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We were taught a life lesson – Jay Jay Okocha reveals why Nigeria lost 1-0 to Tunisia
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We were taught a life lesson – Jay Jay Okocha reveals why Nigeria lost 1-0 to Tunisia

Former Super Eagles captain, Austine Jay Jay Okocha, has reacted to Nigeria’s 1-0 defeat to Tunisia that marks the end of their stay at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Many football lovers all over the world would be surprised that Nigeria crashed out of the tournament in such manner after finishing from the group with comfortable nine points. The Super Eagles could not find their wings against the more resolute Carthage Eagles, who executed the game without about 12 of their main players. Okocha, who described the result as disappointing, added that it was a life lesson to football lovers. The 1994 AFCON winner suggested that Nigeria underrated their opponents. Speaking on Super Sports after the game, Okocha said, “It’s a disappointing night for us, but we have to ...
Tuchel unhappy with Lukaku performance against Man City as Chelsea boss says he lost possession too much
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Tuchel unhappy with Lukaku performance against Man City as Chelsea boss says he lost possession too much

The German was left unimpressed by the Belgian's efforts up front as their opponents opened up an even larger gap at the summit of the Premier League   Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he was left frustrated by Romelu Lukaku's performance for Chelsea against Manchester City, in Saturday's Premier League defeat at the Etihad Stadium. Kevin De Bruyne's second-half strike was enough to seal a 1-0 victory for Pep Guardiola's hosts, who finished the match with a 13-point lead over the Blues - their nearest rivals - at the summit. Unlike his countryman, Lukaku was frequently unable to effect as much control in a frequently muted showing from the visitors - and speaking after the final whistle, Tuchel acknowledged that he had been left unhappy with his efforts.
North London Derby could be called off – Arteta
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North London Derby could be called off – Arteta

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said that there is a “possibility” that their Premier League clash against Tottenham on Sunday could be called off. The Gunners are left with only 12 fit outfield players due to injury to COVID-19. They lost Martin Odegaard to a positive COVID test before their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Liverpool. Cedric Soares and Bukayo Saka also limped off with injuries during the game. A red card for Granit Xhaka means he is automatically out of the North London Derby. According to Premier League rules, teams must fulfil fixtures if they have 14 players – 13 outfield and a goalkeeper – available to play. “[Postponement] is a possibility in every game, from our side and the opponents’ side with the issues everyone is having and it is happenin...
AFCON 2021: Troost-Ekong reveals Nigeria’s plan against Sudan, speaks on Salah
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AFCON 2021: Troost-Ekong reveals Nigeria’s plan against Sudan, speaks on Salah

William Troost-Ekong has revealed that the Super Eagles will handle their next opponents, Sudan, same way they approached Egypt in their last game. Nigeria defeated Egypt 1-0 in their first game in the Group D on Tuesday with Kelechi Iheanacho finding the bottom corner in the 30th minute Ahead of their Saturday’s clash against Sudan, Troost-Ekong is urging Super Eagles teammates not to get carried away. “I don’t think we should believe in the hype. Every game for us is going to be a big game. We are going to approach it same way as we approached Egypt,” he told NAN. “Game by game we are going to try and get further and further so we’ll keep it cool, keep it humble, work hard and I think we’ve got all the things that we need to get a result on Saturday.”
Afcon 2021: Nigeria will approach opponents with Egypt drive – Ola Aina
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Afcon 2021: Nigeria will approach opponents with Egypt drive – Ola Aina

The defender reveals the Super Eagles will take on other opponents at Afcon with the same resolve shown against the Pharaohs Nigeria will take on their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations opponents with the same application they exhibited against Egypt, according to Ola Aina. The Super Eagles began their campaign in Cameroon on a flying note, defeating the Pharaohs 1-0 at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua. In the African classic, Augustine Eguavoen’s men proved their doubters wrong to down Carlos Queiroz’s men – with Kelechi Iheanacho scoring the only goal.
FA told to ban Liverpool for 10 matches after 2-2 draw with Tottenham
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FA told to ban Liverpool for 10 matches after 2-2 draw with Tottenham

Italy World Cup winner, Marco Tardelli has called for Liverpool to be handed a 10-match ban over their “arrogant” play against Tottenham on Sunday. According to the former Italy international, the Reds were fortunate not to receive punishment for their tackling against Tottenham. The Reds played out a 2-2 draw with Tottenham and much of the post-match discussion has centred on referee Paul Tierney’s handling of the game. Liverpool’s Andy Robertson was red-carded for a wild challenge on Tottenham’s Emerson Royal in the second half, while Harry Kane got just a yellow for arguably a worse challenge earlier in the match. While Robertson and Klopp may feel aggrieved, Tardelli says the Reds should count themselves lucky and claims the Reds are given “protection”. Tardelli, who w...
Champions League: Supercomputer names club to win trophy after last 16 draw
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Champions League: Supercomputer names club to win trophy after last 16 draw

