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The Northern Territory news Mon 4 Feb 2019



The Northern Territory news Mon 4 Feb 2019

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MONDAY FEBRUARY 4 2019 SPORT 35 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Monaco has joy at home CESC Fabregas scored his first goal since joining Monaco from Chelsea and it proved a crucial one as it earned his troubled new employers a precious 2-1 win over Toulouse. The Spain international was signed by Thierry Henry in mid-January only for his former Arsenal teammate to be axed as Monaco boss days later. Back came Leonard Jardim, three months after his own sacking, and the Portuguese manager was rewarded with Monacos first home win of the season. The ailing 2017 champion went into an early lead when Gelson Martins provided Russia international Aleksandr Golovin with the assist to score on a counter attack. Lionel Messi of Barcelona receives medical treatment during the La Liga match against Valencia Picture: GETTY IMAGES NOTHING can silence the Camp Nou crowd like the thought of an injury to Lionel Messi especially four days before a clash with Real Madrid. So a chill ran through Barcelonas supporters during the Spanish La Liga match with Valencia when Messi sat down on the sideline, his right leg stretched before him, and receiving treatment from a trainer. Little did it matter that Messi had just struck two goals to lead Barcelona back from a two-goal deficit to secure a 2-2 draw. Any hint of Messi being sidelined with the season entering its critical phase with titles on the line immediately overshadowed yet another outstanding performance by the Argentine. The scare comes before Barcelona hosts Madrid in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final. Coach Ernesto Valverde said Messi was undergoing medical exams. He is bothered by something but we will have to wait to see what the doctors say, Valverde said. His double took his leagueleading tally to 21 goals in 22 rounds. Barcelonas winning streak in La Liga ended at eight matches and it leads secondplaced Atletico Madrid by six points, before its closest challenger visits Real Betis. Messi on fire again before injury scares fans Gervinho matches Ronaldo with double in draw CRISTIANO Ronaldo scored twice but champion Juventus had to settle for a point as a late Gervinho double snatched a 3-3 draw after promoted Parma staged an impressive comeback in the Serie A. Juventus dropped points allowed Napoli to cut the gap on the leader to nine points after a confident 3-0 win over Sampdoria. Massimiliano Allegris side had already had its confidence shaken after a 3-0 defeat to Atalanta shattered its hopes of winning a fifth straight Coppa Italia. Saturdays draw was not the response Allegri had called for ahead of its Champions League last 16 first-leg tie against Atletico Madrid on February 20. Im happy for the goals but not the result, Ronaldo said. Parma didnt do anything special, they waited for us to make a mistake. But were not worried, we know it will be a great season for Juventus. Juve still has a comfortable nine-point lead over Napoli with Inter Milan 20 points behind in third. It doesnt change anything, but we must not take anything for granted, Allegri said. Juventus lined up with an inexperienced back line of Leonardo Spinazzola alongside Uruguay defender Martin Caceres, who got his first start since moving from Lazio. Sami Khedira rattled the post twice, before Ronaldo opened the scoring after 36 minutes with Daniele Rugani again scoring for the hosts on 62 minutes. An Antonino Barilla header clawed one back for Parma two minutes later before Ronaldo completed his brace. But Ivorian Gervinho threw his side a lifeline on 74 minutes and grabbed a point at the death for Parma, which remains 12th in the table. AFP Spurs on the rise in battle for title TOTTENHAM has reminded everyone it is still a force in the title race as it beat Newcastle 1-0 to go second in the English Premier League. Son Heung Min scored the only goal seven minutes from time on Saturday, his longrange shot slipping through the hands of Martin Dubravka. The result lifted Spurs one point above Manchester City, and four behind leader Liverpool. It was difficult to find space, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. We created some chances in the first and second half but the most important thing in the end is to keep pushing and it was a massive effort again in the second game consecutively. Once again I need to praise my players. Gonzalo Higuain scored twice on his debut for Chelsea as it crushed Aaron Mooys Huddersfield 5-0 to climb to fourth, while Wolverhampton Wanderers are seventh after a 3-1 win at Everton. At Stamford Bridge, Higuain wasted no time making his mark after his loan move from Juventus, finding the net after just 16 minutes. Eden Hazard scored from the spot on the stroke of halftime and grabbed his second midway through the second half. Higuain matched the Belgian with his second three minutes later and David Luiz wrapped things up with the fifth goal four minutes from the end. Higuain is improving, Chelsea manager Mauricio Sarri said. He wasnt physically at the top when he arrived, because he had a back problem and wasnt involved, so only played a few matches. He is a great player. Ruben Neves, Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker scored the goals as Wolves consolidated seventh spot in a 3-1 win at Everton. The visitors were worthy winners, holding on despite seven minutes of extra time, played in part because a black cat ran on to the pitch in the second half. Peter Crouch made his Burnley debut as a substitute at the age of 38 and earned the penalty that saw his side snatch a 1-1 draw at home to Southampton. Crystal Palace moved up to 14th thanks to a 2-0 win over second-bottom Fulham. Cardiff boosted its survival hopes with a 2-0 win over Bournemouth in a match that turned into a celebration of Blue Birds star Emiliano Sala, who is missing and presumed dead following a suspected plane crash. SIMON CAMBERS Bayerns streak ends DEFENDING champion Bayern Munich dropped to third in the Bundesliga after crashing to a shock 3-1 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen, allowing Borussia Dortmund to extend its lead at the top of the Bundesliga table to seven points. Second-half goals by Leverkusens Leon Bailey, Kevin Volland and Lucas Alario in flicted only a fourth league defeat on Bayern this season, while Dortmund added a point to its lead despite being held to a 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt. Bayerns loss ended its seven-match winning streak in the league and lost second spot to Borussia Monchengladbach, which had a 2-0 win at Schalke.Monaco's Cesc Fabregas Leverkusen's Leon Bailey