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Very good week – Gary Neville reacts as Manchester United move to fourth place
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Very good week – Gary Neville reacts as Manchester United move to fourth place

Manchester United legend, Gary Neville, has said that the Red Devils’ dramatic winner against West Ham was ‘really important’ for Marcus Rashford and the club as a whole. Rashford came on in the second half to score with the last kick of the game to secure United three points and send them back into the top four. The win followed a 3-1 defeat of Brentford three days back and Neville insists it was a ‘very good week’ for his former club. “Very good week,” Neville said on his Sky Sports podcast. “I think Ralf Rangnick comes out of this week stronger than he started. I think people are backing him. I think he feels stronger and more in control than he was two weeks ago. “The goal in the last minute is a big one for the club and for the scorer. It was really important for Rash...
Nigeria vs Tunisia: How Super Eagles will approach 2021 AFCON clash – Eguavoen
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Nigeria vs Tunisia: How Super Eagles will approach 2021 AFCON clash – Eguavoen

Super Eagles interim coach, Augustine Eguavoen has said that his team will approach their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, Round of 16 tie against Tunisia the same way they did against Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau. Nigeria will face Tunisia in the AFCON last-16 on Sunday night following the conclusion of the Group stages matches on Thursday. Eguavoen’s men had defeated Egypt 1-0, Sudan 3-1 and Guinea-Bissau 2-0 in the group stages. Nigeria’s reward for finishing top of Group D is a second-round clash with Tunisia, who finished as one of the four best third-placed teams. Ahead of the last-16 tie on Sunday, Eguavoen revealed that his team would play with the same passion and style they have shown in the tournament, adding that they will also practice penalties. “Going in...
AC Milan furious as controversial whistle cancels late goal before Spezia score at other end
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AC Milan furious as controversial whistle cancels late goal before Spezia score at other end

The Rossoneri were not allowed an obvious advantage with Junior Messias' strike ruled out   AC Milan are furious after they were denied a goal in stoppage time against Spezia on Monday that would have given them the lead, with their opponents then scoring moments later to seal a dramatic 2-1 result. Ante Rebic was fouled just outside the box, and the ball rolled to Junior Messias who immediately curled a shot into the top corner for what initially appeared to be a go-ahead goal. However, the whistle had already blown and the finish was not allowed to stand. Emmanuel Gyasi then struck at the other end in the sixth minute of stoppage time to give Spezia the victory.
‘The pinnacle of individual achievements’ – Ronaldo reacts to winning FIFA Special Best award
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‘The pinnacle of individual achievements’ – Ronaldo reacts to winning FIFA Special Best award

The Portugal hero was honoured by the governing body after becoming the top scorer in international football Cristiano Ronaldo says it was a "tremendous honour" to win the FIFA Special Best Award on Monday. The Portugal star was handed the trophy in recognition of him becoming the highest-scoring men's player in international football history. Ronaldo broke the record set by former Iran hero Ali Daei in September when he scored his 110th goal for his country. He has since taken his tally up to 115.    
AFCON 2021: Why Equatorial Guinea defeated us – Algeria coach, Belmadi
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AFCON 2021: Why Equatorial Guinea defeated us – Algeria coach, Belmadi

Algeria coach, Djamel Belmadi has explained that his team was defeated 1-0 against Equatorial Guinea at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, because the Nzalang Nacional defended with a lot of desire and determination. Equatorial Guinea defeated Algeria, who are the defending champions, 1-0 in their second 2021 AFCON tie on Sunday. Esteban Fernandez scored the only goal of the match in the second half to give Equatorial Guinea a memorable 1-0 win over Algeria in Douala. Fernandez guided his effort past Rais Mbolhi to beat Belmadi’s men and in the process end their impressive 35 match unbeaten run. Reacting after the game, Belmadi was quoted by CAF Online as saying: “It’s not the expected result and yet we did everything, we got several chances but the ball did not g...
You’ll be disappointed – Keane slams Man Utd after 2-2 draw with Aston Villa
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You’ll be disappointed – Keane slams Man Utd after 2-2 draw with Aston Villa

Ralf Rangnick’s Manchester United continued with their lacklustre performance on Saturday, drawing 2-2 with Aston Villa. United looked all set to win the game 13 minutes remaining after two Bruno Fernandes goals. But Jacob Ramsey and Coutinho, who came off the bench with 20 minutes to go having joined on loan from Barcelona in midweek, created a famous comeback at the Villa Park. Despite being without Cristiano Ronaldo due to a hip injury, the Red Devils started with great intent with Fernandes giving the lead after his tame strike from range somehow bobbled through the legs of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. However, United could not hold on to their lead as Ramsey got the Villa Park crowd rocking with a well-taken finish with 13 minutes left. And Roy Keane was disappointed...
AFCON 2021: I don’t care if I fail to score in the tournament – Awoniyi
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AFCON 2021: I don’t care if I fail to score in the tournament – Awoniyi

