slip to ninth. Elsewhere, Patrick Herrmann scored twice as Borussia Moenchegladbach downed visitors Werder Bremen 3-1 to go four points clear at the top while Bayer Leverkusen enjoyed a 2-0 win at Wolfsburg.

'It's a disgrace, it's just sick'

The bus taking Lyon to their Ligue 1 match in Marseille was stoned by home fans who Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said had been lying in wait for them.

The bus was left with two entirely shattered windows after an ambush on Sunday en route to the Stade Velodrome, that echoed similar attacks at the corresponding fixture in 2016, 2018 and May 2019.

"We're not taking it anymore," said Aulas.

Aulas was furious and threatened to boycott the fixture, which kicked-off before a Marseille record crowd of just over 65,000 fans.

"We were bombarded with stones, bottles and other projectiles. It's a disgrace, it's just sick," an unidentified passenger on the bus told regional newspaper La Provence.

On the field, Dimitri Payet scored twice as Marseille held on with 10 men to claim a 2-1 victory that moved the team up to second place, eight points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain, while Lyon are in 14th.

Ronaldo unhappy after substitution call

Juventus stayed top of Serie A with a 1-0 win over strugglers AC Milan thanks to Paulo Dybala's fine strike after Cristiano Ronaldo was substituted for the second game in a row and walked straight down the tunnel, clearly unhappy at the decision.

Ronaldo's replacement Dybala scored in the 77th minute with a goal the Portuguese would have been proud of. After a quick exchange of passes, the Argentine twisted past Alessio Romagnoli and beat Gianluigi Donnarumma with a right foot shot.

Ronaldo was taken off in the 55th minute, his earliest substitution since he joined Juve at the start of last season and the first time he has been replaced twice in succession.

Despite producing a lacklustre display, Ronaldo gave coach Maurizio Sarri a dirty look, muttered something under his breath and walked straight down the tunnel.

Ronaldo also looked unhappy after being taken off during Wednesday's Champions League match at Lokomotiv Moscow, although Sarri said it was to avoid risking injury as the 34-year-old had complained of knee and thigh problems.

Ronaldo appeared to be unhappy with the decision to bring him off.

Gazzetta dello Sport said Ronaldo left the stadium before the final whistle but Sarri denied there was a rift with the five-time World Player of the Year.

"There is no problem with Cristiano, and I thank him because he has played while not in perfect condition," he told reporters.

"The important thing is that he makes himself available. He gets angry when he is taken off but that is part of the game.

"It [his condition] is affecting his performances and he is not at his best at the moment. All players who are trying to give their best will have to be annoyed for at least five minutes when they are substituted."

Sevilla go fourth after derby win

Sevilla have recorded a 2-1 win over rivals Real Betis to win the 127th Seville derby and climb into fourth spot on the La Liga table.

Luis Ocampos' fifth goal of the season gave the visitors a 13th-minute lead but Betis levelled in the closing seconds of the first half when Loren Moron volleyed home from close range.

Sevilla regained their advantage 10 minutes after the break, midfielder Ever Banega slipping in Luuk De Jong for the Dutch striker to rifle into the roof of the net, and Julen Lopetegui's men held on to it to move above Real Sociedad.

Alvaro Morata scored for the sixth successive game as Atletico Madrid rose to third – a point behind top two Barcelona and Real Madrid, albeit having played a game more – by beating Espanyol 3-1.


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