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Champions League: Ex-Liverpool Star On Target In Barcelona Win

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Former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho was amongst the goals as Barcelona secured a spot in the quarterfinals with a thumping win over Lyon at home.

Coutinho and Barcelona had played out a goalless draw with their French opponents in the first leg of their last 16 tie in France some weeks ago but their second meeting was more favourable for the Catalans though it must be pointed out that they suffered a scare when Lucas Tousart halved the deficit to 2-1 just before the hour mark.

Barcelona then went on to score three late goals to make it a more resounding 5-1 victory for the hosts.

The Catalan giants knew they had to win to qualify for the quarterfinals and they made a good start when star player Lionel Messi converted an 18th-minute penalty after Luis Suarez was brought down in the box by Lyon defender Jason Denayer.

Suarez was involved in the buildup for the second goal on 31 minutes as he unselfishly teed up former Liverpool teammate Coutinho for an easy goal.

Lyon pulled one back through the aforementioned Tousart but Barcelona had the last laugh as Messi added a third goal for his team before providing goals for both Gerard Pique and substitute Ousmane Dembele.

French international Dembele had replaced Coutinho after 70 minutes.

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Sporting director admits United could land their star player

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Joao Felix

Benfica sporting director has unwittingly admitted that the club could lose their star player Joao Felix in the coming summer transfer window to English Premier League outfit.

This is after he stated that it would be difficult to keep hold of the star as the interest seems to have been confirmed with a move expected to go down as soon as the current campaign ends.

More so, the attacking midfielder has been interesting a number of top European sides and they are all ready to move in with an offer. The club might be lured into accepting any attractive offer.

Benfica sporting director Rui Costa, therefore, stated that they are ready to do all it takes to keep the 19-year-old who has been impressive this season and has been penned down as a player to hold the club’s future.

He confessed to have received a number of offers for the star player who is referred to as the “new Kaka” noting that he has been overwhelmed by the calls because the clubs are already aware that Joao Felix is an extraordinary player who can pose a threat to any team in the world.

At 19, Joao Felix has got a release clause of £120 million but the club is still insisting that he would remain at the club like any other player.

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Arsenal ready to negotiate for exciting Ligue 1 star

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English Premier League outfit Arsenal seem to be serious about the capture of Guingamp forward Marcus Thuram and they are set to make an approach for negotiation over a deal ahead of the coming summer transfer window.

The North London outfit are keen to land Marcus Thuram ahead of German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund as they are also reported to be keen on his signature.

The Gunners want to strengthen their team and there are suggestions that manager Unai Emery is keen to land a new attacker to be able to provide the competition for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the team.

Marcus Thuram is a known name because of his father, Lillian Thuram who was part of the France 1998 World Cup winning team and has been tipped to continue the glory in the game just like his father did.

The young lad has been on the radar of a number of European sides but the North London outfit are hoping they can win the race for his signature ahead of others.

However, manager Unai Emery has been reported to have £40 million available for the summer window but it is claimed that it would be improved upon if he is able to secure qualification to the Champions League next season.

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Why United is a better team for Callum Hudson-Odoi

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English Premier League outfit Man United have been linked with a move for Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi ahead of the coming summer transfer window.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has been linked away from the Stamford Bridge over his lack of playing time at the club but there have been strong resistance by the club to grant him his wish.

German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich have been linked with Callum Hudson-Odoi and they are reported to have submitted a number of offers but they have been rejected by the Blues management as they insist that he is a major part of the club’s future.

However, Man United and Liverpool are latest to be linked with a move for Callum Hudson-Odoi but the Red Devils have been tipped to be a better side to accommodate the England international because of their ability to grant him first team appearances and regular playing time.

This is the major reason why Callum Hudson-Odoi seeks to leave the West London outfit and the solution could be available at the Old Trafford as there are no chances he would be handed a first team shirt in Liverpool as well.

More so, the Red Devils have got the ability to hand Callum Hudson-Odoi a good weekly pay that will make him more comfortable than he is at Chelsea.

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Arsenal keen on the signature of Joe Aribo

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English Premiership outfit Arsenal are reported to be keen on the signature of Championship outfit Charlton starlet Joe Aribo and could sign him in the coming summer transfer window.

Despite interest from a number of clubs, the North London outfit are reported to be positive and have had on several occasions the Addicks academy product this season.

With the Gunners team looking forward to storming the summer transfer window, Joe Aribo is believed to be a major part of the Unai Emery wish list with suggestions that a bid would be submitted for his signature as soon as the season ends.

The Championship star has got a lot of qualities to succeed at the Emirates Stadium as he is well composed and tall.

Joe Aribo is a left-footed midfielder who is one of the best Charlton can boast of. This is the reason why he has caught the attention of a number of big sides but Arsenal seem to be at the forefront.

So far this season, he has made 28 appearances and has six goals for the League One promotion chasers.

However, the North London outfit will be encouraged by the fact that Joe Aribo will be out of contract at the end of the season and he could just be available for a cheap price because of his age.

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Solskjaer makes special request for this PSG star

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Man United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reported to have made a special request to the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to get him
French Ligue 1 outfit PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot ahead of the coming summer window.

It is reported that the Red Devils sees Adrien Rabiot as a cheaper alternative to Bruno Fernandes at the Old Trafford.

There is no doubt that Adrien Rabiot is on his way out of the Ligue 1 outfit after falling out with some of the club’s chief.

His mother has also made it clear that her son will leave the club at the end of the season but has made no hint on his destination.

However, he is tipped to make good success at the Old Trafford with the Red Devils also looking at add him to the team because of his quality.

The Red Devils are hoping to splash cash this summer transfer window as they look to challenge next season and also deliver silverware to the club.