Super Eagles frontman, Taiwo Awoniyi, has said that it does not really matter to him whether he scores a goal or not in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Awoniyi, who fired blank in Super Eagles 1-0 win over Egypt in their first Group D clash, said what matters to him is a victory for the team. The 24-year-old, who is in top form for his Ferman club side, Union Berlin, made his senior debut against Central African Republic in Lagos. “I stand to be corrected but when it comes to the national team the question of whether you scored or not most media need to stop it because we are here to represent the country, it doesn’t matter who scored,” he told the Super Eagles media team after Wednesday’s training ahead of Saturday’s clash with Sudan. “For me, I am happy with ...
Chelsea Ease Past Spurs into Carabao Cup final
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Chelsea Ease Past Spurs into Carabao Cup final

Chelsea booked their spot in the Carabao Cup final as they eased past Tottenham 3-0 on aggregate. Leading 2-0 from the first leg of their semi-final, Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger headed the only goal of the game early in the first half at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to seal their passage to Wembley. They will face Arsenal or Liverpool in the final, with their delayed second leg getting under way on Thursday night, live on Sky Sports Football. For Tottenham, it is one more opportunity gone this season to end their 14-year trophy drought since they won this competition in 2008. They are likely now left with just the FA Cup.
FA Cup: Steven Gerrard blasts VAR after 1-0 defeat to Man Utd
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FA Cup: Steven Gerrard blasts VAR after 1-0 defeat to Man Utd

Aston Villa manager, Steven Gerrard has slammed the long delay before Danny Ings’ goal was disallowed against Manchester United on Monday night. According to him, it took the wind out of their sails. The match was held up for more than three-and-a-half minutes, after Video Assistant Referee (VAR) advised referee Michael Oliver to take a look at the pitch-side monitor. Oliver eventually ruled the goal out for Jacob Ramsey’s foul on Edinson Cavani. When asked about the decision, Gerrard said: “How long have you got? The officials took three-and-a-half minutes to settle that one. “The linesman said it was to do with Jacob impeding Cavani’s run. “It wasn’t that complex to need three-and-a-half minutes and it’s disappointing as we were in a good place at the time and that to...
Zlatan Finally Equals Cristiano Ronaldo’s Record
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Zlatan Finally Equals Cristiano Ronaldo’s Record

AC Milan striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, on Sunday, finally matched a European top-five league 21st-century record, set by Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo last December, after scoring a goal in his side’s Serie A 3-0 win over Venezia. The 40-year-old tucked in from close range inside two minutes at Stadio Pierluigi Penzo on Sunday. His goal against Venezia was his eighth Serie A goal of the season and his first of 2022. It means Zlatan has now found the net against 80 different clubs across Europe’s big five leagues (Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, LaLiga and Ligue 1). Since 2000, the only other player to have achieved that feat is Ronaldo, who reached the milestone with a goal in Man United’s 3-1 win over Burnley at Old Trafford on December 30, 2021. Zlatan has ...
AFCON 2021: CAF announces new rules on number of players, substitutions
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AFCON 2021: CAF announces new rules on number of players, substitutions

The Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at the weekend announced new rules on number of players and substitutions. CAF said teams participating in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, must play their fixtures if they have at least eleven players who have tested negative for COVID-19. It also said that in case there are no goalkeepers available in the squad, an outfield player will be required to play in goal. “A team that does not have a minimum of 11 players available will be considered to have lost the match 0-2,” CAF’s statement read in part. “In exceptional cases, the organising committee of the Africa Cup of Nations will take the appropriate decision. “The organisers said teams will be able to make five substitutions per match and an a...
Kenyan star Olunga scores twice to help Al-Duhail silence Al Arabi in Qatari Stars League
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Kenyan star Olunga scores twice to help Al-Duhail silence Al Arabi in Qatari Stars League

The towering Harambee Stars skipper has now scored 15 goals in the league from the 11 games played Kenya captain Michael Olunga continued with his fine form in front of the goal at club level after claiming a brace in Al-Duhail's 2-0 win over Al Arabi. In the Qatar Star League fixture staged at Al-Arabi Stadium in Doha on Saturday evening, the towering forward needed just four minutes to find the back of the net.
I died for five minutes – Eriksen opens up
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I died for five minutes – Eriksen opens up

