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UEFA NEWS: Results and Round of 16 qualifiers

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UEFA NEWS: Results and Round of 16 qualifiers

Bayern München and Manchester City booked their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tickets on Wednesday.

Holders Bayern are through to the round of 16

Bayern München and Manchester City qualified for the UEFA Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday, while Real Madrid beat Inter in a group nevertheless still topped by Borussia Mönchengladbach and Liverpool lost at home to Atalanta. (UEFA NEWS)

 

 

Group A
Bayern 3-1 Salzburg
Neuer on Bayern win
A ruthless Bayern performance secured qualification from Group A. In an end-to-end encounter, it was Salzburg who came out of the traps faster only for Robert Lewandowski to break the deadlock just before the break. Kingsley Coman doubled the hosts’ lead and Leroy Sané headed Bayern’s third moments after Marc Roca’s dismissal had reduced them to ten men. Mergim Berisha’s effort was not enough to threaten the holders’ fourth win from four.
Key stat: Bayern extended their competition record-breaking Champions League winning streak to 15 matches.

Atlético 0-0 Lokomotiv Moskva
Visiting goalkeeper Guilherme earned his side a share of the spoils to prevent the second-placed Spaniards from pulling clear of Lokomotiv. The 34-year-old made several saves to cap a fine rearguard display. Atleti could have clinched it late on, but José María Giménez headed narrowly wide.
Key stat: Atleti failed to score for the first time in 23 Champions League group stage home games. (UEFA NEWS)

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Group B
Inter 0-2 Real Madrid
Real Madrid beat Inter in Milan

The 13-time winners went second in Group B with a crucial victory at the bottom club. Madrid were quick out of the blocks with Eden Hazard sweeping in a penalty after Nacho was felled by Nicolò Barella. Inter’s hopes were further damaged when Arturo Vidal was dismissed in the 33rd minute. Substitute Rodrygo’s shot deflected in off Achraf Hakimi to complete the win.
Key stat: Madrid’s victory was their first away to Inter in European competition, the Merengues having lost on five of their previous seven visits.

Mönchengladbach 4-0 Shakhtar
Gladbach maintained their place at the group summit with a dominant display against Shakhtar. Breel Embolo’s overhead kick was the pick of the goals, adding to Lars Stindl’s 17th-minute penalty and Nico Elvedi’s powerful header. Oscar Wendt then scored his first in the Champions League from a free-kick.
Key stat: Mönchengladbach have lost only one of their last eight Champions League matches, also scoring the first goal in each of their previous eight home games in the competition.

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Group C
Olympiacos 0-1 Manchester City
Guardiola delight after City secure last 16 spot
Man. City booked their place in the knockout stage following a display far more dominant than the final scoreline suggests. Pep Guardiola’s side had 21 attempts on goal to their hosts’ two, yet only Phil Foden’s neat first-half finish – after a sublime Raheem Sterling back-heel – found the back of the net.
Key stat: City have now qualified for the last 16 for eight seasons in a row. (UEFA NEWS)

Marseille 0-2 Porto
Goals in either half from defender Zaidu Sanusi and Sérgio Oliveira (his third in as many Champions League games) mean Porto are one point away from reaching the last 16. Both teams ended with ten men as Marko Grujić and Leonardo Balerdi saw red. Darío Benedetto went closest for André Villas-Boas’ men, hitting a post with a late header.
Key stat: Marseille have lost a competition-record 13 consecutive Champions League games and are yet to score in Group C.

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Group D
Ajax 3-1 Midtjylland
Ajax got the better of Midtjylland in Amsterdam

Three second-half goals moved Ajax to within two points of Group D leaders Liverpool ahead of their trip to Anfield next week. Jesper Hansen’s save from Zakaria Labyad kept Midtjylland level at half-time but a spectacular effort from Ryan Gravenberch was quickly added to by Noussair Mazraoui. David Neres drilled in a third before Awer Mabil pulled one back from the penalty spot.
Key stat: Midtjylland will finish bottom of the section having lost all four fixtures so far.

