Chile group IV toppers
Japan complete Bahrain misery
Srinath ousts September, Fazaluddin disappoints
Sourav back to his roots
Top amateurs for city meet
Mumbai Racing/ Yewall may win Astonish Trophy
Track trials

Calcutta, Jan. 17: 
Chile 2 Uzbekistan 0

Chile today confirmed their position atop group IV of the Sahara Cup as they beat Uzbekistan 2-0, at the expense of as little energy as possible. That pits them face to face with Iceland, in the quarter final in this city Saturday.

It was no high-tech soccer from the South Americans, but when it came to scoring the goals, Marco Villaseca and substitute Sebastian Ganzalez scored in each half to assure the right mood persists.

Not that the Uzbeks never tried, but when it came to scoring they were once unlucky and fumbled thereafter to find themselves out of the meet. They were adventurous from the start, but their attacks often fizzled out once they entered the rival box.

Hector Tapia was, expectedly marked, by Shukhra Kurbanov, and there was zonal marking on Fernando Martel too. Martel, though, managed to fight free on occasions and in the ninth minute his swerving right-footer from inside the box was saved by Uzbek goalkeeper Oleg Kaharov.

In the 14th minute, Cristian Uribe sliced up the middle and from 30 yards off sent a diagonal pass to the box where Martel quickly shook off his marker, but in the hurry failed to effect a simple placement for goal and Kaharov collected.

An Uzbek counter-attack in the 28th minute saw Aleksey Zhdanov take a powerful shot from the right off a goalmouth melee, but it was just off the target.

The Chileans were already trying to conserve energy, making those moves only when and where necessary. It was almost as if they were disinterested.

That they were not was amply evident, again, in the 38th minute when Tapia, off one of the few moves that he was allowed today, sent it over to Marco.

The latter played a one-two with Francisco Arrue and took off goalwards. The entire Uzbek defence stood its ground, sure that Marco was off-side. However, Marco had started only after the release by Arrue and was able to move in unchallenged, and had to only sidestep the goalkeeper to slot home.

The best chance came the Uzbeks� way in the eight minute of the second session. Bahadir Annamatov was up the right and lobbed to the goalmouth. Zhdanov was at hand to send goalwards a rising pile-driver, but even with the goalkeeper beaten, the ball was returned from the crosspiece.

Interestingly, every time the Chilean defence was seriously tested, it showed up porous. That is something coach Nelson Acosta will have to work on for the quarter final.

After petering off to a pedestrian pace, the match came alive again in the 86th minute when a Rodrigo Melendez pass to substitute Sebastian Gonzalez saw the latter overcome a challenge from Asror Alikulov.

Gonzalez got the better of the goalkeeper as well, and tapped home from close.

Thereafter Chile were no more in the match. In their shells, they only managed to ward off all Uzbek attacks. Percentage soccer was evident even as the sparse crowd yawned.


CHILE: Marcelo Ramirez, Mioses Villarroel, Devid Henriquez, Alex Von Schwedler, Rafael Olarra, Marco Villaseca, Todrigo Melendez, Cristian Uribe (Andres Oroz, 71), Francisco Arrue (Sebastian Gonzalez, 62), Hector Tapia, Fernando Martel (Rodrigo Nunez, 80).

UZBEKISTAN: Oleg Kaharov, Shukhra Kurbanov, Leonid Koshelev, Asror Alikulov (Ilya Romas, 85), Evgeniy Zakutilin, Otabek Primatov, Aleksey Klikunov, Bahadir Annamatov, Yuri Nikitov, Aleksey Zhdanov (Timur Kapadze, 87), Oybek Usmankhodjaev (Shukhrat Mirkholdarshaev, 66).

Referee: S. Salerajan (Malaysia)


Calcutta, Jan. 17: 

The Japanese university students reached the Sahara Cup quarter finals with a 2-0 win over Bahrain under the Salt Lake Stadium lights today.

Striker Keisuke Ota opened scoring in the 39th minute and substitute Sekine sealed the match in second-half injury time to cap yet another show of sound technically accomplished soccer. Their coach, however, praised the Bahrain tactic today.

