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Argentina Soccer legend, Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60

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Argentina Soccer legend, Diego Maradona

Argentina Soccer legend, Diego Maradona

Soccer legend Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60, CBS Sports soccer insider Fabrizio Romano has confirmed.

Maradona won the 1986 World Cup with his native Argentina and is considered one of the greatest players ever, author of arguably the best goal ever and the iconic “hand of God” goal, both scored in the same knockout stage match against England in that ’86 tournament.

He passed away as a result ff what’s being described as a heart attack, according to Clarin. Maradona had recently undergone brain surgery. He just turned 60 on Oct. 30.

A native of Lanus and raised in the poor area of Villa Fiorito, Maradona started his career at Argentinos Juniors before joining giant Boca Juniors. He made the move to Europe to play for Barcelona in 1982 and also played for Napoli, where he had his best years, as well as Sevilla before returning home. He played five matches for Newell’s from 1993-94 before ending his career with Boca Juniors (1995-97).

Maradona became a manager after his playing career and coached the Argentina national team and had been coaching Gimnasia de La Plata until his death.

His career was filled with unbelievable moments on the pitch as well as troubling ones off of it, battling substance abuse and financial problems but bringing the Argentine people and fans of the sport countless moments that will forever live in their memory.

Luis Miguel Echegaray was joined by Andrés Cantor to remember the extraordinary life of Diego Maradona on an emergency episode of the Que Golazo! podcast.

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Egypt beat Cameroon 3-1 on penalties to reach final (Video)

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Egypt beat Cameroon on penalties

Egypt are through to the final of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations after beating hosts Cameroon 3-1 on penalties at the end of a goalless 120 minutes in Yaounde on Thursday.

Goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal was the hero for the Egyptians, saving from both Harold Moukoudi and James Lea-Siliki in the shoot-out at the Olembe Stadium before Clinton Njie blazed wide with Cameroon’s last chance to keep their dream alive.

Salah, usually the fifth penalty-taker for his country, was not needed as Egypt advance to a final showdown against Senegal at the Olembe Stadium on Sunday.

That will see Salah come up against his Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane, with the Pharaohs chasing a record-extending eighth African crown while Senegal continue their search for their first title.

Cameroon, meanwhile, see their hopes of AFCON glory on home soil ended in cruel fashion, and they must still get through a third-place play-off against Burkina Faso this weekend.

Cameroon captain Vincent Abubakar pass up a glorious chance to open the scoring early in the second half when a dreadfully short back-pass by Martin Hongla sent him clear.

After trying to knock the ball round Andre Onana, the Cameroon goalkeeper successfully stopped him just outside the box.

Cameroon during the penalty shoot out during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals Semifinal match between Cameroon and Egypt held at Olembe Stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon on 03 February 2022
Aboubakar also struggled to make an impact, although the hosts had dominated the first half and almost went ahead in the 18th minute when Michael Ngadeu rose to head a corner off the woodwork.

Samuel Oum Gouet also saw a long-range piledriver clip the left upright in the second half.

Meanwhile the Egyptians went down at every opportunity, regularly looking to eat up time and frustrate their opponents.

Usually they eventually stood up again unscathed, although centre-back Mahmoud Hamdy El Wensh needed a bandage on a first-half head wound.

At least they ended the game with 11 players, but coach Carlos Queiroz — whose assistant was serving a ban here — was shown a red card as the end of normal time loomed after losing his temper on the touchline.

This was Egypt’s third extra time in as many knockout ties, after they needed penalties to beat the Ivory Coast in the last 16 and an extra half-hour to get the better of Morocco in the quarter-finals.

Extra time passed with penalties always seeming inevitable, and Aboubakar was the only successful taker for Cameroon as they go out.

Man of the Match Mohamed Abdelmonem of Egypt during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals Semifinal match between Cameroon and Egypt held at Olembe Stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon on 03 February 2022
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“It was a good match for us. A difficult match against a good Cameroonian team but our team knew how to make the difference with a Mohamed Salah who supported us throughout the match like a great leader. Thank God, we succeeded in our penalty shootout to secure a place in the final”.

“Each time, the Egyptian team are favorites to win the tournament. Tonight we played the usual game and we managed to reach the final. I would like to thank our coach Carlos Queiroz who was expelled during the game as well as all the players who made the difference with their ardor and grinta throughout the tournament. We are happy, it’s true, but we have not yet reached the final objective: the coronation. I can also add that our background is also due to the presence of one of the great players in our training, namely Mohamed Salah. A very essential player in our team and who remains the centerpiece for us”.

