AFRICAN FOOTBALL: CAF Confederation Cup
ENYIMBA 2-1 ES SETIF – Omoyele Strike Seals Enyimba Win Over ES Setif
Goals from Austin Oladapo and Tosin Omoyele saw Nigeria Professional Football League side Enyimba come from behind to beat ES Setif in their CAF Confederation Cup Group A match, played at the Enyimba International Stadium on Sunday.
Despite early pressure from the People’s Elephants, it was the visitors who broke the deadlock in the 13th minute after 20-year old forward Monsef Bakrar slotted his shot past John Noble, to round off a good team goal.
Fatai Osho’s men had a chance to draw level five minutes later when Djiboutian referee Souleiman Ahmed Djama pointed to the spot for a penalty, but captain Austin Oladapo saw his effort saved by Franco-Algerian goalkeeper Sofiane Khedairia.
The two time CAF Champions League winners continued to mount the pressure in the first half and they got their rewards when Oladapo made amends for his penalty miss with a 40th minute equalizer.
The Nigerian team finally got their winner in the 60th minute after striker Tosin Omoyele combined superbly with recent Super Eagles invitee Anayo Iwuala to release a powerful shot, which beat Khedairia in goal to condemn the Algerian team to the third defeat of their continental campaign.
CAF Confederation Cup Results: SUNDAY, APRIL 4TH
- Enyimba FC 2-1 ES Setif
- Namungo 0-1 Nkana
- Raja Casablanca 2-0 Pyramids
- Jaaraf 2-0 Salitas
- Etoile du Sahel 0-0 CS Sfaxien
- Al Ahli Benghazi 0-0 Orlando Pirates
- RS Berkane 0-0 JS Kabylie
- NAPSA Stars 0-1 Cotonsport
EUROPEAN FOOTBALL: Premier League
MANCHESTER UNITED 2-1 BRIGHTON: Greenwood Header Completes United cComeback Against Brighton
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Manchester United took a step closer to sealing a Champions League spot for next season with a 2-1 comeback win over Brighton at Old Trafford on Sunday evening.
Danny Welbeck’s 13th minute header put the away side in the lead and on their way to a first ever away win against United, as they took their lead into half-time.
However, Marcus Rashford drew United level two minutes past the hour mark after brilliant work by Bruno Fernandes to lay the ball off.
The Red Devils got the winner in the 83rd minute when Academy graduate Mason Greenwood pounced on a miscued effort by Paul Pogba to score his first goal at Old Trafford this season.
NEWCASTLE 2-2 TOTTENHAM: Late Willock Equalizer Denies Spurs
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On-loan Arsenal man Joe Willock scored an 85th minute equalizer for struggling Newcastle in their 2-2 draw against Tottenham at St. James’s Park on Sunday, as they earned a vital point in their bid to avoid relegation this season.
Steve Bruce’s team took the lead in the 28th minute through Joelinton, before Harry Kane scored twice in five minutes to give Spurs the advantage heading into the half-time break.
The visitors continued to ask questions in the second half and almost got a third through Harry Kane late on, but his effort came off the woodwork and into safety, just before Willock’s equalizer.
Tottenham are now up to fifth on the table, while Newcastle retain their spot in 17th.
Results From Other Centers
SOUTHAMPTON 3-2 BURNLEY
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Sot’on: Stuart Armstrong (31’), Danny Ings (42’), Nathan Redmond (66’) | Burnley: Chris Wood (12’ pen), Matej Vydra (28’)
Southampton overturned a two-goal deficit to beat Burnley 3-2 as they earned three vital points in their race to avoid relegation this season.
ASTON VILLA 3-1 FULHAM
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A Villa: Mohamed Trézéguet (78’, 81’), Ollie Watkins (87’) | Fulham: Aleksandar Mitrovic (61’)
Aston Villa scored three late goals to cancel out Mitrovic’s opener as Fulham’s survival hopes suffer huge blow.
EUROPEAN FOOTBALL: La Liga
Sevilla Blow La Liga Title Race Wide Open With Unlikely Win Over League Leaders Atletico Madrid
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Marcos Acuña’s 70th minute header proved decisive as Sevilla derailed Atletico Madrid’s title hopes with a 1-0 victory at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pitzjuan on Sunday.
Diego Simeone’s men could have gone behind earlier in the game but Jan Oblak denied Lucas Ocampos from the penalty spot in the first half after Saul Niguez was penalized for bringing down Ivan Rakitic in the box.
The result leaves Atletico, who are chasing a first league title since 2014, only three points clear of rivals Real Madrid with nine games left.
Barcelona will move to within a point of the mattress makers if they defeat struggling Real Valladolid in their Monday night fixture at the Nou Camp (20:00 WAT).
TENNIS: Miami Open
Hubert Hurkacz Clinches Maiden Masters Title With Straight-Sets Victory Over Jannik Sinner
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Hurkacz, 24, became the first Polish player to win the ATP Masters 1000 title after seeing off challenge from Italian teenager Jannik Sinner to triumph 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in the Miami Open men’s singles final on Sunday.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Tottenham “Disgusted” After Defender Becomes Latest Player To Suffer Online Racist Abuse, Valencia Leave Pitch Amid Alleged Racist Slur
Tottenham have demanded “social media platforms to take action” after 24-year old Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez revealed a screenshot of racist abuse directed towards him on Instagram after Sunday’s draw at Newcastle, with the words “Nothing changes”.
West Brom’s Republic of Ireland striker Callum Robinson was also racially abused on social media after Saturday’s 5-2 win at Stamford Bridge.
Over in Spain, Valencia players walked off the pitch in protest after an alleged racist insult by Cadiz’s Juan Cala directed towards Mouctar Diakhaby during their La Liga clash on Sunday.
“Diakhaby told us he heard a racist insult so we all went off the pitch.
“We were told that we had to play because if we didn’t, they would take the three points off us and maybe we’d be docked more points.
“Diakhaby asked us to play on. We wouldn’t have done so if he hadn’t done so. He said he wasn’t in the right state of mind to keep playing. He is devastated.”Valencia defender Jose Gaya told Movistar.
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