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Livescore: Messi Shines As Barcelona Spank Manchester United In Champions League Clash

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Lionel Messi scored a brace and Philippe Coutinho added the other goal as Barcelona defeated Manchester United 3-0 to book a place in the champions league semi final.

Manchester United started like a house on fire as they were presented with two golden chances early in the match but Marcus Rashford couldn’t hit the target.

Barcelona gradually settled into the match with short passes and dangerous off the ball movement.

Messi opened the scoring with a superb solo effort after Ashley Young dilly dallied with the ball, United were rattled with the first goal few minutes later, De Gea fumbled Messi’ low strike into the net as Barcelona started to cruise.

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Philippe Coutinho who has been vilified for his poor performances this season added gloss to the victory with a long range effort to confirm Barcelona’s place in the last four.

Barcelona will play the winner of the tie between Liverpool and Porto, Liverpool won the first leg 2-0 at Anfield.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaped praises on Lionel Messi for his top quality performance against his team.

“I have to say Lionel Messi is top quality and he was the difference of course. At 2-0 it was game over.

“He’s different class, he and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best players of the last decade, everyone agrees on that one. Messi showed his quality.

“We have to aspire to get to that level of Barcelona, we can get there but we have loads of work to do.

If we want to get back to Man Utd’s true level, true traditions, we have to challenge Barcelona.

“They were a couple of levels above over the two games.

We want to play these games again next year so we have a massive week coming up.

There is no point dwelling on what could have been, we have to focus on that week.”

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All EPL New Rules For The 2019/2020 Season

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All EPL New Rules For The 2019/2020 Season

The International Football Association Board, IFAB, has affirmed English Premier League, EPL new rules and changes for the 2019/2020 season. The new principles would influence the Freekicks, Handball, Substitution, Drop ball and cards for coaches, NIGERIA NEWS reports.

The Video Aide Ref popularly known as VAR would so be implemented by next season in the English Premier League, EPL. The aforementioned areas where there would be new implementation would surely have a great effect in the league.

 

EPL New Rules Ahead 2019/2020 Season…

 

SUBSTITUTION

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The rule that would be implemented under this is that there would be no chance given to any players to waste time on the pitch anymore, as substituted players would have to leave the pitch at the closest side of the pitch and card may probably be awarded for wasting time.

PENALTY KICKS

The Goalkeepers would, therefore, have to have a foot put on the line and would not be allowed to touch the goal posts before the shoot out of the penalty kicks. In this manner, no Goalkeeper would be able to exploit any chance to avert an opportunity to lead.

COACHES CARDS

The coach would also have to be carded by the Referee in a similar as players were being carded during a match. Both yellow and red cards would also be applicable to coaches as well as starting from next season.

HANDBALLS

  • The goal would be denied if the ball actually strikes any player’s hand during the development to have a goal.
  • If any player should make any favourable moves in handling the ball outside the penalty kickbox, even if it regarded unintentional, freekicks would be awarded.
  • The IFAB dispose of ‘manufactured’ restarts if there be any drop balls.

The IFAB make it clear that:

“The current dropped ball procedure often leads to a ‘manufactured’ restart which is ‘exploited’ unfairly or an aggressive confrontation.

“Returning the ball to the team that last played it restores what was ‘lost’ when play was stopped, except in the penalty area where it is simpler to return the ball to the goalkeeper.

“To prevent that team gaining an unfair advantage, all players of both teams, except the player receiving the ball, must be at least 4m (4.5 yds) away.”

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VIDEO: AFCON Mascot pictures and full details

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AFCON 2019 Mascot

African Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019 organisers on Sunday shows the world the 2019 Mascot with video obtained by this online medium of Facebook

The video was posted on the official account of the football team of the continent a few hours ago as they unveil the 2019 AFCON Mascot in video on Youtube

The Organizing Committee of the 2019 African Cup of Nations has revealed the AFCON 2019 Mascot; The child “Tut” followed by the Pharaoh King Tutankhamun.

The competition for the AFCON 2019 is to start by June 21, about a month from today

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The competition will see 24 countries for the first time competing for the cup against

NIGERIA NEWS reports that Cameroon who was initially tipped to hold the competition lost it to Egypt as a result of lack of enough preparation when the supervision officers went for an inspection early January

Earlier, Eypyt and South Africa were considered for the competition but Mohammed Salah country won the bid

 

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