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he Super Eagles might have failed to win their fourth Africa Cup of Nations title in Egypt but they have not entirely lost out this summer.

That team fell just short in Egypt and divided opinion of Nigerians, some regarding the third-place finish as commendable, others dismissing it as just another failed mission with a consolation prize.

However, every keen Nigerian football follower will agree that the 2019 European summer transfer window has brought in some much-needed fresh air for the country’s stars.

Of the squad of 23 players that represented Nigeria in Egypt, three have made positive, high-profile moves, and another one is on the verge of a beneficial switch. Others on the fringes of the squad are also involved in potentially favourable transfers.

The biggest move has to be that of Alexander Iwobi, who left Arsenal for Everton. Iwobi had been with the Gunners all his life and will be seen as taking a step or two down.

But it was a move he had to make and one that should ultimately benefit him immensely. As a young player, at 23, who needs regular playing time to retain his sharpness and keep his place in the national team, Iwobi had little choice. Leaving Arsenal was his only option.

He played fairly regularly last season, featuring in 51 games in all competitions. He must have realised that he probably would be lucky to get half as many games if he stuck around, following the arrival of Cote d’Ivoire forward Nicolas Pepe, who cost a club record £72 million fee from Lille.

Everton are a notch or two below Arsenal in England in terms of size, success and prestige but they are still a massive club. Their willingness to cough up as much as £40m (a record for a Nigerian player) is an indication of how highly they value Iwobi.

To Iwobi’s and the national team’s advantage too, Everton manager Marco Silva has said that he will deploy him as a No.10, the role he has been playing for the Super Eagles in recent months.

Although Silva also did say Iwobi could play out wide, chances are he will feature more centrally, as Everton do not have many options in that No.10 position. 

Also, while Everton are ambitious under Silva and are keen to record some success, there is not as much pressure at Goodison Park as there is at the Emirates Stadium. The intense need to constantly be at his best at Arsenal would have prepared Iwobi for whatever Everton throw at him and he should thrive there.

Iwobi should also settle in quickly at Everton, where he has former Arsenal teammate Theo Walcott to guide him and where Silva preaches the quick, passing football the Nigerian got used to in London.

Incidentally, the player whose arrival led to Iwobi’s departure from Arsenal, Pepe, has himself been replaced by a Nigerian.

Young forward Victor Osimhen’s career seemed to be going nowhere when he struggled at German Bundesliga club Wolfsburg and was sent out on loan. 

But he found his form in Belgium last season, scoring 20 goals for Charleroi in 36 games.  The impressive return did not only earn him a spot in the Nigeria squad to AFCON, it has bagged him a big move to France.

Osimhen signed with Lille on 1 August and is already leaving his mark on Vincent Enyeama’s former club.

The 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup top scorer didn’t take time to showcase his abilities to Lille fans, scoring twice in their 2-1 win over Nantes on his Ligue 1 debut on Sunday.

Osimhen’s goalscoring has never been in doubt, but he now has the biggest stages to show it. Lille finished second in Ligue 1 last season and are therefore in the UEFA Champions League, the world’s biggest club competition.

The youngster, 20, will be spending his weekends playing in one of Europe’s top five leagues and his midweeks featuring in the ultimate club competition. What more can Super Eagles handlers ask for?

Also joining Osimhen in France is Henry Onyekuru, who incidentally has left Iwobi’s new club Everton. The 22-year-old had some success on loan at Galatasaray last season, but he has now moved to Monaco, who are trying to get back to the top after a dreadful campaign last season.

Onyekuru, 22, is expected to be a key component of Monaco’s rebuild after they narrowly escaped relegation last season. The Super Eagles forward, who was also in the 2019 AFCON squad, has left Everton on a permanent deal after two loan spells. He did not kick a ball in Everton colours in two years.

Monaco and their head coach Leonardo Jardim have a reputation for developing players, so the talented Onyekuru is in good hands. Besides, he’s exchanging Turkey’s Super Lig for a much more competitive, higher-quality championship. Another big win for the Super Eagles. 

