Senegal, Japan draw in exciting game at Yekaterinburg

The result means, the Teranga Lions stay top in Group H, while the Blue Samurai remain second of the table.

Senegal were held to a 2-2 draw by Japan in their second 2018 FIFA World Cup Group H match at the Yekaterinburg Stadium in Russia on Sunday.



The result means, the Teranga Lions stay top in Group H, while the Blue Samurai remain second of the table.



The Teranga lions were the better side in the early exchanges and deservedly took the lead 11 minutes into the game.



Sadio Mane scored from close range to make it 1-0 to Senegal after Youssouf Sabaly’s shot was parried into his path by Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.









The Samurai Blue tried to respond with a goal, but Makoto Hasebe’s goal-bound long-range shot was blocked inside the Senegal box in the 16th minute.



The Senegal defence which was led by Salif Sane looked solid and organized with Idrissa Gueye working tirelessly just in front of the backline.



Sane, who is set to join German side Schalke 04 next month, made two good clearances from Gaku Shibasaki’s free-kick and Yuto Nagamoto’s cross.



However, the Senegal defence was exposed in the 34th minute following some good work Nagamoto down the left-hand side.



Nagamoto controlled the ball well, before setting up Takashi Inui, who curled the ball into the bottom corner to make it 1-1 for Japan.



The Teranga Lions then tried to restore their lead with the half-time break fast approaching.



M’Baye Niang, who netted for Senegal against Poland on Tuesday, had a chance to score after being sent through on goal by Pape N’Diaye.









However, the lanky forward was brilliantly denied by on-rushing Kawashima to ensure that the first-half ended with Japan and Senegal locked at 1-1.



The Blue Samurai looked lively after the restart and they nearly scored through their main striker Yuya Osako three minutes into the second-half.



The marksman rose highest inside the Senegal box and he forced keeper N’Diaye into a good diving save.



N’Diaye was beaten in the 65th minute by Inui, but the crossbar came to the Teranga Lions rescue and the Africans survived a scare.



Senegal however took the lead again against the run of play after some good work by Sabaly down the left-hand side.



Sabaly’s cross found an unmarked Moussa Wague, who fired past Kawashima to make it to make it 2-1 to Senegal in the 71st minute.



It was end-to-end stuff as Keisuke Honda proved to be a super-sub after replacing Shinji Kagawa.



The CF Pachuca midfielder fired home with a powerful shot to make it 2-2 for Japan in the 78th minute after the Senegal defence was exposed.



The two teams launched late attacks in search of a winning goal, but it did not come and ultimately, Japan, and Senegal settled for a 2-2 stalemate.












AGENCIES



Former Black Stars striker Junior Agogo dies aged 40

Former Ghana international player Junior Agogo has passed away at the age of 40, however the reason behind his death has not been revealed yet. In fact, the striker suffered a stroke back in 2015, but he got better later on. Junior Agogo played for Ghana’s Black Stars between 2006 and 2009, scoring 12 goals in 12 appearances. The forward played for several clubs across different leagues including: Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids and San Jose Earthquakes in the United States; Bristol City and Nottingham Forest in England;and Zamalek in Egypt. “Just heard the news that one of my first clients ever Junior Agogo has passed away. Still can’t believe it. One of my proudest moments in football is seeing him smash the AFCON in Ghana,” his former agent Saif Rubie tweeted on Thursday.

PSL announce MTN8 Semi-final dates,venues and kick off time

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The Premier Soccer League PSL announced the fixtures and match details for the MTN8 semifinals on Wednesday. A statement by the PSL reads as follows: “Polokwane City will kick-off proceedings on Saturday, August 31, 2019 when they host Highlands Park at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium." "On Sunday, September 1, 2019, SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns will lock horns in their first leg encounter at Lucas Moripe Stadium. Both fixtures will kick off at 15:00." "On Tuesday evening, Highlands Park will welcome Polokwane City to Makhulong Stadium in a clash which will result in one of the two sides reaching the MTN8 final for the first time in their history. Kick-off is at 19:30,” “The following evening on September 18, Mamelodi Sundowns will play host to SuperSport United in the second instalment of the #MTN8 Tshwane derby at the Lucas Moripe Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 19:30." MTN 8 Semi-finals fixtures: 
  • 31 August 2019, 15:00 – Semi-final first leg: Polokwane City vs Highlands Park FC from the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
  • 1 September 2019, 15:00 – Semi-final first leg: Supersport United vs Mamelodi Sundowns from the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville.
  • 17 September 2019, 19:30 – Semi-final second leg: Highlands Park FC vs Polokwane City from Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa.
  • 18 September 2019, 19:30 – Semi-final second leg: Mamelodi Sundowns vs Supersport United from the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Attridgeville.

Raheem Sterling "I left Liverpool to win Titles"

Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling has revealed that he is taking strength from his mother, who has battled for years to raise him and his brothers, especially after his father passed away. The English international said in an interview with Arabi Post that he left Liverpool for Manchester City to win titles including the Premier League, the trophy that the Reds have not lifted in 29 years. "When I turned 21, I dreamed of winning the Premier League title, and since I did not manage to do it with Liverpool, I decided to change clubs. People judge players based on the goals they score and the assists they make.They only remember titles won and goals scored, that's why I did not hesitate to join the Citizens. " His failure at the Fifa World Cup in Russia with the English national team was a motivation for him. "In Russia, I wanted to do better.I felt that I did not give my best, so when I returned from Liverpool, I decided to double my efforts and elevate myself to a new level to be competitive in front of goal."He said. Raheem Sterling also spoke about racism as well as his charity actions towards deprived children. He concluded his interview by praising Riyad Mahrez, the Algerian star.

Former Ohio State star Braxton Miller joins Cleveland Browns

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Cleveland Browns have announced the signing of ex-Ohio State star and wide receiver Braxton Miller on Wednesday. In his NFL career, the footballer has made 21 appearances with nine starts. He had 34 career receptions for 261 yards and two touchdowns. Miller has expressed his happiness and excitement now that he has joined the Browns: “I can feel the vibe and the good energy around the facility,” Miller said. “It was a warm welcome for sure. Everybody’s happy.” The Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said: «For him to carry that on his shoulders during that time, I was very blessed to be a part of that,” “To see how he came through the fire, per say, and still be the man that he is, I mean, that’s one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen as an individual.” He added.

Ex-Liverpool and West Brom striker Daniel Sturridge signs for new club

Following his Anfield release, Ex-Liverpool and West Brom striker Daniel Sturridge joined the Turkish side Trabzonspor. The free agent has signed a three-year contract following his release by Liverpool this summer. In fact, the 29-year old joined Liverpool back in 2013 and in 2018, he was loaned to West Brom in a loan fee of 2,30 Mill. € Sturridge started his career at Aston Villa at youth level before playing with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and England.
The Turkish club Trabzonspor finished in the 4th place in Super Lig last season 2018/2019 and were qualified for the Europa League qualifying round.