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Argentina fail to shine once again

Sergio Batista's men held to 0-0 draw by Colombia, face possible exit from Copa America.

sports Updated: Jul 07, 2011 23:35 IST

Argentina on Wednesday failed to make up for their disappointing opening draw against Bolivia when they could only manage another stalemate against Colombia, compromising their bid to reach the Copa America quarter-finals.

Once again, despite on paper having an embarrassment of riches in an attack spearheaded by Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez the albiceleste managed to flunk. Unless Sergio Batista's side can pull out a radical improvement in their final Group A match against Costa Rica then their hopes of a record 15th Copa title will be buried.

Indeed, the hosts could have lost and would have had Dayro Moreno not missed a sitter on 25 minutes with the goal at his mercy following a mix-up in the Argentinian defence.

Colombia remain top of the group with four points having seen off the Costa Ricans in their opening match.

Zidane could be Real sporting-director
MADRID: French great Zinedine Zidane said on Thursday he will be the new sporting director of Real Madrid's first team next season. The 39-year-old former midfielder played for Real between 2001 and 2006.

"I will be the first team's sporting director," Zidane said.

Real have not officially announced Zidane's new role but the club has been without a sporting director since Jorge Valdano was sacked last season.

Bin hammam hopes for a fair trial
Doha:
Suspended Asian soccer chief Mohamed bin Hammam wants a fair trial when he appears at a FIFA Ethics Committee meeting on July 22. He is facing allegations that he attempted to bribe members of the Caribbean Football Union in order to secure their votes in the June FIFA election against Sepp Blatter.

The Qatari wrote on his blog on Thursday, "There've been comments made publicly by persons involved in the process of investigation. I'd made it clear that there's been a bias against me.

"Despite all these, I'm still looking for and hoping to receive a fair hearing - one which will not be influenced by any political agenda or motivation."