Guedes leads Portugal to 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia

Goncalo Guedes scored one set up another to ease European champions Portugal past Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)
Updated 11 November 2017
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Guedes leads Portugal to 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia

VISEU, Portugal: Goncalo Guedes scored one goal and set up another to lead Portugal over Saudi Arabia 3-0 in a friendly on Friday.
Guedes passed for Manuel Fernandes to open the scoring in the 32nd minute before he added a second after halftime.
Joao Mario netted a late goal to round off the easy win for the hosts.
Guedes has three goals this season for Valencia, helping it reach second place in the Spanish league.
Cristiano Ronaldo was rested by coach Fernando Santos, as Portugal has qualified for the World Cup.
Portugal will host the United States on Tuesday in a friendly in Leiria.


Iranian FA warned new law is putting country's Asian Cup place at risk

Updated 13 November 2018
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Iranian FA warned new law is putting country's Asian Cup place at risk

  • Asian Football Confederation says it is “closely monitoring the current issues”
  • Iran’s parliament announced a law designating the (soccer federation) as a non-government public body

KUALA LUMPUR: Iran has been told it could face suspension from the Asian Cup in January over a law interfering in the national soccer federation’s independence.
The Asian Football Confederation says it is “closely monitoring the current issues” with its top-ranked team, and will not tolerate “third-party interference in their member associations.”
The Malaysia-based AFC says Iran’s parliament announced a law “designating the (soccer federation) as a non-government public body and prohibiting the engagement of retired personnel.”
The AFC says it hopes Iran’s soccer body “can maintain its independence and avoid any sanctions” less than two months before the Asian Cup starts in the United Arab Emirates.
Iran, the best Asian team at No. 30 in FIFA’s rankings, plays its opening game Jan. 7 against Yemen in Abu Dhabi. The group includes Iraq and Vietnam.