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China lose to Thailand 1-0 at China Cup opener

Friday, 2019-03-22 07:41:39
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Chanathip Songkrasin scored only goal to give Thailand a 1-0 win in the China Cup semi-finals. (Photo: Getty Images)
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Fabio Cannavaro gave an ominous debut as head coach of Chinese men's soccer national team as his side lost to Thailand 1-0 at the opening match of China Cup on Thursday.

Chanathip Songkrasin, dubbed as Thailand's Messi, scored the winner at the 33rd minute with a deadly drive which gave China's goalkeeper Yan Junling no chance to save.

* Former Ecuadorian Football Federation president Luis Chiriboga has been banned for life and fined more than a million US dollars for corruption, world football governing body FIFA said on Thursday. Chiriboga was found guilty of accepting bribes in exchange for awarding lucrative media and marketing rights for tournaments such as the Copa America and Copa Libertadores.

* With only four starters from last year's World Cup final, Croatia started the new qualifying campaign with the 2-1 coming from behind win against Azerbaijan on Thursday night at Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb. Team captain Luka Modric, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, Internazionale Milan winger Ivan Perisic and Besiktas central defender Domagoj Vida were the only players that have been selected in the starting 11 against France at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow nine months ago and got to start the match versus Azerbaijan.

* Roland Garros organisers revealed an 8% increase on prize money to more than 42 million euros this year here on Thursday. Overall prize money for the 2019 edition of Roland Garros, to run from May 26 to June 9, will reach 42,661,000 euros, with men's and women's singles winners each bagging 2.3 million euros, an increase of 100,000 euros than the previous year.

* Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo was fined 20,000 euros by UEFA for a gesture he made while celebrating in their Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid last week, European football's governing body said on Thursday. Ronaldo escaped a ban and will, therefore, be free to face Ajax Amsterdam in the quarter-finals, with the first leg to be played in the Netherlands on April 10.

* American teenager Juan Manuel Correa has joined the Alfa Romeo Formula One team as a development driver while also competing in the Formula Two championship. The 19-year-old will work in the Swiss-based team's simulator to support regular race drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi.

* Lowly-ranked Kazakhstan began their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign by thrashing Scotland 3-0 in a raucous atmosphere inside the Astana Arena on Thursday. Kazakhstan, 117th in the FIFA rankings, looked dangerous every time they attacked on the slick artificial surface and Scotland managed only two attempts on target on a night to forget for them.

* Poland forward Krzysztof Piatek continued his prolific season by scoring 10 minutes after coming off the bench to secure a 1-0 win away to Austria in their Group G opening Euro 2020 qualifier. Israel were held 1-1 at home by Slovenia, while Macedonia beat Latvia 3-1 in the group's other two games.

* Danish badminton player Joachim Persson has been suspended for 18 months after breaching the sport's code of conduct in relation to betting and irregular match results, the Badminton World Federation said on Thursday. The former world number six was found guilty of four code violations, including failing to report an approach to engage in conduct that would violate the sport's betting rules.

* Former Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Australia coach Bert van Marwijk has been appointed to succeed Alberto Zaccheroni in charge of the United Arab Emirates. The UAE FA announced the appointment of the 66-year-old late on Wednesday, seven weeks after Italian Zaccheroni departed when the hosts were knocked out of the Asian Cup by Qatar in the semi-finals.

Reuters, Xinhua