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Bayern Munich Breeze Past Lyon To Set Up A UCL Final With PSG

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Bayern Munich’s relentless march through this season’s Champions League continued as they brushed aside Lyon to book an 11th appearance in the final of the competition and a showdown with Paris St-Germain.
The German champions have barely had a glove laid on them in Europe this season, with this their 10th straight Champions League win – equalling the record for winning streaks in the competition set by Real Madrid in 2015 and Bayern themselves in 2013 – as part of a 28-game unbeaten run stretching back to December.
And Lyon simply did not have ability or approach over the 90 minutes to buck that trend.
The French side will be left to rue two missed opportunities in the opening quarter, though, with Memphis Depay shooting wide after running clear before Karl Toko Ekambi struck the upright from close range after cutting in from the right.
Moments after the latter effort, Serge Gnabry moved infield and fired a stunning opener for Bayern, who never looked back.
Gnabry also scored the second, with a much simpler finish, following up to tap in after Anthony Lopes had blocked Robert Lewandowski’s scuffed effort from point-blank range.
Ekambi could have made matters interesting had he been able to find a way past Manuel Neuer after being set up by Houssem Aouar, but the chance went begging and Lyon’s belief with it.
Philippe Coutinho saw a finish ruled out for offside before Lewandowski had the final word, scoring for the ninth European game on the bounce with a header – his 15th in the competition this season.
Bayern’s win ends their run of having lost the previous four Champions League semi-finals in which they had appeared. It also keeps them on course for a treble of trophies in Hansi Flick’s stellar debut campaign as coach.
Sunday’s final promises to be a thriller, pitting arguably the best side in world football against one of the planet’s finest forward lines.
After the stunning 8-2 demolition of Barcelona in the last eight – which had pundits and fans alike purring and sent the Spanish club seemingly into meltdown – Wednesday’s game was always going to feel somewhat anticlimactic, despite it being at a later stage of the competition.
The German giants rode their luck a bit early on but once they got their noses in front the tie was only going one way.
Against Barca it was Thomas Muller and Coutinho scoring doubles, here it was Gnabry with polar opposite finishes – one a solo screamer, the other an unmissable tap-in.
Gnabry’s goals mean he now has nine Champions League goals this season, has eight in his last eight matches in the competition and has been directly involved in six goals in his last four.
He is second in the scoring charts only to Lewandowski, who has 55 goal in 46 games this season and becomes only the second player to score 15 or more Champions League goals in a single campaign after Cristiano Ronaldo (who has managed it on three occasions).

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Bus- Stop In France Named After Super Falcons Star , Oparanozie

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Bus-Stop In France Named After Super Falcons Star Oparanozie
Super Falcons striker Desire Oparanozie has a bus-stop in Guingamp, France, named after her.
This was confirmed in a photo published on Twitter.
Oparanozie joined Guingamp in 2014 from Turkish club Ataşehir Belediyespor and had a memorable time there.
The 26-year-old made 106 appearances and found the back of the net 45 times.
Ahead of the 2019–20 season, Oparanozie was named club captain and began her reign with a win over Metz on the opening day of the season.
And after six years at Guingamp Oparanozie signed a two-year contract with Dijon FCO on 30 June.
Oparanozie started her career at Bayelsa Queens in the Nigerian Women’s league and moved to Delta Queens in 2010.
She then spent two months on loan at
Düvenciler Lisesispor in the Turkish Women’s First Football League in 2011, before returning to Delta Queens.
In 2012, she joined Rossiyanka from the
Russian Women’s Football Championship, with them she played four matches at the
2012–13 UEFA Women’s Champions League, scoring one goal.
She joined Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg for the 2013–14 season signing a two-year contract.
In the first half of the season, she only appeared in one game, and mostly played for Wolfsburg’s second team.
After half a season, she left Wolfsburg and on 21 February 2014, ssigned for Ataşehir Belediyespor to play the second half of the season in the Turkish Women’s First Football League.
Also, Oparanozie is a four-time winner of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (2010, 2014, 2016, 2018) with the Super Falcons and has appeared at three women’s World Cup (2011, 2015, 2019).

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EPL: Man United lose 3-1 to Palace in season opener

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Manchester United ’ s Premier League season got off to a dreadful start as Wilfried Zaha scored twice against his former club to hand Crystal Palace a 3 – 1 win at Old Trafford.
The Eagles have now won their first two games of a Premier League season for the first time and on their last two visits to United .
After Andros Townsend opened the scoring early on, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’ s men felt aggrieved with the nature of Palace’ s second from the penalty spot as Victor Lindelof was harshly punished for handball and David De Gea ’ s save from Jordan Ayew ’ s spot – kick was ruled out by VAR before Zaha converted the retaken penalty .
But they could have no complaints about the result as they looked way off the pace in their first match of the new campaign , little over a month since they ended the last one with defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League semi – finals .
United finished last season on a 14 – match unbeaten run in the Premier League to secure a third – place finish and raise hopes of mounting a title challenge to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City this season .
But on this evidence they need far more than the solitary signing of Donny Van de Beek , who scored on his debut , to compete at the top of the table .
Solskjaer kept faith with De Gea in goal ahead of Dean Henderson, who has returned to Old Trafford from an impressive loan spell at Sheffield United .
The Spanish international was beaten after just seven minutes but was blameless as the United defence was carved open by Jeffrey Schlupp ’ s run and cross from the left and Townsend ghosted in ahead of Luke Shaw to convert at the far post .
Solskjaer had left Mason Greenwood on the bench after complaining he was thrust into the spotlight too soon by England after the 18 – year – old was sent home in disgrace from international duty for breaking coronavirus protocols .
But without the teenager , United looked toothless in attack , while Palace always posed a threat on the counter – attack .
De Gea justified his inclusion even before the penalty save with a brilliant stop from Ayew in first – half stoppage time to keep the Red Devils in the game.
Greenwood was called for at half – time and he headed wide United ’ s best chance to equalise from Timothy Fonsu – Mensah ’ s cross .
Zaha failed to make the grade in two seasons at United , but with Alex Ferguson , the man who signed him in 2013 , in attendance , he showed why remains in such high demand .
The Ivorian ’ s first goal of the afternoon was ruled out by the offside flag from another promising Palace counter – attack .
But from Palace ’ s next break they got their reward as Ayew ’ s shot struck Lindelof on the arm and , after reviewing the pitch side monitor, referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the penalty spot .
De Gea saved Ayew ’ s first penalty , but after another interruption from VAR , the spot – kick was retaken for De Gea being millimetres off his line when the ball was struck .
Zaha took over the responsibility and this time crashed the ball home to score against his former club .
Van de Beek came off the bench to replace the ineffective Paul Pogba and showed his goalscoring instinct from midfield by latching onto a loose ball inside the area to halve United ’ s arrears 10 minutes from time .
But just five minutes later the game was killed as a contest when Zaha shrugged off Lindelof with ease before blasting low and hard past De Gea .

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SPORTS Nadal crashes out of Italian Open

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Nine- time winner Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Italian Open in Saturday ’ s quarter -finals to Argentine Diego Schwartzman .
Eight – seeded Schwartzman won 6 – 2 , 7 – 5 in the final warm – up tournament for the French Open in just over a week .
Champion Nadal was making his comeback after a six – month coronavirus – enforced break having skipped the US Open ahead of Roland Garros with its first round on September 27 .
But Schwartzman pulled out a stunning performance for his first win over Nadal in ten meetings and next plays Canadian 12 th seed Denis Shapovalov for a place in the final.

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