Sporting Digest: Football

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ATLETICO MADRID named Emilio Cruz as their new coach yesterday. Cruz, who acted as assistant to the current national coach, Javier Clemente, at the club in 1989-90, replaces the Argentinian stand-in, Cacho Heredia, who took charge three weeks ago after Jair Pereira was sacked. The Spanish club had offered a short-term contract to the German, Uli Stielike, and then the Serb, Vujadin Boskov, but both men turned them down.

SWINDON TOWN have been forced to cancel a friendly match in Greece this weekend after a virus laid low players and staff of their scheduled opponents, Edessaikos.

ZIMBABWE have named Gibson Homela as their new national coach, after the German, Reinhard Fabisch, was sacked last month when they failed to qualify for the World Cup finals next year.

MARIUS OOFT resigned yesterday as the coach of Japan's national team, following their failure to qualify for next year's World Cup finals.

AUTOGLASS TROPHY Second-round draw: Northern Section: * Chester or Crewe v Rotherham; Lincoln v Darlington; * Bradford City v Chester or Crewe or Blackpool; Stockport v Rochdale; Huddersfield v Preston; York v Mansfield; Scarborough v Scunthorpe; Carlisle v Bury. * depending on outcome of final group match between Crewe and Blackpool on 16 November. Southern Section: Wycombe v Cardiff; Reading v Northampton; Bristol Rovers v Fulham; Bournemouth v Leyton Orient; Wrexham v Colchester; Hereford v Brentford; Cambridge v Port Vale; Swansea v Exeter. (Matches to be played week beginning 29 November).

ALLBRIGHT BITTER WELSH CUP Fourth- round draw: Porthcawl v Inter-Cardiff; Ton Pentre v Bangor City; Wrexham v Cardiff City; Hereford United v Newtown; Barry Town v Holywell; Ebbw Vale v Connah's Quay Nomads; Rhyl v Swansea City or Merthyr Tydfil; Briton Ferry v Flint. (Ties to be played on or before 11 December.)

DUTCH SQUAD (v Poland, World Cup Group Two, Poznan, Wednesday): De Goey (Feyenoord), Snelders (Aberdeen); De Wolf, Van Gobbel (both Feyenoord), R Koeman (Barcelona), F De Boer, R De Boer, Overmars (all Ajax), Bergkamp, Jonk (both Internazionale), Wouters (Bayern Munich), E Koeman, Numan (PSV Eindhoven), Winter (Lazio), Roy (Foggia), Bosman (Anderlecht).

PONTINS LEAGUE First Division: Nottingham Forest 3 Bolton Wanderers 3; Sheffield Wednesday 0 Coventry City 2.

FA YOUTH CUP First round: Cambridge City 3 Leighton Town 3.

SPANISH LEAGUE: Valencia 0 Real Madrid 3.

SOUTH AMERICAN SUPER CUP Semi- finals: Nacional (Col) 2 Sao Paulo (Bra) 1 (aggregate 2-2, Sao Paulo win 5-4 on penalties); Nacional (Urug) 0 Flamengo (Bra) 3 (Flamengo win 5-1 on aggregate).

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