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Why we dropped Uzoho, Akpeyi for friendlies – Agu

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images 2020 09 28T102506.330 Why we dropped Uzoho, Akpeyi for friendlies – Agu

Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer Alloy Agu says Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi ’ s inactivity and the gradual return of Francis Uzoho from injury was the major reason why the three goalkeepers were left out of the 25 -man squad for next month ’ s clash against Algeria and Tunisia in Austria .
Eagles coach , Gernot Rohr , called up Dele Alampasu, Mattew Yakubu and Sparta Rotterdam ’ s Maduka Okoye in their places.
The dropped keepers were part of the Eagles ’ squad to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations , where the team finished third .
Akpeyi has been out of action since he was stretchered off in Kaizer Chiefs ’ ABSA Premier League clash against Bidvest after a nasty collision .
The injury ruled out the 33 – year – old for three weeks before the Eagles squad list was announced, while Uzoho, who copped an anterior cruciate ligament last October , is yet to make an official appearance for APOEL Nicosia since he joined the club .
Ezenwa on his part , has been inactive over six months after the Nigeria Professional Football League was suspended and later called off due to COVID – 19 .
“ In Europe , there have been competitions and games going on, while the NPFL is yet to commence due to coronavirus , Agu.
“ Same with the Premier Soccer League in South Africa where Daniel Akpeyi plays , the league just ended .
“ Uzoho as well is just returning to full fitness after a long injury lay off and we are watching him . He still needs some time to get back into shape and we are watching him .
“ Definitely , he is still part of the team .
“ Alampasu and Yakub have been active for their respective teams and that earned them places in the team. ”

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Man Utd 5-0 Leipzig: Rashford hat-trick secures Red Devils rout in UCL

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Mason Greenwood scored his first goal in the competition to give United the lead in the first half with a fine finish from a tight angle at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

But it was fellow striker Rashford, a 63rd-minute substitute, who left his mark on the game after twice breaking clear of the Leipzig finish and finishing emphatically.

Anthony Martial was on target from the penalty spot before Rashford put the gloss on the scoreline with another goal late on.

The victory leaves United top of Group H on six points, three clear of Leipzig and Paris Saint-German, who were 2-0 winners over Istanbul Basaksehir.

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Alvaro Morata endures a night of despair as Chelsea flop bags a HAT-TRICK of offside goals

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images 2020 10 29T111019.213 Alvaro Morata endures a night of despair as Chelsea flop bags a HAT-TRICK of offside goals

Andrea Pirlo’s side hosted the LaLiga giants in a crunch Group G clash in the Champions League on Wednesday, with both sides looking to stamp their authority on the group.

But it was Ronald Koeman’s side that came out on top, with goals from Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi enough to earn the visitors a confidence-boosting win in Turin.

The Italian champions were made to look second best throughout, with a late red card for Merih Demiral and a spot kick against Federico Bernardeschi piling more misery on the Old Lady.

And for Morata, it was a night where the former Chelsea and Real Madrid star could feasibly have walked away with the match ball, had the Spaniard just timed his runs better.

Just one minute after Dembele opened the scoring for Barcelona, Morata had the ball in the net after slotting home with the second bite of the cherry.

However, the linesman’s flag was up for offside, with the 28-year-old ahead of the last man when Juan Cuadrado played the decisive through ball.

Then, on the half hour mark, Morata had the ball beyond Neto but the linesman’s flag was up once more, with the Spaniard straying offside when Cuadrado delivered a teasing ball into the box.

Cuadrado turned provided once more in the second half as the Colombian hooked the ball back across the face of goal and Morata hammered home.

The Spaniard turned to the linesman, expecting the flag to be raised. But when the official determined that Morata had been in an onside position, the striker was visibly relieved that he had finally drawn his side level.

However, VAR intervened and found that, yet again, Morata had strayed offside when Cuadrado played the ball in, meaning his goal was chalked off for a third time.

Barcelona’s win comes as a huge boost for Koeman’s side, who have endured a mixed start to the 2020-21 campaign. Wednesday night’s triumph puts Messi & Co at the summit of Group G, ahead of Juve, Dynamo Kiev and Ferencvaros TM.

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Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: Champions League records compared

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Messi became the first player to score in 16 consecutive Champions League seasons with the opener in Barcelona’s 5-1 rout of Ferencvaros, taking his tally in the competition to 116.

Messi now has daylight between him and his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who will be looking to score in a 15th straight Champions League campaign this term when he returns from self-isolation. Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema missed the chance to match the Argentine when he drew a blank in their defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Messi v Ronaldo debate, which has dominated world football for the last decade, has a few rounds left in it yet as Barca and Juve feature in the same group. Ronaldo will, however, miss the opportunity to reunite will his rival tonight after returning another positive coronavirus test. They are due to meet again on December 8.

Here, Sportsmail looks at their mind-boggling Champions League numbers and records.

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