The Super Eagles of Nigeria began their AFCON 2020 qualifiers on a winning note as they came from behind to defeat neighboring country Benin Republic 2-1 at the Uyo Township Stadium.
Benin, who were the away side, surprised the home crowd when they took the lead in the opening five minutes of the game via Sessegnon’s close range.
Despite Nigeria’s efforts to get a quick equalizer, the Squirrels stood their ground and prevented Rohr’s men from finding a breakthrough.
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Unfortunately for the away side, former Chelsea defender Ola Aina was brought down in the box and the center referee had no other options but to award a spot-kick.
Victor Osimhen, who is being linked with a move to Manchester United, confidently slotted home the ball just before half-time to restore parity for the home side.
Things went from bad to worse for the Squirrels in the 66th minute of the encounter as they conceded another goal after a poor defensive display.
Bordeaux star Samuel Kalu scored a beautiful solo goal after dribbling past host of Benin defenders to give his side a deserved victory.
Osimhen has now scored two goals for the Nigerian national team and he will hope to add to his tally when they travel to Lesotho for the second AFCON qualifying match in four days time.
Mikel Arteta Will Take The Arsenal Job On One Condition
Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta is ready to take the Arsenal job and that he will do so on one condition according to the newest reports coming out of the British media.
Mikel Arteta is an ex-Arsenal player who knows the club very well and also fits the profile of the manager wanted by the Gunners.
According to the specific report from The Sun, Mikel Arteta will only take the vacant Arsenal managerial job on the condition that club bosses give him assurances about transfers especially.
He wants assurances on the plan to move the club forward as well as bolstering the squad that has struggled to achieve results in recent weeks.
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Arsenal ended a run of nine matches in all competitions with the win over West Ham United in their London Derby clash in the Premier League.
The Gunners came from a goal down to beat the Hammers 3-1 away from home for their first win in ten matches.
Unai Emery was in charge of the Arsenal team for the first seven winless games before the Spaniard was sacked two weeks ago.
Freddie Ljungberg is a club legend and the former winger was made the interim manager.
The former Arsenal winger was in charge of the team for the final two winless games before the West Ham United game on Monday night.
14 Clubs Scout Man United Target During Champions League Game
Manchester United have a big battle on their hands if they want to sign Norwegian international striker Erling Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg during the January transfer window.
According to the London Evening Standard, 14 Clubs had scouts in attendance to run the rule over Erling Haaland during the Champions League clash between hosts Red Bull Salzburg and reigning European champions Liverpool.
The Reds won the game 2-0 with the second-half goals from former Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah.
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Champions League holders Liverpool were able to progress into the next stage of the competition as a result of that win, while Erling Haaland and Red Bull Salzburg drop down to the Europa League after finishing third in Group E.
Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland has been attracting the interest of Manchester United and other major European clubs.
Others like RB Leipzig, Arsenal, Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona are also in the running to sign the young Norwegian striker.
Erling Haaland has scored 28 goals in 22 games in all competitions this term in the colours of Red Bull Salzburg.
He is the second topscorer in the Champions League behind Robert Lewandowski after netting eight goals in five Group E games.
Man Utd Plotting £100m January Deal For In-form Midfielder
Fallen Premier League giants Manchester United are reportedly eyeing a big money move for Leicester City midfielder James Maddison.
This is according to the publication from the stables of The Athletic which claimed that the Red Devils want to sign England national team midfielder James Maddison in the upcoming winter transfer window and it remains to be seen whether Manchester United will be able to pull off a big transfer in the middle of the season.
Manchester United might need to spend as much as £100m to sign James Maddison off Leicester City who are desperate to hold on to the services of the former Norwich City.
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Recent reports stated that James Maddison could sign a new Leicester City contract thus putting spanner in the works of a Manchester United transfer for him.
James Maddison spent his first Premier League campaign at Leicester City last season following his £24m transfer from Norwich City last summer.
He scored seven goals and also provided seven assists in the Premier League last season and the playmaker has already hit seven goals and three assists in all competitions in the colours of Leicester City who are second on the Premier League table behind Liverpool.
Liverpool Set Sights On Japanese Attacker With £7.25 Release Clause
Liverpool have set sights on a possible swoop for Red Bull Salzburg attacker Takumi Minamino ahead of the winter transfer market in January.
This is according to the Daily Mail which revealed that the Reds are eyeing a January move for the Japanese international attacker who has scored 41 goals in 129 appearances for Austrian Bundesliga champions Red Bull Salzburg since he joined them in 2015.
It was revealed that Takumi Minamino has a release clause of £7.25m in his Red Bull Salzburg contract.
The 24-year-old Japanese international has scored 11 goals in 22 appearances for his country.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp previously talked about signing an attacker when the January transfer market reopens in the coming weeks.
