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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

China claim historic win against South Korea as Australia held by Iraq

Marcello Lippi's China took a shocking first half lead over South Korea as Yu Dabao's goal was the decider.

Yu Dabao's header and a stirring second-half performance by goalkeeper Zeng Cheng saw China claim a 1-0 win over South Korea on Thursday that keeps alive Marcello Lippi's side's slim hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals.

Yu headed in the winner 11 minutes before the break while Zeng made a trio of superb saves to deny Uli Stielike's side in the second half as the Chinese notched up their first win over the South Koreans in seven years, and only their second ever victory against...

 By PA Sport

St Etienne fined for fans' conduct against Man United in Europa League

St Etienne supporters set off flares at Old Trafford.

St Etienne have been fined €50,000 by UEFA's disciplinary body following the behaviour of their fans during last month's Europa League clash with Manchester United.

The charges were related to the setting off of a firework, throwing of objects and improper conduct of supporters at Old Trafford.

United won the match 3-0 thanks to a hat trick from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with Jose Mourinho's side then wrapping up a 4-0 aggregate victory in the round-of-32 tie.

It is not the first time trouble has...

China's Marcello Lippi warns against complacency following historic win

Marcello Lippi's China took a shocking first half lead over South Korea as Yu Dabao's goal was the decider.

Marcello Lippi says China should not allow their historic World Cup qualifying victory over South Korea on Thursday evening to make them complacent.

China notched their first win over South Korea in seven years and only their second ever thanks to a solitary goal by Beijing Guoan striker Yu Dabao that keeps alive the country's slim hopes of qualifying for Russia 2018.

"I hope my team don't get too self-satisfied with this," Lippi, a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, said. "I hope they can have...

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Police in Peru seize $85m cocaine haul bearing photos of Lionel Messi

Peru drug law enforcement on Wednesday seized 1,417 kilos of cocaine with logos that bear a photo of Barcelona star Lionel Messi as well as his name, found wrapped in containers of squid filets and destined for Belgium.

The drugs were worth an estimated $85 million in street value, Peru officials said in a news release

Many packages of the drugs bore the likeness of Messi and his name, while the rest were wrapped in black packaging with a logo saying "King" with a likeness of the king of...

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Portsmouth enter into exclusivity talks with ex-Disney chief over takeover

Portsmouth's Fratton Park home could soon be under new ownership.

Portsmouth have confirmed that they have entered into an exclusivity agreement with former Walt Disney chairman Michael D. Eisner over talks regarding a possible takeover.

Reports earlier this week claimed that Eisner is keen to buy the club, with Portsmouth moving to assure supporters that they have "a robust plan in place" regarding a sale.

The League Two side announced on Thursday that they will be talking exclusively to Eisner and his Tornante Group over a potential purchase.

A Portsmouth...

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FA chairman Greg Clarke condemns England fans' chants vs. Germany

Gareth Southgate praised his England side for adapting well to a new formation in their friendly loss to Germany.
Lukas Podolski went out in style in his final match for the national team, hitting a rocket of a goal to sink England 1-0.
International Friendly: Lukas Podolski (69'), Germany 1-0 England

Football Association chairman Greg Clarke has condemned the "inappropriate, disrespectful and disappointing" behaviour of some England supporters during Wednesday's friendly against Germany in Dortmund.

Distasteful chanting was heard during the friendly, in which Lukas Podolski's superb strike secured the hosts a 1-0 win for the hosts.

After the German national anthem was booed, songs referencing the First and Second World Wars were audible, mostly in the first half.

Clarke said: "The FA has consistently...