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Liverpool’s Salah equals Drogba’s record as highest scoring African player in Premier League
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Liverpool’s Salah equals Drogba’s record as highest scoring African player in Premier League

The Egyptian star extended the Reds' lead with a second-half goal at Vicarage Road Mohamed Salah has equalled Didier Drogba's record as the highest-scoring African player in the Premier League after scoring a goal against Watford on Saturday. The two-time African Footballer of the Year scored his 104th league goal by extending the lead for Jurgen Klopp's side to 4-0. Salah benefitted from Roberto Firmino's pass in the 54th minute just before the Brazilian forward completed his hat-trick in stoppage time so secure the 5-0 win.    
2022 World Cup Qualifiers: I analysed Ethiopia’s defenders – Makgopa on his Bafana Bafana goal
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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: I analysed Ethiopia’s defenders – Makgopa on his Bafana Bafana goal

The 21-year-old explains why he managed to score when he came on as a substitute in the match at Bahir Dar Stadium Bafana Bafana striker Evidence Makgopa has discussed how he managed to score in the 3-1 World Cup qualifying win against Ethiopia on Saturday. The 21-year-old, who turns out for Baroka in the Premier Soccer League, was introduced by coach Hugo Broos in the 79th minute for midfielder Ethan Duncan Brooks and scored the third goal in stoppages. Teboho Mokoena had put Bafana ahead in the 45th minute before Getaneh Kebende leveled the scores for Ethiopia in the 67th minute and Mothobi Mvala restored Bafana’s lead in the 71st minute.  
2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Unbelievable how Kenya couldn’t score – Firat
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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Unbelievable how Kenya couldn’t score – Firat

The Turkish tactician bemoans the team’s missed chances after losing to Les Aigles in their second meeting at Nyayo Stadium Harambee Stars coach Engin Firat believes Kenya deserved to get something from their 2022 World Cup qualifying match against Mali at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday. The Les Aigles sealed the double over Kenya after securing a 1-0 win courtesy of Ibrahima Kone’s 55th-minute goal and the result came after they had humiliated them 5-0 in the first meeting three days earlier. Firat, who is yet to win a match since taking over as Kenya coach, has now blamed the team’s latest defeat on their bluntness in front of goal and promised to work on it before the next assignment.  
Jamie Carragher blames Alisson as Liverpool Draw 2-2 with Man City
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Jamie Carragher blames Alisson as Liverpool Draw 2-2 with Man City

Former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher has blamed goalkeeper, Alisson Becker for Phil Foden’s first goal following the Reds’ Premier League 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Sunday. Liverpool and Man City drew at Anfield, thanks to goals from Foden, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne. But Carragher believes Alisson was at fault for Foden’s goal, adding that the Brazilian was half a yard out of position. “He was fantastic, he was Liverpool’s best player by a mile in that first half, he kept them in the game,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “But when Foden shoots, I know he is a great player, but you would almost think he would be crossing it from there. “I just think the goalkeeper has lost his bearings because he’s actually just gone a yard past the...
Danjuma stands out with brace in Villarreal’s win over Real Betis
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Danjuma stands out with brace in Villarreal’s win over Real Betis

The 24-year-old dazzled in front of goal as Unai Emery's side bagged their second win in the Spanish top-flight this campaign Nigerian descent Arnaut Danjuma put in a man-of-the-match performance in with his two goals that powered Villarreal to a 2-0 victory over Real Betis. The 24-year-old scored a goal in each half of Sunday's encounter as the Yellow Submarine return to winning ways after a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in the Uefa Champions League and last weekend's goalless draw with Real Madrid. Danjuma broke the deadlock at the Estadio de la Ceramica on the stroke of half-time, following an assist from Francis Coquelin.
Tuchel rates Timo Werner’s display after Chelsea win against Southampton
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Tuchel rates Timo Werner’s display after Chelsea win against Southampton

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has said that he was happy with Timo Werner’s display for Chelsea against Southampton on Saturday at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel said Werner’s goal for Chelsea against Southampton was fantastic, adding that the striker was in the right position. Chelsea defeated Southampton at home in a Premier League tie, thanks to three goals from Trevoh Chalobah, Werner and Ben Chilwell. “I’m happy for Timo and I’m happy for the team. There was some relief when he scored for sure because it was 1-1 at the time with not too long to go and we came into the game off the back of two defeats,” Tuchel said at this post-match press conference. “It was a fantastic goal and he was there in the right position, which he needs to be as a striker. “We have the f...
Suarez pleads for forgiveness after netting first goal against former club Barcelona
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Suarez pleads for forgiveness after netting first goal against former club Barcelona

