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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]

BREAKING: Incredible Liverpool Dazzle At Anfield, Shock Barcelona, Messi 4-0 in UCL 2nd Semis

Liverpool produced one of the greatest Champions League comebacks in history by overturning a three-goal first-leg deficit to beat Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate and reach the final. After Barcelona won the first leg 3-0 at the Nou Camp, few gave Liverpool a chance of scoring the goals they needed to progress, let alone preventing the La Liga champions from scoring themselves. But an early strike from Divock Origi, who tapped in after Marc-Andre ter Stegen failed to hold Jordan Henderson’s shot, gave the vociferous Anfield crowd the belief that another European fightback from the Reds could be on the cards.   Georginio Wijnaldum, on as a substitute for the injured [Read]

Ronaldo ‘buys world’s most expensive car’ – a £9.5million one-off Bugatti La Voiture Noire [SEE PHOTOS]

– Bugatti has confirmed it found a buyer for its one-off La Voiture Noire sports car, which cost £9.5million – Juventus ace Cristiano Ronaldo is believed to be the buyer, though Bugatti have not confirmed this – The car is styled after the Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic, four of which were built between 1936 and 1938 – La Voiture Noire is powered by the company’s 8.0-litre turbocharged W16 engine and can reach 260mph Cristiano Ronaldo is rumoured to be the new owner of the one-off Bugatti La Voiture Noire – reportedly the most expensive car ever built. Reports suggest Ronaldo has spent €11million (£9.49million) on the unique Bugatti which [Read]

Luis Suarez receives bite from his son after Barcelona win La Liga title [SEE PHOTOS]

– Luis Suarez of Barcelona was bitten by his son after Barcelona’s win over Levante – Barcelona defeated Levante 1-0 on Saturday, April 27, in which Messi scored the goal – Suarez was carrying his sixth-month-old son Lautaro around the pitch after the match Barcelona on Saturday, April 27, were crowned champions of Spain after beating Levante at the Camp Nou in which Lionel Messi came off the bench to score the winner. Players of the club and their fans were all in joyous mood after the final whistle as they were all seen celebrating the Spanish La Liga title. [READ ALSO] Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, City’s Raheem Sterling Emerge PFA [Read]

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, City’s Raheem Sterling Emerge PFA Players of the Year

– Raheem Sterling of Manchester city wins PFA Young Player Of the Year award  Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been named the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year. The Dutchman saw off tough competition from Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling to take the honour and succeeds his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah, who won the award last year. Van Dijk, who signed for Liverpool from Southampton for £75m in January 2018, is the first defender to win PFA Player of the Year since Chelsea’s John Terry in 2005. The 27-year-old has played in all of Liverpool’s 35 league games this season, helping the Reds to a league-best 19 [Read]

BREAKING: Ronaldo beats Messi to 600 club goals record with Inter equaliser [READ MORE]

Cristiano Ronaldo has reached another career milestone, and ahead of Barcelona star Lionel Messi. Ronaldo scored the 600th goal of his impressive club career after netting for Juventus against Inter , beating Lionel Messi to the major landmark. The Bianconeri star struck in the 62nd minute to equalise for his side after Radja Nainggolan had put the hosts in front at San Siro. The Portuguese star was set up by Miralem Pjanic as part of a neat one-two, finding the bottom-right corner with a powerful low drive from the edge of the penalty area. The 34-year-old chalked up the milestone before Barcelona star Messi, with the Argentine currently sat on [Read]

BREAKING: “I’ve played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal, while he’s still in Spain,” Ronaldo shades Messi as he wins 3rd Major top leagues title with Juve

Having previously won the Premier League and La Liga, the Portuguese has now added the Serie A title to his collection with new club Juventus. Cristiano Ronaldo has done it again! Different country, same result: a domestic title for the Portuguese superstar. With Juventus having clinched the Scudetto with a 2-1 win over Fiorentina on Saturday, Ronaldo has become the first man to win Europe’s three major leagues: Serie A , La Liga and the Premier League. The significance of this latest success will, of course, be debated. Firstly, it has arrived just four days after a demoralising Champions League elimination at the hands of a far more exciting but [Read]

Man City Crash Out Of UEFA Champions League In Most Dramatic Fashion [READ MORE]

