West Ham, Boro post 1st wins in Premier League

Updated 21 August 2016
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West Ham, Boro post 1st wins in Premier League

LONDON: The first Premier League game staged at the centerpiece stadium of the London Olympics in 2012 served up some late drama Sunday, with new tenant West Ham scoring in the 85th minute to earn a 1-0 win over 10-man Bournemouth.
Track-and-field stars like Usain Bolt and David Rudisha produced some amazing memories at the Olympic Stadium — now known simply as London Stadium — four years ago, but this match was forgettable until a flurry of incidents in the latter stages.
Bournemouth was left a man short by Harry Arter’s sending-off in the 77th, and West Ham took advantage when winger Michail Antonio met an inviting left-wing cross by Gokhan Tore with a header at the far post.
“I did say to him two minutes before the goal, ‘Go and be a hero,’” West Ham captain Mark Noble said about Antonio. “He went, and was one.”
West Ham then needed a reaction save from goalkeeper Adrian followed by a clearance from near the goal-line to preserve its first league win at the team’s new home. Having waved an emotional goodbye to Upton Park last season after 112 years there, West Ham is in the first year of the club’s tenancy at the London Stadium and will take time to get used to the new surroundings.
Decimated by injuries to many of its key players, including Dimitri Payet, Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and new record signing Andre Ayew, West Ham also had to cope with a tough week that saw them play Chelsea on Monday — losing 2-1 to a late goal — and then travel to Romania for a Europa League qualifier on Thursday. The threadbare squad returned to London in the early hours of Friday.
“It wasn’t a great game of football,” West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said. “We didn’t expect to play like Brazil.”
Bournemouth has lost both of its games in the league so far, having opened with a 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United.
Sunderland, and its new manager David Moyes, is also looking for its first point after a 2-1 loss to northeast rival Middlesbrough in the other game Sunday.
Uruguay striker Cristhian Stuani scored both of Middlesbrough’s first-half goals, the first a 25-meter screamer into the top corner in the 13th before finishing off a flowing team move in the 45th.
Patrick van Aanholt pulled a goal back in the 71st for Sunderland.

Bremen knocked out of German Cup, Leverkusen progresses
Third-division side Sportfreunde Lotte knocked six-time champion Werder Bremen out of the German Cup with a 2-1 victory, while Bayer Leverkusen progressed from the first round Sunday.
Matthias Rahn fired Lotte into an early lead, Zlatko Junuzovic equalized, but Andre Dej claimed what proved to be the winner in the 55th minute. Bremen’s Fin Bartels was sent off late.
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored and set up Karim Bellarabi’s goal as Leverkusen edged past fifth-tier SC Hauenstein 2-1. Andjelo Srzentic’s late goal for Hauenstein ensured a nervy finish with Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno forced to make a number of saves.
Antonio-Mirko Colak scored a hat trick as Darmstadt routed fifth-tier Bremer SV 7-0, Hoffenheim won 6-0 at fourth-tier FC Germania Egestorf/Langreder and second-division side Greuther Fuerth won 4-1 at fourth-tier Eintracht Norderstedt.
Eintracht Frankfurt and Mainz both needed penalties to get past lower-league opposition.
Mainz defeated fourth-tier Unterhaching 4-2 in the shootout after their game ended 3-3 following extra time.
Guillermo Varela scored the winning penalty as Frankfurt beat third-division Magdeburg 4-3 with the game tied 1-1 after extra time. Frankfurt defender Michael Hector earned a second yellow card in extra time, and the game was held up in normal time due to fan disturbances, with police forced to intervene.
Fourth-tier side Astoria Walldorf upset second-division Bochum with two goals in extra time for a 4-3 win, and second-division Union Berlin won 2-1 at third-tier MSV Duisburg thanks to an own goal in extra time.


Saudi Arabia to face Japan in Asian Cup second round after defeat to Qatar

Updated 17 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia to face Japan in Asian Cup second round after defeat to Qatar

  • A double from Almoez Ali means Qatar top Group E.
  • Juan Antonio Pizzi's men now face Japan in second round on Monday.

LONDON: Saudi Arabia now know they will have to overcome Japan in the second round if they are to keep their hopes of a fourth Asian Cup title alive. 

A 2-0 defeat at the hands of Qatar meant Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men finished second in Group E — both sides went into the top-of-the-table clash knowing they had already secured a spot in the knockout stages. 

A brace from Almoez Ali in Abu Dhabi was enough to give Qatar the three points and leave them top of the group. 

From the kick-off the Green Falcons were the ones who looked the more likely to make the initial breakthrough —  Fahad Almuwallad slamming a right-foot shot against the post after 22 minutes.

Qatar captain Hasan Al-Haydos then missed a penalty in the 42nd minute after Ali had been clattered in the box.

But Ali, who scored four goals in Qatar's 6-0 rout of North Korea last weekend, made no mistake in first-half stoppage time.

He calmly slotted the ball past Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais to become the first player to score six goals in a single Asian Cup since South Korea's Lee Dong-gook in 2000.

Ali subsequently headed in a seventh goal of the tournament 10 minutes from time, celebrating with a jig of delight.

While the defeat was not ideal Green Falcons coach Pizzi said he was still hopeful Saudi Arabia would be able to go far in the tournament. 

"It was an intense game but we have to hide our feelings and prepare for the last 16," Pizzi said.

"We were missing quality in the final third and individual errors have cost us," he added.

"But we will bounce back. I respect every team left in the competition, including Japan, but I don't feel that we are inferior to them in any way."

Qatar, who have never gone beyond the quarterfinals, advance to face Iraq in the last 16.