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Cristiano Ronaldo And Romelu Lukaku Resumes  Rivalry On International Stage

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku will resume their domestic rivalry on the international stage on Sunday as holders Portugal and in-form Belgium face off in the biggest tie of Euro 2020’s last 16.

Ronaldo is the Euro’s leading scorer after netting five times in the group stage while Lukaku, who is in the form of his life, is lurking behind the Portugal captain with three goals.

Juventus forward Ronaldo is also just one goal away from breaking Ali Daei’s all-time international goalscoring record of 109, which he equalled with a brace against France in the European champions’ final Group F game.

The pair lock horns at the Euro after doing battle in the Serie A scoring charts last season, with 36-year-old Ronaldo being crowned ‘capocannoniere’ after scoring 29 times in a difficult season for Juventus.

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However, Lukaku pipped Ronaldo to the league’s player of the season award last campaign despite scoring five fewer goals as he played a key role in Inter Milan winning their first league title in over a decade.

His game seems to have moved up a level since he arrived at Inter in 2019 and Jan Vertonghen was full of praise for the 28-year-old’s progress on Saturday.

“I’ve known him since he was 16 years old … the way he has developed from being a strong, quick kid into one of the best strikers in the world is one of the best things I’ve seen in my career,” defender Vertonghen told reporters.

Both teams will have their work cut out to reach the July 11 final at Wembley with Italy, who squeezed past Austria on Saturday, and either world champions France or Spain the opponents in the next two rounds if they get beyond the last 16.

However, Portugal coach Fernando Santos is “firmly convinced” his side will come out on top in the clash in Seville.

We know our opponent is capable and very competent but I’m firmly convinced we’re going to be better than they are,” he told a video media conference.

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles Fail To Win AFCON 2023 As Ivory Coast Defeats Them 2:1

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 Nigeria’s Super Eagles Fail To Win AFCON 2023 As Ivory Coast Defeats Them 2:1

The Super Eagles of Nigeria failed to win the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 on Sunday, February 11, as the host country, Ivory Coast defeated them 2:1, Aso Naija Reports .

The Super Eagles were the first to score in the first half of the game but the Elephants of the country equalized in the second half and later went on to scored a second goal.

The match took place at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Ivory Coast takes home $7 million for lifting the trophy. While the runners-up, Nigeria, gets $4 million.

The two losing semi-finalists, South Africa and Democratic Republic of the Congo, each receive $2.5 million.

The country’s national football team (FrenchÉquipe de football de Côte d’Ivoire, recognized as the Côte d’Ivoire by FIFA represents Ivory Coast in men’s international football.

Nicknamed the Elephants, the team is managed by the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF).

The team has won the Africa Cup of Nations three times, in 19922015 and 2023, and has qualified for the FIFA World Cup three times, in 20062010, and 2014.

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Deputy Senate President, Barau Congratulates Super Eagles On Victory Over Angola

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Deputy Senate President, Barau Congratulates Super Eagles On Victory Over Angola

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Barau Jibrin, has congratulated the Super Eagles on their qualification for the semi-final at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, Aso Naija Reports.

This was made known in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ismail Mudashir, and shared on his Facebook page on Friday.

Additionally, Barau noted that the Super Eagles victory showed that as a nation, “we can always achieve our dreams if we are dedicated, committed and unwavering in the face of daunting challenges.”

Nigeria on Friday defeated Angola 1:0 to advance to the semi-final.

According to the statement, Barau urged the Super Eagles not to relent but to go all the way and lift the AFCON trophy.

The statement read, “I congratulate the Super Eagles on their resounding victory over Angola which propelled them to the semi-final stage of the ongoing African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

“The victory epitomises the resilient spirit of our country and further shows that with dedication and commitment, we can always surmount our challenges.

“I urge the Super Eagles not to relent but go all the way and lift the AFCON trophy.”

 

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Nigeria Triumphs Over Angola 1-0, Secures Spot in AFCON 2023 Semi-Finals

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Nigeria Triumphs Over Angola 1-0, Secures Spot in AFCON 2023 Semi-Finals

In a thrilling match, the Nigerian national football team, the Super Eagles, emerged victorious over Angola with a 1-0 score, propelling them to the semi-final stage of the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) held in Ivory Coast, Aso Naija Reports.

The pivotal goal was scored by Ademola Lookman, the talented winger from Atalanta, at the 41st minute mark.

This goal brings Lookman’s total goals in the tournament to three, thanks to an assist from Moses Simon. Although Victor Osimhen managed to find the back of the net for a second time, it was ultimately disallowed due to an offside call.

Nigeria now eagerly awaits their next opponent in the semi-finals, which will either be Cape Verde or South Africa. The nation is filled with excitement and anticipation as they edge closer to AFCON glory.

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CAF Clears Osimhen After Drug Test Ahead Clash with Angola

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CAF Clears Osimhen After Drug Test Ahead Clash with Angola

Nigeria Super Eagles trio Victor Osimhen, Moses Simon, and William Troost-Ekong came out clean after a drug test was conducted on them at the ongoing AFCON in Côte d’Ivoire, Aso Naija Reports.

According to the reports, the test carried out on them did not detect any presence of a prohibited substance.

This means the three players are clear to feature for the Eagles against Angola in the quarter-finals on Friday.

According to CAF, it is mandated that the football body’s Doping Control Officer will conduct the sample collection in their capacity as a CAF Doping Officer following the COVID-19 new measures.
In principle, two players from each team will be tested at the end of each match by the CAF/FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations.

However, the CAF D+ping Control Officer is authorized to select additional players for sample collection without giving any reason.

Also, the players to be tested shall be selected via targeted or random methods by the CAF Doping Control Officer.

These players are required to provide urine samples and blood samples, as requested.

Meanwhile, Friday’s quarter-final clash between the Super Eagles and Angola will be the first time both teams will meet at the AFCON.

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Ivory Coast Stuns Senegal in AFCON, Advances to Quarterfinals on Penalties

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Ivory Coast Stuns Senegal in AFCON, Advances to Quarterfinals on Penalties

  • – Ivory Coast defeated defending champions Senegal in the round of 16 match of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
  • – The match ended in a 1-1 draw and Ivory Coast emerged victorious in the penalty shootout.
  • – As one of the best third-placed teams in the tournament, Ivory Coast advanced to the quarterfinals.
  • – Ivory Coast will now face Cape Verde in the quarterfinals of AFCON.

Host nation, Ivory Coast have knocked out the defending champions Senegal to reach the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations, Aso Naija Reports.

The round of 16 tie on Monday, January 29, finished in a 1 – 1 draw but it was Ivory Coast who were victorious in the penalty shootout.

Ivory Coast made it to the round of 16 as one of the best third-placed teams of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). They will face Cape Verde in the quarterfinals.

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