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#RMDBAR: Vinicius Jr Breaks Messi’s Record As Madrid Defeat Barcelona At #ElClasico

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The win takes Madrid to the top of the table, one point clear of their fierce rivals, who have scooped the last two titles, and went some way to erasing the pain of Wednesday’s Champions League defeat to Manchester City at the same stadium.
No younger man has scored in Spain’s marquee fixture this century and the Brazilian’s goal takes his team to the top of the table

Vinicius Jr scored the opening goal in Sunday’s Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid and in doing so stole a bit of modern history from a vaunted opponent.

The young Brazil international broke into the penalty box, freezing Gerard Pique and bundled home a shot via a deflection from the vastly experienced ex-Manchester United man, leaving Marc-Andre ter Stegen helpless in the Blaugrana goal.

The winger became the youngest person to score a goal in Spain’s most famous fixture in the 21st century, replacing Lionel Messi, who bagged a hat-trick in 2007.

Vinicius was just 19 years and 233 days in Sunday’s game. Opta reports Messi 19 years and 259 days old when he took over the game 13 years ago.

Vinicius had come in for some stick from the crowd at Santiago Bernabeu as his end product didn’t match his attractive approach play. All that was forgotten when the former Santos man made his vital contribution after 71 minutes.

The 2-0 win was sealed by Mariano Diaz, who struck almost immediately after coming on in injury time to seal all three points for Los Blancos.

Mariano became the first Dominican to score for Madrid in the process.

Since the turn of the century, no substitute has scored more quickly after their introduction from the bench than Mariano did today. Opta says that his goal came only 50 seconds after his introduction.

The win takes Madrid to the top of the table, one point clear of their fierce rivals, who have scooped the last two titles, and went some way to erasing the pain of Wednesday’s Champions League defeat to Manchester City at the same stadium.

Defeat in this game would have seen Barca pull five points clear at the top of La Liga and left Zinedine Zidane’s team on the brink of a season without any silverware.

They have a chance to redress the City result as well as they travel to the Etihad on March 17 trailing by a single goal, but they must take that game in without their captain, Sergio Ramos who picked up a red card in the first leg.

Vinicius’ strike was only his second goal of the season in La Liga, though he has also scored in the Champions League and Copa del Rey this term.

He may not have been playing from the start at all had Eden Hazard not suffered an injury last weekend.

Credit: Goal.com

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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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