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Tokyo Olympics: Blessing Oborududu chases Silver, Gold after Qualification for final in wrestling
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Tokyo Olympics: Blessing Oborududu chases Silver, Gold after Qualification for final in wrestling

Nigeria’s Blessing Oborodudu has booked her place in the final of the women’s wrestling event at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan. Oborududu defeated Battsetseg Soronzobold of Mongolia 7-2 to reach the final of the 68kg gold medal contest on Monday. She will now face Americans Tamyra Mensah-Stock in the final. Mensah-Stock had defeated Ukraine’s Alla Cherkasova in the other semi-final. Oborodudu had defeated Azerbaijani’s Elis Manolova and Meerim Zhumanazarova of Kyrgyzstan to advance to her first Olympic semi-finals. The 32-year-old’s qualification guarantees Team Nigeria a silver or gold medal at Tokyo Olympics.
Trophée des Champions final: Lille end PSG’s Dominance
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Trophée des Champions final: Lille end PSG’s Dominance

Lille on Sunday defeated Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the Trophée des Champions final at Bloomfield. Xena’s first-half thunderbolt proved the difference as Lille secured the Trophee des Champions for the first time, in the process ending the competition’s eight-year domination by PSG. The midfielder was teed up by Burak Yilmaz before blasting in from long range on the stroke of half-time. PSG were unable to make their possession count from there on in. The story of the final could have been different, however, had Abdou Diallo taken the best second-half opportunity. He failed to convert a headed effort from inside the six-yard box with just Leo Jardim to beat. After dethroning PSG as Ligue 1 champions in the last campaign, Jocelyn Gourvennec’s men ha...
Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-1 in Pre-season Friendly
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Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-1 in Pre-season Friendly

Chelsea have defeated Arsenal in their pre-season charity friendly at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. In the game, Kai Havertz gave Chelsea the lead in the 26th minute. Granit Xhaka brought Gunners level in the 69th minute while Tammy Abraham restores Chelsea’s advantage after Héctor Bellerín’s error in the 71st minute. Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham are competing in a mini pre-season round-robin tournament called The Mind Series. Funds raised from the three games will be split between mental health charity Mind and the clubs’ respective foundations. Chelsea have played two friendlies so far this summer, beating Peterborough and Bournemouth, and saw their training camp in Ireland disrupted by a positive Covid-19 case. Also, Arsenal have had their preparations hampered b...
Man United’s Mason Greenwood names toughest player he ever faced
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Man United’s Mason Greenwood names toughest player he ever faced

  Manchester United forward, Mason Greenwood, has named the toughest opponent he has ever faced in his glittering career so far. Greenwood has come up against the top defenders from Premier League clubs and also clubs like Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig, AC Milan and Sevilla. When asked in a Q&A session with fans which opponent has caused him the most frustration, Greenwood picked Fulham left-back, Joe Bryan. The 19-year-old came into direct competition with Bryan, 27, when Man United defeated Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage on January 20, 2021. “I have probably got to say, it might be a surprising one, but do you know [Joe] Bryan, the one for Fulham, ” Greenwood told Philip L in Norway on the club’s website. “He allowed me no space, no time on the ball, when w...
Gadzama tips D’Tigers for medal
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Gadzama tips D’Tigers for medal

Gold medalist at the 2000 Olympic Games, Fidelis Gadzama, says D’Tigers stand a chance of winning a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Games, which starts in eight days. D’Tigers defeated two of the top four countries in the world — USA and Argentina — in the three pre-Olympics exhibition games they played in the last four days. They became the first African country to beat Team USA in basketball, after winning 90-87 on Sunday, before seeing off No.4 ranked Argentina 94-71 in their second game on Monday. They were however unlucky against Australia, ranked No. in the world, losing 108-69 on Wednesday. Speaking with our correspondent, Gadzama who won gold in the 4x400m event at the Sydney Games, also listed Ese Brume and Tobi Amusan as the country’s other medal hopefuls. “I believe basketball de...
Hibernian vs Arsenal: Why Gunners lost 2-1 – Mikel Arteta
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Hibernian vs Arsenal: Why Gunners lost 2-1 – Mikel Arteta

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has explained why his team lost 2-1 to Hibernian in a pre-season friendly tie on Tuesday evening. According to Arteta, Arsenal lost to Hibernian at Easter Road because they failed to score after creating many chances against the Scotland club. The Gunners boss also said that his players were a little bit leggy against Hibernian. DAILY POST reports that goals from Martin Boyle and Daniel MacKay ensured Hibernian defeated Arsenal. Emile Smith Rowe did score a goal for the Emirates club. “Well, I’m always disappointed when we lose a football match, but it is the first game, we played with many kids and we only had four training sessions,” Arteta said at his post-match press conference. “We’ve trained really hard and you could see that the pl...
Onazi scores as Zalgiris Vilnius advance in UCL qualifier
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Onazi scores as Zalgiris Vilnius advance in UCL qualifier

