Sadio Mane and Divock Origi helped Liverpool
brush aside fierce rivals Everton with a 5-2 win at Anfield.
Origi scored twice either side of strikes
from Xherdan Shaqiri and Michael Keane, before Mane struck towards the end of
the first half.
Richarlison’s first half injury-time strike
gave Marco Silva’s men hope, but they failed to build upon any lifeline offered
by a superior Liverpool, who wasted multiple chances towards the game’s end
before Georginio Wijnaldum struck at the death.
And the win meant the Reds maintained their
gap of eight points at the top of the league, as well as extending their
stunning unbeaten league home run to 49 matches.
A blistering start by the hosts set the scene
for a stunning night of Premier League action, on a night where they were
missing Mohamed Salah, Alisson and Roberto Firmino among others.
Less than two minutes were on the clock when
Mane headed an early chance from Andrew Robertson as Liverpool fired a warning
In the sixth minute, Jurgen Klopp’s men led.
Mane’s pass dissected a five-man defence and picked out Origi, who rounded the
onrushing Jordan Pickford and slotted home.
Less than ten minutes later, the hosts
doubled their lead and again Mane was at the heart of the move.
With a brilliant, disguised reverse, the
Senegal forward picked out the run of Shaqiri who nonchalantly rolled the ball
beyond Pickford once more.
The heat of this derby had the additional
spice of the hosts gunning for Premier League glory while the visitors were
struggling to maintain their status in the top flight.
As a result, the first six shots of the match
resulted in as many goals – the most ever scored in the opening half of a
Premier League Merseyside derby.
pulled a goal back midway through the half with a clever finish after a scuffed
clearance from Alex Iwobi’s cross handed him a close range chance.
Ten minutes later, it was 3-1 with another
piece of brilliant from Origi – who, it seems, only scores important goals for
The Belgian striker, who proved the hero of
the last home league derby, received a quarterback-esque ball over the top from
Dejan Lovren, brought it down with his first touch and clinically dispatched it
over Pickford with his next.
Everton, in a sign of pure desperation, took
off Djibril Sidibe and replaced him with Brazilian playmaker Bernard in a
bid to change things.
And they did. Just not immediately.
Richarlison almost picked out Dominic
Calvert-Lewin with a brilliant cross-shot which required Lovren to toe the ball
behind, and not long after, Liverpool had a fourth.
A whirlwind counter attack saw Mane fouled
outside his own penalty area, but picked out Trent Alexander-Arnold who burst
into space as the hosts broke with men over.
The Liverpool star striker made a
lung-bursting run to collect a return pass from the England right-back and
clinically dispatched a left-footed first-time strike past Pickford.
The visitors’ hopes were seemingly dead, but
they pulled another goal back in stoppage time when Richarlison headed past
Adrian from a delightful Bernard cross.
It left Silva’s men with some hope to cling
on to, but Origi looked determined to bag a third and almost did just that when
Robertson picked him out and his wonderful swivel-and-strike was blocked at the
Just after the hour mark, though, Richarlison
might have truly hauled his side back into the game when he headed straight at
Adrian under minimal pressure.
Mane, the man of the night, should have put
the result beyond doubt on 80 minutes after bringing down a delightful diagonal
pass, but slid wide of the post with the goal gaping.
He had another gilt-edged opportunity in the
85th minute when he rounded Pickford only to be denied by a combination of the
England goalkeeper and Mason Holgate.
The hosts were almost made to pay immediately
as Moise Kean threatened to reduce to deficit to one goal but contrived to
slide the ball just past the post at the other end.
though, the game was put to bed when Wijnaldum picked up the ball some 12 yards
out and hammered into the far corner.
Defeat for Everton leaves the Toffees in the
relegation zone and means manager Silva faces further scrutiny after already
being under intense pressure ahead of the match.
Jose Mourinho suffered his first defeat as Tottenham boss
at the hands of his former club.
Two Marcus Rashford
goals, one at the beginning of each half, gave Manchester United a 2-1 win at
Old Trafford and eased the pressure on United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The home side were
more than worth the three points and put in an assured performance, while Spurs
were lacklustre from start to finish with only a moment of brilliance from Dele
Alli offering a glimmer of brightness on a damp night in Manchester.
Mourinho made two changes to the side that beat
Bournemouth, with Harry Winks and Lucas Moura replacing Tanguy Ndombele and
meanwhile, made four changes to the team that drew with Aston Villa at the
weekend. Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young, Mason Greenwood and Scott McTominay were
all brought in, at the expense of Anthony Martial, Brandon Williams, Juan Mata
and Andreas Pereira.
Mourinho’s return to the Old Trafford dugout did not start
as he would have liked. His Spurs side began sluggishly and failed to keep hold
of the ball. As a result, United’s first real attack brought with it the game’s
Marcus Rashford was
fed on the left of the Spurs box and shot from a tight angle. Paulo Gazzaniga
in the Tottenham goals should have saved comfortably at his near post but it
bounced up and went in off the post.
Ten minutes later the England striker nearly doubled his
own and his team’s tally. The 22-year-old, who looked particularly lively in
the opening exchanges, had a central free-kick 20 yards out but his effort went
just wide of the left post.
And Solskjaer’s side
continued to impress. A tidy move started from the back eventually found Daniel
James wide. His cutback found Lingard who laid the ball off to Mason Greenwood,
but Gazzaniga was equal to his low drive.
