Hugo Lloris Masterclass Salvages Point For Spurs

  A pair of stunning second-half saves from Hugo Lloris salvaged a precious point for Tottenham Hotspur as they held European champions Real Madrid 1-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday. Both sides remain unbeaten in this season’s Champions League and well placed to progress to the last 16. They each have seven points after Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty cancelled out Raphael Varane’s own goal in the first period. “Hugo was fantastic, he deserves a big prize. He showed his real level,” said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. “Today we see why…

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Guardiola Says Humility Key To Team’s Success

Pep Guardiola says there is no chance that his Manchester City players will fall into the trap of over-confidence in their Champions League clash against Napoli despite their swaggering Premier League form. City demolished Stoke City 7-2 on Saturday to move two points clear at the top of the table and are attracting rave reviews for the quality of their attacking football, with 37 goals in 11 games in all competitions so far. But on Tuesday they face a stern test at home against free-scoring Serie A leaders Napoli, who…

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Wenger Could Sell Ozil And Sanchez By January

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger conceded on Thursday he may have no option but to sell star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the January transfer window. The pair are both out of contract at the end of the season and are yet to agree new deals. As things stand, they will be able to leave the Emirates Stadium for free, meaning January will be Arsenal’s last opportunity to cash in on their two most high-profile players. “It is possible,” Wenger told a press conference ahead of his side’s trip…

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Messi Qualifies Argentina For 2018 World Cup

Argentina have won their place in the Russia FIFA World Cup, but Chile, the South American champions are out. Messi. Brazil, first to qualify in the CONMOBEL group, handed out a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Chile, with second half goals by Paulinho and a brace by Gabriel Jesus, ending their hope of qualifying for Russia. They ended up sixth on the table, out of the play-off zone, which was snatched by Peru who played 1-1 against Colombia, another qualifier. For Argentina, Lionel Messi was the decisive factor in Quito, Ecuador.…

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Moses, Abdullahi Makes CAF XI

The Confederation of African Football has  named Super Eagles stars Victor Moses and Shehu Abdullahi  in its Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying  XI. Nigeria  defeated  Zambia 1-0  in Uyo on Saturday to qualify for  their sixth  World Cup, with Chelsea wing-back Moses and Cyprus-based defender  Abdullahi proving  themselves  in the encounter. This will be Moses’ third straight selection as he was also named in the team for last month’s double-header against African champions  Cameroon. Liverpool ace  Mohamed Salah, who scored late winner for Egypt to qualify for the World Cup…

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Arturo Vidal Quits National Team

Arturo Vidal says he is retiring from international football with his “soul crushed” after Chile failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals. Vidal missed Chile’s final shot at qualification on Tuesday through suspension, the South American champions losing 3-0 to Brazil to miss out on the tournament in Russia next year on goal difference. Vidal, 30, announced his intention to step down from the national team on Twitter. “Thank you lads, for everything, for all these years together… for teaching me and for showing a country that with…

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Real Madrid Gears Up For FIFA World Club Championship

Defending champions Real Madrid will play the winner of a play-off between the Asian champions and Auckland City/Al Jazira in the semi-final of the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi, it was announced Monday. Emirati champions Al Jazira and OFC Champions League winners Auckland City face each other in the opening game, the winners then play in the second round with Mexico’s Pachuca and the CAF and AFC champions. Real Madrid, seeking a record-equaling third title, and the Copa Libertadores champions will join the competition from the semi-final stage…

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Rohr Says Eagles Still Needs Ahmed Musa

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has revealed why striker Musa Ahmed continue to keep his spot on the team despite not playing first team football with Leicester City.  There have been suggestions of favouritism for the player, but Rohr explained that Musa earned his place because of his positive attitude. “For your information, Ahmed Musa is playing with the second team regularly and he is playing very well. Not in the third team but the second one. He played also in the Cup game and his influence in the team…

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Pinnick Wants Super Eagles To Be Calm And Clinical

The President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has urged the Super Eagles to be calm but clinical in Saturday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Chipolopolo of Zambia. Pinnick, who gave the advise in a statement by NFF’s Spokesperson, Ademola Olajire on Thursday in Abuja, said the tendency was for teams to get uptight and tensed for this kind of match. “I have spoken to them that the approach should be to take full control from the beginning and take the chances that come without being too anxious.…

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Heynckes Set For Bayern Munich

Legendary German coach Jupp Heynckes will replace sacked Carlo Ancelotti as Bayern Munich’s manager until the end of the season, according to Sport Bild newspaper. The interim appointment would see 72-year-old Heynckes return to his beloved Bayern which he famously led in 2013 to win the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble — the only German club to achieve the feat. “Bayern is pulling Jupp Heynckes out of retirement,” wrote Sport Bild. The club has not confirmed the report. According to Bild, the unexpected choice carries a certain logic.…