Nigerian midfielder Ogenyi Onazi scored a wonder-strike as nine-man Zalgiris Vilnius defeated Linfield 2-1 in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League first qualifying round tie played at Windsor Park in Belfast on Tuesday night, The PUNCH reports. The win sees Zalgiris Vilnius advance to the second qualifying round with a 5-2 aggregate win after winning the first leg 3-1. Onazi, making his first start of the season after coming on as a substitute in the first leg, doubled his side’s lead one minute before the break with a superb strike into the top corner. Saulius Mikoliunas had shot the Lithuanian side into the lead in the 17th minute. In the second half, Zalgiris had defender Elhadji Pape Diaw sent off after he handled Jimmy Callacher’s effort on the line in the 64th minute. Chris...
Euro 2020 final: Records broken as Italy beat England to win European Championship
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Euro 2020 final: Records broken as Italy beat England to win European Championship

  Records were broken at the just concluded Euro 2020 final. Recall that Italy defeated England 3-2 on penalties in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday to win the European Championship. Luke Shaw and Leonardo Bonucci scored for both England and Italy respectively to make it 1-1 after 120 minutes. Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho all missed their penalty kicks. However, DAILY POST brings to you some records broken at the just concluded Euro 2020: 1. Italy’s unbeaten run: Italy extended their unbeaten run to 34 matches after beating England in the final. Italy’s last defeat came on September 10, 2018, in the group stage of the UEFA Nations League against Portugal. Roberto Mancini’s sides are also the first team to win two penalty shoot-outs at a sin...
Saraki Congratulates Nigeria’s D’Tigers for beating Argentina 94-71
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Saraki Congratulates Nigeria’s D’Tigers for beating Argentina 94-71

  Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki has congratulated Nigeria’s Men Basketball Team, D’Tigers, for defeating Argentina in an exhibition match ahead of the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. D’Tigers had defeated Team USA in a stunning performance on Saturday. Team Nigeria dominated with a 94-71 win over fourth ranked Argentina. Saraki in a post via his Twitter page commended D’Tigers on their 23-point win against Argentina. He stated that the nation’s men’s basketball team, who over the weekend became the first African side to defeat the United States of America, continue to make the entire nation proud. He tweeted: “Another inspiring performance by D’Tigers (@NigeriaBasket) on the road to the #TokyoOlympics! Well done guys, you keep making the entire nation proud!” Sa...
Euro 2020 final: Prize money for Italy, England revealed
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Euro 2020 final: Prize money for Italy, England revealed

UEFA will pay Italy €10 million for winning the Euro 2020 ahead of England. The European top football governing body will also pay England €7 million for losing the Euro 2020 final to Italy, according to The Quint. Italy defeated England 3-2 on penalties in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday night at Wembley Stadium. Luke Shaw gave England an early lead in the first half, but Italy was able to force extra time and penalties after Leonardo Bonucci equalised in the second half. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka all missed their spot-kicks against Italy. Meanwhile, the total prize money between the 24 participating nations at Euro 2020 was a staggering €371 million. All participating countries received €9.25 million for qualifying for the group stages of the tourname...
Mourinho names best player at Euro 2020
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Mourinho names best player at Euro 2020

  Roma boss, Jose Mourinho, has named England defender, Kyle Walker , as the best player at the just concluded Euro 2020. Mourinho described Walker as an “absolute animal” for England during the Euro 2020. Walker was in stunning form for England at the Euro 2020 as the Three Lions reached their first major international final since the 1966 World Cup. England was, however, defeated 3-2 on penalties against Italy in the final on Sunday night at Wembley. Speaking on the best player at Euro 2020, Mourinho told talkSPORT: “I think Kyle Walker was phenomenal. “From the first minute of the competition until the moment he came off in the final, he was phenomenal. “He was giving cover to centre-backs on the opposite side. I don’t remember him losing one single duel. H...
D’Tigers: Edoho blasts American TV host, Clancy for saying Nigeria has no food
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D’Tigers: Edoho blasts American TV host, Clancy for saying Nigeria has no food

  Nigeria’s TV host, Frank Edoho has blasted American celebrity sports commentator, Kelvin Clancy for saying the USA basketball team lost to a country without food. DAILY POST had reported that Nigeria shocked the United States of America 90-87 in a pre-Tokyo warm-up march on Saturday night. It was an international shocker after the West African side, with their little-known NBA players, defeated the All-NBA, All-Star and max-contract US side. Following the development, Clancy had taken to his Twitter account to express disappointment that the United States had lost to Nigeria’s D’Tigers. ”’We lost to Nigeria in Basketball? Do they even have food? ”You know what am just gonna watch UFC,” he wrote. Reacting, Edoho in a post via his Twitter account blasted Clanc...
The Cambridges steal the show as they cheer loudly and hug each other following a goal scored by England at the Euro 2020 final
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The Cambridges steal the show as they cheer loudly and hug each other following a goal scored by England at the Euro 2020 final

