Monday, 23 May 2016

Barcelona 2-0 Sevilla (AET): Messi masterclass seals double for Luis Enrique's men

Barcelona 2-0 Sevilla (AET): Messi masterclass seals double for Luis Enrique's men

Barcelona 2-0 Sevilla (AET): Messi masterclass seals double for Luis Enrique's men

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Jordi Alba and Neymar took advantage of two sensational passes from the No. 10 to settle an uncompromising showpiece, after both teams had been reduced to 10 men
Lionel Messi proved Barcelona's hero in the Copa del Rey final, as the Argentine laid on both of his side's goals to seal a 2-0 victory over Sevilla at the Vicente Calderon.
Luis Enrique's side just managed to outlast Madrid pair Atletico and Real to defend their title in La Liga and it was another feat of endurance to see off Sevilla at the Vicente Calderon.
The Andalusian side could not replicate their second-half majesty of Wednesday's 3-1 Europa League final success against Liverpool, despite enjoying much of the play.
Javier Mascherano's first-half dismissal and Luis Suarez's withdrawal with a hamstring injury kept Barca pegged back throughout, but Ever Banega's dismissal in second-half stoppage time turned the tables.
Messi had been subdued throughout, but it was the Argentina star's inch-perfect pass that put Jordi Alba through to score in the 97th minute.
After Daniel Carrico saw red to add to the feisty atmosphere, Messi again hit top gear to set up Neymar's clincher, sealing a 28th Copa del Rey for Barca, whose Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Atletico stands as the only major blot on another stunning season.
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Andres Iniesta turned in a true captain's performance of craft and guile throughout, and his superb scooped pass gave Suarez the first chance, but he smashed wide.
Sevilla's midweek hero Coke slashed wide after Vitolo presented him with a good chance, but the Andalusian fans were raucous after Mascherano received his marching orders after hauling down Kevin Gameiro on the edge of the box with the Frenchman clean through on goal.  
Banega curled the subsequent free-kick over the wall and toward the top corner, but Marc-Andre ter Stegen showed his class with a superb save to tip the ball over the bar.  
Gerard Pique nearly handed Barcelona the lead in the dying minutes of the first half, beating his marker to Ivan Rakitic's corner from the left, only to thump his header inches over.
The game was Sevilla's to lose following Mascherano's dismissal and Banega hit the post after a flowing move as they turned up the heat and Suarez's enforced substitution due to a hamstring injury appeared to leave Barca's chances crumbling.



Rafinha's introduction for the Uruguayan helped the Catalans control midfield better, but only a last-ditch block from Sergio Busquets prevented Grzegorz Krychowiak from opening the scoring from a corner.
Neither side could find the breakthrough, but momentum titled in Barcelona's favour in stoppage time as Sevilla were reduced to 10 men after Banega brought down Neymar just outside the area and Sergio Rico had to save from Messi and Jeremy Mathieu to force extra time.
However, Rico was left helpless as Alba raced onto Messi's pinpoint chipped pass over the defence and coolly slotted home.
Carrico was booked for a rough tackle on Messi, and his protestations earned another immediate yellow card, before Neymar sparked Barca's celebrations in earnest as he prodded home after more Messi magnificence.

Man Wheeling Corpse Of A Nigerian Woman On Trolley In New York Arrested (photo)


A man has been arrested after reportedly being seen wheeling a woman’s dead body along a street in New York. The New York Police Department (NYPD) said an off-duty detective saw Anthony Lopez, 31, using a metal dolly to transport the corpse of 26-year-old Aduba Obiamaka on Friday, May 20.

Officers tried to question him after spotting the body underneath the sheet but Lopez allegedly went on the run for 24 hours. NYPD detectives said he shaved his head to avoid detection but was arrested in Manhattan on Saturday.

He has been charged with murder and concealing a human corpse.The medical examiner will determine what caused the death of Obiamaka, who police believe was Lopez's wife. It was not immediately known if Lopez has a lawyer

DAVIDO'S SISTER

Davido’s sister, Ashley Coco, sizzled in four different outfits at her Traditional wedding to her beau, Caleb, which was held on Thursday, 12th of May. See photos below...



