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BERLIN (AP) — At 40 years old and still scoring goals www.thetopsoccer.com , Claudio Pizarro isn’t ready to retire just yet.The veteran Werder Bremen striker became the oldest player to score in the Bundesliga with the last kick of the game in a 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin on Saturday, gaining what could be a crucial point in his team’s quest for European qualification.“I’m very proud that I scored the goal,” said Pizarro, who was 40 years, 136 days old when he scored.Pizzaro broke the record by 15 days. The previous record-holder was Mirko Votava, who scored his last Bundesliga goal for Bremen in August 1996.“I couldn’t imagine a more worthy successor than Claudio,” Votava told Kicker magazine. “He’s a great guy and a sporting phenomenon. I’m delighted for him, and he knows that, too. We spoke a couple of times in the last weeks and said he would break the record this season.”The now 62-year-old Votava, formerly a midfielder, is helping to coach Bremen’s under-23 team. He said he had no misgivings about seeing his old record go.“I wasn’t a striker and I prevented more goals than I scored. Claudio is a real goal-hunter, so the record suits him better,” Votava said. “And it says something for us both that we were fit at that age and are up there in the list. With Manni Burgsmueller at No. 3 (39 years, 226 days) it’s a sweep of the podium by Werder. That’s brilliant.”Pizarro, who has 20 goals in 85 appearances for Peru, became the first to score in 21 different calendar years in the Bundesliga with his 195th league goal. They came in four stints at Bremen www.thetopsoccer.com/national-team-kit/belgium , two at Bayern Munich, and one at Cologne.His first Bundesliga goal, in August 1999, also came at Hertha, again in a 1-1 draw for Bremen, which he joined from Alianza Lima. Pizarro also played one season in the Premier League with two goals in 21 league games for Chelsea.Saturday’s goal, coming in the sixth minute of injury time, was different from any he had scored before. Bremen was awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area. After consulting with teammate Max Kruse, Pizarro sent the ball low, where it rebounded off a defender’s legs and into the net.“We decided to shoot in under the wall because they jump high. It worked,” a beaming Pizarro said. “I never scored a goal like that in my career before.”Kruse joked: “I told him, ‘You don’t have the strength at your age.'”It’s remarkable Pizarro was given the chance at all.The Peruvian forward was without a team after leaving Bremen following his third stint at the club in 2017. He had scored only one goal the season before.But Cologne extended his career when he joined on Sept. 29, 2017, to help in its fight against relegation. Again he scored one goal that season, before Cologne was relegated, but he did enough to convince his old club to bring him back for another encore.It proved to be an inspired decision. Pizarro Cheap Brazil Soccer Team Uniform , who has been used mostly as a substitute for Bremen, already has three goals in 17 league appearances this season. He has scored in the last two rounds of the German Cup, his injury-time equalizer against Borussia Dortmund helping to knock the Bundesliga leaders out of the competition earlier this month.“The guy is incredible,” Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt said after Pizarro’s latest feat. “Still an unbelievable player.”Asked about his secret, Pizarro said he trained “quite normally,” watched what he ate, and tried to “always be happy.”“I never expected in my life that I would have such a record. But I still have the desire to play football and enjoy every moment – and of course the goals, too,” Pizarro said.He still doesn’t know if he’ll be playing next season.“My head says, ‘Of course.’ But I have to wait every week to see what my body says,” said Pizarro, who said a decision will be made at the end of the season.“Pizza,” as he’s affectionately known by teammates, has long been the top-scoring foreign player in the Bundesliga – though Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski is closing in with 193 goals.“I think Lewandowski is coming from behind to break my record,” Pizarro said. “I’ll simply keep trying to score a goal and help the team when I come on.” MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid could unleash an attacking trio in an effort to finally outdo Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League.Atletico coach Diego Simeone will be able to call on Antoine Griezmann, Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata when his team hosts Juventus in the first leg of the last 16 on Wednesday www.thetopsoccer.com/national-team-kit/colombia , in what will be Ronaldo’s first match in Madrid since leaving Real Madrid last year.Ronaldo faced Atletico four straight seasons in the Champions League while wearing Real Madrid’s jersey, succeeding every time — in two finals (2014 and 2016), one quarterfinal (2015) and one semifinal (2017). He has scored 22 goals in 31 matches against Atletico in his career, including a hat trick in the first leg of the 2017 semifinals.Simeone, known for his great defensive squads, may look for his attack to try to neutralize Ronaldo this time. He used Griezmann, Costa and Morata together on Saturday in the team’s 1-0 win at Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish league. Griezmann and Morata started the match, and Costa — coming off a long injury layoff — entered in the second half.It was the first time Simeone could use all three players together, as Morata signed from Chelsea in the recent transfer window and Costa hadn’t played in nearly two months because of a foot injury that required surgery.“I like it,” Simeone said after seeing them against Vallecano.He will have all three players available again for Wednesday’s first leg against Juventus at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, but he didn’t say whether he will use them all from the start.“Obviously it takes time, it takes work, and an extraordinary physical condition from all three players,” Simeone said. “Hopefully at some point we will give them more playing time together.”Costa would likely be left off the team if Simeone doesn’t go with the trio, considering he was sidelined for a long time.If Costa plays, he would take over the central striker position Cheap England Soccer Team Uniform , with Morata moving to one of the sides, opposite Griezmann.“Costa allows Morata to play more freely, in a more comfortable position for him,” Simeone said. “And Griezmann will remain an important player for us, taking advantage of every chance he has in front of him.”Atletico was already playing with the three forwards when Morata set up Griezmann’s winner on Saturday, although Morata was playing closer to the goal at the time, with Costa a bit further back.“Diego and Griezmann are two of the best forwards in the world, they have shown that already,” said Morata, the former Real Madrid striker who joined Atletico after a disappointing stint with Chelsea. “It’s easy to play with them, it’s easy to adapt. I’m the last one to arrive, so I’m the one who has to adapt.”Having all three available could be key for Atletico the rest of the season. In addition to the Champions League, Atletico remains in the title race for the Spanish league title, trailing leader Barcelona by seven points after 24 matches.This year’s Champions League final will be held at Atletico’s home stadium.

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