Reports on Tuesday also claimed that another Super Eagles forward Moses Simon was on the verge of a loan switch to Nantes in France from Levante in Spain.

While LaLiga is a higher level than Ligue 1, Simon struggled for playing time at Levante last season (he played 23 games in all competition, 11 of them as a substitute). He will likely feature much more at Nantes, to the delight of Super Eagles handlers. 

With the three Nigeria forwards joining their compatriot, Bordeaux’s Samuel Kalu, in Ligue 1, plus Iwobi’s new Everton adventure, things are certainly looking up for the Super Eagles in the attacking department. 

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Siasia’s mum still in captivity more than one month after abduction

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Pauline Onyibe, Yenagao

More than one month after the abduction of Mummy Beauty Ogere Siasia, the mother of former Super Eagles coach, Samson, was kidnapped , her whereabouts remains unknown.

Mummy Beauty, 76, was kidnapped alongside two of her relations, 65-year-old Florence Daunana, and her 17-year-old granddaughter, Selekere Daunana

Speaking to New telegraph at the weekend, the younger brother of Samson Siasia, Dennis, said that the kidnappers were now demanding for N20 million from the original N70 million they had asked for.

He said: “The kidnappers are now demanding N20 million but we told them that we don’t have that amount but only N1million.

“They said ok that we should not talk to them. That was the situation as at yesterday (Friday) she and has been there for a month and one week now.”

He said they were just praying that they will reach a deal and get her out.

Asked if they had spoken with her, Siasia said: “They don’t want us to talk with her though we hear her talk at the background. They said if we give them good money they will be taking care of her.

“They took her with two persons and all of them are still there. We are just praying that God should intervene.”

When the police public relations officer ASP Asinim Butswat was contacted on phone, he said investigations were still ongoing.

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Derby grudge match sparks riot that kills three

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Three people were killed and at least 10 injured in riots Saturday night before a football match between rival teams after suspected fans attacked a bus carrying one of the two teams to the game, wounding three players, officials and the team said.

Fans of the Olimpia and Motagua football teams, bitter local opponents, rioted outside Tegucigalpa’s National Stadium after a crowd of people believed to be rival supporters intercepted and vandalized a bus transporting Motagua players, police said.

“Three people died and seven were shot and stabbed. One of them is a boy. Three of the injured adults are in critical condition,” Laura Schoenherr, a spokeswoman for the state University School Hospital, told Reuters.

The riot broke out after crowds threw stones at the bus carrying members of the Motagua team, sending shards of window glass at the players inside, according to the Motagua club, which blamed members of the Ultra-Faithful Olimpia fan club.

“This has to be severely sanctioned by the corresponding authorities,” the Motagua club said in a tweet. “Reprehensible and lamentable,” it added in another tweet.

Three of the players – Emilio Izaguirre, Roberto Moreira and Jonathan Rougier – were transferred to hospital with facial wounds, the Motagua club said.

Accompanying video purported to show players in blue uniforms standing in the still-moving bus beside smashed windows and a glass bottle rolling on a seat. “A rock! A rock! There! There!” someone shouts as a siren blares.

A statement from the Ministry of Security confirmed the bus attack and said its perpetrators wore the uniforms of the rival Olimpia team. The ministry added in the statement that it had set up “five rings of security” ahead of the game.

The National Football League suspended the game after the incident. It had expected some 20,000 fans to attend.

The President of Olympia club, Rafael Villeda, told local press that he would meet with the leadership of the National League and Motagua to decide on the future of the game.

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Three people were killed and at least 10 injured in riots Saturday night before a football match between rival teams after suspected fans attacked a bus carrying one of the two teams to the game, wounding three players, officials and the team said.

Fans of the Olimpia and Motagua football teams, bitter local opponents, rioted outside Tegucigalpa’s National Stadium after a crowd of people believed to be rival supporters intercepted and vandalized a bus transporting Motagua players, police said.

