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MANILA---The Asian Football Confederation
president has warned against any potential chal-
lenge to Sepp Blatter and pledged support for
the controversial Fifa president.
Blatter is seeking a fifth term in charge of foot-
ball's world governing body amid British media
speculation that Fifa vice-president Prince Ali Al
Bin Hussein of Jordan is considering a challenge.
AFC boss Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa
said that any challenger has to consider what is
best for the continent as a whole.
Speaking ahead of the AFC annual awards cer-
emony yesterday, Salman said: "If someone wants
to run, they have to look at the interests of the
whole continent...But it is a free choice, if they
want to run, we can't stop them."
The Bahraini official said there had been no
change to the AFC's decision at a congress in
June to back the re-election of Blatter.
"It was a unanimous decision," Salman said.
"After making the decision, we have to support
it. We never go back on our words and commit-
ments, that how we are."
Blatter is also in Manila to celebrate the AFC's
60th anniversary. (AP)
ROME---Sassuolo extended its unbeaten run
to seven matches by coming from behind to
beat Hellas Verona 2-1 yesterday, and Lazio was
held 0-0 at Chievo Verona.
The victory moved Sassuolo into the top half
of the Serie A table in ninth place, one point
ahead of Inter Milan.
Verona, which had its winless streak extended
to seven matches following a strong start to the
season, remained 13th.
Greek defender Vangelis Moras put Verona
ahead seven minutes in with a header off a corner,
Nicola Sansone equalized in the 50th from the
edge of the area and Algeria midfielder Saphir
Taider tapped in the winner in the 78th after
being set up by Antonio Floro Flores.
Lazio produced a series of chances but couldn't
find a way past Chievo's Argentine goalkeeper
Albano Bizzarri, but at least took home a point
after two consecutive losses.
Lazio remained sixth while Chievo remained in
the relegation zone. Bizzarri dove to deny Stefano
Mauri in the 72nd and Stefan de Vrij in the 89th.
Today, Serie A leader Juventus faces Torino in a
derby and second-place Roma hosts Inter Milan. (AP)
David Clarkson grabbed a last-minute
winner for Dundee, who booked their spot
in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup with a
thrilling 2-1 victory over Aberdeen at Dens
The striker ran on to a header by Jame
McPake to clip the ball past keeper Scott
Brown from 15 yards and send luckless Dons
out of the Cup.
Thomas Konrad had earlier netted at both
ends of the park during the opening 20 minutes
but the hero of the day for the Dark Blues
was keeper Scott McBain, who pulled off a
series of excellent saves to deny the visitors.
A Ryan Stevenson double booked Partick's
place in the fifth round with a deserved
2-0 victory over Hamilton at Firhill.
Stevenson scored in each half to put
Thistle in a commanding position and they
never looked like relinquishing the lead.
Hamilton's frustration was evident at
the death as Dougie Imrie was sent off for
a needless lunge on Jake Carroll.
Holders St Johnstone successfully began
their defence with a hard-earned 2-1 win
against Premiership rivals Ross County.
Keith Watson answered a late call to send
Dundee United into the fifth round fol-
lowing an emphatic second-half comeback
Watson was named on the bench but
was promoted just before kick-off after
Jaroslaw Fojut suffered an injury in the
And he proved the hero when he headed
home fellow full-back Conor Townsend's
cross with eight minutes left to seal a 2-
1 victory at Fir Park for last season's run-
Steven Thompson's return from injury
failed to inspire St Mirren to victory in
their clash with Inverness as they were
forced to accept a 1-1 draw.
Hibernian had to come from behind to
avoid a cup upset as they sank Alloa 2-1.
SAO PAULO---Football great Pele isn t showing
signs of the urinary tract infection that prompted
his hospitalisation this week and doctors said
they will suspend kidney treatment today.
