Sporting Digest: Football

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GARY LINEKER, the former England captain, made his first appearance in the J League since September, as a late substitute for Nagoya Grampus Eight in yesterday's 1-0 win over Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Lineker has recovered from a broken toe. Zico, the former Brazilian international, marked his retirement from playing with a goal for Kashima Antlers in a 2-1 win over Jubilo Iwata.

WORLD CUP WARM-UP MATCHES (Orlando): Fort Lauderdale Strikers (Lode 68) Netherlands 7 (R de Boer 18, Overmars 21, 79, Wouters 24, Jonk 26, Bosman 71, 80); (Ormond Beach, Fla): United States Under- 23 XI 0 Belgium 6 (Weber 3, Wilmots, Scifo, Nilis).

JAPANESE LEAGUE: Nagoya Grampus Eight 1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0; Shimizu S-Pulse 2 Yokohama Flugels 1; Kashima Antlers 2 Jubilo Iwata 1; Verdy Kawasaki 3 Bellmare Hiratsuka 0; Gamba Osaka 3 JEF United Ichihara 0; Urawa Red Diamonds 2 Yokohama Marinos 1.

TOUR MATCH (Peking): Liaoning (Ch) 1 Milan 4.

EUROPEAN CUP SEEDS: 1 Milan; 2 Ajax; 3 Manchester United; 4 Bayern Munich; 5 Barcelona; 6 Benfica; 7 Spartak Moscow; 8 Anderlecht; 9 Paris St-Germain; 10 Rangers; 11 Casino Salzburg (Aut); 12 IFK Gothenburg; 13 Steaua Bucharest; 14 Galatasaray; 15 Sparta Prague; 16 Hajduk Split (Croa); 17 AEK Athens; 18 Maccabi Haifa (Isr); 19 Slovan Bratislava (Slovak); 20 Servette (Swit); 21 Vac Samsung (Hung); 22 Silkeborg (Den); 23 Avenir Beggen (Lux); 24 Rosenborg Trondheim (Nor). (Top eight seeds qualify automatically for Champions' League; seeds 9 to 24 qualify for European Cup preliminary round in August; remaining 19 champion clubs enter Uefa Cup).

LEGIA WARSAW won the Polish title yesterday by drawing their final match, 1-1 at home to Gornik Zabrze.

POLISH LEAGUE Final standings: 1 Legia Warsaw (P 34, Pts 48); 2 GKS Katowice (34- 47); 3 Gornik Zabrze (34-46). Relegated: Wisla Krakow, Siarka Tarnobrzeg, Polonia Warsaw, Zawisza Bydgoszcz.

HUNGARIAN LEAGUE Final standings: 1 Vac Samsung (P 30, Pts 46); 2 Kispest Honved (30-43); 3 Bekescsaba (30-41). Relegated: Haladas, MTK Budapest.

CROATIAN LEAGUE Final standings: 1 Hajduk Split (P 34, Pts 50); NK Zagreb (34-49); Croatia Zagreb (34-48).

ITALIAN LEAGUE Second Division promotion play-off: Cesena 1 Padova 2 (Padova promoted to First Division).

SPANISH LEAGUE Promotion / relegation play-off replay: Santiago de Compostela 3 Rayo Vallecano 1 (Santiago de Compostela promoted to First Division; Rayo Vallecano relegated to Second Division).

FIFA WORLD RANKINGS (Last month's positions in brackets): 1 Germany (2); 2 Netherlands (11); 3 Brazil (1); 4 Italy (16); 5 Spain (9); 6 Norway (4); 7 Romania (10); 8 Argentina (6); 9 Denmark (5); 10 Sweden (3); 11 Nigeria (7); 12 Switzerland (8); 13 France (17); 14 Republic of Ireland (12); 15 England (15); 16 Mexico (13); 17 Colombia (18); 18 Uruguay (14); 19 Russia (20); 20 Zambia (19). Selected: 23 United States (23); 24 Cameroon (24); 27 Belgium (34); 28 Morocco (30); 29 Bulgaria (29); 31 Greece (32); 34 Saudi Arabia (35); 37 South Korea (37); 43 Bolivia (43).

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