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Coleman haunted by Ser­bia de­feat CARDIFF:

Wales man­ager Chris Coleman is still ran­kled by the 2012 mem­ory of their 6-1 drub­bing at the hands of Ser­bia as his team pre­pare to clash with the same op­po­nents in Satur­day’s World Cup qual­i­fier in Cardiff. Euro 2016 semi-fi­nal­ists Wales have five points in Group D and trail both Ser­bia and Ire­land, who have seven points each af­ter three matches. “It still haunts me, to be hon­est,” Coleman told re­porters. “There’s noth­ing worse than when you feel like you’ve let your coun­try down-and I did that in a big way... I was hang­ing on to my job. “We had a room up­stairs (in the dress­ing room) with no lights. I re­mem­ber sit­ting in there with Kit Symons and Osian Roberts (his as­sis­tants) and I didn’t want to come out and talk. It was the worst I’ve ever felt, the ab­so­lute worst.” Wales have never beaten Ser­bia, and Coleman, who will be with­out de­fend­ers Ben Davies and James Collins, warned that his team would have to be on their game to get win. “Ser­bia are very ag­gres­sive of­fen­sively, they take chances,” he added.

Araujo sen­tenced for re­fus­ing breathal­yser MADRID:

Span­ish court yes­ter­day sen­tenced Las Pal­mas striker Ser­gio Araujo to nine months in prison for fail­ing to co­op­er­ate with po­lice who asked him to take a breathal­yser test. The 24-year-old Ar­gen­tine player is un­likely to go to prison be­cause in Spain it is cus­tom­ary that of­fend­ers of non-vi­o­lent crimes with a sen­tence of un­der two years do not serve time in jail. Araujo ad­mit­ted he was guilty of the driv­ing of­fence dur­ing his trial, ac­cord­ing to the rul­ing by the court in Las Pal­mas on Spain’s Ca­nary Is­lands. The player was de­fi­ant when he re­fused to take the breathal­yser on Sep­tem­ber 26, telling the two po­lice of­fi­cers who stopped him that the pres­i­dent of Las Pal­mas “will fix ev­ery­thing”, ac­cord­ing to the court. Araujo’s lawyer, Lino Cha­parro, said he would study the court rul­ing. He had said in the past that he would ap­peal the rul­ing if Araujo was sen­tenced. The Buenos Aires na­tive was on loan at Las Pal­mas from Boca Ju­niors in the 2014-15 sea­son, help­ing the club gain pro­mo­tion to La Liga.

Barcelona ap­peal Messi yel­low card BARCELONA:

Barcelona have an­nounced they will ap­peal the yel­low card given to Lionel Messi dur­ing the team’s 2-1 win over Sevilla on Sun­day. The Ar­gen­tinian for­ward was booked dur­ing the sec­ond half of the La Liga game for time wast­ing as he at­tempted to put his boot back on af­ter it had come off fol­low­ing a chal­lenge from Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi. A state­ment from Barcelona read: “The club have pre­sented an ap­peal against the yel­low card that Leo Messi re­ceived on Sun­day n the match against Sevilla at the Sanchez Pizjuan, which Barca won 2-1 thanks to a goal from the Ar­gen­tine.” Barcelona coach Luis En­rique ex­plained af­ter the game that Messi’s laces were bro­ken due to N’Zonzi’s foul and that is why the player could not put the boot back on im­me­di­ately. Barca striker Ney­mar was also booked on Sun­day and is one card away from a ban. Uruguay for­ward Luis Suarez will miss the team’s home game against Malaga on Nov. 19 af­ter pick­ing up his fifth yel­low card of the cam­paign dur­ing the en­counter at Sevilla, re­sult­ing in an au­to­matic onegame sus­pen­sion.

BURTON-ON-TRENT: Eng­land’s de­fender Michael Keane (L) watches as Eng­land’s mid­fielder Jesse Lin­gard (L) vies with Eng­land’s striker Daniel Stur­ridge dur­ing a team train­ing ses­sion at St George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent on Mon­day, ahead of their group F World Cup qual­i­fy­ing foot­ball match against Scot­land on No­vem­ber 11. — AFP

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