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CHAN 2018: Sudan edge Libya to claim bronze

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Sudan edged out Libya 4-2 via penalties to claim bronze in the third-place play-off match at the 2018 CAF African Nations Championship at Stade de Marrakech on Saturday.

Although the clash finished at 1-1 in regular time, penalties from Mohamed Tahir, Mohamed Babikir, Mahmoud Ahmed and Maaz Gesalla ensured Sudan were victorious.

On the other hand, Libya converted from the spot through Moftah Taktak, Abdelsalam Alaqoub while Almehdi Elhouni and Salem Ablo saw their kicks saved.

The Mediterranean Knights had a bright start in the encounter as they put more pressure on the Falcons of Jediane.

However, it was Sudan who bagged the lead against the run of play when a long ball into the penalty area found Walaa Eldin Yagoub in the eighth minute and his header beat Abdalla Nashnush on his right corner.

As coach Zdravko Logarusic’s men continued to display good touches in the heart of the park, Elmutasem Abushnaf saw his header going wide in the 25th minute from a cross on the left flank.

Despite coach Omar Elmaryami’s troops intensifying their probe for an equaliser, it was 1-0 at halftime.

The North Africans upped the ante in the 70th minute and substitute Ablo unleashed a rocket from the edge of the area, but Akram punched away and Taktak’s follow up went wide.

Akram was the man separating Libya and a goal as he denied Ablo for the second time in the 75th minute from point blank range to concede a corner.

However, Ablo would finally make it 1-1 in the 84th minute when his header beat Akram resulting from an accurate cross down the right wing.

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Super Falcons book France, South Korea, Norway in World Cup

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Nigeria celebrates lifting the trophy during the 2018 TOTAL African Womens Cup of Nations Final match between Nigeria and South Africa at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium, Cape Coast on 01 December 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix


African champions, Nigeria’s Super Falcons have been drawn alongside hosts France, South Korea and Norway in Group A of the FIFA Women’s World Cup next year.

Two-time champions Germany are in Group B with China, Spain and Africa’s second representatives South Africa, while 2015 hosts Canada are with European champions the Netherlands, Cameroon and New Zealand in Group E.

The ceremony at La Seine Musicale in Boulogne-Billancourt, just outside Paris, also set reigning champions the United States up for a clash with Thailand to begin their defence of the title.

Hosts France in Group A would meet with South Korea in the opening game of the 24-team tournament at the Parc des Princes in Paris on June 7 as Les Bleues hope to match their male counterparts, who won this year’s World Cup in Russia.

The final will be played on July 7 in Lyon, the 58,000-seat stadium in the city that is home to the women’s Champions League holders.

In other highlights of the draw, England and Scotland will meet each other in their opening game after being placed in the same group in Saturday’s draw alongside former winners Japan as well as Argentina.

For England, the draw co-hosted by their former star Alex Scott handed them the tantalising prospect of an opening game in Group D against old rivals Scotland in Nice on June 9. Scotland are making their debut in the competition.

England and Scotland also met in their opening group game at Euro 2017 in the Netherlands, with England romping to a 6-0 victory on their way to a semi-final defeat against the hosts.

United States, the champions in 2015, are in Group F with Sweden, Thailand and tournament newcomers Chile.

The USA have won three of the previous seven tournaments.

Australia were among the top seeds but Alen Stajcic’s side must face Brazil and Italy as well as debutants Jamaica in Group C.

The Matildas will meet Italy in their opening game in Valenciennes on June 9.

All the Groups:

Group A:
FRANCE
KOREA REP.
NORWAY
NIGERIA

Group B:
GERMANY
CHINA PR
SPAIN
SOUTH AFRICA

Group C:
AUSTRALIA
ITALY
BRAZIL
JAMAICA

Group D:
ENGLAND
SCOTLAND
ARGENTINA
JAPAN

Group E:
CANADA
CAMEROON
NEW ZEALAND
NETHERLANDS

GROUP F:
USA
THAILAND
CHILE
SWEDEN

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EPL: Mourinho takes decision on Pogba’s chance of playing for Man United again

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Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho has taken a decision on midfielder, Paul Pogba’s chances of still playing for the club.

Mourinho and Pogba have been at loggerheads ever since a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham back in February.

And Mourinho reportedly labelled Pogba a ‘virus’ after their 2-2 draw with Southampton last week.

The 25-year-old found himself benched for the Red Devils’ 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday.

It is said that because of the midfielder’s ability, Mourinho will still give him game time.

Pogba has been tipped to leave for Barcelona or Juventus.

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EPL: Chelsea’s squad to face Manchester City revealed

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Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, faces no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s match against Manchester City.

Sarri will however have to choose between Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud to lead the line, as he seeks to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat at Wolves in midweek.

Chelses squad:

Goalkeepers: Arrizabalaga, Caballero, Green

Midfielders: Fabregas, Jorginho, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic

Forwards: Hazard, Pedro, Giroud, Willian, Morata

Potential Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Giroud, Hazard.

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