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Folden Mahrez unstoppable as man city thrash burnley



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Folden Mahrez unstoppable as man city thrash Burnley

Manchester City’s Premier League champions may be nearing an end but they are determined to make Liverpool wait, as they trash burnley 5-0.

Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez both scored twice as Manchester City thrashed Burnley to ensure Liverpool will have to wait a little longer to wrap up the Premier League title.

Three first-half goals saw City on their way to the most comfortable of wins at Etihad Stadium, with Folden mahrez superb long-range strike breaking the deadlock before Mahrez’s double just before the break.

Folden mahrez fine solo effort made it 2-0 before he added another from the spot after Ben Mee fouled Sergio Aguero, with the penalty being awarded by the video assistant referee.

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It was all too easy for City against a Burnley side that did not name their full complement of substitutes for their first game since the Premier League restarted behind closed doors amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Folden mahrez played a starring role in the rout, starting the move that saw Bernardo Silva tee up David Silva to make it 4-0 soon after the break, and then adding a fifth himself after Gabriel Jesus helped on a David Silva cross.

By then the evening was a stroll for Manchester city, who are now 20 points behind the leaders with eight league games remaining.

If the defending champions had dropped points against the Clarets, a win for Liverpool against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday would have seen them officially take City’s crown.

Instead, Jurgen Klopp’s side must beat the Eagles and then rely on City dropping points against Chelsea on Thursday if they are to clinch the title before they visit Etihad Stadium on 2 July.

Burnley issued a statement during the game condemning the actions of those responsible after a plane carrying a banner reading ‘White Lives Matter Burnley’ was flown over the ground shortly after kick-off.

Both sets of players had taken a knee before the game started in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Burnley have now lost 5-0 on their past three visits to Manchester City in all competitions, but this defeat could have been even worse.

The Clarets did not manage an effort at goal until Dwight McNeil lashed a free-kick into the empty stand behind Ederson’s goal after 63 minutes, and that was the only time they came close to threatening a reply.

About Burnley’s boss:

There were mitigating circumstances for Burnley boss Sean Dyche, however.

A trip to this part of Manchester is hard enough without the contract issues and injuries which meant he could not fill his bench in his side’s first game after their enforced three-month break.

Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood, the first-choice strikers were absent through injury, while Jeff Hendrick, Aaron Lennon, Phil Bardsley, and former England goalkeeper Joe Hart are all free agents from the end of June and were not considered for selection.

It meant that, while City had players of the calibre of Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling among their substitutes, the Clarets named two untried youngsters in Max Thompson and Bobby Thomas, and two keepers – Lukas Jensen and Bailey Peacock-Farrell – among their replacements.

Before Burnley’s season was stopped, Burnley was on a seven-game unbeaten run that had taken them to the fringes of the race for Europe. Dyche’s mission now is to try to regain some of that momentum in the next few weeks.

Burnley next match:

Burnley will now host Watford on Thursday, June 25th. while Manchester City play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge later the same evening (20:15).

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2021 AFCON: Salisu Yusuf Says Super Eagles Technical Crew Working to Ensure Nigeria Defeat Tunisia



2021 AFCON: Salisu Yusuf Says Super Eagles Technical Crew Working to Ensure Nigeria Defeat Tunisia

Author: Howdy Busayo, Abuja

Super Eagles assistant coach, Salisu Yusuf has disclosed that Nigeria’s technical crew is working assiduously to identify the strength and weaknesses of the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia ahead of their clash with the 3-time African Champions in the round of 16 of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Nigeria garnered 9 maximum points from their 3 matches in Group D to emerge as group winners while Tunisia secured their qualification ticket after finishing as one of the best 3rd placed teams at the group stage.

“Like every other game, Tunisia have their pluses and minuses. We are going to study them critically and identify their strength and weaknesses so that we can exploit their weaknesses while containing their strength,” Yusuf said.

The Kano Pillars coach also described the support the team as received in Cameroon as heartwarming while stressing the fact that the Nigerian community has made the venue “home away from home.”

“The support here is enormous, they have shown love to our country and everybody wants us to win. They have made us feel like we are playing in Nigeria from the first day we arrived and we hope we keep winning so that they continue to be happy with us,” he added.

Yusuf lauded the Eagles players for their resounding performance at the group stage, saying they deserve kudos and must be celebrated. He however charged the boys to continue towing that line at the crucial knockout round of the competition.

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“The last three games were good, you can see that there is difference from some matches that the team played before this time. You can see that there is intensity in the game. There is so much commitment on the part of the players and I think we should give them kudos for fighting so well so far,” the 2008 Nigeria Professional Football League-title winning coach added.

The Super Eagles take on the Carthage Eagles on Sunday at 8pm Nigerian time as they hope to win their 4th AFCON title.

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Super Eagles to Face Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in Round of 16



2021 AFCON: Super Eagles to Face Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in Round of 16

Author : Eunice Johnson, Abuja

Nigeria will take on Tunisia in the Round of 16 of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Carthage Eagles booked their place in the knockout phase of the competition as one of the four third-placed countries after a shock 1-0 loss to the Gambia on Thursday night.

Prior to their last Group F showdown against the Scorpions, the North Africans needed a win to finish as runners-up.

To reach the last eight of Cameroon 2021, Augustine Eguavoen’s men must negotiate their way past Mondher Kebaier’s team.

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The match will be held on Sunday at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua. The winner from there, will face either Burkina Faso or Gabon in the quarter-finals.

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2021 AFCON: Gabon’s Head Coach Patrice Never Unhappy with Aubameyang Situation




Gabon coach Patrice Neveu has stated he is still not happy about what happened with Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
After testing positive for the coronavirus and being ruled out of Gabon’s Group C opener against Comoros, Aubameyang failed to fully recover to take part in their second game against Ghana.
This saw him returning to his club while international teammate and OGC Nice midfielder Mario Lemina also left the Panthers camp for similar reasons.But Neveu’s side managed to get past the group stage without two of their key players and the coach has placed emphasis on the need to move on.

Gabon finished second in Group C after edging Comoros 1-0, drawing 1-1 against Ghana, before sharing the spoils 2-2 with Morocco on Tuesday.

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