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Jose Mourinho Had To Physically Stop Pierre-Emile Højbjerg From Going Back On The Pitch After Nasty Leg Injury
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Jose Mourinho Had To Physically Stop Pierre-Emile Højbjerg From Going Back On The Pitch After Nasty Leg Injury

  Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg had to be stopped from entering the field of play by his own manager after he suffered a nasty-looking leg injury with just minutes remaining. In the club's Carabao Cup semi-final win over Brentford on Tuesday night, where Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-min helped Jose Mourinho's side to a rare Wembley final, the Danish ball-winning midfielder was on the receiving end of a horror challenge from Josh Dasilva. With his stoods up, Dasilva connected with Højbjerg's shin as those around the Tottenham Hotspur stadium gasped when replays were shown on the screen. The Brenford player was eventually given a red card for his lunging tackle after referee Mike Dean reviewed the incident on VAR and Højbjerg, standing with blood pouring down hi...
Charlie Nicholas Predicts Winner of Champions League Final Between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.
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Charlie Nicholas Predicts Winner of Champions League Final Between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.

A former Premier League star, Charlie Nicholas, has predicted the winner of Sunday’s Champions League final between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich. PSG will tackle Bayern in the Champions League final at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal. The French Ligue 1 champions head to the game after eliminating RB Leipzig in the Champions League semi-final a few days ago, while the Bundesliga champions knocked out Lyon. Providing his prediction, Nicholas told Sky Sports: “It was the right draw for PSG, so it could be their time. “There is too much talent on show, and I do love Neymar. “Lionel Messi is the superstar of football, but football has caught up with Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by nature, and they’ll go into slumps. “Neymar can win his second Champions Lea...
PSG Sweat Over Potential Neymar Champions League Final Ban
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PSG Sweat Over Potential Neymar Champions League Final Ban

Neymar is in risk of missing out on the Champions League final, after the Brazilian broke one of the Covid-19 protocols at the end of the semi-final against RB Leipzig. PSG were in fine form against the German underdogs on Tuesday night and Neymar's beautiful back-heeled assist for Angel di Maria might have been the moment of the night. After excellent performances in the quarter and semi finals Neymar is key to the French champions chances of becoming European champions for the first time, but he could miss the final. At full time he was seen swapping shirts with Leipzig defender Marcel Halstenberg. That goes against the rules put in place because of the Coronavirus pandemic. UEFA's protocols state, "Players are recommended to refrain from swapping their shirts," and not ...
‘It’s a competition for big players’ – Tuchel praises Di Maria, Mbappe and Neymar for guiding PSG to Champions League final
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‘It’s a competition for big players’ – Tuchel praises Di Maria, Mbappe and Neymar for guiding PSG to Champions League final

The Parisian boss was full of praise for the team's star players and spoke about the challenge awaiting in the final PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel says the Champions League is for "big players" after his stars dominated in a 3-0 Champions League semi-final win against RB Leipzig. The Ligue 1 champions' star players all had a strong impact on the result, with Angel Di Maria snaring a goal and two assists, Neymar setting up the latter's strike, and Kylian Mbappe starting the match and playing 86 minutes. Tuchel's side now move into the final of the competition - to play either Bayern or Lyon on Sunday - and the German boss was ecs
Bayern wary of Man City-slayers Lyon
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Bayern wary of Man City-slayers Lyon

Corentin Tolisso says treble-chasing Bayern Munich should be wary of his former club Lyon in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final as the "greedy" Bavarians look to build on their demolition of Barcelona. "From a German point of view, perhaps Lyon's the least known team. But against Manchester City, we all saw what this team is capable of," warned France midfielder Tolisso, who joined Bayern from Lyon in 2017. "We will never underestimate them. When the big games come up, Lyon is always there. "No team can reach the semi-finals by chance," added the 2018 World Cup winner, who is likely to start on the bench on Wednesday. Two second-half goals by substitute Moussa Dembele helped Lyon dump Pep Guardiola's City out of the Champions League and Bayern have no intention of fol...
English-born Nigerian striker, Adebayo Akinfenwa claims he was called a ‘Fat Water Buffalo’ during play-off tie against Fleetwood
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English-born Nigerian striker, Adebayo Akinfenwa claims he was called a ‘Fat Water Buffalo’ during play-off tie against Fleetwood

