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LYON---Lyon has added midfield-
er Aldo Kalulu to its list of injured
Lyon said yesterday that the 19-
year-old attacking midfielder
sprained his left ankle during a
training session and will be out for
about two months.
Kalulu s ankle will be put in a
Kalulu has been nurtured at the
French club s academy.
He scored his first league goal
last month after impressing in his
Champions League debut.
Lyon was already without France
international Nabil Fekir, who is
out for months with a serious knee
injury, and left-back Henri Bedi-
There was also some good news
for the seven-time French cham-
pions, as Brazil right-back Rafael
and midfielder Clement Grenier
returned to training this week. (AP)
TOKYO---Osama Omari scored a
hat trick and Mahmoud Al Mawas
netted twice in Syria s 5-2 win over
Afghanistan in a World Cup qual-
ifying game played on neutral turf
in Oman yesterday because of con-
flicts in both countries.
Syria led 3-1 at halftime, with
Noroallah Amiri scoring for
Afghanistan just before the break.
Faisal Shayesteh s goal in the 78th
cut the margin to one goal but
Omari s third made it 4-2 in the
83rd and Al Mawas put the result
beyond doubt in the last minute.
The win, Syria s fourth in five
games, allowed the war-torn coun-
try to overall unbeaten Japan atop
Group E with 12 points. Japan,
which didn t play yesterday, is level
on ten points with Singapore, which
beat Cambodia 2-1.
Striker Hamza Aldaradreh scored
two second-half goals as Jordan
beat Tajikistan 3-0 and extended
its lead over Asian Cup champion
Australia in Group B.
Aldaradreh opened the scoring
in the 65th, Hassan Mahmood dou-
bled in the lead two minutes later
and Aldaradreh capped it off with
Jordan s third deep in stoppage
Jordan leads the group with 13
points and is four clear of Australia.
Gulf champion Qatar maintained
its winning streak in Pool C with
a 4-0 win over Maldives, moving
to 15 points and gaining a buffer of
five over second-place Hong Kong.
Striker Chan Siu Ki scored in the
89th to give Hong Kong a 1-0 win
In Group D, second-half substi-
tute Abdulaziz Al Maqbali scored
twice and set up the other goal as
Oman beat India 3-0 to take the
lead in the pool with 11 points, while
Turkmenistan edged Guam 1-0 in
an earlier match.
Jong Il Gwan s 12th-minute
penalty gave the North Koreans a
1-0 win over Yemen at Pyongyang
to extend its lead in Group H, with
Bahrain avenging an opening loss
to the Philippines by scoring two
second-half goals in a 2-0 win at
home in the return match later in
the same pool.
Thailand beat Vietnam 3-0 at
Hanoi with goals from Kroekrit
Thaweekarn in the 29th , skipper
Theeraton Bunmathan in the 70th
and an own-goal from Dinh Tien
Thanh to move five points clear in
In other early matches, Malaysia
beat winless East Timor at Dili for
its first win in Group A.
The eight group winners and four
best runners-up will advance to the
last round of Asian qualifying.
South Korea, Iran and China were
among the other teams not playing
Syria whips Afghanistan, overhauls Japan in Asian qualifying
BRUSSELS---The Dutch charmed the world
with their free-flowing Total Football during
the 1970s. In 2015, they are just a Total Loss.
With a second straight home defeat, 3-2 to
already-qualified Czech Republic, the Nether-
lands failed to reach the European Champi-
onship finals for the first time since 1984.
And rubbing salt into that wound, neighbour
and perennial rival Belgium moved top of the
FIFA rankings and qualified as the Group B
winner with a 3-1 victory over Israel.
"Let s be chauvinists today," Belgium captain
Vincent Kompany said. "The Dutch have
crashed out and we re No 1. Let s just be
proud." While Belgium stars like Kevin De
Bruyne and Eden Hazard are heading up, Dutch
veterans like Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben
and Wesley Sneijder are heading in the other
In this topsy-turvy world, be assured of
one thing---always count on Italy. With two
goals late in the game, the Azzurri came from
behind to beat Norway 2-1, and offer qual-
ification on a plate to Croatia, which went
through on a lone Ivan Perisic goal in Malta.