Two minutes later, Rashford crashed an effort back off the
bar, with Gazzaniga getting the faintest of touches. The Argentine had to save
again from Rashford moments later. Nearly half an hour gone and the home side
had utterly dominated.
approaching, the first moment of quality from a Spurs player brought about
their first goal. Serge Aurier’s shot was parried up in the air and Alli took
the ball between Ashley Young and Fred with a wonderful first touch before
dispatching a strike past David de Gea’s right-hand side.
world champions, the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria have landed in the city of
Gioania, Brazil, where the team will tackle Hungary at the Estadio Olimpico in
the opening game of Group B of the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup finals on Saturday.
Players and the officials were received by FIFA and local
organizing committee officials at the airport and they were ushered into the
bus that took them to their hotel at the Metropolis area of the city.
The Eaglets have been in the football –passionate South American
country since October 10, in the city of Sao Paulo, where the team had their
training camp and played three warm up games against Sao Paulo U 17 side, which
they lost 1-2, before defeating South Korea 4-2 and then losing by the odd goal
record holders of the title had their first training in Gioania Tuesday evening
by 4.00pm local time.
Nigeria, champions in 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013 and 2015 will
tussle with Hungary, Australia and Ecuador in Group B of the three –week, 24
Meanwhile, ahead of Saturday’s FIFA U-17 World Cup opener
against Hungary, Golden Eaglet Coach, Manu Garba took his team to the classroom
as they bid to clinch a record 6th crown.
The 2013 World Cup winner, who is very much determined to see
Nigeria excel in Brazil, gave the players a dose of what to expect in the
competition following their 1-0 loss to Japan in their final preparatory game
for the World Cup.
Football Association is set to battle it out with the Nigeria Football
Federation for the services of Bayern Munich goal machine Melissa Ugochukwu.
she has a German passport, Ugochukwu has Nigerian background through her
debuting for Bayern Munich’s U17 team in the 2017-2018 seasons, the 2003-born
striker has been involved in 37 games in the B-Juniorinnen U17 Bundesliga Süd,
scoring an impressive 19 goals.
has not been capped by Germany but she is believed to be on the radar of the
German Football Association, having represented Bayern’s regional selection.
most notable player of Nigerian descent to represent Germany’s Women’s teams is
Navina Omilade-Keller who won the
Champions League with Wolfsburg in 2013 and Ugochukwu could follow in her
footsteps if she is not convinced to pledge her allegiance to the Super
Eagles defender Leon Balogun was eligible for Germany before becoming cap-tied
Karim Adeyemi, Kevin Akpoguma, Felix Uduokhai,
Jordan Torunarigha and Emmanuel Iyoha have earned competitive caps for
Germany’s youth teams but remain eligible to turn out for the Super Eagles
Enugu State governor, Rt.
Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has approved the 2nd edition of Coal City Marathon to hold
November 23, 2019 in Enugu state.
This was made known by the
Permanent Secretary Enugu State Ministry of Youth and Sports, Barr. Henrietta
Ngozi Ani, in her office on Monday while inaugurating members of 2019 Coal City
Marathon organizing committee.
Barr, Ani who charged the committee to work
for the success of the 2nd edition of the marathon, revealed that Zippsports is
partnering with the ministry to organize the marathon. “Governor Ifeanyi
Ugwuanyi had in June this year approved the state hosting 2019 edition of coal
city marathon. Today, I am inaugurating you to go out to the field and work for
the success. Zippsports is partnering with Ministry of Youths and Sports to
organize the 2nd edition of the marathon billed to hold on Saturday 23rd
She said. She pointed out that both foreign
and local athletes from all parts of the world would participate in the
Speaking earlier, the
Managing Director Zippsports, Mr Nzube Ndiokwelu, who lamented the challenges
encountered in the last marathon, enjoined members of the organizing committee
to work for the success of marathon.
“We had financial,
technical and logistic challenges in the previous edition and will not allow
such to repeat itself. I am enjoying the members of organizing committee to
work for the success 2019 marathon edition”,
He explained that
Zippsports is the franchise owner and marketer of the marathon, while Enugu
State Ministry of Youth and Sports is providing the platform as other
interested marketers are invited to market the marathon.
Briefly after the
inauguration, chairman of Enugu state Football Association, FA, Mr Chidi Offor
Okenwa commended Enugu state government and Zippsports for organizing 2nd
edition of Coal City Marathon, charged media committee to market it to the
“I thank Enugu state government and Zippsports
for reaching an agreement conducting the marathon. Marathon is a media event,
we want media committee to commence the publicity of the marathon immediately”,
In his speech the Chairman
of Enugu State Athletics Association, Mr Mbonu Obiukwu said the committee would
overcome the problems encountered in the 2019 edition.
The Nigerian Army Artillery Corps on Thursday offered free medical treatment and donated 2,000 treated mosquito nets to Adara community in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The outreach included health education, diabetic screening, dental consultation, eye screening and issuance of eye glasses.
The three-day medical exercise is expected to end on Nov. 15.
The Chief of Army Staff,Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, said the free medical treatment for the community was part of activities to mark the annual exercise Vulcan Glow six.
Buratai disclosed that no specific number of people are targeted but based on records, so far, over 1,700 people have been attended to and more are coming.
Buratai, represented by the Commander Infantry Corps, Maj.-Gen. Hakeem Otiki, solicited the support of the civil populace within their localities to enable it carry out its constitutional role effectively.
He explained that the outreach was part of army’s efforts towards promoting civil-military relations, and urged well-meaning individuals and agencies to emulate the gesture of assisting the downtrodden.
The army chief expressed delight over the large turnout of beneficiaries and assured that the exercise would be sustained.