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[BREAKING] UCL: Liverpool triumph 2-0 Over Spurs to win Sixth European title [READ MORE]

Liverpool have won their sixth European Cup after beating Tottenham 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi scored the only goals of the game at the beginning and end of the match. It wasn’t a final that will live long in the memory but Liverpool fans won’t care. They will be celebrating long into the night after their club sealed their sixth European Cup. Only Real Madrid (13) and AC Milan (seven) have won the prestigious trophy more times. Tottenham rarely threatened their opponents. Harry Kane made his first appearance for Spurs since April 9 but failed to make an impact. Lucas Moura, hat-trick [Read]

WOW! Chelsea stars celebrate UEL victory with Olamide’s song ‘Wo’ [SEE VIDEO]

Europa League winners Antonio Rudiger and Emerson celebrated their victory over Arsenal dancing to Olamide’s song ‘Wo’. The Blues thrashed fellow Premier League outfit Arsenal 4-1 at the Baku Olympic Stadium to claim their second UEL title, having won their very first title in 2013. Real Madrid bound Eden Hazard scored twice, while Pedro and Olivier Giroud also scored a goal each to render Alex Iwobi’s lone strike for the Gunners a mere consolation. Though, the 26-year-old German was not part of the team that who helped Maurizio Sarri win his first title for the Stamford Bridge side in his first season at the club. But he could not hide [Read]

JUST IN: Hazard Hits Two As Chelsea Maul Arsenal 4-1 to Seal UEL Title

BAKU – Eden Hazard scored twice in what was likely his last match for Chelsea to fire his team to a 4-1 victory over Arsenal in an all-English Europa League final in Baku on Wednesday. Olivier Giroud broke the deadlock just after half-time before Pedro Rodriguez doubled Chelsea’s lead. Hazard converted a penalty to make it 3-0 and then wrapped up victory with his second goal following a fine consolation strike by Alex Iwobi. [Read]

Nigeria’s Henry Onyekuru set to join Bayern Munich, leaves Galatasaray

  Super Eagles forward Henry Onyekuru has left Turkish Giants Galatasaray after winning the domestic double with the Istanbul-based side. According to reports from Istanbul, Galatasaray was unable to extend the Nigerian’s loan deal as parent club Everton has concluded plans to sell the forward to Bayern Munich in Germany. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that Ribery and Robben’s farewell to the German giants Bayern Munich have led to the ultimate transfer bid for Onyekuru. Meanwhile, Galatasaray is preparing to fill the gap of Onyekuru with two names, Ryan Babel and Valentine Ozornwafor. [Read]

Zidane left Bale on bench because of attitude

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has said Gareth Bale’s attitude “day-to-day” meant he did not get on the pitch in what could have been his final match with the club during the 2-0 defeat to Real Betis. Los Blancos finished the campaign in disappointing fashion but Bale was not called upon, despite being named a substitute and walked straight down the tunnel at full-time. Although Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett told ESPN FC this week that his client was determined to see out a contract which runs until 2022, Zidane said the Wales international’s daily work at training meant he did not deserve a chance to play. “It is true, I [Read]

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Serie-A Player of the Year award in first season in Italy

Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG as at PRESS TIME has it that Juventus’ Portugues striker, Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Serie A Player of the Season award, in his first season in Italian club. Cristiano Ronaldo inspired the Old Lady to their eighth straight Scudetto with his 21 goals in the league. The planning of the honor is irregular as Serie A individual honors have dependably been given out all in the meantime, after the finish of the season, yet Ronaldo will be given before their match against Atalanta on Sunday. The 34-year-old joined the Bianconeri in the summer of 2018 in a deal reported to be worth €100m [Read]

Wilder Retains WBC Heavyweight Title With Brutal First Round KO

Undefeated Deontay Wilder brutally knocked out Dominic Breazeale in the first round of their grudge match Saturday night to retain his World Boxing Council heavyweight world title. Wilder, who has one of the most destructive right hands in heavyweight history, floored the challenger with a one-punch knockout with 43 seconds left in the opening round at Barclays Center arena. The vaunted knockout artist Wilder swarmed Breazeale from the opening bell, hurting him with a straight right hand then finishing him off later in the round with the devastating right to the chin that was set up by a left jab. “When I hit him with the right hand the first [Read]

Griezmann quites Atletico Madrid after five seasons

Antoine Griezmann has informed Atletico Madrid that he will leave this summer, with sources confirming to ESPN FC that Barcelona are hopeful of signing him less than one year after he turned them down. Atletico released a short statement Tuesday revealing that Griezmann had communicated his decision to leave the club after five seasons. They followed that up by posting a video of the French forward on social media explaining his decision to supporters. “After speaking with (coach Diego Simeone), (CEO Miguel) Angel Gil Marin and with people in the club’s hierarchy, I wanted to speak with you, the fans,” Griezmann said. “You have always shown me a lot of [Read]

