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Leicester beat Manchester City 5-2 at Etihad Stadium

By Valentine Amanze

Leicester has humbled Manchester City with a 5-2 trashing of the Pep Gurdiola side at the Etihad stadium.

Riyad Mahrez, the Leicester’s former player, had put the hosts ahead after only four minutes, smashing a sublime first-time strike into the top corner, with his weaker right leg.

The celebration did not last long when Jamie Vardy equalized through a penalty before the half time break.

How Adesanya retained UFC middleweight title

By Valentine Amanze

UFC World Middleweight Champion, Israel Adesanya, has successfully defended the title expertly against Paulo Costa.

The victory extended Adesanya’s perfect professional record to 20-0 at UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi.

The event, held early Sunday morning, marked a return to 'UFC Fight Island' and Adesanya made a second successful defence of his crown by finishing the previously undefeated Brazilian via a second-round TKO at Yas Island.

1899 Hoffenheim shock Bayern Munich with 4-1 victory

By Valentine Amanze

Bayern Munich could not imagine what struck them as 1899 Hoffenheim humbled the Champions League champions with 4-1 victory at Hoffenheim on Sunday.

The loss was Bayern Munich’s first defeat since December 2019.
Bayern had won their past 23 matches, and were unbeaten in 32, a run that saw them win last season's treble and the Uefa Super Cup on Thursday.

Ermin Bicakcic headed the hosts ahead and Munas Dabbur made it 2-0, before Joshua Kimmich's goal for Bayern.

Arsenal wins at Leicester, may clash with Liverpool

Arsenal FC appears set for a double clash with Liverpool next week with a 2-0 win against Leicester in the Carabao Cup match at King Power Stadium Wednesday night.

But the London side has to wait for the outcome of the Liverpool-Lincoln match on Thursday.

If Liverpool beats Lincoln it would see Arsenal make two trips to Anfield next week, with the fourth-round tie following on from a Premier League meeting on Monday night.

Solskjaer didn't give Ighalo a chance in Man Utd – Ezeji

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to have more faith in on-loan striker Odion Ighalo, according to former Nigeria forward Victor Ezeji.

Ighalo’s arrival from Shanghai Shenhua in January raised eyebrows but he responded with five goals in eight appearances in the Europa League and FA Cup.

However, he didn’t play more than 20 minutes in a single Premier League match during 2019-20.

With his extended loan deal expiring in the new year, Ezeji thinks Ighalo needs to look elsewhere as he won’t get enough chances at United – despite it being his boyhood club.

Arsenal rewards Arteta after FA Cup glory

By Valentine Amanze

Sequel to winning FA Cup for Arsenal in 2019-20 season, the club’s management has promoted
Mikel Arteta from head coach to manager.

The club withdrew the position in 2018 when Arsene Wenger resigned his appointment after 22 years in office.

But going by PA Sport report on Thursday, Arteta, a Spaniard, would now be first-team manager as opposed to head coach, while Vinai Venkatesham will take the mantle of chief executive having previously operated as managing director.

Farah smashes Haile's one-hour world record in Brussel

Mo Farah and Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands set respective men’s and women’s world one-hour records at the Wanda Diamond League exhibition meeting at the King Baudouin Stadium on Friday night.
Britain’s multiple world and Olympic champion held off the challenge of his training partner, home athlete Bashir Abdi, to set a new mark of 21,330m eclipsing the 2007 mark of 21,285m set by Haile Gebrselassie. Abdi finished eight metres behind.

Man Utd’s Van De Beek honours Ajax ex-teammate with shirt number

Manchester United’s new signing, Donny van de Beek, has revealed he would wear shirt number 34 in honour of Ajax former team-mate, Abdelhak Nouri, who suffered brain damage after an on-pitch heart attack.

United on Wednesday announced they had completed a deal for the Netherlands international worth a reported initial 39 million euros ($46 million).

Nouri, now 23, suffered brain damage, while playing for Ajax in a pre-season game in Austria in 2017.

Van De Beek, also 23, explained why he had chosen shirt number 34 in an interview on United’s official website.

NFF to announce Amuneke as new technical director

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has announced that the vacant position of the federation’s technical director would soon be filled.

The position became vacant following the expiration of the tenure of Bitrus Bewarang, who in the 1990s, was one of the coaches, who worked under Clemens Westerhof.

But speculations are however rife that EmmanuelAmuneke, an emeritus of the famous class of 1994 of the Super Eagles, may be the chosen one.

If Lampard loses 17 games this season he’ll be sacked – Chelsea boss

Frank Lampard is heading into his second season at Stamford Bridge and has been warned by Tony Cascarino that “if they lose 17 games in a season he won’t be Chelsea manager”.

The Blues came unstuck on that many occasions during the 2019-20 campaign.

They did secure a top-four finish in the Premier League, while also reaching the FA Cup final and last 16 of the Champions League, but more is expected at Stamford Bridge.

Roman Abramovich has invested heavily again in top talent during the current transfer window.

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