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Tottenham-Chelsea: Silva’s golden touch helps Blues sink Spurs

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Chelsea beat Tottenham 3-0 away from home on Sunday afternoon. The match was Chelsea sixth consecutive Premier League match without defeat against their London rivals.

Naija News 247 reports that, the Blues continued their unbeaten start to the 2021/22 campaign.

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was host to a historical and emotional day as, prior to the world’s first CO²-neutral football game.

A minute’s applause was held to commemorate the earlier passing of former England, ‘Spurs’ and Chelsea striker Jimmy Greaves.

Once play got underway, the clash developed at a frantic pace, although both sides were often one pass away from opening their respective opponents’ defence.

Mason Mount and Andreas Christensen had good chances for the ‘Blues’. For Spurs, Heung-Min Son almost found enough space to beat Kepa Arrizabalaga, but neither outfit deserved to go into the break in front.

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For the first time under Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea failed to register a single shot on target during the first 45 minutes.

Less than 360 seconds after second half began, Chelsea managed to net their London opponent. However, it was a nodding from Tiago Silver, assisted by Marcos Alonso’s corner.

Despite showing plenty of intensity in the first half, Tottenham were now being blown away by their opponents.

Not long after the Brazilian goal, the Blues’ super-sub, N’Golo Kante added another. Substitute N’Golo Kanté’s drive took a wicked deflection off Eric Dier on its way past Lloris via the post.

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Other than a Harry Kane effort that Arrizabalaga easily held, Chelsea saw the game out with ease.

Antonio Rüdiger sealed the meeting with a third in the stoppage time. Assisted by Timo Werner’s low cross.

Chelsea now sit joint-top of the Premier League table with Liverpool.

NaijaNews247 recalls that, the blues has won their last six London derbies in the english league for the first time.

Tottenham, meanwhile, are without a win in three outings, conceding eight during that run.

Nuno Espírito Santo needs to turn things around quickly if he wants to keep up with the early pace-setters.

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Ten Hag’s revolution begins with impressive victory over Liverpool

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Man United vs Liverpool

The Red Devils breathed fire into Erik ten Hag’s reign with a determined 2-1 victory over Liverpool – marking just a second win from 13 Premier League H2Hs – after the buildup to the game witnessed crowds of protesting home fans.

Considering the negative headlines surrounding the club, it was scarcely believable that Erik ten Hag’s side could leapfrog Liverpool in the Premier League standings with a victory here.

However, the Reds’ rocky start meant that they arrived at Old Trafford looking for their first win of the season.

It wasn’t to be, however, as United produced an excellent display of attacking prowess and defensive resilience to defeat their old adversaries.

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Ten Hag became the first United manager to start his tenure with two defeats in over a century, after his side’s 4-0 defeat to Brentford last time out.

His charges started wickedly here though, full of energy, and United’s pressure almost told ten minutes in with Anthony Elanga guiding his effort onto the post.

A regular fixture in their title-winning season, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk looked uncharacteristically nervy and a menacing Jadon Sancho opened the scoring with a composed finish just five minutes later.

The game was played at breakneck speed, with Liverpool’s defence split open on numerous occasions and United showing new spirit and determination as the Old Trafford crowd roared their side on.

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Liverpool improved as the half drew to its conclusion, with Lisandro Martínez clearing off his own line, but a stubborn United backline held out as the HT whistle blew.

Smelling blood in a nervy defence, the hosts would strike again just eight minutes into the second period after some swift buildup play saw Marcus Rashford set free before the forward slotted past Alisson to double his side’s lead.

Liverpool had little answer for the majority of the half, but Mohamed Salah headed in with little under ten minutes remaining to set the scene for a thrilling Old Trafford finale.

It would be a night to remember for United however and there was a tangible sense of optimism, despite the earlier protests, as Ten Hag’s name rang around Manchester, with the Red Devils capping off a fine performance by seeing out the victory.

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Victor Osimhen Starts As Napoli Defeats Perugia 4-1

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Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen was in action for the Italian serie A giants, SSC Napoli on Sunday evening. Napoli defeated Perugia FC 4-1 in a preseason-friendly match.

The former LOSC Lille football club star was given a starting role by coach Luciano Spalletti and was able to impress the team in the first half of the game.

The Nigerian international started in his team’s attack alongside Hirving Lozano and the duo were outstanding for the away team in the game.

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Georgia national team star Khvicha Kvaratskhelia opened the scoring for the away team in the 5th minute after receiving an assist from Victor Osimhen and Andre Zambo Anguissa doubled the lead in the 37th minute via another teamwork from Nigerian Victor Osimhen to end the first half 2-0.

Federico Melchiorri scored a goal for the home team in the 48th minute and Matteo Politano extended the lead in the 54th minute before Andrea Petagna scored the last goal of the game in the 90th minute to end the match 4-1.

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Victor Osimhen was impressive for Napoli football club in the game and he was able to play a vital role in his team’s two first-half goals before he was replaced by Eljif Elmas in the second half of the game.

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34-year-old Karim Benzema yet again showed he ages like a fine wine, scoring a hat-trick in a punishing 3-1 victory over Chelsea.

Benzema’s 10th goal in his last four matches put ‘Los Blancos’ in the driving seat to set up a potential semi-final showdown against fierce rivals Atlético Madrid or Manchester City.

Stamford Bridge was the venue of a shock 4-1 defeat to Brentford at the weekend and the ‘Blues’ were hoping no hangover would exist against the sterner test of 13-time UEFA Champions League (UCL) winners Real Madrid.

Big-game player Kai Havertz blazed over early on when played through by N’Golo Kanté, but it was ‘Los Blancos’ man-of-the-moment, Benzema who was out to write the headlines, as he had done single-handedly in the miraculous last round comeback in Paris.

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Benzema’s first goals again blue

Benzema set Vinícius Júnior free down the left after a clever one-two. Vinícius, then pulled the ball back towards the incoming Benzema, whose header from a distance flew past Edouard Mendy before he could even lift a glove.

Benzema’s Brace

The Frenchman then remarkably made it five goals in 53 minutes of UCL play, this time pulling off the back of Thiago Silva and meeting Luka Modrić’s inch-perfect cross to guide home for his 36th in all competitions.

Chelsea’s consolidation goal

The ‘Blues’ proved it wasn’t over yet as Havertz pulled one back, heading across former Chelsea keeper, Thibaut Courtois and into the net following a Jorginho quarter-back style ball.

Benzema’s Hattrick versus Chelsea

Chelsea rang the changes at HT, but remarkably, went 3-1 down within a minute of the restart.

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A long pass over the top should have been dealt with comfortably, but Mendy made an unforced error as the ball got caught under his studs, allowing Benzema to roll home and become only the fourth player to score successive UCL hat-tricks.

Chelsea’s struggles

‘Blues’ captain, César Azpilicueta almost provided an immediate response with a 25-yard drive heading for the top corner, but he was denied by a strong top-handed Courtois wonder save.

Low on confidence, substitute Romelu Lukaku then headed wide from six-yards out when it was easier to score, perhaps summing up Chelsea’s evening.

UEFA Champions League Chelsea vs Real Madrid final whistle

The result ends a run of six UCL matches without defeat for Chelsea and consequently breaks Thomas Tuchel’s nine-match unbeaten record against Spanish opponents.

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Returning Leg in Bernabeu

The Londoners now face a huge uphill challenge away at the Santiago Bernabeu, running the risk of being eliminated at this stage for the first time since losing to Manchester United in 2010/11.

Connectley – Naija News

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