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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola blasted Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz and lamented a number of decisions that cost his side dear after a 2-1 home defeat by Liverpool on Tuesday sealed a 5-1 aggregate Champions League quarter-final win for the five-time European champions.


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola blasted Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz and lamented a number of decisions that cost his side dear after a 2-1 home defeat by Liverpool on Tuesday sealed a 5-1 aggregate Champions League quarter-final win for the five-time European champions.


Guardiola was forced to watch the second half from the stands after being sent off for his protestations at the break as free-spending City's dreams of conquering the Champions League for the first time were dashed for another season.


City led 1-0 on the night at that stage after Gabriel Jesus's second-minute opener, but the hosts felt aggrieved after Leroy Sane had a second goal wrongly disallowed for offside just before half-time.


"It's different to go in 1-0 at half-time to 2-0," said Guardiola, who also believed Liverpool's opener in a 3-0 first-leg win at Anfield last week should have been ruled out for offside.


"When the teams are so equal the impact of these decisions is so big."


Mohamed Salah booked Liverpool's place in the last four for the first time in a decade when he coolly chipped home his 39th goal of the season 11 minutes into the second half before Roberto Firmino inflicted a third consecutive defeat on City for the first time in Guardiola's near two-year reign.


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed the maturity of his side to see out a first-half onslaught.


"The boys found a solution. We had these two or three moments already at end of the first half so it was easy for me and the boys to see the development of the game and that we are already through the whirlwind," said Klopp.


Liverpool trail City by 17 points in the Premier League, but have now beaten Guardiola's men in three of their four meetings this season.


"I really think they are the best team in the world at the moment but I knew we could beat them," added Klopp.


"We should enjoy the moment. It was a while ago Liverpool was in the semis and I was in the semis and now we are there together."



Perfect start

Guardiola admitted beforehand that his side needed the "perfect" performance and the hosts got the perfect start as they opened the scoring after just 117 seconds.


Liverpool were unhappy at Mateu Lahoz in what was to be the start of a controversial night for the Spaniard when Virgil van Dijk claimed he had been pushed by Raheem Sterling in the lead-up to the goal.


The referee was unmoved, though, and with the Dutchman out of position, Fernandinho's through ball found Sterling and his low cross was swept home by Jesus.


Salah had been an injury doubt after limping off in the first leg, but Liverpool were unable to spring the Egyptian free in the first 45 minutes as City peppered the visitors' box with crosses without finding the final touch.


Bernardo Silva saw a deflected effort spin just wide and then rattled the post with a deflected long-range strike.


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few days ago, a US-born college basketball player of Nigerian descent, Arike Ogunbowale, made headlines when she helped her team, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish win the NCAA championship.

The win gave her team their first women basketball title since 2001.

In a semi-final match against Uconn, Arike had beaten the team with a 2-pointer with just 1 second left

Arike got her team the championship when she scored a 3-pointer with just 0.1 seconds to go, a feat widely described as a ‘shot of a lifetime,’ in her game against the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs.


Her shot will reportedly go down as the greatest last-second shot in championship game history as she was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.


Born in the United States to Gregory and Yolanda Ogunbowale, her father reportedly used to be a footballer in Nigeria and once served in the Nigerian Army before he relocated to the United States. Her mother, Yolanda, was her grade-school basketball coach.


Born to parents that are sports oriented, it is no surprise that Arike excelled in her career even while growing up.


She won four Wisconsin State Cup championships during her club soccer days with Lake Country United (2010-12) and FC Milwaukee (2009)



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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba "can't be happy" finding to be out of favour at Old Trafford, says France coach Didier Deschamps.


Pogba, 25, is in the France squad for friendlies with Colombia and Russia, after being an unused substitute for United against Brighton on Saturday.


"I'm sure I'll hear more about it," said Deschamps. "But of course it's a situation he won't be enjoying."



Pogba started United's Champions League defeat against Sevilla last Tuesday, having missed the win over Liverpool because of injury.


"I don't know why that is," added Deschamps. "As to why or how things came to this, there may be many reasons.


"I have a great deal of talks with players at our training camps, to gauge their feelings. It's not just Paul."


Pogba rejoined United in 2016 for a fee of £89m and helped them win the League Cup and Europa League last season.

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Kano Pillars defender, Udoji dies in auto crash


The management of Kano Pillars FC on Monday confirmed the death of their defender, Chinedu Udoji, who died in a ghastly auto crash in Kano late on Sunday.


The Media Officer of the club,  Idris Malikwa, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano that the player was involved in a car accident after visiting his former teammates at Enyimba FC in a hotel.


“This tragic accident happened along Club Road in Kano and his remains had been deposited at the Murtala Muhammad Hospital Mortuary.”


Malikawa said that an official of Kano Pillars was processing a police report on the accident at the Kano State Police Command headquarters in Bompai, Kano.


Udoji was voted Man of the Match in the NPFL Week 9 match against his former club, Enyimba, which ended in a 1-1 draw on Sunday.


The defender joined Kano Pillars last season after spending seven years with Enyimba. He had also played for FC Abuja.


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Jurgen Klopp says Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez’s reported decision to join Manchester United ahead of Premier league leaders Manchester City is being dictated by money.

City almost signed the Chilean International at the start of the season before Arsenal pulled the plug at the last minute.

But United came in under the radar and met the Gunner’s demands in the shape of Mkhitaryan, while the saga prompted some suggestions Sanchez has chosen the Red Devils over the Citizens because of the money on offer.

Klopp believes that the 29-year-old is a great player and he “makes sense” for any club in the world.

“Now I could really create headlines here, but I won’t,” Klopp said with a smile when asked about the Chile international at his news conference on Friday.

“It’s not my business, not my cup of tea; we had our big transfers and everyone could say whatever they wanted.

“I’ve nothing to say about the numbers [involved in the deal], but I can’t imagine City leave the race because of money.

“Maybe it’s because there are two opportunities in Manchester and maybe he thinks to go to one or the other, and then one maybe thinks, ‘I don’t want him [Sanchez] anymore’. It’s not about money.

“Alexis makes sense for pretty much each team in the world because he’s a great player. It makes sense, so bring him in whenever. He’s a really good player, we are not in for him and that’s all I’m interested in,” he said.

 

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Nigeria have been docked two points for fielding an ineligible player in a World Cup qualifier against Algeria but their place at next year's finals in Russia has not been affected, FIFA said on Tuesday.

Nigeria, who had already qualified for the finals, drew 1-1 but FIFA awarded the match to Algeria by a 3-0 scoreline after the Super Eagles fielded the ineligible Abdullahi Shehu who had failed to serve a one-match ban for accumulated yellow cards.

"This sanction bears no impact on the final result of the preliminary competition for the FIFA World Cup since Nigeria had already qualified (and Algeria were eliminated) before the match took place," soccer's world governing body said in a statement.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said on Twitter that it accepted the decision. "The NFF president (Amaju Pinnick) has directed that an internal inquiry be instituted immediately and persons found culpable be dealt with," it added.

Pinnick said: "I want to assure that persons responsible for this slip would not be given just a slap on the wrist. We are actually looking at a re-organization of the Technical Department."