The Uruguayan was reluctant to celebrate as he put his old team-mates to the sword at the Wanda Metropolitano Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez pressed his hands together to ask forgiveness after deepening Barcelona's crisis with his first goal against his former employers on Saturday. The Uruguayan hit late in the first half to put Atletico 2-0 up over the struggling Catalans at the break, which turned out to be the final score. Suarez remained respectful of Barcelona's plight, refusing to celebrate even as his team-mates mobbed him in jubilation. He did, however, also offer a gesture that could be interpreted as a shot as his ex-manager Ronald Koeman.  
Awaziem’s own goal denies Alanyaspor victory against Konyaspor
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Awaziem’s own goal denies Alanyaspor victory against Konyaspor

The Nigeria star capped his solid outing in Konya with a blunder that cost his team three points on the road Chidozie Awaziem scored a late own goal as Alanyaspor settled for a 1-1 draw against Konyaspor in a Turkish Super Lig encounter on Saturday. Awaziem's error condemned Bulent Korkmaz's side to their second straight draw after last weekend's 1-1 draw with Trabzonspor. The Super Eagles defender put the ball into the back of his team's net with three minutes left on the clock to cancel out Fatih Aksoy's 49th-minute opener.  
Everton hit back at Man Utd to keep scrutiny on Ole
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Everton hit back at Man Utd to keep scrutiny on Ole

Andros Townsend cheekily channelled Cristiano Ronaldo as Everton hit back at an expectant Old Trafford to earn a 1-1 draw with Manchester United and maintain the scrutiny on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Solskjaer's gamble to start Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench appeared to have paid off when Anthony Martial netted his first Premier League goal in eight months just before the break. The midweek matchwinner against Villarreal did make his 200th Premier League appearance in the second half but Everton were instead level eight minutes later (58) as Andros Townsend finished a blistering breakaway from a United corner - and then mimicked Ronaldo's trademark celebration. This time there were no shirt-peeling late heroics from the milestone man but drama instead at the other end as Yerry Min...
Iwobi a doubt for Everton’s Premier League trip to Manchester United
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Iwobi a doubt for Everton’s Premier League trip to Manchester United

The Super Eagles midfielder might miss his first league match of the season when the Toffees travel to Old Trafford Everton manager Rafael Benitez said he is unsure of Alex Iwobi’s availability for the Premier League fixture against Manchester United on Saturday. Benitez, in his press conference on Friday, disclosed that the Nigeria international – who has played in every of their games so far this season – has a knock. Iwobi played for 89 minutes in Everton's 2-0 league win over Norwich City a week ago, and he has contributed just a goal with an assist in eight matches across all competitions this term.
Osimhen reveals inspiration behind impressive Napoli goalscoring run
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Osimhen reveals inspiration behind impressive Napoli goalscoring run

  The Super Eagles has had a remarkable outing in September, with a contribution of at least a goal in each of his last five matches Victor Osimhen revealed that the love he gets from fans and everyone at Napoli inspires him to "fly" for the club whenever he’s called upon. The 22-year-old made up for his red card in Napoli’s opening game of the season against Venezia, by scoring seven goals in his last five matches for the team. His tally of four Serie A goals has helped Luciano Spalletti's men maintain their perfect league start which puts them atop of the table with 18 points after six matches.  
Sangare scores and gets sent off as PSV breeze past Sturm Graz
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Sangare scores and gets sent off as PSV breeze past Sturm Graz

The Ivory Coast international endured mixed feelings on the occasion he opened his season's goal account for the Red and Whites Ibrahim Sangare scored his first goal in a European competition but he was later sent off in PSV's 4-1 thrashing of Sturm Graz in Thursday's Europa League clash. The 23-year-old opened the scoring for the Eredivisie club in the 32nd minute, a goal which separated the teams at the break. Following a corner-kick from Marco van Ginkel, Sangare fired in a right-footed shot to open his goal account for the 2021-22 season.  
There is war in Barcelona – Xavi warned not to replace Koeman as manager
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There is war in Barcelona – Xavi warned not to replace Koeman as manager

Atletico Madrid striker, Luis Suarez, has warned his former teammate at Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez, not to return to the club as manager. Ronald Koeman is under pressure at the Nou Camp following a poor run of results. A 3-0 defeat to Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday night, left Barca bottom of Group E without a point, or even a goal to their name after two matches. The team, however, remains unbeaten in LaLiga but sit in sixth place, having been held by the likes of Granada and Cadiz. Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, is reportedly considering the likes of River Plate boss Marcelo Gallardo, who has replaced club legend Xavi, currently the head coach of Al Sadd, as the frontrunner. Suarez who left the Catalan club last summer having been deemed surplus to require...
Chelsea humbled by brilliant Chiesa in Juventus
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Chelsea humbled by brilliant Chiesa in Juventus

