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PSG Wins Without Messi, Neymar

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PSG Wins Without Messi, Neymar

Despite the absence of the duo of Lionel Messi and Neymar, PSG defeated Brest 4-2 on Friday to make it three wins out of three this season in Ligue 1.

Ander Herrera and Idrissa Gana Gueye also found the net for the capital side as they moved ominously on to nine points from a possible nine and clear at the top of the fledgling French table with a second consecutive 4-2 victory.

The full house of 15,000 in Brittany were denied the chance to see Messi make his PSG debut after the Argentine was left out of the squad as he continues to build up his fitness.

Neymar, who like Messi returned to training late after going all the way to the final of the Copa America last month, was also left out but PSG once again showed that they have little trouble finding the net and winning without the two superstars.

However, once again their defending left a lot to be desired and will have given coach Mauricio Pochettino food for thought with a number of players still waiting on the sidelines.

– Donnarumma on the bench –
Italy’s Euro 2020 goalkeeping hero Gianluigi Donnarumma appeared in the squad for the first time since his arrival from AC Milan but was left on the bench as Keylor Navas started in goal.

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Donnarumma’s fellow European champion, Marco Verratti, did play for the first time this season in midfield but skipper Marquinhos was still missing.

Mbappe has dominated headlines in Paris ever since the arrival of Messi as speculation surrounds the future of the World Cup winner, who is out of contract at the end of the campaign and is a target for Real Madrid.

However he set up a total of four goals in the opening league wins against promoted Troyes and against Strasbourg, and once again Mbappe played a central role in the rudimentary surroundings of the Stade Francis-Le Ble.

PSG went ahead midway through the first half when Mbappe tried a clipped cross which was cleared out to the edge of the area where Herrera met the ball on the volley and the Spaniard’s shot found the bottom corner.

Mbappe made it 2-0 in the 36th minute, arriving to head in his first goal of the season after Georginio Wijnaldum’s shot had been blocked.

Brest got one back just before the break when Franck Honorat finished first-time after a fine back-heel lay-off by Romain Faivre.

Nevertheless Gueye appeared to put the game to bed when he made it 3-1 in the 73rd minute with a piledriver from fully 35 metres which Brest’s Dutch international goalkeeper Marco Bizot could only help on its way in.

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Yet Brest pulled another one back five minutes from time through Steve Mounie, with Faivre again providing the assist.

PSG were actually in danger of conceding an equaliser until the 90th minute when, as Brest threw everyone forward, Di Maria broke downfield and played a one-two with Achraf Hakimi before scoring with a delightful lob.

Di Maria had come on for Mbappe late on for his first appearance of the campaign and his goal was reminiscent of his winner for Argentina in the Copa America final against Brazil last month.

Saturday in Ligue 1 sees Monaco host Lens in between the two legs of their Champions League play-off against Shakhtar Donetsk, before defending champions Lille go to Saint-Etienne.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s N925m Bugatti Veyron Involved In Accident

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Cristiano Ronaldo's N925m Bugatti Veyron Involved In An Accident

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A supercar, the Bugatti Veyron belonging to Manchester United and Portugal playmaker, Cristiano Ronaldo has crashed into a house in Majorca, according to reports in Spain on Monday.

The reports disclosed that the crashed car, valued at £1.8million, about N925 million, was one of two cars the five-time Balon D’ Or Winner had shipped over to join him in Majorca.

The incident took place this morning in Palma de Mallorca, in the district of Sa Coma, in Bunyola.

It was also revealed that the 37-year-old former Real Madrid and Juventus star is on the Balearic Island, enjoying a holiday with family before returning to the United Kingdom for pre-season, which begins later this month.

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El Periodico Mediterraneo reports that the Bugatti Veyron was being driven by an employee of the Portuguese superstar, when it crashed into the entrance of a house on Monday morning.

It is understood the driver of the vehicle has suffered no serious injuries, but it is said that there is   extensive damage to the front of the vehicle.

Ronaldo, who is regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of football and holds the record for most goals scored, has a love for supercars and has a fleet valued at around £17m.

In a recent documentary of which his partner Georgina Rodriguez was the subject, fans were given a glimpse at his array of vehicles including a Ferrari 599 GTO, a McLaren Senna and a pair of Rolls-Royces.

 

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AFCON Qualifier: Osimhen Shines As Eagles Thrash Sao Tome 10-0

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Super Eagles of Nigeria broke record as they thrash Sao Tome 10-0. Nigeria’s star player Victor Osimhen scored four in the game with Moffi scoring a brace. The Eagle’s head coach Jose Peseiro secured Nigeria’s biggest win in a competitive match.

 

The Nigerian Super Eagles today made history as they defeated their opponents in their AFCON qualifiers against Sao Tome to maintain a hundred percent record in their group A encounter.

The Eagles attack led by Napoli striker Victor Osihmen, were invisible  throughout  the encounter.

Oshimen opened the flood gate in the 9th minute before setting up Moses Simon and Terem Moffi in the 28th and 43rd minutes respectively to make it 3-0 going into the break.

He added his second for the day in the 48th minute before completing his hat trick in the 65th minute of play.

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The Napoli striker netted his fourth in the 84th minute to make it five goals in the qualifiers already.

FC Lorient forward, Terem Moffi, scored his second in the 60th minute while Oghenekaro Etebo, Dennis Emmanuel and Lokman Ademola also register their own goals.

The Super Eagles have now garnered six points from two games in the qualifiers to top Group A ahead of Guinea-Bissau’s clash with Sierra Leone later in the day.

It is also the biggest win the Eagles has ever had in an international competition in their history.

Next for the Super Eagles is a double header with Guinea-Bissau later in the year.

 

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AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Get Easy Opponents

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AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Get Easy Opponents

Super Eagles of Nigeria will face the likes of Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau and Sao Tome and Principe in their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying games.

The draw was conducted on Tuesday evening.

The Super Eagles failed to get past the Round of 16 in the last edition of the tournament played in January/February in Cameroon this year.

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While the Eagles where in group A, current holders Senegal are in Group L with Benin Republic, Mozambique and Rwanda.

Full list:

Group A: Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Sa o Tome e Principe or Mauritius
Group B: Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Togo, Eswatini
Group C: Cameroon, Kenya, Namibia, Burundi
Group D: Egypt, Guinea, Malawi, Ethiopia
Group E: Ghana, Madagascar, Angola, Central African Republic
Group F: Algeria, Uganda, Niger, Tanzania

Group G: Mali, Congo Brazzaville, Gambia, South Sudan
Group H: Ivory Coast (hosts), Zambia, Comoros, Lesotho
Group I: Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Mauritania, Sudan
Group J: Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Botswana
Group K: Morocco, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Liberia

Group L: Senegal (holders), Benin, Mozambique, Rwanda
Dates

May 30-June 14: Matchdays 1, 2
Sept 19-27: Matchdays 3, 4
March 20-28, 2023: Matchdays 5, 6

 

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