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Japan ended Iraq s chances
of qualifying for the 2014 World
Cup by scoring late to win 1--0
in a match played in the neutral
territory of Qatar.
Iraq enjoyed plenty of pos-
session and created several
chances in the opening half at
Grand Hamad Stadium in Doha,
but Japan made it pay with an
89th-minute goal from Shinji
Okazaki on a counterattack.
Japan, which has already qual-
ified, moved to 17 points from
eight games. Iraq has five points,
with its final match against Aus-
tralia in Sydney next Tuesday.
The second and final automatic
qualifying spot is between Aus-
tralia, Oman and Jordan.
Iraq had Alaa Abdul-Zahra sent
off in the 82nd after he received
two yellow cards in quick suc-
cession, the second for kicking
an opponent in the face while
attempting an overhead kick.
In yesterday s other Asian
qualifiers, South Korea beat
Uzbekistan 1--0 to move within
a point of progressing to the
World Cup finals for the eighth
South Korea leads Group A
with 14 points, three clear of
Uzbekistan, which conceded a
first-half own goal by Akmal
Shorakhmedov in Seoul.
The result means South Korea
needs only one point from their
last group match to secure a
place at Brazil 2014.
Meanwhile Iran scored twice
in each half to beat Lebanon
4--0 and move into second place
in its Asian World Cup quali-
fying group. Bidding to reach
the World Cup for a fourth time,
Iran is one point behind South
Korea in Group A and two ahead
Japan ends Iraq's World Cup hopes with win
Korea Republic 1, Uzbekistan 0
Iran 4, Lebanon 0
Australia 4, Jordan 0
Iraq 0, Japan 1
China 0, Holland 2
Qatar 0, Korea DPR 0
Estonia 1, Kyrgyzstan 1
Norway 2, Rep of Macedonia 0
Italy 2, Haiti 2
LAUSANNE---The Court of Arbitration for Sport
has rejected an attempt by Spanish club Malaga
to overturn a UEFA ban from next season s Europa
League over previously unpaid debts.
At a hearing last Tuesday, Malaga challenged
UEFA s decision in December to ban the Qatari-
owned club from one European competition for
missed payments of players wages and social taxes.
Clubs must pay football and tax debts to retain
a licence from their national association to play in
Malaga, which reached the Champions League
quarterfinals under coach Manuel Pellegrini, then
finished sixth in the Spanish league to earn a Europa
League berth. But with the CAS appeal thrown out,
Malaga is set to be replaced in Europe s second-
tier club competition by Sevilla.
UEFA s club finance judicial body also fined
Malaga €300,000 ($398,000).
"The club will comply fully with the penalty
imposed by UEFA by not participating in the next
edition of the Europa League and paying a financial
sanction," Malaga said in a statement after the CAS
announcement yesterday. (AP)
Malaga fails in
appeal to play in
Manchester United have completed the signing
of Uruguayan right-back Guillermo Varela on a
The 20-year-old has now sealed his move from
Penarol after a deal was previously agreed.
"I m very pleased to be a part of this club, one of
the best teams in the world," Varela, who impressed
in a two-week trial with United in May, said on
manutd.com. Varela will represent Uruguay at the
Under-20 World Cup in Turkey later this month
before joining up with his new team-mates.
He added: "As everyone in the world knows, this
is a huge club that has won everything and I really
hope that continues.
"I m very lucky there are quite a few Spanish-
speakers here. It will certainly help me settle in."
Varela will provide competition for first choice
right-back Rafael, who enjoyed his best season for
the club last term.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has reiterated his
love for the club, but again insisted that he needs
to leave Anfield.
The Uruguayan star is currently in South America
preparing for the Confederations Cup, having already
this summer revealed that he wants to leave the club.
Liverpool have insisted that Suarez, who is currently
banned from domestic football in England after biting
Chelsea s Branislav Ivanovic, is not for sale.
But Suarez believes that he has to leave because
of his treatment from the British press.
"Ever since I arrived I have felt bad, they have
never judged me for my play but with the attitude
that he dives, protests, makes gestures, racism...
everything," Suarez told television show RR Gol.
"They have never spoken well of me. For that rea-
son, when I was told I could win the Player of the
Year award, I said: I will not get excited as I know
that I will never win an important award in Eng-
Suarez also feels like the English authorities are
against him, comparing his ban for racial abusing
Patrice Evra to that of John Terry, who was banned
for half the amount of games after a similar incident
with Anton Ferdinand.
over Reds exit
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