Garba Lawal Celebrates His 43rd Birthday Today, 22nd May, 2017
Garba Lawal (born 22nd May 1974) is a former football midfielder from Nigeria who worked as the General manager at Kaduna United F.C.
Lawal has had his most successful time at Roda JC in the Dutch Eredivisie. He also played for Julius Berger F.C. in Nigeria and Chinese side Changsha Ginde.
See The Chelsea Players Who Will Not Receive A Premier League Medal
Chelsea are expected to be crowned champions on Sunday when they host Sunderland at the Stamford Bridge.
However, some of the players will not receive a winner’s medal. Players need to make at least 5 league appearances to get a medal.
Drug testers visit Anthony Joshua – Pictures
After world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, won the WBA and IBO belts in an encounter at Wembley, the 27-year-old received an early morning wake-up call from drug testers.
Chat going on in World Football Group Chat – Messi, Ronaldo, Rooney and others
TOTTI – hi everyone I will be retiring at the end of the season
And for Barcelona to win Juventus …
When the super humans must be consulted … Lwkm. Lemme come and be going … Barca Fans am in my house come and beat me!! #Viviangist
Anthony Joshua to have stadium named after him in Nigeria
Anthony Joshua will soon have a stadium named after him in Nigeria.
The Sagamu International Stadium is set to honour Joshua following his win in the fight with Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley on Saturday night.
Tottenham U-23 coach Ugo Ehiogu is dead , The ex England and Aston Villa defender died after suffering a heart attack at Tottenham’s training centre on Thursday.
“Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club,” said Tottenham’s head of coaching and development John McDermott. “Ugo’s immense presence will be irreplaceable.”
Ehiogu made over 200 appearances for Aston Villa between 1991 and 2000, winning the League Cup with them in 1994 and 1996. He then then spent seven years at Middlesbrough where he also won the League Cup in 2004.
The centre-back also played for West Brom, Leeds, Rangers and Sheffield United, before retiring in 2009.
He began coaching at Tottenham in 2014.
Tributes are pouring in for him, as he is widely beloved.
UEFA Champions League Semi Final Fixtures [FULL DRAWS] – 21 April 2017 , Here are the draws for the semi final of the UEFA Champions League:
Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid
Juventus vs Monaco
The semi-final first legs will take place on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 May, with the returns the following week. The side drawn first in each tie will play the first leg at home.
The final will be played on Saturday 3rd of June, 2017 at the National Stadium of Wales in Cardiff.
Ahmed Musa divorces wife, set to marry new wife
After the fight with his wife which allegedly landed him in the Police station, Super Eagles and Leicester City player, Ahmed Musa, has divorced his wife, Jamila. He is reportedly set to marry his new love, Juliet, who is based in Lagos. Jamila has two kids.
SCORENigeria reported that, Ahmed Musa has already done a wedding introduction with Ejue Juliet Adeh, the new lady from Calabar.
It is also reported that the football star had paid off his former wife by giving her one of his houses in Kano as well as a recent model Honda car.
The fight between him and his now ex wife was much publicized online. Many media outlets wrote many some how defamatory stuffs about him.
2016 – 2017 “6 Players Nominated For PFA Player of The Year” , 6 players have been nominated for the 2016/2017 PFA Player of the Year award.
Manchester United striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, are among the leading candidates on the shortlist.
The Premier League’s leading goalscorer Romelu Lukaku of Everton, Tottenham striker Harry Kane, Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez and Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante have also been nominated. [Read more…]
Didier Drogba Joins US Club as Player And Owner – Phoenix Rising Football Club have announced that legendary striker Didier Drogba has joined its MLS expansion franchise ownership group and will have a vested interest in the ongoing success of the USL side of the club.
s part of the deal, Drogba will help develop the team as a player before advancing to an executive role with the Phoenix MLS expansion franchise.
