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Tottenham, Harry Kane dazzle in deserved 1-1 draw at Real Madrid

Hugo Lloris and Keylor Navas each put on a show between the sticks as Real Madrid and Spurs battled to a draw. Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane talk the finer points of Tottenham’s 1-1 draw against Real Madrid. Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris preserved a draw against Real Madrid with this amazing kick save against Karim Benzema. Three snap thoughts from a damp Bernabeu as it finishes Real Madrid 1-1 Tottenham in Tuesday evening’s Champions League Group H clash. 1. Tottenham get deserved point at Bernabeu Champions League royalty Real Madrid were matched step-by-step by young pretenders Tottenham in Tuesday’s 1-1 Group H draw at the Bernabeu. Raphael Varane’s own goal under pressure from Harry Kane gave the Premier League side a shock lead midway through the first half, w...

Man City get off to flying start, hold on for dear life in 2-1 win over Napoli

Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus got Manchester City off to a flying start as they held off a late surge from Napoli. John Stones and Kyle Walker talk after beating Napoli 2-1 in the UEFA Champions League. Manchester, ENGLAND — Three points from the Etihad on Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Napoli in the UEFA Champions League. 1. City ride out Napoli’s revival It began with Manchester City destroying an opponent in the manner that has become habitual in English football. Napoli, currently top of Serie A, scoring goals at a rate not seen for decades, were being put to the sword, and swiftly, behind strikes from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.  But then came a revival from Napoli that asked plenty of questions of City. By the end, they were clinging on, and had ridden ou...

Tottenham hold Real Madrid to draw while Liverpool, Man City cruise to wins

Hugo Lloris and Keylor Navas each put on a show between the sticks as Real Madrid and Spurs battled to a draw. Tottenham held on for a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid on Tuesday to draw level on seven points with the Champions League holders at the top of Group H. Cristiano Ronaldo nearly had the hosts ahead at the five-minute mark, but his header from close range from a Achraf Hakimi pass hit the post before Karim Benzema side-footed the rebound wide. And Ronaldo had another chance at the opener go begging before 20 minutes, with his right-footed shot from just inside the penalty area skirting wide of the post. A lively looking Spurs side found their goal in the 27th minute when Raphael Varane inadvertently poked a Serge Aurier cross into his own net while under pressure from Kane. Real were...

Forwards find their scoring touch as Liverpool hit seven past Maribor

Liverpool blasted Maribor 7-0 and thanks to Sevilla’s loss, now top E. MARIBOR, Slovenia — Three thoughts on Liverpool’s 7-0 win vs. Maribor in the Champions League. 1. Goals flow for Liverpool  A result like this has been coming for a long time and Liverpool’s run of just one win in their last eight games was emphatically ended with the club’s best-ever away win in Europe. For the first time in a while, Liverpool’s shots total – 26 — produced a respectful number of goals. September and the start to October was blighted by wastefulness, costing valuable points in the Premier League. And while the frontline of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho should have added further to their scoring tally at the Stadion Ljudski vrt, Jurge...

Tottenham worth a point in Madrid

Hugo Lloris and Keylor Navas each put on a show between the sticks as Real Madrid and Spurs battled to a draw. Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane talk the finer points of Tottenham’s 1-1 draw against Real Madrid. Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris preserved a draw against Real Madrid with this amazing kick save against Karim Benzema. Three snap thoughts from a damp Bernabeu as it finishes Real Madrid 1-1 Tottenham in Tuesday evening’s Champions League Group H clash. 1. Tottenham get deserved point at Bernabeu Champions League royalty Real Madrid were matched step-by-step by young pretenders Tottenham in Tuesday’s 1-1 Group H draw at the Bernabeu. Raphael Varane’s own goal under pressure from Harry Kane gave the Premier League side a shock lead midway through the first half, w...

Ballon d’Or : Neymar to earn over £2.5m if he beats Ronaldo, Messi

NEYMAR is reportedly set to pocket over £2.5million every time he wins the Ballon d’Or at Paris Saint-Germain. Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar looks on during the French L1 football match Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) vs En Avant Guingamp (EAG) at the Roudourou stadium in Guingamp on August 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO That means he could earn an extra 15m euros (£13.32m) from the gong over his five-year deal, according to Le Parisien. No player from France’s top flight has been named the word’s best player since Jean-Pierre Papin at Marseille in 1991. But Neymar was convinced he could win the award if he moved away from Barcelona and stepped out of Lionel Messi’s shadow. The word-record deal Neymar signed in the French capital ensured he earns an incredible £89,51...