Denmark midfielder, Christian Eriksen, has said he “died for five minutes” after he collapsed on the pitch in June. However, the 29-year-old insists his goal is to play in this year’s World Cup in Qatar. Eriksen has not played since suffering a cardiac arrest against Finland in last year’s European Championship in Copenhagen. After he collapsed on the field, he received life-saving treatment on the pitch. “At the hospital, they kept saying I’d received more and more flowers,” Eriksen said. “It was weird because I didn’t expect people to send flowers because I’d died for five minutes.” The Dane recently saw his contract terminated by Inter, after having a heart-starter device implanted following his dramatic collapse. Such devices are not permitted in Italy and his ca...
You didn’t do your job – Ian Wright slams Man United star over Wolves’ goal
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You didn’t do your job – Ian Wright slams Man United star over Wolves’ goal

Arsenal legend Ian Wright singled out Scott McTominay for blames for the role the midfielder played in Wolves’ goal against Manchester United on Monday. Manchester United were beaten for the first time since the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager thanks to Joao Moutinho’s late strike. Wright blamed the Scot for failing to close down Moutinho with the Portuguese given time to find the back of the net. “We can nitpick and say where the header from Phil Jones should have gone but at the same time you have got to be more aware of where you, the holding midfielder are going in defensively to try and stop him [Moutinho],” said Wright, according to Metro. “Look how much time he [Moutinho] has got – McTominay is the one who is closest to try and get to him. If he is in t...
Foden shines as City beat Brentford to go eight points clear
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Foden shines as City beat Brentford to go eight points clear

Phil Foden marked his return to the Manchester City side by scoring the only goal as Pep Guardiola's side opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Brentford. Foden hadn't started since Guardiola had warned his players about their off-field behaviour after both he and Jack Grealish were reportedly pictured in a nightclub and then dropped for the clash at Newcastle. But he was vibrant throughout a tight contest at the Brentford Community Stadium, and struck the crucial blow on 16 minutes as he met Kevin De Bruyne's cross to tuck home from close range, and survive a VAR review for offside. Brentford ended 2021 with another dogged performance against the defending Premier League champions, and had chances to break the deadlock ...
I didn’t like the performance – Rangnick slams Man Utd players after Newcastle draw
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I didn’t like the performance – Rangnick slams Man Utd players after Newcastle draw

Manchester United interim manager, Ralf Rangnick has said he did not like his team’s performance against Newcastle United on Monday night. The Red Devils went behind, thanks to a sensational Allan Saint-Maximin goal, before Edinson Cavani came off the bench to equalize. Rangnick was left unimpressed by his player’s lack of energy and failure to win the second balls. He told Sky Sports after the game at St James’ Park: “I didn’t like the performance at all. Today we didn’t control the game apart from very few moments. It’s all about energy, physicality and who wins the second balls. In all those areas we weren’t at our best. The good thing is we got a point but the performance needs to be better.” When asked if he would stick with his 4-2-2-2 formation Rangnick replied: “I don...
Horan and Rodman win U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year awards
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Horan and Rodman win U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year awards

The USWNT and Washington Spirit stars were honored for their standout years Lindsey Horan has been voted the 2021 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year, while Trinity Rodman took home U.S. Soccer's 2021 Young Female Player of the Year award. Horan, who won the award for the first time, led the USWNT in minutes in 2021, starting 18 of her 22 games while tallying six goals and five assists. Rodman, meanwhile, was named the NWSL Rookie of the Year after a breakout campaign in which she helped the Washington Spirit win the league championship.  
Salah finally equals Jamie Vardy’s record
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Salah finally equals Jamie Vardy’s record

Liverpool ace, Mohamed Salah has finally equalled Leicester City striker Jamie Verdy’s Premier League record after scoring a goal in his side’s 3-1 victory over Newcastle United on Thursday. Salah scored his 15th Premier League goal of the season as Liverpool defeated Newcastle at Anfield. His contribution means he has either scored or assisted a goal in 15 consecutive league appearances, equaling Vardy’s record of 15 games. Vardy achieved the feat between August and December 2015. After a 1-1 draw in 21 minutes during the encounter, Salah gave Jurgen Klopp’s side a 2-1 lead in the 25 minutes before Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a late goal to seal the victory for Liverpool. Salah will now hope to surpass Vardy’s record when Liverpool tackle Tottenham on Sunday in their ne...
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Owen Hagreaves Names best team after Man City’s 7-0 Win Over Leeds

Former England midfielder, Owen Hagreaves has said Manchester City are currently the best team in the Premier League, following their “mismatch” against Leeds. The champions thrashed Marcelo Bielsa’s men 7- at the Etihad on Tuesday night. City also surpassed 500 league goals under Pep Guardiola in just 207 games. Kevin De Bruyne scored a brace, while Riyad Mahrez, John Stones, Phil Foden, Nathan Ake and Jack Grealish also got on the scoresheet. “Manchester City were unbelievable. They move the ball better than anybody in the Premier League. “They moved it as good as you could possibly move the ball. There was no wasted touches, everything had a purpose and they were clinical in front of goal. “It wasn’t a fair fight, I’ll be honest with you. It was such a ...
Why Chelsea rely on Mason Mount – Tuchel
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Why Chelsea rely on Mason Mount – Tuchel

