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Nigeria beats Liberia, one step closer to World Cup qualification******
RABAT, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria defeated Liberia 2-1 Saturday in Tangier, Morocco, in a Group C match of the African qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.。
Gernot Rohr's squad beat the fellow West Africans courtesy of a pair of penalties scored by Victor Osimhen in the 15th minute and skipper Ahmed Musa in the 94th minute.。
The three-time African champions lead Group C with 12 points.。
In the second game of the group played Saturday in Praia, Cape Verde came from a goal down to beat Central Africa Republic 2-1 to remain second with 10 points, two behind Nigeria.。
Nigeria and Cape Verde will face off on Tuesday in Lagos in what will be a grand finale of Group C in the qualifiers for the Qatar 2022.。
Cape Verde is in a must win situation, while Nigeria just needs a draw to progress. Enditem。
China calls for calm as Russian move escalates Ukraine crisis******
The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called on all parties in the Ukraine issue to remain calm, ease tensions and resolve differences through dialogue and negotiations.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the remarks at a daily press briefing in Beijing.
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a telephone conversation with United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier in the day, expounding China's stance on the Ukraine crisis.
"China is concerned about the evolving situation in Ukraine, and China's position on the Ukraine issue is consistent," the spokesperson quoted the foreign minister as saying, noting that the legitimate security concerns of any country should be respected, and the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter should be upheld.
He said the current situation in Ukraine is closely related to the delay in the effective implementation of the new Minsk Agreements, and China will continue to make contacts with all relevant parties according to the merits of the matter itself.
China once again calls on all parties to exercise restraint, realize the importance of implementing the "indivisibility of security" principle, ease tensions and resolve differences through dialogue and negotiations as the situation in Ukraine is getting worse, the spokesperson said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed two decrees recognizing "the Lugansk People's Republic" and "the Donetsk People's Republic" as independent and sovereign states.
"I consider it necessary to make a long overdue decision – to immediately recognize the independence and sovereignty of the DPR and the LPR," Putin said in a televised address to the nation.
The crisis of European security occurred due to the eastward expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which has led to the loss of mutual trust with Russia, Putin stressed.
He called it just "a matter of time" for NATO to accept Ukraine as a member state and then build facilities on its territory so that the level of military threats to Russia will rise dramatically.
As Moscow asked the US and NATO for security guarantees, the Western countries precisely ignored Russia's fundamental concerns and nothing has changed in their position, Putin noted.
In such a condition, Russia "has every right to take retaliatory measures to ensure its own security," the president said.
Russia's move caused a diplomatic and economic backlash on Tuesday after Putin ordered his forces into Ukraine to secure the two regions.
Germany announced that it was halting certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia and said the European Union would adopt "robust and massive" economic sanctions.
Britain slapped sanctions on five Russian banks and three billionaires, in what Prime Minister Boris Johnson called "the first barrage" of measures in response to the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine.
The five banks targeted – Rossiya, IS Bank, General Bank, Promsvyazbank and the Black Sea Bank – and three people sanctioned will see any UK assets frozen.
The individuals concerned – Gennady Timchenko, Boris Rotenberg and Igor Rotenberg – will be banned from traveling to Britain and all United Kingdom individuals and entities will be banned from dealing with them and the banks.
The US will also impose sanctions on Moscow, a White House spokesperson said on Tuesday without giving details.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday expressed deep concern over Russia's move on Donetsk and Lugansk.
The UN chief called for "peaceful settlement" of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, in accordance with the Minsk Agreements.
"The secretary-general considers the decision of the Russian Federation to be a violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and inconsistent with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations," said the statement.
China's permanent representative to the UN, Zhang Jun, on Monday called on all parties to seek "reasonable solutions."
"We welcome and encourage every effort for a diplomatic solution, and call on all parties concerned to continue dialogue and consultation, and seek reasonable solutions to address each other's concerns on the basis of equality and mutual respect," Zhang told the Security Council emergency meeting, called at the request of Kiev, the US, five European nations and Mexico.
"China has been paying close attention to the latest development of the situation in Ukraine. We have fully elaborated on our position at the previous two meetings of the Security Council," Zhang said.
Verona stuns Juve in Serie A******
ROME, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Juventus is seemingly out of the race for the Serie A title after it suffered a shock 2-1 defeat away to Hellas Verona on Saturday.。
The Bianconeri, which was just stunned by Sassuolo 2-1 in midweek, had to do without Federico Chiesa, De Sciglio, Moise Kean and Aaron Ramsey on Saturday's game, while Arthur started in the middle of the park.。
The home side surged into a 2-0 lead after 14 minutes into the game, as Giovanni Simeone completed a brace in a span of three minutes with a follow-up and a spectacular curler.。
Juve was more aggressive after the break and pulled one goal back in the 80th minute as Weston McKennie drilled home in the box.。
Paulo Dybala had the chance to equalize before the whistle, but only saw his attempt palmed away by the goalkeeper.。
The Old Lady dropped to the eighth place with 15 points, 13 points adrift of joint leaders Napoli and AC Milan who visit Salernitana and Roma respectively on Sunday.。
Also on Saturday, Atalanta held Lazio 2-2 with Marten de Roon's late equalizer, while Torino dominated Sampdoria 3-0 with Andrea Belotti celebrating his 100th goal in Serie A. Enditem。
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