Liverpool 0-2 Atalanta
Liverpool’s perfect group record was ended by a vibrant Atalanta. The visitors took the impetus from the start and Josip Iličić finally made the breakthrough when he prodded in Alejandro Gómez’s cross. Liverpool made four changes straight after that goal, but they were soon two behind when an unmarked Robin Gosens hit the target.
Key stat: Liverpool were unbeaten in 25 European home games (W18 D7) before defeat by Atlético in last season’s round of 16 second leg; they have now lost two of their last three Champions League matches at Anfield. (UEFA NEWS)

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Smackdown Friday results 15th Jan 2021

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Smackdown Friday results 15th Jan 2021

Here are the results for WWE smackdown

Jey Uso vs. Shinsuke Nakamura on SmackDown

Back on SmackDown, the match was underway and Uso had the upper hand early as he wailed on Nakamura in the corner before hitting a slam for a near fall. Nakamura locked in a chin lock and sent him into the corner with some kicks before Cesaro made his way to the ring. (Smackdown Friday results)

Nakamura drove Uso into the ring post and after a short break, Cesaro was on commentary and Uso resumed control of the match. Cesaro announced his Royal Rumble entry and said that he planned to eliminate Daniel Bryan.

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Nakamura came back in with a knee strike and took back control before taking a boot to the face. Uso hit a Samoan Drop for a near fall and then another with a neck breaker.

Shinsuke set up for the Kinshasa but Uso countered with a superkick. Uso went for a dirty pin but the referee caught him and broke the count. Shinsuke rolled Uso up and then hit the Kinshasa as he was arguing with the ref and picked up the win on SmackDown.

Result: Shinsuke Nakamura def. Jey Uso (Smackdown Friday results)

Liv Morgan vs. Natalya on SmackDown

Billie Kay was now an unofficial member of the Riott Squad and came out with them before joining the commentary team.

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Natalya started off strong and taunted Liv before Morgan came back with some kicks in the corner but was driven into the turnbuckles. Natalya was about to get the pin but Morgan managed to roll her up.

Tamina was at ringside on SmackDown and Billie joined her before being chased into the ring. The distraction caused Natalya to pick up the win on Morgan with a roll-up.

Result: Natalya def. Liv Morgan

Apollo Crews vs. Sami Zayn on SmackDown

 

After an altercation on SmackDown with the referee, Zayn got the exploded suplex in the corner but Apollo caught him with a rollup and a handful of tights to get the pin.

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Result: Apollo Crews def. Sami Zayn (Smackdown Friday results)

 

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“I’m The Happiest Man On Earth, I Fulfilled My Dream” – Footballer, Odion Ighalo

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The Nigerian and Manchester United Striker Odion Ighalo says he is the happiest person in the world and has also fulfilled his dream of playing for Manchester United.

Odion Ighalo has not featured for the club since this year, and he is also open to join America football league, the MLS and hinted on joining  David Beckham’s Inter Miami.

Ighalo told ESPN “It was a good one and a tough one, before I came to United I never thought I would play”.

“I’m a Reds fan.

If you ask anybody where I grew up, we fight because of Manchester United. We quarrel and argue. So when my team didn’t do well they would start to insult and argue with me and I cried. I can tell you I’m the happiest man on earth for my dream to come true, I fulfilled my dream.

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“I remember the night my agent called me to tell me Manchester United wanted me, it was 10 or 11pm. Shanghai time. I was under my bed naked, I didn’t sleep until daybreak.

“I don’t care about a pay cut, I just want go to Manchester United because this is my dream. I was under my bed shivering and walking around my room and I did not sleep until 6am.

“I’m fulfilled as a football player, if I don’t achieve anything from now when I finish my career I am fulfilled.”