The Cambridges showed a rarely-seen side of them as they celebrated a goal scored by England at the Euro 2020 final. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the match-up between England and Italy with their eldest son, Prince Geroge, on Sunday, July 11, at Wembley Stadium. The game marked the first time England's men team has played in a soccer final since 1966. During the game, a handful of precious moments was recorded between the Cambridges. At one moment, Prince George is seen laughing loudly as his father, Prince William, leaned down and clapped beside him following a goal scored by England's Luke Shaw. In another sweet moment, Prince William jumps up and pumps his fist in the air before bending to hug Prince George. Prince George is also seen clapping triumphant...
Familiar Shootout Heartbreak for England as Italy win Euros
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Familiar Shootout Heartbreak for England as Italy win Euros

It was penalty shootout heartbreak again for England and Gareth Southgate, as Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed from the spot in a crushing Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy. When Jordan Pickford saved from Andrea Belotti there was real hope of a first major trophy in 55 years and ultimate redemption for Southgate, who missed a decisive spot-kick in the semi-final of Euro 96, but from the brink of glory in front of their own supporters at Wembley, England collapsed. Rashford rolled a tame shot against the post and Sancho and Saka saw Gianluigi Donnarumma save their efforts, sparking celebrations from the Italian players and the small but vocal cluster of their fans at the other end of the pitch. Luke Shaw had given England a dream start, scoring his first goal...
England vs Italy: All you need to know about Euro 2020 final, others
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England vs Italy: All you need to know about Euro 2020 final, others

  England will play Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday, July 11 at the Wembley Stadium. England had defeated Denmark 2-1 in the Euro 2020 semi-final some few days ago, while Italy eliminated Spain on penalties. Both teams have faced each other 27 times in the past. England have won 8 matches, while Italy have won 11 matches and the remaining 8 matches ended in a draw. The last time both sides came face-to-face was in a friendly in March 27, 2018. The friendly game ended in a 1-1 draw at Wembley, with Jamie Vardy and Lorenzo Insigne scoring for their respective teams. The match kicks off at 8 pm, Nigerian time. The match will be aired on DStv channel 204 and GOtv channel 32.
Messi videocalls his wife to celebrate Argentina’s Copa America win
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Messi videocalls his wife to celebrate Argentina’s Copa America win

Lionel Messi ended his wait for an international trophy after Argentina defeated Brazil 1 - 0 at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro  to win the 2021 Copa América on Sunday morning. Shortly after the game, the superstar footballer shared the special moment with his loved ones. He picked up his phone and FaceTime his family including his wife to celebrate with them. Watch the video below.
Copa America: Messi played against Colombia, Brazil with hamstring injury – Argentina coach, Scaloni reveals
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Copa America: Messi played against Colombia, Brazil with hamstring injury – Argentina coach, Scaloni reveals

Argentina coach, Lionel Scaloni has revealed that captain Lionel Messi played against Colombia and Brazil in Copa America with a hamstring injury. According to Scaloni, Messi sustained the injury during Argentina’s Copa America 3-0 win against Ecuador in the quarter-final last week. Recall that Argentina defeated Colombia on penalties in the Copa America semi-final last Wednesday. Argentina also defeated Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final on Saturday, thanks to Angel Di Maria’s first-half goal. “Messi has been playing with a hamstring injury against Colombia and Brazil, after getting a knock against Ecuador,” Scaloni said at his post-match press conference. He added, “It’s a great title, especially for our people. The fans support the team unconditionally. I think they...
Messi reacts as Argentina beat Brazil to win Copa America
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Messi reacts as Argentina beat Brazil to win Copa America

Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, has paid tribute to God as they defeated Brazil 1-0 in the final to win the Copa America on Sunday morning. Angel Di Maria scored the only goal of the match in the first half as Argentina defeated Brazil at the Maracana Stadium. The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, who was promoted to the starting line-up for the final match, coolly lobbed over Brazil goalkeeper Ederson for the 22nd-minute winner. The triumph also marks Messi’s maiden piece of major silverware with Argentina, with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner dominant throughout the tournament. Messi also finished Copa America 2021 with the most goals (four) and most assists (five). Reacting, Messi, in a post via his Instagram account, described the Copa America victory as a ‘beautiful ...
Copa America: Neymar weeps as Messi’s Argentina end 28-year trophy drought, break Brazil record
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Copa America: Neymar weeps as Messi’s Argentina end 28-year trophy drought, break Brazil record

Neymar broke down in tears after Argentina defeated his team, Brazil, a 1-0 win in the Copa America final on Sunday at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium. With the victory, Argentina ended a 28-year wait for a major trophy, and also ended Brazil’s unbeaten home record that stretched back more than 2,500 days. Messi’s Argentina won the Copa for the first time since 1993, while injury meant Neymar was not part of the Brazil squad which triumphed in 2019. Neymar failed to lead Brazil to their 10th Copa title, while Argentina added to their 14 continental crowns. Argentina have won six games in a row, including their semi-final victory over Colombia, and are unbeaten across their past 20 games. Before the final, Brazil were undefeated in their past 13 games and have only conc...
Argentina vs Brazil: All you need to know about Copa America final
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Argentina vs Brazil: All you need to know about Copa America final