A supercomputer has predicted that this season’s Champions League trophy would be won by Manchester City after the last-16 draw was confirmed on Monday. Manchester City were pitted against Sporting Lisbon in what seems like a favourable draw in the last-16 and are being tipped to go all the way in the competition to land a long-awaited first Champions League title. The betting expert supercomputer also sees all Premier League teams, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United beating their last 16 opponents, Inter Milan Lille and Atletico Madrid, respectively. Also tipped to go through to the next stage are Bayern Munich and Ajax who are faced with RB Salzburg and Benfica respectively. The computer believes Real Madrid would be dumped out of the competition by Paris Saint Germai...
Champions League: New Round of 16 ties confirmed [Full fixtures]
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Champions League: New Round of 16 ties confirmed [Full fixtures]

UEFA has conducted a fresh draw for the Champions League round of 16. The European football governing body was forced to declare Monday morning’s process void, after a series of mistakes. Manchester United had been handed a mouth-watering last-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain but only after being erroneously paired with Villarreal in the first instance and then mistakenly left off the list of possible opponents to face Atletico Madrid. The Red Devils will now take on Atletico, while PSG plays Real Madrid. Chelsea retain their tie against Lille, Inter Milan face Liverpool and Manchester City have been paired against Sporting Lisbon. Draw in full: Salzburg vs Bayern Munich Sporting vs Man City Benfica vs Ajax Chelsea vs Lille Atletico Madrid vs Man Utd Vi...
Antonio Rudiger reveals why Chelsea may not win titles, issues warning
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Antonio Rudiger reveals why Chelsea may not win titles, issues warning

Antonio Rudiger has said that his team, Chelsea will not win trophies with the way they concede easy goals from opponents in recent weeks. He said they ‘have to address’ their recent trend of giving up ‘easy’ goals after Saturday’s dramatic 3-2 victory over Leeds. Chelsea managed to beat Leeds United on Saturday, bouncing back from last week’s defeat to West Ham. Individual errors culminated in two goals scored by the Hammers. Raphinha put Leeds ahead from the penalty spot after Marcos Alonso brought down Daniel James in the box but Mason Mount got the Blues back on level terms and a fine spot-kick from Jorginho saw the Blues take the lead shortly before the hour mark. The home side were pegged back again when substitute, Joe Gelhardt tucked away Tyler Roberts’ cross late ...
Champions League: Real Madrid vs Chelsea ‘most likely’ Round of 16 tie
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Champions League: Real Madrid vs Chelsea ‘most likely’ Round of 16 tie

Chelsea have almost a one in three probability of drawing Real Madrid, when the draw for the Champions League Round of 16 is conducted on Monday, according to MisterChip. The Blues, who are the current holders of the trophy, could only finish second in their group, following a disappointing 3-3 draw at Zenit. Thomas Tuchel’s men will now be paired against top European opponents in the next round. Liverpool, on the other hand, have a marginally higher chance of being paired against Villarreal or Inter Milan. Manchester United and Manchester City, who finished top of their groups, have a slightly higher chance of playing Atletico Madrid or Inter Milan next. The eight group winners – Ajax, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Liverpool, Lille, Manchester City, Manchester United and Real ...
Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi Dentenced to Four years in Jail, months after being Toppled by Military
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Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi Dentenced to Four years in Jail, months after being Toppled by Military

Ousted Myanmar leader, Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to four years in prison, months after her government was was toppled by the military and she was arrested, prompting international condemnation. On Monday, December 6, she was found guilty on charges of inciting dissent and breaking Covid rules under a natural disasters law and now faces 11 charges in total, all of which she has denied. She has been under house arrest since February when the military launched a coup, toppling her elected civilian government and detaining leaders. It is not clear when or if Ms Suu Kyi will be placed in prison. Co-defendant Win Myint, the former president and Ms Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party ally, was also jailed on Monday for four years under the same charges. ...
Outstanding Liverpool hit Saints for four to move second
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Outstanding Liverpool hit Saints for four to move second