“The team played well during the 90′ ​​trying to score goals but we didn’t succeed. We are as sad as the 27 million Cameroonians, but I think the Egyptian team knew how to counter us. We We’re sad but it’s the reality. The players felt some signs of fatigue at the end of the match, especially after a very physical and intense first half. We had tried to save our energy to counter the opponent but in vain.”

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Senegal vs Burkina Faso 3-1, Clinical Senegal down Burkina Faso 3-1 to qualify to Sunday’s final

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Senegal vs Burkina Faso 3-1

Senegal vs Burkina Faso 3-1

The Teranga Lions of Senegal produced a brilliant second half performance to beat Burkina Faso 3-1 to qualify into Sunday’s TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 final.

Defender Abdou Diallo started the party for the 2019 losing finalists when he calmly slotted in from close range on 71 minutes.

The PSG defender kept his cool inside the Burkinabe box after Koulibaly’s volley fell on his path before guiding his shot past substitute keeper Soufiane Ouedraogo.
Saliou Ciss of Senegal challenged by Burkina Faso captain Bertrand Traore during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals Semifinal match between Burkina Faso and Senegal

The West African derby lived up to it’s billing at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé with Senegal having two penalty claims turned down following VAR reviews.

With an eventful first half which saw the two teams cancelled each other in the middle of the park. Saliou Ciss came close for the Lions of Teranga with low fierce drive past Koffi’s far post on 14 minutes.

Edouard Mendy pulled a smart low save on towards his right to deny Burkinabe forward Hassane Bande seven minutes before the break.

The Stallions were forced to change their goalkeeper Kouakou Koffi following a collision with Senegal’s Cheikhou Kouyate.
Sadio Mane of Senegal challenged by Adama Guira of Burkina Faso during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals Semifinal match between Burkina Faso and Senegal

The second half saw both sides going for the breakthrough and it was the Teranga Lions who scored first through Abdou Diallo.

The young defender found the back of the net from close range before Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba Dieng doubled their lead from Sadio Mané’s clever cut back.

With time running out the Stallions pulled a goal back eight minutes from time when midfielder Ibrahim Blati Toure latched on to Issa Kabore’s cross.
Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba Dieng of Senegal celebrates goal with teammates during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals Semifinal match between Burkina Faso and Senegal

Kabore was picked out by captain and talisman Bertrand Traore on the right and the forward placed an inviting delivery towards advancing Toure to slot past Mendy.

The two-time losing finalists completed their task on 83 minutes through star man Sadio Mané. The Liverpool forward showcased his class with he stylishly dinked his effort past Soufiane Ouedraogo to send Senegal to their third TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations final.

Senegal will face the winner in the second semi-final between Egypt and hosts Cameroon in Sunday’s final at the Olembe Stadium in Yaoundé.

 

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Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng probed again over ex-girlfriend’s ‘torn earlobe’ after her suicide – reports

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Bayern Munich player Jerome Boateng And ex-girlfriend

Bayern Munich player Jerome Boateng And ex-girlfriend

German prosecutors have reportedly reopened a case against Bayern Munich player Jerome Boateng after new information emerged about his alleged assault of his ex-girlfriend Kasia Lenhardt following her suicide.

The case was initially opened in 2019, but was closed last summer after Lenhardt indicated she did not want to proceed with her claims.

The former German international is accused of assaulting her in October 2019, more than a year before their highly-publicized split which preceded the model’s tragic death.

Images of Lenhardt’s torn earlobe, an injury that resulted from an alleged assault by Boateng were shared on social media and quickly deleted hours before the 25-year-old model was found dead in a Berlin apartment.

“The proceedings were resumed on February 10, 2021, because we received new information as part of the death investigation in Berlin that could give indications of a possible continuation of the proceedings,” Anne Leiding, a member of the Munich prosecutor’s office, was quoted as saying.
The Polish model died by suicide just a week after breaking up with the German World Cup winner, whom she had been dating for more than a year.

Speaking about their breakup, Boateng accused the model of sabotaging his previous relationship with an ex-girlfriend named Rebecca, as well as blackmailing him into staying with her.

The news of Lenhardt’s sudden passing broke when Boateng was in Qatar preparing to play in the FIFA Club World Cup with Bayern.

He immediately left the team’s camp and returned to Germany after receiving the news.

The center-back, who won the World Cup with Germany in 2014 and the Champions League with Bayern in 2013 and 2020, is also accused of assault in a separate case involving his ex-partner Sherin Senler, but the case is currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

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