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Van Dijk : I don't know how to stop Messi

Virgil van Dijk admits to being unsure as to how Liverpool should set about trying to contain the threat of “best player in the world” Lionel Messi when they take on Barcelona.

AFCON 2019: Sports Ministry denies $8m budget for Black Stars

The Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS), has denied reports, which suggests that an amount of $8 million, has been budgeted for the senior national team, the Black Stars for their participation in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

VIDEO: Spurs stun Man City on away goals in modern classic

Tottenham overcame Manchester City in a classic encounter at Etihad Stadium to reach the last four of the Champions League for the first time.

Fernando Llorente's goal, bundled in from a corner and confirmed by VAR 17 minutes from time, gave Mauricio Pochettino's side victory on away goals on a night of tension, attacking quality and defensive frailty that ended City and Pep Guardiola's quest for a historic quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.

In a game of relentless drama, City even thought they had won it in injury time only for Raheem Sterling's goal to be ruled out for offside by VAR.

Spurs were protecting a 1-0 lead from the first leg but an opening 21 minutes of chaotic brilliance saw City lead 3-2 on the night as both teams exchanged goals at will.

How extraordinary first half unfolded

Three minutes 51 seconds: Raheem Sterling makes it 1-1 on aggregate

6:52: Son Heung-min's shot squirms past Ederson

9:02: Son curls into the far corner to put Spurs 3-1 up on aggregate

10:43: Bernardo Silva's deflected effort finds the net for City

20:32: Sterling meets Kevin de Bruyne's cross to make it 3-3 overall

Sterling lit the blue touchpaper on a thunderous atmosphere when he curled in a precision finish from the edge of the area after only four minutes, but Spurs responded with a double from Son Heung-min as he took advantage of errors by Aymeric Laporte.

Bernardo Silva put Spurs level on the night with a shot that deflected past Hugo Lloris, then Sterling arrived on the end of the outstanding Kevin de Bruyne's cross to score at the far post.

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It left City effectively needing to win the second half and they looked on course when Sergio Aguero crashed home their fourth after De Bruyne sliced Spurs open before Llorente, on as a first-half substitute for injured Moussa Sissoko, bundled in from a corner via his hip - the goal given after a VAR check for handball.

In one last extraordinary twist, City thought they had snatched victory and Sterling a hat-trick, but emotions switched instantly as VAR had the final word once again, ruling that Aguero was in an offside position as Bernardo Silva diverted the ball into his path.

Spurs go on to face Ajax at the end of unforgettable encounter that left everyone involved stunned and breathless.

Source: BBC

Majeed Waris scores in Nantes win over PSG

Ghanaian international striker Abdul Majeed Waris was on target for Nantes as they defeated Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in the French Ligue I to put the visitor's title on hold for another week.

AFCON 2019: Profile of Nigeria national football team

Nigeria is in Group B of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament alongside Guinea Madagascar and Burundi. Egypt are the hosts of the tournament.

The Nigeria national football team, also known as the Super Eagles, represents Nigeria in international association football and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Footballers you never knew were related

Sometimes football families are spread across generations too. Just think of these famous footballing father and son duos; Cesare and Paolo Maldini, Johan and Jordi Cruyff, Carles and Sergio Busquets and, of course, Abedi Pele and his two boys Andre and Jordan Ayew.

Martha Bissah sweeps NSU top awards

Ghana’s Martha Bissah capped an outstanding athletics season by grabbing top honours as the Norfolk State University (NSU) Female Athlete of the Year for the third consecutive year.

Fifa slap lifetime ban on former boss of Brazil federation

World football's governing body Fifa on Monday issued a lifetime ban on José Maria Marin, the former president of the Brazil federation. The 86-year-old was jailed for four years last August in New York after being found guilty of corruption.

AFCON 2019: Profile of South Africa national team

South Africa is in Group D of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations alongside Morocco, Cote D'Ivoire and Namibia. Egypt will host the AFCON 2019.

The South Africa national football team nicknamed Bafana Bafana represents South Africa in association football and is controlled by the South African Football Association.