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Ighalo star as Super Eagles register a hard-fought victory over Libya

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Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo continue to prove his critics wrong as he was on target yet again.

The Changchun Yatai’s forward has been largely criticized by the Eagles fans as result of his lackluster display at the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Having registered his first hatrick for the Super Eagles on Saturday, all eyes were on him in today’s tension-soaked encounter.

The Super Eagles started brilliantly and their constant attacking moves paid off in the 14th minute when Odion Ighalo scored a simple tap in, thanks to wonderful pass from Ahmed Musa.

The Eagles continue to enjoy large portion of possession but they couldn’t make them count in their favor. .

In the 17th minute, ruthless Eagles’ frontline doubled their lead as in-form striker Ahmed Musa found the back of the net.

When many thought the game was over, Libya began to trouble their West African opponent and their pressure produced result as Mohamed Zaebiaa nodded home past Francis Uzoho in the 34th minute, no thanks to a shambolic defence from Nigeria’s backline.

The opening half of the encounter ended 2-1 in favor of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

The second half saw a determined Libyan side equalized in the 74th minute after another unimpressive display from Leon Balogun and his fellow defenders.

Sand Masaud’s shot was parried by Uzoho but the ball unfortunately fell to Ahmad Ben who made no mistake in scoring the rebound.

After series of attacking substitutions from Genort Rohr, the Eagles attack got back to life and they managed to score another fine goal.

Man of the moment, Ighalo beautifully controlled the ball before hitting it so hard that Libya’s goalkeeper Ahmed Azzaqeh couldn’t prevent it from sailing into the net.

After 90+8 minutes of action, Nigeria were able to make it three wins from four matches at the ongoing AFCON 2019 qualifying series.

Rohr’s men now top group E after South Africa’s goalless draw against Seychelles earlier today.

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Valverde Takes Decision On Playing Messi Against Real Betis

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Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has made a decision on the availability of star player Lionel Messi for the Spanish La Liga clash with Real Betis.

Valverde and his Barcelona players welcome Real Betis to the Nou Camp on Sunday in what’s their first league game of the season.

Lionel Messi has been ruled out of the game due to the decision made by Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde and the medical team at the club.

The Barcelona superstar missed the start of the season last weekend as a result of the calf injury he sustained earlier this month.

The injury forced him to miss the Barcelona tour of the United States (US) as well as the shocking defeat to Athletic Bilbao in their league opener nine days ago.

Messi had returned to training earlier this week only for him to feel discomfort in training on Friday thereby ruling him out of the Real Betis game.

Ernesto Valverde and his Barcelona players must be wary of the threat carried by Real Betis who were the only team to win at the Nou Camp last season.

Barcelona were beaten 4-3 by Real Betis in the corresponding fixture last season.

The Catalan giants would be hoping to bounce back from their opening day defeat when they take on Real Betis at the Nou Camp.

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EPL: Why Crystal Palace Defeated Man Utd Revealed

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Crystal Palace hero Patrick Van Aanholt has revealed why the Eagles were able to hand Manchester United their first loss of the new Premier League season.

Manchester United were beaten 2-1 at home by a stubborn Crystal Palace team.

After the game, Dutch international left-back Van Aanholt, who scored the winning goal said that his team picked up because they played really well against hosts Manchester United.

Former Chelsea defender Patrick Van Aanholt scored the winning goal of the game in added time after capitalising on a mistake from underfire Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

Crystal Palace were well organised from the blast of the whistle and their goals came as a result of mistakes from Manchester United players.

The Eagles took a shock lead at the Theatre of Dreams after Ghanaian international Jordan Ayew pounced on a mistake from Victor Lindelof in the first half.

Crystal Palace midfielder Luka Milovojevic handed Manchester United a lifeline when he fouled fellow midfielder Scott McTominay in the box.

Marcus Rashford missed the resulting penalty as hit the inside of the post with his spot kick.

Manchester United went on to score an equaliser through a moment of brilliance from summer signing Daniel James before Pogba’s mistake led to concession of the three points to Crystal Palace.

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Arsenal: Mustafi’s Father Gives Transfer Update

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The agent/father of Arsenal defender Shkrodan Mustafi, Kuhtim has provided a transfer update on the player as the European transfer market draws to a close.

Shkrodan Mustafi has been told to look for a new club as the German international centre back is surplus to requirements at Arsenal.

Gunners boss Unai Emery has told him to look for a new club.

According to the Spanish tactician, Shkrodan Mustafi is not part of his long-term plans at the Emirates Stadium and it would be best for him to look for a new team.

In a statement released by the player’s father and agent, Kuhtim Mustafi via the UK Mirror, the ex-Valencia, Sampdoria centre back wants to stay at Arsenal but he’ll have to look for a new team since that’s the best solution for both parties (Arsenal and the player).

Mustafi has been linked with clubs like AS Monaco FC of France and AS Roma FC of Italy.

Egyptian international midfielder Mohamed ElNeny is also in the same situation like what’s obtainable with Shkrodan Mustafi.

The ex-Basel FC of Switzerland player has been told to look for a new club.

Both Mustafi and ElNeny have not been involved in the Arsenal games this season.

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EPL – What Frank Lampard Said About First Chelsea Win

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New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was delighted to bag the first win of his managerial career at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard had a successful career as a Chelsea footballer and the former club midfielder is back in a managerial capacity with his beloved team.

He bagged his first victory as a Chelsea manager following the 3-2 win over newly promoted Premier League team Norwich City at Carrow Road in the first of the league games played on Saturday.

After the game, Frank Lampard expressed his delight with the win before pointing out that Norwich City were a tough opposition and that they will win a lot of home points on their return to the Premier League.

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham was the hero for the Blues after he scored two goals for his team including the winning goal in the second half.

It was the first pair of goals scored by the Chelsea Academy graduate.

Another young Chelsea player, Mason Mount was also on target for the West London giants.

During his post-match press conference, Frank Lampard also provided an injury update on Pedro Rodriguez who pulled up during warm-up before the game.

According to his manager, the Spanish international forward suffered a hamstring injury.

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Nacho Monreal Agrees On Deal To Return To Spain

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Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal has agreed on a deal to return to the Spanish La Liga this summer.

The Premier League transfer window ended two weeks ago but Monreal can still leave Arsenal before the European transfer window ends on September 2.

According to Marca, Spanish top flight side Real Sociedad have agreed on a deal to sign him.

It was revealed that Real Sociedad have offered him a two-year deal with the option of a third year.

Nacho Monreal has one year left on his Arsenal contract at the moment.

The Gunners are keen to offload fringe players like Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed ElNeny before the European transfer window shuts and Nacho Monreal could leave as well.

His playing time at Arsenal will almost certainly reduce with the summer signing of Scottish international left-back Kieran Tierney.

The Scottish defender was signed from Celtic FC of Scotland in a deal reported to be around £25m.

Kieran Tierney is injured at the moment but the new Arsenal defender is expected to return to action before the end of next month.

Nacho Monreal was in action for Arsenal as they lost to hosts Liverpool earlier on Saturday.

Monreal and Arsenal suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool.

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