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Sevilla FC overruns Manchester United, but David de Gea’s saves ensured 0-0 parity

Sevilla fc has not been able to defeat Manchester United at the Sánchez Pizjuán but its supporters are hopeful of reaching quarter-final of the UEFA Champions league competition for the first time in their history as they came close to winning Manchester fc at home yesterday. Manchester United on its part, managed to produce a controlled display to secure a 0-0 draw in their Champions League last-16 first leg tie at Sevilla. Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho, went into the tie at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan with a game-plan to keep things tight and ensure his side goes into the return fixture at Old Trafford in a good position to reach the quarter-finals. However, the Red Devils must have been too elated for the decent result of not conceding a goal. Man. U was totally overrun most of th...

Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona: Messi gives Barcelona advantage, ends Chelsea goal drought in a tense Champions League clash.

Antonio Conte defends Andreas Christensen after error in Chelsea draw with Barcelona Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, yesterday defended Andreas Christensen following his mistake that costed Chelsea in a 1-1 draw with Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Tuesday. Chelsea looked to be cruising to victory after Willian finished brilliantly in the 62nd minute to give the home side a deserved lead in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. However, Andreas Christensen gave away the lead to Lionel Messi when he made a weak pass across his own box which Lionel Messi took advantage of to punish Chelsea with a much needed away goal in the tie thus gifting Barcelona fc an advantage going into the second round of 16 scheduled for 14th March. Speaking at the po...

Liverpool demolish Porto fc 5:0 to make UEFA Champions League Statement after so long, Ronaldo sets new records as Real Madrid beat PSG 3:1

This might have been Liverpool’s first appearance in the last-16 of the Champions League after nine years but the team showed no signs of ring-rustiness, obliterating Porto fc that looked unsure if it was competing in the right competition. Perhaps Liverpool got lucky with the opening goal, as Jose Sa let Mane’s shot squirm under his body, but once it had sniffed blood, Jurgen Klopp’s side took full advantage adding a second four minutes later thanks to a remarkable finish from Salah. Five unanswered away goals – three from the boot of Sadio Mané plus one each for Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, who scored his 30th of the season – to secure passage into the last eight thus effectively snuffing out any hint of competition between the two side. The day before this game, Klopp tentat...

The Nigeria Football Federation has released the names of coaching crews of all the national teams.

The chairman of the technical and development committee of the NFF, Yusuf Ahmed, on Monday released the names of coaching crews of all the national teams whose appointments takes effect immediately. Yusuf Ahmed said: “All the coaches will be unveiled at a later date, alongside the coaching crews of the U20 and U17 girls that were appointed earlier as a result of their World Cup qualifying campaigns.” He stated that new coaches were not named for the senior men team (Super Eagles), U20 women (Falconets) and U17 women (Flamingos) because the contracts of their current handlers are running. The coaches are as follows: SUPER EAGLES B/OLYMPIC MEN TEAM: Salisu Yusuf (Head Coach); Imama Amapakabo; Kennedy Boboye; Fidelis Ilechukwu; Alloy Agu (Goalkeepers’ Trainer) U20 MEN (FLYING EAGLES): Paul Ai...

Pressure piles on Antonio Conte as Watford thrashed Chelsea 4-1.

Antonio Conte’s future as Chelsea boss was cast into further doubt as his 10-man Blues were thrashed 4-1 by Watford in the Premier League. Goals from Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra in the final six minutes handed Watford a welcome first win in six games to move the Hornets six points clear of the relegation zone. Ten-man Chelsea suffered a second consecutive humiliating defeat on Monday, going down 4-1 at Watford in the English premier league. The Blues, who lost 3-0 at home to Bournemouth last week, were poor again at Vicarage Road and had Tiemoue Bakayoko sent off after half an hour, for two bookings within five minutes. Troy Deeney scored a penalty in the closing stages of the first half to put the Hornets ahead. Chelsea equalized via a magnificent Eden Hazard ...

Nigeria’s Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel dismisses links to Fenerbahce

Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel has come out to dismiss speculations about a possible move to Turkish giants Fenerbahce. John Obi Mikel yesterday made a post on Instagram sharing his training photo with Chinese club Tianjin Teda ahead of the new season in a move to dispel the rumors of his immediate exit from the Chinese football club. “Pre-season with Tianjin TEDA. Hard work for the new season and an exciting year ahead,” Mikel posted on Instagram. Turkish news portal Sabah had reported over the weekend that the 30-year-old was set to sign a contract which runs to June 2020 and is worth €3-million per year. Mikel helped Tianjin Teda escape relegation with 13 league appearances in his debut season. Later in this year, Mikel who doubles as the Super Eagles skipper will be aiming to lea...

