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SOCCER SHORTS

AGENCIES

■ GERMANY

Stuttgart reach cup final

Stuttgart advanced to the German Cup final against Nuremberg by beating Wolfsburg 1-0 on Wednesday thanks to a goal by Antonio da Silva. Da Silva scored the winner for the visitors in the 16th minute, curling a left-footed free kick from nearly 30m over the Wolfsburg wall. Wolfsburg appeared to have equalized in the second half but Marcelinho's goal was ruled out for offside, although television replays indicated otherwise. Three-time cup winners, Stuttgart last won the competition 10 years ago.

■ FRANCE

Marseille see off Nantes

Marseille set up a clash with Sochaux in next month's French Cup final with a 3-0 win over Nantes in their semi-final tie on Wednesday. French international Franck Ribery set the hosts on their way to their second consecutive Cup final after 28 minutes only to limp off the pitch at half-time with a thigh problem. Toifilou Maoulida doubled their account on 55 minutes with striker Djibril Cisse coming on as a late substitute and finding the net 14 minutes from time. Marseille will be looking for their first cup French Cup triumph since 1993 on May 12 in the Stade de France.

■ NIGERIA

Players attack referee

Gambian referee John Mendy was attacked by angry players from Cameroon's Union Douala on Wednesday after handing their opponents a last minute penalty which saw them knocked out of the African Confederation Cup, reports said. Mendy was hit by unidentified players after Union Douala went down 3-2 to Kwara United of Nigeria in Ilorin and out of the competition 4-3 on aggregate. Reports said Union Douala players had in turn been attacked by Nigerian supporters at the end of the game.

■ ARGENTINA

Chile draw local derby

Argentina were held to a 0-0 draw by neighbors Chile on Wednesday in their first home match since last year's World Cup. Both teams fielded experimental lineups of home-based players in front of a 60,000 crowd at the Malvinas Argentinas stadium in Mendoza, at the foot of the Andes separating the two countries. Argentina, whose players had only a handful of caps between them, started promisingly with Jonathan Bottinelli hitting the crossbar and Jose Sosa, Daniel Montenegro and Fernando Belluschi also going close. Chile playmaker Jorge Valdivia had a shot deflected wide as the visitors began to look menacing before half-time. In the second half, Belluschi struck the post for Argentina and Mariano Pavone squandered another chance for the hosts.

■ ENGLAND

David Dein quits Gunners

David Dein, one of the most powerful figures in English soccer, has quit as vice-chairman of Premier League club Arsenal because of "irreconcilable differences" with board colleagues, Arsenal said on Wednesday. Arsenal said in the same statement they were not about to agree to sell the club, in which US businessman Stan Kroenke recently bought an 11 percent share. Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood said in an interview before the announcement of Dein's departure that he and three of the club's major shareholders had "no intention of selling to some stranger." "We're here for Arsenal Football Club, not to make a few bob. We would be horrified to see it go across the Atlantic," he told the Guardian.

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