The club is currently in its fourth season in the United Soccer League (USL), the largest division II league in the world. Per club and USL policy, the financial terms of the contract will not be made public.
Champions League Quarter Final Results
This is the the result of all three matches played in the first leg of the Champions League quarter final on Wednesday, the 12th day of April, 2017.
Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Monaco
Atletico Madrid 1-0 Leicester City
Bayern Munich 1-2 Real Madrid
Sunday Oliseh Survives Bomb Blast In Dortmund
Sunday Oliseh, Fortuna Sittard FC’s coach said he was just 200 meters away from the Dortmund stadium when blasts happened. The blast harmed a player which made the game to be cancelled.
It was on their way to the Stadium for Champions League clash against Monaco on Tuesday, the 11th day of April, 2017.
Retired Footballer, Jay-Jay Okocha Juggles A Golf Ball – Video and Pictures
Nigerian football legend Jay Jay Okocha juggled a golf ball. He still in the game nine years after his retirement. In footage filmed at the European Challenge Tour’s Barclays Kenya Open last week, the 43-year-old former Nigeria midfielder was seen juggling with a golf ball. Watch Video below:
Mikel Obi’s partner,Olga and their kids finally move to China to join him
John Mikel Obi moved to the Chinese Super League, after joining Tianjin TEDA. His Russian girlfriend, Olga and their twin daughters have now moved to China to Join him.
Olga revealed this via Instagram. She wrote:
“Well hello there China, I’m finally ready to face you… New home, new challenges, new adventures and new beginnings 🇨🇳 #Tianjin #China #NiHao”
A woman will coach an Italian male national team for the first time
A woman will coach a male team in Italy as former player Patrizia Panico takes the management of the national under-16 team. Rated the best female footballer from Italy, Panico is assistant for the under-16s but the head coach Daniel Zoratto is set to take over the under-19 side temporarily, propelling her into the top post for a spell.
She said :”There are many walls still to break down,”
“But this will help them fall. To be the first woman to coach a male side is a huge success for me,” added Panico, who scored 110 goals for Italy in a mammoth 204 international appearances.
The two games Panico will oversee while Zoratto is away are against Germany on March 22nd and 24th.
Champions League Quarter-Finals – Fixtures
The UEFA Champions League is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations and contested by top-division European clubs.
See fixtures below:
Atlético v Leicester
Dortmund v Monaco
Bayern v Real Madrid
Juventus v Barcelona
Read what Jose Mourinho said after Chelsea won Man Utd,1-0
Chelsea on Monday night defeated Manchester United and went into the semi final stage of the FA cup.
Speaking after the game, Manchester United Manager, Jose Mourinho said:
“I don’t speak [about the red card]. I just want to say that I’m really proud of my players and Manchester United fans.
“We have a very important match on Thursday and I want to rest a little bit and prepare as best as we can.
“Everybody can analyse from different perspectives but we all watch the match until the red card and after the red card. So we can compare the decisions of the two yellow cards, in this case with others which were not given.
“I don’t want to go in that direction. Michael Oliver is a referee with fantastic potential but in four matches he has given three penalties and a red card. I cannot change that.
“I shook his hand and said many congratulations.”
FA Cup Semi Final Draws Released – See full fixtures
The fixtures for the semi final of the FA cup has been released. See fixtures below:
Arsenal v Manchester City
Chelsea vs Tottenham
See What Arsene Wenger Said After 10-2 crushing by Bayern Munich
Trashed home and abroad …
Arsenal on Tuesday suffered a huge loss as they were trashed out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich shamefully.
The German side which defeated Arsenal 5-1 in the first leg, inflicted the same damage to the English side in London.
Walcott blasted over Neur into the net for the first goal before Lewandowski equalized from the spot early in the second half, with Koscielny sent off.
Bayern then completed the rout, Arjen Robben robbed Alexis Sanchez of the ball and beat Ospina, before Douglas Costa made it 3-1 with a stunning solo goal.
