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Mane equals Drogba’s Champions League goal scoring record as Reds down Villarreal

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Liverpool and Senegal hotshot striker, Sadio Mane, has equalled a goal scoring record held by Ivory Coast and Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, when he scored Liverpool’s second goal as they beat Villarreal 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final match played at the Anfield on Wednesday.

With the goal, the 30-year-old Afcon winner moved level with Drogba with his 14th goal in the Champions League knockout stages.

Mane who played only 73 minutes in the match, latched on to fellow African striker Mohamed Salah’s exquisite through ball in the 55th minute and poked past Geronimo Rulli in the Yellow Submarine’s goal to double his side’s lead, edging them closer to May’s final.

Jurgen Klopp’s men had gone in front after Jordan Henderson’s cross was deflected in off Villarreal defender, Pervis Estupinan, less than two minutes before Mane struck.

The Senegal star matched Drogba’s output with his goal number 14, which is the record for an African player in Champions League history.

Back in 2012, Drogba had won the UCL with Chelsea after bagging a memorable header in the final against Bayern Munich before scoring the winning penalty in the shoot-out.

But Drogba’s achievements could be eclipsed by Mane who is hoping to lift his second European trophy in May.

In February, Mane also overtook the Chelsea icon in the Premier League goalscoring charts, becoming the top African goalscorer with his 106th goal and has gone on to notch a further three strikes to take him farther clear of Drogba, who retired in 2018 after a trophy-laden career with Chelsea.

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Ghana coach, Otto Addo, resigns after World Cup ouster

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Black Stars of Ghana coach, Otto Addo, has resigned following the team’s World Cup group stage elimination after suffering a 2-0 loss to Uruguay on Friday.

The 47-year-old former international who was named as an interim replacement for sacked Milovan Rajevac in February, before he was given a permanently deal till the end of December, threw in the towel shortly after the team’s failure to progress to the round of 16 at tournament.

Addo who is the talent coach at German Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund, in a press conference where he announced his resignation, said:

“I always said if we qualified for the World Cup, I’d resign afterwards, even if we were world champions. My family see our future in Germany.”

Addo who was born in Hamburg, Germany, to Ghanaian parents, was a junior German international before he switched allegiance to the country of his parents.

A no-nonsense defensive midfielder during his playing days, Addo played for the Ghana national team for seven years commencing starting from 1999 his when he made his debut in a 5–0 routing of Eritrea on 28 February 1999.

He went on to play in the 2000 African Cup of Nations and in the 2006 FIFA World Cup where he started the game against the Czech Republic on 17 June 2006 at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, which Ghana won 2–0.

Ghana was Addo’s first managerial job after several roles at clubs in Germany and Denmark.

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Qatar 2022: Gallant Cameroon crash out of World Cup despite beating Brazil 1-0

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The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon created another football upset when they became the first African team to defeat Brazil at a World Cup tournament after beating the five-times world champions 1-0 in last Group G match at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, on Friday.

However, the gallant Lions crashed out of the World Cup as the win was not enough to earn them a last 16 place after Switzerland defeated Serbia to finish second.

Rigobert Song’s men got a late winner through captain Vincent Aboubakar’s stoppage-time header to earn Cameroon a memorable late win over the Selecao, but the forward was then sent off for taking off his jersey while celebrating the goal.

Cameroon went into the game knowing they needed to beat Brazil to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the knockouts and they upheld their end of the bargain, but their efforts were thwarted with Switzerland’s win over Serbia which meant Cameroon finished third in the group as Brazil had already qualified as group winners before the crunch tie.

The South Americans held onto top spot in the group due to their superior goal difference over Switzerland, meaning they will face South Korea for a place in the quarter-finals on Monday evening.

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