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Watford 0 Cardiff 0 – match report

Watford 0 Cardiff 0: Zola's men lose ground on Hull after goalless draw against leaders

PUBLISHED:

18:37 GMT, 6 April 2013

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UPDATED:

18:45 GMT, 6 April 2013

Watford lost ground in the race for automatic promotion as they were held to a goalless draw by npower Championship leaders Cardiff at Vicarage Road.

Following their 1-0 win over second placed Hull on Tuesday, Gianfranco Zola's side failed to keep pace with their rivals following a frustrating evening.

The point for City leaves them requiring a maximum of seven points from their remaining six games as they take a step closer to the Barclays Premier League.

Promotion chasers: Watford and Cardiff played out a 0-0 draw in a top-of-the-table clash at Vicarage Road

Promotion chasers: Watford and Cardiff played out a 0-0 draw in a top-of-the-table clash at Vicarage Road

MATCH FACTS

Watford: Almunia, Doyley, Cassetti, Ekstrand, Abdi, Battocchio (Hogg 51), Chalobah, Briggs, Anya, Deeney, Vydra (Forestieri 60).

Subs Not Used: Bond, Yeates, Pudil, Thompson, Geijo.

Booked: Cassetti.

Cardiff: Marshall, Connolly (McNaughton 10), Turner, Barnett, Taylor, Kim, Gunnarsson, Mutch, Conway (Smith 69), Mason (Gestede 56), Bellamy.

Subs Not Used: Lewis, Whittingham, Cowie, Helguson.

Booked: Gunnarsson, Mutch.

Att: 15,550

Ref: Mark Halsey (Lancashire).

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Zola made two changes to the side
that edged past promotion rivals Hull on Tuesday. Former Arsenal
goalkeeper Manuel Almunia returned between the posts while stalwart
defender Lloyd Doyley was also recalled.

The Bluebirds made just one change
following their 3-0 win against lowly Blackburn over the Easter weekend.
Striker Joe Mason came in to replace the injured Fraizer Campbell.

Malky Mackay's preparations suffered a
huge blow 10 minutes into the game though when Kevin McNaughton was
forced to replace Matthew Connolly at the back.

However, they started the brighter of
the two sides and Bo-kyung Kim soon forced Almunia into a fine save as
he blocked a low effort with his feet.

Craig Conway then fired just wide from the edge with the hosts struggling for a response as they waited for a chance to counter.

Cardiff came closer still as Ben Turner headed over the top before Zola's gameplan began to pay dividends.

On the up Cardiff are five points clear of Hull with a game in hand while Watford sit third in the table

On the up Cardiff are five points clear of Hull with a game in hand while Watford sit third in the table

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Top-scorer Matej Vydra nodded down
for strike partner Troy Deeney but he inexplicably blazed his strike
over the bar from no more than 10 yards.

The Hornets penned their opponents
deep in their own half and with the game bubbling nicely things
threatened to boil over on the touchline.

Zola's assistant, Giancarlo
Corradini, had to be pulled away by the little Italian after clashing
with Mackay as they argued over Aron Gunnarsson's challenge on Cristian
Battocchio.

Referee Mark Halsey kept his cards in
his pocket and Cardiff managed to keep the ball out of their net as
they survived a late onslaught before the break.

The visitors responded positively
after the restart and Almunia did well to save Joel Ekstrand's blushes
pushing away Joe Mason's strike after he seized on an error by the
defender.

Contest: Cardiff captain Craig Bellamy comes under pressure from Watford's Matthew Briggs

Contest: Cardiff captain Craig Bellamy comes under pressure from Watford's Matthew Briggs

As the game began to open up David
Marshall was forced into action at the opposite end making a terrific
fingertip save to keep out Deeney's header.

Conway fired a volley narrowly wide
before Hornets substitute Fernando Forestieri lashed one inches over the
crossbar as the game continued at a frantic pace.

