South Korea, Iran and Uzbeks are still in contention to qualify for 2014 World Cup

In Asian football action, 

Iran thrashed Lebanon 4-0 to move 1 step closer to qualifying for next year's World Cup finals. 

This morning in Tehran, 2 goals from captain Javad Nekonam helped the Iranians move into 2nd place in Group A. 

They're now 1 point behind leaders, South Korea. 

Last night in Seoul, the Koreans beat 3rd-placed Uzbekistan 1-0, courtesy of an own goal by the visitors. 

With the loss, Uzbekistan are 3 points off the lead. 

And next week at home, Korea will host Iran while the Uzbeks will face Qatar in Tashkent in the final group matches. 

The top 2 teams will qualify automatically for next year's campaign in Brazil, while the 3rd-ranked team will have to endure 2 playoff matches to reach the World Cup. 


In local football action, 

Geylang International are through to the quarterfinals of the League Cup. 

And that's after beating Hougang United 2-1 at the Bedok Stadium last night. 

The Geylang Eagles have 4 points from 2 matches and advance into the quarters as Group C leaders. 

And 2nd placed Albirex Niigata are also through after 2 straight draws. 

Meanwhile, 

Home United beat Woodlands Wellington 2-0 in a Group A clash. 

But both teams are already through to the last 8.

Still on local football news, 

Singapore's Under-16 squad must beat Germany's Eintract Frankfurt by 2 clear goals tonight, if they're to advance into the semifinals of the Canon Lion City Cup. 

Last weekend at the Jalan Besar Stadium, Irfan Fandi scored in the Republic's 2-1 defeat to Arsenal. 

And the teenagers from London, then went on to lose to their German opponents 4-3 on Monday. 

So a draw result tonight, will not be enough for the Singapore side to advance.

Still on local football, 

Tickets for tomorrow night's friendly clash between Singapore's Under-23 squad and their counterparts from the Philippines, are on sale from this afternoon onwards. 

Tickets for the match at the Hougang Stadium are available at AXS machines islandwide and the Ticketbooth website. 

The Young Lions led by coach V Sundramoothy will go into this match, on the back of last weekend's 1-1 away draw against Indonesia.


Turning to English football news, 

Spanish winger Jesus Navas has officially completed his transfer from Sevilla to Manchester City. 

The 27-year-old completed a medical in New York yesterday, where he is currently on international duty with Spain. 

Navas has signed a 4-year deal with City for around US$23 million dollars. 


Over to cricket action, 

India defeated the West Indies by 8 wickets at the Oval this morning, to qualify for the ICC Champions Trophy semi-finals. 

India raced past the West Indies' total of 233 for 9 in 39.1 overs. 

And it was India's 2nd straight win in group B, which guarantees them a place in the semi-finals even before their last league match against Pakistan on Saturday.

The Pakistanis are still winless after 2 matches, while the West Indies and South Africa will clash in Cardiff on Friday, to determine the 2nd semi-finalist from the group.