Liverpool moved second in the Premier League - for 24 hours at least - as they strolled past Southampton with a commanding 4-0 win at Anfield. Liverpool were unapologetic in their style of play, giving Saints chances but never once relenting in their own attacking endeavours, blitzing their opponents in the first half. They went ahead inside 97 seconds through Diogo Jota, converting Andrew Robertson's low cross for the fastest Premier League goal of the season. Jota got his second with another close-range finish, this time from Mo Salah's centre (32), and Thiago put the game beyond Saints' reach before the break as his left-footed drive deflected off Lyanco and into the net (37), his second goal in as many games. Virgil van Dijk scored his first Liverpool goal since the opening ...
Petr Cech issues strong to Chelsea players ahead of Man United clash
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Petr Cech issues strong to Chelsea players ahead of Man United clash

Chelsea legend, Petr Cech has issued a strong warning to Blues’ players ahead of the Premier League with Manchester United on Sunday. Cech, a legendary Blues’s goalkeeper, warned that it is very tricky to play a team under new management. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday, less than 24 hours after the Red Devils’ humbling 4-1 defeat to Watford. Former senior team coach, Michael Carrick was called upon to feel the managerial space until an interim manager is appointed. “We have a saying in Czech: ‘the new broom sweeps better’,’ wrote the west London club’s technical and performance advisor Cech in his column for Chelsea’s website. “It’s always tricky when you play teams with a new manager. That’s what our next opponents Manchester United will be hoping for on Sund...
Solskjaer apologises for smiling, speaks on his planned sack after Man United 4-1 defeat
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Solskjaer apologises for smiling, speaks on his planned sack after Man United 4-1 defeat

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday, apologised for smiling during post-match interview after the Red Devils were 4-1 by struggling Watford. Solskjaer, who also spoke about his sack, said he was feeling very low, adding that his future would only be discussed with the club’s board. It was the hope of Man United and their supporters to bounce back from earlier embarrassing defeats to Manchester City and Liverpool. But the team were ruffled up by Watford in yet another damaging defeat which means they have now picked up just four points from the last 21 available. United are now 12 points behind league leaders Chelsea, their next opponents, and there are growing calls for Solskjaer’s sack. ‘Sorry for smiling there,” he told Sky Sports. ‘We’re embarrasse...
Paul Scholes names three toughest opponents he ever faced
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Paul Scholes names three toughest opponents he ever faced

Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, has named the three toughest opponents he ever played against in the Premier League. Scholes, who faced the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard during his time at Old Trafford, said Robbie Savage, Patrick Vieira and Pape Bouba Diop are the toughest opponents he came across while playing in the Premier League for Man United. The former midfield maestro played 718 times for Man United during his 19 years at the club. The former England international won 11 top flight titles, three FA Cups and two Champions Leagues with Man United. Scholes, 47, ended his playing career in 2013 as Man United’s third-highest ever appearance holder, behind Bobby Charlton and Ryan Giggs. “When I played central midfield, I like to go into games thinkin...
World Cup Qualifiers: ‘The game was not easy for us’ – Nigeria’s Rohr reflects on Liberia win
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World Cup Qualifiers: ‘The game was not easy for us’ – Nigeria’s Rohr reflects on Liberia win

The Super Eagles needed two penalties to overcome the Lone Star and the German tactician admitted it was a tough contest Coach Gernot Rohr admitted Liberia was not an easy opponent for Nigeria in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier. The Super Eagles won the reverse fixture 2-0 with Kelechi Iheanacho netting a first-half brace at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. At the Stade Ibn Batouta, Tangier, Nigeria completed the double over the Lone Star with goals from Victor Osimhen and super-sub Ahmed Musa settling the encounter.  
West Ham Overpower Liverpool in thriller to move third
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West Ham Overpower Liverpool in thriller to move third

West Ham outfought and out-thought Liverpool to leapfrog their opponents into third in the Premier League with a 3-2 victory, ending the Reds' 25-game unbeaten run. It was the archetypal West Ham performance, punctuated with potency on the counter-attack and physicality at set-pieces, in what is turning out to be another outstanding season for David Moyes' side. West Ham took the lead with their first attack as Pablo Fornals' corner skimmed off the glove of Alisson and into the net (4), going down as an own goal despite a VAR check for a potential foul. Moments later, Aaron Cresswell was fortunate not to see red for a studs up challenge on Jordan Henderson, also checked by VAR. Liverpool dominated the ball and equalised just before the break, however, as Trent Alexander-Arnold...
Ronaldo suffered against us – Man City’s Guardiola
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Ronaldo suffered against us – Man City’s Guardiola

