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Barca, Juventus settle for draw in highly entertaining pre-season encounter

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Barcelona continued their unbeaten run in their 2022 pre-season but failed to win their fourth game in a row as Juventus held them to a 2-2 draw at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.

Due to the high temperature of the summer, both teams had a really slow start in the first half of the game. Barca, as expected, had most of the possession but failed to produce any chances.

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Juve on the other hand, produced a few good efforts on the counter.

Around the half hour mark, both teams took a cooling break after which Barca sprung back to life. French national, Ousmane Dembele led the way and began to work his magic.

At the 34th minute, Dembele opened the scoresheet after an impressive solo run through the Juve defense.

Just five minutes later, Moise Kean came up with an equalizer with a tap-in goal for Juventus but Dembele needed just less than a minute to net another goal to make it 2-1 for Barca, after another incredible dribbling run.

And after 45 minutes, the game was fully alive, which had spectators with high hopes for the second half.

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The second half came with a strong start for Juventus who held a high line to put pressure on Barca’s possession game.

The high press led to a mistake from make-shift centre back Frenkie De Jong who lost possession around Barca 18-yard box, with Moise Kean there to capitalize and net his second goal of the night.

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The score remained 2-2 until the end, although it was not short of goal opportunities for both teams. With two different efforts from Raphinha and Ansu Fati hitting the woodwork as they tried to put Barca ahead.

The final whistle brought the game to an end and also an end to Barca’s winning run in their preseason. Due to the high temperatures, both teams had to make many substitutions to avoid player injuries. A game like this is mostly considered as just a warm up to improve players’ fitness levels.

Barcelona’s final match comes on the 31st of July against New York Red Bulls as Juve will be preparing for their game against Real Madrid on the same day which will mark the end of the preseason tour in the USA.

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EPL: Bacary Sagna predicts scorelines for Man City vs Utd, Arsenal vs Tottenham fixtures

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Former Arsenal defender, Bacary Sagna, has predicted the scoreline for Manchester City’s Premier League clash against Manchester United.

Sagna also predicted the outcome of Arsenal’s Premier League tie against Tottenham Hotspur.

Man City will host Man United in a Premier League derby at Etihad on Sunday, while Arsenal will take on Tottenham in a London derby at Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

Providing his predictions, Sagna said Man City would beat Man United by three goals to nil, while Arsenal will defeat Tottenham 2-0.

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“I can’t see anyone other than City winning this match. I think City will win 3-0,” Sagna told Lord Ping.

He added, “Arsenal will win. Arsenal 2-0.”

“Listen, make no mistake, this will be a tough game for Arsenal. Tottenham has quality players, dangerous players. Son [Heung-min] has come into a bit of form. [Harry] Kane, we all know what he can do.”

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Volleyball: Offa, Customs win Premier League

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Offa Volleyball Club (male) and the Nigeria Customs Service (female) have emerged the champions of the 2022 Nigeria Volleyball Premier League competition.

In the men’s final match at the indoor hall of the Ondo State Sports Complex, Akure, Offa defeated Nigeria Correctional Service 3-2 (25-16, 23-25, 25-17, 17-25, 15-11), while in the women’s category, Customs emerged champions, beating Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps 3-0 (25-23, 27-25, 25-21) on the final day of the league.

Offa coach, Suleiman Ajeigbe, expressed delight over the victory, saying the trophy would be going to Offa community for the first time.

Ajeigbe also commended his players for properly executing their game plan and playing to instruction.

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He said, “I feel so proud, I feel so excited and I give all glory to God almighty. It has been a very challenging one, but to the glory of God. In the history of the Nigeria Volleyball Premier League, Offa, a local government in Kwara State will be lifting the trophy, this is historical, this has never happened before.

“Offa Volleyball Club came into being to help the youths in my community. I started the club to ensure that every member of my team is Kwara-born, majority of them are born in Offa. It is to the glory of God that I was able to start it, most of my players are playing outside the country now. I started the club in 2010, so it’s been a long time actually.”

Customs coach, Sunny Akapson, said his side’s victory was as a result of hard work, determination and dedication.

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EPL: Glen Johnson predicts result of Arsenal vs Tottenham derby clash

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Former Chelsea star, Glenn Johnson has provided his prediction for Saturday’s North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham.

Mikel Arteta’s side will receive Antonio Conte’s Spurs at the Emirates on Saturday.

The Gunners would be leapfrogged by Tottenham at the top of the Premier League table if they hand Arteta’s side their second defeat of the season.

Arsenal has won six out of seven of their opening games, losing once to Manchester United.

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Spurs are unbeaten and just a point behind them in third, with Tottenham able to leapfrog their rivals with a victory.

Johnson told SafeBettingSites: “It’s going to be a tough one to call, to be honest.

“Tottenham looks great, Arsenal looks great. Finally, we’ve got two good teams going into the north London derby!.

‘This is their first big test, for both teams. [I’m going] 2-1 to Arsenal.’

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