Bahrain were down to ten men for the last ten minutes after striker Mohammed Jaffar left the pitch for picking up a second yellow card. Their plans were upset earlier, when defender Arif Razak went off with a shoulder injury in the sixth minute.

With a solid midfield defusing every Bahrain attack near the centre line, Japan went ahead after some brilliant work by medio Yamane.

Receiving a pass from Masaki Fukai just outside the box, Yamane sizzled through a maze of legs and unleashed a left-footer which was parried by goalkeeper Hamad Khalifa. Ota picked up the rebound to tap in his second goal of the meet.

The Bahrain defenders were too tired to resist anything when Japan got the second and an unmarked Sekine volleyed in Yamane�s cross to complete Japan�s second win in three matches.

Bahrain took control of the midfield for a brief while after an unimpressive first half and Adel Abbas missed a golden chance to equalise in the 73rd. Collecting a lob from the deep, Abbas entered the box and had a clear look at the goal but his shot was punched away by a diving Takahara.

Earlier, Anwar Yousuf shook the horizontal with a 35-yard right-footed free-kick in the 18th.

Fukai, the centre of attention of rival defenders and the crowd, was kept on a tight leash and had to contend with some tough tackles. He did get his chance in the 77th but drove into the goalkeeper after running a good ten yards.

Otherwise, the diminutive striker was tightly marked and Bahrain anticipated well that he would be the target of most of the Japnese passes. Japan had things under control in the first half and displayed some neat passing which helped them emerge the better side eventually.


JAPAN: Takahara; Kobayashi, Chiyotanda, Hirakawa, Mikami; Horinouchi, Hanyu, Fijita (Yoshimura, 67), Yamane; Fukai (Sekine, 80), Ota (Saito, 88).

BAHRAIN: Hamad Khalifa; Basel Sultan, Aziz Saleh, Arif Razak (Faisal Mohammed, 6), Ali Amer, (Khalid Abdulla, 75), Reyadh Mahmood, Majed Ghazi (Salman Isa, 65), Anwar Yousuf, Adel Abbas, Nader Jaleel, Mohammed Jaffar.

Referee: B.K. Singh (India).


Calcutta, Jan. 17: 
Many in the country�s tennis fraternity consider Prahlad Srinath to be over the hill. The 27-year-old is out to prove them wrong. And the Mysore man is doing a helluva job this week at the South Club.

Ranked No. 629, Srinath upset eighth seed Donavan September (No. 452) 6-3, 6-2 to be the lone Indian through to the $10,000 ITF Futures quarter finals. Srinath faces second seed Dmitri Tomashevic, who had to go through another three-setter before advancing.

Syed Fazaluddin, fresh from his upset of fourth seed Suwandi Suwandi, disappointed today. He flattered to deceive, going down 6-7 (6-8), 3-6 to Briton Luke Milligan.

The local boy got off to a dream start, breaking Milligan twice at the beginning of the match. In next to no time, though, Fazal had surrendered serve twice to bring Milligan right back into the match. In the tie-break, the Indian did well to win five straight points from 1-5 only to lose the next three.

In doubles, Indian qualifiers Rohan Bopanna and Vijay Kannan stormed into the semis with a 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-3 shutout of Viktor Bruthans and Josef Nesticky. Bopanna and Kannan had yesterday shocked their more experienced countrymates Vishal Uppal and Mustafa Ghouse 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-3).


SINGLES (2nd round): Fred Hemmes (Ned) bt Iker Bilbao (Spa) 7-6 (8-6), 6-4; Juraj Hasko (Svk) bt Michal Navratil (Cze) 6-0, 6-3; Martin Spottil (Aut) bt James Auckland (Bri) 6-4, 6-1; Rik De Voest (Rus) bt Fabio Maggi (Ita) 6-3, 6-1; Jaroslav Levinsky (Czech) bt Vincent Allegre (Fra) 6-4, 6-4; Luke Milligan (GBR) bt Syed Fazaluddin (Ind) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3; Dmitri Tomashevich (Uzb) bt Andreas Fasching (Aut) 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2; Prahlad Srinath (Ind) bt Donavan September (Rus) 6-3, 6-2.