Fellow midfielder Arturo Vidal grabbed a late double, first with an impudent chip before slotting in from Costa’s square pass.
On aggregate, Arsenal lost 10-2 to Bayern Munich, the lowest for an English team.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Arsenal Boss Arsene Wenger said:
“There are difficult aspects in the game that explain that we’re out. I feel we produced the game we wanted and we were really unlucky with some of the decisions. It’s really hard to understand.
“It’s definitely a penalty on Theo Walcott, Lewandowski is offside and after the red card it was very difficult for us to finish the game. My team has produced a huge effort tonight and played very well.”
“Down to 10 men you have to score four goals. It becomes impossible in the head of the players. Lewandowski is offside, it’s not a penalty and then on top of that he gives a yellow card and on top of that he gives a red card.
“I’m absolutely revolted and sorry for the people who paid a lot of money to watch this game.”
“I felt we were in it and you never know how Bayern would have reacted if we had scored a second goal. It looks very bad and doesn’t reflect the courage of the performance.
“Once it 2-1 down it was very difficult and you have no chance to qualify any more. But that’s not the part I want to keep in my mind because the game has been spoiled by the referee.”
Meet the world’s oldest professional footballer aged 50
Japanese footballer Kazu Miura, just broke a long standing record held by Sir Stanley Matthews’ as he became the oldest footballer to ever play in a professional game at the age of 50 years and 7 days.
Miura, is currently in his 32nd season of pro football and plays for Japanese side Yokohama FC. He retired from national team football in 2000, after winning 89 caps for his national side.
After signing a new deal in January, Miura said:
“I hope to keep fighting with all my might together with people involved with the club, my team-mates and supporters who have always given me suppor”
Stanley Matthews, the former record holder, played and retired at Stoke City in 1965 at the age of 50.
Read What Arsene Wenger Said After Losing 3-1 to Liverpool
Liverpool on Saturday gave Arsenal a resounding defeat.
Firminho and Mane put the hosts in front before substitute Alexis Sanchez setup Welbeck for a finish. Arsenal conceded a third in the last moments of the game after scuffling another goal scoring opportunity.
Speaking after the game, Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger said:
“Our performance was not at the level we expect in the first half but that is down to a lack of rhythm, we have not played for a while.
“The collective response was very strong in the second half.”
“It took us time to get into the game. Even if we were not at the races in the first half, we conceded cheap goals.”
Barcelona coach, Luis Enrique announces his departure from the club
Barcelona coach, Luis Enrique will depart the club at the end of the season. The 46-year-old, in his third season in Barca, spoke after their 6-1 win over Sporting Gijon.
Enrique said:”It is a difficult, measured and well thought-out decision and I think I have to be loyal to what I think. I would like to thank the club for the confidence they have shown in me. It’s been three unforgettable years. It’s about how I live with my profession, with a never-ending quest for solutions and to improve my team. That means I have very little time to rest, very few hours to disconnect.
I think it will be good for me at the end of the season, because I need to rest. That’s the principle motive. The most important thing is we have three exciting months left in all three competitions. In one of them, we are in a difficult situation but if the stars align, we will have a chance to turn it around”,
Watch this referee order that a penalty shoot be taken again and again
This video was dropped by the official Olympic Twitter handle. It shows a penalty kick taken during a football match and the Referee kept ordering that it should be taken again and again. Watch video below:
The longest penalty taken ever… ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/XNkatIkp6c
— Olympics (@Olympics) October 25, 2016
It’s A Shame Black Footballers Still Cry When Racially Abused!
Racism in football may tarry a few more years, so let’s not kid ourselves we can do much right now to arrest it.
Deep questions like “Why are there a few black club managers?” and “Why do we have a scanty number of black/African goalkeepers thriving in Europe?” are often asked, but I’m really not privileged with answers.
Racism travels far across Europe. Countries like Italy, Spain and a few others within South America have been major culprits.