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said they planned to make Cristiano Ronaldo suffer by starving Manchester United of possession at Old Trafford. The champions beat United 2-0 in Saturday’s Derby, thanks to Eric Bailly’s own goal and Bernardo Silva’s close-range finish. City completely dominated the game, with United registering only one shot on goal. Ronaldo also had the fewest touches out of any player who started the match. Guardiola has now admitted City’s game plan was to control the game, limiting United’s attempts to only play on the counter-attack. When asked about United’s tactical approach for their game against City, Guardiola replied: “Let me be gentle. I can never analyse or judge the opponents and what they have done. “The games have been quite...
This result is insane’ – Klopp reacts to Liverpool’s 5-0 win over Man Utd
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This result is insane’ – Klopp reacts to Liverpool’s 5-0 win over Man Utd

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has reacted to his side’s Premier League 5-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday evening. Klopp described Liverpool’s victory over Man United as insane, adding that he never expected the result. A hat-trick from Mohamed Salah and a strike each from Naby Keita and Diogo Jota gave Liverpool all three points against Man United. Paul Pogba was sent off during the encounter. “What can I say? Did I expect that? No,” Klopp told Sky Sports after the match. “What we did in the last third was insane. Pressing high, winning balls, scored wonderful goals. I told them at half-time to play better. We started incredibly well and stopped playing football. We controlled the game after the fifth, it was not about scoring more, just trying to ge...
‘We know Zamalek SC will scare Tusker using army and police’ – Matano
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‘We know Zamalek SC will scare Tusker using army and police’ – Matano

The tactician, after losing at home on Saturday, said they are ready to cope with the kind of reception they will get in the north Tusker head coach Robert Matano has claimed their Caf Champions League opponents Zamalek SC will try to scare them using the army and the police. The White Knights earned the first-leg advantage in their first-round clash at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday following a 1-0 win courtesy of a goal scored by Achraf Bencharki. Matano has now claimed the Egyptian giants might use state might to scare them, but they will be ready for that kind of reception upon their arrival in North Africa for the second leg this weekend.  
Leicester end Man Utd run in 4-2 thriller
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Leicester end Man Utd run in 4-2 thriller

Leicester came from behind to win 4-2 against Manchester United and end their opponents' 29-game unbeaten run away from home. Mason Greenwood had opened the scoring with a stunning strike but Youri Tielemans produced one of his own before Caglar Soyuncu put Leicester ahead late in the game. Marcus Rashford looked to have salvaged something but Jamie Vardy immediately restored the advantage before Patson Daka ensured the result in stoppage time. It was no more than Leicester deserved as Brendan Rodgers' side played the more proactive football throughout to end a run of four games without a win. The defeat leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under further scrutiny as United's own winless run extends to three games as they continue to look less than the sum of their expensive parts.
Broos explains why Bafana Bafana ‘suffered a bit’
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Broos explains why Bafana Bafana ‘suffered a bit’

In a game in which both teams had numerous goalscoring chances, an 11th minute own goal from Getaneh Kebede settled an evenly-balanced contest On the back of a tough trip to Ethiopia last weekend for Bafana Bafana, Tuesday’s 1-0 World Cup qualifier win over the same opponents saw the South Africans stretched to their limits at FNB Stadium. While conceding that his side made heavy weather of the victory, Broos was pleased that his men found a way to grind out the three points. "We tried to neutralise the midfield, but we didn't really succeed. And therefore the danger was always there," the former Cameroon manager told Safa media.  
Blind reveals Man Utd’s biggest problem under Solskjaer this season
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Blind reveals Man Utd’s biggest problem under Solskjaer this season

The former Netherlands international, Danny Blind, has revealed Manchester United’s biggest problem this season under their manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Blind, who is currently Louis van Gaal’s assistant with the Dutch national team, said Man United’s major problem under Solskjaer is that they struggle to dominate their opponents. According to him, the Red Devils have been struck by the lack of organisation, especially in an attacking sense. “What is the identity of this Manchester United team? What is his plan? It’s exactly what’s missing with Solskjaer,” Blind was quoted by Metro UK as saying. “There isn’t a tactical plan. His team aren’t able to put pressure on their opponents like Manchester City. It doesn’t always have to be full pressing but we don’t see any of it – e...
I hate to be called a goal poacher – Lukaku
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I hate to be called a goal poacher – Lukaku

Chelsea striker, Romelu Lukaku, has said he hates to be called a “goal poacher”. The Belgium international thinks he is at his best when facing opponents. Lukaku has scored 255 times in club football and 67 goals for his country. But the 28-year-old is eager to point out that he is about much more than hitting the back of the net. He told UEFA’s official website: “The way I’m built – I’m quite big – everybody thinks I’m a sort of target man: just holding up the ball and being a goal poacher. But I’ve never played that way and I hate it. “My biggest strength is that I’m dangerous when I’m facing towards the goal, because that’s when I rarely make wrong choices. “After I pass the ball, I know where I have to position myself in the box. I can do a bit of everything and i...
Watford part ways with head coach Xisco Munoz after Leeds defeat
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Watford part ways with head coach Xisco Munoz after Leeds defeat

