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Neymar leaves St Etienne on crutches in protective boot after injury

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Neymar was spotted using crutches after Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 clash with St Etienne on Sunday.

The striker was carried off the pitch on a stretcher in the closing stages of PSG’s 3-1 win at the Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium following a nasty tackle from Yvann Macon.

Neymar was on the receiving end of a nasty tackle from Saint-Etienne's Yvann Macon

Macon’s poor tackle trapped Neymar’s left ankle and left him writing in agony.

Thankfully for the former Barcelona man, his injury didn’t require a trip to the hospital.

But he did have to make use of a protective boot as well as crutches as he made his way to the team bus.

French champions PSG are currently unsure of the severity of Neymar’s latest injury.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino said: “We will have to see this tomorrow but from the images.

“I hope that it’s not a big deal and that he will be back with the squad quickly.

“But the action is not good.”
The world’s most expensive player will undergo scans on his ankle on Monday to find out the severity of the damage.

Pochettino later said of the injury: “There is nothing more to say for the moment.

“It is the pain he felt in the leg with his ankle that turned.

“We will have the exams tomorrow and we will see.”

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Neymar took to Instagram shortly after the match, vowing to ‘come back better and stronger’.

He said: “Let’s recover, unfortunately, these setbacks are part of an athlete’s life.

“Now that’s what you have, lift your head and let’s go. I’ll come back better and stronger.”

Paris Saint-Germain will be back in action on Wednesday night, welcoming Nice to the Parc des Princes.

 

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Tunisia came with a game plan to out-smart Nigeria, says Okocha

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It is no longer news that Nigeria crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations after losing 0-1 to Tunisia, former Super Eagles skipper Austin Jay Jay Okocha said the north Africans deserved to forge ahead in the tournament.

Speaking on Supersport on Sunday, Okocha said the Tunisians were tactically disciplined and they proved it by stopping Super Eagles in the round of 16.

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“Football is a very interesting game where the most tactical side utilise every opportunity to win the game. It’s unfortunate Nigeria had to gout of the competition this way and I think we must have learned something from this defeat,” Okocha said.

Covid-hit Tunisian side proved book-makers wrong to outwit the tournament favourites, Nigeria in the keenly contested round of 16 encounter on Sunday.

Tunisia waited till 47th minute before unleashing their match joker to silence ambitious Super Eagles who strolled into the round of 16 with an unbeaten record.

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Covid-hit Tunisia send Nigeria’s Super Eagles home in AFCON upset

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles were sent crashing out of the Africa Cup of Nations in last 16 as a Covid-hit Tunisia side produced one of the shocks of the tournament to seal a famous 1-0 win in Garoua to advance to the quarter-finals.

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The Super Eagles came into the game as one of the tournament favourites having won all three of their group games, but struggled to impose themselves on the Eagles of Carthage in a cagey first-half that lacked any goalmouth action.

However, Tunisia struck first and took the lead moments into the second half. Yousseff Msakni’s 30-yard effort snuck into the net, as Nigeria goalkeeper Maduka Okoye fumbled the shot and could not keep it out.

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Things went from bad to worse for the Super Eagles as second half substitute Alex Iwobi was shown a straight red card for serious foul play following a VAR check after a dangerous challenge on Msakni’s ankle.

The Tunisians held on to secure a priceless victory, and only their second win of the tournament.

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AFCON: Burkina Faso subdues Gabon on penalties to book q-finals ticket

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Burkina Faso beat 10-man Gabon on penalties to reach the quarter-finals at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon following a 1-1 draw.

Ismahila Ouedraogo netted to give the Stallions a 7-6 win in the shoot-out.

Gabon had Sidney Obissa sent off midway through the second half but grabbed an injury-time equaliser when Bruno Ecuele Manga’s header went in off Adama Guira.

Burkina Faso captain Bertrand Traore had missed a penalty before slotting in the opener in the 28th minute.

The Stallions will face either Nigeria or Tunisia, who meet on Sunday even, in the quarter-finals on Saturday, 29 January.

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A mammoth shoot-out had seen Herve Koffi save from Gabon midfielder Guelor Kanga and Saidou Simpore immediately send his his effort over the bar in the fourth round of penalties.

Abdoul Tapsoba had the chance to win it for Burkina Faso in sudden death after Yannis N’Gakoutou-Yapende had blazed over, but Jean-Noel Amonome denied him.

But substitute Ouedraogo kept his nerve after Gabon right-back Lloyd Palun rattled the crossbar.

It was at times a scrappy encounter in Limbe, marked by several bookings, but also a game which provided moments of quality and drama.

Burkina Faso had spurned several chances to make it 2-0 before the 90 minutes were up in Limbe, but Amonome saved well from Traore, Blati Toure and Guira.

And the Stallions ultimately paid in the 91st minute when Ecuele Manga’s header from Denis Bouanga’s cross deflected in for a dramatic equaliser.

Abdoul Tapsoba had an extra-time goal ruled out for offside against Zakaria Sanogo, and Gabon keeper Amonome saved from Tapsoba and Ouedraogo in the second added period to send the game to penalties.

 

 

 

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