Argentina will play Brazil in the Copa America final on Sunday, July 11. Argentina had defeated Colombia in the semi-final on penalties, while Brazil beat Peru 1-0. Both teams have faced each other 111 times in the past. Argentina have won 46 matches, while Brazil have won 40 matches and the remaining 25 matches ended in a draw. The last time both sides came face-to-face was in a Superclasico de las Americas fixture in November 2019. Argentina had won the encounter courtesy of a Lionel Messi strike. Brazil are the current holders of Copa America, having won the title on home soil in 2019. Their key player, Neymar, sat out that tournament through injury, meaning that the Paris Saint-Germain forward is still looking for a first winners’ medal with Brazil. The match kick...
England vs Italy: Jamie Carragher predicts result of Euro 2020 final
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England vs Italy: Jamie Carragher predicts result of Euro 2020 final

Liverpool hero, Jamie Carragher, has predicted England to beat Italy on penalties when both teams clash in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final. England booked their place in the Euro 2020 final with a 2-1 victory over Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday night. Italy, meanwhile, defeated Spain on penalties to qualify for the final. Providing his prediction, Carragher expects England to get a narrow win over Italy, adding that it will be a very tight game. “I think it will be a very tight game,” Carragher told Sky Sports. ‘I think it may go to penalties and England come out victorious. “We have done a lot of work on penalties, so let’s not let that go to waste! I don’t think there will be too many goals in the game. “Italy are very strong defensively, so are England. I think it will b...
Aiteo Cup: Underdogs send Akwa, Rangers, Wolves crashing
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Aiteo Cup: Underdogs send Akwa, Rangers, Wolves crashing

Nigeria Professional Football League table toppers, Akwa United, Enugu Rangers and Warri Wolves were sent crashing from the round of 32 of the 2021 Aiteo Cup by lower division sides, The PUNCH reports. Nigeria National League sides Gateway and Bayelsa United piped Akwa and Rangers 1-0 respectively, while Green Beret emerged 5-4 penalty winners over Wolves after the score line stood at 1-1 after regulation time.  In other results, Abia Warriors thrashed Zamfara United 5-0, while Lobi Stars defeated Yobe Desert Stars 1-0. Kano Pillars defeated Lagos side Smart City 4-2, with Niger Tornadoes recording a 2-0 win over Mai Unguwa. Heartland, Sunshine Stars, Katsina United won their respective matches via penalty shoot-outs to scale through to the next round, while Nasarawa United beat Bende...
England vs Denmark: Ex-Chelsea defender, Ashley Cole apologises to Phillips after 2-1 win
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England vs Denmark: Ex-Chelsea defender, Ashley Cole apologises to Phillips after 2-1 win

Former Chelsea left-back, Ashley Cole, has revealed that he issued a personal apology to England midfielder, Kalvin Phillips after the Three Lions defeated Denmark 2-1 in Wednesday’s Euro 2020 semi-final tie. Phillips delivered a solid display at the heart of England’s midfield as Gareth Southgate’s defeated Denmark during extra time to qualify for Euro 2020 final. But the Leeds United star had come under fire before the start of the Euro 2020. Cole was among those who questioned Phillips’ contribution on social media and suggested that the 25-year-old did not merit a place in England’s midfield. However, after England’s win over Denmark, Cole revealed that he approached Phillips to say ‘sorry’. “It’s emotional,” Cole told ITV. “I will say it live on air, I had to get...
Euro 2020: Raheem Sterling opens up on controversial penalty in England 2-1 win over Denmark
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Euro 2020: Raheem Sterling opens up on controversial penalty in England 2-1 win over Denmark

  Manchester City forward, Raheem Sterling has opened up on the controversial spot-kick awarded England during their semi-final clash with Denmark on Wednesday night. The England forward insisted he was clipped by Denmark’s Jannik Vestergaard in the penalty incident that saw Gareth Southgate’s side book their place in the Euro 2020 final. The Three Lions will now face Italy on Sunday. Italy defeated Spain in a penalty shootout to book their place in the final. With the contest poised at 1-1 after 90 minutes, Vestergaard was judged to have brought down Sterling after his jinking run inside the box with referee Danny Makkelie pointing to the spot. England captain, Harry Kane saw his spot-kick saved by Denmark goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel but the striker fired in the ...
Copa America: Lucas Paqueta sends Brazil into final after win over Peru
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Copa America: Lucas Paqueta sends Brazil into final after win over Peru

Brazil on Tuesday morning defeated Peru 1-0 in the semi-final of the Copa America. Lucas Paqueta scored the only goal of the match in the first to ensure Brazil qualify for the Copa America final ahead of Peru. Neymar set up Paqueta to score the only goal as hosts Brazil beat Peru at the Olympic Stadium. The semi-final was a repeat of the last final, two years ago, when a Brazil team shorn of the injured Neymar also triumphed on home soil. Brazil will face either Argentina or Colombia in the final on July 11 at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana stadium. Argentina and Colombia will tackle each other in the semi-final on Wednesday morning.
Ronaldo’s 50th international goal: An oral history by Fatau Dauda
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Ronaldo’s 50th international goal: An oral history by Fatau Dauda

