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Capello's Russia wary of Azeri threat to World Cup berth MOSCOW: Fabio Capello's Russia on Tuesday face Azerbaijan in a 2014 World Cup qualifier knowing that a draw will be enough to take them into the finals for the first time since 2002.The 2018 World Cup hosts, who have missed the 2006 and 2010 editions, need to chalk up just one point in Tuesday's Group F deciding qualifier to make it into the next summer's finals in Brazil.Russia top their table with 21 points from nine matches, three points ahead of Portugal. All the other group teams have lost the chance to qualify and will play the last match mainly for pride.However, Capello has warned his men that the slightest underestimation of their opponents could cost them an automatic pass to the finals.Russia on Friday thrashed Luxembourg 4-0 but Azerbaijan, coached by German Berti Vogts and playing in front of fervent support at home in Baku, will be a different ...

Ethiopia slam ref after World Cup setback JOHANNESBURG: Giant-killers Ethiopia blamed bad refereeing for a weekend defeat by Nigeria that virtually extinguished hopes of a first World Cup appearance.Hoping to become the first nation from the east of the continent to compete at the global football showcase, the 'Waliya Antelopes' lost 2-1 at home to the 'Super Eagles'.The first-leg play-off result leaves Ethiopia needing to score at least twice in the November 16 return match to reach the 2014 World Cup in ...

Tsonga to soldier on in Vienna VIENNA: Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will be forced to push on this week with a fragile knee as the final rush to the ATP year-end event enters the last three weeks of qualifying time for the eight-man wrapup in London.Tsonga has returned to the Austrian Open for the first time since his debut appearance which resulted in a 2011 title. Though he might prefer to rest his knee, last week's Shanghai Masters semi-finalist knows that only ...

Amla defies Pakistan in first Test ABU DHABI: Hashim Amla hit a half-century to take the fight to a spirited Pakistan attack on the opening day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Monday.The 30-year-old right hander was unbeaten on 71 as South Africa moved to 152-4 at tea from a precarious 104-4 after winning the toss at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.At the break Jean-Paul Duminy was the other not out batsman on 36, having added 48 for the unbroken fifth ...

Pakistan vs South Africa first Test scoreboard ABU DHABI: Scoreboard at tea on the opening day of the first cricket Test between Pakistan and South Africa at Sheikh Zayed Stadium here on Monday:South Africa Ist inningsA. Petersen c Masood b Irfan 3G. Smith c Akmal b Irfan 15Hashim Amla not out 71J. Kallis c Akmal b Khan 5AB de Villiers run out 19JP Duminy not out 36Extras: (b1, lb1, nb1) 3Total: (for four wkts; 55 overs) 152 Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Petersen), ...

South Africa 152-4 at tea in first Test ABU DHABI: South Africa were 152-4 at tea on the opening day of the first Test against Pakistan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Monday.Hashmi Amla was unbeaten on 71 at the break, with Jean-Paul Duminy unbeaten on 36 after South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.Pakistani paceman Mohammad Irfan took 2-38.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013

Victor Valdes to pick mega-rich Monaco over Arsenal? According to Daily Mail Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has hinted he will move to French giants Monaco instead of joining Arsenal at the end of the season. Earlier Valdes had confirmed he will leave the Nou Camp, after his 11-year contract with Barcelona comes to an end. Valdes revealed he is looking forward to playing again alongside former Barcelona defender, Eric Abidal who joined the mega-rich French club last summer. “Playing alongside him again would ...


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