The former Udinese man then
squandered another promising opportunity as he dragged another effort
wide from the edge after a clever flick by Nathaniel Chalobah.

On the touchline: Watford manager Gianfranco Zola and Cardiff boss Malky Mackay

On the touchline: Watford manager Gianfranco Zola and Cardiff boss Malky Mackay

Cardiff were forced to try and
utilise Gunnarsson's long throw in the closing stages and it very nearly
paid off when Kim's close-range effort was deflected wide of the post.

Mackay's former charges looked as
though they might have the last word when Deeney found a way through but
he was crowded out before he could get a shot away.

Forestieri also saw his shot bravely
blocked over the top during a frantic final few minutes but in the end
both sides were forced to settle for a hard-fought point.

Gianfranco Zola interested in Chelsea role but remains committed to Watford

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having sold the Hornets to the Pozzo family.

The Hertfordshire outfit have this season sustained a serious bid for promotion to the Barclays Premier League and are currently third in the npower Championship table, just two points off the automatic promotion places, safe in the knowledge they have not received a points deduction.

They have, however, been hit with a transfer embargo of sorts, which still allows them to buy and sell players but only with prior authorisation of football authorities.

Irregular payments: Danny Graham was sold to Swansea in 2011

Irregular payments: Danny Graham was sold to Swansea in 2011

A statement on the Football League
website read: 'A Football Disciplinary Commission, in the case of The
Football League vs Watford Football Club and Mr Laurence Bassini, has
determined that both defendants breached Football League regulations
regarding the securitisation of future transfer fees and central
distributions.'

A further club statement on Watford's official website read: 'Following the publication today of the independent Football Disciplinary Commission's judgement, Watford FC is pleased to confirm that it has not received a points deduction or a fine.

'Former owner and director Mr Laurence Bassini has been banned from any participation in football for three years.'

Punished: Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini (left)

Punished: Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini (left)

The statement continued: 'The club has been made the subject of a transfer embargo, but wishes to emphasise that the embargo referred to falls under Regulation 19 of the Football League Regulations.

'This is not an absolute bar on transfers, but rather a mechanism by which transfer business can be conducted by the club provided that the prior authorisation of the relevant football authorities has been obtained.

'It is clear from the decision of the Football Disciplinary Commission that the offences which the club has been found guilty of were committed by one or two individuals who are no longer associated with the club – and without the knowledge of the full board of the club.'

Dwain Chambers stormed off the track after a poor showing at the European Indoor Championships

Chambers storms off the track after failing to qualify from European indoor heats

By
Laura Williamson

PUBLISHED:

17:07 GMT, 1 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:22 GMT, 1 March 2013

Dwain Chambers stormed off the track in anger after being eliminated in the first round of the men’s 60 metres at the European Indoor Championships this afternoon.

The 34-year-old, who won gold in this event in 2009 and a silver medal two years ago, missed out on automatic qualification after coming fifth in his heat.

Chambers’ time of 6.78 seconds – two tenths of a second down on his season’s best – was not enough to guarantee him a place in Saturday's semi-finals as a fastest loser.

Frustration: Dwain Chambers threw off his vest after failing to qualify for the final of the European Indoor Championships

Frustration: Dwain Chambers threw off his vest after failing to qualify for the final of the European Indoor Championships

The European indoor record-holder, who served a two-year ban after testing positive for the anabolic steroid THG in 2003, threw his British vest to the floor in frustration and ignored all interview requests as he left the Scandinavium Arena.

Chambers missed the UK trials in Sheffield to protect a back injury and looked out of sorts at the British Athletics Grand Prix in Birmingham three weeks ago, when he finished fifth.

But the 2010 world indoor champion, who said earlier this year he finally feels ‘part of the team again’ after spending half his time training with UK Athletics’ sprint coach Rana Reider at Loughborough University, had insisted he would not compete in Gothenburg if he was not fully fit.

