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Fernando Santos reveals who to blame as Portugal lose World Cup automatic ticket

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Portugal head coach, Fernando Santos, has taken full responsibility after his side lost an automatic 2022 World Cup ticket in a shock 2-1 defeat to Serbia on Sunday.

Santos also criticized his players for performing with “fear and anxiety” during the match.

Portugal gave away a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 to Serbia in the Group A World Cup qualifier over the weekend.

Renato Sanchez had opened the scoring for Santos’s men, but Dusan Tadic equalized in the 33rd minute of the game.

Aleksandar Mitrovic then came off the bench to grab a 90th-minute winner and complete a remarkable comeback for Serbia.

“It looked like it was going to be, but it wasn’t. We scored the goal, we had the initial moments. But then we started to drop deep a lot,” Santos was quoted by Mirror as saying at his post-match press conference.

“The players tried. But then we didn’t turn the game on. Every time we did, we created problems. But most of the time, we couldn’t.

“Serbia were better. We tried. Our DNA is to have the ball on our feet and play. Bernardo Silva wanted the ball, but he was the only one.

“We played with fear and anxiety. It’s my responsibility.”

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Bayelsa: Gunmen kill 3, abduct 7 oil workers in fresh attack

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Gunmen suspected to be sea pirates, in the early hours of Sunday attacked two oil installations, killing three and abducting seven oil workers in Bayelsa.

The News Agency of Nigeria (ANAN) learnt that the pirates ambushed their unsuspecting victims in Okoroma and Ogbokiri-Akassa communities of Nembe and Brass Local Government areas of Bayelsa.

Sources close to the affected oilfields said the gunmen reportedly shot dead two staff of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company and a personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The driver of their boat, an indigene of Okoroma community, is still missing, according to the local sources who witnessed the incident and narrated same to a NAN Correspondent.

According to the sources, in the ambush that occurred at Ogbokiri-Akassa in Brass Local Government area, six oil workers allegedly doing maintenance jobs close to their platform were kidnapped and whisked away.

It was further gathered that the Agip oil workers and their security personnel came under attack at about 6am while working close to a manifold in the deep swamp.

Spokesman of the NSCDC, Bayelsa command, Mr Ogbere Solomon, confirmed the incident on Sunday evening.

Solomon said one personnel of the command died in the ambush, while two others who were missing have been found and are currently receiving treatment at a medical facility in Yenagoa.

“Yes, our officers were ambushed and attacked by some unknown pirates while on their lawful duty of providing protection to some Agip oil workers close to Obama manifold in Okoroma community of Nembe Local Government.

“One personnel was killed while the other two that were missing have been found and are responding to treatment,” he said.

Mr Tarinyu Joseph, the Youth President of the Okoroma Clan, said indigenes of the area recovered the corpses of those killed.

He added that those injured were taken to the hospital while the boat driver, identified as his brother, is still missing.–

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BREAKING: Gunmen attacking Jos Custodial Centre trapped

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Unknown gunmen who invaded a Medium Security Custodial Centre in Jos the Plateau State capital have been trapped by security operatives who are currently at the prison premises.

DAILY POST had reported that some criminal elements suspected to be bandits have stormed the facility on Sunday evening with sophisticated weapons and were shooting sporadically at the premises.

A statement by the spokesman of the Nigeria Correctional Service NCoS, CC Francis Enobore, said the gunmen have been trapped following a heavy fire power of security operatives who immediately cordoned the yard.

The statement reads; “The Medium Security Custodial Centre in Jos, Plateau State came under attack by gunmen who reportedly stormed the facility in large number with sophisticated weapons.

“The invaders were said to have arrived at the Custodial Center at about 1720hrs and immediately made for the main gate where they engaged the armed squad personnel in a gun battle before breaking into the yard.

“Although they gained entrance to the yard, they are however trapped within as men from sister security services were immediately mobilised to assist the armed guards to cordon the perimeter wall and the entire area.

“Reinforcement from the response squad of the Service has also been mobilised to the center.

“The situation is presently under control as the attackers firing power is being subdued by superior fire from a combined team of security agencies. Update will be made available as event unfolds”, he added.

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EPL: I don’t think it was penalty – Carrick reacts to Man Utd’s draw with Chelsea

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Manchester United caretaker manager, Michael Carrick, has reacted to his side’s Premier League 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

Carrack claimed that the penalty awarded to Chelsea against Man United during the encounter was not a penalty.

Jadon Sancho had opened the scoring for Man United in the second half before Jorginho equalized for Chelsea from the spot a few minutes later.

Wan-Bissaka had caught Thiago Silva with an outstretched leg and kicked the Brazilian on the ankle. The referee immediately points to the spot-kick.

Speaking after the game, Carrick said at his post-match press conference, “I don’t think it was a penalty, that was disappointing.

“It’s been a tough, tough week, and I am immensely proud of the effort the players put in.”

Man United’s next game is against Arsenal next month.

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