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Bale Scores Hat-trick To Keep Wales World Cup Hope Alive

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Bale Scores Hat-trick To Keep Wales World Cup Hope Alive

Real Madrid striker, Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick, as Wales defeated Belarus 3-2 on Sunday in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

The win was Wales’ second in three games in Group E and moves them up to third, one point behind the second-placed Czech Republic with a game in hand.

The group winners qualify automatically for the 2022 finals in Qatar with the runners-up heading into the play-offs.

Belgium lead the table with 10 points from four matches and host the Czechs later on Sunday.

“Qualification is alive, we lost to a very good Belgium team but it is important we win every other game,” Bale told Sky Sports.

“I know the performance, and we all know the performance wasn’t good enough in the first half. We corrected it more in the second half, we bounced back and showed character to get the result.”

Bale, who has broken back into the Real Madrid team this season under Carlo Ancelotti, gave the nominal visitors a fifth-minute lead from the penalty spot in Kazan.

The game was being played in Russia due to EU and UK sanctions against the Belarusian government.

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But Lokomotiv Moscow’s Vitali Lisakovich levelled with a spot-kick just before the half-hour mark, and then set up Pavel Sedko to turn the game on its head a minute later.

Wales had to be patient in the second period, only equalising in the 69th minute through another Bale penalty.

Cardiff City youngster Mark Harris, making his debut as a substitute, caused havoc in the Belarus defence in stoppage time, with his shot saved by Sergei Chernik.

But the ball eventually found its way to Bale and his snap-shot squirmed under the body of the Belarus goalkeeper to spark wild Welsh celebrations.

 

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Eguavoen Reveals Why He Accepted Super Eagles’ Job

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Former Super Eagles interim coach, Augustine Eguavoen has given reasons why he accepted the offer of leading the Eagles after Gernot Rohr was relieved of his job.

Rohr guided the Eagles to the 2018 world cup in Russia and was sacked after five years in charge of the Nigeria national team, weeks before the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations kicked off in Cameroon.

Eguavoen, who many have called on to fully take on as the Super Eagles Coach after his performance at the first round of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon while speaking with BBC Sport Africa, said as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) technical director, he had to step in before a permanent boss is hired.

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“Our former coach was relieved of his duties and it was just weeks before the Africa Cup of Nations.

“As technical director, anywhere in the world that is what is obtainable. If there is a vacancy, it is the technical director that steps in before the coach has been appointed.

“So that’s why you see me taking this role as an interim man,” he said.

The NFF announced Jose Peseiro as the next head coach of the Eagles before AFCON 2021, while Eguavoen stepped aside after they were eliminated by Tunisia on Sunday.

 

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AFCON 2021: Tunisia Coach Reveals How His Players Tamed Eagles

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Tunisia coach, Mondher Kebaier has opened up on how his boys stopped Nigeria from progressing to the quarter-finals in the ongoing 2021 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon, following their impressive performance against Super Eagles

Nigeria was tagged favourite to lift the trophy after their amazing performance in the group stage as they recorded 9 points after 3 games

Msakni netted the only goal of the game as the North Africans were a lone goal victor

During a post-match conference, the coach confirmed that they worked on the Nigeria wingers because they knew how dangerous they could be.

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“Today we came up with tactics to put pressure on the Nigerian wingers because they are very dangerous. And we also know they have difficulties when they lose the ball,” he said.

Tunisia will now play against Burkina Faso in the quarter-final as Super Eagles return home.

 

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AFCON 2021: COVID-19-ravaged Tunisian Team Sends Super Eagles Home

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Nigerian Super Eagles are  out of the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) after suffering a shocking 1-0 defeat to COVID-19-ravaged Tunisian team on Sunday.

The Super Eagles had qualified as the only team with a maximum of nine points from the group stage, beating all teams in Group D. However, the Eagles couldn’t make it beyond the round of 16.

Both teams went into the first-half break without goals. Until Youssef Msakni delivers the single killer goal that sent the Super Eagles out of the competition few minutes into the second half.

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Alex Iwobi was shown the red card at the 66th minute, depleting the Eagles as Tunisia cruised into the quarter-final of the tournament

This comes a few hours after President Muhammadu Buhari called the Super Eagles, charging them to defeat their opponent.

 

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