Federico Chiesa’s goal 10 seconds into the second half sent Juventus to a 1-0 Champions League win over Chelsea, who have now suffered back-to-back defeats. After a low key opening 45 minutes, the snappy Chiesa fired the Italians in front with one of the first kicks of the second half. Chelsea continued to dominate possession, registering 73 per cent of the ball, but struggled to create a killer chance, posting just one effort on target. The one big Chelsea opening came and went late on as Romelu Lukaku fired wide after Chelsea finally provided him some fruitful service. Juve held on to continue a fine start to their Champions League campaign under returning coach Massimiliano Allegri as they sit top on six points from two games, while Chelsea stay second on three points.
Champions League: I’m sorry for celebrating Messi’s goal against Man City – Pochettino
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Champions League: I’m sorry for celebrating Messi’s goal against Man City – Pochettino

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has apologised for celebrating Lionel Messi’s goal against Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday. Pochettino also explained why he was excited after Messi made it 2-0 at the Parc des Princes. He said: “For many years I watched Messi scoring goals, always with the opposite team. “The first (goal) for our side, for my side, well I had to celebrate it, I am sorry!” PSG moved to the top of the group with the win. Idrissa Gueye opened the scoring early in the first half, before Messi produced a moment of magic in the second half. The 34-year-old played a neat one-two with Kylian Mbappe on the edge of the box before curling a first time shot past Ederson. Messi’s goal sparked wild scenes of celebration on the ho...
Ivory Coast striker, Sebastien Haller breaks Champions League record as first player to score five goals in first two appearances
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Ivory Coast striker, Sebastien Haller breaks Champions League record as first player to score five goals in first two appearances

Sebastien Haller is now the first player to score five goals in his first two Champions League appearances. The Cote d’Ivoire international achieved this feat following his goal in Ajax’s 2-0 triumph over Besiktas on Tuesday night, September 28 His goal on Tuesday meant that the striker is now the first player in the history of the Champions League to net five or more goals across his first two appearances in the competition. The previous best of four goals had been achieved by Marco van Basten, Diego Simeone, Didier Drogba, and Erling Haaland. Earlier this month in Lisbon, Haller had become the first player to score four goals on his Champions League debut since Marco van Basten for AC Milan against IFK Goteborg in November 1992.
Why is Christian Pulisic not playing for Chelsea against Juventus in the Champions League?
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Why is Christian Pulisic not playing for Chelsea against Juventus in the Champions League?

Here's what you need to know about why Christian Pulisic will be absent for the Champions League game this week, and what USMNT matches he could miss   Christian Pulisic is a key member of both the U.S. Men's National Team as well as Chelsea, continuing to impress on home turf as well as in the Premier League. But the 23-year-old is set to miss out on facing off against Juventus in the highly-anticipated Champions League Group H fixture on Wednesday September 29 – which could also mean that his participation in the USMNT's international fixtures in October is at risk. So why is Pulisic not playing against Juventus? Goal takes a look.  
Messi magic fires PSG past Man City
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Messi magic fires PSG past Man City

Lionel Messi's stunning first Paris Saint-Germain goal sealed a 2-0 Champions League victory over Manchester City at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Messi had failed to find the net in his first three PSG appearances but marked his return to Mauricio Pochettino's team with a trademark run and exquisite finish 16 minutes from time. Idrissa Gueye had given PSG an eighth-minute lead with a brilliant finish of his own, a lead which City should have cancelled out when Bernardo Silva hit the bar from three yards in the first half, but their hopes of a comeback were extinguished by Messi's latest moment of magic. PSG's first Champions League victory of the season moves them top of Group A, while City drop to third - behind Club Brugge - after suffering their first group-stage defeat s...
EPL: Alan Shearer disagrees with Solskjaer after Man Utd’s Defeat
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EPL: Alan Shearer disagrees with Solskjaer after Man Utd’s Defeat

Newcastle United legend, Alan Shearer, has disagreed with Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, following his comment after the Red Devils’ 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa in the Premier League over the weekend. Aston Villa defeated Man United in the Premier League, thanks to Kortney Hause’s late strike. But after the match, Solskjaer had said he felt Aston Villa’s goal should have been ruled out for offside, as replays showed striker Ollie Watkins clearly blocking Man United goalkeeper David De Gea as Hause headed the ball into the net. However, Shearer feels the match officials got the decision right to award Aston Villa’s winning goal against Man United at Old Trafford but understands the controversy around it. Reacting to the development, Shearer told B...
Guardiola names Man City’s best signing after 1-0 win against Chelsea
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Guardiola names Man City’s best signing after 1-0 win against Chelsea

