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Scotland coast to Gibraltar win GLASGOW: Steven Fletcher became the first Scotland player to score a hat-trick since 1969 as the Scots coasted to a 6-1 victory against Group D minnows Gibraltar at Hampden on Sunday.Shaun Maloney opened the scoring in the 18th minute after scoring from the spot following a soft penalty award.That was expected to open the floodgates, but Gibraltar grabbed an equaliser just over a minute later as policeman Lee Casciaro pounced to score his nation's first competitive goal and spark wild celebrations amongst the 1,000 strong travelling support.However, Fletcher restored Scotland's advantage with a 29th-minute header, Maloney added a third with another penalty five minutes later before Steven Naismith made it 4-1 in the 39th minute.Fletcher headed home his second in the 77th minute before his 90th-minute strike completed his hat-trick -- the first by a Scotland player since Colin Stein put four past Cyprus in 1969.The win keeps Scotland in ...


Rossi wins thrilling Grand Prix of Qatar DOHA: Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi, on a Yamaha, won a spectacular Grand Prix of Qatar on Sunday as he withstood a furious onslaught from fellow Italian Andrea Dovizioso over the final laps to take the opening race of the season. A see-saw battle saw the the lead change hands numerous times before the 36-year-old Rossi opened up a slight gap on the final two laps and held off the charging Dovizioso on his Ducati, ...

African international friendly results JOHANNESBURG: Updated results of international friendly football matches involving African national teams on Sunday:At AbidjanIvory Coast 1 (Gradel 72) Equatorial Guinea 1 (Eban 13)At Nelspruit, South AfricaSouth Africa 1 (Zungu 90+3) Nigeria 1 (Musa 85)At Mwanza, TanzaniaTanzania 1 (Samata 78) Malawi 1 (Mhone 12)At LusakaZambia 2 (Kalaba 60, Mukuka 80) Rwanda 0At Lobatse, BotswanaBotswana 1 Mozambique 2Played SaturdayAt Le Havre, FranceSenegal 2 (Konate 66, 76) Ghana 1 (Boakye 84)At Agadir, MoroccoMorocco 0 Uruguay 1 (Cavani ...

Zungu strikes late as South Africa snatch draw with Nigeria NELSPRUIT: Bongani Zungu snatched a dramatic equaliser in the final minute of stoppage-time as South Africa held Nigeria to a 1-1 draw in a friendly at the Mbombela Stadium on Sunday.The visitors, on the back foot for much of the match, looked set for the win when Ahmed Musa scored a stunning goal five minutes from time.But as the home team poured forward in search of an equaliser, Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi could only parry ...

Brazil sink Chile to continue winning run LONDON: Brazil won their eighth successive game since the World Cup as Roberto Firmino's goal gave them a feisty 1-0 victory over Chile in a friendly at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium on Sunday.Firmino, a 61st-minute substitute, burst clear after 73 minutes and expertly rounded Chile keeper Claudio Bravo before dispatching a simple finish into the empty goal.Brazil forward Neymar and Chilean Alexis Sanchez were the standout players for their sides but were often wasteful after dazzling ...

New number one Nehwal wins Indian Open on home turf   NEW DELHI: Saina Nehwal, badminton's new world number one, trounced her Thai challenger, Ratchanok Intanon, on Sunday to win the India Open women's singles on home turf.Nehwal defeated Ratchanok 21-16, 21-14 in less than an hour in the final of the Super Series tournament in front of an adoring crowd packed into the Siri Fort stadium in New Delhi.The 25-year-old Nehwal has already had a dream run this year after reaching the final of the ...

Zungu snatches draw for South Africa NELSPRUIT: Bongani Zungu scored in stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 draw for South Africa against arch-rivals Nigeria on Sunday in an international friendly match.A superb Ahmed Musa goal on 85 minutes had put the Super Eagles ahead before a 20,000 crowd at Mbombela Stadium in north-eastern city Nelspruit.South Africa squandered a great chance to take the lead midway through the second half when a casually-struck Andile Jali penalty was blocked by Daniel Akpeyi.The Nigerian ...


 



 
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