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Champions League: How Leipzig shocked Atletico Madrid ready to play PSG Semi-final Clash

Bundesliga club RB Leipzig stunned Atletico Madrid 2-1 in Thursday night’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final in Lisbon, Portugal.

It is the first time ever Leipzig will reach the semi-final of the Champions League in their 11-year history.

They are now the first German side outside of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund to reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League since Schalke in 2010/11.
After a goalless first half Leipzig broke the deadlock through Olmo who headed in Marcel Sabitzer’s cross from the right.

Felix who came on for Hector Herrera in the 58th minute, made it 1-1 from the penaltyB116FE68-75DF-4F5C-B139-122025EAB68F spot after he fouled inside the 18-yard box.

But with two minutes remaining in the game, Adams who was introduced on 72 minutes put Leipzig back in front with a powerful shot which took a deflection and beat Jan Oblak.

Leipzig will face Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-final on Tuesday 18 August.

Football: Those who remembered late Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi in his grave

Your legacy lives on' - Joseph Yobo pays tribute to late Stephen ...Many accolades and tributes poured in on Sunday for the late Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, who died June 7, 2016, aged 54.

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winning coach, died of heart attack in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

World football governing body, FIFA, Confederation of African Football, Nigeria Football Federation and Eagles assistant coach, Joseph Yobo, were among those who paid tributes to the ex-Eagles coach.

Others include former Ghanaian international and CAF Deputy General Secretary, Anthony Baffoe, former Ivory Coast striker, Didier Drogba and Eagles defenders Kenneth Omeruo and Shehu Abdullahi.

“Stephen Keshi led the Super Eagles to Africa Cup of Nations glory as player and coach and was the first African coach to qualify two African nations for the World Cup. We sadly lost a legend #OnThisDay in 2016,” FIFA wrote on Twitter.Nigeria legend Keshi buried | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria ...

“Today we remember captain fantastic, Stephen Keshi, who left our world on this sad day four years ago. In 2013, Keshi became the second person to win the #TotalAFCON title as player (1994) and coach, when he led Super Eagles to their third trophy in South Africa,” CAF tweeted.

The NFF added, “Today, (Sunday) we remember former Super Eagles captain and coach, Stephen Keshi. Big Boss, we miss you, continue to rest in the Lord’s bosom.#WeRememberKeshi.”

Yobo, Omeruo and Abdullahi, who played for the Eagles under Keshi, also joined in celebrating the former Anderlecht defender.

“Dear coach, it’s been four years today since you left us to rest with the Lord. You are deeply missed but your legacy lives on! Rest on the Big Boss,” Yobo wrote on Instagram.

Omeruo also penned an emotional note on Instagram.Why Nigeria Coach Stephen Keshi Was Football's Tactical Genius of ...

“It’s been four years already and I am still hoping I would one day pick up the phone and call you like I used to. I miss you. But I am sad ,  am very sad that I am beginning to get used to your absence.

“But one thing I will never forget, is your advice, your encouragements, you gave me more than one chance and you told me several times, until it stuck to my head, that everyone cannot love me, you told me to work hard always and not expect to be favored because hard work always wins. You gave me an opportunity at a very young age even when I wasn’t expecting it,” he wrote.

“Continue to rest Stephen Keshi. Thanks for the opportunity with the 2014 CHAN team,” Abdullahi tweeted.

“Today we remember you captain Keshi,” Drogba said.

“Four years ago, the Big Boss Stephen Keshi left us. Great player, leader, great coach, continue to rest well Stephen,” Baffoe tweeted.Stephen Keshi has worked miracles for Nigeria, but will they keep ...

TRENDING: How Police confirmed the death of Nigerian footballer Tiyamu Kazeem, orders arrest of officer involved in his demise

Image result for Tiyamiyu 'Kaka' KazeemIt has been gathered that the Ogun State Police Command has confirmed the death of Nigerian footballer, Tiyamiyu ‘Kaka’ Kazeem, who was allegedly killed by a policeman from the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) on Saturday afternoon.

Kazeem, who was the assistant captain and defender of Remo Stars Football Club was reportedly on his way to Sagamu from Abeokuta with one of his teammates when they ran into SARS operatives who labelled Kazeem as a ‘yahoo boy.’

Despite presenting his identity (ID) card to identify himself as a player of Remo Stars FC, his club said in a statement that the officers insisted on taking them to a nearby station.  While on their way, one of the officers allegedly pushed Tiyamiyu to a moving vehicle, leading to his death.