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has identifield Gabriel Jesus as one of the club’s best signings. Guardiola said this after Jesus’s impressive display for Man City against Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday. Jesus scored the only goal for City in their 1-0 win over Thomas Tuchel’s side at Stamford Bridge. “Gabriel is one person or player who deserves the very best,” said Guardiola at his post-match press conference after the game. “He is a guy who runs and works for everyone, and every time he scores I am happiest man. He can play up front in all three positions and he does them all very well. “We know from the past how aggressive Chelsea are in the duels. But you’ve to handle that, at this level. “And Gabriel, he went down, but he got up – and got up to try...
Real reason Man City defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge – Cesar Azpilicueta
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Real reason Man City defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge – Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea captain, Cesar Azpilicueta, has revealed that Manchester City defeated the Blues 1-0 at Stamford Bridge because Pep Guardiola’s men were at their best level. Azpilicueta explained that Chelsea could not keep the ball and made so many mistakes against Man City during the encounter. A second-half goal from Gabriel Jesus ensured the Premier League champions defeated Thomas Tuchel’s side at Stamford Bridge. “It was not our best performance,” Azpilicueta was quoted by Daily Mail as saying at his post-match press conference. “Especially in the first half, it was hard to get out. We didn’t create chances and lost the ball too easily. After the goal, we had a good reaction, but it was not enough to get something from the game. “They were at their best level. We couldn’t ke...
Jesus Clinches key City Win in Thriller at Chelsea
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Jesus Clinches key City Win in Thriller at Chelsea

Gabriel Jesus struck a potentially significant blow in the Premier League title race for Manchester City, as his goal helped them defeat their Champions League final conquerors Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. The meeting between the European and English champions, four months on from their clash on the big stage in Porto, lived up to its billing, with City at first dominant, grabbing their deserved goal when Jesus swivelled and shot into the bottom corner on 53 minutes. It was the first goal Chelsea had conceded from open play in the league this season and it transformed the contest into a furious end-to-end battle. Jack Grealish had a shot tipped around the post and Jesus was denied a second by Thiago Silva's goal-line clearance, before Romelu Lukaku's tap-in was ruled out for ...
PSG: Messi’s behaviour in dressing room surprises teammate
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PSG: Messi’s behaviour in dressing room surprises teammate

Paris Saint-Germain right-back Achraf Hakimi has said that he was left surprised by the behaviour of Lionel Messi in the dressing room. Messi joined PSG this summer following Barcelona’s inability to extend his 21-year career in La Liga due to financial constraints. Although Messi is yet to score a goal for the French side, he has been the subject of praise from Hakimi. “For Messi to leave Barça, like everyone else, I didn’t expect it. A dream for me! I played with many great players and the only one I missed was Messi! I am proud to evolve with such a good footballer,” he told French outlet L’Equipe “To progress, I will pay attention to how he trains, how he plays. It will grow the team and each of the players that make it up. We speak the same language, in add...
Kenya’s Ouma opens account in style as AIK retain top position in Allsvenskan
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Kenya’s Ouma opens account in style as AIK retain top position in Allsvenskan

The full-back raced clear, capitalising on a poor backpass to help his team to a comfortable league win Kenya international Erick Ouma opened his account for AIK with a 33rd-minute goal on Monday to help them to a 3-1 over Goteborg in the Swedish Allsvenskan at Friends Arena. The Kenya defender pressured substitute August Erlingmark to play a backpass which turned out to be short. The full-back sprinted, took the first touch before comfortably beating Giannis Anestis in the opponent's goal. The Gnaw started the match on a high and were rewarded after just five minutes when Mikael Lustig found Nabil Bahoui inside the 18-yard area and the latter comfortably found the back of the net.  
Osimhen and Koulibaly lead Napoli past Udinese
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Osimhen and Koulibaly lead Napoli past Udinese

The in-form Nigeria striker scored his first league goal of the season as the Blues overpowered Luca Gotti's White and Blacks Victor Osimhen scored his first Serie A goal of the 2021-22 campaign as Napoli silenced Udinese 4-0 on Monday night. Still fresh from his splendid performance in Thursday’s Europa League performance against Leicester City – where he scored a brace at the King Power Stadium, the Nigeria international was named in the Parthenopeans’ starting XI. In a 4-3-3 formation adopted by manager Luciano Spalletti, Osimhen led the charge for goals alongside Lorenzo Insigne and Matteo Politano.  
Sakala scores first Rangers goal against Mugabi’s Motherwell
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Sakala scores first Rangers goal against Mugabi’s Motherwell

