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FIFA U-17 WWC: Nigeria’s Flamingos bounce back with big win over New Zealand

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The Nigeria U-17 Women’s football team are back to winning ways at the ongoing FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup ongoing in India.

After losing their opening group game to Germany last Tuesday, the Busayo Olowokere-led Flamingos bounced back with a 4-0 victory over New Zealand on Friday in their second group game.

Two first-half goals from Amina Bello’s header and a well-curled shot from Miracle Usani gave the Flamingos a healthy lead before the victory was sealed with second-half strikes from the duo of Taiwo Afolabi and Etim Edidiong.

Going into Friday’s game, both Nigeria and New Zealand needed the match badly due to their disappointing results in their group openers against Germany and Chile, respectively.
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Coach Olowookere made two changes to the squad that lost to Germany with Amina Bello, who scored her debut goal starting ahead of Edidiong Etim and Bisola Mosaku for Mary Aderemi in a 4-4-2 formation.

After both sides were evenly matched in the first 15 minutes of the game, Amina Bello put the Flamingos in front as she headed in Adeshina’s cross.

That opening goal was the catalyst the Flamingos needed as they stepped up with several goal attempts afterwards.

Opeyemi Ajaikaye forced Aimee Danielle-Feinberg to a corner after the forward’s trickery attempt was miscued by the goalkeeper.
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Bello, who broke the deadlock for the Nigerian ladies, failed to double the lead after her shot was saved by New Zealand Goalkeeper Aimee Danielle-Feinberg in the 20th minute.

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The combination between Bello and Adeshina wasn’t enough to stretch Danielle four minutes later.

The sustained pressure from the likes of Bello and Ajakaiye eventually paid off when Usani Miracle doubled the lead for the Flamingos with a screamer.

Her left-corner outer shot went over both New Zealand’s players, Manaia Elliot and Danielle in the 34th minute.

It was the defender’s second goal in the tournament, with the first coming from a free kick against Germany on Tuesday.
Second half

The second half saw an improved performance from the New Zealand ladies as they checkmated the Flamingos’ goal-scoring chances.

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However, after a string of missed chances, the Flamingos got the third goal, with Taiwo Afolabi scoring from a well-crafted outer shot in the 75th minute.

While three goals were more than enough for the three points at stake, Etim Edidiong in the 95th minute, put the icing on the victory as the substitute scored the Flamingos’ fourth goal to seal the resounding win

The Flamingos who now have three points from two games will face Chile in their last Group B game on Monday.

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2022 World Cup: Unwanted history for hosts Qatar against Ecuador

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Qatar on Sunday, became the first host country to be defeated in their opening game in the 92-year history of the World Cup.

Ecuador beat the Middle East country 2-0 courtesy of two first-half goals from captain Enner Valencia. Ecuador’s captain also saw a goal ruled out for offside. The result means Qatar become the first host nation ever to lose their opening game at a World Cup.

It’s obviously not the start Qatar will have wanted to make to a competition that had been plagued by controversy before a ball had even been kicked.

Supporters also made their feelings clear about the match at half-time as they abandoned the game in large numbers with the hosts already 2-0 down. Initial estimates suggest around 20,000 supporters left the game at the break.

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There were just 11 shots in this game (five for Qatar, six for Ecuador) – no World Cup match on record (since 1966) has seen fewer attempts.

The hosts return to action on Friday against Senegal.

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Victor Osimhen Bags Huge International Award And Recognition

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Nigeria and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen has received a huge international award and recognition for his relentless contribution at the international and club level.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen received a huge international award from the Globe Soccer Awards. The talented player was recognized for his immense contribution to both club and country.

He was crowned the Emerging Player Of The Year 2022, which was deserved on every level as the player has continued to show his importance at the club level for Napoli by contributing towards the impressive run of the club in the new season as well as the previous season.

Although the Super Eagles of Nigeria would not be going to the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, he had been one of the stand-out players for the Eagles in their qualifiers.

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Contragulations Victor.

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2022 World Cup: I am totally, absolutely focused on Portugal- Ronaldo says amid Man Utd criticism

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In the wake of his scathing interview about Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo declares that Portugal will be his “absolute focus” during the World Cup.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, in an interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV, which will be made public in its entirety on Wednesday, criticised United manager Erik ten Hag, Ralf Rangnick, and senior officials at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo claimed that United had “betrayed” him and that the team had not advanced since Alex Ferguson left in 2013.

Man Utd react to Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan

After the interview, United reacted with a statement on Monday mentioning it and promising to respond “after the full facts have been established.”

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Prior to Portugal’s November 24 match against Ghana in Group H, the 37-year-old declared on Monday that his entire attention would be on playing for Portugal in Qatar.

“Total and absolute focus on national team work. United group, towards one objective: realise the dream of all Portuguese people!,” he posted on Instagram.

Despite missing United’s previous two games due to “illness,” he posted a photo of himself with his Portugal teammates during a training session.

Without Ronaldo, the Red Devils defeated Fulham 2-1 on Sunday, moving them up to fifth place in the Premier League, three points behind Tottenham with one game remaining.

In the Middle East, where Fernando Santos’ team will also play Uruguay and South Korea, Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to lead his nation to World Cup triumph.

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