WADI AD-DAWASIR, Saudi Arabia: Nasser Al-Attiyah from Qatar won the second stage of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia on Monday ahead of rivals Stephane Peterhansel and Carlos Sainz.
The three-time Dakar winner sped the 457-kilometer stage from Bisha to Wadi ad-Dawasir in 4 hours 03 minutes and 14 seconds to claim victory after reigning champion Sainz won the opening stage on Sunday.
Peterhansel, a 13-time winner of the race, leads the overall standings with Spaniard Sainz 6 minutes 37 seconds behind and Al-Attiyah a little more than nine minutes back.
The Spaniard Joan Barreda reached the second stage in the motorcycle category and ended up ahead of the American rider and defending champion Ricky Brabec, who also sits on a Honda.
Brabec has plenty of time to retreat after falling behind Australian Toby Price in almost 20 minutes on Sunday’s first stage after getting lost in desert terrain.
MADRID: Barcelona beat Huesca 1-0 on Sunday when Lionel Messi became the first foreigner to play 500 Spanish La Liga games, while a late goal from Luis Suarez secured leaders Atletico Madrid’s victory over Alaves.
Messi returned for Barca after missing the final game of 2020 with an ankle blow and swung a cross for Frenkie de Jong to score the only home goal on 27 minutes.
Although Ronald Koeman’s side started a potentially season-defining run of four away games in a row with a comfortable win, they remain in fifth place 10 points behind Atletico after playing one more game.
« Aside from the last 20 minutes, we’ve generally played well, » said Koeman.
« We created a lot of hazards, which is not easy against a team that shut up. « . We scored a great goal and had two or three more chances to withdraw. ”
Barca dominated possession, creating a number of chances, but Huesca goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez made several good saves to keep the hosts in touch.
After De Jong’s opener, Messi was denied a second just before the break when Fernandez made an excellent defense of his free kick towards the top corner.
The Argentine was again thwarted by Fernandez’s legs in the second half after combining well with Pedri shortly after Marc-Andre ter Stegen reacted sharply to keep Rafa Mir’s inventive back away.
That was a rare threat to Huesca, who have only won once in 17 attempts this season but have stolen points from most visitors to their Estadio El Alcoraz, including Atletico in September.
“We came out strong and very focused. It is the main base that we need. If we have that we will improve a lot with the ball and if we improve in front of goal we can have a very good start to the year, ”added Koeman. Atletico defeated Real Madrid
Earlier in the day, Suarez scored a win in the 90. Minute for Atletico as they defeated 10-man Alaves 2-1 and retreated at the top over Real Madrid.
Marcos Llorente gave Atletico the lead with a deflected strike from outside the box just before the break in Mendizorroza.
Diego Simeone’s side appeared to be in control of the game when Alaves defender Victor Laguardia was sent off an hour after a VAR review for knocking down Thomas Lemar as the Frenchman ran towards goal.
Florian Lejeune headed the post for Alaves before a spectacular own goal in the 84th. Minute from Felipe Atletico threatened to cost two important points. The Brazilian center-back pushed past Jan Oblak as he tried to clear an attempted cross.
However, Suarez secured Atletico’s fourth straight win in the last minute when the Uruguayan hit from close range after substitute Joao Felix shot the ball over the net.
“The best thing is how the team finished, didn’t get nervous, just played. And the goal was a great goal, ”said Simeone.
Atletico climbed two points ahead of Real Madrid and have two games against the defending champions.
« The lesson is to continue on the same path, » added Simeone.
Athletic Bilbao sacked coach Gaizka Garitano after a 1-0 home win over Elche. Reports in Spain linked former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde to the vacant job.
Real Sociedad lost more ground to the top two after only drawing a 1-1 home draw with Osasuna, while teenage Bryan Gil scored both goals in Eibar’s 2-0 loss to Granada.
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