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Klopp and Liverpool are fighting on five fronts at the moment and the German tactician will need all his players for the upcoming games.
Liverpool have the FIFA Club World Cup tournament in Qatar to attend later this month with the target of winning the tournament ahead of other participants like Flamengo, Al Sadd and many more.
The Reds have an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table in addition to the fact that they are in the Champions League round of 16.
They are also in the running for both the FA Cup title and the Carabao Cup title this season.
Arsenal Make Offer For Potential Manager
Premier League giants Arsenal have made an offer for Shanghai SIPG boss Vitor Pereira to become their next manager according to the latest media reports from his home country Portugal.
According to Diario de Noticias, Vitor Pereira has been offered a managerial job at Arsenal moments after he turned down the Everton job to stay with Chinese Super League (CSL) side Shanghai SIPG.
Arsenal are on the search for a permanent successor to Unai Emery at the club after the Spanish tactician was sacked at the end of last month.
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Unai Emery paid the ultimate price for a run of seven games without a win in charge of Arsenal as he was as sacked shortly after the disappointing 2-1 loss at home to German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.
He spent just 18 months in North London on the back of his appointment as the Arsenal manager in the summer of 2018.
Freddie Ljungberg was one of his assistants and the former club winger was instantly made the interim manager following the sacking of Unai Emery.
The Arsenal legend was part of the squad that went unbeaten during the 2003/04 season.
He has one, drawn one and lost one of his three league games in charge of Arsenal.
Mourinho Suffers First Champions League Defeat At Spurs
New Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has been beaten for the first time in the Champions League following the defeat at the hands of German champions Bayern Munich in their Matchday Six clash at the Allianz Arena.
Mourinho and his Spurs players were beaten 3-1 by the Bavarian giants who were the only team to finish the group stage campaign with an unblemished record.
Bayern Munich won all their six group games in Group B and amassed a complete total of 18 points as a result.
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The Germans were given a helping hand due to the fact that Ex-Chelsea and Manchester United boss Mourinho rested a lot of his first-team players with both clubs already through to the last 16 stage of the competition.
Bayern took the lead through Kingsley Coman in the 20th minute before summer signing Ryan Sessegnon equalized for Spurs just before the end of the first half.
Experienced campaigner Thomas Mueller came off the bench for the injured Coman and he was responsible for the second Bayern goal as he prodded home from close range after Alphonso Davies had struck the post.
Ex-Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho wrapped up the victory for his team with the third goal to ensure that Bayern made it six wins from six Group B games.
Chelsea Loanee On Target As Atalanta Make Champions League History
Atalanta midfielder Mario Pasalic was on target for the Italian Serie A giants as they made history in the Champions League courtesy their 3-0 win over Ukranian side Shakthar Donetsk on Matchday Six.
He was one of the goalscorers for Atalanta who secured the much needed win to book their spot in the last 16 of this season’s Champions League.
Mario Pasalic is a Croatian international and he is on loan at Atalanta from Premier League giants Chelsea.
Atalanta made history as they became the first team to make the knockout stage of the competition after losing their first three group games.
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They scored three goals in the last quarter of the game to seal a convincing 3-0 win over 10-man Shakthar Donetsk after Brazilian player Dodo was sent off nine minutes after Belgian international Timothy Castagne had given the away side the lead in the 68th minute.
Mario Pasalic added a second goal in the 80th minute before German left-back Robin Gosens wrapped up the game in added time to take his team to the next round.
Atalanta were helped by the result from the other game as group leaders Manchester City came from behind to beat hosts Dinamo Zagreb 4-1 courtesy the hattrick from Gabriel Jesus and a Phil Foden goal.
Chelsea Opponents For Champions League Knockout Stage Revealed
One-time Champions League winners Chelsea have discovered their possible opponents for the knockout stage of the competition which starts as from next year.
The Champions League group stage for the 2019/20 season was concluded on Wednesday night and Chelsea have found out about the pool of teams they could dace in the round of 16.
Chelsea are in danger of facing one of the favorites for this season’s Champions League title after they finished second in Group H behind Spanish La Liga giants Valencia.
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The Blues secured their place in the knockout stage with the slim 2-1 win at home to French club Lille in their final group game.
Topscorer Tammy Abraham scored the first goal of the game to take his tally to 13 goals in all competitions this season before club skipper Cesar Azpilicueta added a second goal with ten minutes left on the clock.
Former player Loic Remy halved the deficit on 78 minutes to setup a grandstand finish but Chelsea held on to take the points and secure their place in the knockout stage.
Chelsea can face the likes of Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Bayern Munich, Juventus, Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona and German Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig in the last 16 of the competition.