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Wrestling: WWE NXT Results 14th Jan 2021

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Wrestling: WWE NXT Results 14th Jan 2021

Here are the results from yesterday’s WWE NXT matches

Blackheart vs. Candice LeRae w/ Indi Hartwell
Blackheart quickly takes LeRae down to start the match, but she misses a splash against the ropes. Blackheart counters a neckbreaker and kicks her back before connecting with a cross-body block for a one count. Blackheart applies an arm bar and rolls LeRae around the mat. LeRae fights the hold before getting a foot on the bottom rope. LeRae boots her back and goes to the second rope, but Blackheart pulls her off, snapping LeRae’s neck off the top turnbuckle. Blackheart picks up a two count. Blackheart applies a modified wristlock before transitioning to a hammerlock. LeRae fights up and drives her into the corner. LeRae takes her down and puts her on the apron. Blackheart punches her back, and they’re fighting on the apron with the ring post between them. Blackheart pulls her into the ring post, knocking LeRae onto the steps. LeRae gets up, and Blackheart hits a flying knee off the steps. (Wrestling)

Indi Hartwell gets in Blackheart’s face. LeRae gets in the ring and distracts the referee while Hartwell pulls her off the apron. LeRae hits a baseball slide followed by a springboard cross-body to the floor.

 

LeRae sidesteps Blackheart to drive her into the turnbuckle before hitting a dropkick. LeRae follows up with a low superkick for a near fall. LeRae goes to the ropes, but Blackheart kicks her feet out. LeRae quickly takes her down and applies a Gargano Escape. Blackheart counters out with a roll-up for a two count. Blackheart powers LeRae up and hits a swinging facebuster. Blackheart hits a running high knee in the corner followed by another DDT. Blackheart goes to the top rope. Hartwell gets on the apron, but Blackheart punches her away. LeRae quickly scales the ropes and hits a super spinning neckbreaker for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Candice LeRae (wrestling)

 

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 1st Round Match
Ever-Rise (Matt Martel and Chase Parker) vs. Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson and James Drake)
Zack Gibson locks up with Matt Martel to start the match. Martel slaps Gibson in the back of the head and backs up. Chase Parker tags in, so Gibson kicks him down. James Drake tags in and hits a headlock takeover. Parker fights up and whips him off, dropping down twice, but Drake still fights back with a hip toss. They lock up, and Parker wrenches the arm. Drake rolls through, but Parker pulls him down by the hair. Parker kicks away at him and knocks him out of the ring. Parker shouts that Ever-Rise rules. Gibson holds an irate Drake back and gets him to calm down.

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Gibson tags in and locks up with Parker. Gibson takes Parker down and punches Martel on the apron. Drake tags in and dropkicks Parker in the leg. Gibson hits a low dropkick to Parker and jumps off Drake to dropkick Martel off the apron. Drake talks trash and punches Parker to the corner. Drake applies a headlock and punches him before hitting a bulldog. Drake punches Parker out of the ring and tags Gibson in. Gibson grabs Parker at ringside, and the Grizzled Young Veterans hit a plancha/backbreaker combo. Gibson gets Parker in the ring and hits a back suplex. Gibson goes for a single leg crab, but Parker fights it. Drake tags in and hits a spinning wheel kick for a two count. Gibson tags back in and kicks away at Parker. Drake tags in, but Parker fights them off. Drake stops Parker from tagging Martel and holds him back. Parker punches him, but Drake won’t let go. (Wrestling)

Martel eventually tags in and punches away at Drake. Martel knocks Gibson down and punches Drake. Martel chops Drake before sending him to the corner. Drake rolls up the turnbuckle and lands on his feet. Martel hits a belly-to-belly overhead suplex before clotheslining Gibson on the apron. Martel follows up with a big clothesline on Drake. Ever-Rise goes for a double-team on Drake, but Gibson blocks it. Ever-Rise still hits a double-team spear on Drake, but Gibson breaks it up. Ever-Rise takes Gibson down. Martel is the legal man, but Drake pulls Parker out of the ring. Martel attacks Gibson, so Drake dropkicks him. Gibson tags in, and they hit Ticket to Mayhem for the win.