Speaking after his frustration had subsided, Chambers said: 'The performance was not what I expected and I can only express my disappointment because a lot of time and effort was put into me getting to these championships, and I want to apologise to the people whose time I feel I have wasted.

Out of sorts: Chambers, who has won a silver and gold at the last two championships, struggled to a time 6.78s, not enough to see him go through as a fastest loser

Out of sorts: Chambers, who has won a silver and gold at the last two championships, struggled to a time 6.78s, not enough to see him go through as a fastest loser

'I came here with all the intention
to do well and fight for a medal, which is always what I have been
renowned for doing, but the injury obviously took more out of me than I
had anticipated. So with that I'm really disappointed and feel bad for
letting people down.

'There was no pain. I think what
happened is that I spent all my time getting ready to get on the plane
injury free and I didn't prioritise my time to prepare for the
championships.

'I thought I was going to be all
right, but that was the wrong mind process I'd put myself into – I just
wasn't ready. I'm disappointed that I've let people down.

'In situations like these where you
want to do well, you expect to do well and people expect you to do
well…it hurts. I know what I'm capable of doing and it is
disappointing that I am not able to do that today.

'Now I'm just going to cheer on the rest of the team.'

James Dasaolu, however, cruised through
his heat to post the third-fastest qualification time, easing off before
the line to finish second behind Michael Tumi of Italy in 6.62 seconds.
Harry Aikines-Aryeetey also reached tomorrow’s semi-finals with a
season’s best of 6.65 seconds.

No such problems: Fellow Brit James Dasaolu (centre) made it through to the semi-final

No such problems: Fellow Brit James Dasaolu (centre) made it through to the semi-final

Harry Aikines-Aryeetey said: ‘It's a
seasons best – another good run and we'll take it lower, that's the aim.
It’s another opportunity and I think I've been quite lucky indoors. We
haven't really focused on it, so I've done some speed work over the last
few weeks.

‘Dwain and I
have been training together which has really helped. I'm just going to
take each round as it comes. I'm in a GB vest, so it's not about my
personal gain, it's about representing the country and showing what
we've got.

‘I stumbled out of the blocks a bit, so hopefully in the next round I'll go even better.’

James Dasaolu said: ‘I'm really happy, I wanted to qualify as easily as possible. I don't feel like I've exerted too much energy and I think that's what it's all about – using as little energy as possible. I've run a PB in pretty much every race, so I'm in good shape.

‘In the next round I'm going to be more aggressive and run through the line. It wasn't the quickest of fields, so I knew I didn't have to hammer the start, it was just about getting through.’

League Two round-up: Gillillingham stay top as Burton Albion enjoy home sweet home

League Two round-up: Gills stay top as Burton enjoy home sweet home

By
Andy Hampson

PUBLISHED:

19:28 GMT, 23 February 2013

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UPDATED:

19:28 GMT, 23 February 2013

Cody McDonald scored the only goal as
Gillingham maintained a two-point lead at the top of npower League Two
with a 1-0 win at Chesterfield.

McDonald headed home from close range
five minutes into the second half at the Proact Stadium, extending the
Gills' unbeaten run to four games.

Burton brushed aside Exeter 4-2 to
record a seventh successive home league win and move into the automatic
promotion places in third.

Sweet home: Burton's Marcus Holnes celebrates his goal

Sweet home: Burton's Marcus Holnes celebrates his goal

Michael Symes, Marcus Holness,
Jacques Maghoma and Lee Bell struck for Albion before Guillem Bauza and
Scot Bennett restored some respectability for the Grecians.

Second-placed Port Vale were also victorious, winning 1-0 at Torquay courtesy of a Calvin Andrew strike.

Northampton moved up two places to fourth with a 1-0 win over Plymouth, who dropped to the bottom.

Clive Platt scored the Cobblers' winner after 72 minutes.