“Three people died and seven were shot and stabbed. One of them is a boy. Three of the injured adults are in critical condition,” Laura Schoenherr, a spokeswoman for the state University School Hospital, told Reuters.

The riot broke out after crowds threw stones at the bus carrying members of the Motagua team, sending shards of window glass at the players inside, according to the Motagua club, which blamed members of the Ultra-Faithful Olimpia fan club.

“This has to be severely sanctioned by the corresponding authorities,” the Motagua club said in a tweet. “Reprehensible and lamentable,” it added in another tweet.

Three of the players – Emilio Izaguirre, Roberto Moreira and Jonathan Rougier – were transferred to hospital with facial wounds, the Motagua club said.

Accompanying video purported to show players in blue uniforms standing in the still-moving bus beside smashed windows and a glass bottle rolling on a seat. “A rock! A rock! There! There!” someone shouts as a siren blares.

A statement from the Ministry of Security confirmed the bus attack and said its perpetrators wore the uniforms of the rival Olimpia team. The ministry added in the statement that it had set up “five rings of security” ahead of the game.

The National Football League suspended the game after the incident. It had expected some 20,000 fans to attend.

The President of Olympia club, Rafael Villeda, told local press that he would meet with the leadership of the National League and Motagua to decide on the future of the game.

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Afrobasket final: D’Tigress face off against host Senegal

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Nigeria’s female basketball team, D’Tigress will be hoping to make it back-to-back victories when they face hosts, Senegal in the final of the ongoing FIBA Women’s AfroBasket in Dakar, Senegal.

 

Nigeria won the title in Mali two years ago defeating Senegal in the semi-finals but will have to be at their best when they face the hosts on Sunday. D’Tigress’ maintained their unbeaten run in the championship when they defeated Mali 79-58 in the semi-finals while Senegal had to overturned an 18 point deficit to overcome a strong Mozambique charge 60-57 in their semi-final game.

 

Nigeria, who has looked flawless throughout the tournament, will be playing in their fifth FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Final and hoping to win a fourth African title on Sunday.

 

Against Mali, Ezinne Kalu, for the second day in a row, top scored for her side as she amassed 19 points, made five assists and two rebounds to star for Nigeria while playing solid defence on Malian super star, Touty Gandega and limiting her to just one assist and a rebound. To get to the final, Nigeria had defeated Tunisia, Cameroon in the group stages while also securing wins against Republic of Congo before beating Mali.

 

 

All the semi-finalists, including Senegal, Nigeria, Mozambique and Mali as well as the winner between Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo in the Classification games to determine positions 5-8, have automatically made it to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics prequalification tournament to be played from November 14 to 17.

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Lampard seeks EPL redemption with Foxes’ scalp

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It has been a tough start to Frank Lampard’s reign as Chelsea both with two defeats on the trot, but the former England international will be hoping to make amends at Leicester, reports TUNDE SULAIMAN

 

He may once have been one of the best midfielders ever to wear the famous blues jerseys of the Stamford Bridge outfit, which clearly must have played a big part in Roman Abravomic’s decision to appoint him Chelsea manager over the summer.

 

 

It was a massive gamble from the Russian billionaire who is not noted for his patience with his managers (since taking over the Stamford Bridge outfit in 2003 he has hired and fired seven managers), especially since the 41-year-old Lampard had just completed his debut season in charge of a club.

 

 

But even though the highest scoring midfielder in Premier League history with 193 goals did a decent job in the Championship with Derby County including taking them to the play-offs where they narrowly lost 2-1 to Aston Villa in the final, and also lifting the scalp of Manchester United in the English League Cup, the native of London was taught a brutal lesson last Sunday in his first ever game in the ‘big league’.

 

 

For anyone who did not watch the match the 4-0 result paints a humiliating Premier League debut for Lampard. But the final outcome actually masks what really transpired at the Theatre of Dreams last Sunday as the stats reveal.

