Diawara week goes from bad to worse

PARIS - Souleymane Diawara's red card during Olympique Marseille's Champions League defeat by Real Madrid completed a bad few days for the defender.

Diawara was detained for a few hours in Marseille on Monday night after being arrested for driving without a licence but the Senegalese promised he would be up for a fight in Madrid.

"We are going to the Bernabeu to take at least one point. We must not be impressed," he told French daily L'Equipe on Wednesday.

Asked whether he had been impressed by any player in the Champions League so far, Diawara answered: "No."

In the 58th minute, though, Diawara appeared lost on the pitch when Cristiano Ronaldo raced past him and beat keeper Steve Mandanda for Real Madrid's opener.

A couple of minutes later, he was sent off by Swedish referee Martin Hansson after tackling Ronaldo with both feet off the ground in the area.

Brazilian Kaka scored the resulting penalty and to add insult to injury, Ronaldo added a third goal in the 64th minute.