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Swansea 2-1 Man Utd: Swans Comeback to Do the Double Over Red Devils



Swansea City recorded their first league double over Manchester United as the latter dropped to fourth position following defeat at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Ander Herrera’s powerful drive put the ‘Red Devils’ ahead after making a goal-line clearance of Bafetimbi Gomis header early on in the first half.

But the visitors’ lead lasted only two minutes as Ki-Sung-yeung steered in from Jonjo Shelvey’s left-wing cross to restore parity, leaving both side with an arduous task in the second half.

Ki Sung-yeung Celebrates With Jonjo Shelvey at Liberty Stadium. Image: Getty.

Ki Sung-yeung Celebrates With Jonjo Shelvey at Liberty Stadium. Image: Getty.

Swansea finished off the job when Shelvey’s deflected shot from 25 yards blazed past a wrong-footed goalkeeper David De Gea in the 73rd minute.

Swansea manager Garry Monk resorted to a diamond formation, with Iceland midfielder Gylfi Siggurdson back from a three-match suspension, making two changes from the 2-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion as Wayne Routledge was named in place of Nathan Dyer and employed right behind striker Gomis.

Robin van Persie returned to Louis van Gaal’s starting XI after missing the FA Cup win at Deepdale with a minor knock. Teenager Paddy McNair and Phil Jones also came in for Antonio Valencia and Chris Smallings in the defence.

Van Gaal was left staring at an unreal reality after a 2-1 defeat by the South Wales outfit in his first home match as United boss five months ago, but after managing to real in 34 points from their last 15 matches- more than any other team in the league during that time- it was another bad day at work for the Dutch.

The former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach had claimed United were the best in the top flight on current form after losing only once in 19 games in all competitions but those seeming form could not help keep their top-4 ambitions on track.

Marcos Rojo almost gifted Swansea an early opener when his poor pass set up Sigurdsson, whose shot was blocked for a corner. The Icelandic midfielder sent the ensuing cross in and Gomis lost his marker, McNair, to thump a header only for Herrera to clear off the line with his outstretched legs.

Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski failed to gather Angel Di Maria’s corner, allowing Van Persie to collect the ball and fire onto the crossbar in an end-to-end start at the Liberty Stadium.

Gomis slipped Phil Jones to set up a shooting opportunity for Wayne Routledge, but De Gea was equal to the task.

United claimed the opening goal with some fine counter, which saw Wayne Rooney finding Di Maria and the Argentine set up Herrera for a precise finish into the corner.

Swansea responded instantly with a Shelvey delivery from the left finding Ki, who like in the reverse at Old Trafford, scored by getting across Luke Shaw and sweeping the ball home.

De Gea was in hand to deny Ki a second soon after the restart, when the South Korean released from range after a well-timed run.

United saw more of the ball after a couple of substitutions but could not make a goal of them, with Van Persie firing into the side netting on his more favoured left foot.

Rojo headed over a Di Maria corner and Van Persie could only scuff his attempt wide under pressure after Rooney dinked the ball over the top of Swansea defence to him.

Swansea struck against the run of play in the 73rd minute when Shelvey’s powerful strike beat De Gea via a slight deflection off Gomis’ head.

Gomis forced another save from De Gea in the final exchanges as United failed in their effort to snatch a late equaliser.


Talented Nigerian Players of the NFL



The NFL is quickly becoming one of the most popular leagues for Nigerian athletes. Over the last few years, we have seen some immensely talented players from Nigeria, or with Nigerian ancestry, come into the league and take over. While all positions in the sport of American football have benefited, notably there has been a focus on defensive positions from these athletes, with linebackers and defensive ends rising to prominence. Here are some of the most talented Nigerian athletes in the NFL that you need to know.

Jeremiah Attaochu

Jeremiah Attaochu is a 6’3”( 1.91m) outside linebacker who is currently playing for the Denver Broncos. He was a member of the 2014 draft, selected in the 2nd round as pick #50 overall. Attaochu played briefly for several teams like the 49ers and the Jets as he gradually tried to find the perfect fit. Recently, Attaochu has been re-signed by the Broncos on a one-year $1.5 million contract. Clearly, the Broncos liked what he brought to their defensive line.

