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Feyenoord thrash Venlo

John Guidetti scored two penalties on Sunday to help Feyenoord rout VVV-Venlo 4-0 and end a two-game losing streak in the Dutch league. Guidetti converted his first spot-kick in the 31st minute after referee Serdar Gozubuyuk ruled that he had been fouled by Ferry de Regt in the area. Gozubuyuk then sent off Venlo’s Ahmed Musa after the Nigerian picked up a second yellow card, before Guidetti doubled the lead in the 50th minute from another penalty. Karim El Ahmadi and Ricky van Haaren added a pair of goals to complete the rout, leaving Venlo still looking for their first win of the season. Feyenoord moved fourth with 17 points, five behind leaders AZ Alkmaar, who drew 2-2 with Ajax on Saturday. PSV Eindhoven and Twente are tied for second with 20 points each. PSV beat Utrecht 1-0 on Saturday, while Twente routed RKC Waalwijk 4-0. Also on Sunday, Roda JC beat ADO The Hague 4-1 with Sanharib Malki scoring two goals, while Mitchell Donald and Ruud Vormer added one each. Robbert Schilder and Anthony Lurling scored in each half to help NAC Breda edge Excelsior Rotterdam 2-0. Giorgi Chanturia netted in the 34th minute in Vitesse Arnhem’s 1-0 victory at NEC Nijmegen.


Leto fires Greens to top spot

Sebastian Leto scored twice in the first half and Quincy added another in the second to help Panathinaikos win 3-2 at Xanthi in the Greek league on Sunday. Edimar and Panayiotis Vlachodimos scored in the second half to pull Xanthi back from a 3-0 deficit, but the hosts could not find an equalizer. The win puts Panathinaikos atop the Greek league with 10 points from four games. Four other teams also have 10 points, but Panathinaikos have the best goal-difference — and two games in hand on PAOK and Atromitos. PAOK drew 0-0 at home against OFI, while Atromitos drew 2-2 at Kerkyra on Saturday. Olympiakos and AEK also have 10 points each after a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Also on Sunday, Aris drew 1-1 at Ergotelis and Giannena and Panionios held each other 0-0.


Sao Paulo sack their coach

Sao Paulo sacked coach Adilson Batista in the changing room right after Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at Atletico Goianiense, their sixth match without a win. It was the 31st coaching change of the year among Brazil’s 20 first division clubs. Sao Paulo have dropped from second to sixth in the Brazilian championship standings, six points adrift of archrivals and leaders Corinthians with eight matches to go. Adilson took charge at Sao Paulo in July and presided over 22 matches in all competitions with seven wins and six defeats. Assistant Milton Cruz will take charge as caretaker for the remainder of the championship and the Copa Sudamericana, the club said on their Web site.


Suarez ‘upset’ at allegations

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez said he is “upset” at allegations he racially abused Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during their Premier League match on Saturday. The Football Association has launched an investigation after Evra, a black French fullback, told French TV station Canal Plus that Suarez leveled racist insults at him during the 1-1 draw at Anfield. Suarez wrote on Sunday on his official Facebook page that he was “upset by the accusations of racism” made by Evra. The Uruguay international said: “I can only say that I have always respected and respect everybody. We are all the same.” Liverpool said on Saturday that Suarez “categorically denies the allegations.”

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