English-born Nigerian striker, Adebayo Akinfenwa, who plays for Wycombe Wanderers has revealed he was racially abused during Monday's League One play-off match against Fleetwood. The 38-year-old striker said he was repeatedly called a 'Fat Water Buffalo' by a 'representative of the opposition,' after helping his side earn a 2-2 draw and a 6-3 aggregate victory in the League One play-off semi-final. In a statement he released on Wednesday night, Juy 8, Akinfenwa, who suffered racist abuse earlier in his career while playing in Lithuania wrote: “Monday night was one of the highlights of my career with Wycombe so far as we secured our place in the League One play-off final at Wembley. However, what should have been an evening of joy and excitement quickly turned into one of anger...
Henderson reveals he didn’t ask for Messi’s shirt after Champions League defeat to Barca because of Keane advice
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Henderson reveals he didn’t ask for Messi’s shirt after Champions League defeat to Barca because of Keane advice

The England midfielder has described his experience of playing against the six-time Ballon d'Or winner for the first time during the 2018-19 campaign Jordan Henderson has revealed that he took Roy Keane's advice on board regarding swapping shirts after Liverpool's defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League, insisting he never considered asking for Lionel Messi's jersey. Liverpool suffered a 3-0 loss at Camp Nou in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final last season, with a Messi double and a Luis Suarez effort earning the home side a comfortable win. Messi was in inspired form on the night, and marked a superb all-round performance when he fired an unstoppable 25-yard free-kick past Alisson late in the game.
‘Uruguay penalty miss will haunt me for the rest of my life’ – Ghana legend Gyan
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‘Uruguay penalty miss will haunt me for the rest of my life’ – Ghana legend Gyan

The Black Stars all-time record goal scorer recollects one of the most defining moments in his career and for his country Former Sunderland and Ghana forward Asamoah Gyan has not forgotten about the penalty miss in the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals against Uruguay, and says it will haunt him for the rest of his life. The Black Stars made it to their first-ever quarter-final in just their second appearance at the World Cup. They were poised to become the first African country to progress to the semi-finals when Ghana were given a penalty towards the end of extra-time. This was after Luiz Suarez was given a red card for using his hand on the line to stop the ball from going in.
Lampard Reveals Why Chelsea Lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich
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Lampard Reveals Why Chelsea Lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has admitted that most of his players don’t have experience of playing in the Champions League, following their 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Serge Gnabry scored twice, while Robert Lewandowski also got on the scoresheet, as the Bundesliga champions put up a show at Stamford Bridge. The victory sealed Bayern’s place in the last-8 of the Champions League. Lampard told BT Sport: “They need to understand the levels that the Champions League is when they get to the knockout stage. “A lot of the players there today either haven’t played it, played maybe the Europa League, which is a big difference, or played it a few years ago [but] certainly not at Chelsea to a point where we got to a success of semi-final, final, win it kind of times. ...
Juventus Squad Against AC Milan Released
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Juventus Squad Against AC Milan Released

Juventus have released their squad to face AC Milan in the Coppa Italian semi-final first leg tie on Thursday night. Maurizio Sarri’s side announced a 21-man squad to tackle the Rossoneri at San Siro through their official website on Wednesday night. The Serie A champions head to the game following a 2-1 defeat to Verona in their last fixture. Juventus squad against AC Milan: Danilo, Matuidi, Cuadrado, Bonucci, Higuain, Rugani, Rabiot, Bentancur, Pinsoglio, Olivieri, Coccolo, Wesley, Buffon, Szczesny, De Sciglio, De Ligt, Pjanic, Ronaldo, Ramsey, Dybala and Alex Sandro. The match kick-off time is 8:45pm.
Victor Moses Explains Why Napoli Defeated Inter Milan
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Victor Moses Explains Why Napoli Defeated Inter Milan

Inter Milan winger ,Victor Moses, has revealed why his side was beaten 1-0 by Napoli in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg encounter on Wednesday night at the San Siro. Napoli defeated Inter Milan, thanks to Fabian Ruiz Pena’s second-half strike. But Moses believes Antonio Conte’s men were tired during the match following their 3-2 victory over AC Milan in Serie A on Sunday. “We were kind of tired after the match against AC Milan on Sunday,” Moses told Inter TV after the match. “We are upset at the outcome, but Inter needs to start winning again in our next match and look forward. “We will try to improve against Lazio in our next fixture and do our best, but we are disappointed with today’s result. “Football in Italy is so tactical, we have a fantastic manager [Con...
Boost for Barcelona as Suarez ahead of Schedule with Injury Recovery
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Boost for Barcelona as Suarez ahead of Schedule with Injury Recovery

With other injuries mounting, the Uruguay international could yet return to action before the season comes to an end. Luis Suarez could hand Barcelona a major boost as the Uruguay star may return from injury ahead of schedule. Suarez is currently dealing with a right knee injury and recently underwent surgery for the issue. The injury, suffered in the Blaugrana's 3-2 Supercopa de Espana semi-final loss to Atletico Madrid, saw Suarez reaggravate an old issue that kept him out of the Copa del Rey final against Valencia last season. Prior to the injury, Suarez featured in 23 games this season, in which he had scored 14 goals for the club. Following the surgery, Suarez was expected to be out of action for the rest of the season, but it appears that he may be back in ti...
Chelsea Confirm Deal for 20-year-old Striker
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Chelsea Confirm Deal for 20-year-old Striker

