Author: Oluwaseun samuel

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has emphasized that the ultimate responsibility for his team’s recent Champions League collapse rests with him. Despite acknowledging the players’ share of criticism, Ten Hag admitted accountability for the disappointing performance. In Wednesday night’s game against Galatasaray, Manchester United aimed to secure a crucial victory after losing three of their initial four group matches. The team initially took a 2-0 lead, but Galatasaray managed to level the score to 3-3, even after Scott McTominay had given United a 3-1 advantage. Ten Hag’s team led by two goals at different stages of the game, a…

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has acknowledged that Alisson’s return from injury might happen sooner than initially anticipated, while Diogo Jota’s injury appears to be slightly more serious. During Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City, both players suffered injuries. Alisson strained his hamstring in the second half but continued until stoppage time, while Jota, dealing with a similar muscle tweak, was substituted earlier in the match. Klopp provided an update ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with LASK at Anfield, stating, “Both are out. With Ali, it’s a bit less severe, so we have to see – not day by day.…

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Real Madrid clinched the top spot in Champions League Group C with a 4-2 victory against Napoli on Wednesday evening. Despite an early scare from Giovanni Simeone, who tapped in for Napoli, Real Madrid swiftly turned the game around. Rodrygo and Jude Bellingham scored for the Spanish side, giving them a one-goal lead at halftime. The second half saw Frank-Andre Zambo Anguissa leveling the score with a powerful shot, but late goals from Nicolas Paz and Joselu secured all three points for Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid had already secured qualification for the knockout stages but needed to…

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Former Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has cautioned Kobbie Mainoo against getting carried away by his standout performance for the Red Devils against Everton. Berbatov issued this warning in anticipation of Manchester United’s UEFA Champions League clash against Galatasaray on Wednesday. Mainoo, having made his inaugural Premier League start for Manchester United in the recent match against Everton at Goodison Park, impressed with the team securing a 3-0 victory. The 18-year-old is now expected to feature in the starting lineup for the critical Champions League fixture against Galatasaray. Speaking about Mainoo, Berbatov, in a statement to Betfair, emphasized the need…

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Arsenal is reportedly gearing up to make a substantial offer of £120 million to Napoli in a bid to secure the services of Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen. Osimhen’s impressive performance, contributing 26 goals and five assists, played a pivotal role in Napoli clinching the Scudetto after a 33-year hiatus last season. With elite clubs vying for the 24-year-old forward’s signature, the competition to secure Osimhen’s services has intensified ahead of the upcoming transfer windows. According to reports from the UK tabloid Teamtalk, Arsenal is actively planning a significant financial move to secure Osimhen. As Arsenal prepares to potentially break their…

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Barcelona has made a definitive decision regarding the future of manager Xavi following their qualification for the Champions League round of 16. The uncertainty surrounding the club legend and former midfielder arose amid Barcelona’s perceived struggle in recent matches. Currently positioned fourth in the league table, trailing league leaders Real Madrid and Girona by 4 points, Barcelona faced questions about Xavi’s managerial tenure. Despite these challenges, Barcelona secured a 2-1 victory against FC Porto on Tuesday night, ensuring their place in the Champions League round of sixteen. Addressing Xavi’s future post-game, Barça’s director, Deco, affirmed, “We have opted to extend…

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In the sports domain, Napoli’s striker, Victor Osimhen, recently returned to action after a prolonged injury hiatus, is set to lead the Italian champions’ offensive line against a depleted Real Madrid. This encounter, crucial for determining the winner of Group C, takes place today. Although both teams have already secured qualification for the knockout stage, the match promises to deliver high-quality football at the Bernabeu. Osimhen, who provided an assist in Napoli’s 2-1 victory over Atalanta last weekend, is poised to start against Real Madrid. Real Madrid’s manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has outlined plans to counter Osimhen, acknowledging him as a…

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Newcastle’s historic triumph over PSG in the Champions League faced a setback with a controversial late penalty awarded to Kylian Mbappe. Despite leading through Alexander Isak’s first-half goal, the Magpies were on the verge of a memorable double over PSG until a VAR-reviewed decision in the seventh minute of stoppage time. The penalty was given against Newcastle’s Tino Livramento, who was judged to have handled the ball after a cross from Ousmane Dembele bounced off his chest onto his arm. Referee Szymon Marciniak initially dismissed PSG’s protests but reversed his decision after consulting the monitors. Upon reviewing the UEFA guidelines…

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Renowned football transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has dispelled any notions of Chelsea securing the services of Corinthians midfielder Gabriel Moscardo in the upcoming January transfer window. Romano clarified that as of now, there is no formal transfer agreement in place between Chelsea and Moscardo. In a recent tweet from his X account, Romano mentioned, “Paris Saint-Germain remains among clubs keen on signing Gabriel Moscardo. The race is open – including English clubs too. No agreement done with Chelsea, and it doesn’t look imminent with #CFC at this stage.” Contrary to earlier reports from Brazil suggesting an agreement with the 18-year-old,…

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Newcastle United delivered an outstanding performance against Paris Saint-Germain, but a stoppage-time penalty from Kylian Mbappe secured a 1-1 draw for the French side on Tuesday evening. Despite a swift start from PSG, it was Newcastle who struck first in the French capital. Gianluigi Donnarumma parried Miguel Almiron’s attempt into the path of Alexander Isak, who confidently hammered the ball home from close range, giving the Magpies the lead at halftime. In the second half, PSG created numerous opportunities but relied on a controversial 98th-minute penalty from Mbappe to prevent Newcastle from clinching a memorable victory in Paris. Eddie Howe…

