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Champions League: Willian Stars As Chelsea Thrash Qarabag To Claim R16 Spot

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English Premier League champions Chelsea booked their place in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League after a comfortable 4-0 win against Qarabag at the Olympic Stadium, Baku on Wednesday.

Goals from Eden Hazard, a brace from Willian and Cesc Fabregas helped Antonio Conte’s men win the tie.

The Blues who were without their Nigeria wing-back Victor Moses who is close to full fitness following an injury picked up against Crystal Palace weeks back, came close to taking the lead in the fourth through Fabregas but his effort was well saved by Ibrahim Sehic.

The hosts came close to scoring the game’s opening goal on 12 minutes but Michel Madera’s effort hit the woodwork.

The breakthrough came for Chelsea on 19 minutes when Brazilian midfielder Willian was brought down inside the box by Qarabag captain Rashad Sadygov.

The defender was sent off for a professional foul with Eden Hazard converting the spot pick two minutes later to hand Chelsea the lead.

It was the Belgian’s third goal in five Champions League game for the former champions this season.

Qarabag put up a good fight despite going a man down but conceded the second goal nine minutes before the break.

Hazard received the ball inside the penalty area and after flicking the ball into the path of Willian, the Brazilian did the rest with a cool finish from 12 yards out.

With Saturday’s crucial Premier League game against Liverpool in mind, Chelsea adopted a patient approach in the second half and had to wait till the 68th minute to carve out another meaningful chance.

Substitute Alvaro Morata was picked out by Antonio Rudiger inside the penalty area but he dragged his shot wide of the far post.

Fabregas added the third on 73 minutes, while Willian capped an impressive evening with the last goal of the game six minutes from time.

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Cavani Gets Three-Game Ban, £100,000 Fine

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Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani has been slammed with a three-match ban and £100,000 fine after he used the word ‘negrito’ in a social media post. Cavani sent the message to a friend after his match-winning performance against Southampton last month, but the FA decided it was discriminatory in nature and charged him with misconduct. The […]

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Gernot Rohr Reveals Who Is Better Between Lionel Messi And Diego Maradona

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The head coach of the Nigerian national team played against the late Argentine legend when they were both in their prime, and he does not doubt that the Napoli icon has few equals

Manager Gernot Rohr admits that Argentina hero Diego Armando Maradona was one of the greatest players to grace the game, highlighting the late playmaker’s qualities with the ball at his feet.

While comparing Diego Maradona to his fellow Argentine great Lionel Messi, the Super Eagles handler insists that the Barcelona forward is better than the 1986 FIFA World Cup winner.

Maradona arrived in Europe in 1982 in a world-record transfer to Barcelona and spent two excellent years at Camp Nou before departing for Italy’s Napoli in another world record transfer fee of £6.9 million.

He was instrumental as Napoli claimed two Serie A titles, the UEFA Cup, the Coppa Italia, and the Supercoppa Italiana, during his seven-year stay at the club.

En route to lifting that UEFA Cup in 1989, Maradona’s Napoli duelled against Girondins Bordeaux – which had a certain Gernot Rohr as a fullback – in the last sixteen round of the old UEFA competition in December 1988.

Rohr maintains that encounter and a similar one with Maradona convinced him that the former Barcelona star was an incredible footballer.

“I was lucky enough to play him twice,” Rohr told German regional newspaper, Mannheimer Morgen.

“In 1983, he was even my direct opponent at the 100th anniversary of Girondins Bordeaux against Barcelona, ​​and then again in the 1988/89 UEFA Cup, which Maradona then won with SSC Napoli.

“He was a gifted footballer. Maradona was smart, didn’t run much, but his left foot sucked the ball.

“Unfortunately, he had to fight hard after football. Applied to today’s conditions, one could compare him to Lionel Messi.”

But when asked if Maradona was the greatest footballer of all time, the German tactician claimed that Messi was better than his celebrated compatriot.

“I have a lot of sympathy for Messi. He’s a bit better because he was also very fair within a team and to the opponent – and didn’t have to score a goal with his hand (laughs),” said the Super Eagles coach.

1986 World Cup winner Maradona died aged 60 after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina, in November 2020.

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Premier League: Lookman On Target, Aina, Iheanacho In Action As Fulham Claim Away Win At Leicester 

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Ademola Lookman got on the score sheet as struggling Fulham secured a shock 2-1 win against Leicester City inside the King Power stadium in Monday night’s Premier League game, Completesports.com reports. In action for Fulham were Ola Aina and Tosin Adarabioyo who saw 90 minutes of action, while Kelechi Iheanacho was introduced on 70 minutes. […]

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Taiwo Awoniyi: Time To Cut Short The Dream And Leave Liverpool Permanently

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It has been five years since the former Golden Eaglets star joined the Reds, but he is not any closer to playing for Jurgen Klopp’s side

Taiwo Awoniyi has not played a single game since moving to Liverpool in 2015, and the Nigerian youth international says he seriously considered quitting the club permanently in the summer.

Awoniyi is still not eligible for a work permit in England as he hasn’t featured yet for the Nigeria senior national team. This situation has robbed him of the chance to play in the English Premier League.

A hero of Nigeria’s triumph at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and the 2015 African U20 Championship in Senegal, Awoniyi is yet to light up his career as expected.

The 23-year-old has had seven loan spells in clubs across the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and agreed to a temporary deal with Union Berlin in September for the entire 2020-21 season.

Awoniyi insists he retains the ambition of playing for the Reds, but he prefers to leave Liverpool for the opportunity to settle down somewhere else.

“It is my dream to play for Liverpool. But me playing for Liverpool has to do with getting my work permit,” Awoniyi told ESPN.

“Without it, there is no chance for me discussing about playing for Liverpool for now.

“This season was maybe a bit tough to make the decision because honestly, I was hoping to leave permanently.

“Liverpool have been great, they have been so supportive, and we always talk with the director and every time, they tell me to be patient.

“But the reason I discussed something permanent this season was just that I felt most loans I have been to have not really been the way I want it.

“And I felt like it happens that way because the loan players get less of an advantage than the players of their own club.

“That was what made me think, okay, maybe it’s time to find a home with my family.”

Awoniyi has featured seven times for Union Berlin in the Bundesliga this term, opening his goal account for the club in the 2-1 defeat of Cologne a fortnight ago.

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