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has insisted that his team rely on Mason Mount because the midfielder plays in an offensive position. According to Tuchel, Mount has the technique, ability and movement to assist and score goals. Mount was impressive for Chelsea over the weekend as he scored a goal in Chelsea’s 3-2 victory over Leeds United. His past five Premier League starts have yielded six goals. “We rely on him [Mason Mount] because he plays in an offensive position,” Tuchel was quoted by Chelsea’s official website as saying ahead of the Blues Premier League tie with Everton on Thursday. “He needs to be decisive and assist and score because he has the technique, the ability and the movement to do so. It’s about timing, acceleration and knowing where and when to arrive in th...
Mikel Arteta Clears air on Arsenal Selling Aubameyang
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Mikel Arteta Clears air on Arsenal Selling Aubameyang

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has denied the club will sell captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January transfer window. Aubameyang has gone six games without a goal since Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa in October. Reports had emerged that Arsenal would seek to sell the 32-year-old due to his current form. Asked if plans were afoot to part company with Aubameyang, Arteta said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League tie with Southampton on Saturday: “We have never discussed something like this. “When players are in difficulty, we must give them our support. “Obviously, when a player is not scoring, it’s affecting his confidence, it’s affecting the mood and probably the belief, but you have to rebel against this situation, don...
Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold wins Premier League Player of the month
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Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold wins Premier League Player of the month

Liverpool FC right-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold, has been named the Premier League’s Player of the Month for November. This is due to his recent form part of which had him contribute one goal – a pinpoint free-kick away at West Ham United – and four assists to help Liverpool continue a strong push at the top of the table. Alexander-Arnold, who played every minute of the Reds’ three top-flight games, also aided the securing of two clean sheets. He won the prize from a shortlist that also included teammate Diogo Jota, plus Joao Cancelo, Emmanuel Dennis, John McGinn and Bernardo Silva. This is the second time the England international is winning the prize in his Premier League career.
Liverpool, Man Utd learn price for FC Dallas striker Ricardo Pepi
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Liverpool, Man Utd learn price for FC Dallas striker Ricardo Pepi

Liverpool and Manchester United are battling for FC Dallas striker Ricardo Pepi.   CBS says the 18-year-old exploded onto the scene with FC Dallas earlier this year, scoring 13 goals in Major League Soccer this season, and is already fully fledged USA international. Pepi, who is being viewed in his homeland as the US' No.9 for the next decade, has been linked with United and Liverpool for a number of months and a number of European scouts having been to see him in action. Atletico Madrid have shown an interest in the teenage prodigy, with German giants Bayern Munich also being linked. The two Premier League rivals now face an even bigger transfer battle for one of MLS' hottest properties, with Dallas said to be demanding a cool £7.5million to sell their young star, pl...
EPL: Dalot names underdog in Man United squadEPL: Dalot names underdog in Man United squad
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EPL: Dalot names underdog in Man United squadEPL: Dalot names underdog in Man United squad

Diogo Dalot has said that Fred is the underdog who is criticised by everyone in Manchester United’s squad. The Portuguese singled out the Brazilian midfielder for praise following United’s 1-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace in Ralf Rangnick’s first game in charge. Fred struck 13 minutes to stoppage time to hand Man United all three points, curling an impressive shot with his weaker right foot from outside the box. Before Fred struck the winning goal, Rangnick’s side completely controlled the match but had struggled to find a breakthrough. Speaking after the match, Dalot hailed Fred who has been on the receiving end of criticism. “He is the underdog. Everybody can criticise him but he keeps his head clean, he goes inside the pitch and every game he gives everything th...
Kirby and Kerr seal FA Cup glory for Chelsea
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Kirby and Kerr seal FA Cup glory for Chelsea

Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr starred as Chelsea completed a belated domestic treble with a 3-0 win over Arsenal in a landmark FA Cup final at Wembley. Kirby's third-minute goal belied the Blues' dominance by half-time but Kerr made up for a series of squandered chances with a second-half double (57, 77) - including a brilliant chip - as Emma Hayes' side claimed the trophy for the first time since 2018 in a 50th anniversary fixture delayed by the pandemic. Hayes declared Kirby and Kerr, who both hit the crossbar, "out of this world," and the damage would have been greater had Arsenal goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger not pulled off a further string of saves. The Gunners had claimed a statement victory against the defending WSL champions on the opening day of this season but were outclasse...
Arteta names Arsenal player that was ‘threat’ against Man Utd after 3-2 defeat
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Arteta names Arsenal player that was ‘threat’ against Man Utd after 3-2 defeat