The Albert Einstein hospital said yesterday that
the 74-year-old Pele remains in an intensive care
unit, but his condition was constantly improv-
"The renal support treatment will continue to
be administered until (today) morning and then
it will be paused," doctors said in a statement.
It wasn't clear if Pele would be allowed to leave
intensive care immediately after the treatment
Pele has been undergoing intravenous kidney
treatment---a type of hemodialysis to filter waste
particles from his blood---since the beginning of
He was hospitalised Monday after being diag-
nosed with the urinary infection that stemmed
from a November 13 surgery to remove kidney
BARCELONA---Cristiano Ronaldo turned
playmaker to help Real Madrid set a club
record with its 16th consecutive victory
across all competitions by winning 2-1 at
Malaga yesterday in the Spanish league.
Ronaldo saw his own unprecedented
start to the domestic campaign end as he
failed to find the net for the first time in
12 league matches, but he more than com-
pensated by setting up Karim Benzema
and Gareth Bale for the league leaders.
The Ballon d'Or holder found Benzema
in the 18th minute and assisted Bale late
before Malaga striker Roque Santa Cruz
took advantage of Francisco "Isco" Alarcon's
sending off in the 86th by pulling one back
in stoppage time.
"Ronaldo was the key to the match, he
was fantastic," said Madrid coach Carlo
Ancelotti, who bettered the previous club
mark most recently matched in 2011-12
under predecessor Jose Mourinho. "It feels
like a dream. I have deep admiration for
Madrid was stopped from building a big-
ger lead early on by Malaga goalkeeper
Carlos Kameni, who saved close-range
shots by Ronaldo, Bale and Isco.
Counterpart Iker Casillas had a shaky
showing throughout, spilling three shots.
The captain, however, did make a diving
save to turn away a free kick with Malaga
surging in the final minutes.
"I told my teammates in the changing
room that we have passed into the history
of Real Madrid," Casillas said.
Madrid opened up a five-point lead over
Barcelona before it visits Valencia on Sun-
Elsewhere, Athletic Bilbao remained
unbeaten in six rounds after midfielder
Benat Etxebarria set up one goal before
scoring to secure a 2-1 win at Getafe.
Promoted Eibar continued to impress
with a 1-0 victory at Celta Vigo, and
Espanyol fought back 2-1 over visitors Lev-
ante under heavy rain for its first win in
Benzema put Madrid in front by redi-
recting a cross after Ronaldo had used a
step-over dribble to open up a passing
angle from the wing.
Casillas let Sergi Darder's shot fall
between his legs and hit the post in the
23rd before Sergio "Duda" Barbosa sent
his free kick off the bar in the 43rd in the
hosts' best opportunities until their late
Kameni reserved the best of several saves
for the 76th when a defensive gaff let the
ball roll to the unmarked Ronaldo, but the
former Espanyol goalie anticipated his
"With a little bit of luck we could have
gotten more from this game," Kameni said.
But he could do nothing to stop Bale's
dipping strike in the 83rd after Ronaldo
deftly headed the ball on to meet his run,
as Malaga's first home loss left it in sixth
Bilbao's Etxebarria found Mikel San Jose
to glance in his corner kick in the 36th.
He then curled a free kick inside the post
for Bilbao's second goal in the 90th, before
Angel Lafita added suspense to stoppage
time with a goal seconds later.
Manu del Moral scored Eibar's goal in
the 31st as it rose to 10th place and kept
Celta in seventh.
In Barcelona, Levante's Jose Morales
tapped in a rebound in the 12th. But Felipe
Caicedo equalized via the post for Espanyol
in the 19th before Sergio Garcia hit from
long distance in the 34th. (AP)
Clarkson sends Aberdeen out of Cup
Madrid tops Malaga 2-1
to set win streak record
for the ball
right, during a
Spanish La Liga
at La Rosaleda
Madrid won 2-1.
Pele responding well
to kidney treatment
Sassuolo win to
extend unbeaten run
Asian football chief
against challenging Sepp
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