Chelsea on Friday, confirmed that 20-year-old striker, Charlie Brown, has left the club to join Belgian club, Royale Union Saint-Gilloise. Brown joined Chelsea from Ipswich Town in the summer of 2016. He has scored five goals in 18 appearances this season for the junior Blues. Chelsea made this known in a statement on their official website. The statement read: “Academy striker Charlie Brown is the latest Chelsea player to move on loan for the remainder of the 2019/20 season. “The 20-year-old, who has five goals in 18 appearances this season for our development squad side, is joining Belgian club Royale Union Saint-Gilloise. It is his first loan. “Brown joined Chelsea from Ipswich Town in the summer of 2016 and enjoyed a prolific maiden season for the Blues’ Under-18s...
Solskjaer Makes History in Man Utd’s Win Over Man City
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Solskjaer Makes History in Man Utd’s Win Over Man City

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Wednesday became the only manager in English football to beat Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City twice at the Etihad following his side’s 1-0 victory over the Premier League champions in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg encounter. Recall that Solskjaer had defeated Guardiola’s side 2-1 in the Premier League at Etihad last December. The Norwegian also said the decision of the referee to send off midfielder, Nemanja Matic in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup win over Man City at the Etihad Stadium was an ‘absolute joke’. Matic, who scored the only goal of the encounter, was shown a yellow card for a foul on Riyad Mahrez before being given another for a foul on Ilkay Gundogan 14 minutes from time. “It’s hard to score with 11 here, never ...
What Conte, Lukaku Said About Conte, Lukaku after Inter Milan’s win Over Fiorentina
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What Conte, Lukaku Said About Conte, Lukaku after Inter Milan’s win Over Fiorentina

Inter Milan manager, Antonio Conte has hailed winger, Victor Moses and playmaker, Christian Eriksen for ‘fitting straight’ into his squad following his side’s 2-1 win over Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia encounter on Wednesday. Moses and Eriksen both came from the bench in the second half of the encounter to feature against Fiorentina. Inter Milan defeated Fiorentina to qualify for the semi-final of the competition, thanks to two goals from Antonio Candreva and Nicolo Barella at San Siro. Moses left Chelsea on loan to join Inter Milan last week. Eriksen left Tottenham Hotspur on a permanent transfer to join Inter Milan earlier this week. Speaking to Inter TV after the game, Conte said: “We’ll keep going and prepare for a tough game in Udine, but we can a...
Rafael Nadal Crashes Out of the Australian Open After Losing to Dominic Thiem
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Rafael Nadal Crashes Out of the Australian Open After Losing to Dominic Thiem

World No.1 Rafael Nadal has been eliminated from the Australian Open after he lost to Dominic Thiem on Wednesday night. The Austrian star, who is currently world No. 4, stunned the Spaniard to a 7-6(3), 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(6) victory at the Rod Laver Arena to pick his first-ever victory against Rafael Nadal. After the game, Dominic said: ”All the match was on a very good level. We were both in good form,” Thiem told former World No. 1, Jim Courier, in an on-court interview. “We already had this epic match [at the US Open] in New York two years ago and today I had a feeling I was lucky in the right situations. The net cord was on my side. He is one of the greatest of all time, so you do sometimes need luck to beat him.” “It will be the first Grand Slam semi-final where I’m the...
Federer Heads into Unknown in Australian Open Quarters
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Federer Heads into Unknown in Australian Open Quarters

Roger Federer is on a collision course with Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open but must first avoid an upset against Tennys Sandgren, while women’s top seed Ashleigh Barty carries home hopes in Tuesday’s quarter-finals. The first Grand Slam of the year is approaching a climax and some of the biggest names are chasing milestones that would write them another chapter in the tennis history books. Swiss great Federer has faced most of the top players but never Sandgren, the world number 100 who stands in the way of a potential semi-final with holder Djokovic. Federer, who is chasing a 21st Grand Slam title, is wary of the strapping 28-year-old American. “It was impressive how he was competing,” he said of Sandgren’s gritty victory in the last 16 in Melbourne over 12th ...
Mason Greenwood Makes History in Man United’s 6-0 Thrashing of Tranmere
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Mason Greenwood Makes History in Man United’s 6-0 Thrashing of Tranmere

