Madrid – Real Madrid’s “BBC” strikeforce hit back with a vengeance when Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema all scored in a 4-0 win over Alaves on Saturday.
The victory moved the champions within four points of second-placed Atletico Madrid.
Ronaldo returned to the starting line-up after being rested for Wednesday’s game with Leganes.
The Portuguese put Real ahead after shaking off a painful ankle knock on the stroke of halftime, taking advantage of a clever backheel from Benzema.
Benzema was also the catalyst for Real’s second goal which came under a minute into the second half.
The Frenchman won the ball back in midfield and tore towards goal, slipping it into Bale’s path for the Wales international to slot it inside the near post.
Ronaldo struck Real’s third goal of the day and his 299th in La Liga in the 61st minute, sending Vazquez’s cutback under the reach of former Real goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco.
Ronaldo then surrendered the opportunity to score a hat-trick by offering Benzema penalty-taking duties after Bale was brought down.
The Frenchman made no mistake, converting from the penalty kick spot in the 89th minute.
Real are third in the standings on 51 points, 11 behind leaders Barcelona and four from Atletico, who can widen the gap back to seven when they visit Sevilla on Sunday.
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Regina reached out to Facebook user, Etina, and told her that Hon. Enyong had impregnated her, and then had her beaten and thrown out of his home. A woman has taken to social media to expose one Nigerian lawmaker, accusing him of impregnating a lady and dumping her in Akwa Ibom State.Instablog9ja reports that the woman with the Facebook name, Emem Etina, also added that the Hon. Micheal Enyong is yet to acknowledge the lady identified as Regina Christopher.ALSO READ: ‘The man who got me pregnant ran away’- Woman who dumped newborn babyAccording to the post, Regina has been delivered of a beautiful baby girl but all Enyong did was send N100,000 through his brother, one Pastor Okokon.The post revealed that Regina reached out to Facebook user, Etina, and told her what Hon. Enyong had done to her.She revealed that he allegedly impregnated Regina, then had her beaten up and thrown out of his compound by his security detail.Etina also said that she called Hon. Enyong and demanded that he took responsibility for his newborn daughter.He reportedly claimed to have given Regina N300, 000 to have an abortion but she had refused to do the procedure.ALSO READ: Who impregnated this teenage girl and abandoned her at dump site?Read the post below: Hon. Enyong is yet to publicly address the revelations.
Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger go head-to-head for the 13th time on Sunday as Arsenal battle Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley. Both have met 12 times, with Guardiola having an advantage. Completesportsnigeria.com’s JOHNNY EDWARD chronicles their previous encounters between the two managers of the final…
1. Arsenal 2-2 Barcelona (Champions League quarter-final, March 2010)
The first meeting between Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola was in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League and it ended in a draw. Barcelona raced to a two-goal lead after 13 minutes through strikes from Zlatan Ibrahimovic but Theo Walcott pulled one back before Cesc Fabregas’ late penalty made it 2-2.
2. Barcelona 4-1 Arsenal (Champions League quarter-final, April 2010)
The reverse fixture of the tie Camp Nou saw Arsene Wenger’s side lose 4-1 with Lionel Messi scoring a double brace to send the Gunners crashing out after Nicklas Bendtner stunned the Spaniards with an 18th-minute opener to put Arsenal ahead in the tie.
3. Arsenal 2-1 Barcelona (Champions League last-16, February 2011)
In 2011, Wenger recorded his first win over Guardiola at the Emirates Stadium. Andrey Arshavin sealed a memorable win for the Gunners after Robin van Persie had cancelled out David Villa’s opener in the 43rd minute of the first half.
4. Barcelona 3-1 Arsenal (Champions League last-16, March 2011)
After recording that remarkable win from the first leg, Arsenal failed to reproduce the same performance in the return leg as they suffered a 3-1 defeat. A brace from Lionel Messi and another goal from Xavi Hernandez cancelled Sergio Busquets’ own goal.
5. Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich (Champions League last-16, February 2014)
The 2014 UEFA Champions League round of 16 saw Wenger suffer his first home defeat to Pep Guardiola at the Emirates. Brilliant strikes from Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller saw the Gunners pay dearly for Mesut Ozil’s penalty miss. Wojciech Szczesny was also sent off for a foul on Arjen Robben in the encounter.
6. Bayern Munich 1-1 Arsenal (Champions League last-16, March 2014)
The second leg fixture of the UEFA Champions League at the Allianz Arena ended 1-1. Lukasz Podolski cancelled out Bastian Schweinsteiger’s opener as Arsenal bowed out of the competition.
7. Arsenal 2-0 Bayern Munich (Champions League group stage, October 2015)
Wenger enjoyed his second win over Guardiola after seven meetings in the group stages of the 2015 UEFA Champions League thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil.
8. Bayern Munich 5-1 Arsenal (Champions League group stage, November 2015)
However, Guardiola claimed his revenge a few weeks later as Bayern Munich annihilated Arsenal at the Allianz Arena. Goals from Robert Lewandowski, a brace from Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben and David Alaba sealed victory for the Bavarians in the encounter.
9. Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal (Premier League, December 2016)
This was the first English Premier League meeting between Wenger and Guardiola. Theo Walcott gave Arsenal a fifth minute lead at the Etihad stadium. In the second half, City scored twice through Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling to turn the game around.
10. Arsenal 2-2 Manchester City (Premier League, April 2017)
Their second meeting in the English Premier league at the Emirates Stadium ended in a 2-2 draw. Leroy Sane gave Manchester the lead after five minutes Theo Walcott restored parity in the 40th minute but Sergio Aguero restored the lead two minutes later. Shkodran Mustafi made it 2-2 in the 53rd minute to hand Wenger his third draw against Guardiola.
11. Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City (FA Cup, April 2017)
Arsene Wenger had the last laugh in their first ever meeting in the English FA Cup as his side ran out with a 2-1 win. Alexis Sanchez’s extra-time winner saw Arsenal beat Manchester City at Wembley. Sergio Aguero had put Manchester City ahead in the 62nd minute before Nacho Monreal equalised 11 minutes later. The defeat saw Pep Guardiola end a season without a trophy for the first time in his coaching career.
12. Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal (Premier League, November, 2017)
Pep Guardiola won the first league meeting between both managers this season, as his side emerged 3-1 winners at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City were two goals up after 50 minutes thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero. Alexandre Lacazzete came off the substitutes bench to pull one back for Arsenal but Gabriel Jesus was on hand to put the game beyond reach for Arsenal, making it 3-1.
Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on November 5, 2017 in Manchester, England.
By James Agberebi in Abeokuta: South-South Zone emerged the overall winners at the fourth edition of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) national games tagged “Doctors’ Games” held in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The fourth edition of the NMA national games was proudly supported by Mega Lifesciences Nigeria Limited.
South-South Zone first position with 17 gold, three silver and seven bronze medals.
Second position went to North-Central who had three gold, one silver, four bronze medals, while North-West finished third with three gold and one bronze.
Hosts Ogun were fifth with two gold, six silver and nine bronze.
For emerging as overall winners, South-South have now won every edition of the NMA national games (2014,2016, 2017).
Present during the closing ceremony were the National President NMA Professor Mike Ogirima and other top NMA officials.
South-South capped an eventful participation with a 4-1 win against South-East in the football event in the closing ceremony.
This year’s edition which kicked off on Wednesday, 21 February, had doctors representing South-South, South-East, hosts Ogun, Lagos, North-Central, North-West all participating.
Participants competed in football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, scrabble, draught and chess.
By Hanifat Mustapha: The Super Falcons of Nigeria have won bronze at the WAFU Women’s Cup of Nations after defeating Mali 2-1 in the third place match in Abidjan on Saturday.
Fatoumata Diarra handed the Malians the lead with in the ninth minute before Chinaza Uchendu scored a brace in the 15th and 39th minutes to put Nigeria ahead.
