Tuesday, 04 August 2020

Sports (277)

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace as Real Madrid demolish Juventus 4-1 to win their 12th Champions League trophy.

With the win, Madrid become the first team to win the Champions League back to back, having won it in 2016.

Also coach Zidane becomes to the first player to win the champions as player and as coach back to back.

Juventus dominated early possession, but it was Real Madrid that opened the scoring in the 20th minute of play with Ronaldo’s low drive beaten Bufon who had a bad game for the night in front of the 65,842 spectators at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

Juventus’ pressure paid off immediately when Mario Mandzukic scored a spectacular goal to equalise for Juventus in the 27th minute, making the first half to end at 1-1.

Casemiro gave Madrid the lead again when his shot in the 61st minute of the second half found the net.

Ronaldo was again on duty as he scored his second goal to give Madrid 3-1 lead in the 64th minute of the game.

Juan Cuadrado got a red card in the 84th minute of the game for acting stupidly after he was fouled. He got a second yellow card which translated to his being sent off.

Substitute Marco Asensio scored few minutes he got into the pitch in the 90th minute to complete Juventus annihilation.

Posted On Sunday, 04 June 2017 02:12 Written by

• Nigeria now fourth ranked team in Africa

The Super Eagles yesterday gave a glimpse of what their fans should expect from them against South Africa in an African Nations Cup qualifier on June 10 when they bashed Togo 3-0 in an international friendly game played in Paris, France.

Yesterday’s match at the Stade Municipal de Saint Leu La Foret, Paris was the Eagles’ last test match before next week’s encounter with South Africa and the Nigerians did not waste time in sending a strong warning to the Bafana Bafana.

Leicester City of England forward, Ahmed Musa opened scores for Nigeria in the third minute when Togo’s goalkeeper, Allassani spilled Alex Iwobi’s fierce cross along his path.

Rohr gave an inkling of his desire to win the game when he lined up the midfielders and attackers likely to play against South Africa on June 10. In the starting line up were Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Shehu Abdullahi, Elderson Echiejile, who captained the team, Mikel Agu, Chidozie Awaziem, William Troost-Ekong, Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo.

Nigeria dominated the first half with Ndidi, Etebo, Iwobi and Iheanacho running rings around the Sparrow Hawks. Iheanacho missed what should have been the second goal when he shot an Iwobi pass straight at the goalkeeper, but the Eagles were not to be held back for too long as Musa grabbed his brace seven minutes later when he converted another pas from Iwobi.

Nigeria took the game beyond Togo in the 27th minute when Etebo robbed Allasani of the ball and squared for Iheanacho to tap in. Changes in the second half that saw the introduction of Victor Osimhen, Henry Onyekuru, Uche Agbo, Ebuehi, Alampasu, Stephen Odey, Sikiru Olatunbosun and Alhassan tempered the flow of the game, but the Eagles held on to record yet another victory over Togo.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s unbeaten run since Gernot Rohr took over the Super Eagles has seen the country climbing two places in the latest FIFA ranking released yesterday.

The Super Eagles are now the world’s 38th best team and Africa’s number four. Nigeria are on 730 points, four more than the previous month and yesterday’s win against Togo and the expected defeat of South Africa on June 10 could take them further up the ladder.

Egypt, Senegal and Cameroun are the current best teams in Africa in that order, while Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Chile and Colombia make up the top five teams in the world.

Posted On Saturday, 03 June 2017 03:14 Written by

Cristiano Ronaldo proved Atletico Madrid’s Champions League dream destroyer once more with a hat-trick as Real Madrid took a commanding 3-0 semi-final, first leg lead on Tuesday.

Ronaldo extended his lead as the all-time top scorer in Madrid derby matches by taking his tally to 21 and put Real firmly on course to defend their title in the final in Cardiff on June 3.

The Portuguese rewarded a bright Real start by heading home Casemiro’s deflected cross after just 10 minutes.