Winners by Pinfall: Grizzled Young Veterans

 

Non-Title Match
NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano w/ Austin Theory vs. Dexter Lumis
Gargano angrily holds the caricature up and rips it up in Lumis’ face. Lumis coldly punches him down and boots him in the face. Lumis hits a Lou Thesz Press and punches away at Gargano. Gargano avoids an avalanche and rolls him up, but Lumis rolls through and scares Gargano with a stare. Gargano gets out of the ring, and Lumis crawls after him. Lumis avoids a kick and punches Gargano. Gargano fights back and goes for a dive off the apron, but Lumis uppercuts him into the ring. Gargano punches Lumis getting on the apron. Lumis goes to the top rope, but Gargano cuts him off and goes for a superplex. Lumis fights it and punches him down to the mat. Lumis goes for a senton bomb off the top rope, but Gargano moves. (Wrestling)

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Theory distracts Lumis again, giving Gargano an advantage. Lumis fights out of One Final Beat. Lumis then locks in Silence. Theory gets on the apron, so Lumis attacks and applies Silence. Gargano rolls Lumis up, also bringing Theory into the ring. Gargano picks up the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Johnny Gargano

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 1st Round Match
Jake Atlas and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. MSK (Wes Lee and Nash Carter)
It’ll be Nash Carter starting against Jake Atlas. They lock up, and Atlas hits a headlock takeover. Carter grapevines the head, but Atlas kips up. Atlas hits an arm bar takedown. Atlas avoids an attack and hits a back elbow for a two count. Scott tags in, but Carter quickly takes him down. Carter sends him into the ropes, drops down and leapfrogs him, and hits a springboard twisting cross-body for a two count. Wes Lee tags in and wrenches Scott’s arm. Lee takes Atlas down, but Scott distracts. (Wrestling)

 

Atals and Scott go for a double-team superplex. Carter rips Atlas off the ropes to the floor. Lee then knocks Scott to the mat. MSK hit a modified Hart Attack for the win.

Winners by Pinfall: MSK

Xia Li w/ Boa vs. a local talent
Li immediately punches the woman down and connects with a spin kick for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Xia Li (wrestling)

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Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 1st Round Match
Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) vs. Undisputed ERA (Adam Cole and Roderick Strong) w/ Kyle O’Reilly
It’ll be Adam Cole starting against Tyler Breeze. They lock up, and Breeze applies a side headlock. Cole whips him off, but Breeze shoulder blocks him down. Breeze leapfrogs him and they both tease superkicks. They back up and regroup. Breeze’s back is covered in cupping bruises. They lock up and exchange waistlocks. Cole takes him down, but Breeze fights up. They’re at a stalemate again.

Roderick Strong and Fandango tag in. They do a test of strength, and Strong takes Fandango down. Strong wrenches the arm and cinches it in. Fandango fights up and takes Strong down. Fandango hits a back body drop and drops some knees on Strong’s shoulder. Fandango hits a spinning wheel kick for a two count.

 

Strong and Fandango tag in. Strong takes Fandango down and hits a backbreaker. Strong then attacks Breeze with forearms and slams him onto Fandango for a near fall. Cole tags in. Strong hits a gutbuster, and Cole follows up with a big knee for a near fall. Fandango ducks a Last Shot and kicks Cole away. Breeze tags in and runs into a pump kick. Cole goes for a suplex, but Breeze knees him. Breeze knees him in the midsection and hits an inverted backstabber for a near fall. Breeze dropkicks Strong, grabs Cole, tags Fandango, and hits a catapult. Fandango follows up with a slingshot elbow, but Strong breaks it up. Breeze knees Strong, and Cole superkicks him. Cole pump kicks Fandango, and Fandango turns him inside out with a clothesline. (Wrestling)

Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan, and Danny Burch assault O’Reilly at ringside. They pull him into a scaffold, but Finn Bálor runs down to cut him off. They fight Bálor off, and Dunne forearms O’Reilly in the injured jaw. Dunne then kicks O’Reilly’s head into the barricade.

Cole looks concerned. Fandango superkicks Cole and puts him on the top rope. Strong kills Breeze with a huge kick. Fandango counters out of Panama sunrise and comes off the top rope, but Cole superkicks him out of midair for the win.

Winners by Pinfall: Undisputed ERA (wrestling)

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