Cristiano Ronaldo’s European Championships may have ended prematurely as Portugal were defeated by Belgium in the Round of 16, but CR7 will always remember this tournament as the competition in which he equalled the record for men’s international goalscoring. Previously, the record was held by Ali Daei of Iran, who registered 109 goals for the Asian heavyweights between 1993 and 2006. Ronaldo matched that tally, albeit in 178 international outings to Daei’s 149, when he netted twice against France in Portugal’s final group game.  
Italy vs Spain: Mourinho Picks Country to reach Euro 2020 Final
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Italy vs Spain: Mourinho Picks Country to reach Euro 2020 Final

  Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has picked the favourite country between Italy and Spain that will reach the Euro 2020 final. Mourinho believes Italy is favourite to reach the Euro 2020 final because they have a stronger team than Spain. Italy will on Tuesday tackle Spain in the Euro 2020 semi-final at the Wembley Stadium. Roberto Mancini’s side defeated Belgium in the quarter-final to reach the last-4, while Spain eliminated Switzerland from the European Championship. Speaking to TalkSport, Mourinho said, “They [Italy] lost Spinazzola, which is awful for them and imagined for me!. “I will lose him for six months. Emerson is a good player, but Spinazzola was playing incredibly well. “That back four was playing so well. There is so much talent there. “I spoke...
NPFL: Katsina United wallop Ifeanyi Ubah FC 3-0
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NPFL: Katsina United wallop Ifeanyi Ubah FC 3-0

  Katsina United, Sunday evening, at Muhammadu Dikko Stadium Katsina, defeated Ifeanyi Ubah FC 3-0 to extend their winning streak in the bid to avoid relegation from the Nigeria Professional Football League. The match, which commenced at exactly 4pm at the 3000 capacity stadium, was played behind closed doors in compliance with the COVID-19 safety precaution guidelines. The three goals scored in the first half in quick succession was all the home team needed to take the day. It is worth noting that all the goals came in the first half and were all registered within the span of 10 minutes. Samuel Kalu opened the score sheet for the host team 25 minutes into the encounter and without delay, scored the second in another five minutes after scoring the first goal. Bef...
Chelsea striker, Timo Werner reveals country to win Euro 2020
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Chelsea striker, Timo Werner reveals country to win Euro 2020

Chelsea star, Timo Werner, has revealed the country to win the Euro 2020. Werner said England will win the European Championship this year. The Germany international was unable to save his country when Gareth Southgate’s side defeated them 2-0 in the round of 16 last week. England are now in the semi-final at the ongoing Euro 2020 after thrashing Ukraine 4-0 in the last-8 on Saturday night. Asked whether England can win the Euros this year, Werner told Sky Sports: “Yes, I think so! After yesterday, of course. “They played a brilliant game against Ukraine and I think in the end they were the better team in the game on Tuesday [against Germany]. “So they have all they need to win the Euros and I wish them all the best.”
Euro 2020: Zinchenko names England player Ukraine need to stop
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Euro 2020: Zinchenko names England player Ukraine need to stop

  Ukraine attacking midfielder, Oleksandr Zinchenko, has named Raheem Sterling as the England player his team needs to “stop” when both countries clash in the Euro 2020 last-8 Saturday in Rome. Ukraine and England booked their place in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals on Tuesday. Andriy Shevchenko’s side defeated Sweden 2-1 after 120 minutes, while the Three Lions won Germany 2-0. “It is really difficult to score against England, they are really well organised,” Zinchenko told reporters at his post-match press conference after Ukraine defeated Sweden. “They have a really good set of footballers and the substitute bench probably costs [the same] as three Ukrainian teams. “This should not be really scary for us, this should motivate us. We need to give ourselves the hi...
Euro 2020: Pogba breaks silence on France’s elimination
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Euro 2020: Pogba breaks silence on France’s elimination

France midfielder, Paul Pogba, has finally reacted to his country’s elimination from Euro 2020. France were knocked out of the European Championships by Switzerland on Monday night. Didier Deschamps’s men were defeated 5-4 on penalties after Kylian Mbappe saw his spot-kick saved by goalkeeper Yann Sommer following a 3-3 draw after 120 minutes in Bucharest, Romania. Reacting, Pogba, who scored a spectacular long-range goal against the Swiss, said in a post via his Instagram account, “Sometimes football can be cruel… cruel and also beautiful. Yesterday, the game brought us sadness but happiness to our opponents. “That is the beauty of football. Of course, we all wished that we could have had a positive result. “Thank you so much to all of our fans across the globe. It was ...
Euro 2020: Benzema breaks silence on France’s elimination
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Euro 2020: Benzema breaks silence on France’s elimination