She's really beautiful....
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Monday, 14 September 2015

KELECHI IHEANACHO

Sep 12, 2015 22:30:28
The great hope of Nigerian football announced himself to the world with a decisive winner for pacesetters Manchester City at Selhurst Park

GOAL COMMENT    By Solace Chukwu      Follow on Twitter
 
Manchester’s City ’s blistering start to the season has seen them anointed champions-elect. They may well fulfil this prophecy come May 2016; their victory at Crystal Palace showed the sort of gritty persistence that defines champions, and had an inevitability about it bordering on predestination. It also neatly penned a wonderful script, as Kelechi Iheanacho , a few weeks removed from his 19th birthday, struck the winner at the death with his very first touch.
For the Nigerian football fan, Iheanacho’s announcement to the Premier League has been the object of frenzied expectation. The Citizens do not command a huge following in Africa’s most-populous nation, and as such their games do not attract the level of viewership the other members of the Big Four can boast of.
However, the moment it was announced Iheanacho would not be going out on loan – a fate widely predicted – but would spend the season at the Etihad, this was always going to change. Waiting on his appearances assumed the anguish of a full bladder and the accompanying certainty that, in leaving to relieve yourself, something of great importance would be missed.
Ostensibly City’s third-choice striker, the chances would undoubtedly be few; Manuel Pellegrini would offer him cameos, fleeting windows of opportunity within which to showcase his strengths.

Iheanacho |  One small touch, one massive goal...
His debut came in the opening day thrashing of West Bromwich Albion, and spanned all of three minutes. With the scoreline at 4-0 and the game winding down, there was little scope for decisive impact. However, it made clear that the little Nigerian’s moments of quality this term would only be vignettes, rather than feature-length.
His move to Manchester on the back of a delightful U-17 World Cup in 2013 was the final act in a protracted drama, complete with purported physical assault, confusion over representation, and concerns over which team would best utilize his talents. For it has never been in doubt that he had ability: six goals and seven assists is as blatant an assertion of dominance as you will find in a major tournament.
If anything, as is deducible from these numbers, the uncertainty stemmed from what his best role might be. While he played a narrow left-sided role, stepping in off the wide areas into the zone between the lines at U-17 level – the sort of wide playmaker role David Silva fulfils when City play 4-4-2 – it was decided he would be converted into a central striker.
To his credit, his adaptation to the role has been seamless.

Kelechi Iheanacho's heat map for Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace - simplicity is everything!
It really is no surprise: he was always a wonderfully composed finisher, and at just over 6ft, is not a soft touch. Versatility can be a problem for young players, as they are often played in varying positions simply for the benefit of game time. His anchoring at centre-forward at such an early stage allows him to develop the unique tools for the position; already, he has added bulk to his wiry frame, and is learning to occupy centre-backs and make better movements off the ball.
His winning goal, a quick pounce after a parried shot from Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, would prove the ultimate vindication for Pellegrini. The Chilean let the influential Edin Dzeko leave to Roma, while the unfortunate Stevan Jovetic rocked up with former City manager Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan. His decision to resist calls for another forward was a nudge in Iheanacho’s direction and, just five weeks in, he has won his first three points for his side.
Most remarkably, he is yet to complete ten competitive minutes in a City shirt. That will be rectified sooner rather than later.

Will Iheanacho's effort against Palace ensure that he is given a greater opportunity over the coming weeks?
Trust has a wonderfully mitotic ability, and it must have been great from the manager’s point of view to hear the excited 18-year-old beam, “I said to myself, ‘if I go in, I will do what he [Pellegrini] asked me.’”
He may be third in the pecking order, but with Sergio Aguero offering a reminder of his own persistently fragile mortality – taken off with injury – there will be many more chances for Kelechi to show how much of the manager’s grizzled wisdom he has taken on.
From now on, Nigerians will be watching...
Sep 12, 2015 22:30:28
The great hope of Nigerian football announced himself to the world with a decisive winner for pacesetters Manchester City at Selhurst Park