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta has identified Gabriel Martinelli as a ‘threat’ against Manchester United following his side’s Premier League 3-2 defeat against the Red Devils on Thursday. Arteta said Martinelli was a threat during the encounter because he worked hard for Arsenal against the host, adding that he created assists and had good moments. A goal from Bruno Fernandes and a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo gave Man United all three points against Arsenal. Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard did score for Arsenal at Old Trafford. Speaking at his post-match press conference, Arteta was ‘pleased’ with Martinelli’s display against Man United. “He [Martinelli] looked a threat,” Arteta said at his post-match press conference. “He had a big chance in the first half, and he proba...
Ziyech delighted to prove Chelsea matchwinner – again
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Ziyech delighted to prove Chelsea matchwinner – again

Hakim Ziyech was delighted to prove Chelsea's matchwinner for victory over Watford. His goal was superbly taken, swept in from Mason Mount's clever cutback, and proved to be the 28-year-old's second winner of the season. "This is one of the reasons why the coach brought me on so I have to be happy to score that decisive goal," he told the club's website. "It was a difficult game from the beginning, not easy from the first minute, and it was not our best day but the most important thing is we got three points. All the other stuff is better to forget." Ziyech added: "We were always trying to find the spaces and we knew our moment would come. That's also one of the strengths of this team because no matter if we play good or bad, we always find a way to score. "During a season, ...
BREAKING: Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi wins record-extending seventh award
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BREAKING: Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi wins record-extending seventh award

Paris Saint-Germain superstar, Lionel Messi, has won this year’s Ballon d’Or award. Messi won the prize ahead of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, who finished in second place. The 34-year-old, who left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, has 24 goals in 28 league games this calendar year and led Argentina to the Copa America in the summer. The top five was completed by Jorginho (3rd, Chelsea), Karim Benzema (4th, Real Madrid) and N’Golo Kante (Chelsea). Messi is now the player with the highest number of Ballon d’Or prizes, as this is his seventh. His eternal rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, has five awards to his name.
Ballon d’Or 2021: Lewandowski wins Striker of the Year award
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Lewandowski wins Striker of the Year award

FC Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski has won the ‘Striker of the year’ award at the ongoing Ballon d’Or ceremony in France. The Polish striker won the inaugural trophy at the award ceremony in Paris. The Bayern Munich and Poland striker pilfered a Bundesliga record 41 goals in just 29 games last season to eclipse the long-standing mark set by the late Gerd Mueller. Lewandowski, 33, scooped FIFA’s prize for best male player of 2020. While receiving the award, the player said, “I’m very proud of this trophy, I know what it means to be ready to score the goal. Everything I do I have to thank my teammates, coach, and staff. Without them, it’s difficult to be at the front.”
Chelsea vs Man United: It was arrogance – Hasselbaink Slams Jorginho
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Chelsea vs Man United: It was arrogance – Hasselbaink Slams Jorginho

Former Chelsea striker, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has slammed midfielder, Jorginho after his error led to Manchester United’s goal. Jorginho gifted Jadon Sancho his first Premier League goal for Manchester United, with Chelsea having to come from a goal down to take a point at Stamford Bridge. The Brazilian-Italian was at fault for the Red Devils’ goal after failing to deal with a high ball that was sent forwards by Bruno Fernandes. The midfielder’s attempt to bring down the high ball with his foot backfired with Sancho racing on goal before calmly slotting the ball past Edouard Mendy. And Hasselbaink wondered why Jorginho did not just clear it or head it back to his goalkeeper. “He should head it, he should head it back. You can’t take that chance and if you d...
Everton boss Benitez confident Moshiri fully behind him
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Everton boss Benitez confident Moshiri fully behind him

Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has contacted manager Rafa Benitez to assure him of his job. Everton have not won since September 25 and have only scored four goals in the last six games. Bill Kenwright, Everton's Chairman, visited Benitez at the club's Finch Farm training base earlier this week and Moshiri has also been in regular contact to stress that he has the board's backing. "I don't want to be here for three years – I want to be here for even more," said Benitez, whose team face a demanding encounter at Brentford. "I want to be here for the new stadium and try to be successful there also. Mr Moshiri, he knows. "I think Mr Moshiri is quite clever and we cannot complain because he has spent a lot of money. He is someone who is trying to improve the team and im...
Crystal Palace boss Vieira demands consistency from Zaha but Ayew needs goals
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Crystal Palace boss Vieira demands consistency from Zaha but Ayew needs goals

