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Japan was held to a goalless
draw by visiting minnow Sin-
gapore while Guam pulled off
only its second World Cup
qualifying win when it beat
India 2--1 yesterday.
Also, Son Heung-min con-
firmed his status as one of the
biggest stars in Asian football
by inspiring South Korea to a
2--0 win over Myanmar in
Japan dominated at Saitama
Stadium but couldn t find a way
to beat Singapore goalkeeper
Izwan Bin Mahbud, who pro-
duced spectacular saves.
One of Bin Mahbud s best
saves was when he swatted away
Shinji Okazaki s header just
before it crossed the line, ten
minutes after halftime.
Moments later, the Singapore
keeper dived to his left to get
a hand on a Keisuke Honda
Honda had another golden
opportunity when his free kick
from 25 metres hit the post in
Singapore, which is 154th in
the world rankings, leads Asia
Group E early with four points.
Japan, bidding for its sixth
straight World Cup berth, has
Guam s first successful qual-
ifier was last week, against Turk-
On Tuesday, Brandon
McDonald put host Guam ahead
of India in the 38th minute in
Tamuning, and Travis Nicklaw
doubled the advantage in the
62nd. Sunil Chhetri pulled one
back for the visitors in stoppage
time but India was handed its
Turkmenistan held Iran to 1--1
in Tashkent in the other Group
Serdar Azmoun put Iran
ahead after four minutes, cutting
in from the left flank and slotting
the ball past goalkeeper Nikita
Gorbunov, but Turkmenistan
levelled in first-half stoppage
time against the run of play
when Ruslan Mingazov scored.
Iran laid siege to the Turkmen
goal in the second half but was
foiled by acrobatic saves from
In Bangkok, where Myanmar
was ordered to host South Korea
following recent crowd violence
in Yangon, a corner by Son was
headed home by Lee Jae-sung
ten minutes before the break,
then Son fired home a long-
range free kick in the second
half to seal a comfortable win.
Myanmar rarely threatened a
South Korea which sits on top
of Group G after one game.
Japan held to 0--0 by Singapore
AC Milan fires Inzaghi
MILAN---AC Milan fired coach Filippo Inzaghi and
immediately replaced him with Sinisa Mihajlovic on a
two-year deal yesterday.
Milan informed Inzaghi he was unwanted earlier
this month, but was hoping to terminate his contract
under mutual terms. The talks apparently failed.
In his first season in charge, Inzaghi led Milan to a
dismal tenth-place finish. Still, having been a standout
striker for Milan, Inzaghi commanded respect within
Mihajlovic has an option for a third season, at a re-
ported 2.5 million euros ($2.8 million) per season.
The 46-year-old Mihajlovic coached Sampdoria for
the past two seasons, leading the Genoa club to sev-
enth this year.
Mihajlovic previously coached Bologna, Catania,
Fiorentina and Serbia's national team. The Serbian
was also a standout fullback as a player for Sampdo-
ria and Lazio, known for his skill on free kicks.
Former Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti, who was re-
cently fired by Real Madrid, rejected offers to return to
Sagging financially and with club president Silvio
Berlusconi no longer buying the world's top players,
Milan has been on a downward spiral. Since winning
Serie A in 2011, Milan has finished second, third,
eighth, and 10th --- thus failing to qualify for Europe
for a second consecutive season.
Berlusconi is close to selling a 48 per cent stake in
Milan to a Thai investor, in a deal that could reportedly
be worth up to 470 million euros ($530 million).
Southampton signs Juanmi
on a four-year deal
SOUTHAMPTON---Southampton has signed Spain
striker Juanmi on a four-year contract from Malaga.
The 22-year-old scored eight times in the Spanish
league for Malaga in 2014-15 and made his Spain
debut against the Netherlands in March, his only inter-
national appearance so far.
Juanmi says "it has always been a dream for me to
play in the Premier League" and that "now I just want
to start playing and to start scoring goals."
Southampton gave no details of the transfer fee.
Bayern Munich signs
MUNICH---Bayern Munich has signed goalkeeper
Sven Ulreich from Stuttgart as backup for Manuel
Bayern says Ulreich has a three-year contract.
Ulreich is expected to take the place of Pepe Reina,
who is reportedly preparing to leave the club before
the new season.
The 26-year-old Ulreich has plenty of experience,
having played 220 matches for Stuttgart, including 27
in the Europa League. Stuttgart barely avoided relega-
tion last season.
Ulreich says it was "time for something new" after
many years in Stuttgart, where he made his Bun-
desliga debut in 2008.
Neither Bayern nor Stuttgart disclosed the transfer
France to honour victims
of Furiani tragedy
PARIS---French sports officials plan to hold annual
commemorations of the victims of the country's dead-
liest soccer tragedy.
Sports Minister Patrick Kanner said yesterday that
a ceremony should be held every year from 2016 to
honor the 18 people who died and more than 2,300
who were injured when a hastily built stand at Furiani
Stadium in Corsica collapsed on May 5, 1992, mo-
ments before kickoff of the French Cup semifinal be-
tween Bastia and Marseille.