Confirming the incident, Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi provided a contradicting statement, saying Kazeem was knocked down by a moving vehicle while trying to escape from Police.

He also disclosed that Kazeem’s arrest was ordered after he was suspected to be wearing a military outfit.

According to the Public Relations Officer, the Ogun State Police commissioner has ordered the immediate arrest of the officer involved in the footballer’s death.

Read the full statement below. 

“A Police Inspector attached to Zonal Intervention Squad Obada-Oko in Abeokuta said to have received information about the deceased that he always put on military apparel knowing fully well that he is not a military personnel.

 

“Based on the information, the Inspector went to Shagamu and saw the deceased putting on a military cap consequent upon which he got him arrested.

 

“On the way to Abeokuta, the vehicle they were traveling with developed a mechanical fault and while the officer was trying to rectify the fault, the arrested person jumped down from the vehicle to escape.

 

“In his bid to run across the road, an oncoming vehicle which is on high speed knocked him down and he died on the spot.”

 

“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Ogun State Police Command, has ordered the immediate arrest of the officer for his unprofessional act of leaving an arrested person alone in the vehicle.

 

“A full-scale investigation into the case has commenced by the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.”

Police confirm the death of Nigerian footballer Tiyamu Kazeem, orders arrest of officer involved in his demise

Football: How Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his 700th career goals

World football famous, Cristiano Ronaldo is very happy as you are reading this piece.

He scored the 700th goal of his professional career during Portugal’s Euro 2020 qualifying loss to Ukraine on Monday, October 14th.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner brought up his septuple century for club and country when he converted a second-half penalty in Kiev, awarded after Taras Stepanenko handled the ball inside the box.

It was his 95th goal for Portugal, with only Iran’s Ali Daei (109) ahead of him on the all-time international goals list.

Ronaldo is just one of six footballers to have hit the 700 mark, with Josef Bican estimated to be the top goalscorer in history with 805 goals.  Behind him is a pair of former Brazilian stars in Romario and Pele, who finished their illustrious careers with 772 goals and 767 goals, respectively. Ferenc Puskas’ 746 career finishes and Gerd Muller’s 735 round out the top five.

Ronaldo’s long-time rival, Lionel Messi, looks set to join the 700 club imminently, as the Argentine is currently sitting on 699 career finishes. The bulk of Ronaldo’s goals came for Real Madrid, 450 over the course of nine seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu between 2009 and 2018.

Trending: How Lionel Messi won best men’s player of the year

Messi graphicImage result for lionel messiBarcelona’s Lionel Messi won the best men’s player at the Best Fifa Football Awards in Milan as Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk missed out on the top prize.

It is the sixth time Messi has been voted the world’s best, after wins in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.

The 32-year-old Argentine helped Barcelona win La Liga and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.

United States forward Megan Rapinoe won the best women’s player award.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins best player in Italy, as Juventus celebrate eighth successive Serie A

Cristiano Ronaldo receives the award for best player in Italy, as Juventus celebrate eighth successive Serie A (Photos)It has been reported that Superstar footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo was presented with the award for best player in Serie A last night, before Juventus kick-started their celebrations after finally lifting the Serie A trophy and marking their eighth successive season as champions of Italian football.

The Portuguese superstar finished his debut season in Italian football with 21 Serie A goals and eight assists to receive the award, which made him the first player to pick up the equivalent award in England, Spain, and Italy.

The Italian giants were handed the Serie A trophy after playing their last home game which ended with a 1-1 draw against Atalanta.

Club legend Gianluigi Buffon including new signing, Aaron Ramsey were invited by the club for their last home game.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodríguez and mother Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro were also in attendance to watch him receive his award and also celebrate his first league trophy with Juventus.

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins his first Serie A title with Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo wins his first Serie A title with Juventus, as the Italian club is crowned champions for eighth consecutive time (Photos)Superstar footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo has won his first Serie A title since joining Juventus.