25 Eagles for AFCON 2019 camp

  Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis, Cyprus), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina Utd), Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, S’Africa) Defenders: Ola Aina (Torino, Italy), Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor, Turkey), Chidozie Awaziem (Rizespor, Turkey), William Troost-Ekong (Udinese, Italy), Leon Balogun (Brighton, England), Kenneth Omeruo (Leganes, Spain), Jamilu Collins (Padeborn, Germany), Semi Ajayi (Rotherham, England) Midfielders: Mikel Obi (Middlesbrough, England), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester, England), Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke, England), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel) Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar, S’Arabia), Victor  Osimhen (Charleroi, Belgium), Moses Simon (Levante, Spain), Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray, Turkey),Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, China), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal, England), Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux, France), Paul Onuachu (Midtjyland, Denmark),Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester, England), Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal, Spain) Standby: Theophilus [Read]

Senate threatens to Shutdown, Sanction Bet9ja [READ MORE]

Senate has on Tuesday, threatened to Shutdown popular betting venture, Bet9Ja offices if the company fails to honour its invitation for a second time.  While speaking on Tuesday, in Abuja, during the verification of Lotto companies with license to operate in Nigeria, Chairman, Senate committee on youth and sport, Senator Obinna Ogba, PDP, Ebonyi, who noted that it was unfortunate that Bet9a refused to honour their invitation, said, “Clerk, write to Bet9ja again. If they did not honour your our invitation again, we will ask the National Lottery Commission to seal their offices.” Senator Ogba who noted that the Senate was making efforts to assist the lottery commission to generate [Read]

Slovenia’s Damir Skomina to referee Champions League Final

 According to UEFA, at the Madrid final, the referee will be assisted by compatriots Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan, with Spain’s Antonio Lahoz as the fourth official. Slovenia’s Damir Skomina will be a centre referee in the all-English Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on June 1, UEFA announced on Tuesday. Skomina officiated the Europa League final between Ajax Amsterdam and Manchester United in 2017 and the Super Cup between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid in 2012. The 42-year-old Skomina, an international referee since 2002, had taken charge of four Champions League matches and two Europa League games this season.           [Read]

Sanchez apologises to Manchester united fans

The Chile international scored just one goal in 20 Premier League games this season, after arriving in a swap deal with Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan last summer. He was handed a reported £400,000-a-week contract which has allegedly caused issues in the United dressing room as the team finished sixth and out of contention for a place in the UEFA Champions League. NEWSFLAKES NG gathers that Sanchez , who admitted the whole team struggled under former boss Jose Mourinho, also found himself on the fringes of the team after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as caretaker in December, then permanent manager in March. “It was a very tough season,” he wrote. The [Read]

Manchester City Retain EPL Title, Crush Brighton 4-1

LONDON – Manchester City are English Premier League Champions, retaining the title they won last season, after mauling Brighton 4-1 away on Sunday. Manchester City suffered a first half scare before battering Brighton 4-1 to retain their premier league title and leave Liverpool despondent. With the victory, City have won the league back to back, through Pep Guardiola, a feat only Manchester United under Alex Fegunson and Chelsea under Jose Mourinho have achieved in the history of the league. [Read]

LOL! Actress Mercy Aigbe reacts after she was compared to footballer, Messi [SEE FUNNY TWEETS]

Lionel Messi was unable to rescue his team during the semi-final game against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday night. Messi was unable to make an impact in the game that saw barca lose to the English giant 4 goals to nil. Now, Nigerians, who are absolutely hilarious are now comparing the striker to Nollywood Actress, Mercy Aigbe on Social media. Aigbe has reacted, taking to her page, to share the above side-by-side photos with the footballer, she wrote; “Nigerians will not kill me oh Wetin be my own for this football matter, that people have been tagging me since ”. The tweets and perspectives are totally hilarious. See below as [Read]

Tottenham Follow Liverpool’s Footsteps, Stun Ajax at Amsterdam to Set up An All-English Epic UCL Final Clash

Lucas Moura scored a stoppage-time winner to complete a hat-trick and seal a sensational 3-2 comeback win for Tottenham Hotspur to take them past Ajax Amsterdam on the away goals rule into the Champions League final on Wednesday (Thursday AEST). Tottenham looked down and out at halftime after skipper Matthijs de Ligt’s fifth-minute header and a superb 35th-minute effort by Hakim Ziyech put Ajax in complete command of the tie having won the first leg 1-0 in London last week. [READ ALSO]  Incredible Liverpool Dazzle At Anfield, Shock Barcelona, Messi 4-0 in UCL 2nd leg Clash But 24 hours after Liverpool’s miracle comeback to beat Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate, Tottenham [Read]