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PREMIER LEAGUE: Swansea humiliate Arsenal, Liverpool in Easy win

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Former Chelsea goal keeper, Petr Cech’s blunder rocked Arsenal as they crashed to a shock 3-1 defeat at Swansea, while Liverpool cruised to victory over Huddersfield on Tuesday.

Arsenal goalkeeper Cech’s miscued attempt to clear allowed Jordan Ayew to slot home Swansea’s second goal at the Liberty Stadium.

It was the killer blow for Arsenal, who had already seen Sam Clucas equalise just one minute after Nacho Monreal put the visitors ahead from Mesut Ozil’s pass in the 33rd minute.

Clucas claimed his second four minutes from time to finish off Arsenal, who have now won just once in their last five league games.

The result leaves Gunners manager Arsene Wenger still searching for his first away win of 2018, despite a second-half debut for substitute Henrikh Mkhitaryan following his move from Manchester United.

The Gunners are in sixth place, trailing eight points behind fourth-placed Liverpool in the race to qualify for the Champions League via a top-four finish.

The arrival of Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, set to sign on Wednesday’s transfer deadline day, can’t come soon enough for Wenger.

“We will know more about that tomorrow morning,” Wenger said of the Aubameyang move.

“I felt defensively we were very poor and made big mistakes. It’s better not to talk about the second or third goals.

“Swansea were sharp, disciplined and hungry. Unfortunately I believe we were not good enough, we were not disciplined enough.”

The result also completes remarkable back-to-back victories for Swansea over Liverpool and now Arsenal.

They are out of the relegation zone and have transformed their season with three wins in five league games under new boss Carlos Carvalhal.

At the John Smith’s Stadium, Liverpool got back on track in emphatic fashion thanks to goals from Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah in a 3-0 win.

The Reds had endured frustrating defeats against Swansea in the league and West Brom in the FA Cup.

– ‘Mature performance’ –

But Jurgen Klopp’s men dominated possession and from the moment Emre Can rocketed home a long-range opener in the 26th minute the result was never in doubt.

Firmino extended Liverpool’s lead on the stroke of half-time when he somehow squeezed the ball home from the byline after being played in by a clever Sadio Mane back-heel.

Klopp had left Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk on the bench, but the absence of the club-record signing was hardly noticed as the Reds continued in cruise control.

Salah completed the scoring from the penalty spot in the 78th minute after Can was tripped up in the box.

“We had to keep the ball and score at the right moments. Overall it was absolutely deserved,” Klopp said.

“It was exactly what we needed. It was not a brilliant performance, but it was very mature and exactly what we needed at the right moment.”

A Mark Noble penalty helped West Ham shrug off the disappointment of their embarrassing FA Cup fourth round defeat at Wigan with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.

Roy Hodgson’s much-improved Eagles grabbed the lead in the 24th minute when Christian Benteke rose to steer an Andros Townsend cross home from close range.

But the Hammers were level just before the break after Javier Hernandez was brought down by James Tomkins in the box.

Hernandez came closest to a winner when his 51st-minute effort was brilliantly saved by Wayne Hennessey.

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BREAKING: Grandad of Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, Tomas Balcazar Is Dead

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BREAKING: Grandad of Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, Tomas Balcazar Is Dead

BREAKING: Grandad of Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, Tomas Balcazar Is DeadThe Genius Media Nigeria reports that Grand Father Of Former manchester United Forward, Javier Hernandez, Tomas Balcazar who scored a goal against France at the 1954 World Cup has died at the age of 88.

This reliable platform gathered that the causes of his death is yet to be disclosed in his native city of Guadalajara, Mexico on Sunday.

BREAKING: Grandad of Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, Tomas Balcazar Is Dead

The Mexico Football Federation paid tribute to Balcazar with a statement on Monday which read: “The Mexican national teams lament the passing of Tomas Balcazar Gonzalez, former Mexico national team player and Mexican football legend.

“We share in the grief of his family and friends.”

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2021 TOKYO OLYMPICS: Team Nigeria To Compete In 11 Sports – Minister

2021 TOKYO OLYMPICS: Team Nigeria To Compete In 11 Sports – MinisterAccording to The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, Team Nigeria To Compete In 11 Sports – Minister—Team Nigeria will compete in just 11 sports with comparative advantage at the Tokyo Olympics.

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2021 TOKYO OLYMPICS: Team Nigeria To Compete In 11 SportsMinisterAccording to The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, Team Nigeria To Compete In 11 Sports – Minister—Team Nigeria will compete in just 11 sports with comparative advantage at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Genius Media Nigeria reports that the minister made this known in a statement issued by his Special Adviser (Media), John Joshua-Akanji in Abuja.

Dare declared that the days of jamboree at the Olympics are over, as Nigeria would only leverage on sports with comparative advantage and prospects of a podium finish.

He said preparing and leveraging on such short will be the focus of the ministry.

“The Olympics is less than six months away and we have started camping our athletes to get them to full fitness ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

“We have four camps in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Akure and Lagos. From next year we will commence a more robust camping with some athletes going abroad to train with their foreign- based counterparts, he added.

Dare said the early camping which are in stages will be intensified with all the COVID-19 protocols put in place.

“The first camping exercise was in Pankshin, Plateau State, while the second phase camping ended on Dec. 24, 2020. Lagos , Bayelsa, Port Harcourt and Abuja were the locations for the second phase.

“We started the Pre-Olympics camping early to ensure that the Athletes that will be representing the country in the Tokyo Olympics put up podium performances,” he added.

The minister emphasised that Team Nigeria will be going to the Olympics with just 11 sports, unlike in the past when all the sports that qualified went and returned empty handed.

“We need to compete with other nations to win and not to complete the numbers. We have decided to focus on 11 sports where we have comparative advantage,” he added.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic will now hold in the summer of 2021.

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#BARVAL: What Lionel Messi Said After Breaking Pele’s Scoring Record

#BARVAL: What Lionel Messi Said After Breaking Pele’s Scoring Record—Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has spoken about overtaking Brazil legend Pele, to become the player to score the most goals for a single club.

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#BARVAL: What Lionel Messi Said After Breaking Pele’s Scoring Record-Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has spoken about overtaking Brazil legend Pele, to become the player to score the most goals for a single club.

The Genius Media Nigeria reports that Messi netted the record-breaking 644th goal in the second half of their 3-0 win at Valladolid.

Pele scored 643 competitive goals for Santos during his 18 years with the Brazilian club, before moving to the New York Cosmos in 1975.

#BARVAL: What Lionel Messi Said After Breaking Pele’s Scoring Record

His one-club goal record was almost broken by Gerd Muller. The former Germany international netted 565 times for Bayern Munich between 1964 and 1979.

“When I started to play football, I never thought I would break any record. Especially not the record held by Pele that I now hold,” Messi wrote on Instagram after Tuesday’s game.

“I can only give thanks to everyone that has helped me throughout the years, my teammates, my family, my friends and everyone that supports me every day.”

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