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Ndidi, Iwobi’s return big boost to Super Eagles – Rohr

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Following his side hard-fought win over Liberia, Gernot Rohr disclosed that the return of Wilfred Ndidi and Alex Iwobi has added impetus to the team.

Ndidi and Iwobi started as Rohr’s team defeated Liberia 2-0 in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match played in Morroco on Saturday.

The Premier League stars missed the last International break, and the Eagles slumped to a shocking defeat against the Central African Republic in Lagos.

“I think that the return of some players like Wilfred Ndidi and Alex Iwobi who did not play last month’s qualifiers against the Central African Republic is a very good thing for the Super Eagles,” Rohr said in Saturday’s post match conference.

Meanwhile, The Super Eagles struggled to break down the Lone Stars and managed to get the three points from the penalty spot.

Rohr admitted, the performance isn’t good enough and stated they have a lot of work to do.

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“I admit that we really need to work on our attacking play, there is still a lot of work to do.”

“So, we are happy with the victory, we knew before the match that it would be difficult to beat Liberia. We saw the videos of their games to have lost in the last minutes when they deserved to have got a draw.

“But I am happy that we did not concede any goal. Whether penalty or not, I am very happy that we won the game and picked up all the three points on offer.” The Franco-German stated.

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Ligue 1: Marseille stunned by in-form Brest

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Marseille missed the chance to cement their grip on second place in the Ligue 1 table on Saturday as Jorge Sampaoli’s side threw away the lead to lose 2-1 at home to a Brest team on a record winning run.

Brazilian international Gerson gave Marseille a first-half lead at the Velodrome with his second goal in as many games after playing a one-two with captain Dimitri Payet.

However, Brest drew level early in the second half as Romain Faivre scored a penalty awarded for a handball by Boubacar Kamara.

Franck Honorat then crashed a superb winner in off the underside of the crossbar as the side from Brittany made it six successive league wins, the best run in their history in the top flight.

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They are up to sixth, while Marseille remain second, 12 points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain who are in action later on Saturday at Lens.

Kylian Mbappe could be rested for a PSG side already missing the injured Neymar, but Lionel Messi — who won the Ballon d’Or for the seventh time on Monday — should start.

Marseille could drop down the table depending on results elsewhere this weekend, with Rennes and Nice both sitting within two points of the former Champions League winners.

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Bernardo stars again as Man City move to top of EPL with Watford win

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Bernardo Silva continued his scintillating form as Manchester City surged to the top of the Premier League table with a comfortable 3-1 victory at struggling Watford.

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with a simple header on four minutes as the visitors threatened to run riot against the home side’s porous defence.

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Jack Grealish had several chances to double the advantage before the in-form Bernardo fizzed in a rebound from a narrow angle just past the half hour.

 

City continued to pose all of the questions following the restart and Bernardo grabbed his seventh goal of the season with a wonderful curler that flew into the top corner on 63 minutes.

For long spells it looked like a case of how many for the visitors but Watford did give the home support some cheer when substitute Cucho Hernandez acrobatically volleyed in a rebound 16 minutes from time.

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The result means City take advantage of former leaders Chelsea’s defeat at West Ham earlier in the day to move a point clear of second-placed Liverpool at the summit. Watford remain three points above the drop zone in 17th spot.

Pep Guardiola’s men will now turn their focus to Tuesday’s Champions League clash at RB Leipzig having already guaranteed top spot in Group A before hosting Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday. Watford travel to Brentford on Friday evening.

 

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EPL: Origi nets in stoppage time as Liverpool take advantage of Chelsea slip

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