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Ibrahimovic sent off as Inter Milan beat AC Milan in Italian Cup derby



Ibrahimovic sent off as Inter Milan beat AC Milan in Italian Cup derby

…As Title-holder, Morocco reach 2020 CHAN quarter-finals, after spanking Uganda***

Inter Milan came from behind to beat AC Milan 2-1 on Tuesday in an Italian Cup quarter-final which saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic dismissed after scoring the latter’s goal.

Ibrahimovic was ruthless on his first chance, firing low off the left post after entering the penalty box in the 31st minutes, But he was dismissed in the 58th minute.

Romelu Lukaku went on to draw Inter Milan level from the penalty kick spot.

The match referee also exited with a pulled muscle and was replaced by the fourth official with 10 minutes left, before substitute Christian Eriksen curled in the winning goal in stoppage time.

In another development, title-holder, Morocco reached the quarter-finals of the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) after beating Uganda 5-2 in Douala on Tuesday.

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A second-half revival by the Atlas Lions secured their emphatic victory at the Stade de la Réunification to ensure they finish top of Group C with seven points.

The result means the Ugandan Cranes crashed out of the competition as they finished bottom of the group with just one point after three matches.

Two goals by Soufiane Rahimi and further strikes by Ayoub El Kaabi and Hamza El Moussaoui, as well as an own goal by goalkeeper Charles Lukwago, steered the Atlas Lions to the victory.

Midfielders Ibrahim Orit and Saidi Kyeyune scored for the Ugandans but their efforts were not enough to prevent them from the heavy defeat.

Morocco by topping the group with seven points have kept alive their hopes of retaining the title they won on home soil at the competition designed exclusively for home-based players.

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The Atlas Lions, who had come under pressure from their fans for their unimpressive showing in their first two matches of the tournament, took charge of the game by dominating the early exchanges.

They had several goalscoring chances to take the lead in the opening 20 minutes but striker Ayoub El Kaabi missed three decent chances.

Goalkeeper Charles Lukwago was also in top form to prevent the champions from breaking the deadlock.

Against the run of play, Uganda opened the scoring in the 25th minute with Orit taking advantage of some sloppy marking to fire home with goalkeeper Anas Zniti completely beaten.

The Moroccans continued to miss decent goalscoring opportunities as with Al Kaabi, Reda Jaadi and Soufiane Rahimi all getting opportunities to beat Lukwago who was alert.

The Atlas Lions were not to be denied just before the break when defender Mustiafa Mujuzi handled the ball in the penalty box.

El Kaabi made no mistake by sending Lukwago the wrong way to restore parity and make history by becoming the first person to score 10 goals in the CHAN competition.

The striker scored nine goals in the previous competition in his home country and by plundering his first goal of this tournament he wrote himself into the history books.

The Moroccans returned from the break determined to win the match and Adam Ennaffati took charge of tormenting their opponents from the right wing.

Ennaffati combined with Rahimi to give the title holders the lead just six minutes after the break before a goal by Hamza El Moussaoui in the 71st minute made it 3-1.

The Atlas Lions continued to pile the pressure and Rahimi got his second of the match when Al Kaabi’s bicycle kick accidentally fell to him before the midfielder fired past Lukwago.

Set piece specialist Saidi Kyeyune’s free-kick just outside the goal in the 84th minute beat goalkeeper Zniti to revive the faint hopes of the Cranes.

But Abdellilah Hafidi’s effort went in via goalkeeper Lukwago to put the game beyond the Cranes and seal Morocco’s place at the top of the group.

The Altas Lions will play the second-placed team in Group D in the quarter-finals to be played at the Stade de la Réunification in Douala on Sunday.





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Super Eagles Continue To Falter In 2026 World Cup Qualifiers



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Kelechi Iheanacho’s 67th-minute goal saved the Super Eagles’ blushes on Sunday as they continued on a bumpy ride in the 2026 World Cup Qualification Competition.

The goal drew the Nigerian side level for a 1-1 ending against Zimbabwe in their Group C Match Day 2 fixture at Butare in Rwanda.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Walter Musona had given the game’s hosts a 26th-minute lead from a free-kick from about 30 metres out.

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The goal again underlined the need for the Nigerian team’s technical crew to have a re-think about their goalkeeping department.

It was a kick goalkeeper Francis Uzoho should have been able to do something about, given the distance, but he only leapt when it was too late.

NAN reports that the result means Nigeria has only two points from two matches in the group, and will host South Africa on June 5 in their Match Day 3 fixture.

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Remo Stars lead NPFL table after whipping Shooting Stars 3-0



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Remo Stars Football Club of Ikenne on Wednesday shot to the top of the 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) table with a comprehensive whipping of the Shooting Stars FC.

In their Match Day 6 fixture at the Remo Stars Stadium in Ikenne, the hosts were clinical in annihilating the Oluyole Warriors and were two goals up by half-time.

The game’s opening moments were marked by a little exchange of scoring chances which were not utilised as a result of poor finishing.

But Remo Stars soon made their doggedness count when they scored in the 22nd minute through Ahmed Akinyele who utilised Sodiq Ismail’s assist.

The Shooting Stars did fight back, with young midfielder Abdullahi Lawal shooting a few inches wide from about 20 metres out after a pass from Joshua Akpan in the 37th minute.

But it was the hosts that went on to register their name on the scoreboard three minutes later when Sikiru Alimi converted a penalty kick to double their lead.

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The visiting side redoubled their efforts in the second half, injecting fresh legs in Gideon Monday and Douglas Archiv who replaced team captain Taofeek Malomo and Oke Kayode respectively.

However, their finishing kept on letting them down as the hosts stood resolute when on the back foot.

Alimi went on to make it a brace for himself and extend his side’s lead with their third goal in the 64th minute.

The hosts only needed to wind down the clock thereafter, as the Shooting Stars continued to search for a goal in the three matches they have played away from home.

The result took Remo Stars to 12 points from four wins and one loss in five matches, with a +4 goal difference.

As for the Shooting Stars, it is their second loss in three away outings, conceding five goals and scoring none.

It made it 10 points from three wins, one draw and two losses from six games, scoring a total of seven goals and conceding eight.

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Kenyan Marathon Runner Ekiru Receives 10-year Doping Ban



Kenyan marathon runner, Titus Ekiru has been banned for 10 years, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said Monday, on account of both doping and tampering in a case that involved collusion with a high-ranking doctor in a Kenyan hospital.

One of his positive tests, for triamcinolone acetonide, came at the Milan Marathon in May 2021, which he won in a time of two hours, two minutes, and 57 seconds, which would currently rank him the seventh-fastest all-time marathon athlete.

The ban comes after an investigation found the 31-year-old obstructed the AIU’s probe into two adverse analytical findings (AAFs) by using false information and documentation.

His ban runs from the date of his provisional suspension on June 28, 2022 until June 27, 2032. His results on and since May 16th, 2021 have been erased and he must forfeit all race prizes and money.

Ekiru also tested positive after winning the Abu Dhabi Marathon on Nov. 26th for pethidine and its marker norpethidine.

An investigation showed Ekiru received injections of banned substances during undocumented hospital visits, and the AIU was able to determine medical documents submitted to explain his AAFs were forged and inconsistent with hospital and pharmacy records.

“For athletes involved in doping and the entourage who assist them, there is one strong message from this case – there is nowhere to hide,” said AIU chair David Howman.

Ekiru won at least 10 marathons or half-marathons between 2017 and 2021.

– Reuters

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