Sporting Digest: Football

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ROMANIA have named Anghel Iordanescu as their new national coach in succession to Cornel Dinu, who was dismissed after the 5-2 defeat by the Representation of Czechs and Slovaks earlier this month. Iordanescu steered Steaua Bucharest to their 15th league title last season.

TORINO have signed the 32-year-old Uruguayan forward, Enzo Francescoli, from Cagliari for pounds 1m.

TRANSFERS: Russell Beardsmore, midfielder, Manchester United to AFC Bournemouth, free. Gary Robson, midfielder, West Bromwich Albion to Bradford City, free.

COPA AMERICA First round Group A (Quito): United States 3 (Henderson 20, Vermes 39, Kinnear 52) Venezuela 3 (Dolgetta 65, 78, Echenausi 90); Ecuador 2 (Aviles 27, Aguinaga 88) Uruguay 1 (Kanapkis 65). Final standings: 1 Ecuador (P 3, Pts 6); 2 Uruguay (3-3); 3 Venezuela (3-2); 4 United States (3-1).

WORLD CUP Asian zone first round Group B (Tehran): Iran 0 Oman 0; Syria 2 (Mohammed Afash 17, Mustafa Qadeer 44) Taiwan 0.

J LEAGUE: Kashima Antlers 3 Verdy Kawasaki 2; Yokohama Marinos 3 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2; Urawa Red Diamonds 2 JEF United Ichihara 3; Shimizu S-Pulse 3 Gamba Osaka 2; Yokohama Flugels 1 Nagoya Grampus Eight 2 (after sudden- death extra time).

EUROPEAN UNDER-16 CHAMPIONSHIP Qualifying tournament: Scotland 0 Belarus 1 (at Forthbank Stadium, Stirling).

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