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CHELSEA VS ARSENAL: EDEN HAZARD GAVE BLUES EUROPA LEAGUE GLORY

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Two goals from Eden Hazard, one from Olivier Giroid and the other from Pedro handed the Blues their second UEL title – Nigerian star Alex Iwobi came up for Unai Emery’s side and scored s superb volley but wasn’t enough to save the Gunners from losing Arsenal got the game to a bright start as they created a few chances but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was goal shy in the early minutes of the encounter. Unai Emery’s men looked like they had the formula to keep their opponents at bay in their half after launching too many attacks on the Blues. In the 17th minute, Alexandre Lacazette was brought down by the Blues goalkeeper but Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi ignored the Frenchman’s plea for a penalty. Xhaka hoping to catch Kepa by surprise with a stunning long range shot from outside the 18-yard box but it went a bit above the post in the 27th minute.

Gunners eyeing 1st European glory in 25 years The Blues returned the favour with a quick counter attacking move but the move was intercepted by the Gunners back line to avert impending danger in the 30th minute of play.

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Dangote: I Will Buy Arsenal FC After Completing My Refinery

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Africa’s richest businessman, with an estimated networth of about £12billion has said he is planning a bid to buy Arsenal. Dangote believes the building of an Oil refinery in Nigeria will give him the needed finance to secure a takeover.

Dangote, who has held an interest in buying Arsenal since 2010, confirmed he would pursue a takeover in two years.

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Liverpool Demolished Spartak Moscow by 7-0 to finish top in Group E

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Stand-in skipper Philippe Coutinho led Liverpool to the Champions League knockout stages as Group E winners with a 7-0 demolition of Spartak Moscow at Anfield on Wednesday.
Selected to help secure the three points that would sew up top spot, Coutinho’s hat-trick headlined a fearsome display of attacking speed and precision as the home side ran riot from the outset.
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The Brazilian – wearing the armband as Jordan Henderson watched on from the bench – was on target twice in the opening 15 minutes to dispel any doubts over their command of a seeded berth in the last 16.
He first converted from the spot in the fourth minute and then capped off a classy attacking move for a second, before Roberto Firmino got in on the act by making it 3-0 in just the 18th minute.
Liverpool had coughed up a three-goal lead against Sevilla in their previous European outing but there was never any hint of that transpiring again as Sadio Mane bagged a brace either side of Coutinho’s third and Mohamed Salah added a seventh late on to cap a commanding four-goal second half.
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Malawi can’t stop Nigeria from qualifying for the last round – Akpoborie

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Former Super Eagles player,Jonathan Akpoborie,has boasted that nothing will stop Nigeria from picking the sole ticket from group F into the last round of qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Nigeria currently tops the group with nine points,but still needs at least a point in the last home game in September,against direct rivals,Malawi,who are on seven points.
“We are in control of our group and all we need do is to win at home. And I believe we’ll do just that,” Akpoborie told The Punch.
“My concern is the team we’ll meet in the final round of the qualifiers. Then we’ll know whether Nigeria will qualify or not. But the Eagles must work very hard to beat their opponents in the final round.”
However Akpoborie said that Malawi should not be underrated as they equally have their World Cup hopes on that game.
“We have to play our game against Malawi. On paper we are favourites to win the encounter but football is a game full of surprises. Our players must realise this and go all out for victory.”
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More injury woes for Nigeria

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Nigeria midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi, could miss out of featuring in the 2013 Fifa Confederations Cup.
The SS Lazio midfield player was forced off injured in Nigeria’s 1-1 draw against Namibia in a 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifier in Windhoek on Wednesday.
Onazi had to be replaced with Academica de Coimbra midfielder, John Ogu in the 71st minute of the game when he could no longer continue after suffering a knock.
An official of the Nigerian men’s national team disclosed that the condition of the 20-year-old does not look good as the African champions fly out to Brazil for the Festival of Champions on Thursday.
“One of our top players, Ogenyi Onazi left the game injured and it looks serious. So the possibility is high that he may not be part of the Fifa Confederations Cup in Brazil,” Super Eagles’ coordinator, Emmanuel Attah told Brila FM.
But the status of the player’s injury was not mention as he is expected to undergo further checks from the Super Eagles’ doctor on Thursday before a final pronouncement is made.
The African champions, who lead Group F of the World Cup qualifications, will travel out to Sao Paulo in Brazil for the Confederations Cup en route South Africa this Thursday.
Nigeria are in Group B of the Confederations Cup alongside world champions, Spain, Uruguay and Tahiti. The tournament kicks off on June 15.
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