Chelsea thump Preston with quickfire goals in FA cup clash

Chelsea thump Preston with quickfire goals in FA cup clash

Chelsea thump Preston with quickfire goals in FA cup clash

Chelsea started their 2024 with quickfire 4-0 thriller against Championship side Preston in the FA cup on Saturday night. Mauricio Pochettino’s men had a rough start in the encounter, missing clear chances in the first half that could have given them an early lead. Young talent Cole Palmer missed at point blank against Preston goalkeeper, after a well dished up-through by Enzo Fernandez. Entering the second half, the Blues were more clinical, converting most of the chances created, although Armando Broja missed a crucial one-on-one.

Chelsea thump Preston with quickfire goals in FA cup clash

Chelsea win Preston 4-0 at Stamford Bridge – Getty image The deadlock was eventually broken when Malo Gusto delivered a cross into the box, finding the head of Broja who stylishly sent it home, giving the host the lead just before the hour mark. Thiago Silva and Raheem Sterling followed in quick succession, with Silva scoring a header from Palmer’s corner kick, and Sterling, a well delivered freekick into the top left corner of the visitor’s goal post. The party was completed by Fernandez, who redeemed himself by a simple tap-in, after a first-half gasp.

Why Africa Cup of Nations bears AFCON 2023, despite taking place in 2024

Why Africa Cup of Nations bears AFCON 2023, despite taking place in 2024

The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will kickoff in less than 12 days, but many are confused why it takes the name AFCON 2023, despite holding in 2024. Originally, AFCON 2023 was scheduled to be held in June and July of 2023. However, due to concerns about weather conditions, particularly high rainfall and temperatures during the rainy season in Ivory Coast, where the tournament was to be hosted, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided to move the event to January 2024. Earlier, Patrice Motsepe, the president of CAF explained the decision. Why Africa Cup of Nations bears AFCON 2023, despite taking place in 2024Why Africa Cup of Nations bears AFCON 2023, despite taking place in 2024Sadio Mane inspired Senegal to victory in the last edition of the AFCON – Getty image He said, “We cannot take the risk. January is not the ideal time because of the European clubs, but it is the only choice we have.” Another factor contributing to the timing was the FIFA World Cup, which took place in Qatar in late 2022, preventing the possibility of holding AFCON earlier in the year. The last tournament of the continental game was won by a Sadio Mane’s inspired Senegal in 2021.

Manchester City claim 5th trophy in 2023, thrash Fluminense 4-0 to win Club World Cup

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Manchester City thrashed Fluminense4-0 to win the Club World Cup, courtesy of standout performances from Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden. The win marked City’s debut in the competition, having won the Champions League last season. In the semi-finals, City defeated Urawa Red Diamonds 3-0, setting up the final showdown with Fluminense, the Copa Libertadores champions, who fielded former Real Madrid star Marcelo in their lineup. City’s quick start saw Alvarez capitalize on a defensive error just 40 seconds into the game, scoring his ninth goal of the season across all competitions. Manchester City claim 5th trophy in 2023, thrashing Fluminense 4-0 to win Club World CupManchester City claim 5th trophy in 2023, thrashing Fluminense 4-0 to win Club World CupManchester City win first Club World Cup – Getty image Erling Haaland’s absence due to FIFA regulations led to Alvarez taking on City’s attack against Fluminense. Meanwhile, Guardiola’s men doubled their lead in the 27th minute when Foden’s shot deflected off Nino and found the back of the net, although it counted as an own goal. Not long into the second half , Foden added his name to the scoresheet, and Alvarez sealed the victory with his second goal. The Club World Cup title marks City’s fifth trophy in 2023, following their earlier Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, and Super Cup victories,

Liverpool to face Fulham, Chelsea drawn against Middlesbrough in Carabao Cup semi-finals