Nigeria beat Sudan, qualify for CHAN 2018.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles beats Falcons of Sudan in a semi-final encounter in the ongoing 2018 CHAN on Wednesday night with a decisive goal by Gabriel Okechukwu in the first half. Super Eagles will face the host nation, Morocco, in their chase for their first CHAN trophy. The Eagles had Orji Okagbue back in the starting eleven but Emeka Atuloma, Sunday Faleye, and Emeka Ogbuh missed out while Sudan was unchanged from the team that beat Zambia last Sunday. At the start of the game, Super Eagles took the game to its opponent but suffered a huge casualty in the sixth minute when Super Eagles defender, Stephen Eze, colluded with goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, to prevent an attack from a Falcon’s attacker. Goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, got injured in the process and was stretchered off after initia...

Man City on course for an unprecedented quadruple dream

Manchester City continues its fantastic run with 12 points clear at the summit of English football perfectly on course for an unprecedented quadruple dream this year. Kevin De Bruyne starred as Manchester City moves into the last 16 of the FA Cup after winning 2-0 at Cardiff on Sunday to maintain its Premier League leadership position. Manchester City players are in the run to bring the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League titles to the Etihad. They made short work of second-tier Cardiff, with Belgian star De Bruyne putting them ahead in just eight minutes when he deceived the home side with a brilliant free-kick that he struck under, rather than over, the defensive wall. Bernardo Silva appeared to have doubled the visitors’ lead with a thunderous 26th-minute shot ...

Zinedine Zidane faces more trouble from Valencia fc.

Zinedine Zidane faces more trouble that could led to his early departure from Real Madrid. Zidane was appointed the coach of Real Madrid in January 2016, a day after Real Madrid had twice squandered the lead in a 2-2 draw at Valencia, prompting its management to fire Rafa Benitez, the then coach of Real Madrid. Two years later, Real Madrid faces a likely slip-up in the same Valencia that led to Zinedine Zidane being appointed coach; however, this time, the Frenchman will be hanging onto his job should Valencia cause a setback for the reigning Spanish and European champions at Mestalla this weekend. Zidane recently admitted that his job is now on the line, with his team now out of the Cup as well as languishing in fourth place in La Liga with 19 points behind league leaders Barcelona. Despi...

Jose Mourinho signs contract extension with Manchester United until 2020.

There had been speculation that Mourinho may not extend his time at United but, in a week that has seen the signing of Alexis Sánchez, both the owners and manager were all smiles as Jose Mourinho yesterday signed a contract extension with the club that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2020 with an option to extend for a further year. After the contract signing, said that he is “honoured and delighted” to stay at Old Trafford: “I am really honoured and proud to be Manchester United’s manager. I would like to say a big thank you for the recognition of my hard work and dedication. I am delighted they feel and trust I am the right manager for this great club for the foreseeable future. “We have set very high standards – winning three trophies in one season – but those are the st...

Henrikh Mkhitaryan leaves Man. United for Arsenal in a swap deal.

Armenia international winger Mkhitaryan, 29, will head to the Emirates after he fell out of favour with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho during 18 months at Old Trafford. Mkhitaryan joined United for around £30 million in 2016 after three years at Borussia Dortmund. The highlight of his stay in Manchester was scoring in the Europa League final victory over Ajax last season and also helped United win the League Cup. “I would like to wish Henrikh all the success and happiness that I am sure he is going to get. He is a player that we will not forget, especially for his contribution to our Europa League victory,” added Mourinho. Mkhitaryan told the Arsenal website he had “always dreamed of playing for Arsenal”. “Now that I’m here, I’ll do my bes...

Alexis Sanchez signs for Manchester United in a swap deal.

Manchester United has confirmed the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading in the opposite direction, in a statement released yesterday. Alexis Sanchez went on to say that he was “thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world” as he moved to Manchester United from Arsenal in a swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan. “I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world,” said Sanchez. The 29-year-old Chile striker, who came close to joining Manchester City last summer, has signed what is believed to be a four-and-a-half-year contract that will make him the highest-paid player in the Premier League. It has been widely reported that Sanchez will earn a pre-tax salary of £500,000 ($695,000, 567,000 euros) a week. Sanchez joined Arsenal for £...

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