DOUBLES (2nd round): Rohan Bopanna & Vijay Kannan (Ind) bt Viktor Bruthans (Svk) & Josef Nesticky (Cze) 6-7 (6-4), 6-4, 6-2; Jaroslav Levinsky & Michal Navratil (Cze) bt Sulietyo Wibowo & Bonit Wiryawan (Ina) 6-4, 7-5.


Calcutta, Jan. 17: 
India skipper Sourav Ganguly made a somewhat insipid return to club cricket on the Maidan today, scoring a 30-ball 28 (including a six), after failing to get even one wicket in Barisha Sporting�s 163-run dismissal of Excelsiors and in Barisha�s 161 for two till day-end.


Excelsiors 163 (Moloy Sarkhal 41; Sudipta Mukherjee 5/312). Barisha 161/2 (Subhradeep Ganguly 71 n.o., Sourav Ganguly 28). Match to continue.

Calcutta Rangers 284 (KM Harish 71, Prasenjit Pramanik 56; Pronab Prasad 4/90). Match vs ERSA.

Tapan Memorial 388/3 (Debopam Sarkar 77, Somdeb Saha 107, Samir Ghosh 100 n.o., Ranabir Nath 73). YMCA 6/0. Match to continue.

Wari 299 (Probal Dutta 77, Abhisekh Jhunjhunwala 60; Sudipto Mukherjee 6/99). Sporting Union 6/0. Match to continue.

Suburban 337/9 in 85 ovs (Pradipta Niyogi 122, Sandip Chakraborty 52 n.o.; Chiranjib Guha 3/38). Match vs BNR.

Taltola Inst. 217 (Samrat Sen 69; Amit Jaiswal 4/45, Ranjit Kund 3/68). Rajasthan 163/2 (Amit Jaiswal 50, Nilashis Gohsh 43 n.o., Souma Dey 40 n.o.). Match to continue.

Mohun Bagan 324/7 in 76 ovs (Amitava Banerjee 71, Goutam Chakraborty 74, Vishal Yadav, 59; Mohammad Badaruddin 4/65). Match Vs Monoharpukur Milan Samity.


Calcutta, Jan. 17: 
Last year�s runners-up Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) start favourites in the 21st PSCB inter-unit golf meet beginning at the RCGC tomorrow.

Ten units are taking part in the 36-hole tournament and there will also be an individual championship. Each team includes five players and scores of the top three will be considered.

Despite being an intra-institution meet, the field is strong, featuring leading amateurs players of the country. India�s No. 1 amateur Rahil Gangjee leads the GAIL challenge along with No. 2 Ashok Kumar, No. 3 Anitya Chand, No. 6 Jaideep Patwardhan and Jasjeet Singh.

Defending champions Oil India, without last year�s hero Harmeet Kahlon will field a team comprising Aparup Saikia, Gurbaaz Maan, Samrjeet Singh, Gaurav Diwan and Vandana Agarwal.


Mumbai, Jan. 17: 
Going from strength-to-strength, Yewall may reel off his fourth straight victory in the Astonish Trophy at the Mumabi races on Thursday. C. Rajendra partners the S. Sunderji-trainee.


2 pm: Universal Star 1. My Opinion 2. Amorous Warrior 3.
2.30 pm: Blues Clues 1. Destiny Calling 2. Star Magic 3.
3 pm: Victory March 1. Anthology 2. Consortium 3.
3.30 pm: Winning Girl 1. Zeta Jones 2. Shirley Valentine 3.
4 pm: Yewall 1. Razalin 2. Table Dancing 3.
4.30 pm: Little Princess 1. Moira 2. Soliel 3.
5 pm: Act Of Trust 1. Double Up 2. Razana 3.
5.30 pm: Fiercely Loyal 1. Different Crown 2. Arabian Commander 3.

Day�s Best: Victory March

Double: Blues Clues & Act Of Trust.

Calcutta, Jan. 17: 
Annella, Annalee and Spanish Drum�s were impressive in today�s work outs.

