Lokomotiv rout Rostov
Lokomotiv Moscow inflicted the first league defeat of the season on nine-man Rostov to go three places up to second after thumping the surprise package of the season 5-0 at home on Monday. The result lifted Lokomotiv above third-placed Rostov on goal-difference and left both teams on 13 points from six games, one less than champions CSKA Moscow. Uzbek leftback Vitaly Denisov set up three of the goals as Lokomotiv ran riot in the second half after Ecuadoran striker Felipe Caicedo headed them into a 44th-minute lead thanks to good work by Moroccan midfielder Mbark Boussoufa. Aleksandr Samedov drilled in a penalty in the 53rd minute to make it 2-0 after Caicedo was hauled down by Kamil Agalarov, who was sent off, and Denisov swung in a low cross four minutes later for Brazilian Maicon to sweep in from close range. A brief scuffle broke out between rival players on the hour as Rostov defender Alexandre Lolo was sent off for a second yellow card when he fouled Maicon and Dmitri Tarasov capitalized almost instantly when he headed home a perfect cross by Denisov. The pacy Denisov capped a fine individual performance with another darting run down the left flank in the closing stages, allowing substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko to seal the rout with a scuffed shot.
Injury-prone Deco retires
Deco, the former Barcelona, Porto and Chelsea midfielder, has blamed injury on his decision to retire at the age of 35. The Brazilian-born former Portugal international hung up his boots on Monday with a clutch of titles to his name, including the UEFA Champions League with Porto in 2003-2004 and again two years later with Barcelona. “With a lot of sadness and hurt I am announcing the end of my professional career,” said Deco, who has had a frustrating final season for his Brazilian club Fluminense. Deco, who had a two-year spell with Chelsea from 2008, returned to his homeland in 2010 where he picked up two national league titles with Fluminense. “I’ve been really happy during this time, I wanted to help Fluminense more, but my body won’t allow that, my muscles can no longer put up [with the demands of professional soccer].”
Striker Guerron recalled
Ecuador, afflicted by a sudden shortage of strikers, have recalled China-based Joffre Guerron for World Cup qualifiers away to Colombia and Bolivia next month. Guerron, who plays for Beijing Guoan, comes into coach Reinaldo Rueda’s squad following the sudden death last month in Qatar of Christian Benitez and the suspension of Felipe Caicedo. Caicedo, suspended for the Colombia match in Barranquilla on Sept. 6 after accumulating two bookings, is included as he will be available against Bolivia in La Paz four days later. Rueda has also called up 18-year-old defender Gabriel Corozo for the first time.
Higuain in boating accident
SSC Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain had 10 stitches inserted in a facial injury following a boating accident on Monday, one day after his competitive debut for the club, Italian media reported. The Argentine striker was reported to have slipped during an excursion to Capri, an island off Italy’s southern coast, and hit his face on the deck, injuring his jaw. He was treated in a hospital on the island and discharged. Higuain will miss Argentina’s World Cup qualifier away to Paraguay on Sept. 10 while he completes a two-match suspension.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Hong Kong media reported that police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool team jersey who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion that he was inciting independence. In-Media reported that the man was across the street from police officers who were conducting stop-and-searches on a group of protesters, when he shouted: “Long live Liverpool.” Others reportedly cheered and joined in the chant, before officers detained him. The man told In-Media that police had accused him of inciting Hong Kong independence, which now is a punishable crime. He said that he has been a fan of the English soccer
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there