GOAL COMMENT    By Solace Chukwu      Follow on Twitter
 
Manchester’s City ’s blistering start to the season has seen them anointed champions-elect. They may well fulfil this prophecy come May 2016; their victory at Crystal Palace showed the sort of gritty persistence that defines champions, and had an inevitability about it bordering on predestination. It also neatly penned a wonderful script, as Kelechi Iheanacho , a few weeks removed from his 19th birthday, struck the winner at the death with his very first touch.
For the Nigerian football fan, Iheanacho’s announcement to the Premier League has been the object of frenzied expectation. The Citizens do not command a huge following in Africa’s most-populous nation, and as such their games do not attract the level of viewership the other members of the Big Four can boast of.
However, the moment it was announced Iheanacho would not be going out on loan – a fate widely predicted – but would spend the season at the Etihad, this was always going to change. Waiting on his appearances assumed the anguish of a full bladder and the accompanying certainty that, in leaving to relieve yourself, something of great importance would be missed.
Ostensibly City’s third-choice striker, the chances would undoubtedly be few; Manuel Pellegrini would offer him cameos, fleeting windows of opportunity within which to showcase his strengths.

Iheanacho |  One small touch, one massive goal...
His debut came in the opening day thrashing of West Bromwich Albion, and spanned all of three minutes. With the scoreline at 4-0 and the game winding down, there was little scope for decisive impact. However, it made clear that the little Nigerian’s moments of quality this term would only be vignettes, rather than feature-length.
His move to Manchester on the back of a delightful U-17 World Cup in 2013 was the final act in a protracted drama, complete with purported physical assault, confusion over representation, and concerns over which team would best utilize his talents. For it has never been in doubt that he had ability: six goals and seven assists is as blatant an assertion of dominance as you will find in a major tournament.
If anything, as is deducible from these numbers, the uncertainty stemmed from what his best role might be. While he played a narrow left-sided role, stepping in off the wide areas into the zone between the lines at U-17 level – the sort of wide playmaker role David Silva fulfils when City play 4-4-2 – it was decided he would be converted into a central striker.
To his credit, his adaptation to the role has been seamless.

Kelechi Iheanacho's heat map for Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace - simplicity is everything!
It really is no surprise: he was always a wonderfully composed finisher, and at just over 6ft, is not a soft touch. Versatility can be a problem for young players, as they are often played in varying positions simply for the benefit of game time. His anchoring at centre-forward at such an early stage allows him to develop the unique tools for the position; already, he has added bulk to his wiry frame, and is learning to occupy centre-backs and make better movements off the ball.
His winning goal, a quick pounce after a parried shot from Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, would prove the ultimate vindication for Pellegrini. The Chilean let the influential Edin Dzeko leave to Roma, while the unfortunate Stevan Jovetic rocked up with former City manager Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan. His decision to resist calls for another forward was a nudge in Iheanacho’s direction and, just five weeks in, he has won his first three points for his side.
Most remarkably, he is yet to complete ten competitive minutes in a City shirt. That will be rectified sooner rather than later.

Will Iheanacho's effort against Palace ensure that he is given a greater opportunity over the coming weeks?
Trust has a wonderfully mitotic ability, and it must have been great from the manager’s point of view to hear the excited 18-year-old beam, “I said to myself, ‘if I go in, I will do what he [Pellegrini] asked me.’”
He may be third in the pecking order, but with Sergio Aguero offering a reminder of his own persistently fragile mortality – taken off with injury – there will be many more chances for Kelechi to show how much of the manager’s grizzled wisdom he has taken on.
From now on, Nigerians will be watching...

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South America

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Klopp next manager Netherlands?
Reports in Germany suggest that Jürgen Klopp could be the next manager of The Netherlands, in case Danny Blind fails to qualify for EURO 2016. It's known that Klopp is open for a job at a national team.
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Thomas Eichin to renew this week
After long negotiations Werder Bremen and sporting director Thomas Eichin have reached a compromise. Eichin will signa a contract extension this week.
Source:
Kreiszeitung Syke
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