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Hazard opens Real Madrid goal account


SALZBURG, Austria: Eden Hazard scored his first goal for Real Madrid in a 1-0 pre-season friendly win over Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).

The Belgian international, who moved from Chelsea in the summer, found the target with a left-foot finish after being set-up by Karim Benzema.

Gareth Bale’s standoff with Real Madrid continued after the forward was left out of Zinedine Zidane’s squad for the game.

Bale had only played in two of Real’s five previous pre-season games, coming on as a substitute against Arsenal and Atletico Madrid, but has now been left out completely for a third fixture in a row.

James Rodriguez and Mariano Diaz, who are both expected to be sold, were also not included for the match in Austria.

Real Madrid’s forward Eden Hazard scores during the pre-Season friendly football match FC Red Bull Salzburg v Real Madrid in Salzburg, Austria. AFP PHOTO

Zidane has made clear that Bale is not in his plans as he looks to rejuvenate Real Madrid following their miserable season last term.

Celtic held in Transylvania
Celtic edged closer to a place in the Champions League play-off round on Wednesday with a 1-1 draw at Cluj in Romania thanks to a James Forrest equalizer.

Veteran Venezuelan striker Mario Rondon put the home side in front after 28 minutes in Transylvania.

But Forrest grabbed a crucial away goal less than 10 minutes later, converting a smart pass from Hatem Abd Elhamed to leave the Scottish champions with the edge ahead of the second leg of the third qualifying round in Glasgow next Tuesday.

“We’ve got to be delighted with the away goal. I thought we looked good moving forward throughout the game. I was delighted with our attacking intent, and I thought we defended resolutely throughout the game as well,” said Celtic coach Neil Lennon.

“Over the last couple of games at Celtic Park, we’ve been on incredible form. Next week, we’ll need the crowd, we’ll want to make it hostile and make it warm for them, and then the players need to go out and perform.”

Porto, the champions in 1987 and 2004, saw off debutants Krasnador 1-0 in Russia.

Sergio Oliveira scored the only goal from a free kick in the 89th minute.

Porto are now unbeaten in their last nine qualifying games.

On Tuesday, last season’s semi-finalists Ajax recovered to earn a 2-2 draw on their trip to PAOK Thessaloniki.

Dutch champions Ajax came within seconds of reaching the final last term but again must come through a series of qualifiers despite landing a 34th national title in May.


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Today’s Front Page January 21, 2020

Today’s Front Page January 21, 2020