Iheanacho’s coach sacked

Craig Shakespeare has been sacked as the manager of Leicester City only four months after succeeding Claudio Ranieri on a permanent basis. Iheanacho Sportsmail understands the 53-year-old was called to a meeting with the club hierarchy on Tuesday to be told a decision has been made to dismiss him after a run of one win in 10 Premier League games that leaves the 2015-16 champions in 18th place this season. The Foxes could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to West Brom on Monday night and have won just three times this term, with two of those victories coming in the Carabao Cup. Shakespeare only replaced Ranieri in June, signing a three-year contract after guiding the club to Premier League safety during his spell as caretaker. He also helped steer the Foxes into the quarte...

President Buhari and the anti-corruption war

By Obadiah Mailafia CORRUPTION is a major challenge for our country as it is for many parts of the world. It thrives best where controls are lax; in an eco-system in which institutional state capture by powerful groups encourages a politico-economic alliance between the state and the private sector in a manner that robs both government and society. President Buhari The British political philosopher, Isaiah Berlin, put it down to what he termed “the crooked timber of humanity”. Corruption thrives where there is an absence of institutional controls. Failure to prosecute and sentence often means that corrupt behaviour is treated with not so much as a rap on the knuckles. In China, grand corruption attracts capital punishment. It is treated as a violation of national secur...

South African loss woke us up for World Cup – Rohr

By Jude Opara, Abuja With the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup ticket in the kitty, Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr seems to have shifted his focus on the qualification for the 2018 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) slated to take place in Morocco. Gernot Rohr Rohr who recalled the shock 2-0 defeat to Bafana Bafana in a 2019 AFCON qualifier in Uyo, said the loss was the tonic the Eagles needed to  raise their game to seal a ticket to play in next summer’s World Cup.. Rohr said the outcome of that match which was the last the team played before the twin 2018 World Cup qualifier against the indomitable Lions of Cameroon, was like a wake up call to the team. Nevertheless, the Franco German tactician who largely blamed the defeat on the squad he paraded said he is optimistic of qua...

Oba Ewuare’s anniversary: Deputy Gov, Eguavoen shine in novelty match

By Simon EbegbulemCELEBRATION for the 1st year anniversary of the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare 11 moved to the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium Benin City weekend, where the Deputy Governor of the state, Comrade Philip Shaibu led the All Stars FC Benin in a novelty match against Austin Eguavoen captained Ex-players of Bendel Insurance FC of Benin City.  Oba Ewuare II The revered monarch took the kick-off to the admiration of spectators at the Stadium,which also involved the Enigies (Dukes) who entertained the monarch for 20minutes. Comrade Shaibu who scored the winning goal for his side via a penalty dedicated it to the monarch, saying that he was pleased to be involved in the celebration of the Oba, especially through football which he said was a unifying sport. Presenting the gi...

Hungary part ways with Bernd Storck after failing to reach World Cup

Bernd Storck qualified Hungary to Euro 2016 but not the 2018 World Cup. The Hungarian Football Federation says Bernd Storck is out as coach of the national team, which he led to the 2016 European Championship, its first appearance there in 44 years. Despite that high point, Hungary failed to advance to the 2018 World Cup, which included a crushing loss in qualifying to Andorra. Hungary last participated in the World Cup in 1986 in Mexico. Storck, from Germany, was also the federation sporting director and took over the top team in July 2015, compiling a record of eight wins, 10 losses, and seven defeats. Football is a priority for Prime Minister Viktor Orban, also the founder of the Ferenc Puskas Football Academy. The government has spent huge amounts of public funds to build stadiums acro...

Jordi Alba out for Barcelona against Olympiakos after picking up knock

The FC crew agree Barcelona are still in control in La Liga after fighting back for a draw against Atletico Madrid. Jordi Alba will miss Barcelona’s Champions League game with Olympiakos after picking up an injury in training on Tuesday. Barca say the left-back has a thigh muscle problem but are unable to confirm for how long he will be out of action. Alba will definitely miss Wednesday’s match against Olympiakos but a decision on Saturday’s league meeting with Malaga will be made closer to the time. Paco Alcacer has been called up to take Alba’s place in the squad, but Lucas Digne is most likely to take his place in Ernesto Valverde’s starting lineup. The French international has started just one game so far this season, the 6-1 league triumph against Eibar. ...