La Liga: Why we lost to Barcelona – Carvajal

  Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal insists Sergio Ramos’ red card decided the Clasico in Barcelona’s favour, not Lionel Messi. Messi’s last-ditch winner secured a dramatic 3-2 victory for Barca on Sunday, although Carvajal believes Ramos’ dismissal proved more of a turning point. “It was a crazy game, the red card decided the match,” he said after the game. “We managed to get back level, but ultimately a counterattack took the three points. “Calmness is needed, it’s no big deal. We have one more game left than them, this is…

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N’Golo Kante wins PFA Player of the Year, Alli Young award

  Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante landed the prestigious Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year prize on Sunday night. The Frenchman, who is on course to win a second successive Premier League title after also being part of the Leicester side which upset the odds last season, secured the most votes from his fellow players. He saw off competition from Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard – who won the award in 2015 – plus Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez. Kante…

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La Liga: Messi’s 500th Barca goal sinks Real Madrid

  Lionel Messi scored his 500th Barcelona goal to send the Catalans top of La Liga with a last-minute winner against 10-man Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. It puts Barcelona level on points with Real Madrid, but with a better goal difference and head-to-head record. Casemiro had put the hosts ahead before Messi and Ivan Rakitic goals put Barcelona in front and Sergio Ramos was shown a red card. Substitute James Rodriguez thought he had earned Madrid a point late on, reports the BBC. But Messi fired in from the…

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FEDERATIONS’ ELECTIONS: Guidelines’ adjustment divides aspirants

Ahmedu, Omotayo disagree Dalung explains fresh rules     The revised edition of the federation’s elections guidelines has not united stakeholders, in the opposite; it has widened the division in Nigerian sports fraternity. Over the weekend, the Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung met with Nigeria Olympic Committee and effected amendments to the controversial federations’ elections guidelines but many stakeholders have expressed dissatisfaction about the move. Initial guidelines precluded aspirants that have spent at least two terms as presidents and vice presidents of any sports federations so also those who are…

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Iheanacho not ready to quit Man City

                  …makes history in loss to Arsenal   Kelechi Iheanacho has vowed to fight for regular playing time at Manchester City instead of quitting the club. The 20-year old, who is a regular on city’s bench, said he was not worried about concerns of Nigerian fans who wish to see him play regularly for Manchester City. “I cannot pretend that I don’t hear what people back home [in Nigeria] say about my lack of regular football but I will continue to fight,” Iheanacho told BBC Sport. “I don’t worry about…

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Rangers rediscover form, beat Pillars 3-1

Enugu Rangers returned to winning ways on Sunday as they beat Kano Pillars 3-1 in a rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League game at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium, Enugu. Rangers and Pillars had been without a win in their last five games and they were keen to save their dwindling fortunes in Sunday’s game. It turned to a good day at the office for Rangers who were awarded a penalty barely 60 seconds into Sunday’s game. Chibuzor Madu converted the spot kick that gave the Flying Antelopes the early lead they…

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Collymore, Murphy differ on Moses’ penalty

Former Liverpool player Stan Collymore believes Victor Moses dived to win a penalty for Chelsea in the victory over Tottenham on Saturday. Tottenham attacker Son Heung-Min was penalised for a sliding challenge on Moses in the penalty area, which allowed Willian to fire Chelsea back into the lead from the spot. However, Collymore emphatically claimed on his personal Twitter account during the game that the decision to award Chelsea with a penalty was wrong, and that the 26-year-old had dived ‘100 per cent.’ The challenge itself from Son was a…

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