 

Although the Red Devils were playing in front of a jam-packed Old Trafford faithful, the Premier League’s biggest stadium was mainly muted, especially in the first half, with the impressive performance from the visiting side.

 

 

Twice Chelsea struck the woodwork through Tammy Abraham and Emerson, but in the end still suffered their worst ever opening-day defeat in 104 league seasons and allowed Manchester United’s biggest home win over the Blues since 1965.

 

 

 

Marcus Rashford scored twice, either side of a close-range effort from Anthony Martial, who had been given the number nine shirt back following the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan.

 

 

Substitute Daniel James completed the scoring with a goal on his debut nine minutes from time.

 

 

But in truth the final score line was harsh on the visitors, who were the better side before the break although the ecstatic home supporters did not care about that though, as the negativity of a difficult summer was swept away by their best result against Chelsea since they beat them by the same score in the 1994 FA Cup final.

 

 

Lampard reportedly went for an early morning run around Old Trafford to prepare for his Premier League debut as Chelsea manager.

 

 

The Blues’ record goal-scorer has made some bold decisions already, despite being barely a month into his new job.

 

 

He has picked seven home-grown players in his senior squad: the four in action against United – Abraham, Mason Mount, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori – the currently injured duo of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi, and promising defender Reece James.

 

 

Despite the loss, however, Lampard’s side still ended up having more poss e s sion, 54 to United’s 46 and more shots 18 (with seven on target) to the home side’s 11 (with only five on target)!

 

 

However, aware of what such a result may have on his players, speaking after the debacle not to “be too deflated”.

 

 

Speaking with Sky Sports he added: “We have to be grown up about it because it doesn’t feel nice. We’re Chelsea we don’t want to come here and lose 4-0, we don’t want to come anywhere and lose 4-0.

 

 

“But we know – and anyone playing the game knows – we put in a performance that for big parts wasn’t a 4-0, but we have to accept that and realise it’s probably three points and we have too many things coming.”

 

 

Sadly even though the Blues put a much better performance and even found the back of the net twice against Liverpool in Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup in Turkey they still ended losing, albeit on penalties 5-4.

 

 

For long periods, the Europa Cup holders matched the Champions League winners grit-for-grit but were again potent enough in front of goal, which might be a worry for Lampard.

 

 

 

 

But the return of midfielder, N’Golo Kante, who ended up being voted Man-of-the-Match, was a major boost and should bode well for the Blues against the Foxes today.

 

 

On the balance of play, it is clear that if Lampard is able to get the balance of youth and experience right in his first XI, Chelsea could be an exciting team to watch this season.

 

 

Lampard’s opposite number Brendan Rodgers will be bringing his Leicester City to Stamford Bridge hoping for a massive improvement on their drab home match against Wolves last weekend.

 

 

The former Liverpool boss was unable to inspire the home fans who had to sit through 83 minutes before they saw the Foxes’ solitary goal-bound chance against the visiting side.

 

 

In the game, Leicester substitute Harvey Barnes had a curling effort well held by Rui Patricio, and Wolves’ best legal effort fell to Raul Jimenez, but he shot straight at Schmeichel.

 

 

Ironically the main talking point from that game was the video assistant referee decision which chalked off a “goal” scored by Wolves prompting a predictable difference in opinions from the managers.

 

 

While Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said VAR decisions are affecting “the spirit of the game”; adding: “It’s what fans come for, to celebrate a goal, not to celebrate a no goal – that’s not the real celebration of football.

 

 

“It’s not good for the atmosphere of football. The Leicester fans were celebrating the no goal. That’s not the mind-set of the game. Six months ago it would’ve been a goal, so that is an issue for VAR.

 

 

“We have such a nice Premier League, such a product, we cannot lose that. Two minutes the game stopped. The anxiety of us celebrating, then we waited – it’s not the spirit of the game.”