Uchendu was denied her hat-trick after her 89th minute goal was disallowed.
However, Uchendu was named the woman of the match at the end of the game for her brace.
The Super Falcons had lost on penalties to perennial rivals Ghana in the semi-finals, while Mali were defeated by hosts Cote d’Ivoire.
Peoples Democratic Party National Chairman, SecondusThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-South said it would partner other leadership of the party in other zones to produce credible candidate for 2019 presidential election.
National Vice Chairman of the party, South-South, Mr Emmanuel Ogigi, disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, but said emergence of the candidate would follow democratic process as stipulated in PDP Constitution.
He said that the zone would support the efforts of the National Working Committee to reposition the party for victory in the 2019 general elections.
Ogidi expressed confidence in the NWC to organise free and fair primaries in selecting candidates for all positions in the elections.
He urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to take urgent measures to ensure the credibility of the voter register ahead of the elections.
He condemned the registration of under-age voters in parts of the country and the participation of such voters in the recent council polls in Kano state.
Ogidi accused INEC of conniving with some politicians to perpetrate the illegality of the under-age voter registration.
On the lingering scarcity of petrol in the country, he urged President Muhammadu Buhari to relinguish the position of Minister of Petroleum Resources and give the responsibility to another person.
According to him, the president should appoint a substantive minister with capacity to manage the oil sector and resolve the fuel supply crisis.
He also called on Buhari to give assent to the Electoral Act recently amended by the National Assembly, saying that when made a law, it would reduce tension in the polity.
Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nassarawa StateGov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa state has urged religious, community and opinion leaders to caution their followers against hate speeches capable of breaching the peace in the country.
Al-Makura made the call on Saturday in Lafia while donating operational vehicles to security agencies in the state.
He noted that nothing instigated and escalated crisis more than inflammatory utterances, urging the people to desist from such acts.
He warned that any individual or groups caught making utterances capable of igniting conflict in the state would be made to face the wrath of the law.
“I would like to appreciate the security operatives who are on the trail of such perpetrators as a number of arrests have been made, while some are already standing trials,’’ Al-Makura said.
He charged the courts to sanction the perpetrators appropriately in line with the provisions of the law to serve as deterrent to others.
“This is the only way utterances capable of generating crisis can be reduced, especially as the country prepares for the 2019 general elections,’’ he said.
The governor also called on all ethnic nationalities in Nasarawa State, especially those living at the boarder communities to eschew bitterness and embrace peace and harmony.
He gave assurance that his administration would continue to do all within the constitutional provisions, to ensure that a peaceful atmosphere for socio-economic activities thrived in the state.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gov. Umaru Al-Makura, on behalf of the state government donated 35 vehicles to security agencies to boost their operational efficiency in tackling security challenges, especially along the border communities with Benue state.
This eatery has revealed the consequences of sitting for more 30 minutes without buying anything from the store. A Nigerian eatery has taken the Nigerian phrase, “boys are not smiling,” pretty seriously with the new move they just adopted.The eatery has revealed the consequences of sitting for more 30 minutes without buying anything from the store.ALSO READ: Man arrested for poisoning restaurant foodA customer who visited the restaurant, did not share the name of the restaurant but shared a photo of a warning pasted on the tables in the restaurant.The warning reads, “sitting for 30 minutes and not buying anything worth N1500, will be charged N2000.”See the post below: ALSO READ: Why are Nigerians so crazy about this food?As hilarious as it may seem, this restaurant is here for business, no jokes.