The French tactician is expecting his forwards to rise to the occasion when they host Steven Gerrard's team team at Selhurst Park Ghana striker Jordan Ayew needs goals to gain confidence, according to Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira, who has also urged Wilfried Zaha to find a greater measure of consistency. Ayew is yet to score a goal for the Eagles this season, having played in 12 matches in all competitions which include 11 Premier League appearances. He has only provided an assist so far, but Vieira believes that goals would make the former Marseille star regain his form.  
‘Only Ronaldo and I leap like that’ – Leicester City’s Ndidi celebrates maiden goal of the season
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‘Only Ronaldo and I leap like that’ – Leicester City’s Ndidi celebrates maiden goal of the season

  The Nigeria midfielder sealed the Foxes' victory on Thursday with his header off a corner-kick in the first-half   Leicester City star Wilfred Ndidi said that it is only him and Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo who have the jumping ability he displayed in their 3-1 victory over Legia Warsaw in Thursday's Uefa Europa League match. Ndidi leapt high to score the Foxes’ third goal in the 33rd minute by heading home James Maddison’s corner-kick. The effort was the Super Eagles midfielder’s first goal in the 2021-22 season and it ended his goal drought since January when he found the back of the net in Leicester City's 2-0 victory over Chelsea in a Premier League fixture.
Harry Kane reveals who to blame for Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat to Mura
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Harry Kane reveals who to blame for Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat to Mura

Tottenham Hotspur striker, Harry Kane has insisted that he and his teammates are responsible for their 2-1 defeat to Mura in the UEFA Europa League, UEL, on Thursday. The England captain said Tottenham players have no excuse for their defeat to Mura, describing their performance as ‘immature’ and ‘unacceptable’. Mura defeated Tottenham at home, thanks to two goals from Tomi Horvat and Amadej Marosa. Kane did score a goal for Antonio Conte’s men against the Slovenian side at the Ljudski vrt Stadium. “Unacceptable really – didn’t start well, going a goal behind, going down to 10 men made it difficult for ourselves,’ Kane told BT Sport after the game. “Second-half, we showed some fight and spirit, got ourselves back into the game and if anyone looked like scorin...
I’m not a magician, Tottenham are in trouble – Conte says after first defeat at Spurs
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I’m not a magician, Tottenham are in trouble – Conte says after first defeat at Spurs

Tottenham boss, Antonio Conte has admitted the club are ‘in trouble’ and that he is not a magician after watching his side beaten by Mura in the Europa Conference League on Thursday. He also complained that the level of his squad is ‘not so high’ after Spurs went a goal down to the Slovenian side after just 11 minutes. Ryan Sessegnon was red-carded for a second yellow card just over the half-hour mark. England striker, Harry Kane equalised for the visitors in the second half but Amadej Marosa scored the winner for the home side in injury time. It was the former Chelsea boss’ first defeat since he became Spurs manager and the Italian said what lies ahead is hard work for him in order to turn things around. “This is a bad loss for us. The performance was poor,” Conte said af...
Louis Saha frustrated over ‘ridiculous’ blaming Ronaldo for Man Utd woes
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Louis Saha frustrated over ‘ridiculous’ blaming Ronaldo for Man Utd woes

  Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha has vehemently slammed the notion that Cristiano Ronaldo is responsible for the club's failures this season.   Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford for his second spell this summer after United paid 21 to Juventus for his signature. The 36-year-old has impressed in front of goal having scored 10 goals in 14 appearances across all competitions. But those goals haven't been enough to save Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's job, with the Norwegian dismissed on Sunday after winning just once in the last seven Premier League games. Some critics have suggested that Ronaldo's inability to press opposition defenders has played a significant role in United's disappointing campaign so far. However, former Red Devils ace Saha has rebuked th...
Mauricio Pochettino told to ‘get out’ of PSG immediately after 2-1 defeat to Man City
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Mauricio Pochettino told to ‘get out’ of PSG immediately after 2-1 defeat to Man City

Paris Saint-Germain boss, Mauricio Pochettino has been told to get out of the club after he watched his French side lose 2-1 to Man City in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher wants Pochettino to ‘get out of’ PSG as quickly as possible and head to Manchester United if the Red Devils come calling for him. PSG were defeated 2-1 by Pep Guardiola’s City side with Kylian Mbappe putting the visitors ahead before goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus gave City the win. PSG had their Lionel Messi, Neymar and Mbappe front line but Carragher was left thoroughly unimpressed by their performance. He said Pochettino should be looking for the exit door at PSG and hoping that Man United make a move for him. “Pochettino has to ge...
UCL: I’m pleased with him – Paul Scholes names Man United best player after 2-0 win over Villarreal
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UCL: I’m pleased with him – Paul Scholes names Man United best player after 2-0 win over Villarreal

Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes has hailed Jadon Sancho as the best player during their 2-0 win at Villarreal on Tuesday night. He said the England international now ‘looked half a stone slimmer’ than he has done since arriving at the club. Sancho suffered difficulties at the start of his career at Man United, since signing for £73m from Borussia Dortmund in the summer. He has not scored a goal or provided an assist before Tuesday night when he finally broke his duck. And Scholes was thoroughly impressed with the 21-year-old’s performance. “He looked fitter than he has done and I was really pleased for him today, young player, had a difficult start but I thought he was United’s best player tonight,’ Scholes told BT Sport. “I think they need to use him more,’ said...
Why Chelsea goal against Juventus wasn’t handball
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Why Chelsea goal against Juventus wasn’t handball

Chelsea’s first goal against Juventus in Tuesday’s Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge was not handball because of this season’s new handball rules. During Chelsea’s clash with Juventus, the ball hit Antonio Rudiger on the arm as an assist for Trevor Chalobah. Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot flicked the ball onto Rudiger’s arm from point-blank range. Rudiger also had his arm across his chest, so arguably, if the ball had not struck him on the hand, it would have hit his torso anyway. Recall that the new rule has been designed to not penalise attackers if they accidentally commit a handball in the build-up to a goal. The rule was introduced by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) back in March. Last season, the rules stated that any touch of the arm ...
LaLiga: Xavi reacts after winning first Barcelona match against Espanyol
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LaLiga: Xavi reacts after winning first Barcelona match against Espanyol

New Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez, has expressed his happiness at winning his first game in charge of the team, but called on the players to improve in attack. Barca beat Espanyol 1-0 in Saturday’s Catalan Derby. Memphis Depay netted the only goal from the penalty spot in the second half at Camp Nou. It ended a four-game run without victory for Barcelona, who are now sixth on the LaLiga table. “In general, I was happy with the performance and the three points. “The attitude and the effort were very good. We dominated for 75 minutes but from there Espanyol created a lot of problems. We had some luck with the woodwork twice. “It’s difficult to attack a back five with a line of four in front of them, but we have to work on that because we will come up against it many t...
Burnley and Palace Draw in six-goal Thriller
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Burnley and Palace Draw in six-goal Thriller

Christian Benteke scored twice and Maxwel Cornet produced a stunning volley as Crystal Palace and Burnley played out a 3-3 draw in a thrilling clash in wet and windy conditions at Turf Moor. Benteke's deflected strike gave Palace the lead (8) before a powerful Ben Mee header (19) and Chris Wood's glancing effort (27) put the hosts in front. Benteke led the Palace response with his second goal in the 36th minute before Marc Guehi scored his first senior goal on the stroke of half-time (42). But Cornet would get his fifth Clarets goal on his sixth Premier League start with a spectacular volley into the top corner to make it 3-3 (49). Substitute Matej Vydra had a chance to win it for Burnley deep into injury-time, but his scuffed attempt in a one-on-one was brilliantly stopped by...
World Cup Qualifiers: Aubameyang’s winner gives Gabon lifeline
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World Cup Qualifiers: Aubameyang’s winner gives Gabon lifeline

The Arsenal star scored the crucial goal that boosted the Panthers' chances of playing in Qatar next year Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal that gave Gabon a 1-0 victory over Libya in their 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying match on Friday. After a goalless first-half at the Stade de Franceville, Aubameyang broke the deadlock for the hosts with his strike from the penalty spot in the 54th minute. It was the 32-year-old's second goal in the qualifying campaign after he helped the Panthers beat Angola 2-0 in October.  
Liberia vs Nigeria: Osimhen speaks on Ighalo’s return to Super Eagles
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Liberia vs Nigeria: Osimhen speaks on Ighalo’s return to Super Eagles

Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen has opened up on how he feels about the return of Odion Ighalo to the national team. Handlers of the Super Eagles recalled Ighalo to the national team for the World Cup qualifying matches against Liberia and Cape Verde citing the need for experienced players in the squad. The former Manchester United striker retired from the Super Eagles more than two years ago. Other young strikers such as Taiwo Awuniyi, who is making waves in Germany, Paul Onuachu, among other are taking Europe by storm yet Nigerian coach recalled Ighalo from retirement. Asked about the return of the striker, Osimhen told the Super Eagles media team that he is looking forward to playing with him, adding, “It’s good for the team and of course the coaches and the Federation know...
Smith Rowe Strikes again as Arsenal beat Watford
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Smith Rowe Strikes again as Arsenal beat Watford

