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Nigeria vs Algeria, what we learnt

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Maduka Okoye’s performance offered promise
On his first start for Nigeria, and first appearance since last year’s debut vs Brazil, the Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper was one of Gernot Rohr’s better players throughout the game.

Okoye could do little about Ramy Bensebaini’s sixth-minute opener — that was mostly down to William Troost-Ekong not winning the header from the corner — and made decent-to-good saves for the rest of the game.

A potential tricky moment late in the second half, where there were fears he’d handled outside the box due to his momentum in claiming a ball over the top, was dealt with quite comfortably in the end.

Having struggled to replace Carl Ikeme in the last few years, Okoye’s showing against Africa’s best team was encouraging…but the 21-year-old has to sustain this level to get more fans onside.

Maybe there’s still life in the ‘Oyibo Wall’
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Maybe there’s still life in the ‘Oyibo Wall’
William Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun were largely undroppable in the early competitive games under Rohr, before form and fitness led to the breakup of their renowned partnership.

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Against the North Africans on Friday, the pair suggested that pairing could still be the Super Eagles’ go-to for the next 12-to-18 months.

While the West African nation’s skipper was somewhat at fault for Bensebaini’s early goal, he grew as the game progressed and made a few timely interceptions to prevent Djamel Belmadi’s team from extending their lead.

As for Balogun, his ball-carrying, especially in the first half, gave Algeria something different to think about in an otherwise average showing by the Super Eagles. Defensively, the Rangers defender did fairly well in his duels and was seldom second-best on the night.

Please, no more of Semi Ajayi in midfield
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Please, no more of Semi Ajayi in midfield
In fairness, the absences of Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo meant Ajayi in midfield was always going to be a possibility.

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However, the success—or lack of— of this decision means it should only be a one-off by Rohr. This isn’t to suggest that the West Bromwich Albion centre-back was poor—he won a few aerial duels and made some timely interceptions—but didn’t offer much in possession.

Still, this may be repeated given the underwhelming showings of Mikel Agu and, to a lesser extent, Frank Onyeka.

Nigeria lean too heavily on Iwobi
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Nigeria lean too heavily on Iwobi
In truth, this is stating the bleeding obvious but this was even more evident on Friday night.

Many teams have one superstar player it relies upon to deliver the goods, but the danger is not having an alternative approach when Plan A doesn’t work.

Case in point: Nigeria’s under-par second half vs Algeria. When Iwobi was playing well in the opening 45 minutes, the Super Eagles had their tails up and could mount threatening attacks in the final third.

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However, the playmaker’s significant decline after the break meant Rohr’s troops carried little menace going forward. The Everton man misplaced way too many easy passes and the three-time African champions were toothless for most of the second half.

Zaidu Sanusi’s attacking potential bodes well for the future
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Zaidu Sanusi’s attacking potential bodes well for the future
Even though the Porto left-back’s forward forays were reduced markedly by the Algerians after half-time, the wide defender’s influence in the opening 45 minutes showed he can be an attacking threat for the West Africans in the future.

Sanusi created one big chance for Paul Onuachu in the first half which ought to have been tucked away by the towering striker and linked fairly well with Samuel Kalu on the left until the wide attacker’s withdrawal early in the second half.

Despite the drop off after the interval, what came before from the left-back was full of promise.

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Chelsea FC beats Burnley 3-0, another clean sheet for Mendy

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Chelsea Football club beat Burnley 3-0 and Mendy keeps another clean sheet.

Just few days after they won their UEFA Champions League match, they faced off with burley some minutes ago and they came out victorious

Ziyech started the goal campaign in the first half and in the second half, Kourt Zouma scored a second goal cusion. He is presently the highest goal scorer in the premier league. Then Timo Werner scored the last goal.

Edouard Mendy kept another clean sheet since his Cheslea goal keeping career. He is the second Chelsea goal keeper to keep a clean sheet since Petr Cech.

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Friday Night Smackdown results 30th October 2020

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Friday night Smackdown results 30th October 2020

Survivor Series Qualifying Match — Jey Uso def. Daniel Bryan via pinfall after an Uso Splash. Uso fought angry in the early going, clearly emotional from his situation with Reigns. After a Bryan comeback, Reigns’ music hit and the universal champ made his way to ringside. The action continued, going back-and-forth, with Bryan eventually locking in the LeBell Lock before Uso was able to escape. Uso hit a superkick shortly after and an Uso Splash to pick up the victory. Reigns climbed into the ring after the match and Uso said, “You’re the head of the table, alright? I’m with you.” Reigns then turned and stared at Bryan and Uso delivered another superkick and splash to show his commitment to Reigns as he repeated, “I understand now. I love you too.” Reigns pointed to Bryan and said, “Make him understand,” so Uso dragged Bryan out of the ring, continuing to beat on him before driving him through an announce table with a splash from the top rope to the outside. Uso continued to batter Bryan as the show went off the air. (Friday night Smackdown)

The drama in this storyline was threatening to drift even closer to being too much after the Hell in a Cell match. Uso’s “understanding” — and subsequent attack on Bryan — pulled it back. Rather than continuing the push and pull between Reigns and Uso, Uso snapped and went over the edge with his cousin. And there are few more sympathetic characters to put on the end of Uso’s punches than Bryan. (Friday night Smackdown)

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Aalyah Mysterio and Murphy are in love
Early in the show, Aalyah Mysterio was shown speaking to Murphy backstage and stating that her mom has been very “open-minded” about the two of them, but that Rey and Dominik were refusing to even speak about the situation. Murphy said he would issue an official apology in the ring later in the night.