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Liverpool have been drawn with Fulham in the Carabao Cup semi-finals, while Chelsea will face Middlesbrough in the other tie. Liverpool secured a commanding 5-1 victory over West Ham, to take their spot in the semi-finals, setting up the two-leg encounter with Fulham. On the other hand, Chelsea landed their ticket for the round, after winning in a penalty shootout against Newcastle on Tuesday, following Kieran Trippier’s mistake, and subsequent penalty miss. The last time Liverpool and Chelsea met in the Carabao Cup was in the 2022 final, which ended in a dramatic penalty shootout victory for Liverpool. Liverpool to face Fulham, Chelsea drawn against Middlesbrough in Carabao Cup semi-finalsLiverpool to face Fulham, Chelsea drawn against Middlesbrough in Carabao Cup semi-finalsLiverpool have been drawn with Fulham – Getty image The first leg of Liverpool’s semi-final will take place at Anfield on January 8, with the return leg at Craven Cottage. Liverpool will be aiming to win their 10th League Cup title this season, with last year’s winners Manchester United already eliminated from the competition. Likewise, Chelsea will be looking to challenge Liverpool for the trophy, while Fulham and Middlesbrough will be hoping to cause major upsets and secure a spot in the final. If Middlesbrough reach the final, they would be the first non-Premier League club to do so since Bradford City in 2011. Bradford City faced Swansea in the said final, with Swansea securing a 5-0 victory.

Liverpool thrash West Ham 5-1 to book spot in Carabao Cup semi-final

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Liverpool thrash West Ham 5-1 to book spot in Carabao Cup semi-finalLiverpool thrash West Ham 5-1 to book spot in Carabao Cup semi-final Liverpool have sealed their sit in the Carabao Cup semi-finals after a dominant 5-1 victory against West Ham at Anfield on Wednesday. Despite a record 34 unconverted shots in their previous game against Manchester United, Liverpool found their scoring touch in the hike encounter. The match saw Liverpool initially struggle to convert chances, but they broke the deadlock with a 25-yard strike from Dominik Szoboslai. Following the new signing, was Curtis Jones, Cody Gakpo, and Mohamed Salah, who added to Liverpool’s lead in the second half. Liverpool thrash West Ham 5-1 to book spot in Carabao Cup semi-finalLiverpool thrash West Ham 5-1 to book spot in Carabao Cup semi-finalLiverpool won West Ham to secure spot in Carabao Cup semi-finals – Getty image Although Jarrod Bowen scored a consolation goal for West Ham, the night belonged to Liverpool. The win secured Liverpool’s place in the semi-finals of a competition they are eager to win for the 10th time.

Chelsea advances to Carabao Cup semi-finals with dramatic penalty win over Newcastle

Chelsea advances to Carabao Cup semi-finals with dramatic penalty win over Newcastle

Chelsea secured their spot in the Carabao Cup semi-finals after a thrilling victory over Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge. The Blues managed to overcome a late scare to claim the win, courtesy of substitute Mykhailo Mudryk. Newcastle appeared to have the upper hand in the game as they held a 1-0 lead, courtesy of a goal from Callum Wilson. However, a late error from Kieran Trippier presented Mykhailo Mudryk with an opportunity, and he capitalized on it to equalize, forcing the game into penalties.

Chelsea advances to Carabao Cup semi-finals with dramatic penalty win over Newcastle

Chelsea advances to Carabao Cup semi-finals – Getty image In the penalty shootout, Mauricio Pochettino’s team showed composure as they successfully converted all of their spot-kicks. On the other hand, Trippier and Matt Ritchie missed their penalties for Newcastle, resulting in Chelsea’s winning 4-2 on the spot-kicks. Chelsea will now wait for the draw for the semi-finals that has been already booked by two other teams – Fulham and middlesbrough

Lionel Messi’s World Cup jerseys set to sell for £8 Million at auction

Lionel Messi's World Cup jerseys set to sell for £8 Million at auction

In an auction set to take place at Sotheby’s in New York, Lionel Messi’s jerseys from the 2022 FIFA World Cup, including the historic final against France, are expected to fetch a substantial sum of £8 million. Six shirts worn by the football legend during Argentina’s triumphant journey to victory are up for grabs, with a portion of the proceeds slated to benefit charity. The collection includes Messi’s jerseys from the first half of the final, the semi-final clash against Croatia, the quarter-final showdown with the Netherlands, the round-of-16 match versus Australia, and two of the three group-stage games.

The estimated price tag of at least $10 million (£8 million) could potentially set a new record for the highest amount paid for a sports memorabilia collection, surpassing the £8.1 million achieved by Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls jersey from the 1998 NBA Finals Game 1. Sotheby’s, renowned for handling high-profile auctions, believes that the significance of Messi’s role in the 2022 World Cup victory elevates this collection to unprecedented heights in the realm of sports memorabilia. Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s Head of Modern Collectibles, said; “The 2022 FIFA World Cup stands as one of the greatest events in sports history, intrinsically connected to Messi’s valiant journey and firmly establishing his status as the greatest player of all time.” “The sale of these six shirts stands as a monumental occasion in auction history, offering fans and collectors a connection to Messi’s crowning achievement. It is an honor for Sotheby’s to present and exhibit these invaluable collectibles to the public, which encapsulate the sheer brilliance of a player who has redefined the boundaries of football excellence,” Wachter added.