The Zambia international opened his goal account for the Gers, however, they were held at home by the visiting Steelmen Fashion Sakala scored his first goal for Rangers in Sunday’s 1-1 Scottish Premiership encounter with Motherwell. The 24-year-old had featured for Steven Gerrard’s men in three league games without success in front of goal. Against the Steelmen, he got his act right to give the Gers an early lead. Still steaming over their 2-0 defeat to Olympique Lyon in Thursday’s Europa League game, the reigning Scottish kings welcomed Graham Alexander’s men to Ibrox Stadium with the ambition of bouncing back to winning ways.
Nuno: A lot of things went wrong for Tottenham against Chelsea
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Nuno: A lot of things went wrong for Tottenham against Chelsea

The Blues blitzed Spurs with three second-half goals on Sunday Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo said "a lot of things went wrong" in his side's second-half meltdown against Chelsea on Sunday. The Blues scored all of their goals in a 3-0 victory in the final 45 minutes as Spurs "went to their limits" trying to slow the reigning European champions. Thiago Silva, N'Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger were responsible for the scoring in the derby romp. Nuno has now seen his team lose consecutive matches by the same scoreline after a three-game winning streak to begin the campaign.  
Thiago Silva joins Drogba in Chelsea’s history book after 3-0 win over Tottenham
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Thiago Silva joins Drogba in Chelsea’s history book after 3-0 win over Tottenham

Chelsea defender, Thiago Silva, on Sunday evening, joined the club’s legend Didier Drogba in the Blues’ history book after scoring a goal in his side’s Premier League 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. Chelsea defeated Tottenham in an away Premier League tie, thanks to three goals from Silva, N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger. Silva’s goal against Tottenham means the Brazilian has now become the second oldest Chelsea player to score in the Premier League behind only Drogba at aged 36 years and 362 days. Drogba had scored against Leicester City at age 37 years and 49 days in April 2015. Silva joined Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain in 2020. The veteran centre-back will now hope to lead Chelsea to victory when they host Manchester City in their next Premier League tie on Septemb...
Piers Morgan reacts as Ronaldo scores in Man Utd’s win over West Ham
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Piers Morgan reacts as Ronaldo scores in Man Utd’s win over West Ham

Former CNN host, Piers Morgan, has reacted to Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal against West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. Morgan described Ronaldo’s goal as incredible, adding that he was happy to see the Portugal captain back playing in the Premier League. Ronaldo’s first-half strike and a late goal from Jesse Lingard ensured Man United defeated West Ham at the London Stadium. Reacting, Morgan in a tweet via his Twitter handle after the game, wrote, “Ronaldo deserved at least 2 and probably all 3 penalties. Absurd refereeing. But he scored again, as he has in every game of his comeback. “Incredible. So good to have him back in the Premier League.”
Tottenham vs Chelsea: Why Tuchel started Kepa instead of Mendy for EPL clash
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Tottenham vs Chelsea: Why Tuchel started Kepa instead of Mendy for EPL clash

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has named Kepa Arrizabalaga in his starting XI for Sunday’s Premier League game at Tottenham. Kepa replaced Edouard Mendy in goal for the London Derby. Mendy has been left out of the squad altogether, because of an apparent injury. The 29-year-old Senegales clashed with Artem Dzyuba during Chelsea’s 1-0 win against Zenit in the Champions League in midweek. He needed treatment on the field on hip, but managed to see out the rest of the game. However, he has been forced to sit out the game against Spurs. Marcus Bettinelli has been given a place on the bench in Mendy’s absence.
Arsenal’s Arteta reveals Partey’s new role after impressive display at Burnley
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Arsenal’s Arteta reveals Partey’s new role after impressive display at Burnley

The 28-year-old Black Star played a crucial role in the midfield as the Gunners recorded their second top-flight win at Turf Moor Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed the role he has asked midfielder Thomas Partey to play after returning from injury. The Ghana international was influential throughout on his return to the starting line-up as the Gunners registered their second win in the Premier League this season after downing Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday. It was midfielder Martin Odegaard who scored the lone goal from a well-curled free-kick to hand Arteta and Arsenal a second straight win, coming after they had beaten Norwich City 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium last week.  
Burnley vs Arsenal: Sweet Odegaard free-kick helps Gunners win
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Burnley vs Arsenal: Sweet Odegaard free-kick helps Gunners win