Ronaldo then smashed home from just inside the area and turned home Lucas Vazquez’s cross in the final 20 minutes as Real continued their domination of Atletico having eliminated them in the Champions League for the past three seasons.

Real needed a stoppage time equaliser en route to winning the 2014 final, scored a late winner in the quarter-finals a year later and edged last season’s final on a penalty shootout.

However, there was far more a gulf between the sides this time round.

The home fans made sure to put Atletico in their place before kick-off with chants of “kings of Europe” and a “how does it feel” banner alongside a display of their 11 European Cups.

Real piled on the pain in the opening stages for the 4,000 visiting away fans and could have killed the tie in the opening half hour.

Atletico were handed a lucky escape on seven minutes when Jan Oblak parried Dani Carvajal’s effort at the end of a careering run and the Slovenian recovered to also turn behind Karim Benzema’s follow-up effort.

– No let off –

There was no let off three minutes later, though, as Atletico failed to clear a corner and Casemiro’s bouncing cross looped up for Ronaldo to power home a header.

Oblak kept Atletico alive in the moments that followed with a brilliant save from Raphael Varane’s header and more comfortable stop from Isco.

However, at the other end, Keylor Navas rescued Real from conceding a vital away goal when he got a touch on the ball as Kevin Gameiro tried to round him when clean through on goal.

The majority of the efforts continued to rain down on Oblak’s goal as Luka Modric drilled a shot from the edge of the box inches wide.

And Benzema then acrobatically turned a Ronaldo cross just over the bar.

Atletico enjoyed a better spell just before half-time, but all they had to show for it was Diego Godin’s wayward volley after being picked out by Antoine Griezmann’s free-kick.

Real suffered an injury blow right on half-time when Dani Carvajal pulled up with a muscle problem that looks set to keep him out of the second leg.

Clear-cut chances were far harder to come by after half-time as Atletico toiled to create, whilst Real sat on their lead waiting for the chance to counter-attack.

However, once again in ties between these two, Real got the slice of luck to go with their extra quality.

The ball rebounded up perfectly off the heels of Filipe Luis for Ronaldo to blast high past Oblak.

And Ronaldo completed his second hat-trick against Atletico this season four minutes from time when Lucas Vazquez’s cutback picked out the four-time World Player of the Year to slot home from close range.

Posted On Wednesday, 03 May 2017 02:23 Written by

SPONSORED BY CHIQUEMAGAZINE.COM: Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial scored on their returns to the side as Manchester United improved their hopes of a top-four Premier League finish with a 2-0 win at Burnley on Sunday.

The convincing victory — United made light of the season-ending injury to top-scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic — sets up an intriguing Manchester derby visit to City, now just one point above United, on Thursday.

Martial’s strike in particular was a perfect response from the French international, whose form had been criticised by boss Jose Mourinho this week, even if it costs his current club £8.3 million (10 million euros) in a bonus payment to his former club Monaco.

Martial responded to those recent public criticisms by starting, and finishing, a goal of devastating pace and simplicity after 21 minutes.

Having dispossessed Joey Barton inside his own half, the Frenchman initiated the counter attack with a sprint and pass to Ander Herrera.

The Spanish midfielder returned the favour, picking out the run of Martial perfectly and sliding through a pass for the striker to collect, take a touch and beat Tom Heaton from six yards.

It was the 21-year-old’s 25th goal for the Premier League side and activates an incentive clause which means United must pay Monaco that additional 10 million euros.

United’s important second goal, after 39 minutes, was far more scrappy but, potentially, vital for the fates of both clubs this season.

Martial was again pivotal as he gathered a clever pass from Paul Pogba and darted towards goal, producing a shot which Heaton did an unconvincing job of blocking.

The ball broke to Rooney, who responded more quickly than his marker Michael Keane inside the six-yard area and forced the ball over the line off the defender, despite the efforts of Stephen Ward to clear.