 

 

But Rodgers joked he “was a massive fan of VAR, especially today”, but also added: “I’ve said all along that it will work really well in the game and that some will go for you, like it did today, and some will go against you, like it has done for Nuno today.

 

 

“It has to always be consistent and if there’s a handball and that leads to a goal, it gets ruled out.

 

 

“The officials are trying to work it the best they can. It’s not perfect yet but as long as you get to the right decision, that’s what we want.”

 

 

Rogers, whose last port of call was Celtic, was also full of praise for Caglar Soyuncu, who came in for Harry Maguire after the England international’s £80million move to Manchester United a fortnight ago.

 

 

“Caglar was excellent,” said the Foxes boss. “He got a round of applause at the end from his team-mates and it’s not easy to come in for a special player like Harry, but Caglar was strong and comfortable on the ball.”

 

 

The 23-year-old Turkish international who joined the Foxes last August on a five-year deal, will again have to be at his best to ward off an expected all-fired up Blues, who will be desperate to atone for their Old Trafford humiliation before their home fans, who will not be happy looking at the league table and seeing their team second from bottom.

 

 

Incidentally, Chelsea fans will be viewing this game with some form of trepidation acutely aware that the last time the Foxes came to town on December 9, 2018 they left with all three points after a shock 1-0 win courtesy of a predatory Jamie Vardy strike prompting then manager, manager Maurizio Sarri to say his players reacted with “mental confusion” after failing to salvage something from the game.

 

 

Vardy scored in the 51st minute which meant that the Blues had more than ample time to have avoided a first home loss of the campaign.

 

 

But the Italian has left with his “Sarri ball” and the onus is now on the former England international to ensure that lightening does not strike twice.

 

 

And in the early kick off, newly promoted Sheffield United is home to Crystal Palace buoyed by their impressive 1-1 draw away at Bournemouth in the Blades’ first top-flight match since 2007.

 

 

United’s goal hero, Billy Sharp, who had only been on the pitch for six minutes when he bundled the ball home from close range said afterwards “he had dreamed of” scoring in the Premier League.

 

 

Sharp, 33, who had only played in two Premier League matches before – both at the start of the 2012-13 season while at Southampton – and began on the bench, despite being the Blades’ top goal scorer with 24 goals in all competitions in 2018-19, will be hoping to find the net again today against a Palace side, which fired blanks last week in their home game a g a i n s t Everton.

 

 

S h e f f i e l d Unite d h a d n o t played in the Premier League since being relegated on the final day of the 2006-07 season and had even had a six-year spell in League One, before they finished second in the Championship last season to regain their place among English football’s elite.

 

 

Manager Chris Wilder was delighted with the performance from his side as they did not look overawed at the top level and should be confident of being able to pick up his first three points.

 

 

The 51-year-old former defender knows the importance of having a decent home record if he is to ensure the Blades do not go straight back down again and should fancy his chances against Roy Hodgson’s side.

 

 

Backed by a capacity 32, 000 fans at Bramall Lane Blades fans will be hoping that the 47.5 million euros outlay on 13 new players including the £10million they paid Bournemouth for their France Under-21 international striker Lys Mousse, will pay off with a prolonged stay in the top flight.

 

 

Mousset joined Bournemouth from Le Havre in 2016 for a reported £5.7m but was mainly restricted to the role of substitute. The 23-year-old, who scored five goals in 71 appearances for the Cherries, was the Blades’ fifth signing since winning automatic promotion to the Premier League last season.

 

 

On his part, Hodgson, who spent the whole summer battling to keep hold of his best player, Wilfried Zaha, will be banking on the Cote d’Ivoire international being able to put his failed transfer saga behind him and once again deliver for the Eagles.

 

According to reports, 26-year-old forward, who submitted a transfer request on deadline day to force through a move and was a target for both Arsenal and Everton, was summoned to a players’ meeting called by his teammate, France international defender Mamadou Sakho two Friday’s ago where he pledged his 100 per cent commitment until the transfer window reopens in January.

