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Sport in brief: February 11, 2024

MEN’S FOOTBALL: The New Saints beat Bala 1-0 to maintain their 17-point Cymru Premier lead and racked up a 27th successive win in all competitions while second-placed Connah’s Quay won 3-2 in Newtown.

Cardiff Met drew 2-2 with Caernarfon, Matty Hill’s second-half strike earned bottom of the table Colwyn Bay a 1-0 win at Aberystwyth, Haverfordwest’s game with Pontypridd ended 1-1 and 10-man Penybont drew 2-2 with Barry Town.

MEN’S FOOTBALL: Player of the tournament Akram Afif netted a penalty hat-trick as hosts Qatar beat Jordan 3-1 to retain the Asian Cup in front of over 86,000 fans on Saturday evening.

Playing in their first-ever final Jordan, who are 29 places below Qatar in the world rankings, had the lion’s share of possession but rarely threatened to exert pressure on Qatar despite Yazan al-Naimat’s second-half equaliser.

MEN’S FOOTBALL: Reigning champions Larne moved top of the Irish Premiership by a point after they beat Loughall 2-0 and Linfield slipped to a 2-2 draw at Glenavon.

Third-placed Cliftonville extended their unbeaten run to 15 games with a 4-1 win over Coleraine, Crusaders drew 2-2 in Dungannon, the bottom of the table clash between Newry and Ballymena finished 1-1 and Carrick came from two down to draw 2-2 at Glentoran.

MEN’S FOOTBALL: Harry Kane didn’t manage a shot on target as Bayern Munich slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

Munich are now five points behind Bundesliga table-topping Leverkusen who have not lost all season and notched up their 11th clean sheet of the campaign against the reigning champions. Leverkusen have been five-time runners up but have never won the German title before.

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