  Manchester City’s bid for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies ended in dramatic fashion as Tottenham progressed to the Champions League semi-finals on away goals as a pulsating 4-3 win for City on Wednesday was not enough to overturn their 1-0 first leg deficit. [READ ALSO] Barca, Messi down Man Utd as Ronaldo, Juve Crash Out of UCL [READ MORE] After four goals were shared in the opening 11 minutes, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero put City on course for the last four, but Fernando Llorente’s decisive goal 17 minutes from time was allowed to stand despite a VAR check for handball by the Spaniard. In a further twist, Sterling then [Read]

Barca, Messi down Man Utd as Ronaldo, Juve Crash Out of UCL [READ MORE]

Lionel Messi was hero once again for Barcelona as they punished wasteful Manchester United 3-0 (4-0 on aggregate) at the Camp Nou while fellow five-time Balon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo was disappointed with his new side Juventus after a painful 2-1 defeat to youthful Ajax Amsterdam. While Messi marches on to the semi finals to face the winner of Liverpool and Porto, “Champions League king” Cristiano Ronaldo was thrown out of the Champions League in the quarter finals for the first time in about eight years. Ajax however, head into the semi finals to face the winner of Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur for the first time since 1997. Messi [Read]

BREAKING: Golden Eaglets trash Tanzania 4-5 in ongoing AFCON U-17 Tourney

  TANZANIA – Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that the Golden Eaglets have trashed host Tazania 5-4 in the AFCON U-17 championship. This was made known on Sunday via the verified Twitter handle of the Confederation of African Football, @CAF_Online: See Tweet: [Read]

AFCON 2019: Nigeria to face Guinea, Madagascar, Burundi as CAF unveils draws [READ MORE]

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) yesterday unveiled the official Draws and  fixtures for this year’s TOTAL African Cup of Nations (AFCON) slated to come up in the pyramid country of Egypt. The draws ceremony held yesterday behind the famous Giza Pyramids saw the Super Eagles of Nigeria paired against Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi in Group B while Group D consisting of Morocco, Cote Divore, South Africa and Namibia is already being tauted as the obvious ‘Group of death’ by most football pundits across the globe.  See full groupings below as captured by NEWS FLAKES NG; The 32nd Africa Cup of Nations will hold from June 21 to July 19 in [Read]

UCL: Luke Shaw own goal hands Barca advantage Over Man Utd

Shaw deflects in Luis Suarez header to give Barca the advantage ahead of return leg at the Nou Camp on April 16. Luke Shaw’s first-half own goal handed Barcelona the advantage as Manchester United suffered a frustrating 1-0 defeat in their Champions League quarter-final first leg at Old Trafford. The United left-back gave Barca a deserved lead on 12 minutes when he deflected Luis Suarez’s header into his own net, with the goal confirmed following a VAR review. United responded well to the early setback, halting Barca’s dominance on the ball, but their cause was undermined by a toothless attacking display which failed to yield a single shot on target [Read]

EPL: Chelsea Struggle To Snatch Three Points At Cardiff With Late Winner [READ FULL GIST]

LONDON – Chelsea struggled to get going until late on, and it had looked as though they were heading for another away defeat after Victor Camarasa’s delicate finish early in the second half put the Bluebirds ahead. The introduction of Eden Hazard and Loftus-Cheek off the bench in the second half injected new life into the team and two headed goals in the closing stages did the damage. Cesar Azpilicueta’s first of the season levelled for Chelsea, with six minutes to play, although Neil Warnock and his players were livid the offside flag had not been raised. Then came Loftus-Cheek’s winner as the clock ticked past 90, a powerful header [Read]

No regrets turning down Barca, Says Ighalo [READ MORE]

Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo said he wasn’t ready to be a part-time player in Barcelona hence he turned down a move to Nou Camp. It was widely reported that the Spanish LaLiga giants were keen to sign Ighalo to boost their striking options, but the deal did not see the light of the day as he remained in the Chinese Super League (CSL) with Shanghai Shenhua “My agent spoke to me about a loan interest from Barcelona. The club wanted a striker with La Liga experience and someone who understands Spanish football,” Ighalo told BBC Sport. “It was meant to be a six-month loan and strictly as a back-up [Read]

Manchester United Confirms Solkjaer Appointment As Full-Time Manager [READ MORE]

LONDON – Manchester Utd names Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as full-time manager. It was confirmed by the club on its Twitter handle. Man U tweeted, “Ole’s at the wheel! We can confirm that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as #MUFC manager.” See tweet below;   [Read]