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Europa League: A Night of Kung-Fu Kicks And Qualifying

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The UEFA Europa League last night provided some unexpected drama in matches across some stadia.

Marseille was seeking to top Group I when they faced Vitoria Guimaraes but lost by a lone goal.

The goal scored by Hurtado in the 80th minute.

The highlight of the match, however, happened before the kick-off.

Marseille defender Patrice Evra was sent off for kicking a fan of his own team.

Evra was jeered during the match warm-up routine and after a while went to speak to the fans.

Conversations did not go well as video footage showed Evra, kung-fu kick a fan.

The substitute was immediately dismissed, and UEFA is likely to look into the matter.

“Pat has experience and he must not react, it’s obvious,” Marseille coach Rudi Garcia said.

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Everton lost by 3-0 away at Lyon last night, ending their hopes of going through to the next round.

The loss has further dampened the chances of interim manager David Unsworth making the role permanent.

Former Chelsea player Bertrand Traore opened the scoring in the 2nd half, when he outpaced the Everton defensive line, and slotted the ball in the net past keeper Jordan Pickford.

Aouar made it 2-0 (76′) and Depay rounded the scoring in the 80th minute.

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Everton may be in the middle of a mini crisis, with no manager, and in the relegation zone on the English Premiership log.

After spending more than £150m on players, Ronald Koeman was sacked for the poor performance of the team.

It is left to see who the Everton board employ to replace the Dutch.

 

ARSENAL vs RED STAR BELGRADE

The London club were expected to steam roll over their opponents, but that did not happen.

There were chances for Arsene Wenger’s men, Giroud and Wilshere in particular, but it was not to be for Arsenal.

They qualify to the next round in the Europa League despite the draw with 2 games to spare.

EUROPA LEAGUE RESULTS:

 

GROUP A

  • Maccabi Tel-Aviv 0 FC Astana1
  • Slavia Prague 0 Villarreal2

GROUP J

  • Athletic Bilbao1Östersunds FK0
  • Hertha Berlin2Zorya Luhansk0

GROUP K

  • Lazio 1Nice 0
  • Vitesse 0 SV Zulte Waregem 2

GROUP L

  • Real Sociedad 3 Vardar 0
  • Rosenborg 1 Zenit St Petersburg 1

GROUP B

  • Partizan Belgrade 2 Skenderbeu 0
  • Young Boys 0 Dynamo Kiev1

GROUP C

  • Istanbul Basaksehir 1 1899 Hoffenheim1
  • Ludogorets Razgrad 1Sporting Braga 1

GROUP D

  • AEK Athens 0 AC Milan 0
  • HNK Rijeka 1 Austria Vienna 4

GROUP E

  • Apollon Limassol 1Atalanta 1
  • Lyon 3Everton 0

GROUP F

  • FC Copenhagen 3 Zlín 0
  • Lokomotiv Moscow 1 Sheriff Tiraspol 2

GROUP G

  • Steaua Bucharest 1 Hapoel Be’er Sheva1
  • Viktoria Plzen 4 Lugano 1

GROUP H

  • 1. FC Köln 5 BATE Borisov 2
  • Arsenal 0  Red Star Belgrade 0

GROUP I

  • FC Red Bull Salzburg 0 Konyaspor 0
  • Vitória Guimarães 1 Marseille 0

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Mikel Obi’s 2018 World Cup Jersey Added To FIFA Museum

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FIFA has announced that John Mikel Obi’s 2018 World Cup jersey has been added to the FIFA museum following the team’s victory against Iceland.

FIFA announced the information via its official Instagram handle, stating that the Super Eagles achieved a feat Argentina could not attain in the 2018 World Cup.

FIFA wrote “Argentina couldn’t claim three points against hardy newcomers, Iceland, but the @NG_Supereagles did – and they did it in style

The jersey worn by @Mikel_John_Obi at Nigeria’s 2-0 victory at the Volgograd Arena at the 2018 World Cup has been added to the FIFA Museum collection.”

The Super Eagles of Nigerian Super Eagles defeat Iceland at the Volgograd Arena by 2-0 after Argentina settled for a 1-1 draw against the European country in the Group D opener.

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Simone Biles Will Perform Amidst Kidney Stones Diagnosis

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American gymnast Simone Biles is set to go on with the sporting competition amidst Kidney stones diagnosis.

Simone Biles says she won’t let kidney stones stop her from competing at the World Gymnastics Championship which begins Saturday 27th October. Simone takes to her Twitter page sharing a photo of herself on the hospital bed on Friday 0ctober 26th with a promise to be strong. The gymnast reveals that she has kidney stones but promises to join her team at the World Gymnastics Championship.

Biles says she is not letting the disease take a toll on her. She writes:

“Nothing like a late night ER visit less than 24 hrs before world championships.
This kidney stone can wait, doing it for my team.”

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Ronaldo pays special visit to Sir Alex Ferguson United Game

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Portuguese attacker, Cristiano Ronaldo visited his former coach, Sir Alex Ferguson after his team Juventus outclassed Manchester United at Old-Trafford.

Ronaldo took to Twitter to share a picture of himself and Sir Alex Ferguson, stating that he learnt a lot of things from him.

He captioned the picture “A great coach and above all a wonderful man. Taught me so many things inside and outside the pitch. Great to see you in good shape, Boss!”

Ronaldo moved to United as a teenager in 2003 and was immediately handed the No.7 shirt vacated by David Beckham who, ironically, had joined Real Madrid.

Ronaldo won many laurels with Manchester United in his six years stay at Old Trafford, winning the first of his five Ballon d’Or awards at Old Trafford, as well as lifting three Premier League titles, the FA Cup, the Champions League and the Club World Cup.

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