MADRID (AP): Video review helped Real Madrid beat Espanyol 1-0 and go to the top of the Spanish league yesterday. Marco Asensio’s first-half goal was initially waived off for offside, but was confirmed by the video assistant referee. Madrid are one point ahead of Barcelona, who play today against Girona at Camp Nou Stadium. Madrid rested regulars such as Gareth Bale and Marcelo following their opening win against Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday. Thibaut Courtois, playing in goal after Keylor Navas started in the Champions League, saved Madrid in the first half, and Borja Iglesias almost equalised but struck the crossbar in the second half after a mistake by Sergio Ramos. BACK TO WINNING Thomas Lemar’s first goal for Atletico Madrid helped to end their winless run in the league. Lemar set up the other goal in Atletico’s 2-0 win at 10-man Getafe. After a loss and draw, Atletico moved within five points of Barcelona. Lemar, part of France’s World Cup-winning squad, contributed to the opening score when his long-range shot bounced off the crossbar and rebounded into the net off the back of goalkeeper David Soria, who was credited with an own-goal. In the second half, Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion set up Lemar, who dribbled past Soria and scored. Getafe who had not lost since the opening round, played a man down from the 67th minute after Ivan Alejo was sent off for a hard foul. TOP FORM Alaves routed promoted Valladolid 5-1 to earn their third straight win. Ibai Gomez scored in each half at Rayo’s Vallecas Stadium, which reopened after about a month of renovation work. GOALS AT LAST Promoted club Valladolid, owned by former Brazil striker Ronaldo, ended their scoreless streak in a 3-3 draw at Celta Vigo. Leo Suarez earned the point for Valladolid by scoring four minutes into second-half stoppage time. Valladolid had not scored in their previous four leagues matches. Celta, which got two goals from Spain forward Iago Aspas, had a two-goal lead until the 65th minute at Balaidos Stadium. CONTRASTING STREAK Mid-table Eibar defeated Leganes 1-0 at home with a second-half goal by Kike Garcia. Leganes’ third straight loss, and fourth in five matches, left them with only one point and in last place in the 20-team standings.
Just two months after the Guyana Police Force (GPF) cashed in on a total of 200 specially equipped bicycles donated by the Georgetown-based US Embassy, some 168 ranks successfully graduated from a Pedal Cycle Course, which sought to train the officers to maximise the efficiency of these crime-fighting tools.Officials of the Guyana Police Force joined by a fraction of the graduating ranks of the Pedal Cycle CourseThe course, which commenced on September 4 and ended on October 20, focused on much-needed capacity building in cycle repairs, tactical positioning of bikes and training group ride, among other areas.The ranks participating in this initiative comprised 162 Constables, three Corporals and three Lance Corporals, from the various policing divisions across the country.Upon successfully completing the training, the 168 officers of the GPF were awarded certificates and subsequently briefed by their respective Divisional Commanders and other senior officials on the ways in which they can apply their newfound knowledge and skills in relation to the safe use of these bicycles in combating crime.The GPF Pedal Cycle Course was spearheaded by Corporal Kareem Hoosein and Woman Corporal Haley Fraser. Both Hoosein and Fraser were among the 12 officers who benefited from a safe use and efficiency forum, which was hosted by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, in Nevada, prior to the handing over of the bicycles earlier this year.It was back in August that the US Embassy in Georgetown presented the Police Force with the 200 pedal cycles and accessories as part of the country’s commitment to promoting community policing in Guyana.This contribution, stemming from the US Government’s Big Brother Mission, carries a value of US$145,000.At the handing-over ceremony, US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway underscored the significance of this endowment by saying, “The United States Department of State through the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) assists countries around the world in strengthening the capacity of their law enforcement and supports their efforts to promote the rule of law.”
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Arsenal will look to sign Paris St-Germain star and Manchester United target Edinson Cavani after losing Olivier Giroud to a long-term injury. (Daily Express)But the Gunners are likely to be priced out of a move for Cavani and will instead explore a deal for Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck. (Daily Mail)Juventus have made an enquiry about the availability of Javier Hernandez after Arsenal stalled on the proposed loan of Lukas Podolski to the Italian giants. (Daily Mail)Manchester United are in talks to make their FIFTH summer signing – Dutch defender Daley Blind. Former keeper Edwin van der Sar attended a meeting at the club’s training facility in Carrington yesterday to help thrash out a deal for the Ajax star. (Daily Star)Louis van Gaal is also weighing up a shock £20million move for Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen. (Daily Star)AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has confirmed he is in talks with Chelsea for Fernando Torres and Marco van Ginkel. (Daily Mail)Liverpool striker Fabio Borini could be on his way back to Italy, after reports in his homeland confirmed AC Milan have made enquiries. (Daily Mail)Daniel Agger claims he does not know if he will still be at Liverpool when the transfer window closes on Monday. (Daily Mirror)QPR boss Harry Redknapp is ready to snap up West Ham midfielder Momo Diame in a surprise deal. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Liverpool legend backs Balotelli to hit it off with SturridgeExclusive – ‘Balotelli deal will blow up in Rodgers’ face’, claims ex-England strikerExclusive – Man United have NOT made move for Blind, insists Ajax star’s agentGiroud Injury Latest: Wenger fears striker will be out until New YearExclusive – No Arsenal approach for Remy, insists QPR manager RedknappTransfer Insider: Possible double deal for Spurs and Arsenal looking at ItalianTottenham sell Dawson to Hull as they close in on £8m deal for FazioExclusive – Leicester close in on deal for Lokomotiv Moscow strikerFormer Liverpool star turns his back on Premier League return to stay in SpainAtletico Madrid make bid for long-term Liverpool targetHamburg keen on taking out-of-favour Tottenham midfielder back to GermanyReports: Stoke star a shock target for LazioCole to stay at West Ham despite Championship interestQPR will need to move fast if they want to reactivate interest in French Under-21 starAC Milan set to make shock move for Fulham misfitFulham close to deal for Munich goalkeeperCeltic striker set for Portugal return
Possible Liverpool line-up v Real Madrid Emre Can, Joe Allen, Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho could all start, as Rodgers attempts to pack the midfield, although Lazar Markovic may get the nod for his pace on the counter. A shuffle in defence could see Rodgers gamble on Kolo Toure.With Chelsea in mind, which players do you think will start against Real Madrid? Comment below!For commentary of the match, listen to talkSPORT live from the Bernabeu from 7pm. There is talk of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers leaving Steven Gerrard out of the starting XI against Real Madrid.After the Reds’ Bernabeu test, they return to England to face Premier League leaders Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime for a demanding domestic tussle, and it would seem Rodgers must juggle his resources accordingly.Gerrard remains an absolutely key figure at the club, but two tough games in a short space of time may be beyond the Kop idol.The Liverpool manager is attacking by nature, so there is every possibility he might opt for an attacking line-up, which we looked at here, but after describing the Champions League holders as probably the best team in the world – and with Liverpool in poor form – he may choose to set his team up to contain Madrid as much as possible.That could mean resting Gerrard and even Raheem Sterling, ahead of what looks like a more winnable match at home against Chelsea.Sterling has shouldered a lot of the attacking burden in the absence of Daniel Sturridge, since Luis Suarez left in the summer, and Rodgers remains aware that he must carefully manage his exciting 19-year-old player.Although we suspect Sterling will get the nod for both matches, here is a possible defensive-minded Liverpool XI v Real Madrid, excluding the young star: 1 1