Chelsea have announced that their nineteen year old Brazilian right-back Wallace Oliveira dos Santos, commonly known simply as ‘Wallace’, has been loaned to Internazionale of Milan in Italy for the forthcoming season. They hope that the youngster, who doesn’t figure in new manager Jose Mourinho’s plans for this campaign, will be given playing time by new Inter manager Walter Mazzarri allowing him to develop his talents and adapt to playing in Europe. At Inter Wallace will find his compatriots and fellow defenders Jonathan and Juan Jesus.
Wallace was signed by Chelsea from Fluminense at the end of last calendar year but was immediately loaned back to the Rio de Janeiro club and has featured twenty one times in their first team, scoring one goal, since making his debut at the age of seventeen. He has caps for Brazil at under seventeen and under twenty levels and was part of the Fluminense squad that won last season’s league championship. He was involved in Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Asia and played in the win against the Singha All-Star XI in Bangkok.
Whilst a state of emergency was being declared across many of the states in Egypt and scores of people were being killed in the violence that has flared up in Cairo and elsewhere in the troubled country, the national team, led by American coach Bob Bradley, escaped to the relative tranquillity of the Red Sea resort of El Gouna where they faced Milutin Sredojevic’s Uganda in a friendly that really was meaningless when compared to the terrible events ongoing nearby.
Only a few hundred people were in the stadium to witness the Egyptian team continue their recent run of good form with a 3-0 victory against a Uganda side that had won two games in a row themselves. Striker Ahmed Hassan Koka of Portuguese Primeira Liga club Rio Ave gave the home side the lead in the twenty second minute and it remained that way until FC Basel’s Mohamed Salah doubled the advantage twelve minutes after the break. Substitute Ibrahim Salah of Al Orubah in Saudi Arabia wrapped up the scoring ten minutes after coming off the bench to replace Mohamed El Nenny. Egypt’s next outing is scheduled to be a home World Cup qualifier against Guinea in September but the situation in the country will obviously determine exactly when and where that match takes place.
Shakhter Karagandy’s twenty-two year old striker Sergey Khizhnichenko scored a stunning goal after seventeen minutes to edge out Georgia and hand a narrow victory to Miroslav Beranek’s Kazakhstan team in a friendly match in Astana. Khizhnichenko brought down a ball in from the right with a fine touch that turned the defender and set him up for a pin-point strike into the bottom right corner of the net from just outside the box. It was the stand out moment of a tight game in the Kazakh capital that saw the home team end their run of three successive defeats. Their opponents own dreadful run of form has now been extended to four defeats in a row and no wins from their last eight games, a sequence going back to September 2012, so they will be struggling for confidence ahead of their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers at home to France and Finland next month. The Kazakhs also face a pair of home qualification matches in September, with the Faroe Islands and Sweden due to visit.
Muang Thong United closed the gap on Buriram United to just one point at the top of Thailand‘s Premier League in today’s midweek round of matches with a 3-2 home win against Ratchaburi. Prayad Boonya had given the visitors the lead but Edivaldo and Dagno Siaka struck back for Muang Thong United before Brazilian striker Douglas equalised for Ratchaburi just before half time. Teerasil Dangda got the winning goal for Muang Thong in the fiftieth minute. Earlier, Buriram United had been held to a goalless draw away at Songkhla United. Third placed Chonburi dropped further ground when they were edged out in a thrilling 4-3 defeat away at struggling Pattaya United, Laksana Kamruen grabbing a last minute winner for United meaning it looks increasingly like a two horse race for the title.
The full set of results from the twenty first matchday is as follows:
Chainat 1-0 Police United
Songkhla United 0-0 Buriram United
Bangkok Glass 2-0 Samut Songkram
Bangkok United 0-4 Army United
Pattaya United 4-3 Chonburi
Suphanburi 2-1 Osotspa Saraburi
TOT 0-5 BEC Tero Sasana
Muang Thong United 3-2 Ratchaburi
Chiangrai United didn’t play in this round as they had been scheduled to face Sisaket, who have been expelled from the league.
There was more misery for bottom club Karuturi Sport in the Kenyan Premier League this afternoon as they went down 1-3 at home to mid-table Ulinzi Stars. The game was goalless until the interval but a brace from Kevin Amwayi Serenge in the second half gave Ulinzi Stars the lead and it proved enough to secure the three points despite a dramatic end to the game. Dancan Owiti gave Karuturi Sport a glimmer of hope with a goal in the last minute of normal time but any chance of an unlikely fight-back was quashed by Stars’ Steven Waruru, who scored a minute later to make it 3-1 to the visitors.
