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De Bruyne Strike Sends City 13-points Clear

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De Bruyne Strike Sends City 13-point Clear

Manchester Citytook another huge step towards retaining the Premier League title as one moment of inspiration from Kevin De Bruyne saw off Chelsea 1-0 to open up a 13-point lead at the top of the table.

A game of few chances was brought to life by the Belgian 20 minutes from time as he curled home the only goal from outside the box to seal a 12th consecutive league win for the champions.

Chelsea got the better of Pep Guardiola’s men in last season’s Champions League final, but securing their place in Europe’s top club competition next season now looks like the height of their ambitions for the rest of the Premier League season.

The Blues remain second but have won just one of their last six league games.

Four of the five meetings between the sides since Thomas Tuchel took charge of Chelsea have been won by a single goal and another cagey encounter ensued.

City dominated possession but struggled to open up a makeshift Chelsea defence featuring second-choice goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and Malang Sarr on just his second Premier League appearance.

Indeed City’s one clear chance before the break came from a Chelsea mistake.

Mateo Kovacic’s pass deflected off De Bruyne into the path of Jack Grealish, but the most expensive English player of all-time missed the chance to mark his biggest moment yet as a City player as his shot was turned behind by Arrizabalaga.

Chelsea’s own record signing Romelu Lukaku has had a similar underwhelming impact to Grealish.

The Belgian started for the fourth consecutive game since being dropped for a crucial clash against Liverpool earlier in the month for voicing his unhappiness at Stamford Bridge to Italian media.

Lukaku also had a huge chance to silence his critics early in the second half when he was picked out by Kovacic, but Ederson raced from his goal and made a fine save to low to his right.

Chelsea’s title challenge has faltered since losing the threat of wing-backs Ben Chilwell and Reece James to long-term injuries.

Chilwell’s understudy Marcos Alonso was given a torrid time by Raheem Sterling, but the England international lacked the finishing touch as he pulled a shot just wide after jinking past the Spaniard.

READ ALSO: City Cancel Briefing After Guardiola Covid-19 Test

A top-of-the-table clash lacked the accompanying atmosphere for most of the match at a subdued Etihad.

However, the crowd were brought to their feet by the game’s outstanding moment as De Bruyne delivered what could be the knock-out blow in the title race.

He held off the challenge of N’Golo Kante to spin onto Joao Cancelo’s pass before picking out the bottom left-hand corner of Arrizabalaga’s net.

Chelsea were unable to offer any response as they chased City shadows and could have lost by a more comprehensive scoreline.

Phil Foden shot over from Sterling’s cut-back, but one goal was all they needed to tighten their grip on a fourth league title in five years.

 

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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.

READ ALSO: AFCON 2021: Tunisia Coach Reveals How His Players Tamed Eagles

“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.

READ ALSO: Tunisian Coach, 12 Players To Miss Clash With Super Eagles

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

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.

READ ALSO: Charges Super Eagles To Win AFCON Title

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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