France striker, Karim Benzema, has finally reacted to his country’s elimination from Euro 2020. France was knocked out of the European Championship on Monday by Switzerland. Didier Deschamps’s side was defeated 5-4 on penalties in Bucharest after Kylian Mbappe saw his spot-kick saved by goalkeeper Yann Sommer following a 3-3 draw after 120 minutes. Reacting, Benzema, in a post via his Instagram account, said: “Sad and disappointed after yesterday’s match. The disappointment is immense, I would have liked to continue to make you vibrate for a long time. Thank you for your unwavering support since the start of this Euro. “Thank you for the strength you have given me daily. “Nothing is ever easy, we continue to fight to prepare for the future and come back even stronger.”...
Hugo Lloris Reveals those Responsible for France’s exit at Euro 2020
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Hugo Lloris Reveals those Responsible for France’s exit at Euro 2020

France captain, Hugo Lloris, has said that he and his teammates were responsible for their Euro 2020 exit. France was eliminated from the Euro 2020 in the round of 16 fixtures by Switzerland on Monday night. Les Bleus were defeated 5-4 on penalties in Bucharest, after Kylian Mbappe saw his spot-kick saved by goalkeeper, Yann Sommer following a 3-3 draw after 120 minutes. But Lloris refused to blame only Mbappe, who failed to convert his penalty, insisting that the squad did not do enough collectively to progress to the last-8. “We win together, we lose together,” Lloris said at his post-match press conference. “We’re all responsible for being eliminated at this stage of the competition. There is no pointing finger. We had to deal with injuries, but we’ve no right to make...
Copa America: All confirmed quarter-final fixtures out
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Copa America: All confirmed quarter-final fixtures out

The eight countries that qualified for the quarter-final of the ongoing Copa America have been confirmed following the conclusion of the group stage fixtures in the early hours of Tuesday. Uruguay defeated Paraguay 1-0 to book their place in the Copa America quarter-final. Argentina beat Bolivia 4-1 to also qualify for the last eight. The eight countries are Peru, Paraguay, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Argentina and Ecuador. The quarter-final will start on Friday and end on Sunday. Below is Copa America last eight fixtures in full: Peru vs Paraguay Brazil vs Chile Uruguay vs Colombia Argentina vs Ecuador
France vs Switzerland: Keane, Vieira agree about Pogba after 5-4 penalty defeat
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France vs Switzerland: Keane, Vieira agree about Pogba after 5-4 penalty defeat

  Manchester United legend, Roy Keane and Arsenal legend, Patrick Vieira have agreed on Paul Pogba, after Switzerland defeated France at the Euro 2020 round of 16 fixture on Tuesday night. Pogba was unable to lead France to Euro 2020 quarter-finals as Les Bleus suffered a shock defeat to Switzerland on penalties, following a thrilling 3-3 draw over 120 minutes at National Arena. The midfielder scored a magnificent goal to put France resolutely in control in the second half, as Didier Deschamps’ side led 3-1. But Switzerland fought back gallantly, taking the game to extra-time and then penalties, when Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe saw his spot-kick saved as the Swiss won 5-4. Speaking after the game, Keane was critical of Pogba, admitting he would find it...
Euro 2020: Croatia Suffer Setback ahead of Clash with Spain
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Euro 2020: Croatia Suffer Setback ahead of Clash with Spain

Croatia has suffered a major setback ahead of their Euro 2020 round of 16 clash against Spain on Monday. Croatia star, Ivan Perisic, has tested positive for coronavirus ahead of the clash at Parken Stadium in Denmark. England vs Croatia: Rio Ferdinand hands Southgate names of players to start Euro 2021 tie According to BBC Sport, the 32-year-old will now have to self isolate for ten days. This means Perisic will have to sit out the cracker against Spain, and it could be costly for the 2018 World Cup finalists. Croatia head to the game following a 3-1 win over Scotland in their last game. Spain, meanwhile, defeated Slovakia 5-0. The kick-off time for Croatia vs Spain is 5 pm.
Euro 2020: Countries that have qualified for quarter-finals so far
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Euro 2020: Countries that have qualified for quarter-finals so far

  Two countries have qualified for the quarter-final of the ongoing Euro 2020. The countries are Denmark and Italy. Denmark became the first country to book their place in the last-8 following their 4-0 win over Wales on Saturday. Kasper Hjulmand’s side defeated Wales at the Amsterdam Arena, thanks to a brace from Kasper Dolberg and a strike each from Joakim Maehie and Martin Braithwaite. Italy defeated Austria 2-1 on Saturday night at Wembley Stadium to qualify for the last-8. Roberto Mancini’s side played 0-0 against Austria after normal time. However, Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina scored two goals for Italy in extra time, as Sasa Kalajdzic’s strike was not enough to qualify Austria after 120 minutes. Meanwhile, Netherlands will face Czech Republic o...
Copa America: Three Countries Qualify for Quarter-finals
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Copa America: Three Countries Qualify for Quarter-finals

  A total of three countries have qualified for the quarter-final stage of the ongoing Copa America 2021. The countries are Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Argentina and Chile booked their places in the Copa America quarter-finals on Monday. Both countries top Group A with seven and five points respectively. Argentina defeated Paraguay 1-0, while Chile played 1-1 with Uruguay. With four matches left to play in Group A, Paraguay have three points, Uruguay one, and Bolivia zero, meaning they all still stand a theoretical chance to go through to the last eight. Meanwhile, Brazil have already qualified from Group B. The Seleção currently top the group with 6 points.
Euro 2020: Kroos Reveals conversation with Cristiano Ronaldo after Portugal’s defeat
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Euro 2020: Kroos Reveals conversation with Cristiano Ronaldo after Portugal’s defeat