The Super Falcons of Nigeria are bronze medal winners at the inaugural WAFU Women’s Cup The Super Falcons of Nigeria on Saturday, February 24 beat Mali to win the bronze medal at the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Women’s Cup in Cote d’Ivoire.Newly Unveiled Super Falcons Coach Thomas Dennerby, who was in charge for the encounter, and the Falcons aimed for victory against Mali after their disappointing loss to Ghana in the semi finals.Th Falcons however fell behind in the ninth minute as Diarra Fatoumata’s shot from outside the box put the Malian in front. Nigeria equalised in the 15th minute as winner of the young player (women) at the NFF Awards Rasheedat Ajibade’s pull out came off the crossbar for Chinaza Uchendu to convert. Uchendu scored her second of the game in the 39th minute, to give the Super Falcons the lead going into half time. The Falcons resumed the second half, creating more chances but the Malians held on as Nigeria won the third place play-off 2 -1, and Chinaza Uchendu named woman of the match after her brace in the encounter. The Super Falcons had earlier won all their group games at the tournament, after they defeated their Mali by a lone goal in their first match, then beat Senegal in their second group match. After qualifying for the next round, the Super Falcons won their final group match against Togo, before losing in the semi-final clash to arch rivals Ghana. The Falcons thanked the fans of Abidjan for their continuous support throughout the tournament. WAFU Women’s Cup 3rd Place and final resultsThe third place place off and final of the WAFU Women’s Cup will be played on Saturday, February 24.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema were all on the scoresheet as Real Madrid recorded a 4-0 win over Alaves in Saturday afternoon’s La Liga clash at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane made four changes to the team that defeated Leganes on Wednesday with Keylor Navas, Nacho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale all returning to the starting line-up.
Marco Asencio, Luka Modric, Marcelo and Toni Kroos all missed out due to injury, while captain of the team Sergio Ramos was suspended.
The hosts put pressure on Alaves from the start but only make the breakthrough a minute before the break.
Ronaldo spun inside the box before firing a powerful effort into the bottom corner.
The European champions got their second of the game a minute after the break courtesy of Bale’s fine strike.
Benzema raced away and passed the ball to Bale who slotted the it into the bottom corner of the net.
Ronaldo got his second and Madrid’s third of the evening in the 62nd minute as he swept a low Lucas Vazquez cross into the bottom corner.
Benzema netted the fourth from the spot a minute before time.
By Bamidele Boluwaji: Nigeria’s D’Tigers continued their impressive showing in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Africa Qualifiers on Friday in Mali with a 108-53 victory over Rwanda in their second game of the tournament, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Having defeated Uganda 102-86 points in their first game on Friday, the coach Alex Nwora-led side continued from where they stopped with a convincing 31-13 lead against the Rwanda in the first quarter of the game to announce their readiness for another victory.
The Nigerians who are all foreign-based also went into the second half with full determination to dominate the Rwandese who defeated host nation Mali 74-70 points in their opening game on Friday. The efforts paid off for D’Tigers who also won the second quarter by 24-15 points to end the first half 55-38.
The third quarter was however better than the second quarter as D’Tigers ensured they subdued their opponents by winning the period with 29-12 points.
Going into the last quarter was however training for the 2015 Afrobasket champions who put every foot and basket right to confirm their supremacy over the Rwandese with 24-13 points to end the game with108-53 points.
D’Tigers shooting guard Michael Efevberha again remains the leader in the team with his impressive performance that produced 16 points for Nigeria in the victory.
Nigeria centre Christopher Obekpa added seveb rebounds while Benjamin Uzor recorded six assists in the game.
With the two victories so far, Nigeria have recorded four points in the tournament.
In the other game played on Saturday, Cote d’Ivoire beat Senegal 67-60.
By James Agberebi:
Liverpool gave their push for a top-four finish a huge boost with a 4-1 win against West Ham United in the Premier League at Anfield on Saturday.
The win temporarily moved Liverpool to second in the league table on 57 points.
Emre Can, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all scored for Liverpool.
Salah is now tied on 23 league goals with Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane at the top of the scorers chart.
Michail Antonio was the scorer of West Ham’s goal.
Swansea’s unbeaten run was eventually ended as they lost 4-1 away to Brighton and Hove Albion.
A brace from Glenn Murray in the 18th and 69th minutes and a goal each from Anthony Knockaert on 73 minutes and Jurgen Lokadia on 90 minutes secured the impressive win for Brighton.