The Italian club thrashed their opponent Fiorentina 2-1 to secure an eighth consecutive Serie A title on Saturday night.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side fell behind to Nikola Milenkovic’s early opener but equalised shortly before half-time through Alex Sandro. The home side sealed victory after the break when Fiorentina’s German Pezzella flicked Ronaldo’s cross into the back of his own net. The Juventus’ league title means Ronaldo, who signed from Real Madrid last summer, has become the first player to win domestic titles in England, Spain and Italy. Cristiano Ronaldo wins his first Serie A title with Juventus, as the Italian club is crowned champions for eighth consecutive time (Photos)Cristiano Ronaldo wins his first Serie A title with Juventus, as the Italian club is crowned champions for eighth consecutive time (Photos)Cristiano Ronaldo wins his first Serie A title with Juventus, as the Italian club is crowned champions for eighth consecutive time (Photos)Cristiano Ronaldo wins his first Serie A title with Juventus, as the Italian club is crowned champions for eighth consecutive time (Photos)

 

How footballer Sala died of head injuries, Reports reveal

Image result for Emiliano SalaArgentine footballer Emiliano Sala died of “head and trunk injuries”, an inquest in England heard Monday as it began to examine his death in a plane crash in the sea.

Sala, 28, had signed for English Premier League side Cardiff City and was flying to his new team from his old club Nantes in France when his plane went missing over the Channel on January 21.

The wreckage was located on the seabed. The striker’s body was recovered but pilot David Ibbotson is still missing. The plane remains under the sea.

Ronaldo: Man United robbed Juventus in Turin

Ronaldo: Man United Did Nothing To Deserve Win Over JuventusCristiano Ronaldo has revealed that his former side Manchester United did nothing to deserve their shock 2-1 win over Juventus in Turin in their UEFA Champions League clash on Wednesday.

A stunning volley from Ronaldo looked to have won a key Champions League clash for the Bianconeri, only for Juan Mata’s free-kick and an Alex Sandro own goal to gift United all three points late on.

The home side had plenty of chances to kill the game in the second half, with the likes of Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado all guilty of missing some golden opportunities, but the introduction of Marouane Fellaini for United seemed to ruffle the feathers of Juventus’ backline.

“The Champions League is a special competition, where you could be winning, but can’t relax, as anything can happen,” Ronaldo told Sky Sport Italia .

“Manchester United did nothing to win the game. You can’t even talk about luck, because you have to find your own luck and in this case we just gifted it to them.

“Now we’ve got to lift our heads, as we played really well and are still top of the group.”

The shock victory for United has left them in an excellent position to qualify from Group H, with Mourinho’s side regaining second place from Valencia and now just two points behind leaders Juventus.

The Serie A champions will still expect to progress to the knockout stages, with just one more victory required to guarantee them a place in the last 16.

Captain Giorgio Chiellini slammed his team following the match on Wednesday and claimed that a result like this had been on the cards for some time.

“We want to go all the way and if we are to do that, we must learn from this sort of mistake,” Chiellini told Sky Sport Italia .

“We’ve been threatening this sort of mess for a few games, to be honest, as we get too complacent and run risks that are totally unnecessary.

“Maybe now we’ll get our heads down and focus the way we need to in every single match, taking nothing for granted.”

Football: Why Higuain would never forgive Juventus over Ronaldo deal

Higuain: Juventus Kicked Me Out To Sign RonaldoAC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain feels like he was “kicked out” of Juventus after Cristiano Ronaldo’s signing in July.

Higuain joined Juve for a reported €90 million from Napoli in 2016 and scored 40 Serie A goals across his two seasons at the club, but his signing failed to be the catalyst for Champions League success some hoped it would be.

Juve turned their attentions to Ronaldo in pre-season and managed to lure the Ballon d’Or holder away from Real Madrid, bolstering their already impressive arsenal.

But his signing ultimately meant Higuain was surplus to requirements, paving the way for the Argentina international to join Milan on loan in August in a deal which can be made permanent at the end of the season.

It was never Higuain’s intention to leave Juve, though he insists he holds no grudge towards anyone at the club despite feeling forced out.

“No, mine is a feeling of affection because they treated me very well; team-mates and supporters have given me huge affection,” he toldGazzetta dello Sport.

“But I did not ask to leave. Basically, everyone says it, they kicked me out. At Milan I immediately had a great love and so they convinced me.

“Maybe I knew something had broken, and then they took Ronaldo. The decision to leave was not mine.

“I gave everything for Juventus, I won several titles. After Cristiano arrived, the club wanted to make a qualitative leap and they told me that I could not stay and that they were trying to find a solution. The best solution was Milan.”

Nevertheless, Higuain is enjoying life in Milan ahead of his first derby with Inter and has admiration for coach Gennaro Gattuso.

“I’m only sorry for the ranking [10th in Serie A] because we deserve to be higher,” he said.

“But otherwise I feel at a very good moment of my life, both mentally and professionally. I feel rejuvenated. I love Gattuso – he looks at you and sends you his love for football.”

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