 

 

 

 

The one-time Manchester United player, who came on for the final 25 minutes on the opening weekend to a warm reception, will be expected to feature longer today.

 

 

Match Day Two action concludes tomorrow with Manchester United travelling to the Molineux Stadium to confront Nuno Espírito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers hoping to finally end their losing streak against the Portuguese sweat merchant.

 

 

Last season United failed to get the better of the then newly promoted side in the three times they met drawing 1-1 at Old Trafford and then losing the return leg 2-1, which came only two weeks after suffering a humiliating 2-0 FA Cup defeat.

 

 

Tomorrow’s tie will be a real test of how far the Red Devils have come under the tutelage of their former player and also put into proper prospective last Sunday’s emphatic 4-0 win over Chelsea.

 

 

For lovers of the English game the next two days should serve up another treat.

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Bribery charges: We notified Siasia, says FIFA

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  • Lawyers are studying the case – coach’s associate

 

World Football governing body, FIFA, has come out with two separate documents to show the world that they actually informed former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, of the bribery investigation against him.

 

FIFA on Friday placed a life ban on the former international from all football related activities for breaching Article 11 (Bribery) of the 2009 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics. But reacting to the ban, the former youth international, said he was not aware of any investigation process against him, something FIFA came out to address.

 

The first document, sent to Siasia’s email address, samysiaone@yahoo.com, by Investigatory Chamber, FIFA Ethics Committee, and signed by Ms Maria Claudia Rojas, Chairperson of the Committee, dated February 13, 2019, with the title ‘Request for Position’, read: “In the framework of the above-mentioned investigation, I would like to hereby request for your collaboration on the gathering of further information concerning the matter at hand. In this respect, we hereby send you the preliminary investigation report (attached).

 

 

“In order to properly establish the relevant facts, you are requested to provide your position as to the charges mentioned against you in the said preliminary investigation report.”

 

The second document, signed by the same person, was sent to the same email address on March 7, 2019 and it was about ‘Notification of closure of investigation proceedings’, where it was said that Siasia would be notified of the outcome of the investigation.

 

Meanwhile, an associate of the USA’94 striker, Opukiri Jones-Ere has said the case has been referred to Siasia’s lawyers. Opukiri said the lawyers will come out on   their reactions after studying the matter adding that he will brief the press during the week.

 

“The matter is a legal issue and the lawyers have advised him not to make any statement until they have studied the case. He in view of the fact that he is still going through the experience of his kidnapped mother he is unavailable to pass any comment now. “It will take the lawyers two days to study the allegations and today being weekend we cannot make any statement until next week,” he said.

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AG 2019: Falconets beats South Africa in opening match

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Two-time FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup vice champions, the Falconets of Nigeria kick off their All-African Games campaign in style with a resounding 3-0 win over South Africa at the Stade Académie Mohammed VI in Morocco on Saturday.

 

The Christopher Danjuma managed team secured victory thanks to goals from Monday Gift, Zainab Olopade and Cynthia Aku. Hosts Morocco also started the group stage in impressive fashion with a 3-2 win over North African counterparts Algeria

 

The 2019 African Games women’s football tournament will be the 5th edition of the African Games women’s football tournament. Under-20 national teams are allowed to take part in the tournament, with Nigeria drawn in Group B of the competition, to contend with Cameroon, South Africa and Zambia.

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Seven Olympic winners stripped of gold medals

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A further seven Russian weightlifters, including two who were stripped of Olympic medals for doping, have been provisionally suspended based on evidence in the McLaren Report and data retrieved from the Moscow Laboratory.

 

The announcement from the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) brings the number of weightlifters from the country to have been charged during the week after the governing body received evidentiary packages from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to 12.

 

Among the latest to be sanctioned by the IWF are Dmitry Lapikov, who claimed the bronze medal in the under-105 kilograms category at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing before he was retrospectively disqualified by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Lapikov had earlier been stripped of the 105kg title he won at the 2011 European Championships for doping.