Football in England, also isn’t as squeaky-clean as it appears to be. Although it’s stale news at this time, how a former England manager Graham Taylor was reportedly asked by the English FA to reduce the number of black players in the English national team, but that remains a huge racial indictment of English football!
Black players have grown remarkably, into pretty objects of mockery on the pitch, as obsessed racist fans can’t seem to have enough of them. These racist fans imitate monkey sounds or throw banana peels into the pitch, often when a black footballer of an opposing side handles the ball. I really can imagine how that drives a black player nuts!
But regardless, instances of black players crying off the pitch or feeling extremely dejected during moments of racial abuse, quickens a large amount of discomfort in me!
Most recently, Everton Ruiz a black Brazilian footballer, wept uncontrollably in the possibly tender arms of his goalkeeper, after racial noises were directed at him. While I sincerely sympathize with Ruiz for suffering such insane humiliation, I strongly criticize his reaction!
Soaking your jersey in tears, or reacting in such a way that portrays you as emotionally broken or dejected, makes you reek of inferiority, low self-esteem, discontentment with your skin color and a desperate appeal to be accepted. You simply empower those racists with leverage to hurt black players some more!
Famous black footballer Mario Balotelli, had a torrid time during his stint at AC Milan. Part of which were the humiliating monkey chants he endured from the racist fans of his former side Inter Milan, during a game involving both soccer clubs. Given the wild emotional nature of Mario (which many believe, smeared his rise to lofty heights), one would expect him to quit the game, or protest in tears like most black footballers would.
But he kept his composure fully drenched in confidence and pride in his skin color, before placing a commandeering finger on his lips to signal the racist fans to keep quiet!
That seemed pretty much to me, a better way of handling racial provocations (until better ways are discovered!).
Sometime in 2014, former Barcelona player Dani Alves was targeted by Villarreal fans, who threw a banana at him. Alves picked up the banana, peeled it, took a bite and continued his game! That sure sent a strong message to the racial offenders, projecting his unique confidence and mature mental strength!
Black footballers have got to outgrow their cravings for sympathy and accord their skin color a lot more value and respect, especially in the face of racial abuse! Your skin color is black and you owe no apology for that. If some immature racists cannot comprehend that, and choose to throw scornful remarks at you, ignore the losers and carry on with your game.
Consistent ignoring of racial stunts from ‘loser-racists’, will kill whatever excitement they derive from racial abuse and eventually make the evil practice boring!
Wives and girlfriends of Manchester United players party in London over EFL win
Evelina Kamp, Melanie Da Cruz, Candy-Rae Fleur and Francesca Eleonora – partners of Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian respectively, partied in London few hours after Mnachester United’s dramatic win over Southampton.
The match played at Wembley Stadium ended 3-2 in favour of Manchester United, which
made the Red devils the EFL winners for the 5th time.
Melanie posted the picture with the caption “Perfect week-end” and a trophy emoji.
Mourinho Wins First Major Trophy as Man Utd Beat Southampton
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored at the 87th-minute as Manchester United edged Southampton to win the EFL Cup in a pulsating Wembley final.
Ibrahimovic had given United the lead with a free-kick. The win secured Jose Mourinho his first major trophy in his first season as United’s manager.
Kelechi Iheanacho,Teammates Meet With Owner Of Manchester City – Pictures
Manchester City stars are currently in Abu Dhabi for warm-weather training. They met with the club owner and the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates -H.H. Sheikh Mansour and other delegates.
Sheikh Mansour was pictured with Coach Pep Guardiola, Zabeleta, Sergio Aguero, Kelechi Iheanacho and other players. Pictures below:
Mourinho Pays Tribute To Ranieri After Leicester City’s Sack
Jose Mourinho posted a tribute to Claudio Ranieri after the Italian was sacked by Leicester City.
