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Ligue 1: Ben Yedder strike earns Monaco draw against Lille

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Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder struck late to salvage a 2-2 draw at home to Lille as they finished with 10 men against the French champions who continued to struggle in Ligue 1 on Friday.

Ben Yedder scored with seven minutes left for the principality side, shortly after Strahinja Pavlovic was sent off, adding to Krepin Diatta’s goal before halftime following Jonathan David’s early double for the visitors.

The result put Monaco, who had not scored in their three previous competitive games, in seventh place with 19 points from 14 matches. Lille are two points behind in 12th, having won only four games in the league so far this season.

The hosts got off to a terrible start as David opened the scoring for Lille in the fifth minute with a penalty after Xeka was brought down by Pavlovic.

The Canadian doubled the advantage four minutes later when he was played through by Tiago Djalo and beat keeper Alexander Nuebel from close range.

Nuebel kept Monaco afloat by denying Jonathan Ikone and David twice before the visitors pulled one back four minutes before the interval as Diatta found the back of the net from the edge of the box with a powerful low shot.

Monaco, whose defence was completely overwhelmed, were lucky to be a single goal down at halftime.

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Things got worse for them as Pavlovic picked up a second yellow card for a rough challenge on Ikone in the 78th minute.

However, Monaco levelled seven minutes from time when Ben Yedder fired an angled shot past Ivo Grbic after being set up by Kevin Volland.

Leaders Paris St Germain, who are 10 points clear of Lens with 34 points from 13 games, host Nantes on Saturday.

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Spalletti confident Osimhen will make complete recovery

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Napoli manager, Luciano Spalletti, is confident that Victor Osimhen will make a quick and complete recovery from the cheekbone and orbital fractures he suffered last month.

Spalletti has revealed that the Neapolitans have put everything in place to ensure that Victor Osimhen returns to active football as soon as possible.

That is an excellent development for the Nigerian who was ruled out until the new year after he fractured multiple portions of his face in a clash of heads during his side’s Serie A faceoff with Inter Milan in November.

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Osimhen was expected to be sidelined for three months, but images of him training with a special face mask emerged on Wednesday, three weeks after he had his face operated on.

And speaking at the press conference on the eve of their Europa League match with Leicester City, Napoli coach Spalletti confirmed that the Super Eagles striker is nearing a return.

“Day after day we will urge him and see what answers he will give. Based on how he reacts, we will see the recovery times,” the Italian tactician said.

“Knowing the element, we are very confident for a recovery as soon as possible.

“The situation will be protected, but from the point of view of the player’s availability to shorten it a bit, everything possible will be done.”

Before his injury, Osimhen was Napoli’s best player by some distance. The club-record signing netted five goals in the Italian Serie A and four in the Europa League.

But since his absence, Il Partenopei have won just one of the four games played and have been knocked off the summit of the league table by AC Milan and Inter Milan.

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Tyson Fury ordered to defend heavyweight world title against Dillian Whyte

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Tyson Fury has been ordered to defend his WBC heavyweight title against British rival Dillian Whyte.

The Body Snatcher has been named the Gypsy King’s mandatory challenger by the sanctioning body.

Whyte pulled out of an October bout with Otto Wallin but a potential clash with Fury has been simmering for several months.

A war of words between the former sparring partners has been growing since Fury’s knock-out defence of his title against Deontay Wilder.

The 33-year-old champ stopped his American rival in the 11th round of their Las Vegas trilogy fight.

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Fury then had a window of 30 days to set up a blockbuster undisputed clash with Oleksandr Usyk.

The Ukrainian snatched Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight titles back in September and is set to face a rematch with the Brit early next year.

There had been talk of AJ stepping aside to allow the two champions to meet in the ring.

But the WBC decision now sets up a mouthwatering all-British superfight, likely to be held in March.

Cardiff and Manchester have been mooted as potential locations, with promoter Frank Warren eager to hold a ‘homecoming’ fight in Britain.

Fury has been typically vocal about the prospect of facing former pal Whyte.

Earlier he vowed to ‘smash the c***’s face in’ and ‘butcher him, no problem’ if the Brixton bruiser was named his mandatory.

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Pele back in hospital to undergo treatment for colon tumour

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Football legend, Pele, is back in the hospital and being treated for a colon tumour.

The Brazilian legend was hospitalised for nearly a month earlier this year after having a colon tumour removed.

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Pele, 81, has now been readmitted for further treatment.

The three-time world champion was admitted to Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo ‘for follow-up treatment of the colon tumour identified in September this year,’ his medical team said in a statement.

They added: “The patient is stable, and is expected to be released in the coming days.”

He revealed back in September that he would need to keep undergoing chemotherapy sessions, according to The Sun report.

The tumour was found during routine checks in August.

Pele was previously discharged on September 30.

He wrote on Instagram at the time: “When the path is difficult, celebrate each step of the journey.

“Focus on your happiness. It’s true that I can’t jump anymore, but these past few days, I’ve been punching the air more times than usual.

“I am so happy to be back at home. I want to thank the entire Albert Einstein Hospital team, who made my stay a pleasant one, with a humane and very affectionate welcome.

“Thanks also to all of you, who from afar, make my life complete with so many messages of love.”

Pele had originally left intensive care on September 14, but was readmitted three days later after suffering an acid reflux.

Pele is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers in history, helping Santos win six Brazilian titles and the Copa Libertadores twice – in addition to his World Cup triumphs with the Selecao.

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