Sep 24, 2017 Last Updated 10:33 AM, Sep 22, 2017
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Islam Slimani's superb strike helped Leicester see off a wasteful Liverpool at the King Power Stadium to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

The Algeria striker's left-footed shot found the top corner after substitute Shinji Okazaki had put the Foxes ahead.

That came after Liverpool had dominated a first half in which Philippe Coutinho impressed before being replaced.

Okazaki's arrival sparked the Foxes into life and he latched on to Vicente Iborra's knockdown for the opener.

Summer signings Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke both missed good opportunities for the visitors, who named a much-changed side.

Elsewhere, Roy Hodgson got his first win as Crystal Palace boss at home to Huddersfield  and Bristol City shocked Premier League Stoke.

It took Tottenham 65 minutes to break down a resolute Barnsley at Wembley, while Leeds beat Burnely on penalties at Turf Moor.

Joshua King scored in extra time to send Bournemouth through against Brighton, as Middlesbrough knocked out fellow Championship side Aston Villa and Swansea won at Reading.

Coutinho, having returned to the Liverpool side for the 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday, was by far the best player on the pitch in the first half as he sauntered between the lines to dictate the tempo of the Reds' attacks.

The tricky Brazilian combined well with Andy Robertson as the former Hull left-back, another summer arrival, put in several crosses that should have been converted.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, making his first start since a £35m move from Arsenal, had a shot blocked from a smart Robertson cut-back before Solanke headed off target from another pin-point ball.

But Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp opted to replace Coutinho with Ben Woodburn at the break and, despite some impressive running from the 17-year-old Wales international, the team lost their flow.

Klopp said it "was always the plan" to give Coutinho 45 minutes, but his departure was countered with the arrival of Okazaki for the Foxes, the Japan striker adding pace and intensity.

He reacted first to fire low into the corner for the opener with 25 minutes remaining, then teed up Slimani for a fantastic solo effort that put the game beyond the visitors.

The Burkina Faso Football Federation (FBF) is appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) over the replaying of a World Cup tie.

Fifa ordered the tie between South Africa and Senegal to be replayed due to "match manipulation" by the referee.

South Africa won the match 2-1  and decided against appealing the order.

The FBF says it "continues to oppose a decision that is tainted by abuse of power and irrelevant to the texts of the international football authority."

The statement continued: "the federation, which relies on its declaration to appeal to the respect of the virtues of football, invites the Burkinabe sports public to the serenity and the mobilization around the Stallions."

REVISED GROUP D TABLE

 

Played

Points

Burkina Faso

4

6

Cape Verde

4

6

Senegal

3

5

South Africa

3

1

Cas confirmed it received the documents from the FBF for the appeal on 19 September.

Football's world governing body, Fifa, referred to a previous article on their website when asked for their response.

"The committee confirmed the decision of the Bureau for Fifa World Cup Qualifiers, which had ordered a replay of the qualification match between South Africa and Senegal held on 12 November 2016," the article reads.

"This confirmation came after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the lifetime ban of match referee Joseph Lamptey for match manipulation, the ruling imposed by the Fifa Disciplinary and Appeal Committees.

"The match will be replayed during the November 2017 international window, with the exact date to be confirmed in due course."

Burkina Faso are currently top of Group D ahead of Cape Verde on goal difference, both teams have now played four qualifiers.

Senegal have the chance to overhaul those two if they win the replayed match, with only the group winners qualifying for the World Cup in Russia.

Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey, who took charge of the match in the November has since been banned for life, with the decision later upheld by Cas.

Top of Form

Borussia Dortmund moved top of the Bundesliga by thrashing Cologne, who suffered the German top-flight's worst start since the 1962-63 season.

Cologne have lost all four Bundesliga matches this campaign, have only scored one league goal and have a goal difference of minus 11.

Both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Maximilian Philipp netted twice, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos also scoring.

Cologne's Europa League game at Arsenal on Thursday was delayed by an hour.  

