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October 11, 2018 1:02 PM Essien, Eto’o, Drogba, Salah best African players of all-time

The Inter Milan full-back says countryman Michael Essien, Samuel Eto’o formerly of Barcelona and Cameroon, Ivorian legend Didier Drogba and Egypt star Mohamed Salah are his favorite African footballers. Kwadwo Asamoah has touted the four players who contributed a lot for their Clubs and countries. Essien, undoubtedly remains one of Ghana’s most celebrated 1611 18

October 10, 2018 10:12 AM Goal against Barcelona one of the best of my career – Essien

Former Ghanaian international, Michael Essien says his stunning strike against Barcelona in the semi-finals of the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League is his best goal. Essien’s exquisite goal was cancelled by Andreas Iniesta in the dying minute of the game as the English side were shown the exit. However, the Chelsea legend describes the goal as one of the best in his football 74

March 24, 2018 2:49 PM Coutinho scores as Brazil thrash World Cup hosts Russia in friendly

Brazil scored three goals in 13 minutes to ease past World Cup hosts Russia in a friendly in Moscow. After a goalless first half, Miranda opened the scoring at the Luzhniki Stadium, which will host seven matches at this summer’s tournament including the final. Philippe Coutinho scored a penalty for Brazil’s second before Paulinho headed in a third from close 149

March 15, 2018 7:27 AM Messi scores twice as Barcelona knock Chelsea out of Champions League

Chelsea went out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage with an error-ridden display against Barcelona. Following a 1-1 draw in the first leg, the visitors fell behind after just 128 seconds in the Nou Camp as Lionel Messi shot through the legs of Thibaut Courtois from a tight angle. Messi then set up Ousmane Dembele to hammer home the second after 144

February 26, 2018 9:36 AM Neymar stretchered off as PSG beat Marseille 3-0

Paris St-Germain striker Neymar was taken off on a stretcher during their win over Marseille, nine days before their Champions League last-16 second-leg tie against Real Madrid. The £200m striker appeared to twist his ankle while chasing Bouna Sarr. PSG beat Marseille in Le Classique with ease, as Kylian Mbappe smashed home the opener and Rolando turned 86

February 21, 2018 5:32 PM My agent will listen to offers from Real Madrid – Courtois

Thibaut Courtois says he is “talking to Chelsea” over a new contract but admitted that he and his agent would “listen” if Real Madrid got in touch. The 25-year-old’s current deal at Stamford Bridge expires in 2019 and speculation has linked Courtois with a return to the Spanish capital, where he previously spent three years on loan at Atletico Madrid 79

February 19, 2018 8:58 AM Asensio hits brace as Real Madrid edge Betis in thriller

Marco Asensio scored twice as Real Madrid beat Real Betis to secure a third successive victory. Zinedine Zidane’s side took the lead when Asensio nodded in, but Betis equalised through Aissa Mandi. Nacho’s own goal put Betis ahead at the break but Sergio Ramos, Asensio and Cristiano Ronaldo scored to put the defending champions in control. Sergio Leon’s 91

February 9, 2018 10:36 AM Coutinho off the mark as Barcelona reach Copa final

Philippe Coutinho scored his first Barcelona goal as the Spanish side beat Valencia to reach a record fifth successive Copa del Rey final. Coutinho, making his fifth appearance since a £142m move from Liverpool, came on in the second half and acrobatically steered home from Luis Suarez’s cross. That put Barca, cup winners in the past three years, 2-0 up on aggregate 74

December 11, 2017 2:02 PM UCL draw: Chelsea face Barcelona, Real Madrid to play PSG

Chelsea have been drawn against Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Tottenham will face Italian champions Juventus. Premier League leaders Manchester City will play Switzerland’s Basel, Manchester United face La Liga side Sevilla and Liverpool take on Portugal’s Porto. A record five English teams progressed from the group stage this season 93

December 2, 2017 6:17 PM Messi and Suarez score but Barca held by Celta Vigo

Barcelona remain unbeaten at the top of La Liga after being held to an entertaining draw by Celta Vigo. Iago Aspas put Celta ahead after Marc-Andre ter Stegen parried Maxi Gomez’s shot, but Barca levelled moments later as Lionel Messi converted Paulinho’s pass for his 17th goal this season. Luis Suarez had a goal harshly ruled out for offside and Messi 68