Zimbabwe battle Nigeria to 1-1 draw in 2026 World Cup qualifier

Zimbabwe battle Nigeria to 1-1 draw in 2026 World Cup qualifier

Zimbabwe battle Nigeria to 1-1 draw in 2026 World Cup qualifier

Super Eagles of Nigeria Zimbabwe Warriors held the Super Eagles of Nigeria to a 1-1 draw in a 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Sunday. The encounter held at Stade Huye in Rwanda, had its share of controversies, ranging from the referee’s decision for a free-kick inside Zimbabwe’s 18-yard box, to a speculated offside goal by the Super Eagles. The deadlock was broken in the 26th minute when Walter Musona fired in a free-kick goal to the dismay of Francis Uzoho, putting Zimbabwe in the lead. It was his first international goal for his country. However, calculated substitutions made by Nigeria’s coach Jose Peseiro, denied the Warriors their first win against the Super Eagles in 42 years.

Zimbabwe battle Nigeria to 1-1 draw in 2026 World Cup qualifier

Super Eagles of Nigeria Kelechi iheanacho who came in just before the second half, drove Moses Simon’s assist into the far corner of Zimbabwe’s post, to give Nigeria the equalizer. The Super Eagles had a less than ideal encounter, with no much poise to fight for goals, as would have been expected, but they remain unbeaten however. Recall the three-time African Chanapions came from behind at the Uyo International Stadium on Thursday, to steal an equalizer against Lesotho. The Super Eagles now have only two points in two games in Group C, and face tough challenge moving on in the qualifiers.

Osimhen missed as Super Eagles begin 2026 World Cup Qualifiers with 1-1 draw against Lesotho

Osimhen missed as Super Eagles begin 2026 World Cup Qualifiers with 1-1 draw against Lesotho

Osimhen missed as Super Eagles begin 2026 World Cup Qualifiers with 1-1 draw against Lesotho

Super Eagles of Nigeria – Pooja photos The Super Eagles of Nigeria have started their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with a 1-1 draw against Lesotho on Thursday. Jose Peseiro’s men couldn’t create clear chances at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium Uyo, and struggled to convert the few created by the duo of Kelechi iheanacho and Moses Simon. The visitors, Lesotho took the lead in the 56th minute with a goal by Motlomelo Mkwanazi, putting the Nigerian side on the back foot. However, the Super Eagles salvaged a response with Semi Ajayi’s 67 minutes goal.

Osimhen missed as Super Eagles begin 2026 World Cup Qualifiers with 1-1 draw against Lesotho

Moses Simon taking on Lesotho player – Pooja photos on X Pressure continued on the Lesotho side, courtesy of Simon and iheanacho, who sent several balls into the opposition’s box but none was converted. Lesotho who have only won two out of their last 11 games, pulled so many delay tactics, to secure a draw from the three-time AFCON Champions, and succeeded. The match shows how much the Super Eagles misses star striker Victor Osimhen each time he’s not playing. Osimhen is currently recovering from an injury and couldn’t make it for the double qualifying matches. Meanwhile, the draw leaves the Group G standings open, with Nigeria set for a redemption opportunity against Zimbabwe at the Huye Stadium in Butare on Sunday.

Omeruo, Iwobi 20 other Super Eagles stars arrive camp ahead of World Cup qualifiers

Omeruo, Iwobi 20 other Super Eagles stars arrive camp ahead of World Cup qualifiers

The Super Eagles camp has now seen 22 players for their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho and Zimbabwe. Six players earlier checked into the Four Points Hotel base on Monday, and have now been joined by additional 16 players, bringing the total to 22. According to reports, the only player missing player is Bendel Insurance goalkeeper Amas Obasogie, who is a late replacement for the injured Maduka Okoye. The team is set to kick off their training sessions at the practice pitch of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo later on Tuesday evening. Omeruo, Iwobi 20 other Super Eagles stars arrive camp ahead of World Cup qualifiersOmeruo, Iwobi 20 other Super Eagles stars arrive camp ahead of World Cup qualifiersSuper Eagles arrivals – Getty image Coach Jose Peseiro will lead the Super Eagles squad to their first qualifying match against Lesotho on Thursday at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium. They will also have an away fixture against Zimbabwe at the Huye Stadium in Butare on November 19.