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Controversy surrounds health of football super-agent, Mino Riola



News about the death of football super-agent, Mino Raiola broke early Thursday with some international media reporting that the Italian had died at a hospital in Milan.

There have been denials about the death minutes later with international sports journalist, Fabrizio Romano tweeting that Riola was still alive.

“Dr. Alberto Zangrillo from San Raffaele Hospital in Milano tells Ansa on Mino Raiola conditions: “I’m outraged by the phone calls from pseudo-journalists speculating on the life of a man who is fighting to survive”.

Raiola was hospitalised on Thursday and widespread reports in Italy claimed he had died, but Alberto Zangrillo, head of the Intensive Care Unit at San Raffaele Hospital, told Italian news agency ANSA: “I am outraged by phone calls from so-called journalists speculating on the life of a man who is fighting.”

He is the representative to a host of football stars like Pogba, Haaland, Ibrahimovic, Romelu Lukaku, Mario Balotelli, Marco Verratti and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

He famously fell out with former Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson over his role in the transfer deal that took Paul Pogba to Juventus in 2012 as a 19-year-old, having refused to extend his contract with the Manchester outfit.

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Qatar 2022: Tunisia’s World Cup hopes suffer setback after losing to Australia



Hopes of Tunisia making it out of Group D at the ongoing Qatar 2022 World Cup is now hanging in the balance after the Carthage Eagles narrowly lost their second group match to Australia 0-1.

The match played at the Al Janoub Stadium on Saturday saw Australia taking control of the first half and completely outplayed the Tunisians in every area of the game and was duly rewarded with a goal scored by striker Mitchell Duke scored midway through the first half with a glancing header past keeper Aymen Dahmen.

The win was the Socceroos’ first World Cup victory in 12 years and moved them into second place in Group D behind reigning world champions, France.

Though Tunisia improved remarkably in the second half, they could not break down the Australian defence line which defended resolutely and was able to curtail everything the North Africans threw at them.

Tunisia’s next match is against group leaders France and is a must win if they are to advance from the group.

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Qatar 2022: Senegal gets Africa’s first win, wallop host 3-1



The Terenga Lions Senegal on Friday, stormed to a 3-1 pummeling of host Qatar in their second match of the ongoing FIFA World Cup, thus giving the African continent its first win in the tournament.

The Afcon 2021 Champions, without their injured talisman, Sadio Mane, got the first goal late in the first half after a defensive error which saw striker Boulaye Dia drilled home after Qatari defender Boualem Khoukhi tried to make a clearance under no pressure but didn’t connect properly.

Early in the second half, Famara Diedhiou struck to make it 2-0 with a sublime header from a corner.

The West Africans were pegged back by Qatar substitute Mohammed Muntari who gave the hosts a glimmer of hope with a powerful header to make it 2-1.

But the fightback only lasted for six minutes before Bamba Dieng restored Senegal’s two goals lead with a smart shot from a cut back.

The win means that Senegal will qualify from Group A if they beat Ecuador in their last group match next week.

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