The Premier League champions made the announcement on Thursday evening, a day after the Foxes were beaten 2-1 by Sevilla in the Champions League.
After their quite extraordinary title win, Ranieri’s side have struggled in the 2016-17 season and find themselves in 17th place in the table with just five league wins from 25 matches.
Leicester were also dumped out of the FA Cup by Millwall at the fifth-round stage, with the club’s hierarchy feeling a decision had to be made to arrest their decline.
Ranieri’s success last season, that saw him crowned FIFA’s Best Coach of the Year, has not been forgotten about, however, with United boss Mourinho sending on a message of support.
The 54-year-old, who, like Ranieri, was also sacked the season after claiming the Premier League title, posted on his Instagram page to remind the Italian that no one can delete his achievements.
He wrote: “CHAMPION OF ENGLAND and FIFA MANAGER of THE YEAR.sacked. Thats the new football claudio.keep smiling AMICO.nobody can delete the history you wrote.”
Messi Wants 3 Players To Leave Barcelona Before Signing New Contract
Lionel Messi wants three players to leave Barcelona before he signs a new contract.
The names in question are Jeremy Mathieu, Ander Gomes and Lucas Digne who Messi feels have not lived up to expectations this season, and would also reportedly like Luis Enrique to be replace at the end of the current campaign.
Digne signed from PSG in the summer but has toiled when picked over Jordi Alba.Messi is close friends with Alba and reckons manager Luis Enrique is wrong to trust him so often.
Andre Gomes is another Enrique signing that Barcelona’s No 10 wants gone.
The midfielder arrived with big expectations but, despite having Enrique’s backing, does not have the support of his team-mates.
Culled From Daily Express
Neymar to Face Corruption Charges,May Land In Jail
Neymar, his former club and Spanish giants Barcelona FC will stand trial on corruption charges over his transfer in 2013 from Brazilian club Santos, after losing a final appeal.
“Santos FC, FC Barcelona, Neymar, his mother Nadine Goncalves and N&N, the family company, have lost their appeals to have charges of fraud and corruption dropped,” the Spanish High Court said in a statement on Monday.
They cannot appeal against the court’s decision.
The case relates to a complaint from Brazilian investment group DIS, which owned 40 per cent of Neymar’s transfer rights.
It claims it received less money than it was entitled to when Neymar joined Barca from Santos for £49 million in 2013.
Santos FC, Neymar’s mother and a company run by the 25-year-old footballer’s parents will also face charges.
Prosecutors are seeking a two-year prison sentence and a fine of nearly £8 million for Neymar.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah Players Arrive Egypt To Battle Al-Masry SC – Pictures
FC Ifeanyi Ubah players have arrived Cairo International Air Port in Egypt ahead of their very important 2nd leg match against Egyptian club Al-Masry Sc.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah defeated their Egyptian counterpart Al-Masry Sc 1-0 during the first leg encounter CAF CONFEDERATION CUP match played on Sunday 12th February, 2017 in Anambra state.
The second leg match will be played this Sunday 19th February 2017 at Ismailia Stadium, Ismailia Egypt. Pictures below:
Manchester City Fined £35,000 After Breaking Anti-doping Rules
Manchester City got fined £35,000 after they accepted a charge of breaching anti-doping rules.
The punishment was imposed following an independent regulatory commission hearing.
City admitted failing to ensure their “club whereabouts” information was accurate.
Clubs are required to provide the FA with times of training sessions, home addresses of players, etc. in order to facilitate drug testng.
City were charged after failing to comply with this requirement three times in the space of 12 months.
“Following an independent regulatory commission hearing, Manchester City have been fined £35,000 and warned as to their future conduct after admitting a breach of the FA’s rules on anti-doping,” a statement from the FA read.
“City were charged with failing to ensure their ‘club whereabouts’ information was accurate, contrary to Regulation 14(d).”