Emile Smith Rowe scored for the third Premier League game in a row as in-form Arsenal marked Mikel Arteta's 100th game in charge with a 1-0 win over Watford at the Emirates. The Gunners, now unbeaten in 10 games across all competitions, had been by far the better team in the first half without reward. Bukayo Saka had an early strike overturned by VAR for offside and, after Danny Rose's blatant foul on Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's penalty was superbly stopped by the impressive Ben Foster 10 minutes before the break. But Watford have now not kept a clean sheet in the top flight for 21 games and their defence was eventually beaten on 56 minutes when Smith Rowe swept in from 18 yards for his fifth goal of the season - although there was some controversy, with Clau...
‘I have to keep my head up’ – Ivory Coast’s Bailly after Manchester Derby error
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‘I have to keep my head up’ – Ivory Coast’s Bailly after Manchester Derby error

The defender scored an own goal early in the first half as the Red Devils went on to lose 2-0 against Manchester City Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly has promised to keep his head up after scoring an own goal during the Manchester Derby, when Manchester United lost 2-0 to Manchester City on Saturday. Bailly's attempt to make a clearance in the seventh minute saw the ball slide into his own net and that gave Manchester City an advantage early in the game. In the process, the Ivorian became the first Manchester United player to score an own goal in the Manchester derby in the Premier League era. The own goal, coupled with Bernardo Silva's strike just before half-time, meant Manchester United are now without a clean sheet in their last 14 home games in all competitions. They'v...
Moses on target for Spartak Moscow as Amartey rescues Leicester City from defeat
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Moses on target for Spartak Moscow as Amartey rescues Leicester City from defeat

The African stars were on target for their respective clubs, who were forced to settle for a point each on Thursday Victor Moses scored Spartak Moscow's only goal as Daniel Amartey rescued a 1-1 draw for Leicester City in Thursday's Uefa Europa League match. Moses broke the deadlock at the King Power Stadium in the 51st minute with his first goal of the season. The former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder nodded in Mikhail Ignatov's cross to give Spartak Moscow the advantage after beating Brendan Rodgers' men, who defeated them by 4-3 in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago.  
Dortmund star Haaland likely out until Christmas with injury, confirms father
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Dortmund star Haaland likely out until Christmas with injury, confirms father

The 21-year-old may not pla again until 2022 as he recovers from a hip problem Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland will likely be out until at least Christmas with a hip injury, his father Alf-Inge has confirmed. The 21-year-old has not played since October 19, and Dortmund will now be forced to do without their top striker for several more weeks. Haaland, who has 13 goals in 10 games this season, appears likely to be sidelined until the new year  
Our goal is to be the bridge between celebrities and fans – Label boss, Yusuf Adebowale Bello
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Our goal is to be the bridge between celebrities and fans – Label boss, Yusuf Adebowale Bello

With the passion to setup a functional entertainment platform that would be seamless for both the artistes and label owner; Yusuf Adebowale Bello have revealed that with his Bellyflow Entertainment outfits, artiste will enjoy cordial relationship with the outfit as its sole aim to create and bring pure undiluted entertainment to the people. So also is the fact that the label was also created to be the bridge between celebrities and their fans. Created in 2015, Yusuf Adebowale Bello disclosed that being in the world of entertainment is a childhood dream and finding an outlet to let out the passion was just his destiny, one, he embraced with both hands. Being born to the popular Bello family of Lagos might have provided some leverage, but his passion was never in question because as s...
Lingard reveals touchline conversation with Man Utd fans after Liverpool win
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Lingard reveals touchline conversation with Man Utd fans after Liverpool win

Manchester United star, Jesse Lingard, has revealed his touchline conversation with a section of furious Red Devils fans following his side’s Premier League 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday. Lingard revealed that he told Man United supporters that he was not even on the pitch during the encounter after they told him to ‘work harder’. The England international was an unused substitute as Man United lost to Jurgen Klopp’s side following Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick and a goal each from Naby Keita and Diogo Jota. The 28-year-old, along with Paul Pogba and Diogo Dalot, were warming up near the tunnel entrance in the first half of the match when footage appeared to show him taking abuse from Man United fans. Speaking on the development via his Twitter account after the game, Lingard...
Antonio winner lifts West Ham past Spurs
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Antonio winner lifts West Ham past Spurs

West Ham lifted themselves to fourth in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Tottenham as Michail Antonio’s goal proved the difference. Antonio struck with 17 minutes remaining as he met Aaron Cresswell's fierce corner from the left, meaning West Ham have now scored 18 goals via set-pieces since the start of last season. The response from Spurs was non-existent following the goal with Nuno Espirito Santo's team failing to register a shot on goal in the second half as their run of two straight victories came to an end. The victory sends the Hammers above Spurs in the table with the north Londoners now suffering four straight defeats in London derbies.

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