The Spanish tactician has been relieved of his duties at Vicarage Road after just seven games of the new Premier League season Watford have parted ways with head coach Xisco Munoz after their defeat to Leeds United on Saturday. Leeds beat Watford 1-0 at Elland Road thanks to an early goal from Diego Llorente, and moved to within just one point of their opponents in the Premier League standings in the process. The Hornets are now sitting 14th, just four points above the drop zone, and the club have decided to make a change in the dugout to try and turn their fortunes around quickly.  
Zaha chases Crystal Palace history but Iheanacho could hold keys for Leicester City
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Zaha chases Crystal Palace history but Iheanacho could hold keys for Leicester City

While the Ivorian will back himself against his favourite opponents, Brendan Rodgers may be planning to unleash the Super Eagles forward on Sunday Crystal Palace head into gameweek seven in 15th spot but one win from six hasn’t told the full story of the opening months of Patrick Vieira’s reign. The Arsenal icon was brought in to alter the team’s stodgy style and begin the rebuild of a side that certainly weren’t spring chickens in Roy Hodgson’s final year at the club. While some elements of Vieira’s rebuild are already evident — the team have switched to his favoured 4-3-3 and there’s a greater proclivity to retain possession — some things have also remained the same.  
IPOB identifies agents Uzodinma allegedly uses to perpetrate killings in Imo, southeast
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IPOB identifies agents Uzodinma allegedly uses to perpetrate killings in Imo, southeast

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Friday revealed the identities of those allegedly behind the killings in Imo, Anambra, and the southeast generally. IPOB alleged that the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, and his accomplices created a fake Eastern Security Network, ESN, who are eliminating his political opponent in the southeast. The group disclosed this in a statement signed by Emma Powerful, its spokesman. According to Powerful: “Worried by the increasing rate of senseless killings in Biafra land especially Anambra and Imo States, the intelligence unit of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been intensifying efforts towards uncovering the masterminds of these heinous crimes. “These efforts have paid off as the unit has been able to track some of the people b...
2021 Women’s AfroBasket: D’Tigress beat Angola to qualify for quarterfinals
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2021 Women’s AfroBasket: D’Tigress beat Angola to qualify for quarterfinals

Nigeria’s Women's basketball team, D’Tigress recorded their second win at the ongoing AfroBasket Women’s championship in Yaounde, Cameroon defeating Angola 85 – 65 to book their passage into the quarterfinals of the competition on Monday night, September 20. In the game, Nigeria made the match look easy and ended up humbling their opponents with a 20point margin. Nigeria first beat Mozambique 67-50 in their first group B match, and knew a win against Angola will be enough for them. Ezinne Kalu led with a team high of 12 points and three assists, but it was the contributions from the likes of Oderah Chidom who made 10 points and six rebounds and Ify Ibekwe who made nine points and eight rebounds that was very essential. Nigeria's main rivals for the title this year include Mal...
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace: Mane breaks Van Persie record, scores 100th goal in Reds win
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Liverpool vs Crystal Palace: Mane breaks Van Persie record, scores 100th goal in Reds win

Liverpool star Sadio Mane beat Van Persie mark by scoring in nine straight matches against Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace must be sick of the sight of Sadio Mane after the Liverpool star broke a Premier League record on Saturday. Mane’s goal in the 3-0 win at Anfield, his 100th for Liverpool in all competitions, made him the first player to score in nine consecutive top-flight matches against the same opponent. The Liverpool forward’s scoring run against Crystal Palace started back in August 2017. Mane’s milestone strike came in his 224th appearance for the Reds, breaking Palace’s rearguard action late in the first half at Anfield. Egypt forward Mohamed Salah and Guinea midfielder Naby Keita netted in the second half to move Jurgen Klopp’s team three points clear of second...
Solskjaer offers likely Cavani return date as he outlines Man Utd role after Ronaldo signing
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Solskjaer offers likely Cavani return date as he outlines Man Utd role after Ronaldo signing

  The Red Devils boss is looking forward to welcoming an experienced striker back into his plans, while contract talks continue with Jesse Lingard Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Edinson Cavani to make a return to full training at Manchester United next week, with the Uruguayan striker in line for a recall when the Red Devils face West Ham in the Carabao Cup. United will face the same opponents on Sunday, meanwhile, with a trip to the London Stadium up next ater the Red Devils' 2-1 defeat to Young Boys in the Champions League. Cavani, who has been nursing a "slight strain" suffered in a behind-closed-doors friendly outing against Stoke, will not make the first meeting with the Hammers, but he could be back in contention for the second instalment of back-to-back meetings with Davi...
Barcelona give Koeman three matches to save his job
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Barcelona give Koeman three matches to save his job