Manchester United forward, Mason Greenwood on Sunday made history in his side’s FA Cup 6-0 thrashing of Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. Greenwood converted a second half penalty against the host to take his tally to 10 goals for the Red Devils so far this season. According to Metro UK, the 18-year-old is now the youngest United player to score ten goals for the club since Norman Whiteside in 1984 (36 years ago). Captain Harry Maguire had opened the scoring for the visitors before Diogo Dalot, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones, and Anthony Martial made it 5-0 for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side at half time. Mason Greenwood scored a goal in the second half to ensure Man United qualified for the fifth round of the competition. United will now take on Manchester Ci...
Maurizio Sarri Set for Emotional Napoli Return, Rome Prepares for Fiery derby
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Maurizio Sarri Set for Emotional Napoli Return, Rome Prepares for Fiery derby

Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri said he expects an emotional return to his former club Napoli on Sunday as Lazio and Roma prepare for a derby clash in Serie A after both capital-city sides exited the Italian Cup during the week. Sarri missed Juventus’ home game against Napoli with pneumonia in August and Sunday’s game at the Stadio San Paolo will be his first since leaving the club in 2018 before his move to Chelsea. “It will be a tremendously difficult game, emotionally it will be particularly special. My relationship with Naples and above all the city was strong,” said Sarri, after Juve reached the Italian Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 win over Roma on Wednesday. Juventus are top of the league with a four-point lead on second-placed Inter Milan, but Napoli — Serie A runners...
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Messi Finally Speaks as Barcelona sack Valverde, Appoint Setien

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has penned a farewell message to Ernesto Valverde, who was sacked as manager on Tuesday. Valverde was fired despite winning the La Liga title in each of the two seasons he spent with the Nou Camp side. But it is his poor performances in the Champions League and last week’s defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Super Cup semi-final that cost him his job. Messi has now taken to social media to share a parting message. “Thank you for everything,” Messi posted on Instagram . “I’m sure you’ll do great wherever you go because besides being a great professional you are a magnificent person. “Good luck and a big hug.” Quique Setien has since been appointed as Barca’s new manager.
Iniesta Blasts Barcelona for Trying to Replace Valverde With Xavi
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Iniesta Blasts Barcelona for Trying to Replace Valverde With Xavi

Former Barcelona midfielder, Andres Iniesta, has lashed out at the club over the treatment of manager Ernesto Valverde, describing it as “a little ugly”. This comes amid speculations that Valverde will soon be replaced by Iniesta’s former team-mate, Xavi. It has been confirmed that discussions have been held with Xavi, who is currently managing Al Sadd in Qatar. Iniesta told Onda Cero: “Barcelona’s behaviour has been a little ugly. “You have to have respect for your current coach. The way things are done is what can hurt the most.” Iniesta however admits that “Valverde’s situation has been weakened” recently, with Barca having lost the Spanish Super Cup semi-final to Atletico Madrid, a trophy Real Madrid went on to win.
Xavi Confirms Meeting with Barcelona Chiefs, Speaks on Coaching La Liga Champions
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Xavi Confirms Meeting with Barcelona Chiefs, Speaks on Coaching La Liga Champions

Barcelona legend, Xavi Hernandez has confirmed that he had spoken with Barcelona chiefs, Eric Abidal and Oscar Grau amid report linking him to replace current Blaugrana manager, Ernesto Valverde at Camp Nou. The 39-year-old also reiterated his desire to coach Barcelona where he won 25 trophies in a magnificent 17-year career at the Catalan club. DAILY POST had reported that Valverde is under intense pressure at Barcelona after he saw his side beaten 3-2 by Atletico Madrid in Jeddah on Thursday night in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final encounter, with Diego Simeone’s side going on to face Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa final. Report emerged on Saturday that members of Barcelona’s board, Eric Abidal and Oscar Grau, had a smooth meeting with Xavi in a bid for him to succeed V...
De Bruyne Reveals Guardiola’s 15-minute plan that Destroyed Man Utd
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De Bruyne Reveals Guardiola’s 15-minute plan that Destroyed Man Utd

  f Manchester City playmaker, Kevin De Bruyne, has said Pep Guardiola spent only 15 minutes preparing the false-nine tactics, that helped to blow Manchester United away in the first half of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie. City went 3-0 up in 38 minutes during the semi-final first leg at Old Trafford, thanks to Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and an Andreas Pereira own goal. Marcus Rashford then pulled a goal back for United after half-time. Pep Guardiola often used a false nine, when he was in charge at Barcelona but has rarely done so at City. But despite their lack of experience with the tactic, De Bruyne told Sky Sports: “We did 15 minutes on it in the morning, that’s about it. “We didn’t train that but it’s not like we never did it before – we did it sometimes agains...
Carabao Cup semi-final: Rashford Reveals what he Expects from Guardiola’s Man City
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Carabao Cup semi-final: Rashford Reveals what he Expects from Guardiola’s Man City

Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford has revealed what he expects from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City when his side take on the Premier League champions in tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg clash. Rashford said he expects Guardiola to “change something” in his formation that will face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side at Old Trafford. Man United recently defeated Man City 2-1 in the Premier League last December when both sides clashed at the Etihad Stadium. “It’s two big games against City but we’re one step away from Wembley,” Rashord told MUTV. “That’s the objective for us. It’s an opportunity to win a trophy and we know what that means for the club, and for the players and staff as well. Hopefully, we can perform well and get results in these ...
Manchester City Get Major Boost Ahead of Manchester United Clash
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Manchester City Get Major Boost Ahead of Manchester United Clash

Manchester City have been handed a major boost ahead of their Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Manchester United on Tuesday night. The Premier League champions could feature defenders, Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte when they take on the Red Devils at Old Trafford. Man City manager, Pep Guardiola has confirmed that both Otamendi and Laporte have returned from injury. “It’s good [to have Laporte back in training],” Guardiola told the club’s official website on Monday. “Everyone apart from Leroy is training. Nico is back. We have an almost full squad. It’s good.” Guardiola added: “It was important in the first season and the next two and this one. Nothing has changed. “With that theory, in the seasons we won the Premier League, it wouldn’t matte...
Nigeria’s Ucheibe and Ghana’s Abambila help Assi win Norrbotten Cup in Sweden
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Nigeria’s Ucheibe and Ghana’s Abambila help Assi win Norrbotten Cup in Sweden

The Nigerian and Ghanaian players were influential in their Swedish side's triumph over Infjarden in the final Christy Ucheibe and Ernestina Abambila delivered impressive performances to help Assi clinch the Norrbetten Cup title after a 2-0 victory over Infjarden in the final on Tuesday. Nigeria's Ucheibe and Ghana's Abambila joined Sweden's Elitettan outfit in April and May 2019 respectively and made an instant impact in their side's campaign in the second division. Before the final, the African duo starred as their Risogrund based side defeated Notvikens 4-0 in the semi-final before ending the tournament on a high with a title triumph.
Nigeria Defeats Congo 79-46 In Afrobasket, To Face Mali In Semi Final
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Nigeria Defeats Congo 79-46 In Afrobasket, To Face Mali In Semi Final

Defending champions Nigeria will face their biggest test at this tournament when they take on a fellow title contender in Mali. Nigeria defeated Democratic Republic of Congo 79-46 in the first Quarter-Final of the day. D'Tigress have point guard Ezinne Kalu to thank for sinking 17 points while Victoria Macaulay and captain Adaora Elonu posted 14 and 11 points in that order to give the Congolese no chance whatsoever to emerge winners. A 22-9 lead at the end of the first quarter showcased Nigeria's intent from the onset and the rest was history. When Nigeria realised that the Congolese guards were unable to bring down the ball comfortably on their left, they took them on a full court press which worked. Nigeria made a total of 18 steals scoring 35 points from Congolese turnover...
The Origi ‘the whole world wanted’ is back for Liverpool – Klopp
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The Origi ‘the whole world wanted’ is back for Liverpool – Klopp

The Belgium international signed a contract extension with the Reds, and his boss says any effects from his 2016 injury are in the past Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that Divock Origi is like a new signing after the 24-year-old forward signed a new long-term deal at Anfield. Origi had appeared to be on the outside looking in with the Reds early in the 2018-19 season, not even making the match-day squad until October, but he exploded in the latter stages of the campaign, bagging crucial goals as Liverpool swept to Champions League glory. The Belgium international scored twice in the semi-final second leg as the Merseyside club won 4-0 to overcome a 3-0 first leg deficit against Barcelona.
Origi credits ‘gut feeling’ with convincing him to stay at Anfield
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Origi credits ‘gut feeling’ with convincing him to stay at Anfield

The Belgium international was on the verge of leaving Anfield but his decision to stay saw him score vital goals en route to Champions League glory Divock Origi has said a gut feeling caused him to turn down a move to Wolves in January of last year to stay and fight for his Liverpool place. The decision paid dividends for the Belgium international striker who scored two goals against Barcelona in Liverpool’s historic come from behind win in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final. Origi inspired the Reds to a 4-0 win in that game, overcoming a 3-0 first leg deficit and then scored the second goal in the ensuing final against Tottenham, helping his team lift the trophy at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.
Lucas has ‘no problem’ with Pochettino after Champions League final snub
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Lucas has ‘no problem’ with Pochettino after Champions League final snub

The Brazilian forward netted a hat-trick in a stunning semi-final win over Ajax, but was dropped in favour of Harry Kane for the clash with Liverpool Lucas Moura has 'no problem' with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino despite being dropped for a Champions League final clash with Liverpool. The Brazilian forward fired Spurs to a European showpiece in Madrid with a stunning hat-trick in a remarkable semi-final date with Ajax. His efforts were not enough to see him keep his place, though, with Harry Kane drafted straight back into Pochettino’s starting XI after recovering from injury.
Afcon 2019: Rohr targets strong finish to Nigeria’s campaign
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Afcon 2019: Rohr targets strong finish to Nigeria’s campaign

