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Ronaldo Breaks Euro Goalscoring Record As Portugal Beat Hungary

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Cristiano Ronaldo earned a double to become the European Championship’s all-time leading scorer as Portugal struck three times late on to beat a stubborn Hungary 3-0 in their Euro 2020 opener at a packed Puskas Arena on Tuesday.

The holders, who appear to have a much stronger squad than when they won their first major title five years ago, labored for long periods in Budapest.

But Raphael Guerreiro made the vital breakthrough in the 84th minute and Ronaldo slammed in a penalty shortly afterward before tapping home in injury time.

The Juventus striker has now scored 11 goals in the tournament, two more than French great Michel Platini, who netted nine times when he led France to glory in 1984.

The 36-year-old is also just three goals away from matching Iranian Ali Daei’s all-time international scoring record of 109.

Ronaldo chose by far the biggest crowd of the tournament to break the record in front of, with Budapest the only Euro 2020 venue not to limit fan capacity due to Covid-19.

The Puskas Arena has a capacity of almost 68,000 fans.

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World Cup winners France and three-time European champions Germany meet in the other Group F game later in the day at Munich’s Allianz Arena.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos opted to play Liverpool forward Diogo Jota and Bernardo Silva alongside Ronaldo ahead of Joao Felix.

It almost paid instant dividends, as Jota forced Hungary goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi into a smart save with a left-footed drive in the fourth minute, although he perhaps should have squared the ball for an unmarked Ronaldo.

Five minutes later, Jota, who was out injured for most of the latter stages of the club season, volleyed Bruno Fernandes’ free-kick over the crossbar.

Ronaldo created an opportunity for Bernardo Silva in the 28th minute by winning the ball back high up the pitch, only for the Manchester City winger to delay his shot too long and see the opening snuffed out by an excellent tackle from Hungary center-back Willi Orban.

Hungary offered very little from open play, although they sent Portugal a warning shortly before half-time when Adam Szalai headed a free-kick too close to Rui Patricio.

CREDIT: THE PUNCH

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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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