Sporting Digest: Football

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ARGENTINA were yesterday defeated 1-0 in a friendly international away to Ecuador in Guayaquil. Ecuador, who, unlike Argentina, have not qualified for the World Cup finals, won the match with an 82nd-minute header by Byron Tenorio. Diego Maradona was playing for Argentina, as was Claudio Caniggia, the striker, who was making his return after a suspension for drug abuse.

CHARALAMBOS PITTAS, the Cypriot international who plays for Apollonas, was yesterday charged with accepting money to fix three matches. George Constantinou, an international who plays for Pezoporikos, has been accused of bribery, accepting money to influence a game and incitement to commit an offence.

MICHEL PREUD'HOMME, the Mechelen and Belgium goalkeeper, has signed a two-year contract with Benfica, Portuguese champions.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY (Copenhagen): Denmark 1 (M Laudrup, 54) Sweden 0.

TOUR MATCH (Cape Town): Cape Town Spurs 0 Liverpool 3 (Fowler 5, 50; Ruddock 89) (at Newlands Cricket Club).

KIRIN CUP (Kobe, Japan): France 1 Australia 0.

AFRICAN CLUB COMPETITIONS Quarter-final draw: African Champions Cup: Esperance (Tunisia) v Iwuanyanwu Nationale (Nigeria), Mouloudia d'Oran (Algeria) v Vita Club (Zaire), Nkana FC (Zambia) v Simba (Tanzania), Zamalek (Egypt) v AS Sogara (Gabon) or Wydad Casablanca (Morocco). African Cup Winners' Cup: Mbilinga (Gabon) v Malindi (Tanzania), Kenya Breweries (Kenya) v Stade Tamponnaise (Reunion), Canon Yaounde (Cameroon) or Agaza Omnisport (Togo) v Olympic de Beja (Tunisia), BCC Lions (Nigeria) v DC Motema Pembe (Zaire). Confederation of African Football Cup: Bendel Insurance (Nigeria) v US Chaouia (Algeria), St Denis (Reunion) v JS Kairouan (Tunisia), AFC Leopards (Kenya) v Primiero Maio (Angola), El Mourada (Sudan) v Unisport Bafang (Cameroon). First legs 16-18 September; second legs 30 September 30, 1-2 October.

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