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Nigeria’s Falcons beat Niger 15-0 to secure semi-finals

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Nigeria’s Super Falcons have conveniently recorded a 15-0 victory against cross-border neighbours, Niger Republic at the group stage of the 2019 WAFU Women’s Cup of Nations in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

The  victory secured a spot at the semi-finals of the sub-regional tournament for the nine-time African champions.

The Nigerian team had hit nine past Niger by half time, putting Thomas Dennerby’s Falcons in cruise control.

The second half saw the team slow down on the goal-scoring, after hitting six to increase the tally to 15 goals.

The Nigerian women football team will face Mali in their last group game billed for Monday, May 13, 2019.

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Chelsea Defeat Barcelona 2-1 In Japan

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Goals from Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley saw Chelsea grab a 2-1 victory against Barcelona on Tuesday in an exhibition match in Japan.

Chelsea striker Abraham opened the scoring in the 34th minute by pouncing on a mistake by Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets who attempted to clear the ball.

But with Chelsea midfielder Jorginho applying pressure, the ball rolled towards Abraham who only had to step past rushing goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and gently send it into the net.

Four minutes later, Chelsea midfielder Christian Pulisic showed off his speed and footwork to infiltrate the Barca defence, but his left-footer went just wide.

Barcelona went on the offensive in the second half, with substitute striker Carles Perez leading the way.

But superb saves by Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga repeatedly denied Barca any attempt to equalise.

In the 55th minute Perez zipped past three Chelsea defenders but his left toe kick finish was not good enough to get past Arrizabalaga.

A few minutes later, he dashed deep into the left side to feed a high-speed cross to striker Malcom, but Arrizabalaga again denied them.

Chelsea made it 2-0 with less than 10 minutes left as midfielder Barkley picked up a cross in front of the box and curled it into the net, with substitute ‘keeper Neto getting a touch it but unable to block it.

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Just before injury time, Barcelona got a free-kick just outside the box but midfielder Ivan Rakitic’s shot went above the bar.

Rakitic however quickly redeemed himself in injury time, picking up a cross and firing a lightning right-footer that went deep into the net for a consolation goal for Barcelona.

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EPL: Giroud reveals Lampard’s new formation ahead of Chelsea clash with Man United

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Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud, has revealed formation the Blues will adopt under new manager Frank Lampard, next season.

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Giroud said he ‘feels good’ after training with Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic for the first time at the club.

The former Arsenal star is currently on pre-season tour with Chelsea and there are a few new faces to get used to in his second summer with the club.

The likes of new signing Christian Pulisic, the returning Kenedy and youngster Mason Mount have all featured alongside Giroud in the club’s pre-season friendlies with Bohemians, St Patrick’s Athletic and most recently, Kawasaki Frontale.

While he’s optimistic about what lies ahead, for the club, Giroud admits it will take a little time to strike a relationship with those newcomers on the pitch.

“We’re working on the tactics when we don’t have the ball and playing this 4-2-3-1 we have to know each other a bit better as well,” the Frenchman told Chelsea’s official website.

“This was the first time I’ve played with Christian, with Mason and with Kenedy so obviously it will take time but we feel good.

“We believe in the gaffer because he’s the right man for this situation.”

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Rohr set to quit as Super Eagles head coach

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Gernot Rohr may leave his role as the head coach of the Super Eagles in the coming days.

The German led Nigeria to a third-place finish in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, after they missed the last two editions.

However, Rohr has come under criticisms from certain quarters, for what some perceive as ‘lack of tactical nous’ or, in other words, an ‘inability to read matches’.

It is understood that the 66-year-old has told close associates, that he is uncertain if he wants to carry on.

“A lot of things have been going on but he has taken it all because he does not want to cause any controversy.

“But now, he is not sure if he will continue,” sources have told ESPN.

Rohr is due to meet Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick this week as part of that assessment.

And if both parties come to an agreement, a parting of ways might come sooner than most expect.

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