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EPL: Five Interesting Facts After Premier League Day One



The English Premier League got off to a fine start o August 10 with Manchester United’s 2-1 home victory over 2016 champions, Leicester City.

The Day one witnessed a basket of goals from all ten games with eight wins and two draws.

All games recorded goals except for Southampton vs Burnley.

Champions, Manchester City marched on to the Emirates stadium with the charge of a title defence and did not disappoint as they humbled Arsenal, in its first premiership game under Unai Emery, 0-2.

Goals from Raheem Sterling in the 14th minute and another from Bernardo Silva, 50 minutes later ensured Pep Guardiola smiled one over fellow Spaniard, Emery.

Here are five interesting facts in the premier league, after he day one matches

  1. Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba’s penalty inside three minutes made him the fastest goal scorer for United in the Premier League since 1999.

Pogba’s goal in four minutes earlier than Dwight Yorke’s goal in the 1999/2000 season game against Everton.

Pogba opens scoring for United and EPL season

  1.  Sadio Mane

A brace from Senegalese goal poacher, Sadio Mane in the opening day against West Ham confirmed him as the first player to score three consecutive times in season openers since 1991.

His first opening goal came in the 2016/2017 August 9 game against Arsenal at the Emirates which ended 3-4; the second come against Watford in a 3-3 draw on August 12 of the 2017/2018 season.

Sadio Mane scored his thrid consecutive league opening goal for Liverpool becoming the first player to do so

John Barnes is the last player to have neared this feat, scoring in two consecutive season openers – 1989/1990 and 1991/1992 seasons.

  1.  Chelsea

Goals from Ngolo Kante, Jorginho and Pedro ensured Chelsea maintained its 100% opening games away record.

The Blues have never lost an opening game away from home since 1998.

Chelsea win in premiership opening day.

Their last defeat was in the hands of Coventry City on August 15.

  1. Mane and Salah

The combination of Senegal international, Sadio Mane and Egyptian, Mohamed Salah, for Liverpool makes them the first African players to score in the opening league games for club in their debut season and the next after that.

Salah joined the Reds in 2017 and scored the final goal in the league opener against Watford; Mane netted the opener in the 29th minute.

The Senegalese debuted for Liverpool in the premiership during the 2016/2017 season where he scored the club’s last against Arsenal.

Liverpool duo, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have both scored for the club in two consecutive season openers after their debut season. They are first Africans to achieve such for one club.

Mane and Salah both scored in the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 season openers.

  1. Arsenal

Sunday’s defeat in the hands of Manchester City made it the second time Arsenal would lose at home in a season opener without scoring a single goal, since the last ten years; the first is a 0-2 loss to West Ham in 2015/2016.

Arsenal lose 0-2 to Manchester City in league opening day

Arsenal has since the last ten years, opened the season eight times at home (4 W, 4L, 3D), scoring 18 and conceding 17 goals.

The three draws were from the 2010/2011 through 2012/2013 seasons.

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Carlo Ancelotti left Everton to become head coach of Real Madrid for a second time




The 61-year-old Italian, who oversaw Real Madrid for a very long time somewhere in the range of 2013 and 2015, has left Everton following year and a half in control at Goodison Park.

He succeeds Zinedine Zidane at Real and the move leaves Everton looking for a 6th perpetual supervisor in five years.

Ancelotti has marked a three-year bargain at Real and said the move addressed “an unforeseen chance”.

He added: “I have total regard for everybody related with Everton and expectation they can accomplish the energizing chances they have before them.

“While I have appreciated being at Everton I have been given a startling chance which I accept is the correct move for me and my family as of now.”

Genuine will introduce Ancelotti to the media on Wednesday, while Everton said they “will start the way toward selecting another supervisor right away”.

Everton will have been left paralyzed by the speed of advancements just now as proprietor Farhad Moshiri’s “Hollywood” chief leaves.

Ancelotti’s appearance was viewed as a genuine upset by Moshiri, convincing one of the game’s generally enriched and regarded figures to come to Merseyside to reestablish Everton to previous wonders.

The 61-year-old’s rule has been a mishmash with loathsome home structure offset by results like their first success over Liverpool at Anfield since 1999 – in any case a tenth spot finish in his first full season was a failure.

Ancelotti, in any case, was as yet held in immense respect by Everton allies, who have been left sharply disillusioned by his choice to withdraw.

The fierce truth is that for all Moshiri’s money and aspiration, Everton actually can’t view themselves as anyplace close to the first class, which consistently makes them helpless against clubs, for example, Real Madrid setting sights on their prize resources.

The typical suspects are being connected, for example, Eddie Howe after he turned down Celtic, previous Wolves supervisor Nuno Espirito Santo and ex-Everton manager David Moyes – albeit that is probably not going to occur after he verbally concurred a three-year bargain at West Ham in the wake of bringing them into Europe. Moshiri, however, is something of a special case and may have thoughts of his own.

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Ahmed Musa to play without monthly salary at Kano Pillars




Ahmed Musa won’t be paid in his short stretch at Kano Pillars in the Nigeria Premier Football League.

Musa, 28, finished paperwork for the four-time Nigerian heroes under the Elite Players Program of the League Management Company, which urges top Nigerian internationals to play for neighborhood clubs.

As indicated by LMC manager Shehu Dikko, the program works twoly.

A club can distinguish and sign such players, or the LMC itself can sign the player and appoint them to a club of their decision.

It was the last for Musa.

“We addressed him about returning home to play, and as somebody who is consistently prepared to offer in return, he didn’t stop for a second,” Dikko told ESPN.

“When the arrangement was marked, the decision of which club to play for was up to him. Various clubs needed him. We put everything before him and he settled on the choice to go to Kano Pillars.”

Musa has been a free specialist since October 2020, when he left Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr, with whom he won the Saudi Pro League title and Super Cup in the wake of going along with them from Leicester City in 2018.

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Super Eagle Teslim Balogun Stadium Training Camp Adhere To COVID-19 Protocols Ahead Of Lesotho Clash





The Super Eagles will hold their last exercise at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos on Monday evening, beginning from 1800 hours.

Their last instructional meeting which will be administered by director Gernot Rohr is available to the media for just the initial fifteen minutes, at that point everybody will be compelled to leave the arena.

No columnist will be permitted into the arena when the Lesotho public group have a vibe of the Teslim Balogun Stadium turf because of COVID-19 conventions set up.

Besides, there will be no authority pre-match public interview because of the Covid pandemic.

The Super Eagles players and authorities were up toward the end of last night since they had to go to an occasion out of appreciation for Nigerian Federation president Amaju Pinnick following his political decision into the esteemed FIFA board.

Nigeria are ensured to top Group L of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers paying little heed to the result of their last match against Lesotho as they are as of now on 11 focuses, four more than the Republic of Benin, who are second in the standings.

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