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Football: UAE, Bahrain, Saudis reach Asian Cup

The UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia booked their tickets to the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia with victories in their qualifying group games on Friday. Goals by Salem Saleh, Walid Abbas, Omar Abdulrahman and Ismail Hamadi saw the UAE ease past Hong Kong 4-0in their Group E clash in Abu Dhabi. The UAE, who led 2-0 at half-time, maintained their 100 per cent win record to qualify for their fourth consecutive Asian Cup. Bahrain too sealed their spot in the quadrennial tournament, grinding out a 1-0 win over Malaysia in Manama.

Football: Czech coach to take over at Al Wahda

Czech coach Karel Jarolim has been appointed as the new boss of United Arab Emirates side Al Wahda, according to Czech sports daily Sport's internet site on Monday. The 56-year-old was coaching Saudi Arabians Al Ahli until March and is now making the switch to another Gulf club in Abu Dhabi-based Al Wahda. Al Wahda have won the United Arab Emirates league title four times. A former international midfielder, Jarolim has previously coached in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, notably taking the reins at Slavia Prague and Slovan Bratislava. jma/mrm/jde/bc/ak

Football: Camacho under more pressure after Saudi defeat

Veteran Spanish coach Jose Antonio Camacho's tenure as China boss suffered another blow on Wednesday as his misfiring side were beaten 2-1 away by Saudi Arabia in their opening 2015 Asian Cup qualifier. The 57-year-old former Spain and Real Madrid handler has come under increasing pressure since China crashed out of World Cup qualifying and losing four friendlies since June last year, including an 8-0 drubbing by Brazil, winning just once.
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