Liverpool edged Everton in their Merseyside
derby marred by questionable refereeing. Alessandro Del Piero kept Juventus near the top of Italy's Serie A, while AC Milan's troubles at home
continued. Defending Bundesliga champion Stuttgart hit a new low when it fell at Hamburg, 4-1. COACH
Everton manager David Moyes
was furious after the Toffees lost their 177th Merseyside derby to Liverpool, 2-1, on Saturday.
Everton, which went into the game with the best disciplinary record in the English Premier League, had two players sent off on Saturday, but it was referee Mark
's decision not to send off Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt
for a wild two-footed challenge on Everton captain Phil Neville
that had Moyer fuming.
"I've had a lot of referees telling us about such tackles," said Moyes. "The directive is if your feet are off the
ground it's a sending off." Kuyt went on to win the game from the penalty spot in stoppage time -- with his second penalty kick of the game. "Perhaps they picked the wrong one
[referee] for this game," added Moyes. MATCH
AC Milan's misery at home continued
as its lost to tiny Empoli on a second-half goal by Luca Saudati
Milan has yet to win at the San Siro in Serie A this season and is in 11th place
with just 10 points after eight games -- leaving it 10 points behind leader Inter Milan. Milan was without star Kaka
, who had just returned from playing for
Brazil in World Cup qualifying.
"It's not even up for discussion that Kaka is decisive," said Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti
we've got to do better without him." PLAYER
/ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO
Unwanted by the Italian national
team, veteran Alessandro Del Piero
justified the confidence Juventus placed in him by scoring the winning goal in a 1-0 win over Genoa on Sunday, just days after
he signed a contract extension through 2010.
Del Piero kept Juve within three points of leader Inter Milan with a right-footed volley from six yards following a cross from fellow veteran
Italy coach Roberto Donadoni
had not picked Del Piero, who turns 33 in November, for the
Azzurri's Euro 2008 qualifier against Georgia on Oct. 13 after a poor game in their 0-0 tie with France in September. RACE
VfB Stuttgart's 4-1 loss to Hamburg on Sunday left the defending Bundesliga champion in 13th place, 16 points behind leader Bayern Munich after only 10 games.
Playing without Dutch star Rafael van der Vaart
, injured playing for the Oranje in Euro 2008 qualifying on Wednesday, Hamburg has an easy time against
Stuttgart, going ahead, 3-0, on an Ivica Olic
hat trick after only 34 minutes.
Stuttgart's first-half misery was complete when Mexican Pavel Pardo
was sent off at the end of the first half for a kick at David Jarolim