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Football: Nigerian government to bail-out unpaid Keshi

Nigeria's government is to step in to pay the outstanding wages of national team coach Stephen Keshi, the country's sports minister has announced, promising his salary arrears would be cleared. Bolaji Abdullahi said he had received approval from President Goodluck Jonathan to pick up the tab for Keshi and his assistants, who are owed a total of 78 million naira ($485,000, 357,000 euros).

Atletico draw with Zenit 1-1

Atletico draw with Zenit 1-1 ST. PETERSBURG, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- A late own goal from Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld has ended Atletico Madrid's run of four consecutive wins in Group G of the UEFA Champions' League as the Spanish side drew 1-1 with Zenit St. Petersburg on a cold night in Russia's northern capital.

Football: English Premier League results

English Premier League result on Monday: West Brom 2 (Long 3, 11) Aston Villa 2 (El Ahmadi 67, Westwood 76) Played Sunday Cardiff 2 (Campbell 33, Kim 90) Manchester United 2 (Rooney 15, Evra 45) Manchester City 6 (Navas 1, 90, Sandro 34-og, Aguero 41, 50, Negredo 55) Tottenham 0 Played Saturday Arsenal 2 (Giroud 22, 86-pen) Southampton 0 Everton 3 (Mirallas 8, Lukaku 72, 82) Liverpool 3 (Coutinho 5, Suarez 19, Sturridge 89) Fulham 1 (Parker 64) Swansea 2 (Hughes 56-og, Shelvey 80)

Football: English Premier League results - collated

Collated English Premier League results on Sunday: Cardiff City 2 (Campbell 33, Kim 90+1) Manchester United 2 (Rooney 15, Evra 45) Manchester City 6 (Navas 1, 90+2, Sandro 34-og, Aguero 41, 50, Negredo 55) Tottenham Hotspur 0 Playing Monday (2000GMT): West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa Played Saturday: Arsenal 2 (Giroud 22, 86-pen) Southampton 0 Everton 3 (Mirallas 8, Lukaku 72, 82) Liverpool 3 (Coutinho 5, Suarez 19, Sturridge 89) Fulham 1 (Parker 64) Swansea City 2 (Hughes 56-og, Shelvey 80)

Football: English Premier League results - collated

Collated English Premier League results on Saturday: Arsenal 2 (Giroud 22, 86-pen) Southampton 0 Everton 3 (Mirallas 8, Lukaku 72, 82) Liverpool 3 (Coutinho 5, Suarez 19, Sturridge 89) Fulham 1 (Parker 64) Swansea 2 (Hughes 56-og, Shelvey 80) Hull 0 Crystal Palace 1 (Bannan 81) Newcastle 2 (Remy 2, Gouffran 38) Norwich 1 (Fer 80) Stoke 2 (Adam 30, Nzonzi 81) Sunderland 0 West Ham 0 Chelsea 3 (Lampard 21-pen, 82, Oscar 34) Playing Sunday

Football: English Premier League results - 1st update

English Premier League results on Saturday: Everton 3 (Mirallas 8, Lukaku 72, 82) Liverpool 3 (Coutinho 5, Suarez 19, Sturridge 89) Fulham 1 (Parker 64) Swansea 2 (Hughes 56-og, Shelvey 80) Hull 0 Crystal Palace 1 (Bannan 81) Newcastle 2 (Remy 2, Gouffran 38) Norwich 1 (Fer 80) Stoke 2 (Adam 30, Nzonzi 81) Sunderland 0 Playing later Arsenal v Southampton (kick-off delayed by 15 minutes due to problems on the London Underground) West Ham v Chelsea (1730GMT) Playing Sunday

Football: English Premier League results - 2nd update

English Premier League results on Saturday: Arsenal 2 (Giroud 22, 86-pen) Southampton 0 Everton 3 (Mirallas 8, Lukaku 72, 82) Liverpool 3 (Coutinho 5, Suarez 19, Sturridge 89) Fulham 1 (Parker 64) Swansea 2 (Hughes 56-og, Shelvey 80) Hull 0 Crystal Palace 1 (Bannan 81) Newcastle 2 (Remy 2, Gouffran 38) Norwich 1 (Fer 80) Stoke 2 (Adam 30, Nzonzi 81) Sunderland 0 Playing later West Ham v Chelsea (1730GMT) Playing Sunday

Football: 'Smashing' Japan lift World Cup spirits

Japan's shock 3-2 win over Belgium was showered with praise by domestic media Thursday as Alberto Zaccheroni's men lifted spirits ahead of next year's World Cup. After last week's impressive 2-2 draw with the Netherlands, Keisuke Honda inspired a famous win for the Asian champions against one of the world's mostly highly rated teams. "Smashing down Belgium, world's No. 5," said a headline in the Sports Nippon, after the game in Brussels late on Wednesday.

Belgium get World Cup reality check in loss to Japan

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium's World Cup ambitions received another reality check on Tuesday when they suffered a second defeat in five days with a 3-2 loss to an impressive Japan in a friendly in Brussels. Belgium, who have climbed to fifth in FIFA's world ranking after an unbeaten qualifying campaign, were undone by a 44th-ranked Japanese team that exposed the hosts' defensive frailties.

Hazard advises team mate De Bruyne to leave Chelsea

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium and Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has advised national and club team mate Kevin De Bruyne to leave the English premier league side in order to get enough match practice before next year's World Cup finals in Brazil. Since his return from a loan spell at German side Werder Bremen, De Bruyne, Belgium's top scorer in qualifying for Brazil, has started only four matches for Chelsea and hasn't played a full 90 minutes in any.
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