Meanwhile, United are not alone in the race for the French star as Liverpool and Barcelona are also very keen on his signature.

United will now have to intensify their efforts to lure the player into agreeing to a new deal

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Liverpool Target Scores For Israel In Six-Goal Thriller

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Red Bull Salzburg striker Moanes Dabour was amongst the goalscorers as his Israeli side came from a goal down to beat Austria 4-2 in their Euro 2020 qualifying match.

Austria took the lead as early as the eighth minute through West Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic and that proved to be the wake-up call needed by the hosts.

Israel equalised in the 34th minute through Eran Zahavi who plays his club football for Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F.

Zahavi proved to be a thorn in the flesh of the away side as he scored the second goal on the stroke of halftime to turn the game around in his team’s favour.

The 31-year-old completed his hattrick in the 55th minute to edge the home team 3-1 ahead.

Moanes Dabour added a fourth goal on 66 minutes as the Austria-based striker showed why he has been linked with a move to Premier League leaders Liverpool.

The Israeli attacker has been heavily linked with a move to the Reds following his sensational form for Red Bull Salzburg in the last two seasons.

His goal put Israel 4-1 ahead before West Ham star Arnautovic scored another consolation goal for the Austrians with fifteen minutes left to play.

Israel closed out the game to condemn the Austrians to a second successive defeat at the start of their Euro 2020 qualifiers.

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Liverpool Defender Leads Scotland To 1st Euro 2020 Qualifying Win

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Liverpool defender Andy Robertson led his country to their first win in their Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Andy Robertson was the captain of Scotland who recorded their first victory, making them qualifiers with a 2-0 win over San Marino on Sunday.

The Liverpool left-back was on for the duration of the game as he helped Scotland keep a clean sheet.

Scotland were able to bounce back from the shocking 3-0 defeat at the hands of Kazakhstan in what was their first game in the qualifiers.

The Scotland players including Andy Robertson were heavily criticised after the Kazakhstan defeat but they were able to respond with a straightforward victory over San Marino.

Scotland took the lead as early as the 4th minute through Norwich City midfielder Kenny McLean before Johnny Russell wrapped up the win in the 74th minute for his team.

Despite the win, Scotland remain in fifth position on the table in Group I but they now have the same point as Russia (3 points) in the race to qualify for the 2020 European Championship.

The top two teams from each group qualify automatically for the tournament.

Scotland will play their next game in the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus at home.

It’s their first match at home after two away games at the start of the qualifiers.

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Hazard Celebrates 100th Belgium Appearance With Goal

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Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard was on target on the occasion of his 100th appearance for the Red Devils of Belgium.

The 28-year-old scored the opening goal for Belgium as they maintained their perfect start to the qualifiers with an away win over Cyprus.

Belgium won 2-0 over the Cypriot team to make it two wins from as many games in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

Chelsea star Hazard gave Belgium the lead inside ten minutes before striker Michy Batshuayi added a second goal eight minutes later.

Batshuayi is also a Chelsea player but the former Valencia and Marseille striker is on loan at fellow London club Crystal Palace whom he joined during the January transfer window.

Eden Hazard was able to mark his landmark 100th appearance for the Red Devils of Belgium with a goal, meaning that he has now scored 30 goals and also provided 26 assists for his country.

The Chelsea forward recently revealed in an interview with French media outlet L’Equipe that the highlight of his career was when he led Belgium to a historic World Cup win at last summer ‘s tournament in Russia.

Hazard produced a man-of-the-match showing to lead the Belgian team to the semifinals via a 2-1 win over five-time world champions Brazil in their quarterfinal clash.

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Euro 2020 Qualifiers: Chelsea Loanee Stars In Belgium Win

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Crystal Palace striker Michy Batshuayi was the star of the show as Belgium secured a second win from many games at the start of their Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The Red Devils had earlier beaten Russia 3-1 in the first game of their qualifying campaign before the duel with Cyprus.

Belgium took an early lead in Nicosia against the Cypriot team through Eden Hazard.

The 28-year-old was making his 100th appearance for his country and he marked it with a goal off an assist from Michy Batshuayi in the 10th minute.

Hazard has now scored 30 goals and provided 26 more in his 100 caps for the Belgium national team.

Belgium added a second goal eight minutes later as the aforementioned Batshuayi graduated from provider to goalscorer.

The 25-year-old scored the second goal in the 18th minute off an assist from Borussia Moenchengladbach star Thorgan Hazard.

The early goals were enough to give Belgium the three points at stake.

Belgium have a comfortable lead at the top of Group I of the qualifiers with six points.

Michy Batshuayi is presently on loan at fellow London club Crystal Palace from Chelsea.

He has now scored 12 goals for his country in 23 appearances since he made his debut in 2015.

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Southgate reveals whom he wants to emulate

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The English national team have been flourishing of recent and that has been attributed to the fresh and young legs in the team as selected by manager Gareth Southgate since he took over as the country’s head coach.

No wonder, the England national team did well at the World Cup and almost gave a surprise to the world only to be cut short along the way.

The likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Jadon Sancho are the latest young players in the Gareth Southgate team and they have been helpful especially after securing a convincing win against Czech Republic.

Gareth Southgate who seems to have adopted a youth system said he is emulating the footstep of former Man United boss Alex Ferguson with his selection of younger players and hopes he is able to deliver good results with them.

He noted that he is making efforts to expose the young players so that they can be ready for the bigger challenge ahead of the Euro 2020 competition.

Gareth Southgate, therefore, stressed that he will always thank the Man United legendary manager and Ryan Giggs for giving him the inspiration which seems to be working well at this time with the expectation that they will only get better.

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