Martin Odegaard’s exquisite free-kick handed Arsenal a 1-0 win against Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday as Mikel Arteta’s team recorded back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time this season. The Norway midfielder guided a shot above Burnley’s wall from 25 yards out in the 30th minute to score his first goal since joining Arsenal permanently from Real Madrid in August. The Gunners had recorded their worst start to a league campaign in 67 years after losing their first three matches without scoring a goal. But a 1-0 win against Norwich last week eased the pressure on beleaguered manager Arteta and Arsenal followed it up in the northwest after withstanding Burnley’s expected aerial barrage. Thomas Partey made his first league start of the season as Arteta brough...
Caf Confederation Cup: ‘No hiding place for FAR Rabat’ – Les Buffles’ Okpala
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Caf Confederation Cup: ‘No hiding place for FAR Rabat’ – Les Buffles’ Okpala

  Notwithstanding their deficit against the Moroccans, the Nigerian striker is optimistic about the Parakou-based outfit’s chances of progressing There is no hiding place for FAR Rabat, according to Les Buffles striker Henry Okpala, ahead of Saturday’s Caf Confederation Cup preliminary round, second leg fixture. The Beninese side bowed 3-1 to the Moroccans in the first leg staged inside Rabat’s Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium with Zakaria Fati, Hamza Moujahid and Anouar Tarkhatt getting the goals. Ben Dramane Sanou’s men got their only goal through Roland Beako in the 56th minute.      
Europa League: Ex-Arsenal star, Mesut Ozil reacts after scoring first goal in three years
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Europa League: Ex-Arsenal star, Mesut Ozil reacts after scoring first goal in three years

Former Arsenal star, Mesut Ozil, has reacted after scoring his first European goal in three years after leaving the Gunners to join Fenerbahce. Ozil scored the only goal in Fenerbahce’s Europa League 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday. The playmaker tapped in from close range with his weaker right foot after just 10 minutes at the Deutsche Bank Park, but Fenerbahce were unable to hold onto their lead, with Sam Lammers equalising for their German club shortly before half-time of the encounter. The 32-year-old’s early goal marked the first time he has scored in European club competition since September 2018, when he netted in Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League group stages at Emirates Stadium. Reacting to the result after the game, Ozil in...
Without Lionel Messi, Barcelona have no soul – Bayern Munich and German legend Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
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Without Lionel Messi, Barcelona have no soul – Bayern Munich and German legend Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Legendary Germany and Bayern Munich striker, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said that Barcelona have no soul without Lionel Messi. The former Bayern Munich CEO stated this as he praised his former club over the way Bayern thrashed Barca 3-0 at the Nou Camp in their opening group game of the 2021/22 UEFA Champion League match. He said Barca look different without Messi , a player who has been a key figure for the club in the last two decades. “They [Bayern] played outstandingly well and deserved to win,” he told German publication Bild. “It’s too early to talk about favourites. [The competition] only really starts with the knockout phase. “If you look at the team, the way they [Barca] performed tactically. Without Messi, their souls have been ripped out. They are facing difficul...
Ake’s father dies minutes after Champions League goal
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Ake’s father dies minutes after Champions League goal

Manchester City’s Nathan Ake revealed Thursday that his father passed away just moments after the Dutch international had scored his first Champions League goal. Ake opened the scoring in the 16th minute of Wednesday’s 6-3 rout of RB Leipzig. However, the 26-year-old’s golden moment was tinged with sadness after his father Moise, who was believed to be suffering from a terminal illness, died shortly after. “The past few weeks have been the toughest of my life, my dad has been very ill and there was no more treatment possible,” Ake wrote on Instagram. “Yesterday after a difficult time I scored my first Champions League goal, and only a few minutes after he passed away peacefully with my mum and brother by his side. “Maybe it was meant to be, watching me play always made him...
EPL: Solskjaer reveals Man Utd’s decision on Lingard’s future
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EPL: Solskjaer reveals Man Utd’s decision on Lingard’s future

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said the club is determined to keep Jesse Lingard. Lingard’s contract expires at the end of the season. This means the 28-year-old will be free to talk to clubs abroad as early as January. The United academy product impressed on loan at West Ham last season and returns to the London Stadium with United on Sunday. However, he has fallen down Solskjaer’s pecking order and was at fault for the late goal the Red Devils conceded in their 2-1 defeat to Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday. But Solskjaer said: “He’s got this season left of his contract and the club is talking to him and his dad, and we see him as a United player in the future as well. “We really want to see the best of Jesse this season and we hope to se...
Salah equals Gerrard’s Liverpool record for most European goals at Anfield
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Salah equals Gerrard’s Liverpool record for most European goals at Anfield

The Egypt star made a bit of history with his second-half strike against AC Milan Mohamed Salah equalled Steven Gerrard's Liverpool record for most Champions League/European Cup goals at Anfield with his strike against AC Milan on Wednesday. Salah netted in the 48th minute of the Champions League encounter, levelling the match at 2-2 after finishing an assist from Divock Origi. The goal was Salah's 14th in the Champions League at Anfield, going level with Reds legend Gerrard.
Grealish nets on CL bow as Man City hit six
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Grealish nets on CL bow as Man City hit six