Germany midfielder, Toni Kroos has wished Cristiano Ronaldo all the best after his country defeated Portugal 4-2 at the Euro 2020 over the weekend. Kroos also said he asked Ronaldo how he was doing in Italy. The 31-year-old and Ronaldo were teammates at Real Madrid for four seasons before the forward left Santiago Bernabeu for Juventus. Recall that Ronaldo’s first-half goal was not enough as Germany defeated Portugal at Allianz Arena on Saturday, thanks to goals from Ruben Dias (OG), Raphael Guerreiro (OG), Kai Havertz and Robin Gosens. “I played with him [Ronaldo] for four seasons,” Kroos told the Einfach mal Luppen podcast. “We were neighbours in the dressing room, so of course, I was glad to see him again. “We spoke briefly about the game [Portugal vs Germany], of ...
Euro 2020: Ronaldo close to breaking Ali Daei’s record after Portugal’s defeat to Germany
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Euro 2020: Ronaldo close to breaking Ali Daei’s record after Portugal’s defeat to Germany

Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, is closing in on the Iranian, Ali Daei’s record of 109 goals- the most ever in men’s international football, after scoring a goal in his side’s Euro 2020 4-2 defeat to Germany on Saturday evening. Ronaldo’s strike was not enough as Germany defeated Portugal at Allianz Arena, thanks to goals from Ruben Dias (OG), Raphael Guerreiro (OG), Kai Havertz and Robin Gosens. His goal against Germany means the Juventus star now has 106 goals for Portugal. The 36-year-old has now scored for Portugal in every calendar year since his first international goal in 2004 and moved three away from tying the all-time scoring record for a men’s national team. The former Real Madrid star is also the all-time top scorer of Portugal and has scored more goals than an...
Euro 2020: All countries that have qualified for knockout stage so far
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Euro 2020: All countries that have qualified for knockout stage so far

  A total of three countries have qualified for the knockout stage of the ongoing Euro 2020. The countries are Italy, Belgium and Netherlands. Italy became the first country to book their place in the Round of 16 following their 3-0 win over Switzerland on Wednesday night. Roberto Mancini’s side came into the game top of Group A, after they beat Turkey 3-0 in their first game. Belgium defeated Denmark 2-1 on Thursday to top Group B, thanks to goals from Thorgan Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne. Netherlands won 2-0 against Austria on Thursday night to top Group C with six points. Memphis Depay and Denzel Dumfries scored the goals for Netherlands. Meanwhile, England will tackle Scotland on Friday night, while Croatia will face Czech Republic in the other Group D fi...
Euro 2020: Rudiger Opens up on alleged Biting of Pogba in France, Germany game
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Euro 2020: Rudiger Opens up on alleged Biting of Pogba in France, Germany game

  Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger, has spoken about the alleged biting of Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, following France’s Euro 2020 1-0 victory over Germany on Tuesday night. France defeated Germany at the Allianz Arena, thanks to Mats Hummel’s first-half own goal. But Rudiger caused controversy before the half-time after he was caught allegedly biting Pogba when they were together off the ball. Pogba complained to the match referee, Carlos del Cerro Grande, who took no action, while VAR didn’t appear to review the incident. Reacting to the development, Rudiger admitted that he shouldn’t have come close with his mouth to Pogba’s back, adding that he spoke with the France international after the game. “I should not come close with my mouth to his ba...
Euro 2020: Pogba opens up on Rudiger’s bite after France beat Germany
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Euro 2020: Pogba opens up on Rudiger’s bite after France beat Germany

  Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has played down Antonio Rudiger’s bite following France’s Euro 2020 1-0 win over Germany on Tuesday night. Pogba also called on UEFA not to suspend the Chelsea defender over the incident. France defeated Germany at the Allianz Arena following Mats Hummel’s first-half own goal. But Rudiger caused controversy before the half-time after he was caught biting Pogba when they were together off the ball. Pogba complained to Spanish referee, Carlos del Cerro Grande, who took no action, while VAR didn’t appear to review the incident. “In terms of Tony [Rudiger], we are friends. There was nothing big,” Pogba, who was named man of the match, said at his post-match press conference after the game. “I think you saw the television ...
Sierra Leone President Bio congratulates Leone Stars on Afcon qualification
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Sierra Leone President Bio congratulates Leone Stars on Afcon qualification

John Keister’s men defeated Benin Republic on Tuesday evening to qualify for their first Afcon finals since 1996 Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio has praised the Leone Stars following their historic Africa Cup of Nations qualification victory over Benin Republic on Tuesday evening. John Keister’s men defeated the Squirrels 1-0 in the last Group L qualification fixture staged at the General Lansana Conte Stadium. Kei Kamara’s first-half penalty separated the two teams in the keenly-contested affair as Michel Dussuyer’s men would rue missing several scoring opportunities.
Sierra Leone 1-0 Benin Republic: Kamara sends Leone Stars through to Afcon
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Sierra Leone 1-0 Benin Republic: Kamara sends Leone Stars through to Afcon