AFC Wimbledon took advantage of the Pilgrims' loss, and the failures of Accrington Stanley and Barnet to win, to climb off the bottom and out of the relegation places.

Kevin Sainte-Luce scored the only goal 10 minutes from time as Wimbledon won 1-0 at Dagenham and Redbridge.

Accrington, however, still claimed a creditable 2-2 draw against play-off contenders Cheltenham at home.

Cheltenham twice led through Marlon Pack, the first from the penalty spot, but former England international James Beattie responded to both goals for Stanley.

Barnet played out a goalless draw with Rochdale while another side in trouble, Aldershot, won 2-0 at home to a Fleetwood side who ended the game with nine men.

Danny Hylton struck twice for Aldershot before the dismissals of Jamie McGuire and Alan Goodall.

Craig Reid also missed a penalty for the hosts.

Goals from Barry Corr and Britt Assombalonga saw Southend come from behind to win 2-1 at Wycombe, who had led early through Dean Morgan.

Oxford's clash with York ended 0-0 while Morecambe and Bristol Rovers drew 1-1. Rovers' Eliot Richards cancelled out a second-minute goal from Jack Redshaw.

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina must prove he"s still the No 1 at Anfield

Liverpool goalkeeper Reina must prove he's still No 1 at Anfield

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UPDATED:

22:46 GMT, 16 November 2012

Brendan Rodgers is ready to re-launch
Pepe Reina's season but has warned the goalkeeper he is facing the
biggest challenge of his Liverpool career.

Reina has missed the last seven games
with a hamstring problem that he initially sustained on internatinal
duty but, now he is fit again, the Spaniard is poised to replace Brad
Jones between the posts for Saturday's game against Wigan Athletic.

Close eye: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and Pepe Reina

Close eye: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and Pepe Reina

Jones has not done much wrong during Reina's spell on the sidelines and the fact Rodgers is facing a decision to make about who to play has shown how much things have changed for him.

Since arriving at Liverpool from Villarreal in the summer of 2005, Reina has been the automatic choice as No 1 but while Rodgers has no doubt doubts about his ability, he wants to see an improvement in his form.

'I have no doubt with Pepe Reina,' said Rodgers. 'He has been very impressive since I came here and it's all about confidence. It happens to every goalkeeper. Look at Joe Hart against Sweden.

'He didn't seem to have that same happiness and physicality he had a few months. I have one of the top goalkeepers in the world, a top guy who is intent on making himself a better keeper and when we have that we have one of the best in Europe.

Focused: Reina during training

Focused: Reina during training

'He is really committed to his work, a model professional. I have been talking regularly with him to help him get back to the levels that he wants to be at. Pepe is determined to be a top goalkeeper here for next the nine or 10 years.'

There was a spell a couple of seasons ago when Reina was undoubtedly the best in the Barclays Premier League but his form has dipped over the last 18 months yet Rodgers feels the improvement Jones has made can actually help the 30-year-old back to where he once was.

'It's important for any player to know they have a challenge,' said Rodgers. 'Brad had been here two years and played four games, once from the bench. He's played ten games this season and done well, which is a credit to him.

'When I arrived he was number three but he has stepped up to the plate and I've seen great improvements in him over these months. He's shown that in his performances, so whatever happens we have a goalkeeper who has grown in confidence.'

Sam Tomkins set to return for England against France

Tomkins ready to return for England against France but Hardaker set to keep place

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UPDATED:

00:52 GMT, 1 November 2012

Man of Steel Sam Tomkins is set to return for England's international against France at Craven Park on Saturday but his deputy Zak Hardaker could still find a place in the team.

Hardaker, who was crowned Super League's young player of the year after an outstanding season with champions Leeds, won his first cap as full-back in England's opening 80-12 rout of Wales in Wrexham last Saturday.

Tomkins missed that game with a knee injury sustained playing for Wigan in the play-offs but has now fully recovered and has been named in coach Steve McNamara's 19-man squad for the game at Hull KR.