It was only Rooney’s third league goal of a season that had threatened to end with the club’s all-time leading scorer playing only a bit part in proceedings.

But the injury to Ibrahimovic, who damaged his knee ligaments in Thursday’s Europa League win over Anderlecht, and Mourinho’s desire to rest Marcus Rashford ahead of Thursday’s derby brought him and Martial recalls.

The pair combined early, with the help of Herrera, for a promising Rooney shot which was well blocked by Ben Mee.

A powerful Marouane Fellaini header from a corner was held by Heaton on his line and Rooney side-footed a shot just over from a Jesse Lingard pass.

Burnley, searching for a much-needed victory in their bid to remove lingering fears of relegation, offered little first half threat with Mee’s wayward header, from Robbie Brady’s corner, their only real threat.

Burnley’s sloppy performance continued in the second half with too many unforced errors and misplaced passes preventing them finding a quick way back into the contest.

Indeed, it took Heaton to keep his team even vaguely in contention as he scurried to his left and kept out a low shot from Pogba which seemed to be destined for the corner.

When Burnley did enjoy a rare United error, with Andre Gray getting the better of Daley Blind on the right, his cross was cut out well by the impressive Eric Bailly.

Rashford was brought on as a substitute midway through the second half and gave Burnley’s defence more to occupy them.

Last hopes of any sort of recovery from the home side disappeared on 78 minutes when Keane arrived to meet a free-kick from Brady but could only head over the crossbar.

Posted On Sunday, 23 April 2017 17:18 Written by

SPONSORED BY KODUGA.COM: Barcelona sensation Neymar has talked up a possible move to Manchester United, insisting that every player would like to work with Jose Mourinho.

The Brazil international has long been linked with a switch to Old Trafford, with newspaper reports in February suggesting that United were ready to launch a £200 million bid.

And Neymar has now opened the door to a possible move to United, insisting that Mourinho’s side are one of the teams that he admires and that “any player” would like to work with the Portuguese.

He told The Sun: “The Premier League is a championship that amazes me.

“I like the playing style and the teams. And who knows, someday, I would like to play at it, yes.

“I admire Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool – these are the teams that are always there fighting.

“And then you have high-level coaches like Mourinho and Guardiola. These are coaches with whom any player would like to work.

“In the Premier League you never know who is going to win or who will be champions, it is always a surprise.

“Leicester are very good. They had a great season last year, they were Premier League champions and therefore we need to respect them if we draw them in the Champions League.”

Neymar has enjoyed a productive 2016-17 campaign with Barca so far, scoring 14 goals in all competitions.

The Catalan club are trailing Real Madrid in the Liga title race by two points, with Zinedine Zidane’s side also having a game in hand over their fierce rivals.

Barca are also in the hunt for Champions League glory, with Neymar having set a record for assists in that particular competition, and will face Juventus in the quarter-finals following a miraculous comeback win over PSG.

Posted On Tuesday, 21 March 2017 22:56 Written by

SPONSORED BY 234NAIRA.COM: Kenya’s Abraham Kiptom has emerged the winner of the 2107 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon,

in a time of 2 hours 15mins 20 secs.he takes home the cash prize of $50,000.

Kiptom has won the 42.1km race for the second time after he won the maiden edition
in a time of 2 hours, 15 minutes, 29 seconds.

Ronny Kiptotech Kiboss of Kenya ran a time 2 hours 15mins, 25seconds to take the second position . Kiprrotic Kiroi also of Kenya placed 3rd in a time

of 2 hours 15mins and 28 seconds. In the female category , Tanui Rodah ran a time of 2 hours 37 mins and 50 seconds to emerge the overall winner of the 2017 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. Fridah Lodep came second with a time of 2 hours 38 secs and 21 mins while Alice Timbili’s time 2 hours 39 mins 02 seconds got her the third place.