The Minnesota United forward scored for John Keister’s men to deny the Squirrels a place at next year’s African football showpiece Sierra Leone defeated Benin Republic 1-0 to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations next year. Kei Kamara’s first-half penalty was enough for the Leone Stars to defeat the Squirrels in the last Group L qualification fixture. The crunch encounter, initially billed for Tuesday, March 30, at the National Stadium, Freetown did not take place owing to a Covid-19 controversy.
Euro 2020: Roy Keane Names two Outstanding Players in England squad
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Euro 2020: Roy Keane Names two Outstanding Players in England squad

  Manchester United legend, Roy Keane, has identified Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice as the two excellent players in the England squad. Both Rice and Phillips were impressive for England in their Euro 2020 opener against Croatia at the weekend. England defeated Croatia on Sunday at Wembley, thanks to Manchester City star Raheem Sterling’s second-half goal. “I thought it was a very good performance by England,” Keane told ITV. “Very mature, how they managed the game and they mixed their game up well – good short passes then stretching Croatia. “What they did which was vital was winning the midfield battle. If you win the midfield battle, it gives you a foothold to win football matches. Phillips and Rice were excellent. A very good day for England,” he said. En...
England vs Croatia: Lampard Comments on Mount’s Performance after 1-0 Win
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England vs Croatia: Lampard Comments on Mount’s Performance after 1-0 Win

Former England midfielder, Frank Lampard, has commented on Mason Mount’s performance following the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 1-0 victory against Croatia on Sunday. Lampard, who managed Mount during his time at Derby County and Chelsea respectively, said the midfielder’s performance for England against Croatia was classic. England defeated Croatia at Wembley Stadium, thanks to Manchester City star, Raheem Sterling’s second half goal. England vs Croatia: Rio Ferdinand hands Southgate names of players to start Euro 2021 tie “Mason’s performance all round was class, he for me is the best attacking midfielder in terms of pressing and jumping back in midfield to win the ball back,” Lampard told the BBC. Meanwhile, reacting after the game, Mount said at his post-match press confer...
Christian Eriksen: UEFA Under Attack Over Midfielder’s Condition
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Christian Eriksen: UEFA Under Attack Over Midfielder’s Condition

  Former Manchester United goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, has criticised UEFA for their ‘ridiculous’ decision to play on with Denmark’s Euro 2020 tie against Finland on Saturday after Christian Eriksen’s collapse. The Inter Milan midfielder dropped to the ground towards the end of the first half and required CPR treatment from medical staff on the pitch. Denmark players, who formed a protective shield around Eriksen even as he was treated, were visibly disturb and in pain. Eriksen was eventually rushed to hospital and UEFA subsequently confirmed that the game would continue as Finland defeated Denmark 1-0, thanks to Joel Pohjanpalo’s only goal of the match. But Schmeichel has now hit out at UEFA for offering the players few options. “I want to put on record that i...
Mbappe vs Giroud: Pogba Clears air on ‘rift’ Between France Teammates
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Mbappe vs Giroud: Pogba Clears air on ‘rift’ Between France Teammates

France midfielder, Paul Pogba, has cleared the air on a ‘rift’ between teammates, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud. Recall that Mbappe felt ‘attacked’ and ‘angry’ following Giroud’s comments that he was unhappy with France’s lack of cohesion in attack after Didier Deschamps’s side defeated Bulgaria 3-0 in their final Euro 2020 warm-up game on Tuesday evening. Reacting to the development, Pogba insisted that there is a ‘great atmosphere’ in the French camp ahead of their Euro 2020 campaign. Asked whether there has been any tension or rift between Giroud and Mbappe, Pogba told a pre-match press conference ahead of the Euro 2020 campaign: “No, the only tension is on the back and legs! “There is always a great atmosphere with everyone. Between Olivier and Kylian, there is nothi...
Euro 2020: Mbappe ‘Angry’ With Chelsea striker, Giroud’s Comments
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Euro 2020: Mbappe ‘Angry’ With Chelsea striker, Giroud’s Comments

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, is angry with Olivier Giroud after the Chelsea striker complained about the lack of service from his France teammates, L’Equipe reports. Mbappe felt ‘attacked’ and ‘angry’ following Giroud’s comments that he was unhappy with France’s lack of cohesion in attack after the World Cup champions defeated Bulgaria 3-0 in their final Euro 2020 warm-up game on Tuesday evening. Recall that France defeated Bulgaria 3-0 at Stade de France, thanks to a brace from Giroud and a strike from Antoine Griezmann. “I was a little quiet because, sometimes, I make runs and the balls aren’t forthcoming,” Giroud had said after the game at his post-match press conference. “I am not saying that I always make the best runs, but I am seeking to offer solution...

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