Asisat Oshoala Joins Chinese Side Dalian Quanjian
Nigeria winger Asisat Oshoala has left Women’s Super League One club Arsenal Ladies to join Chinese side Dalian Quanjian.
The 22-year-old won the BBC’s Women’s Footballer of the Year Award in 2015before joining Arsenal from Liverpool.
She helped the Gunners win the Women’s FA Cup at Wembley in May 2016 and was recently awarded the African Women’s Player of the Year Award.
She also played for her country at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Culled from BBC
Real Madrid Finally Beats Napoli 3-1
Real Madrid might be qualifying for the quarter finals of the Champions League after beating Napoli 3 – 1 at the Bernabeu.
Napoli scored in the first half through a superb Lorenzo Insigne strike which caught Goalkeeper Keylor Navas sleeping.
Madrid got an equalizer before the end of the first half via Karim Benzema.
Toni Kroos put the hosts ahead early in the second half, before a stunning volley from Casemiro sealed the win.
Napoli will host the second leg on 7 March, in Italy.
Why Arsenal Lost 5-1 to Bayern Munich – Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger has stated that his team collapsed in the second half of their Champions league tie against Bayern Munich.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, he said: “It is difficult to explain.
“I felt we had two good chances to score just before half time. I felt we were unlucky for the second goal the referee gave a corner for us at first. Then we concede the second goal and then the most important was that we lost Koscielny. We collapsed.
“Overall I must say they are a better team than us, they played very well in the second half and we dropped our level. We were a bit unlucky we dropped our level and they were better than us.”
“I do not look for excuses. It is a shock of course to lose at that level. We made everything wrong, the fifth goal shows that.
“These kind of games you need to be focused for 90 minutes. I felt the third goal was a killer for our players after that we had no response.”
Asked if it is his lowest point: “”How I feel I don’t think is the most important but of course it is disappointing.”
Do Arsenal need a miracle: “We have to recover first and focus on the next game.”
Maradona, Messi, Beckham, Kanu Nwankwo To Play Anti-terrorism Match In Nigeria
Argentina football legends, Diego Amando Maradona and Lionel Messi are among a host of former and active football stars scheduled to play an international exhibition match against human trafficking, insurgency and terrorism. The match is listed for May 21 in Abuja.
The FIFA and Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) sanctioned initiative tagged: Africa My Africa is organised by next2none, a non-profit making organisation to use football to promote global security and fight human trafficking.
The novelty match between Africa Stars Vs World Stars will feature household names including Zinedine Zidane, Ruud Gullit, Ronaldinho, George Weah, Samuel Kuffour, Samuel Eto’o, Abedi Pele, Nwankwo Kanu, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Others include; David Beckham, Didier Drogba and a cluster of female footballers such as Sydney Leroux, Asisat Oshoala, Birgit Prinz, Sun Wen, Abby Wanbach, Homare Sawa, Kelly Smith, Marta, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Toni Duggan, Anouk Hoogendijk, Nayeli Rangel, Lauren Sesselmann, Julia Simic and Corine Petit.
At a media event to announce the project, Chairman of next2none, Ndukwe Sam Obu said a global initiative uniting all nations was required to combat terrorist activities which have been on the spike over the last decade.
Obu said that radicalisation of the youths into violent extremism was a great concern in Africa, given that approximately 70 per cent of African population are youths.
He said the organisers and other stakeholders including the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and National Agency for Prohibition and Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) sought to arrange the match by leveraging on football which has shown positive impact in bringing peace to different nations and as a tool for reconciliation.
Highlight of how Barcelona was disgraced by PSG – Video
Barcelona was trashed 4-0 by PSG. The match was not funny as it seemed like magic. The goals were raining like its nothing … Lol. Watch below:
See what Luis Enrique Said After Barcelona’s 4-0 win by PSG
Barcelona was beaten 4-0 by PSG on Tuesday night, the 14th day of February, 2017. It was a Valentine’s day gift to Barca.
