Sports World: Warriors suffer blow, DPMM head table

Warriors suffer blow, DPMM head table

Warriors FC took a knock to their title defence after they were handed a 0-2 home defeat by Malaysian side Harimau Muda at Choa Chu Kang Stadium last night.

In last night's other S-League match, Brunei DPMM moved to the top of the table with a 2-0 win over Courts Young Lions in Bandar Seri Begawan.

DPMM are on 32 points with a game in hand after 16 matches while Warriors are four points behind in third place. Albirex Niigata are second on 30 points.

Neymar said to be fine with United move

LONDON • Neymar is reportedly open to moving to Manchester United from Barcelona though the transfer is unlikely to occur before the current window closes.

United are attempting to land the Brazilian before Sept 1 but the club believe the transfer may be more likely next summer.

Last Monday, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was in Barcelona. While it was reported this was to try to close a deal for Pedro, who eventually signed for Chelsea, it is understood he was there to continue the audacious bid to land Neymar.


Valencia pay price of spurned chances

MADRID • Valencia were made to pay for missing three clear early chances against Rayo Vallecano as they were held 0-0 at Vallecas in their La Liga opener on Saturday.

Atletico Madrid kicked off their campaign with a 1-0 win over newly promoted Las Palmas but struggled to create clear-cut opportunities.

Antoine Griezmann got the only goal of the game with a deflected free kick after 16 minutes.


France overpower England in warm-up

PARIS • France produced a dominant forward performance and withstood a late England fightback to secure a 25-20 victory in a rugby World Cup warm-up match on Saturday.

The French pack overpowered their opponents, who beat them 19-14 at Twickenham last week, in the first half and the hosts led 15-6 at half-time.

Frederic Michalak became France's all-time record points scorer during the game. REUTERS

Szczesny brilliant in Roma debut

MILAN • AS Roma's bid to end the Juventus stranglehold on the Serie A got off to an indifferent start when they came from behind to draw 1-1 at Verona in the opening game of Italian football's top-flight season on Saturday.

Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny had a superb debut for the visitors following his loan move from English Premier League side Arsenal.

Lazio, third last season, beat promoted Bologna 2-1 in the other game.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 24, 2015, with the headline 'Sports World: Warriors suffer blow, DPMM head table'. Print Edition | Subscribe