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Wednesday 21 February 2018

In brief: Fenlon denies Celtic link

PAT FENLON has poured cold water on reports linking him to a scouting position with Celtic, writes Sean Ryan.

"There is very little truth in the stuff about Celtic," he said yesterday. "I don't know where that came from."

A Bohemians director, who chose to remain anonymous, said: "He's still the manager. I certainly hope so. People may have jumped to conclusions because he was unhappy after we lost to Galway on Friday night. But that's the way he is. He would be naturally disappointed, because he plays every ball in every match.

"Last Tuesday at our AGM he received a couple of ovations from the fans. His stock has never been higher with the fans and everybody connected with the club."

Bohemian players contacted yesterday said that the manager had said nothing about leaving after Friday's game. In contrast, the Galway United players, on their bus home, were saying that Fenlon was leaving.

Russia held

in Armenia

Misfiring Russia were held to a 0-0 draw by hard-working Armenia in their Euro 2012 qualifier in Yerevan, missing a chance to extend their lead in Group B.

Russia have now failed to score for a third consecutive match after losing two friendlies to Belgium (2-0) and Iran (1-0) in the last five months.

After a slow opening, the Russians took control, creating several scoring chances but failed to find the target.

Yura Movsisyan wasted Armenia's best chance early in the second half when he fired wide from close range.

Alexander Kerzhakov, who scored for Russia in each of their two previous qualifiers against Ireland and Macedonia, missed the top corner when he was sent clear a few minutes later.

Russia captain Andrei Arshavin had a quiet game, missing the target with his only shot at goal late in the game.

Coach Dick Advocaat said he was happy enough with a draw.

"Both teams were looking for a goal but we had a lot more chances than them,'' said Advocat.

"Unfortunately, we were missing the final pass and couldn't get a good shot on goal. Still, this draw is a good result, especially as we were playing away from home.''

Slovakia find going tough

Slovakia laboured to a 1-0 away victory over Andorra to keep themselves in the hunt to qualify for next year's Euro 2012 finals.

Slovan Bratislava's Filip Sebo headed the winner after 21 minutes at the Estadi Comunal, his seventh goal for his country, to leave Slovakia on top of qualifying Group B ahead of Russia and the Republic of Ireland

Slovakia struggled against their limited opponents, however, and could not build on their lead.

Liverpool's Martin Skrtel wasted a good chance in the 61st minute on a largely frustrating night for last year's World Cup finalists.

Andorra, who have lost all five of their games and managed just one goal, even had a late chance to level but Oscar Sonejee was unable to convert just seconds before the final whistle.

Dzeko hits Bosnia winner

Striker Edin Dzeko scored in the 83rd minute as Bosnia-Herzegovina came from behind in Zenica to beat Romania 2-1 in Group D.

Ciprian Marica gave Romania the lead in the 29th, despite the Bosnians dominating the first half and trying to employ Dzeko as much as possible although his numerous attacks remained fruitless at first.

He and Zvjezdan Misimovic missed glorious opportunities to equalize by the end of the first half but Costel Pantilimon saved both times, sending the ball away with the tips of his fingers.

Adrian Mutu created several chances for Romania and almost pierced Bosnia's defense but was blocked each time.

Vedad Ibisevic equalized in the 65th with a header from a free kick sent from the left side into the heart of the penalty area by Misimovic.

Dzeko made it 2-1 with a header from just a few yards (meters) out after meeting Miralem Pjanic's corner.

Germany have plenty in hand

Thomas Mueller and Miroslav Klose both scored twice as Germany eased to a 4-0 victory over Kazakhstan in Kaiserslautern to open up a commanding eight-point lead in Euro 2012 qualifying Group A.

Klose scored in his sixth consecutive international as Germany made it a maximum 15 points from five games.

He tapped in from close range after three minutes before 2010 World Cup top scorer Mueller struck twice before the break, both times set up by Mesut Ozil.

Germany lead the group from Belgium while Austria can close the gap to five points with a win over Turkey on Tuesday.

Lennon sent to stands again

Celtic manager Neil Lennon was sent from the dugout during his side's charity match against Athletic Bilbao in Spain last night.

Lennon clashed with the referee after 35 minutes of the match at San Mames, which was staged to raise funds for local youth teams in Bilbao and ended in a goalless draw.

The Hoops boss is currently serving a lengthy touchline ban in domestic competition.

Training injury for Hargreaves

England midfielder Owen Hargreaves has reportedly damaged his shoulder in training with Manchester United and will be out of action for at least another month.

Hargreaves has played just six minutes of first-team football since September 2008 because of knee problems.

His most recent comeback attempt ended in November when he tore his hamstring against Wolverhampton Wanderers and limped off early.

The 30-year-old midfielder's contract expires at the end of the season.

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