About 20,000 Cologne fans arrived in London for the first match in the group stage despite a ticket allocation of only 2,900, with the Gunners going on to win 3-1.

Dortmund have won three and drew one of their four Bundesliga matches, but did loce 3-1 to Tottenham  in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Isha Johansen is to bid for re-election as Sierra Leone's FA president despite saying she suffered 'intimidation' and 'discrimination' during her first term.

Africa's only female FA president took charge in 2013 and her reign has been blighted by controversy, infighting and the Ebola crisis.

"I have decided to run for a second term in office - after careful deliberation," Johansen told BBC Sport.

"I would like to finish what I started. There is unfinished business."

"Considering Ebola took away two years and the remaining two years were marred with controversy, infighting, boycotts and all kinds of weird and wonderful antics by those who oppose my leadership, we have still managed to achieve quite a great deal."

Johansen lists an increase in coaches, both male and female, better playing surfaces and improved national teams among her feats.

The Sierra Leone FA (SLFA) should have held elections on 3 August but these were delayed by Fifa until integrity checks on current and potential SLFA executive members are carried out.

Football's world governing body is due in Freetown next week to pave the way for new elections and address a match-fixing inquiry.

Johansen believes her decision to back the inquiry into whether Sierra Leone's World Cup qualifier against South Africa in 2008 was fixed has created many of her problems, which include an arrest and a court injunction.

Since 2014, eleven officials and four players have been suspended by the SLFA pending investigation. They have all denied wrongdoing.

"Are the intimidation and harassment because of the match-fixing? Maybe it is because certain people believe I instigated it," she refuted.

"I believe it would probably not have been so aggressive and antagonistic had the impending match-fixing inquiry been dropped."

"(But) if it has been alleged that this has been going on, we owe it to the country and world to prove that Sierra Leone is clean of these allegations. If it did indeed happen, then those who are guilty will be brought to book."

Wanderers Focus on League

League leaders, BE FORWARD Wanderers will on 17 September kick-off their Super League second round campaign with a home match against defending champions, Kamuzu Barracks at the Balaka Stadium in Balaka District.

They are coming from a loss to arch-rival Nyasa Big Bullets in Malawi’s FA Cup sponsored by multinational brewer, Carlsberg.

The Nomads head into this week’s league football as leaders with 35 points, one ahead of Silver Strikers who remain unbeaten.

On 10 September, Silver Strikers failed to ascend to the top of the league table when they drew nil-nil against Blue Eagles in an away Lilongwe city derby played at the Nankhaka Stadium.

In other matches, Premier Bet Wizards were beaten 2-1 by Azam Tigers in a Blantyre city derby played at the Mulanje Park Stadium in Mulanje district.

Misheck Botomani, Bonda Mpinganjira and Luke Chima with the goals there.

It ended MAFCO 3 – 0 Blantyre United. Callisto Kalinda, Emmanuel Chipeta, Joseph Donsa were on target for the Salima based soldiers.

Mzuzu’s Moyale Barracks beat Red Lions 2-1 in an all MDF combat staged at Mzuzu Stadium.  Kuda Muyaba, Deus Mkulu scored for the home side while Mphatso Ngwira scored through a penalty for Zomba’s Red Lions.

On Saturday, visitors Dwangwa United beat Blantyre United three nil.

As stated earlier, Wanderers who have a game in hand are on top, they are followed by Silver Strikers who remain unbeaten with 34 points from 16 matches. The strikers are six points ahead of third placed Big Bullets. 

Fourth placed Blue Eagles, fifth placed MAFCO and sixth placed Moyale Barracks are tied on 25 points. The three have played 16 matches apiece.

Civil Sporting wrap the top seven with 22 points from 15 matches.

The bottom three has Dwangwa United, Blantyre United and Chitipa United. Dwangwa United sit on fourteenth with 14 points from 16 matches. They are three points ahead of Blantyre United who have played 17 matches. The Blantyre based side is tied on 11 points with anchors Chitipa United who have played 15 matches.

 

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