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Manchester City Crowned EPL Champions After Win Over Brighton

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Manchester City have won their third English Premier League title in four years after coming from behind to beat Brighton 4-1.

City’s victory ended any hope Liverpool – 2-0 winners over Wolverhampton Wanderers – had of a first championship for 29 years.

City maintained their one-point lead to the very end after the tightest title race for many years.

Brighton stunned City when veteran Glenn Murray powered home a header in the 27th minute.

But City struck back 60 seconds later through Sergio Aguero after fine approach play by Aymeric Laporte and David Silva.

 

 

Centre-back Laporte rose high to head City into the lead from a 38th minute corner and they held their 2-1 advantage at halftime.

Goals by Riyad Mahrez in the 63rd minute and Ilkay Gundogan in the 72nd sealed the deal for City and ended a nervous championship run-in.

“It was the toughest title I have won in my career by far,” Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said.

“We have to say congratulations to Liverpool – and thank you so much, because they pushed us and made us increase our standard.

“To get 198 points in two seasons is incredible. To win the title we had to win 14 games in a row – we knew for the last three months that we couldn’t drop any points.

For about 20 minutes on an afternoon of extraordinary highs, lows, twists and turns at Anfield, Liverpool thought the wait could finally be ending.

Liverpool was leading Wolverhampton Wanderers; Manchester City was drawing, briefly losing, and then only drawing again at Brighton.

The Reds were top of the “as it stands” Premier League table, now used widely in this age of instant information, and there was joy unconfined through this iconic stadium.

Fans were punching the air and swirling their scarves. The “Allez, Allez, Allez” chant was being sung with gusto.

The English league title was – for that brief period – heading back to Liverpool after 29 years.

An hour later, after the final whistle blew on the game and on their team’s title hopes, Liverpool fans were still singing but in defiance rather than celebration.

Liverpool had won 2-0 and finished a league campaign with 97 points – a total, up until this season, that was more than any other team had managed apart from last year’s record-breaking Manchester City team.

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Super Eagles, Ahmed Musa celebrates son on his 1st birthday

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Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa and his wife Julliet Ejue are celebrating their son’s first birthday, today, July 26, 2019.

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Taking to his Instagram page to share these adorable photos of his son, he wrote: May your Birthday, bring loads of joyful and sweet memories in your life. May you have a great and successful year ahead. Happy Birthday, Son.’

Musa also has two children with his divorced wife, Jamila.

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Eyewitness narrates knife attack on Arsenal players Ozil, Kolasinac in London

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An eyewitness has given an account on the knife attack on Arsenal stars, Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac on Thursday.

The duo were chased for a mile by knife-wielding motorbike riders in an attempted daylight car-jacking in north London.

Ozil, who earns £350,000-a-week, was ambushed as he drove his black Mercedes G-Class through Childs Hill at around 5pm.

But as the thugs surrounded his SUV, Ozil’s teammate and childhood friend, Sead ‘The Tank’ Kolasinac, took them on.

Financial worker Azuka Alintah, 36, told the MailOnline: “Ozil looked absolutely terrified, as anybody would after being chased by men with knives.

“He looked like he was running for his life. And I suppose he was.

“I saw him disappear into the restaurant with the motorcycle guys on his tail.

“They didn’t take off their helmets and were all in black, wearing long sleeved tops in this hot weather. They stood out.

“God knows what would have happened if they’d caught him. It looked to me like he’d have been hacked to shreds and he clearly thought so too.

“As soon as the restaurant staff started to come to the window and to the doorway, they turned around and roared off.”

The police have opened an investigation into the attack.

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Afcon 2019: I wish Algeria can retake the free-kick – Nigeria’s Akpeyi

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The goalkeeper can’t stop replaying that losing moment in the semi-final against Algeria, wishing it would’ve turned out differently somehow
Daniel Akpeyi defended his teammates from criticism following Nigeria’s 2-1 defeat to Algeria in Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) semi-final.
The Super Eagles looked to be in with a great chance of beating Djamel Belmadi’s men to reach the competition’s final after dismissing South Africa in the quarter-final.

However, a Riyad Mahrez last-minute free-kick sent Gernot Rohr’s men crashing after Odion Ighalo had erased Willam Troost-Ekong’s own goal.

Rohr’s team faced the wrath of fans for offering precious little in Cairo, but Akpeyi believes otherwise.

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