AFCON 2021: Caf dismisses Tunisian protest over Mali game

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has dismissed a formal complaint lodged by Tunisia’s football federation (FTF) about their game with Mali ending 13 seconds early. In a statement, Caf said the Africa Cup of Nations organising committee met on Thursday and rejected the protest but gave no further explanation. Caf also confirmed the result of Wednesday’s game as a 1-0 win…

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Chris Wood joins Newcastle United from Burnley

Newcastle United have completed the signing of New Zealand striker Chris Wood from Burnley. The 30-year-old, who joins for an undisclosed fee, has agreed a contract until the end of the 2023-24 season. Magpies boss Eddie Howe targeted attacking reinforcements after Callum Wilson was ruled out for eight weeks with a calf injury. Chris Wood is Newcastle’s second signing this month following…

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Alexis Sanchez scores late as Inter snatches Italian Super Cup title

Substitute Alexis Sanchez sealed Inter Milan’s first Italian Super Cup since 2010 in dramatic style. The Chilean scored a 121st-minute winner against Juventus. Alexis Sanchez stunned Juventus with the final kick of a game that was heading to a penalty shootout. Weston McKennie had opened the scoring for Juve only for Lautaro Martinez to level with a first-half penalty. Inter’s…

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Real Madrid beat Barcelona to make it to Spanish Super Cup final

Real Madrid are through to the Spanish Super Cup final after beating rivals Barcelona in extra-time. Federico Valverde slotted in the winner after Ansu Fati’s late equaliser forced extra time in Saudi Arabia. In a thrilling El Clasico clash, Real took the lead three times, with Barca coming back twice before Valverde eventually made it 3-2. Real striker Karim Benzema…

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Lucas Digne close to Aston Villa move

Aston Villa are closing in on a £25m deal for Everton defender Lucas Digne and talks are at an advanced stage. In a separate development, Everton have inquired about Aston Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi. Villa have tracked 28-year-old Digne since he fell from favour with Everton boss Rafael Benitez and discussions have progressed between the clubs. Meanwhile, Villa have…

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Algeria held by Sierra Leone in a goalless draw

Algeria began the defence of their Africa Cup of Nations title with a goalless draw against a stubborn and spirited Sierra Leone side in Group E. The Leone Stars had the better first-half openings, with Alhaji Kamara sending two chances narrowly wide. After the break Algeria forward Yacine Brahimi shot straight at keeper Mohamed Nbalie Kamara, who also tipped a…

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Gabon register win against Comoros in opening match

A lone goal by Aaron Salem Boupendza was enough to help Gabon defeat Comoros in the second Group C match of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations 2021 played on Monday evening. Gabon who played the match without their usual star skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made their intentions known from the start of the match at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in…

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Afcon 2021: Sofiane Boufal’s strike secure victory for Morocco

The Atlas Lions of Morocco have stopped Ghana 1-0 in their opening Group C match at the on-going TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations 2021. Sofiane Boufal netted the lone goal after 83 minutes at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium. It was a mix-up in the Black Stars’ defending line that gave Boufal a chance to strike the ball past Ghana’s goalkeeper…

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Afcon 2021: Mendy and Koulibaly ruled out of Senegal opener against Zimbabwe

Senegal will be without goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and defender Kalidou Koulibaly for their opening game at the Africa Cup of Nations after both players tested positive for coronavirus. The Teranga Lions, runners-up at the 2019 edition of the tournament, face Zimbabwe in their opening Group B game on Monday. Chelsea keeper Mendy, centre-back Koulibaly and striker Famara Diedhiou have all…

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Afcon 2021: Cameroon, Cape Verde kick off with victories

Cameroon came from behind to beat Burkina Faso 2-1 in an incident-packed opener at the Africa Cup of Nations. An acrobatic volley from Gustavo Sangare put the Burkinabe ahead midway through the first half in Yaounde. But two unerring penalties from captain Vincent Aboubakar turned the game around for Cameroon before half-time. Indomitable Lions keeper Andre Onana made two crucial…

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