Since Peyton Manning left the Broncos, the squad has been testing new offensive schemes, but their defense remains very strong. All-star player Von Miller has recently been placed on the injury list, so Attaochu will be called on to perform his best. With his aggressive tackling and limitless gas tank, Attaochu certainly helps bring the Broncos favorable American football odds. The team’s main division rivals are the Kansas City Chiefs who have one of the strongest offenses in the league. Heading into the 2020 season, defense is a priority for the Broncos.

Jeff Okudah

Okudah was born in Texas, USA in 1999 to Nigerian parents, making him one of the youngest players on this list. In the most recent NFL draft, Okudah was one of the most in-demand athletes and was selected #3 overall by the Detroit Lions. In the buildup to his NFL debut he quickly became known as the best cornerback in the entire country, and has proven to be yet another exceptional Nigerian athlete to gr3aduate from Texas universities.

This is excellent news for the Lions, who certainly need all the help they can get on defense. Okudah made his NFL debut this past Sunday, playing against the Green Bay Packers and MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers. All things considered, Okudah played well and showed that he can perform at the professional level.

Emmanuel Ogbah

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Ogbah has come a long way on his journey to becoming the standout outside linebacker that he is. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2016 as the #32 overall pick. After two years with the squad, he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, where he really came into his own as a linebacker.

Ogbah played a big role in the Chief’s 12-4 record while he was active during the 2019 season. His standout performance was during week 3 versus the Baltimore Ravens, when Ogbah sacked quarterback Lamar Jackson 1.5 times. Unfortunately, a pectoral injury ended his exceptional season at game 10, but his efforts ultimately helped the Chiefs get to the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. Afterwards, Ogbah signed a two-year $15 million dollar contract with the Miami Dolphins, where he currently helps round out their defense.

Noah Igbinoghene

This young athlete is an exceptionally talented cornerback. He was recently drafted in the first round as #30 overall by the Miami Dolphins. Though he was born in the US, he is of Nigerian descent and lived in the country for part of his life in his earlier years.

Notably, both of his parents were talented athletes in their own right. Igbinoghene’s father not only competed in the Men’s Triple Jump in the 1996 Olympics, but also won a bronze medal at the 1990 Commonwealth games. His mother was a track and field star, and was part of the relay team that won a bronze medal for Nigeria at the 1992 Olympics.

NFL analysts gave the Dolphin’s an A+ for the Igbinoghene pick, saying that he was the right player for their team and helped the Dolphins patch up a weakness on defense. He played well against the Buffalo Bills this past weekend, ultimately blocking many passes that came his way.

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Barcelona Sell Luis Suarez To Atletico Madrid



Barcelona have sold striker Luis Suarez to La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.

The transfer was confirmed on Wednesday evening, with Suarez reportedly crying as he left Barcelona’s training grounds for the last time the same day.

“FC Barcelona would like to publicly express their gratitude to Luis Suarez for his commitment and dedication and wishes him all the best for the future,” the statement said.

The club said a “farewell event” would take place for Suarez on Thursday before a press conference.

Suarez leaves Barcelona after six successful years. He scored 198 goals – making him Barcelona’s third top scorer, and won 13 titles.

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Messi and Ronaldo miss out on UEFA Men’s Player of the Year nominations



No Messi or Ronaldo in UEFA Men’s Player of the Year nominations for first time in 10 years as De Bruyne & Lewandowski battle it out.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is also in the running for the award, with a new winner set to be announced at the start of October.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been left off the final shortlist for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award for first time in 10 years, with Kevin De Bruyne and Robert Lewandowski set to battle it out for the individual prize.

Ronaldo, who currently plies his trade in Italy with Juventus, has picked up the accolade on three occasions and also has a total of nine nominations to his name, while Barcelona superstar Messi has won it two times and made the final shortlist in six of the last 10 seasons.

Both men have stood out as the best players of their generation for well over a decade, but as they continue to advance into their thirties, an inevitable changing of the guard is beginning to take shape.

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