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, is on the brink of losing his job and has been given three games to turn around the situation, according to the UK Mirror. The Blaugrana were thrashed 3-0 by Bayern Munich in their opening Champions League group game on Tuesday night. The LaLiga side failed to muster a shot on target in all 90 minutes of the match. It was a result and performance that increased the pressure on Koeman. Barca will play three league fixtures within a week – with a trip to Cadiz sandwiched between home games against Granada and Levante respectively. All three opponents are teams that are expected to finish in the lower half of the Spanish top flight this campaign. It is claimed that if Barca slip up in any of those matches, then the board will have a decision...
R. Kelly allegedly forced his girlfriends to watch him play basketball every night while forbidding them from looking at other players – Court hears
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R. Kelly allegedly forced his girlfriends to watch him play basketball every night while forbidding them from looking at other players – Court hears

Grammy award winning singer, R.Kelly allegedly forced his girlfriend's to watch him play basketball and ordered them not to look at his teammates or opponents, accusers and former employees have told a court hearing. The accusations heard by the jury in Brooklyn Federal Court on Monday, September 13, show how the R&B singer allegedly exerted complete control over his girlfriends. One of Kelly’s assistants, Suzette Mayweather, sat with his girlfriends at the games, and testified in court saying; “They would cheer for him. They would only cheer for Rob,” She said When a stray ball came toward the girls and young women, they’d go quiet if another player approached, recalled another Kelly employee. “They would cross they legs and look at the ceiling or the wall,” said Da...
Osimhen sent off against Venezia
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Osimhen sent off against Venezia

Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen was shown a straight red card as they won 2-0 at Venezia on Sunday. It was their opening game of the 2021/2022 Serie A season. Osimhen was sent off for violent conduct on Daan Heymans before a corner-kick in the 23rd minute. Despite the numerical disadvantage, Luciano Spalletti’s men held their nerve and prevented their opponents from scoring. Lorenzo Insigne and Eljif Elmas both scored in the 62nd and 72nd minutes respectively to ensure they got maximum points. Osimhen will now miss Napoli’s next two Serie A matches against Genoa and Juventus. The 24-year-old scored 10 goals in 24 Serie A matches last campaign.
Teams no longer fear Barcelona after Messi’s departure – Koeman
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Teams no longer fear Barcelona after Messi’s departure – Koeman

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has admitted that opposing teams no longer fear them again following Lionel Messi’s exit. Koeman’s men were held to a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. It is the first time Barca have dropped points in LaLiga this season. Despite temporarily moving top of the table, Koeman was not afraid to express his disappointment and open up on Messi’s departure. He said: “I don’t like to always talk about the same thing, but we’re talking about the best in the world. Our opponents had more fear when Messi was here. “For us as well, if you pass the ball to Leo, usually he won’t lose it. You can tell [Messi] isn’t there. We know that and we can’t change it.” Memphis Depay earned Barcelona a share of the points in the enthralling ...
Kane available to face Manchester City despite transfer rumours, says Spurs boss Nuno
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Kane available to face Manchester City despite transfer rumours, says Spurs boss Nuno

The England international was expected to make a switch to the Etihad, but it could be that he faces Pep Guardiola's side on Sunday Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo claims that Harry Kane will be available to face Manchester City in the clubs' Premier League opener. Kane, of course, reportedly wants to leave Spurs and has been heavily linked with a move to Sunday's opponents, with Pep Guardiola himself admitting that City are interested in the striker. Nuno, meanwhile, has given fans in north London a glimmer of hope, stating that he hopes to “solve” the situation.
Tokyo 2020: Brazil’s Cunha Wins Olympic gold in women’s Marathon Swim
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Tokyo 2020: Brazil’s Cunha Wins Olympic gold in women’s Marathon Swim

Brazil’s Marcela Ana Cunha said she had to be “cold mentally” to see off the challenge of defending champion Sharon van Rouwendaal on her way to Olympic gold in the women’s 10-kilometre marathon swim on Wednesday. Cunha won by less than a second from a fast-charging Van Rouwendaal in their early morning duel in Tokyo, timing 1hr 59min 30.8sec to 1:59:31.7 for the Dutch swimmer. Kareena Lee took the bronze medal for Australia. Cunha, 29, finished 10th in the event at the Rio Olympics and fifth at the Beijing Games in 2008. The Brazilian said she had arrived in Japan desperate to win gold. “We arrived here wanting, as much as you can, this medal and around 10 days ago, I said to my coach to win this race will be very difficult for my opponents because I want it so hard...
BREAKING: Sunshine Stars knock Kano Pillars out of Aiteo cup
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BREAKING: Sunshine Stars knock Kano Pillars out of Aiteo cup

