Previous
Everton
Crystal Palace
1
1
FT
Game Details
Real Sociedad
Real Betis
1
0
FT
Game Details
RB Leipzig
FC Augsburg
2
1
FT
Game Details
Stade Rennes
Guingamp
1
0
FT
Game Details
PEC Zwolle
ADO Den Haag
2
1
FT
Game Details
Houston Dynamo
New York City FC
0
2
FT
Game Details
Tijuana
Atlas
1
0
LIVE 62'
Game Details
Next
Houston DynamoHouston Dynamo
New York City FCNew York City FC
0
2
FT
Game Details
By ESPN Staff

Cruz Azul sack coack three months after kidnap

MEXICO CITY, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Mexican club Cruz Azul have fired coach Ruben Omar Romano, less than three months after he survived a 65-day kidnap ordeal.

The club said in a statement that the decision was taken at a meeting on Friday.

Romano took over at Cruz Azul, one of Mexico's richest and most popular clubs, exactly one year ago.

He led them to the semi-finals of the 2004/5 Clausura championship, held in the first half this year, and then the quarter-finals of the 2005/6 Apertura tournament, which finishes this month.

Romano was kidnapped on July 19 shortly after leaving a training session, when a group of heavily armed men blocked the road and forced him to stop. He was rescued by police on September 21 and released unharmed.

Romano surprisingly returned to the bench three days later but Cruz Azul, who won seven games and lost one under his assistant Isaac Mizrahi, then suffered a loss of form.

Under Romano, they played 11 games, won two, drew three and lost five.

Cruz Azul have one of the strongest squads in the country. Their line-up includes Argentine international Cesar Delgado, Paraguay defender Denis Caniza and Mexican international striker Francisco Fonseca.