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EPL: VAR denies City late victory; wins for Liverpool, Arsenal

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Gabriel Jesus had an injurytime goal ruled out by VAR as Manchester City dropped points at home for the first time since December 2018 with a 2-2 draw against Tottenham. Raheem Sterling headed City ahead in the first half, but Erik Lamela swiftly equalised from distance. Sergio Aguero flicked home before Lucas Moura nodded in soon after coming on. Jesus then swept home in injury time, but it was ruled out for a handball by Aymeric Laporte.

 

 

It was a frustrating result for Manchester City in their first home game of the season, particularly after beginning their title defence with a 5-0 win at West Ham last weekend. Earlier, Liverpool beat Southampton to secure an 11th successive top-flight victory and equal their best-ever Premier League winning run – despite a late blunder by goalkeeper Adrian.

 

With the European champions leading 2-0, Liverpool’s number two keeper – starting in place of the injured Alisson – cleared the ball against the shin of substitute Danny Ings to gift the Saints striker a goal against his former club.

Sadio Mane had given Liverpool the lead at the end of the first-half with a delicious arrowed finish from the edge of the penalty area after Saints had gone close on three occasions. Adrian, who was passed fit despite an ankle injury in a collision with a pitch invader following the UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea, had kept out Maya Yoshida’s header while Che Adams spurned two chances to equalise, reports the BBC.

 

And Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winner as Arsenal defeated Burnley to record successive victories at the start of a Premier League campaign for the first time since 2009. French striker Alexandre Lacazette marked his return from injury as he impressively held off Erik Pieters and shot between the legs of goalkeeper Nick Pope to put the Gunners ahead after 13 minutes

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EPL: VAR denies City late victory; wins for Liverpool, Arsenal

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Gabriel Jesus had an injury-time goal ruled out by VAR as Manchester City dropped points at home for the first time since December 2018 with a 2-2 draw against Tottenham.

Raheem Sterling headed City ahead in the first half, but Erik Lamela swiftly equalised from distance.

Sergio Aguero flicked home before Lucas Moura nodded in soon after coming on.

Jesus then swept home in injury time, but it was ruled out for a handball by Aymeric Laporte.

It was a frustrating result for Manchester City in their first home game of the season, particularly after beginning their title defence with a 5-0 win at West Ham last weekend.

Earlier, Liverpool beat Southampton to secure an 11th successive top-flight victory and equal their best-ever Premier League winning run – despite a late blunder by goalkeeper Adrian.

With the European champions leading 2-0, Liverpool’s number two keeper – starting in place of the injured Alisson – cleared the ball against the shin of substitute Danny Ings to gift the Saints striker a goal against his former club.

Sadio Mane had given Liverpool the lead at the end of the first-half with a delicious arrowed finish from the edge of the penalty area after Saints had gone close on three occasions.

Adrian, who was passed fit despite an ankle injury in a collision with a pitch invader following the UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea, had kept out Maya Yoshida’s header while Che Adams spurned two chances to equalise, reports the BBC.

And Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winner as Arsenal defeated Burnley to record successive victories at the start of a Premier League campaign for the first time since 2009.

French striker Alexandre Lacazette marked his return from injury as he impressively held off Erik Pieters and shot between the legs of goalkeeper Nick Pope to put the Gunners ahead after 13 minutes.

Ashley Barnes levelled the match two minutes before half-time, converting at close range from Dwight McNeil’s deflected pass for his third goal in two matches.

The hosts, who handed full debuts to £8m defender David Luiz and Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos, saw an immediate response ruled out for offside after Reiss Nelson appeared to have completed a slick passing move with a confident finish into the roof of the net.

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Arsenal 2 – 1 Burnley

Aston Villa 1- 2 Bournemouth

Brighton 1-1 West Ham

Everton 1-0 Watford

Norwich 3-1 Newcastle

Southampton 1-2 Liverpool

Man City 2 -2 Tottenham

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