Sporting Digest: Football

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WORLD CUP African Zone Second round Group A (Algiers): Algeria 1 (Zerrouki 71) Nigeria 1 (Finidi 20) (Nigeria qualify for next year's finals).


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BORD GAIS LEAGUE OF IRELAND Premier Division: Shelbourne 0 Cork City 1.

CARLING NORTH WEST COUNTIES LEAGUE First Division: Clitheroe 2 Darwen 2.

UNIJET SUSSEX COUNTY LEAGUE First Division: Burgess Hill 4 Eastbourne Town 2.

GERMAN LEAGUE: Werder Bremen 4 Borussia Dortmund 0; Karlsruhe 2 Bayer Leverkusen 0; FC Nuremberg 3 Dynamo Dresden 0.

OFFICIALS preparing for the meeting in Rotterdam between England and the Netherlands in their World Cup qualifying match on Wednesday, say they will be able to tackle any disturbances. Dutch police chiefs, who visited London for talks with their English counterparts, have warned that troublemakers would be fined, arrested or expelled. Despite this, British and Dutch police expect up to 2,000 English fans will make the trip without tickets. Around 700 mainly riot police will be on duty in Rotterdam on match day, when there will be an alcohol ban at the stadium.

JIM SMITH, the Portsmouth manager, was fined pounds 750 by a Football Association disciplinary commission in London yesterday. Smith was found guilty of directing 'improper and insulting' comments to the Bristol referee, Steve Dunn, during a match against his old club, Oxford, on 14 August.

ALDERSHOT TOWN, the Diadora League Second Division side, announced a pounds 29,000 profit after just one season in existence. Town were formed after the Football League club, Aldershot FC, collapsed in 1992 with debts of pounds 1.2m.

BORD GAIS NATIONAL LEAGUE OF IRELAND SQUAD (v Liverpool, Exhibition Match, Lansdowne Road, Dublin, 19 October): Henderson (Bohemians), O'Neill (Shamrock Rovers); Neville, Brady, Doolin, Mooney (all Shelbourne), Coll, McNulty (both Dundalk), McDonnell (St Patrick's Athletic), Byrne, Osam (both Shamrock Rovers), Fenlon (Bohemians), Gaynor, Morley (both Cork City), O'Connor (Drogheda), Curran (Derry City).

TRANSFERS: Darren Oliver, full-back, Bolton to Rochdale (loan); Adam Locke, midfielder, Southend to Colchester (loan); Andy Marriott, goalkeeper, Nottingham Forest to Wrexham (loan).