India beat Pak in SAFF opener

Defending champions India dished out a listless performance but still managed to beat Pakistan 1-0 in the opening game of the SAFF Football Championship in Kathmandu on Sunday

Written by Agencies | Published: September 2, 2013 2:04:18 am

Defending champions India dished out a listless performance but still managed to beat Pakistan 1-0 in the opening game of the SAFF Football Championship in Kathmandu on Sunday. An own goal from Pakistan captain Samar Ishaq in the 14th minute ensured three points for Sunil Chhetri & Co. The Indians will take on Bangladesh in their second group league encounter on Tuesday. The match was billed as a contest between Pakistan defender and former Fulham player Zesh Rahman against Chhetri. Both disappointed during the 90 minutes of play. While 30 plus Rahman has become slow,Chhetri’s profligacy in the 18-yard box cost India three clear chances. On all these occasions,the India captain had the rival custodian at his mercy but his shots were way off the mark. The winner in the 14th minute was more about a defensive error on the part of Pakistan. Right wing back Nirmal Chhetri overlapped and tried to find an onrushing Sunil between the two rival stoppers in the opposition box but Pakistan captain Samar in his bid to keep his Indian counterpart at bay made a faulty clearance that entered his own goal.

Sepaktakraw bronze for hosts

w Indian men’s team’s fine run in Sepaktakraw World Super Series came to an end today as they lost to Malaysia in the semifinals. The home side were beaten 15-13,8-15,6-15,3-15 at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex but still will walk away with a bronze. Under ISTAF (international federation) rules,both the semifinalists will get a bronze each. Backed by a cheering home crowd,the fourth seed Indians began confidently winning the first set despite star striker Akash Singh looking a little subdued. In the second set,India matched Malaysia point for point early on,but fell back and after that Malaysia never looked back,claiming the third and fourth sets easily. “This is the first time in Indian sepaktakraw history that we’ve managed to take a set off Malaysia,” said coach Hemraj.

Moses signs for Liverpool

According to the BCC,Liverpool will complete the formalities of a season-long loan deal for Chelsea’s Victor Moses before the transfer window closes. The 23-year-old has slipped down the pecking order at Chelsea after the summer signings of Willian and Andre Schurrle. Liverpool will pay the Stamford Bridge club a loan fee,understood to be around £1m,as part of the deal for the former Crystal Palace and Wigan attacker. West Bromwich Albion,Southampton and Everton had also shown an interest in Moses. Moses,who was at Anfield watching Liverpool play Manchester United on Sunday,signed for Chelsea from Wigan for a fee reported to be around £9m in August 2012. He made 23 Premier League appearances last season,scoring one goal,but has not featured under Jose Mourinho this season.

Garcia grabs lead

A good start and a great finish was enough for Sergio Garcia to take the lead Saturday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. On another day of soft conditions and plenty of birdies on the TPC Boston,Garcia had five birdies in seven holes,and then made an 18-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole for a 7-under 64. That gave him a one-shot lead over Roberto Castro (65) and Henrik Stenson (63). Tiger Woods made a 35-foot birdie putt on the last hole for a 67 and was six shots back. The wild ride came from Phil Mickelson,who at times was closer to hitting Rhode Island than hitting a fairway. Mickelson made a number of great escapes,and finished with two birdies for a 71. He was only five behind.

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