The tactician was the subject of contrasting messages from fans after the Algeria defeat, but he remains focused on finishing on a high Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr called on his Super Eagles players to put their defeat against Algeria behind them and focus on ending Afcon 2019 on a high note.A 2-1 defeat to the Desert Foxes in the semi-final means Nigeria will slug it out with Tunisia for the third-place prize on Wednesday. Prior to the match, Rohr has talked up the importance of getting a win against Alain Giresse’s men, while insisting his side has a bright future despite their failure to win a fourth Afcon diadem. “We will keep focused on the third-place playoff and hope to sign off with a happy result,” he told the media.
Afcon 2019: Tunisia not over Senegal defeat – Giresse
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Afcon 2019: Tunisia not over Senegal defeat – Giresse

The tactician is still reeling from Carthage Eagles’ semi-final defeat to Aliou Cisse’s men Coach Alain Giresse has stated Tunisia are yet to get over their 1-0 defeat to Senegal in Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) semi-final.Dylan Bronn’s own goal into extra time shattered the North Africans’ ambition of reaching the final after Ferjani Sassi wasted a penalty to defeat Senegal. Giresse’s men face Nigeria in Wednesday’s third-place encounter. “Our target was more than just reaching the semi-final. But now we focus on the game against Nigeria and hope to win third place,” Giresse told the media during Tuesday’s pre-match conference.
Senegal 1 Tunisia 0, Own goal the difference as Cisse’s men reach AFCON final
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Senegal 1 Tunisia 0, Own goal the difference as Cisse’s men reach AFCON final

Dylan Bronn's own goal 10 minutes into extra time gave Senegal a 1-0 win over Tunisia in an action-packed semi-final in Cairo. Senegal have reached the Africa Cup of Nations final for just the second time in their history having beaten Tunisia 1-0 after extra time in a dramatic match that saw both teams miss penalties. The 2002 runners-up edged past Uganda and Benin with 1-0 victories in the previous two knockout rounds and maintained their impressive defensive record in Cairo as they eventually found a way past unfortunate Tunisia, who were denied another clear penalty late on. Henri Saivet wasted a glorious chance to send Senegal through towards the end of normal time in Sunday's clash when failing to convert from the penalty spot, five minutes after Ferjani Sassi had done l...
Afcon 2019: Tunisia gained momentum in the knockout stages-Sassi
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Afcon 2019: Tunisia gained momentum in the knockout stages-Sassi

The midfielder is happy with the progress being made by the Carthage Eagles after a rather slow start at Afcon Tunisia midfielder Ferjani Sassi has expressed his delight with the Carthage Eagles’ newfound momentum at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Sassi, who was named man-of-the-match in his country's quarter-final match against Madagascar, believes Tunisia have peaked at the right time and he is equally confident they can successfully push for a berth in the final against Senegal on Sunday. The Zamalek of Egypt player scored the first goal in the 3-0 win which secured Tunisia’s first Afcon semi-final berth in 15 years and now, he wants the job done against the Teranga Lions.
Sadio Mane’s local fans hoping Liverpool star wins Afcon 2019
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Sadio Mane’s local fans hoping Liverpool star wins Afcon 2019

The most loyal Teranga Lions supporters tell us they haven't slept properly since Afcon started. This video demonstrates why Senegal will play Tunisia in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final at 30 June Stadium on Sunday night. Just two wins away from winning their first ever Afcon title, supporters are praying and crossing fingers Senegal can go all the way this time. Local fans tell Ruptly (an international video news agency) why they want Sadio Mane to win the top scorer award in Egypt 2019.
Afcon 2019: Tunisia coach Giresse confident of beating Senegal
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Afcon 2019: Tunisia coach Giresse confident of beating Senegal

The Carthage Eagles’ believes his team has what it takes to beat the Teranga Lions in the last four of the continental showpiece Tunisia coach Alain Giresse has stated his team is very confident going into Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations semi-final tie against Senegal. Though the Carthage Eagles did not inspire confidence in the group stage of Afcon, where they failed to record any victories, they have since grown into the tournament; registering big results against Ghana and Madagascar. Ahead of their semi-final clash against Senegal, coach Giresse believes his team is ready to fight for a first Afcon final berth in 15 years and the third in their entire history at the weekend.
I’d Rather Help Chukwu, Others, Than Spend N50 Million On Champagne – Otedola
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I’d Rather Help Chukwu, Others, Than Spend N50 Million On Champagne – Otedola