Following discussions with French football authori-
ties, Kanner also proposed setting aside May 5 as the
commemoration date, and a day without football
when it falls on a Saturday.
The French sports ministry said in a statement that
"the trauma is still very present in French people's
GENEVA---Portugal beat Italy
1--0 in an international friendly
in Geneva yesterday to inflict
Antonio Conte s first defeat as
national team coach.
Eder netted his first goal for
Portugal in the 52nd minute to
help end a 39-year wait for a
victory over Italy.
Leonardo Bonucci had hit the
post for Italy minutes earlier.
The result will be a blow to
Italy s hopes of being seeded in
the draw for 2018 World Cup
qualifiers. The draw, which takes
place on July 25, is expected to
use the next Fifa ranking to cre-
Italy had won five of its pre-
vious nine matches since Conte
replaced Cesare Prandelli as
coach after last year s World
Cup, drawing the other four.
Both teams came into the
match after moving closer to
securing qualification for the
2016 European Championship
at the weekend. Italy drew 1-1
in Croatia, while Cristiano
Ronaldo netted a hat-trick as
Portugal came from behind to
beat Armenia 3-2.
The Real Madrid star was
missing from the match, after a
demanding season with Real
Portugal has a woeful record
against Italy, having won just
four out of the previous 24
matches between the two
nations. It had only managed
one draw in 11 matches since its
last victory in 1976.
Italy, which was missing sev-
eral players through injury,
should have taken the lead in
the 27th minute, when Stephan
El Shaarawy cut in from the left
but curled his effort just past
the base of the far post.
Portugal went even closer
minutes later following a howler
by Salvatore Sirigu. The goal-
keeper, who was standing in for
injured Italy captain Gianluigi
Buffon, failed to control a back-
pass. Eder snatched the ball off
him and set up Valera to fire
towards the empty net but
Andrea Ranocchia scrambled
back to clear the attempt off the
Italy appeared reinvigorated
after halftime and twice went
close in the opening minutes of
the second period.
Roberto Soriano almost scored
his first international goal but
his effort flew narrowly over the
crossbar, before Bonucci headed
Andrea Pirlo s free kick off the
right post. Matteo Darmian fired
the follow-up wide from close
Portugal scored what was to
prove the winner moments later.
Eliseu dribbled past two play-
ers in midfield before picking
out Ricardo Quaresma on the
left flank and he swung in a
cross for Eder to blast in under
Italy had several chances to
level but was prevented from
doing so by a combination of
poor finishing and fantastic goal-
keeping from Beto. (AP)
Portugal edges Italy 1--0 in friendly
scored two goals and set up
another, but host Chile was
held to a 3--3 draw by Mexico
in a thrilling Copa America
match on Monday night.
Striker Vicente Matias Vuoso
scored twice for Mexico, includ-
ing the 66th-minute equaliser
that frustrated a home crowd
which was also angered by the
referee s decision to disallow two
Chile goals on contentious off-
Chile would have progressed
to the quarterfinals had it won,
but still leads Group A with four
points along with Bolivia, which
defeated Ecuador 3--2 earlier
Monday. Mexico has two points
after two draws, while Ecuador
is last with zero points. Chile,
seeking its first Copa America
title, is ahead of Bolivia on goal
The top two teams in each of
the three groups advance, plus
the two-best third-place fin-
ishers. Chile s final group match
is against Bolivia on Friday, the
same day Mexico faces Ecuador.
Chile had the better of Mexico
but defensive mistakes and
missed opportunities were cost-
ly.Vuoso opened the scoring
with an easy close-range shot
after a set up by Juan Medina
in the 21st, and a minute later
Vidal equalised with a firm
header off a corner.
Mexico went ahead again with
Raul Jimenez s header in the
29th, right after Chile goalkeeper
Claudio Bravo made a brilliant
save off another header by Ger-
ardo Flores. Eduardo Vargas tied
the game for the second time
with a header off a perfect cross
by Vidal in the 42nd.
Vidal was fouled by Flores
inside the area, then converted
a 55th-minute penalty to give
Chile the advantage before
Vuoso equalised on a breakaway,
beating Bravo with a single touch
inside the box.
Just a minute earlier, Chile
playmaker Jorge Valdivia had a
goal disallowed after Vidal was
ruled offside in a very close call,
and Alexis Sanchez s goal in the
80th also was called back even
though replays showed he was
not offside. Chile coach Jorge
Sampaoli was furious on the
Valdivia had Chile s best
chance to break the deadlock
with a right-footed shot that
missed just wide of the left post
in the 72nd.
Mexico played without vet-
eran defender Rafael Marquez,
who was injured in the scoreless
draw against Bolivia. (AP)
Mexico holds off host Chile in 3--3 draw
Portugal's Ricardo Quaresma, right, challenges Italy's Matteo
Darmian for the ball during their international friendly football
match at the Stade de Geneve in Geneva, Switzerland, yesterday.
Portugal won 1--0. AP PHOTO
ASIAN WORLD CUP QUALIFIER
South Africa 2, Angola 1
Kazakhstan, Cape Verde -
Poland 0, Greece 0
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