Jack Grealish marked his Champions League debut with a goal and an assist as Manchester City beat RB Leipzig 6-3 in an entertaining encounter. Pep Guardiola's side made the perfect start to their Group A campaign as Grealish crossed for Nathan Ake to head home (16) before Nordi Mukiele scored an own goal (28) from a superb Kevin De Bruyne centre. Christopher Nkunku, who netted a hat-trick on the night, scored the first of his three just before the break (42) but a Riyad Mahrez penalty (45+1) restored the two-goal cushion. Nkunku headed home (51) to make things interesting but a spectacular Grealish finish five minutes later kept Leipzig at arm's length. The Germans, who have lost three of their four Bundesliga matches this season, kept attacking in brave fashion and Nkunku fired...
US Soccer Federation offers identical contracts to their men’s and women’s teams after discrimination lawsuit over equal pay
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US Soccer Federation offers identical contracts to their men’s and women’s teams after discrimination lawsuit over equal pay

The US Soccer Federation has announced it has offered identical contract proposals to the players associations of the men's and women's national teams. The USSF said in a statement that the offer was 'with the goal of aligning the men's and women's senior national teams under a single collective bargaining agreement (CBA) structure.' The unions for the men and women's team are currently separate and have no obligation to bargain jointly or to agree to similar terms. The men's contract expired in December 2018 while the women's runs through until December this year. The USSF added: 'US Soccer firmly believes that the best path forward for all involved, and for the future of the sport in the United States, is a single pay structure for both senior national teams. 'This proposal...
Champions League: Joe Cole names Chelsea player that is “a killer”
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Champions League: Joe Cole names Chelsea player that is “a killer”

Former England midfielder, Joe Cole, has said that in Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea now have a “killer” in their squad who will finish off chances. Lukaku netted the only goal as the Blues began their Champions League campaign with a narrow 1-0 victory over Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday. It was his fourth goal in four matches since returning to Stamford Bridge in a £98million deal from Inter Milan. Cole admitted that Lukaku was not at his best against Zenit, but said his clinical nature makes him the perfect man to lead the line under Thomas Tuchel. “I’m going to throw this out there, I think he’ll be top scorer in the Champions League this season. “Lukaku didn’t even have one of his better games, he was a little bit scruffy but he’s a finisher now, a killer. Once ...
Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool joint top after week 4 fixtures
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Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool joint top after week 4 fixtures

Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are joint top of the Premier League table with 10 points each. However, United are placed in the first position, after scoring 11 goals so far and conceding only three. The Red Devils have been boosted by the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored twice as they beat Newcastle 4-1 on Saturday. Romelu Lukaku also grabbed a brace, as Chelsea defeated Aston Villa 3-0 at Stamford Bridge yesterday. The Blues have scored nine times and conceded only one goal. On Sunday, Liverpool saw off 10-man Leeds United 3-0. Mohammed Salah, Fabinho and Sadio Mane scored for the Reds as they kept pace at the top of the table.
‘It was too beautiful’ – Napoli’s Koulibaly explains celebration after sinking Juventus
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‘It was too beautiful’ – Napoli’s Koulibaly explains celebration after sinking Juventus

  The 30-year-old popped up with a goal with five minutes left to the final whistle to silence the Old Lady at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly has explained the reason he used a ‘borrowed’ camera to celebrate his winning goal against Juventus in their 2-1 comeback win on Saturday. The 30-year-old defender made the difference after he popped up with a goal in the 85th minute to sink Juventus at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona and hand them their second defeat of the campaign. Juventus had taken the lead in the 10th minute courtesy of Alvaro Morata but Napoli waited until the second half to turn things in their favour, first Matteo Politano putting them level in the 57th minute before the burly Koulibaly tapped in the rebound after a save from...
Pochettino sings Gueye’s praise after PSG goal against Clermont
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Pochettino sings Gueye’s praise after PSG goal against Clermont

  The Senegal midfielder received praise from his manager after notching his second goal in Ligue 1 this campaign on Saturday   Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino has reserved praise for Senegal international Idrissa Gueye after he scored his second Ligue 1 goal of the season in the team’s 4-0 thrashing of Clermont on Saturday. Playing at Parc des Princes, PSG took the lead courtesy of Ander Herrera’s double in the 20th and 31st minute for a comfortable score at the half-time break. In the second half, PSG, who were missing the services of Argentina stars Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria, as well as Brazil’s Neymar, then sealed the game through goals from Kylian Mbappe in the 55th minute and Gueye in the 65th minute.
Lewandowski strikes again as Bayern sweep aside RB Leipzig
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Lewandowski strikes again as Bayern sweep aside RB Leipzig

