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NETHERLANDS

AZ extend their lead

Rasmus Elm scored the only goal of the game on Sunday to help AZ Alkmaar extend their lead at the top of the Dutch league with a 1-0 win over Roda JC. Elm’s 51st-minute corner went straight into the net for his seventh league goal of the season. Roda’s Mark Jan Fledderus was sent off in the second half after picking up a second yellow card. AZ lead the standings with 25 points from 10 games. PSV Eindhoven and Twente are tied in second place with 21 points each. Elsewhere on Sunday, PSV Eindhoven were held to a 1-1 draw at Vitesse Arnhem after taking the lead through Tim Matavz in the 18th minute. Bony Wilfried equalized for the hosts in the 58th minute. Ola John scored in the 20th minute as Twente salvaged a 1-1 draw at Groningen. Suk Hyun-jun scored Groningen’s goal. Earlier on Sunday, captain Jan Vertonghen scored with a 67th-minute header to give Ajax a 1-1 draw against Feyenoord. Stefan de Vrij had put Feyenoord in front with a close-range effort in the 61st minute. Ajax goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer had kept his side in the game with a series of saves before he was sent off for a challenge on Guyon Fernandez in the 65th minute, but Vertonghen’s equalizer came two minutes later. De Graafschap beat NAC Breda 3-1 on Friday, while on Saturday it was VVV-Venlo 4, RKC Waalwijk 1; ADO The Hague 1, NEC Nijmegen 0; Excelsior Rotterdam 0, Heracles Almelo 2; and Utrecht 1, SC Heerenveen 4.

RUSSIA

Carlos still waiting for win

Brazilian World Cup winner Roberto Carlos was still waiting for his first win as Makhachkala Anzhi joint manager when the big-spending Russian side slumped to a 5-3 defeat to CSKA Moscow on Sunday. Anzhi got off to a flying start, scoring in the fourth minute through veteran Cameroon international striker Samuel Eto’o, who hit the target after CSKA goalkeeper Sergei Chepchugov parried Kamil Agalarov’s shot. The Red Army side leveled 20 minutes later when Ivory Coast striker Seydou Doumbia hit the first of a hat-trick. It came from a header from 7m out, before he added two more goals after the interval. Brazilian forward Vagner Love and Russia international midfielder Alan Dzagoev added one apiece to make sure of the victory. Anzhi’s Czech forward Jan Holenda netted a double late on, but it was too little, too late. CSKA remain two points behind defending champions Zenit St Petersburg, who enjoyed a 3-1 win at Rostov. Zenit have 57 points from 28 matches, while Dynamo Moscow sit third on 51 points.

PORTUGAL

Leaders Porto hit five

Porto stayed top of the Portuguese league after thrashing Nacional 5-0 on Sunday. Belgian midfielder Steven Defour opened the scoring in the 24th minute when his shot took a deflection off Nacional defender Luis Neto, before Walter added another five minutes before halftime. Fullback Cristian Sapunaru made it 3-0 in the 66th minute, then Kleber and fellow Brazilian Hulk completed the rout with two goals late in the match. Porto’s victory breaks a run of two straight draws and puts them ahead of Benfica in the standings on goal-difference. Also on Sunday, Braga beat Feirense 3-0 to remain third, three points behind Porto. Maritimo edged Setubal 1-0 and they are fourth — level with Braga on points — while Rio Ave beat Leiria 2-0 for their first victory of the season.

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