Outer sand track

1,400m: Black Mane (Saran) and American (Kujur) in 1-44s; (400m) 34s. Former was a length better. Arizona Star (Kujur) and Magic Ring (Brij) in 1-45s; (400m) 32s. Former better. Freedom Dancer (C. Alford) and Serenader (Surender) in 1-40s; (400m) 28s. Former too good. Iron Warrior (Brij) in 1-47s; (400m) 28s. Alternator (C. Alford) in 1-42s; (400m) 32s. Easy.

1,200m: Anntari (Rabani) in 1-34s; (400m) 34s. Constantine (Kujur) in 1-27s; (400m) 28s. Fit.

1,000m: Quickdraw McGraw (Saran) and Storm Trooper (Kujur) in 1-11s; (400m) 28s. Former was far better. Abashed (A. P. Singh) and Master Bold (C. Alford) in 1-10s; (400m) 28s. Former was 3 ls better. Raaz (Rb) in No Regrets (M. Reuben) in 1-15s; (400m) 31s. Both level. Ansbach (C. Alford) in 1-13s; (400m) 31s. Alegria (A. P. Singh) in 1-12s; (400m) 30s. Andestine (Khalander) in 1-11s; (400m) 28s. Fit. Current Affair (Rb) and Pretty Mistress (M. Reuben) in 1-13s; (400m) 31s. Former a length better.

800m: Acaress (Rb) in 57s; (400m) 28s. Staffordshire (M. Reuben) in 57s; (400m) 29s. Double Cross (Haroon) in 57s; (400m) 28s. Fame Star (Surender) in 1-1s; (400m) 31s. Solo Act (Yacoob) and Global Harmony (G. Singh) in 58s; (400m) 29s. Both level. Annella (Surender) in 56s; (400m) 27s. Good. Annalee (C. Alford) and Alflora (A. P. Singh) 55s; (400m) 28s. Former better. Gold Buck (Shanker) and Eau Savage (G. Singh) in 55s; (400m) 29s. Former 6 ls better. Addab (Dalpat) in 58s; (400m) 27s. Urged. Adeline (Brij) in 57s; (400m) 30s. Easy. Cup Of Life (C. Alford) in 56; (400m) 28s. Russian Czar (Rutherford) in 58s; (400m) 29s. Cool Quest (Khalander) in 55s; (400m) 28s. Note.

Sand track

1,400m: Spanish Drum�s (A. Imran) in 1-30s; (400m) 26s. Good. Sharp Sensation (Rb) in 1-42s; (400m) 31s.

1,200m: Gambino (B. Gurang) in 1-24s; (400m) 30s. Prince Obolensky (Rutherford) in 1-22s; (400m) 28s. Blessed Spirit (Rb) and Ballard Lady (A. Imran) in 1-33s; (400m) 29s. Level.

800m: Stella Blue (Yacoob) in 55s; (400m) 27s. No Surrender (M. Reu-ben) in 50s; (400m) 25s. Fit. Pure Energy (Rutherford) in 52s; (400m) 26s. Fit. Rule With Honour (M. Reuben) in 52s; (400m) 27s. Armila (Locke) in 59s; (400m) 26s. Joe The Pro (Connorton) and Mameena (Upadhya) in 51s; (400m) 24s. Former was far better. Red Trident (Rutherford) in 52s; (400m) 27s. Moved well. Software (Shanker) in 53s; (400m) 27s. A 2-y-o John Balliol/Love Time (Yasin) in 54s; (400m) 26s.

Gate practice

From 2,000m to 800m: Acaress (A. P. Singh), Alicyclic (C. Alford), Astride (Rb) and Aherlow (Surender) in 1-25s. All jumped out well.

From 2,000m to 1,000m: Bhuthnath (Upadhya) and Swash Buckler (Rb) in 1-10s. Both jumped out well.

Note: Aloritz, who failed the drug test following his 2,000 Guineas victory, is likely to be cleared, according to sources in Hastings stables. Sources informed that the primary urine sample of the horse that had tested positive has been re-tested as negetive following the split-sample sent to France for the confirmatory test.

(It was jockey S. Shanker, who parnered Ammeter in the Bqlava Cup and not Md Amil as was mention in these columns yesterday).    


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