Back in the team: Sam Tomkins is set to return for England

Back in the team: Sam Tomkins is set to return for England

England's 19-man squad:

C Ablett (Leeds), T Briscoe (Hull), R Burrow
(Leeds), J Charnley (Wigan), L Cudjoe (Huddersfield), G Ellis (Hull), R
Hall (Leeds), Z Hardaker (Leeds), B Harrison (Warrington), C Hill
(Warrington), G Hock (Wigan), J Jones-Buchanan (Leeds), M McIlorum
(Wigan), A Morley (Warrington), L Mossop (Wigan), R Myler (Warrington), K
Sinfield (Leeds, capt), S Tomkins (Wigan), K Watkins (Leeds).

The brilliant Wigan full-back is an automatic selection but McNamara has the option of switching Hardaker to the threequarters, where he spent most of his fledgling career up to this summer.

The 20-year-old former Featherstone player looked accomplished in the No 1 jersey against the Welsh and scored two of his side's 14 tries, but has extensive experience at both centre and wing.

'Zak has got some versatility,' McNamara admitted. 'We have a number of options going into the France game.

'We have healthy competition for places across all areas and no one is guaranteed their place in the team.

'The players are aware of this and continue to put in the effort in training to make sure they are prepared and ready for what should be a physical battle against France.'

Keeping his place: Zak Hardaker replaced Tomkins at the weekend but could still play against France

Keeping his place: Zak Hardaker replaced Tomkins at the weekend but could still play against France

Briscoe, who was an ever-present in England's 2011 Four Nations campaign and has scored four tries in their last three meetings with France, missed out against Wales after McNamara opted to give a debut to Wigan's freescoring winger Josh Charnley.

Charnley, who topped the Super League try chart with 31 this year, scored four touchdowns on his debut but will be vying with Ryan Hall for the other wing spot against the French.

Hall, who climbed in the top 10 of England tryscorers with a brace against Wales, needs one more touchdown to reach 150 in his career.

In the tries: Josh Charnley has been free-scoring this season

In the tries: Josh Charnley has been free-scoring this season

There is also a recall for Warrington forward Ben Harrison, who won his second cap against Papua New Guinea in the 2010 Four Nations Series, as the replacement for Wigan captain Sean O'Loughlin, who has been ruled out with a hamstring strain.

The trio are added to the other 16 players from the team that thrashed the Welsh to book their place in the final against France on Sunday week.

The game has come too early for half-back Rangi Chase, who only resumed full training yesterday after sustaining a groin injury on England's training camp in South Africa, while Liam Farrell, Luke Burgess and Stefan Ratchford, the other members of McNamara's 24-strong squad, are still waiting to make their international debuts.

Leeds second rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan has kept his place and will be making the 300th appearance of his career on Saturday. He has played 282 times for the Rhinos and has made 17 appearances in representative rugby.

France, who arrive on Thursday to set up a 10-day camp ahead of the final at the City of Salford Stadium, will be aiming to halt a run of 13 consecutive defeats by England going back to a 5-1 victory at Headingley in February 1981.

League Two round-up: Luis Boa Morte upstaged on Chesterfield debut

League Two round-up: Boa Morte upstaged by Williams on Chesterfield debut

By
Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

17:56 GMT, 13 October 2012

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UPDATED:

17:56 GMT, 13 October 2012

Luis Boa Morte tasted defeat on his Chesterfield debut as the Spireites were beaten 2-1 by Dagenham at the Proact Stadium.

The former Arsenal, Fulham and West Ham forward, who joined the club on Wednesday, made an impressive start by setting up an early chance for Neal Trotman.

But Boa Morte was upstaged by Sam Williams, who scored twice to give struggling Dagenham a much-needed victory.

