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West Ham substitute Carroll salvages draw against Stoke

Tuesday, 2018-04-17 07:53:18
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West Ham United's Andy Carroll celebrates scoring their first goal during the Premier League clash against Stoke City at London Stadium, London, the UK, April 16. (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)
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West Ham United substitute Andy Carroll netted a late equaliser to snatch a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke City on Monday that moved the Londoners a step closer to Premier League safety and left the visitors facing the drop. Stoke substitute Peter Crouch opened the scoring by knocking a loose ball into the back of the net after West Ham's England goalkeeper Joe Hart spilled a shot after 79 minutes.

* The players of Mainz 05 and Freiburg were ordered back onto the pitch having gone to the changing room at halftime because the video assistant referee (VAR) awarded a penalty for a handball in an eventful Bundesliga game on Monday. Mainz's Pablo De Blasis stepped up to make no mistake opening the scoring from the penalty spot. De Blasis eventually added a second goal for the hosts late in the game.

* Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has left regular starters Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic out of his squad to face Celta Vigo on Tuesday in La Liga. The Catalans are 11 points clear at the top of the table with six matches remaining, but face Sevilla in the King's Cup final on Saturday at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.

* The Republic of Korea (ROK) secured a ticket to FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 after routing the Philippines 5-0 in a playoff for the fifth place at the AFC Asian Cup on Monday. The ROK will join Australia, Japan, China and Thailand as Asian representatives in the draw for France 2019.

* A total of 107 surfers from 17 countries and regions have taken parts in the Krui Pro 2018 tournament taking place in Tanjung Setia, Indonesia. The sport event kicked off on April 15 and will end on April 20.

* Japan's Yuki Kawauchi and America's Desiree Linden ended long droughts for their countries with stunning victories in a wet and windy Boston Marathon on Monday. Kawauchi ran down defending champion Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya to win in two hours, 15 minutes and 58 seconds. He is the first Japanese man to win the event since 1987. Linden, winning her first marathon, ended 33 years of frustration for American women to prevail in 2:39.54.

* Swiss club FC Sion have been given a one-season ban from European competition for breaching UEFA's club licensing rules. UEFA said that Sion had failed to declare an outstanding bill of US$1.18 million owed to French club Sochaux when submitting documents ahead of their participation in this season's Europa League.

* UEFA has condemned the online abuse aimed at Michael Oliver and his wife after the English referee awarded a decisive stoppage-time penalty to Real Madrid against Juventus in their Champions League quarter-final, second leg last week. Juventus, who had wiped out a three-goal deficit from the first leg, were furious when Oliver awarded a penalty for a foul by defender Medhi Benatia on Real forward Lucas Vazquez. Cristiano Ronaldo converted the spot kick to make it 3-1 and send Real through to the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate.

* Morocco's bid to host the 2026 World Cup went under the microscope on Monday as a task force from global soccer body FIFA arrived for an inspection visit to assess the country's ability to host the tournament. Morocco is the only rival to a joint bid to stage the event from the US, Canada and Mexico with the FIFA Congress due to choose the hosts in Moscow on June 13.

Reuters, Xinhua