Chelsea on-loan forward Tammy Abraham got Swansea’s goal in the 85th minute.
Prior to the defeat to Brighton, Swansea had gone five straight league games without losing (three wins, two draws).
Swansea are now 17th on 27 points, just one point above the relegation zone.
And at the Vitality Stadium, Newcastle United failed to make it back-to-back wins as they threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 against Bournemouth.
Dwight Gayle scored twice in the 17th and 45th minutes to put Newcastle 2-0 up.
But goals from Adam Smith (80th minute) and Dan Gosling (89th minute) rescued a point for Bournemouth.
In other results, West Bromwich Albion’s woes continued as they lost 2-1 at home to Huddersfield Town while Southampton snatched a late goal to draw 1-1 away to Burnley.
Jacki Appiah wants you to know that working hard pays off.. even in the form of a Maserati. Jackie Appiah wants us to know that she works hard and plays hard.Seeing her latest post on Instagram, we tend to agree.ALSO READ: Jackie Appiah, Bobby Obodo’s movie set for cinema releaseThe Ghanaian actress took to her Instagram page to share a post in which she shows off her spanking new Maserati. That was not the only thing she had to show off. She posed in the photo rocking designed jumper and shows.Boy, does working hard pay off.Jackie Appiah: Ghana’s talented actGhanaian actress Jackie Appiah was born Jackie Appiah Agyemang in Canada before moving back to Ghana with her parents where she pursued her interest as an actress. The 31 year old won Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2010 Africa Movie Academy Awards. ALSO READ: Beautiful Jackie Appiah’s All Smiles PhotoThe actress has been featured in several movies such as Golden Heart, Forever Young, Perfect Picture, Royal Kidnap and several others. Jackie has made a name for herself as a popular actress and often collaborates with Nollywood stars.Jackie Appiah is also a divorced mother of one.
“She is rude,” Khloe said after she was asked about her feelings towards the controversial housemate. Khloe still has an axe to grind with former co-housemate, Cee C, as she brands her “rude and loud.” The ex-Big Brother Naija housemate who was disqualified after her strategic partner, K-Brule, got three strikes in the house, said this during an interview with TheNETng.ALSO READ: Housemates share sexual experiences, Tobi and Cee C are back together [Day 25 recap] According to TNS.ng, Khloe did little to hide her dislike for the housemate.“She is rude,” Khloe said after she was asked about her feelings towards the controversial housemate.Cee C: BBN’s most hate housemate Khloe is hardly the first person who has expressed some form of animosity towards Cee C.Cynthia Nwadiora popularly known as Cee.C quickly garnered the hatred of Nigerians because of her behaviour on the Big Brother Naija show. Her treatment of Tobi has only served to make things worse.ALSO READ: Tobi finally shares passionate kiss with Cee-C But just when it was beginning to seem like the whole world has turned their back on her, Cee C’s sister shared a post to remind her that she is loved.Her older sister has also been doing an awesome job of handling Cee C’s page that has been pummelled with all sorts of insults and hate messages.
D’tigers continued their winning start to the FIBA Men’s World Cup qualifiers with victory over Rwanda in their second game Nigeria’s men basketball team (D’Tigers) on Saturday, February 24 beat Rwanda in their second qualification match for the 2019 FIBA Men’s World Cup.D’Tigers were leading 31 – 11 after the first quarter, with Mike Efevberh contributing 15 points, the second quarter finished 56 – 28 in favour of Nigeria, by the end of the third quarter, D’Tigers were leading 84 – 40, and the game already won. The Nigerian basketball team played in the newly unveiled jerseys by their kit sponsors, and eventually won the game 108 – 53, to make a giant step in qualification for the World cupD’Tigers on Friday, February 23 beat Uganda (102 – 86) as they began their qualification process for the 2019 FIBA Men’s World Cup. FIBA Men’s World Cup qualifiersNigeria’s men Basketball team (D’Tigers) will continue their qualifiers on Sunday, February 25, against Mali, before the second leg of qualifiers in June.