Upstaged: Luis Boa Morte of Chesterfield

Upstaged: Luis Boa Morte of Chesterfield

Edgar Davids discovered just how big a challenge he faces at Barnet as his first match in charge at Underhill ended in a 4-1 home defeat to Plymouth.

The former Holland midfielder is the new joint head coach of the Football League's bottom club, his first managerial position.

But there was no fairytale start for the former Champions League and three-time Serie A winner.

His new side fell behind after just two minutes as Rhys Griffiths converted a penalty and Maxime Blanchard made it two after 11 minutes.

David Stephens pulled one back five minutes later, but Argyle ran away with it in the second half as further goals from Paris Cowan-Hall (62) and Luke Young (90) earned them a convincing win.

Defeat left Barnet seven points from safety and five behind second-bottom Aldershot, who were thumped 4-0 at leaders Gillingham.

Edgar Davids in the Barnet dug-out

New boy: Edgar Davids in the Barnet dugout

Charlie Allen opened the scoring after 11 minutes and Danny Kedwell added another from the spot (27).

Myles Weston made it 3-0 by half-time and Chris Whelpdale completed the rout midway through the second half.

Cheltenham knocked Fleetwood out of the automatic promotion places by moving up to third with a 2-1 win at AFC Wimbledon.

Marlon Pack put the visitors in front after 25 minutes and Kaid Mohamed doubled the lead early in the second half.

Byron Harrison pulled one back in the 90th minute, but it was too little too late.

Fleetwood dropped to fourth as they were beaten 1-0 at home by struggling Wycombe. Bruno Andrade scored the only goal of the game in the ninth minute.

The three other sides in the play-off places, Burton, Rochdale and Exeter, all failed to win.

Burton were held 1-1 at home by Bristol Rovers, Billy Kee's 50th-minute equaliser for the hosts cancelling out David Clarkson's opener on the half-hour mark.

Rochdale lost 2-1 at home to Morecambe, for whom Jack Redshaw scored twice (10 and 66).

George Donnelly gave Rochdale hope by netting in the 73rd minute, but they could not get a leveller.

Exeter went down 3-0 at Northampton, whose goals came from Adebayo Akinfenwa (25), Kelvin Langmead (39) and Alex Nicholls (84).

The Yorkshire derby between Bradford and York ended in a 1-1 draw at Valley Parade as Zavon Hines' 59th-minute leveller for the hosts cancelled out Ashley Chambers' goal just before half-time.

Britt Assombalonga scored twice as Southend stuck three times after the break to claim a 3-0 win at Rotherham. David Martin completed the scoring.

Torquay were 3-1 winners at home to Accrington.

Rene Howe put United ahead with a fifth-minute penalty, but Padraig Amond levelled in the 65th minute.

Billy Bodin put Torquay back in front two minutes later and Lee Mansell made the points safe 10 points from time.

Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts in Ryder Cup team

Poulter and Colsaerts in European Ryder Cup team as Olazabal names wildcards

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UPDATED:

11:02 GMT, 27 August 2012

Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts have been handed the two wildcards for the European Ryder Cup team.

Captain Jose Maria Olazabal made the announcement at Gleneagles on Monday.

Colsaerts missed out on automatic qualification after failing to finish in the top two at the Johnnie Walker Championship but the big-hitting Belgian has been rewarded for an impressive season.

Head to head: Ian Poulter is set to face the USA for the fourth time

Boomer: Nicolas Colsaerts can bomb it at Medinah

Bring on the Americans: Ian Poulter (left) and Nicolas Colsaerts complete the European Ryder Cup team

European team for the Ryder Cup

Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Paul Lawrie, Graeme McDowell, Francesco Molinari, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Peter Hanson, Martin Kaymer, Ian Poulter, Nicolas Colsaerts

The 29-year-old, who won the Volvo World Match Play in May, will be the only rookie in Olazabal's side to face the United States at Medinah next month.

Olazabal, as expected, handed Poulter a fourth cap. The Englishman has an outstanding record in matches against the Americans and loves the matchplay format.