Karuturi Sport have now gone seven league matches without a win since their success against Bandari back in May and they remain two points adrift of Homeboyz at the bottom of the table with fifteen points from their twenty games, three points away from safety. The victory for Ulinzi Stars takes them to thirty points and moves them up from ninth to fifth in the congested middle of the table where they still have a game in hand on many of the teams around them. A win in their next match could see them go as high as second. Gor Mahia are the league leaders with thirty seven points from nineteen games.
Tajikistan made it four wins from five matches so far in 2013 with a 3-0 win against India at the Stadion 20-letie Nezavisimosti in the northern Tajik city of Khujand. Midfielder Nuriddin Davronov of Serbian club Sloboda Uzice opened the scoring in the twelfth minute to put Tajikistan one up and Serbian manager Nikola Kavazovic’s side doubled their lead just six minutes later through Istiqlol’s Fatkhullo Fatkhulloev. That remained the score until the closing stages of the game when Akhtam Khamrakulov of Regar-TadAZ struck to make it 3-0 and seal the win.
Win Koevermans’ India squad were preparing for next month’s South Asian Championship in Nepal in which they will face Pakistan, Bangladesh and the hosts in Kathmandu. However, their form is looking worrying as they have now lost twice in succession and three times in their five outings so far in 2013 and haven’t scored in either of their last two matches.
Oman moved into top spot in Asian Cup 2015 qualification Group A with a 2-0 win against Singapore away at the Jalan Besar Stadium. Qasim Said gave Paul Le Guen’s side the lead in the fourteenth minute and Eid Mohammed doubled the lead on the stroke of half time to seal the eventual win. Oman‘s second win from as many group matches puts them three points clear of Jordan, who play their own second fixture against Syria in neutral Iran tomorrow. Oman had beaten Syria 1-0 in their opening fixture whereas Singapore, who lost 4-0 to Jordan in their first group match now find themselves propping up the table with no points and no goals scored from their two matches and six goals conceded. The table now stands as follows:
South Korea were held to a goalless draw by Peru in a friendly match at the Suwon World Cup Stadium today. The Koreans were playing with a team made up of players from clubs in their own domestic league and the Japanese J League whereas the Peruvians had brought along Bundesliga stars such as Claudio Pizarro and Jefferson Farfan, as well as Paolo Guerrero of Corinthians. However, none of the South Americans’ attacking talent could unlock the resolute Korean defence and the game ended 0-0.
That result makes it five matches without a win for South Korea with only one goal scored in that period. Since their 1-0 win over Uzbekistan in World Cup qualifying, they have lost at home to Iran and been held to goalless draws by Australia and China in the East Asian Cup before losing to Japan in the same competition. Their next scheduled fixture is a friendly at home to Croatia on the ninth of September.
Peru had lost away at Colombia the previous time out following a decent run of results and they will hope to get back to winning ways when South American World Cup qualifying resumes next month. They face Uruguay at home on the 7th of September and a tripp to Venezuela two days later, with their two final fixtures in October.
Liverpool’s want away striker Luis Suarez was on the mark for his country today in their impressive 4-2 friendly win over Japan in front of a crowd in excess of forty five thousand at the Miyagi Stadium in Rifu. Suarez set up his Uruguay team mate, Diego Forlan, currently of Internacional in Brazil, to open the scoring in the twenty seventh minute and Forlan grabbed his second of the game only two minutes later to double the advantage before the Japanese defence could recover from the shock of falling behind. Suarez himself scored the third in the fifty second minute as things went from bad to worse for Japan, but the goal spurred them into life and they reduced the deficit through Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa two minutes later when he was set up by playmaker Keisuke Honda of CSKA Moscow. However, the fight-back was short lived as, to the disappointment of the home fans, Lazio’s Alvaro Gonzalez made it 4-1 to the visitors in the fifty eighth minute to round off a frantic six minutes of action. Honda got his own name on the scoresheet with twenty minutes to go to give the Japanese renewed hope of a come-back, but it wasn’t to be and the Uruguayans held on for the win with Suarez having played the full ninety minutes to maintain his match fitness whilst he remain estranged from the Liverpool first team squad.
UEFA have announced that Ukrainian club Metalist Kharkiv are being banned from European competitions this season following the conclusion of disciplinary proceedings against them. The proceedings related to match fixing allegations from 2008. Metalist Kharkiv were due to play German club Schalke 04 in the Champions League play-offs later this month and the UEFA Emergency Panel will meet later today to decide what to do about that fixture. The options they will consider will presumably include giving Schalke 04 a bye into the group stage or handing a reprieve to Greek side PAOK, who were beaten 3-1 on aggregate by Metalist Kharkiv in the last qualifying round for the Champions League.