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Nigeria 1-1 Tunisia: Iheanacho’s strike not enough as Super Eagles hold Carthage Eagles

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The West African side shared the spoils with Mondher Kebaier’s men as they avoided a second consecutive defeat in Austria
Nigeria played out a 1-1 draw against Tunisia in their second international friendly game in October on Tuesday night.
Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho’s opener was cancelled out by Mohamed Drager’s effort at the Jacques Lemans Arena.
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr made five changes to the team that lost against African champions
Algeria on Friday.Leganes centre-back Kenneth Omeruo replaced
Watford summer signing William Troost Ekong, who was permitted to return to his club ahead of their Championship game against Derby County on Friday.
Moses Simon was included in the starting XI after
Bordeaux winger Samuel Kalu was allowed to depart the Super Eagles camp following the knock he suffered against the Desert Foxes.
Hoffenheim centre-back Kevin Akpoguma was preferred ahead of Twente’s Tyronne Ebuehi while Ahmed Musa captained the side.
Sparta Rotterdam shot-stopper Maduka Okoye retained his place in goal while Iheanacho spearheaded the Super Eagles attack as Paul Onuachu was dropped to the bench.
Al Shabab FC goalkeeper Farouk Mustapha started in goal for Tunisia and Saint-Etienne forward Wahbi Khazri led the attack.
The Super Eagles took the game to their opponents and dominated the opening proceedings, forcing Hamza Rafia to receive the first caution of the game in the 10th minute as he struggled to stop Simon.
Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze came close to opening the scoring in the fifth minute when he aimed a shot at goal from outside the box but his effort missed the target.
The moment eventually came for the Super Eagles when Musa set up Iheanacho in the 21st minute for the opening goal of the encounter. The Leicester City attacker made a nice turn before firing home his effort past goalkeeper Mustapha.
Rohr’s men were handed a glorious opportunity to double their lead when Musa was brought down in the box by Tunisia goalkeeper Mustapha but Iheanacho failed to convert his strike from the penalty spot.
Moments before the half time break, Drager levelled for the Carthage Eagles after Rafia capitalized on Omeruo’s mistake to set up the Olympiakos defender, who struck past Okoye.
Nigeria made a number of changes after the restart as they aimed for victory, with Rangers centre-back Leon Balogun making way for Boavista’s Chidozie Awaziem.

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Champions League: PSG’s Verratti, Paredes to miss Man United clash

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Paris Saint -Germain will have to do without midfield duo Marco Verratti and Leandro Paredes for their Champions League group- stage opener at home to Manchester United on Tuesday , coach Thomas Tuchel has confirmed , but captain Marquinhos could return.
Verratti suffered a leg muscle injury on international duty with Italy and could be sidelined for up to three weeks , sports daily L ’Equipe reported .
Paredes injury a thigh muscle playing in Friday ’s 4 -0 win at Nimes in Ligue 1 .
In addition , Argentina striker Mauro Icardi is absent with a knee problem , while the defensive pair of Thilo Kehrer and Juan Bernat are also on the sidelines .
However, speaking to reporters on Monday , Tuchel said Brazil centre -back Marquinhos and Germany ’s Julian Draxler had been back in training .
“ I hope that they will be able to play for us tomorrow ( Tuesday ) , ” said Tuchel, who also has Portugal midfielder Danilo Pereira available for the first time after arriving on loan from Porto.
He was unable to feature against Nimes after having to isolate due to being in contact with international colleague Cristiano Ronaldo , who tested positive for Covid-19 .
Angel Di Maria is also free from a domestic suspension as last season’s Champions League runners – up take on the side who dumped them out of the competition in the last 16 in 2018 / 19 .
The sides are in Group H alongside RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir .

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Guardiola challenges Aguero to earn new Man City deal

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Pep Guardiola says Sergio Aguero must earn a new contract at Manchester City even though he is the club ’ s all -time record goalscorer .
Aguero , who returned from a four -month spell out with injury in Saturday ’ s 1 -0 win over Arsenal , has entered the last 12 months of his existing deal .
The Argentine has scored 254 goals for City and been a major part of four Premier League title triumphs , including his famous last -gasp winner in 2012 .
However, Guardiola , who is also in the final season of his deal , believes the 32 -year – old needs to prove his fitness and form in the coming months .
“ The important thing is that Sergio comes back in good physical condition , starts to get his rhythm, doesn ’ t get more injuries and plays good ,” Guardiola said.
“ We know what he means for us, we know how we appreciate him , but now he has to show like every one of us, me first, that we deserve to continue here and playing good and winning games .”
Aguero played a key role in City ’s goal against Arsenal , driving forward to feed Phil Foden , with Raheem Sterling finishing after Bernd Leno could only parry the midfielder ’ s shot.
But he was also involved in a moment of controversy in the second half when he put his arm on the shoulder of assistant referee Sian Massey -Ellis .
The image provoked a wave of criticism of the striker, but Guardiola defended his player ’ s actions.
“ Come on guys. Sergio is the nicest person I ever met in my life , ” he added . “ Look for problems in other situations, not in this one .”

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Pickford could still be given a three-match ban for reckless tackle on Van Dijk .

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34538034 0 image a 1 1603034436472 Pickford could still be given a three-match ban for reckless tackle on Van Dijk .

The goalkeeper scythed down the Liverpool centre-back in the first-half of the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park but was not penalised for the challenge as Van Dijk was caught offside by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

Van Dijk was forced off the pitch immediately with the injury and match referee Michael Oliver and VAR official David Coote opted not to look into the incident as a dangerous challenge.


But according to The Mirror, the Football Association could still award the England international goalkeeper a three-match ban if they go back to look at the decision.

Current regulations state that the FA can give out bans for decisions missed by the match referee, and that rule extends to the VAR official.

The FA will wait to hear from referee Oliver’s match report from the Merseyside derby before deciding whether the official had missed the incident in question.


Pickford stayed on the Goodison Park and made some crucial saves in the second-half to keep Everton in the game while they were 2-1 down.

The Toffees, managed by Carlo Ancelotti, managed to claw their way back to level the match late on, while Liverpool were frustrated even further by VAR as the Premier League champions were denied an injury time Jordan Henderson winner by a marginal offside call on Sadio Mane.

Van Dijk, meanwhile, could be ruled out for an extended period, though Liverpool slammed claims made by beIN Sports presenter Richard Keys that the Dutch centre-half has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury.The defender has been pivotal to Liverpool’s rise under Jurgen Klopp and was ever-present as the Reds lifted their first Premier League title in 30 years last season.

Liverpool took the lead after three minutes in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off through Sadio Mane but Michael Keane’s header brought Everton level in the first-half.

Mohammed Salah put the Reds back in front after the interval but in-form striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed Everton level in the closing minutes of the match.

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