Paul Lawrie won the 48th and final qualifying event at Gleneagles and will make his second appearance 13 years after his debut.

Eight players have qualified for the United States – Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson – with Davis Love due to announce his four captain's picks in New York on September 4.

More to follow…

Skipper: Jose Maria Olazabal (left) will lead the Europeans as they defend the Ryder Cup in the United States

Skipper: Jose Maria Olazabal (left) will lead the Europeans as they defend the Ryder Cup in the United States

Martin Kaymer in Ryder Cup team after Nicolas Colsaerts bid fails

Kaymer seals Ryder Cup spot as Colsaerts fails in late bid for automatic selection

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UPDATED:

15:10 GMT, 26 August 2012

German Martin Kaymer has became the 10th man to qualify for Europe's Ryder Cup team – without hitting a shot on the final day of qualifying.

The former world No 1 controversially chose to miss the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles even though his place was under threat.

But Nicolas Colsaerts failed to achieve the top-two finish he needed and must now wait to see if he receives a wild card from captain Jose Maria Olazabal.

Rough day: Nicolas Colsaerts in action during the final round of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles

Rough day: Nicolas Colsaerts in action during the final round of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles

Johnnie Walker Championship

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The 29-year-old Belgian is expected to be picked along with England's Ian Poulter, who – like four years ago – could have made the team automatically by playing in Scotland.

All it would have taken to overtake Kaymer was a 35th-place finish, but Poulter elected to stay in America.

Wildcard Colsaerts needed a top-two finish at Gleneagles to claims an automatic spot in the Ryder Cup

Wildcard Colsaerts needed a top-two finish at Gleneagles to claims an automatic spot in the Ryder Cup

Kaymer has not had a top-10 finish in a tournament since April and has been slowly slipping down the points table, but retains his place in the side.

He joins Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Paul Lawrie, Francesco Molinari, Sergio Garcia and Peter Hanson.

Lawrie was four shots ahead with five holes to play at Gleneagles.

Medinah, here I come: Germany's Martin Kaymer has earned himself a spot in Europe's team

Medinah, here I come: Germany's Martin Kaymer has earned himself a spot in Europe's team

Sergio Garcia leads delayed Wyndham Championship

Garcia's bid to end drought put on hold as rain delays Wyndham finale

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UPDATED:

22:36 GMT, 19 August 2012

Sergio Garcia's bid for the win that would seal his sixth Ryder Cup cap was delayed by heavy rain in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club will resume at 9am on Monday- 2pm BST – with Garcia one shot ahead and 14 holes to go.

Play was suspended at 3.10pm local time and called off for the day at 5.45pm with 38 of the 75 players yet to finish.

Made to wait: Leader Sergio Garcia was frustrated by the elements

Made to wait: Leader Sergio Garcia was frustrated by the elements

Garcia, needing a top three finish to move back into a qualifying position for next month's match in Chicago, was one ahead overnight and moved to 15 under par with a tee shot to five feet on the short third.

South African Tim Clark twice caught him with birdies at the second and fourth, but then ran up a bogey six at the long next to fall back alongside Americans Jason Dufner and Bud Cauley.

Garcia was just short of the green in two on the par five when officials brought the players off the course.

Suspended: Heavy rain meant the final round will be completed on Monday

Suspended: Heavy rain meant the final round will be completed on Monday

Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, also still in with a chance of automatic selection for Europe, moved from 17th into a tie for fourth by going to the turn in a three under 32, but a bogey at the par three 12th saw him slip back to joint ninth.

Unlike Garcia, Colsaerts is also playing the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles starting on Thursday. That is the final counting event before 10 players qualify and captain Jose Maria Olazabal adds two wild cards.

It was hoped to resume play at 5pm at first and the players went onto the driving range to prepare for that, but were then told that the course was not ready. A total of 2.2 inches of rain had fallen in the last 24 hours.