Lionel Messi scored a brilliant hat-trick

 Lionel Messi scored a brilliant hat-trick as Barcelona survived Javier Mascherano's red card to claim a thrilling 5-4 win at Deportivo de La Coruña that puts them three points clear at the top of La Liga.

Messi, who is expecting the imminent birth of his first child, has scored 71 goals for club and country in 2012 – only four short of the record set by Pelé in 1959.

"Messi is off to the hospital now for a happy occasion as his son is on the way," the Barça sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta, said.

Barça raced into a three-goal lead after just 18 minutes in a pulsating game at the Estadio Riazor. Deportivo pulled two goals back before Messi scored his second of the night to make it 4-2 at the break.

In a frenetic start to the second half, Pizzi curled in a stunning 47th-minute free-kick and Mascherano was harshly shown a second yellow card two minutes later.

The Barça coach, Tito Vilanova, reacted by replacing the excellent Cesc Fábregas, who provided three goal assists, with Xavi before Messi appeared to have killed the game when he made it 5-3 with a trademark run and clinical finish in the 77th minute, his 15th La Liga hat-trick.

A bizarre own goal from the Barça full-back Jordi Alba, when he lobbed his goalkeeper Victor Valdes from inside his own penalty area, gave Deportivo fresh hope but they were unable to make some late pressure count.

"We could have killed off the game in the first half but Deportivo are strong when they are playing at home and their fans get behind them," said Barça's playmaker Andrés Iniesta. "We are going away with the feeling of having got through a tough match and we will learn from that."



Alex Ferguson is hoping Manchester United’s injury nightmares are over

 Alex Ferguson is hoping Manchester United’s injury nightmares are over thanks to some top-notch medical kit.

The club have signed a five-year-deal with Toshiba to have the latest hi-tech equipment installed in a new £13million training ground extension.

Fergie said: “We made a couple of signings in the summer but this is the most important step forward we have made in a long, long time.

 “Maybe the public won’t see that but we’ll see it and all the players will appreciate it.

 “As most people know, we have been building a new medical centre for the last six months.

"I think they built the pyramids quicker! But it is getting there.

“This partnership brings a new dimension of sports science and medical facilities for our players — and puts us above most clubs in the world.”

Last season United suffered more injuries than any other Premier League club according to research by the sports injury website

There were 39 significant injuries that kept players out for two weeks with a total of 1,681, days lost to injury.

This season Ferguson has been hit by injuries to five top players.

The club hope the scanners will detect minor injuries before they worsen and help speed up rehab.

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Super Balotelli hails relationship with Roberto Mancini

 Mario Balotelli has declared his love for his Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini but appears less impressed with others at the club.

The Italy forward, who was on target for the Azzurri against Denmark on Tuesday, revealed his relationship with his club manager remains strong despite reports he may leave England.

Balotelli told Rai Sport: "With Mancini all goes well, we have a good relationship even though someone always tries to put discord among us. We love each other."

"I am fine at Manchester City even though there are people who like to talk in the newspapers, instead of saying certain things to my face. I do not give a damn."said
Mario .

But the 22-year-old suggested he did not welcome the remarks of football administrator Brian Marwood who accused him of being a poor role-model at the weekend.

Balotelli added: "I'm fine at Manchester City even though there are people who like to talk in the newspapers, instead of saying certain things to my face. I don't give a damn."

The former Inter man was in fine form for Cesare Prandelli's Italy side against the Danes on his return to San Siro, scoring one and setting up Riccardo Montolivo for another in a 3-1 win.

"I felt shivers returning to San Siro," he said. "This is the most beautiful stadium. If it was full it would have been even better.

"With the national team and with City I'm getting better in terms of work-rate and commitment. I always try to be humble."


AFC Asian Cup draw: Syrian eagles in group A ِ

 .The preliminary Draw for the AFC Asian Cup 2015 was made in Melbourne,Australia.

The men's national team(Syrian Eagles) were together with Jordan,Oman and Singapore in Group A.

Twenty teams were divided into five groups of four teams each. The top two teams from each group and the best third-placed team among all the groups will qualify for the tournament proper to be held in Australia in 2015.

AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ champions Japan, hosts and runners-up Australia, third-placed Korea Republic, AFC Challenge Cup 2012 winners DPR Korea and the champions of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup will get direct berths in the final competition.

The qualifiers will commence in February 2013.

The Groupings:

Group A: Jordan, Syria, Oman, Singapore

Group B: Iran, Kuwait, Thailand, Lebanon

Group C: Iraq, China, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia

Group D: Qatar, Bahrain, Yemen, Malaysia

Group E: Uzbekistan, UAE, Vietnam, Hong Kong





Syria hammers Kuwait 5-0

The U-19 national football team have scored an emphatic 5-0 victory over their Kuwaiti counterparts in a friendly match at the Qadisiya stadium in Kuwait

Early in the first half, midfielder Samer Salem took the lead for the Syrian side with a close-range shot after he received a precise cross from his teammate Mahmoud Mawas

The Syrian side kept up pressuring the Kuwaiti defense adding the second goal in the 24th minute through Hamid Mido

Seven minutes before the interval, Samer hit home with a beautiful header

 In the second half, Samer managed to score his hat-trick in the 75th minute with a powerful shot just outside the penalty area

Few minutes into the final whistle, referee of the match awarded our team a penalty kick. Omar Jiniat converted only to wrap up the series of sensational goals

Syria squad:

Shaher Shaker,Abdul latif Na'san,Hussein Juwaid,Mahmoud al-Bahar,Mu'ayad Khouli,malik Qadi,Mu'ayad Ajjan,,Omar Jiniat,Khalid Mubayed,Hamid Mido,Abdul Ilah hafyan,Mahmoud Mawas,Mohammad Saleem sabaqji,Omar Khreibin,Abdul Mannan Ibrahim,Asdnan taqi,Ihab Husni,Samer salem

The second friendly between both teams is scheduled on October 14

The two friend lies are part of the Syrian side's preparation for taking part in AFC the Asia Cup finals due to be staged in the UAE next month