Angel Di Maria scored twice.
Speaking after the game, Barcelona coach, Luis Enrique said:
“The result reflects what happened out on the field”
“We were clearly second best to PSG,”
Barcelona Midfielder Sergio Busquets said:
“They were better than us. They played better, they were better tactically, they out-did us physically,” he said.
Barcelona wiped 4-0 by PSG as Benfica win Dortmund
Barcelona were on Tuesday defeated by PSG in the first game of the Champions League round of 16 qualifying.
Angel Di Maria scored the first goal through a free kick.
Draxler made it two after receiving a pass from Marco Veratti following a counter.
Angel Di Maria scored for the second time from the 18 yard box and Cavani completed the trashing.
Also Benfica defeated Borussia Dortumund by a lone goal. Dortumund’s top scorer Aubameyang lost a 1 on 1 in the first half before Mitroglou scored for Benfica minutes into the second half.
Barcelona Beat Madrid to Reach Copa del Rey Final
Barcelona qualified for the Copa del Rey final after beating Atletico Madrid on aggregate on Tuesday night, the 7th day of February, 2017.
The match ended in a 1-1 draw with three red cards awarded. Barcelona won the first leg with 2-1 scoreline in Madrid.
Suarez scored in the 43rd minute, before Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto and Atletico’s Yannick Carrasco were sent off for receiving two yellow cards each.
Atletico’s substitute Kevin Gameiro equalized late after missing a penalty.
Suarez got a second yellow and will therefore miss the final.
Antoine Griezmann had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside when Atletico had a man advantage, while Lionel Messi also hit the bar with a brilliant free-kick in a frantic second half.
Barcelona will now meet either Alaves or Celta Vigo in the final.
Cameroon Finally Wins AFCON 2017
Cameroon on Sunday emerged the winner of the 2017 African Nations cup in Gabon.
Mohamed Elneny, Arsenal midfielder, put Egypt in front after 22 minutes.
Cameroon’s Nikolas N’Koulou equalised in the 59th minute.
Vincent Aboubakar in the 89th minute, shot past Egypt’s goalkeeper to clinch his country’s fifth African title.
AFCON 2017 – Cameroon And Egypt To Play Final
Cameroon qualified for the final of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, after they beat Ghana 2-0 in the semi-final on Thursday night, the 2nd day of February, 2017.
There were no goals in the first half at the Stade de Franceville.
Cameroon took the lead, as John Boye found his clearance diverting to the back-post, where Ngadeu-Ngadjui helped the ball past goalkeeper Brimah Razak.
Cameroon eventually sealed the result in stoppage time.
Christian Bassagog combined with Aboubakar on the counter, to finish calmly past Brimah.
Cameroon will now play Egypt for the trophy.
What Arsene Wenger Said After Arsenal’s 2-1 Defeat by Watford
Arsenal lost their first game after they conceded two first half goals against Watford at the Emirates stadium.
Ex Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul scored within 10 minutes of opening for Watford through a shot from outside the 18 yard box which went in off Aaron Ramsey.
Just two minutes and 57 seconds later, Troy Deeney doubled the visitors lead, tapping in the rebound after Etienne Capoue’s fine run ended with his shot being saved by Petr Cech.
Arsenal improved in the second half and pulled one back via Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi.
Speaking after the game, Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger said:
“It was obvious we lost duels and were not sharp enough. It looked more mentally that we were not ready for the challenges. We were unlucky for the first goal which was deflected after a soft free-kick.
“It took us a while to get into the game; it was all us in the second half and we were unlucky not to get something from the game.”
Fixtures for the 5th Round of FA cup Released – 2017
See fixtures below:
Burnley v Lincoln City
Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur
Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United
Sutton United v Arsenal
Middlesbrough v Oxford United
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea
Huddersfield Town v Manchester City
Millwall v Derby County/Leicester City
All ties are scheduled to be played from 17-20 February.