Billionaire businessman Femi Otedola has reiterated his desire to help more people with his wealth rather than to be wasteful like some of his associates who he claimed, spend as much as N50 million on champagne. Mr. Otedola made this remark when former Nigeria national team captain Christian Chukwu on his arrival from the United Kingdom visited the business mogul to acknowledge his support for his medical expenses. Though Mr. Otedola said he was humbled by the visit and acknowledgment by Mr. Chukwu, he said such philanthropic gestures are just a part of his nature. “I was moved when I heard about Mr. Chukwu’s situation because I remember that about 20 years ago, my father, the late Sir Michael Otedola also suffered a stroke from using fake aspirin,” he said. “This experience h...
Nigeria vs Algeria: Yobo Identifies Super Eagles’ Biggest Threat
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Nigeria vs Algeria: Yobo Identifies Super Eagles’ Biggest Threat

Former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo, has named Ahmed Musa as the team’s biggest threat, ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations semi-final against Algeria. Musa has played in all of Nigeria’s games so far, with just one assist to his name. The Al Nassr winger came on as a substitute in the opening match against Burundi and then started the subsequent four games. However, Yobo speaking with Goal, highlighted his importance to Gernot Rohr’s team. “Nigeria is always blessed with talent. When we talk about going forward, I see that as our strength because we always have players that can take on opponents one-on-one with individual brilliance and getting a goal out of nothing.   “That has always been our strength. Musa is the most experienced player in the team now because he’s ...
Afcon 2019: Madagascar defeat was Super Eagles joker – Rohr
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Afcon 2019: Madagascar defeat was Super Eagles joker – Rohr

The Eagles handler explains how their loss to the Barea has turned into a positive outcome in the long run Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has suggested the team’s loss toMadagascar could be a blessing in disguise and the major reason they are still in the race for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations  (Afcon) title. The Eagles were beaten 2-0 by the Barea at Alexandria Stadium in their last Group B encounter almost two weeks ago. Nigeria will next trade tackles with the Fennecs of Algeria in the semi-finals on Sunday in Cairo, and the Franco-German noted the defeat to Madagascar deflected pressure from the Eagles.
Nigeria Vs South Africa: Why I Was Disappointed – Jay Jay Okocha
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Nigeria Vs South Africa: Why I Was Disappointed – Jay Jay Okocha

Nigeria legend, Austin Jay Jay Okocha has admitted that he was a bit disappointed after Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, substituted Vice-captain Ahmed Musa in Nigeria’s 2-1 victory over South Africa at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, quarter-final on Wednesday. Ahmed Musa came off for Levante star, Moses Simon in the second half of the match, but Okocha noted that the former Leicester City forward was a big threat to the Bafana Bafana defence with his pace. Samuel Chukwueze gave Gernot Rohr’s men a 1-0 lead before the break thanks to an assist from Alex Iwobi. However, South Africa levelled in the second half, courtesy of a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) decision. With the match looking to head into extra time, William Troost-Ekong forced the ball over the line in t...
Madagascar 0 Tunisia 3: AFCON debutants outclassed in last eight
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Madagascar 0 Tunisia 3: AFCON debutants outclassed in last eight

Tunisia scored three times in the second half to ease past surprise package Madagascar and set up a semi-final clash with Senegal. Tunisia booked their place in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals with a 3-0 win on Thursday, ending surprise package Madagascar's outstanding run. Alain Giresse's side might have expected a serious test against tournament debutants Madagascar, who topped their group ahead of Nigeria and then upset Democratic Republic of Congo on penalties in the last 16. But Tunisia were dominant in Cairo, squandering chance after chance before Ferjani Sassi's scruffy strike broke Madagascar's resolve.
Senegal anticipated tough game with Benin – Aliou Cisse
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Senegal anticipated tough game with Benin – Aliou Cisse

The Teranga Lions secured a narrow victory over the Squirrels to advance into the last four of the continental tournament Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said they were not surprised by the performance of Benin in the quarter-final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday. Idrissa Gueye’s solitary effort handed the Teranga Lions a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the Squirrels as they secured their place in the semi-final of the tournament for the first time in 13 years. Prior to the defeat, Benin were unbeaten in their last four games, forcing Ghana, Cameroon and Guinea-Bissau to stalemates before ousting North African giants Morocco in the Round of 16.
Southampton secure four youngsters to new deals
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Southampton secure four youngsters to new deals

