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Man United Score From A Record Penalty To Qualify For UEL Semi- Finals

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Manchester United needed an extra-time penalty from Bruno Fernandes to finally see off a spirited FC Copenhagen and set up a potential Europa League semi-final against Wolves.
They have now won 21 penalties in all competitions this season – the most for any side in Europe’s top five leagues
United were poor for much of the first half in the heat of Cologne but still had a penalty overturned and a goal ruled out by the Video Assistant Referee.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side improved and dominated the second half but could find no way past inspired goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson, with Fernandes and Mason Greenwood also each hitting the post and Marcus Rashford having another effort disallowed.
Fernandes finally broke through in familiar style, keeping cool to drive in United’s 21st spot-kick of the season at the start of the extra period to extend their marathon season by another week.
Johnsson was magnificent between the posts for Copenhagen – ending the night with 13 saves as United rained down 26 efforts on goal all told – while the Danish runners-up failed to have a single shot on target.
United – who won this competition four seasons ago – will now face either Premier League rivals Wolves or Europa League specialists Sevilla in the last four in Dusseldorf next Monday night.
No way past for United
Three hundred and sixty-four days after Solskjaer started his first full season in charge of United, he is now two games away from a possible first trophy.
The January signing of Fernandes has already delivered a third-placed finish and Champions League football and the Portuguese midfielder was again the eventual difference maker on a draining night in scorching heat.
The temperature was still 32C at kick-off at 9pm local time and United made a poor start – Fred’s error almost letting in Mohammed Daramy, before Brandon Williams had to head away from the goal-line.
But despite their lethargy, United always carried a threat and were briefly awarded a penalty for a shove at a set-piece before VAR flagged an offside in the build-up.
Greenwood finished brilliantly off the far post but the strike was correctly called back for another offside before Solskjaer witnessed a far better second half.
Greenwood fired against the post again, with his left foot this time, Rashford tapping in but again from an offside position before Fernandes thundered a shot against the opposite post from range.
Johnsson’s individual showreel then threatened to throw a spanner in the works.
Perhaps the Swedish keeper’s best save denied Anthony Martial, who eventually won the decisive penalty thanks to a push from former Brentford defender Andreas Bjelland.
Fernandes fired into the corner without his trademark hop on approach to ensure a 17th European semi-final for United.
Man of the match – Karl-Johan Johnsson (FC Copenhagen)

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I Can’t Wait To Face Ronaldo – Osimhen

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Victor Osimhen is looking forward to coming up against Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in the Serie A this season, reports Completesports.com.
Osimhen joined Napoli from Ligue 1 club Lille in July.
The new season in Italy will start this weekend with Napoli facing Parma in their first game of the campaign.
Napoli’s first tough fixture of the season will be away to champions Juventus on matchday three.
The game will see Osimhen come up against Ronaldo for the first time in his career.
“I’m really looking forward to a new career here in Serie A. Playing against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo is something one can eagerly wait for,”Osimhen told cafonline.com.
“While at Lille, I had the opportunity of playing against some of the best players in the world like Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and it would definitely be a whole great experience to play against Ronaldo, who is one of the greatest playeon earth.
“So, I’m looking forward to facing him soon.”
The Nigeria international scored six goals and provided one assist in three pre-season outings for the Partenopei.

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Why More Youths Will Join Boko Haram And Bandits – Shehu Sani Reveals

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The former senator tweeted:
When you give 50k to youths for Npower and you give Houses, Shops and Farmlands to Bandits for repentance, the former will join the latter.

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Edo Election : Governor Wike Held Hostage In Hotel Room – PDP Cries Out

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The Hotel where the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike is lodging while on official assignment in Benin, Edo State has been held siege by over 300 Police men.
Recall that Governor Wike was appointed Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for the Edo Governorship election; this is same position Governor Ganduje of Kano State occupies for his party the APC.
Governor Ganduje and Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State are all in Benin, Edo State carrying out their assignment for the APC without any molestation or intimidation.
And in a breach of the pledge they made security agencies have decided to harass and intimidate Governor Wike who has not done any wrong.
Rivers People Warn that we Shall hold the IGP responsible for anything that happens to our Governor.
Signed:
Ambassador Akawor Desmond, Chairman
PDP Rivers State
https://twitter.com/GovWike/status/1307024982564888578?s=19
Less than 24 hours to Edo state governorship election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday cried out that its governors are being held hostage by police in the state.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, the National Chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Secondus, who raised the alarm said that police have surrounded the Westend Hotel occupied by the PDP governors.
Secondus called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to order his men to vacate the hotel immediately.
He added that the governors lives are in danger, noting that the APC governors, who are also in Benin are not harassed.
Secondus alleged that Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma and the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege are presently in the home of former governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole.
He said: “The Policemen have surrounded the hotel and their lives are in danger. We call on IGP to ask the police to leave the place because their lives are in danger.
“If APC governors are in Benin, the PDP governors should be in Benin. Our governors would remain in Benin, no one can intimidate us.
“We are bringing this to the attention of the international community. Elections must be free and fair. Elections must be allowed to hold. You cannot allow APC governors in Edo and bar PDP governors.”

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