Meanwhile,Eliya Pam is first Nigerian runner to cross the finish line.

While Fadeke Olode is the first Nigerian female to finish the marathon race

Posted On Saturday, 11 February 2017 15:46 Written by

SPONSORED BY 234NAIRA.COM: Burkina Faso and Cameroon on Sunday qualified for the quarter-finals of the ongoing 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon after the final group A matches.

Burkina Faso beat Guinea Bissau 2-0 in their match at the Stade de l’Amitié in Libreville, while a 0-0 draw between Cameroon and Gabon at Stade de Franceville in Franceville was enough to give Cameroon the quarter-finals ticket at the expense of hosts.

The results meant Burkina Faso topped Group A with 5 points, the same as Cameroon but with a better goal aggregate.

Gabon came third with 3 points, while Guinea Bissau ended their debut tournament with 1 point.

In the match between Burkina Faso and Guinea Bissau, an own goal by Guinea Bissau defender Rudinilson Silva in the 11th minute gave Burkina Faso the lead, while Bertrand Traore scored the second in the 57th minutes.

Posted On Sunday, 22 January 2017 21:54 Written by

SPONSORED BY X365TV.COM: Asamoah Gyan’s 21st-minute goal vaulted Ghana into the quarter-finals of the 2017 AFCON in Gabon as the Black Stars defeated Mali 1-0 in a Group D, Day 2 match at the Stade de Port-Genti on Saturday.

With the win, the four-time AFCON winners earned 6 points from two matches and a slot in the quarter-finals, even with the Group’s Day 3 matches still to be played.

Ghana is the second team to qualify for the quarter-finals after Senegal reached the last eight from Group B.

The other Day 2, Group D match, between Egypt and Uganda, will be played later in the day.

Posted On Saturday, 21 January 2017 22:28 Written by

SPONSORED BY X365RADIO.COM: Asamoah Gyan on Saturday headed in the only goal for Ghana as the Black Stars zoomed into the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon.

Andre Ayew fired wide from six yards before Asamoah Gyan headed in the opener in the 21st minute as Ghana started well.

The Ghana skipper became his country’s all-time top scorer in the competition with eight goals, overtaking Osei Kofi.

He is also the first player to score at six consecutive Nations Cup finals.

Gyan and his team-mates celebrated his goal with a choreographed dance routine and the striker then held up a t-shirt which carried on it a get well message for Baba Rahman, who is out of the tournament because of injury.

Ghana withstood intense second-half pressure to beat Mali 1-0 and reach the AFCON quarter-finals.

Mali’s Moussa Marega missed two good chances with a header and a shot, and Razak Brimah superbly saved Kalifa Coulibaly’s volley late on.

The win puts Ghana into the last-eight with a game to spare, while Mali must beat Uganda to keep their hopes alive.

It could have been very different for Mali had they taken some of the chances they created in the second half.

As well as those misses from Marega and Coulibaly, Mali threatened with efforts from Salif Coulibaly, who drove just wide, and Hamari Traore, whose 20-yard volley was not far away from the top corner.

They also had a last-gasp appeal for a penalty turned down.

Ghana, who were in total control in the first half, were run ragged after the interval and their split-personality performance will be a major concern for coach Avram Grant.

Mali must find a way to finish off their opportunities – they have yet to score at the tournament – if they are to have any chance of avoiding a group-stage exit.

Posted On Saturday, 21 January 2017 22:25 Written by


Wayne Rooney became Manchester United’s record goalscorer when he netted his 250th goal for the English giants in a 1-1 draw away to Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Rooney equalised in the fourth minute of stoppage time to break fellow England great Bobby Charlton’s United record of 249 goals.

The 31-year-old forward, making his 546th United appearance, surpassed 1966 World Cup-winner Charlton’s record in style when he bent a free-kick into the top corner of the net at the Britannia Stadium.

Posted On Saturday, 21 January 2017 22:15 Written by
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