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Barcelona secured their spot in the Champions League knockout stages with a significant 2-1 triumph over Porto on Tuesday. Facing the prospect of a challenging final day with a defeat, Barcelona initially fell behind to Pepe’s first-half goal. However, Joao Cancelo quickly equalized, igniting a resurgence for his team. The first 25 minutes showcased an exciting exchange, with Raphinha testing Diogo Costa’s goalkeeping skills. Despite Barcelona’s dominance in possession and lively attacks, Porto remained a counter-attacking threat. A clever back-heel by Mehdi Taremi, seemingly opening the scoring, was denied by the offside flag and confirmed by VAR. Undeterred, Porto intensified…

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Barcelona president Joan Laporta has dismissed speculations surrounding the potential dismissal of Xavi Hernandez amid the club’s recent struggles. Addressing the issue in an interview with TV3, Laporta voiced his support for Xavi following a disappointing 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano over the weekend. “We stand united with the coach and his coaching staff,” Laporta affirmed. “We maintain complete confidence. I have consistently emphasized that he is our coach, and we stand by him. Our trust in him is unwavering.” The draw against Vallecano marked another subpar performance for Barcelona in what has been a challenging month for the club.…

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Manchester United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, will have Rasmus Hojlund and Antony back in contention for their Champions League clash against Galatasaray on Wednesday. Both players have returned to training and are expected to be fit for selection. Hojlund, who had been sidelined for the past two weeks due to a hamstring issue, is now ready to make a comeback. Antony, who missed the 3-0 victory against Everton last Sunday due to a knock, has participated in Friday’s training session and is likely to be available for the upcoming match. The return of these players comes at a crucial time…

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Bruno Fernandes has justified his choice to relinquish penalty-taking responsibilities to Marcus Rashford during Manchester United’s triumph over Everton. In the match at Goodison Park, regular penalty-taker Fernandes opted to give the opportunity to the out-of-form Rashford, who successfully converted, scoring his first goal for the Red Devils since the beginning of September in the 3-0 victory. The captain faced criticism for the decision, particularly from Man Utd legend Roy Keane. Fernandes has now responded to the backlash ahead of his team’s Champions League clash with Galatasaray. “Obviously, you don’t like to be criticized – everyone is the same -…

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Real Madrid’s manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has recognized Victor Osimhen as a formidable threat ahead of their encounter with Napoli. The UEFA Champions League match at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is already a secured qualification for both teams. Although Los Blancos have secured their spot, they aim to advance as group leaders, making it crucial to avoid a defeat against the formidable Napoli side. In a recent return to action for Napoli, Osimhen showcased his impact with an assist in the 2-1 victory against Atalanta. Ancelotti, mindful of Osimhen’s capabilities, praised the Nigerian striker, highlighting his completeness as an attacker and strengths…

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Erling Haaland’s goal against RB Leipzig has propelled him to the status of the fastest player in Champions League history to reach 40 goals. The Manchester City sensation recently claimed the title of the quickest player to reach 50 Premier League goals, achieving this milestone in just 48 matches during their 1-1 draw against Liverpool last Saturday. Upon his return to continental competition against Leipzig, Haaland continued to etch his name in history. His goal in the match marked his 40th in the Champions League, achieved in his 35th appearance in the competition. Notably, he accomplished this feat at the…

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Desire Oparanozie appears to have moved past the rumored discord with her former Super Falcons teammate, Asisat Oshoala. The Super Falcons legend has shifted her focus from the speculated feud and is now actively encouraging Nigerians to vote for Barcelona Femeni star Oshoala at the Globe Soccer Awards. Oparanozie and Oshoala were reportedly in conflict after the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. Oparanozie, the captain of the Super Falcons during the tournament, advocated for her teammates in their dispute with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). The team, including Oparanozie, threatened to boycott games at the 2019 FIFA World…

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Chelsea is currently grappling with a recent downturn, evident in their struggle to secure points against Newcastle United. This has prompted a thorough examination of their starting lineup to address the issues at hand. Identified below are four players Chelsea should consider benching to pave the way for a return to winning ways: 1. Thiago Silva: The experienced Brazilian defender faced a challenging day in Chelsea’s recent match, displaying signs of aging that were exploited by Newcastle’s attackers. Silva’s direct contribution to conceding a goal highlighted vulnerabilities, suggesting the need for a fresh approach in the backline. Providing opportunities to…

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The finalists for the Women’s Player of the Year award include Super Falcons’ World Cup heroes Chiamaka Nnadozie and Asisat Oshoala, with the latter being a five-time African Player of the Year, as hailed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Reportedly, Oshoala, a key player for Barcelona Femeni, is in contention for the prestigious award alongside Nnadozie. Oshoala notably contributed to Barcelona Femeni’s second UEFA Women’s Champions League title in three years and holds the distinction of being the first African player to score in three consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments. CAF acknowledges Oshoala’s nomination, highlighting her consistent…

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Enugu Rangers Football Club is facing charges for violating the Nigeria Premier Football League Framework & Rules. Allegedly, during the match against Abia Warriors on Sunday, November 25, some Rangers officials engaged in violent conduct in response to provocation from the home team, Abia Warriors, thereby bringing the game into disrepute, an act considered misconduct under NPFL rules. In addition to a fine of N1 million, Rangers are instructed to identify and present the officials involved in the misconduct for further penalties. The club has been cautioned that a recurrence of such misconduct will lead to more severe sanctions. Rangers…

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