Robert Lewandowski scored his sixth goal in four Bundesliga games this season as Bayern Munich swept aside hosts RB Leipzig 4-1 on Saturday to go second in the table behind Wolfsburg. Lewandowski netted a first-half penalty before 18-year-old Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane added quick-fire goals just after the break in front of 34,000 fans at Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena. The hosts pulled back a goal when midfielder Konrad Laimer drilled into the top corner from outside the area before Lewandowski’s replacement Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored Bayern’s late fourth. Defending champions Bayern ensured they stayed two points behind Wolfsburg, who have won all four games so far following their 2-0 victory at Greuther Fuerth. Leipzig, last season’s runners-up, have lost three of their op...
Lukaku and Kovacic take Chelsea to victory over Villa
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Lukaku and Kovacic take Chelsea to victory over Villa

Romelu Lukaku and Mateo Kovacic scored their first Stamford Bridge goals for Chelsea as the Blues beat Aston Villa 3-0 to move level on points with Manchester United at the top of the early Premier League table. On his second home debut for the club Lukaku was brilliantly clinical to finish after Kovacic's through ball on 15 minutes and, after the break, the Croatian pounced on a poor Tyrone Mings back pass (49) to net his own maiden home goal for the club. Villa had dominated in between those two goals, forcing Edouard Mendy into a string of fine first-half saves, while Ollie Watkins was denied by a crucial Thiago Silva block when he took it around the goalkeeper. However, after Mings' gift, the hosts - while still not at their best - found a measure of control and Lukaku stretche...
Arsenal no longer a top 6 team in England – Gary Neville
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Arsenal no longer a top 6 team in England – Gary Neville

Manchester United legend, Gary Neville, has insisted Arsenal are no longer a top-six club in England. The Gunners clinched three Premier League titles in the space of seven years at the turn of the century. However, they have not won it since 2004, when Arsene Wenger’s team went unbeaten. Under Mikel Arteta, they finished eighth in the past two seasons and did not qualify for Europe this year. Arsenal have made their worst-ever start to a league campaign, losing their first three matches without scoring a goal. When asked to name the top-six in England, Neville told LADbible TV: “Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and then Tottenham and Leicester based on recent seasons. “Arsenal fans will probably come up with some stat now… they think I hate them a...
Mane beats Salah to Liverpool award with Burnley finish
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Mane beats Salah to Liverpool award with Burnley finish

  The Senegal international opened his goal account for the season by sealing the Reds' 2-0 win at Anfield last month Sadio Mane saw off competition from Mohamed Salah to win Liverpool’s Goal of the Month award for August. Mane finished off a fine team move, courtesy of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s assist, to double the Reds’ lead in their 2-0 victory over Burnley on August 21. The 69th-minute strike was Mane's maiden goal of the season and it was also his 50th league goal for Jurgen Klopp's side at Anfield.  
BBNaija housemate, Angel goes Spiritual, says Prayer is her Coping Mechanism
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BBNaija housemate, Angel goes Spiritual, says Prayer is her Coping Mechanism

Big Brother Naija, BBNaija season 6 housemate, Angel has said prayer is her coping mechanism in the house. Angel said this during her diary session with Biggie when asked of how she has been coping with nominations and twists in the house. The 21-year-old BBNaija housemate said: “My coping mechanism in the house is prayer. “ I told WhitemMoney on Sunday that people might not like me and that’s why I genuinely felt I was going to be evicted on Sunday. I feel I don’t appeal to people.” Angel went ahead to share why she nominated Emmanuel and Saga for eviction. According to her, Saga and Emmanuel are the least housemates she connects with. She said: “I nominated Saga and Emmanuel because they are the least out of the housemates that I’m connected to in the ho...
EPL: Enjoy the win – Keane mocks Arsenal after Saka’s goal for England
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EPL: Enjoy the win – Keane mocks Arsenal after Saka’s goal for England

Manchester United legend, Roy Keane mocked Arsenal following England’s win over Andorra on Sunday. Keane aimed a dig at the Gunners after their winger, Bukayo Saka scored in England’s 4-0 win over Andorra. “I’m sure he’s going to enjoy the win because he’s not getting many at club level,” he said. Saka, who celebrated his 20th birthday on Sunday, headed in the last goal in England’s 4-0 win over Andorra at Wembley. Arsenal sit bottom of the Premier League table having lost their opening matches of the new season without scoring a single goal and the Manchester United legend was very happy to mock Saka’s club. “Football’s all about dealing with disappointments. He had a tough summer, he’s reacted well, seems a good kid,” Keane said on ITV. “Obviously a nice...

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