Ghana book quarter-final spot, Egypt boost chances
PORT GENTIL, Gabon Ghana became the second side to book a quarter-final place at the African Nations Cup finals in Gabon when they edged Mali 1-0 in Group D at the Stade de Port Gentil on Saturday.
Ireland's James McClean scored two second-half goals to secure a 3-1 win in Moldova on Sunday that put them level on points with the leaders in World Cup qualifying Group D though they were far from convincing.
Ireland went ahead after two minutes through Shane Long and looked comfortable until they were caught napping at the back just before halftime when Igor Bugaev levelled.
McClean restored the visitors' lead when he stabbed home a close-range shot after 69 minutes and sealed the points six minutes later as Moldova's challenge faded.
Ireland have seven points from three matches and trail Serbia on goal difference after they beat Austria 3-2. Moldova remain bottom without a point having conceded 10 goals.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman in London; editing by Ken Ferris)
CHAPECO, Brazil Thousands of fans gathered under a blazing sun in southern Brazil on Saturday as Chapecoense played their first match since most of their players were killed in an air crash in Colombia in November.
MILAN AC Milan's hopes of ending a three-season absence from the Champions League suffered a severe setback on Saturday when they lost 2-1 at home to Napoli, one of their rivals for qualification.