Murphy would eventually attempt to issue that apology. He said he understands why the Mysterios despise him, but as a man, he needed to apologize face-to-face. He invited the two to the ring, begging to be able to apologize, but instead it was Seth Rollins who emerged from backstage. Rollins said that Rey and Dominik would never accept Murphy’s apology or whatever relationship he had with Aalyah. Rollins then said that if the Mysterios don’t accept him, he will. And he’ll also accept Aalyah. Dominik attacked Rollins from behind, Murphy pulled him off and attacked Rollins himself. After Rollins ran away, Dominik and Murphy brawled until Rey ran in as well. Aalyah stopped Rey from hitting a 619 on Murphy and refused to leave the ring, declaring that she loves Murphy. Murphy and Aalyah then kissed as Dominik and Rey left the ring. (Friday night Smackdown)

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What else happened on WWE Friday night SmackDown?
Survivor Series Qualifying Match — Kevin Owens def. Dolph Ziggler via pinfall after a stunner.Robert Roode involved himself on the outside early, getting in a cheap shot on Owens. The referee caught on, however, and ejected Roode from ringside. Down the stretch, Owens countered a Ziggler superkick with one of his own before going for a pop-up powerbomb, but Ziggler countered into a fameasser for a near fall in a nice exchange. In the end, Owens was able to hit the stunner to pick up the victory and secure a place on Team SmackDown.
Lars Sullivan was interviewed by Corey Graves. Sullivan took issue with being called “a freak,” recalling being made fun of in his youth before crying and making those same kids scream 20 minutes later. Now he wants to make the world his personal playground — and personal hell on Earth. (Friday night Smackdown)

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Survivor Series Qualifying Match — Bianca Belair def. Billie Kay and Natalya via pinfall after hitting Kay with the Kiss of Death. The match came about when the three women confronted Adam Pearce backstage, all claiming they should captain the women’s team at Survivor Series. Pearce told them that they could settle things in the ring, with the winner earning a spot on the team. After a short match with some wild swings in momentum, Belair finished off Kay with the Kiss of Death.
The Street Profits def. Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro via pinfall when Montez Ford hit Nakamura with a frog splash. Before the match, the Profits cut a promo on Survivor Series opponents The New Day, promising to get the victory in their champions vs. champions bout. (Friday night Smackdown)

Sasha Banks cut a promo on Bayley after beating her for the SmackDown women’s championship at Hell in a Cell. Banks said that she realized when Bayley turned on her, it wasn’t their team that was unstoppable, it was her. Bayley cut off the promo, pointing out that everyone knows Banks can win a championship, but she’s never been able to hold on to one. Finally, Bayley threw down the challenge for a title rematch on next week’s Friday night SmackDown.

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Lewandowski: most decorated player of the year.

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Lewandowski is seen as the most decorated player of the year as he has one many trophies for his club and himself.

Lewandowski helped his team Bayern Munich to conquer the UEFA Champions League trophy and he was the highest scorer in the competition

The only trophy lewandowski didn’t win was the Ballon D’or which was cancelled this year due to the Corona virus. But most of his fans and football supporters have come out to side with him and they said he achieved what a mighty player could and he deserved the award.

Robert Lewandowski  born 21 August 1988) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and is the captain of the Poland national team. He is renowned for his positioning, technique and finishing, and is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world, and one of the best strikers in Bundesliga history. He has scored over 500 senior career goals for club and country.

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After being the top scorer in the third and second tiers of Polish football with Znicz Pruszków, Lewandowski moved to top-flight Lech Poznań, helping the team win the 2009–10 Ekstraklasa. In 2010, he transferred to Borussia Dortmund, where he won honours including two consecutive Bundesliga titles and the league’s top goalscorer award. In 2013, he also featured with Dortmund in the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final. Prior to the start of the 2014–15 season, Lewandowski agreed to join Dortmund’s domestic rivals, Bayern Munich, on a free transfer. In Munich, he has won the Bundesliga title in each of his first six seasons, and in 2016–17 and 2019–20 he was named the Bundesliga Player of the Season. Lewandowski was integral in Bayern’s UEFA Champions League win in 2019–20 as part of a treble. He is one of only two players to achieve the European treble, while being the top scorer in all three competitions.

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A full international for Poland since 2008, Lewandowski has earned over 110 caps and was a member of their team at UEFA Euro 2012, Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. With 63 international goals, Lewandowski is the all-time top scorer for Poland. He won IFFHS World’s Top International Goal Scorer of the Year Award in 2015. He has been named the Polish Player of the Year a record eight times.

In 2020, Lewandowski won the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award. He has been named to the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season three times, and is the fourth-highest goalscorer in the history of the competition.Lewandowski has been named the VDV Bundesliga Player of the Season a record four times. He has scored over 200 goals in the Bundesliga, having reached the century mark quicker than any other foreign player, and is the league’s all-time leading foreign goalscorer.Moreover, He has won Bundesliga Top Scorer Award for five times. He was awarded four Guinness World Records for the fastest five-goal haul in any major European football league since records have been kept, after scoring five times in nine minutes against Wolfsburg in 2015.

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Lewandowski recently posted a picture on his Facebook page which shows him posing with all the trophies he on and in that post he said,

When someone doubts your abilities, start working twice as hard to prove that they are wrong💪 This is my story😎 #RL9

FC Bayern München
#Säbener51

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