The Scandinavians now face the playoffs.
There was no such hardship for third-place
Turkey in the Netherlands group. It beat Ice-
land 1-0 to take the automatic qualifying place
for Euro 2016 as the best third-place finisher
behind the Czech Republic and Iceland.
Joining Norway in Sunday s playoff draw
are Hungary, Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden, Ire-
land, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Slovenia. The
two-legged series will be staged November
12-14 and November 15-17, with the four win-
ners heading to France next year.
The Netherlands elimination overshadowed
all that happened in the group.
Danny Blind s team slumped to possibly its
worse defeat of a dismal qualification campaign
yesterday, trailing the 10-man Czech Republic
3-0 in Amsterdam before two late goals pro-
vided a little consolation to fans who were
already pouring out of the Amsterdam Arena.
With Selcuk Inan scoring the late winner
in Turkey s 1-0 victory over Iceland, even a
win for the Netherlands would not have earned
a playoff berth.
"We have not been good enough," coach
Danny Blind said.
Hapless defending was again the undoing
of the Dutch as Pavel Kaderabek opened the
scoring and Josef Sural doubled the Czechs
lead before the break. Even after Marek Suchy
was sent off shortly before halftime and with
Blind eventually opting for a five-man attack,
the Dutch could only manage two strikes in
the second half.
Robin van Persie scored at both ends---his
own goal giving the Czechs a three-goal cush-
ion, before he netted his 50th international
goal at the other end to make it 3-2 after
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar s strike. In the group s
other match, Kazakhstan beat Latvia 1-0.
Belgium is on top of the world---well, at
least the FIFA rankings, only the 8th nation
to get the distinction. The 42,000 fans at the
King Baudouin Stadium had to wait 64 minutes
to start celebrating.
Dries Mertens took a pass from Kevin De
Bruyne and the Napoli winger twisted and
moved before slotting low for the breakthrough
goal against Israel. Manchester City s De
Bruyne scored from a free kick and Eden Haz-
ard got the third goal in the 3-1 win.
Victory meant that the 2-0 win of runner-
up Wales over Andorra had no impact on the
In a head-to-head for a third-place playoff
spot, Bosnia-Herzegovina beat Cyprus 3-2 to
give the 2014 World Cup finalist a shot at a
second straight major tournament from the
"I am super pleased. Yes! No 1 in the world,"
said Mertens on Belgium s unlikely run from
71st place in 2007 to sweeping past Germany
and Argentina over the past weekend to top
In a cliffhanger in Nicosia where the lead
changed three times, it was finally Bosnia-
Herzegovina which pulled through to reach
the playoffs, based largely on a brace of first
time goals from Deportivo La Coruna s Haris
In Cardiff, it was another player in Spanish
employ, Real Madrid s Gareth Bale, who was
celebrating. With the last goal of Wales suc-
cessful campaign, he set off the party for the
team s first qualification for a major tourna-
ment since 1958 after Aaron Ramsey had scored
With some help from Italy, Croatia qualified
for its fourth consecutive European Champi-
onship after a 1-0 win at Malta.
Croatia claimed second place in the group
after Italy came from behind to beat Norway
Alessandro Florenzi scored one goal and set
up another for Graziano Pelle as the Azzurri
overturned a 1-0 halftime deficit in Rome.
Ghana-born midfielder Alexander Tettey
scored with Norway s only shot of the first
"We did what we had to do," Italy coach
Antonio Conte said. "We didn t deserve to
lose. I always want this intensity and this nas-
tiness. We re on the right road. It s important
to have this approach, whether you win or
In Ta Qali, Ivan Perisic scored midway
through the first half for Croatia.
Italy won the group with 24 points and
Croatia---which had a point deducted for a
swastika that was painted on the pitch before
a match against Italy---finished second with
20. Norway took third place with 19 points,
sending the Scandinavians to the playoffs.
Belgium tops FIFA ranking,
Lyon midfielder Kalulu out for 2 months on injury
Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne, second right, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal
during a Group B Euro 2016 qualifying football match between Belgium and Israel at the King
Baudouin stadium in Brussels yesterday. Belgium won 3-1. AP PHOTO
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