Sunshine Stars of Akure on Friday kicked out defending champions Kano Pillars from the 2021 Aiteo cup. The quarterfinal game which was played at the Confluence Stadium Lokoja, saw the Rotimi Akerodolu boys defeating their Kano based counterpart by one goal to nothing. A quick second-half goal by Yusuf Sadeeq gave the Ondo based club the Semi-final ticket. In the first half, Kano Pillars who are the defending champions mounted pressure on their opponent but they were highly resisted by the Sunshine team who pulled up a great defence to ensure that the game remains a barren draw on the 40th minute. Kano pillars came close on the 44th minute but their striker failed to convert chances through a wasteful play to keep the game on. Rabiu Ali of Kano Pillars came close in the a...
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...
Copa America final: Chelsea’s Thiago Silva reveals why Argentina defeated Brazil
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Copa America final: Chelsea’s Thiago Silva reveals why Argentina defeated Brazil

Chelsea defender, Thiago Silva, has said that Argentina defeated Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final on Sunday morning because the Albiceleste neutralised Seleção players during the encounter. According to Silva, Brazil didn’t play the way they wanted to play against Argentina in the first half. Winger, Angel Di Maria was the hero for Argentina as his 22nd-minute chip-over goalkeeper Ederson ensured they won the Copa America at the Maracana Stadium. “We’ve to congratulate our opponents,” Silva told local television at the Maracana Stadium after Brazil’s defeat to Argentina. “Argentina neutralised our players and it was very difficult to come back after going a goal down. He added: “We were not able to play the way we wanted to in the first half and in the second they de...
England vs Italy: Gernot Rohr predicts winner of Euro 2020 final
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England vs Italy: Gernot Rohr predicts winner of Euro 2020 final

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has predicted that England will defeat Italy in the final of Euro 2020 on Sunday. Rohr believes the Three Lions is a more complete team with a better tactical approach than the Azzurris. England needed extra time to see off Denmark 2-1 in the semi-final, while Italy qualified after a tense penalty shoot-out against Spain. When Rohr was asked which team will come out victorious at Wembley, he told Nation Sport: “Of course, England is favourite at home. “They are a complete team, physically and tactically on the top. “The fans are a big support, but I regretted their attitude to whistle the opponents, even the national anthem.” England are yet to win a major trophy since they lifted the World Cup in 1966.
Euro 2020: Fabio Capello tells Italy how to beat Spain
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Euro 2020: Fabio Capello tells Italy how to beat Spain

Former England manager, Fabio Capello, has advised Italy on how to beat Spain when both teams clash in the Euro 2020 semi-final tie on Tuesday. Italy will on Tuesday night face Spain in the Euro 2020 last-4 at the Wembley Stadium. Capello said for Italy to beat Spain, they have to tackle their opponent with speed and brightness, adding that they should not fall asleep during the encounter. “[Italy should] not fall asleep,” Capello told the Corriere della Sera. “Spain plays slow football. If we follow that rhythm, we run the risk of suffering. Spain have great technical qualities, excellent ball possession. “To counteract this, we need speed and brightness when it comes to recovering the ball: restart and attack immediately. We have quality and the Spanish defence is by no ...
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...
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 ...
France under ‘positive pressure’ as Pires hopes for Spain clash in Euro 2020 quarter final
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France under ‘positive pressure’ as Pires hopes for Spain clash in Euro 2020 quarter final

The Bleus legend feels Didier Deschamps' side have embraced their billing as tournament favourites and hopes to see them book a tie with La Roja France are under "positive pressure" at Euro 2020 according to Robert Pires, who is hoping his country set up a quarter-final clash against Spain. Didier Deschamps' men will advance to the last eight of the tournament if they can see off Switzerland at Arena Nationala in Bucharest on Monday night. France are being tipped to go one better than their final appearance in 2016, with Pires confident that they can handle the weight of expectations but wary of the quality opponents standing in their way.
Euro 2020: Ronaldo, Portugal Stars in Tears after Losing to Belgium
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Euro 2020: Ronaldo, Portugal Stars in Tears after Losing to Belgium