Southampton have secured a raft of young players to new deals. Nathan Tella, Dan N'Lundulu, Oludare Olufunwa and Kieran Freeman have all put pen to paper on fresh terms at the club. Forward pairing Tella and N'Lundulu have signed one-year contract extensions, extending their stay at St Mary's until June 2020. Young full-back Olufunwa has agreed terms on his first professional deal, which also runs until summer 2020, while Freeman has completed an initial six-month extension, running until December 2019. Tella and N'Lundulu both played their part in last season's Under-23s success, including Premier League 2 promotion and a semi-final appearance in the Premier League International Cup. Academy Manager Matt Hale told the club's website: "These contracts have been awarded on th...
Haiti 0 Mexico 1 (after extra time): Jimenez’s penalty sends Martino’s men into final
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Haiti 0 Mexico 1 (after extra time): Jimenez’s penalty sends Martino’s men into final

Raul Jimenez scored an extra-time penalty to see Mexico battle past Haiti in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals. Mexico needed a contentious penalty from Raul Jimenez to edge past Haiti 1-0 after extra time in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals. With suspended coach Gerardo Martino watching on from the stands at State Farm Stadium, Mexico were frustrated by the minnows on Tuesday. They were unable to create much of note through 90 minutes, but found a breakthrough early in extra time through a Jimenez penalty.
Neville rallies behind ‘phenomenal’ Houghton despite penalty miss against USWNT
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Neville rallies behind ‘phenomenal’ Houghton despite penalty miss against USWNT

The England boss stood by his captain after crashing out of the Women's World Cup semi-final, saying the Manchester City defender was 'amazing' England women manager Phil Neville rallied behind captain Steph Houghton after she saw her penalty saved in the Lionesses’ devastating Women’s World Cup semi-final exit to the U.S. women's national team. Houghton stepped up after a VAR review adjudged Ellen White to have been fouled by Becky Sauerbrunn, but saw a scuffed effort easily saved by goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. But England had relied on the 31-year-old's leadership and inspirational defending throughout the tournament – and Neville had nothing but praise for her.
Phil Neville has done us proud’ – Trailblazing Lionesses delighted by England’s World Cup role models
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Phil Neville has done us proud’ – Trailblazing Lionesses delighted by England’s World Cup role models

Ahead of the crunch semi-final clash with the USWNT, the team which played at the 1971 tournament reflect on their legacy When a group of young women flew from England to Mexico in the summer of 1971 to play football, they weren’t expecting much. After all, football was still not really a sport for girls back at home. They weren’t expecting massive crowds. And they certainly weren’t expecting to be talked about almost half a century later. Now, as England prepare for the semi-final of the 2019 Women’s World Cup against the USA, the women who blazed a trail nearly five decades ago are together again – and roaring on a new generation of Lionesses.
Messi: It hasn’t been my best Copa America
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Messi: It hasn’t been my best Copa America

While recognising that he has been far from his best in Brazil, the Barcelona star believes the grounds-keeping has also been sub-par Argentina captain Lionel Messi took aim at the state of the pitches at the 2019 Copa America after helping his team through to a semi-final clash with Brazil. Goals from Lautaro Martinez and Giovani Lo Celso saw the Albiceleste soar past Venezuela in a 2-0 victory on Friday in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium. Messi, however, once more failed to reproduce his best form, with a penalty against Paraguay his only goal in four matches so far in the tournament.
Rapinoe happy to score for USWNT during pride month
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Rapinoe happy to score for USWNT during pride month

The U.S. forward netted both of her teams goals against France, clinching a place in the World Cup semifinal Megan Rapinoe has said her two-goal performance against France carries extra meaning for her because it was during LGBTQ pride month. Rapinoe hit France for a pair of goals in a 2-1 World Cup quarterfinal win, taking the U.S. into the competition's last four. The 33-year-old came through under intense scrutiny, as her feud with U.S. President Donald Trump has dominated headlines this week.
‘For me he’s the best ever’ – Neves hails Ronaldo after Nations League success
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‘For me he’s the best ever’ – Neves hails Ronaldo after Nations League success

The Juve man won his second major honour with Portugal on Sunday, further helping to establish his reputation as one of football's legends Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves has hailed his international team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo as the greatest player of all time, after the Juventus man guided his country to Nations League success on Sunday night. The reigning European champions emerged victorious from the four-team tournament last week after beating the Netherlands 1-0 in the showpiece final, thanks to Goncalo Guedes’ second-half strike. While Ronaldo gave more of a selfless performance against the Dutch, he put in another individual masterclass in the semi-final, when his hat-trick helped Portugal beat Switzerland 3-1.
Portugal vs Netherlands: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview
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Portugal vs Netherlands: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. have home advantage as they take on the Oranje in the decider of the first-ever Nations League Portugal and Netherlands face off in Porto on Sunday for the right to get their hands on the inaugural UEFA Nations League trophy. A sensational Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick fired the reigning European champions into the final at the expense of Switzerland, while the Dutch defeated England in extra-time in the other semi-final. Ronald Koeman's side will hope to shake off the weight of history - having lost three of their last four major finals and never beaten Portugal in Portugal - as they look to continue their upswing in fortunes.