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Forlan brace keeps Atletico party going

Diego Forlan scored twice as Atletico Madrid beat Sporting Gijon 4-0 in their opening game of the La Liga season on Monday, adding fuel to the festive atmosphere among fans at the club.

sports Updated: Sep 01, 2010 00:37 IST

Diego Forlan scored twice as Atletico Madrid beat Sporting Gijon 4-0 in their opening game of the La Liga season on Monday, adding fuel to the festive atmosphere among fans at the club.

The Europa League holders overcame Inter Milan 2-0 to lift the European Super Cup for the first time on Friday, and the trophy was paraded around a packed Calderon before the kickoff.

“Irresistible offers arrive for players and clubs. It's a wise decision on his part and a good one for the club,” Atletico coach Quique Sanchez Flores told reporters.

Uruguay striker Forlan, who was named player of the World Cup in South Africa, netted a goal in each half, the first after a mazy run from Sergio Aguero.

Portuguese midfielder Simao wrapped up the win with a superb curling shot in the last minute.

Atletico will be celebrating their European Super Cup victory with an open-topped bus tour through the Spanish capital on Tuesday.

Robinho heading to Milan

London: Brazil striker Robinho, who joined Manchester City for a British record fee two years ago, looks set to move to AC Milan before the transfer window closes later on Tuesday.

Sky Television pictures showed the 26-year-old arriving at Milan’s training ground for talks on Tuesday.

Robinho, who cost City 32.5 million pounds ($50.07 million) when he joined from Real Madrid in September 2008.

The striker, who has played 80 times for his country, is expected to have a medical at Milan on Tuesday afternoon.

Huntelaar leaves Milan for Stuttgart

Berlin: Schalke 04 have signed Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from Italian side AC Milan, coach Felix Magath said on Tuesday.

The Dutch World Cup runner-up had been the subject of constant transfer speculation after struggling to nail down a starting place in his first season at the San Siro last term.

He joins former Real Madrid teammate Raul at Schalke, last season’s Bundesliga runners-up.

Camoranesi moves to VfB stuttgart

Berlin: VfB Stuttgart have signed former Italy World Cup winner Mauro Camoranesi from Juventus for one year with an option to renew, the Bundesliga club said on Tuesday.

Hours before the end of the transfer window, Stuttgart, who are competing in the Europa League, said they had finally clinched a deal for the Argentina-born midfielder, who won the 2006 World Cup with Italy.

They said neither club would reveal any more details of the transfer of the 33-year-old.

Konchesky picked up by Liverpool

London: Former England defender Paul Konchesky left Fulham for Liverpool on a four-year deal just hours before the transfer window closed on Tuesday.

Konchesky, who won two England caps under Sven-Goran Eriksson in 2003 and 2005, linked up with his former Fulham manager Roy Hodgson at Anfield.

Ivanovic to miss Euro opener for Serbia

Madrid: Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic will miss Serbia’s opening Euro 2012 qualifiers in Faroe Islands on Friday due to a back injury and the home game with Slovenia on Sept. 7. “I asked Chelsea to let me come to Belgrade for a couple of days to spend some time with the team but I knew straight away I would be unfit to play,” he told.