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Gov. Udom Redeems $50,000 Pledge To Super Eagles

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Emmanuel Udom, has redeemed his pledge of 10,000 dollars per goal for the matches against Cameroon to the Super Eagles. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) made the disclosure on Thursday in Abuja. NAN reports that Gov. Udom had promised the players 10,000 dollars for every goal, two days before their clash with the reigning African champions, whom the Super Eagles walloped 4-0 in Uyo on Sept.1. They went on to earn a 1-1 draw with the Lions in Yaounde on Sept. 4. “Gov. Udom has redeemed…

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Yusuf Sure Of Victory Against Zambia

Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Salisu Yusuf, on Thursday said the players were in good mood and ready to conquer Zambia on Saturday in their World Cup qualifying match. Yusuf said that the Super Eagles were mentally and physically fit to overcome the Chipopolo of Zambia in Uyo. The coach said that he had absolute confidence in not just his players but their management because they were on top of the cracker between the two countries. “The Super Eagles are in a very positive mood for the game against Zambia on…

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Super Eagles Battle Ready For Zambia

Super Eagles defender, Ogenyi Onazi has said the players were determined to play Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Zambia with their body, soul and spirit to ensure they pick the three points that will qualify them for Russia 2018. Onazi exuded confidence that the Coach Gernot Rohr-tinkered Eagles side will become the first African nation to book their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with one game to spare. The Super Eagles assistant skipper told the Nigerian Federation website that : ‘’’We will give all it takes as far…

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World Cup Qualifier: Rohr Calls Up Mikel, Ighalo, Onazi, 20 Others

Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has called up 23 players for the all-important 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Chipolopolo of Zambia in Uyo on Oct. 7. A statement from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Tuesday in Abuja listed team skipper Mikel Obi among the call-ups. China-based forward Odion Ighalo and England-based Victor Moses, who were prominent in the team against Cameroon earlier this month, retained their places. South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi and Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi are however returning to the team after injury knocked them out…

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Nyirenda Fires Up Team Ahead Uyo Cracker

Zambia manager  Wedson Nyirenda   has told his troops   that   they  have the quality to beat the Super Eagles  in their Group B  Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo  on October 7 and  boost their chances of qualifying for the   biggest football tournament for the first time. But  Nyirenda   says Chipolopolo will have  to work their socks off  to realise the dream of reaching  the Russia 2018 finals. Nigeria  lead Group B on  10 points while Zambia, who were beaten 2-1 at home by the Eagles last year,   are second …

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Onigbinde Divorces Wife

A Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan has dissolved the 30-year marriage between Chief Adegboye Onigbinde and his wife Anne because there was no more love between the two. President of the court, Mr. Ademola Odunade, however, directed the former Super Eagle Technical Adviser to “pay a cash sum of N5, 000 to enable Anne to move her belongings out of his house.” Onigbinde had gone to the court asking it to dissolve the marriage, saying his wife was “ a wasteful spender and an unrepentant troublemaker. “My lord, with my 79 years…

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Koeman Sure of Everton’s Revival

Everton boss Ronald Koeman says he hopes his team have turned a corner after they beat Sunderland 3-0 in the League Cup to snap a dispiriting losing streak. Dominic Calvert-Lewin netted twice and substitute Oumar Niasse marked his first Everton appearance since May 2016 with his maiden goal for the club as the Toffees finally won a match after four straight defeats in which they had not scored once. Wednesday’s third-round tie was the first of four successive fixtures at Goodison Park for Koeman’s men, who in the six-game winless…

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NFF Woos Tammy Abraham

Nigerian Football Federation chief Amaju Pinnick said on Wednesday he has had “a positive meeting” with Tammy Abraham as he tries to persuade the England Under-21 starlet to switch allegiance to the Super Eagles. Pinnick told AFP he had met with the striker, whose full name is Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-Abraham, and his father over the matter. “I was with Tammy Abraham and his father in London last week and our meeting was positive,” Pinnick said. “They have collected the forms and just the way we followed up with that…

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Pogba Out For Weeks

Paul Pogba could be out of action for a “few weeks” after suffering a suspected hamstring injury that took the shine off Manchester United’s successful return to the Champions League, manager Jose Mourinho said. United, who missed out on qualification for Europe’s premier club competition last season, coasted to a 3-0 victory on Tuesday, with goals for Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford. But, making his debut as United captain, Pogba lasted just 18 minutes of the Champions League Group A game before being forced off by an apparent…

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I Don’t Pick Games As Speculated – Victor Moses

Chelsea star Victor Moses has dismissed suggestions he picks and chooses the games he plays for Nigeria, insisting he always wants to be fit before appearing for his country, AFP reports. Moses, 26, made his Nigeria debut in 2012 when he changed his international allegiance after representing England at various age-grade levels. He has since won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations for Nigeria and featured at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Moses played a key role in the draw and victory in back-to-back matches over Cameroon this month…

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