  The coach of the Portugal national team, Fernando Santos, has revealed his players were in tears, following their exit from Euro 2020 on Sunday. The defending champions lost 1-0 to the top-ranked country in the world Belgium in the last-16 of the tournament. Santos feels his side were hard done by, as they had four times the number of shots their opponents mustered. “There are players crying in the changing room. They gave everything. Belgium had 6 shots, we had 29. Sincerely I don’t have many words. “We believed if we won this one, we would have gone on to win the next one. They scored, we didn’t. It’s football,” Santos said. Belgium will now face another favourites Italy in the quarter-finals.
Euro 2020: Mourinho Names player England need against Czech Republic
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Euro 2020: Mourinho Names player England need against Czech Republic

  Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has named Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish as the player England need to start against Czech Republic when both teams clash in tonight’s Euro 2020 final Group D tie at Wembley Stadium. Mourinho believes England manager, Gareth Southgate, must start Grealish against Czech Republic because the midfielder plays like Portugal legend, Luis Figo. Grealish is yet to start for England at the Euro 2020 so far. England head to the game following a 0-0 draw against Scotland, while Czech Republic played a 1-1 draw with Croatia. “England look like a shy team, so they need Jack Grealish against the Czech Republic tonight,” Mourinho told the UK Sun. “He looks like he has always been on that stage. “The guy is brave. The guy never played a European m...
Euro 2020: You’ve to Know how to suffer – Cristiano Ronaldo eacts to Portugal’s victory
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Euro 2020: You’ve to Know how to suffer – Cristiano Ronaldo eacts to Portugal’s victory

  Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, has reacted to his side’s Euro 2020 3-0 victory against Hungary on Tuesday night. Ronaldo took his Euro goal-tally to 11 after scoring a brace against Hungary at the Ferenc Puskás Stadium. Reacting, the Juventus forward, in a post via his Instagram account after the game, said, ‘you have to know how to suffer, fight until the end and always believe with all your strength.’ The 36-year-old also promised to give more joy to the Portuguese who have supported the national team. Ronaldo wrote, “You have to know how to suffer, fight until the end and always believe with all your strength. “There are no easy opponents, no games won at the start. The European Championship is a stage of luxury, where only the best of the best are pre...
French Open final of Firsts for Krejcikova and Pavlyuchenkova
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French Open final of Firsts for Krejcikova and Pavlyuchenkova

When both Barbora Krejcikova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova set foot on Court Philippe-Chatrier on Saturday, they will need to compose themselves quickly. The women will be in unchartered waters, and both will know that they are just two (or three) sets away from achieving their lifelong dream. Neither has ever faced the other before in singles, nor do they know what it is like to be alone on court with a Grand Slam singles title being just one win away. The unseeded Krejcikova does have the experience of winning doubles Grand Slam titles in her corner, and Pavlyuchenkova that of her junior Grand Slam titles and triumphs. A first senior singles Grand Slam title would mean so much to both women. From round one, they have quietly gone about their business; both have knocked out hi...
Champions League final: Sterling Reveals What can Stop Man City from Beating Chelsea
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Champions League final: Sterling Reveals What can Stop Man City from Beating Chelsea

  Raheem Sterling has insisted that only Manchester City can stop themselves from winning the Champions League final. City go into Saturday’s game as big favourites to beat Chelsea, despite suffering two defeats against their opponents in the past two months. Chelsea ended Pep Guardiola’s men’s hopes of winning an unprecedented quadruple this season. Thomas Tuchel’s team also delayed City from winning the Premier League title, with a 2-1 away win at the Etihad. “It is now about focusing on winning that trophy. The only thing that can stop us is ourselves, if I am honest. “We have played them twice [under Tuchel] and lost twice. But this is a Champions League final. “On the day, things are a lot different. You go into it with a clean mindset. Those games that h...
Footballer, John Obi Mikel Becomes Stoke City’s Top Ball-winner for 2020-2021 Season
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Footballer, John Obi Mikel Becomes Stoke City’s Top Ball-winner for 2020-2021 Season

Nigerian footballer, John Obi Mikel is the 2020-2021 top ball winner for Stoke City. Mikel was one of the players behind Stoke City equaling their club record for clean sheets in a single-season. The club ended the campaign with twenty-one clean sheets, level with the record set by the Stoke City side that won promotion from this division in 1979, with Mikel involved in fifteen of those games this season. Ball recoveries is the ability to win the ball back for your team where neither team has possession or where the ball has been played directly to a player by an opponent and according to Stoke City Stat Zone, Mikel recorded the highest number of recoveries out of the entire Stoke City squad over the course of the season. Mikel is Stoke City's standout player in that catego...

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