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Mourinho promises best behaviour for Chelsea return

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Jose Mourinho insists he will be on his best behaviour on his return to Stamford Bridge, but hopes his Manchester United side inflict Chelsea’s first defeat of the season on Saturday.

The Portuguese won three Premier League titles in two successful spells in charge of Chelsea, but has lost all three of his previous visits to Stamford Bridge as United manager without even scoring a goal.

And while Mourinho claimed that the fixture is now just like any other as far as he is concerned, he also conceded that he would not celebrate should United break that run to ease the mounting pressure on their manager.

“For me, it is another game,” said Mourinho. “Would I celebrate like crazy my team’s goal at Stamford Bridge or my team’s victory at Stamford Bridge? I don’t think so.

“I think I would try to control myself and to respect the stadium and the supporters that were my supporters and stadium for many years.”

Mourinho clashed with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte when he claimed the Italian had showed a lack of respect for whipping the home fans into a frenzy during a 4-0 thrashing of United in 2016.

The visitors are desperately in need of a win this weekend as they already trail Premier League leaders Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool by seven points after just eight games.

“I want to do well for my team, players, support. I am 100 percent Manchester United tomorrow – no more space for anything other than respect for the stadium and the fans,” added Mourinho.

Mourinho’s promise to control his emotions comes at the end of a week in which he has been charged by the FA following comments he made towards a TV camera after his team’s dramatic 3-2 win over Newcastle before the international break.

It is understood the United manager used “abusive, insulting or improper language” in his native tongue.

Even though Mourinho was never in danger of being suspended for the visit to his old club, United have requested an extension for his official response and the FA have duly allowed him until Wednesday to do so.

When asked whether he felt he was being victimised by the governing body, Mourinho insinuated he is more harshly treated than other managers.

“If I answer to your question I probably have another process because I cannot imply bias, so my answer is no answer,” he said.

Mourinho has also paid tribute to defender Luke Shaw, who this week signed a contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2023, with an option for an additional year, on a reported £160,000 ($209,000) a week.

The deal represents an impressive recovery for the England international who has battled through a loss of form and fitness, as well as a horrendous double leg break, and repeated public criticism from Mourinho in his time at Old Trafford.

“Players are different and they react in different ways to the development process and Luke reacted in the best possible way,” said Mourinho.

“In those difficult moments, the moments where he was not selected, not playing regularly, he was saying the same all the time: “I want to play for you and I am going to make it and be the player you want me to be.'”

Equatorial Guinea disqualified from 2018 AWCON – CAF

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The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) have disqualified Equatorial Guinea from participating at the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations.

The 11th Women’s Africa Cup of Nations will be staged in the Ghanaian cities of Accra and Cape Coast, from the 17th November – 1st December 2018.

Details later…

Five players to watch as Barcelona battle Sevilla

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Come Saturday, October 20, the attention of many soccer lovers across the globe will be on Camp Nou, as FC Barcelona host Sevilla. Here are five players to watch out for.

Clement Lenglet. The centre-back moved from Sevilla to Barcelona in the summer, with the latter activating his release clause in order to get him. He has been Barça’s third-choice centre-back so far but could play in this game due to an injury to Samuel Umtiti. With online sport promo for betin, you can get betting tips for this game.

Tomas Vaclik. This Czech goalkeeper has had an excellent start to his Sevilla career and has been in fine form since joining the club in the summer. Away at the champions, he’ll surely be a busy man and his hands could be key to determining the result.

Jesús Navas. Sevilla’s right-wing-back is one of their most important players, both in defence and in attack. Already this season he has provided four assists in the league and his battle on the flank against Jordi Alba will be one to watch.

Lionel Messi. How can Messi not be a player to look out for? The Argentine is playing as well as ever and already has six goals this LaLiga Santander season. He has netted 31 times against Sevilla during his career, more goals than he has against any other club.

Wissam Ben Yedder. If Sevilla are to get on the scoresheet, then Wissam Ben Yedder could be the man turning the ball in. He is his team’s joint-top scorer, alongside Pablo Sarabia, this season and has scored seven in his past six.

Five historic match-ups between Barca and Sevilla

1945/46 La Liga Matchday 26. On the 26th and final round of the 1945/46 league season, Sevilla travelled to Barcelona with a one-point advantage over the Catalan club. Barça had to win to take the title, but Sevilla earned a 1-1 draw to win their one and only league championship.

1989/90 La Liga Matchday 17. Barcelona and Sevilla played out a thriller midway through the 1989/90 season, with the Andalusian side going to the Camp Nou and winning 4-3, thanks to goals from Toni Polster, José Carvajal and Ignacio Conte in the final 10 minutes.

2009/10 La Liga Matchday 37. In Pep Guardiola’s second season at Barcelona, the Blaugrana visited the Estadio Sánchez Pizjuan on the penultimate matchday and secured a vital three points, winning 3-2 thanks to goals from Lionel Messi, Bojan Krkic and Pedro, ultimately lifting the league trophy the following week.

2015/16 UEFA Super Cup. So many of the meetings between this weekend’s rivals have produced goals, as was the case when they met in the 2015 UEFA Super Cup in Tbilisi. The scores were locked at 4-4 at full-time, with Yevhen Konoplyanka having netted a late equaliser. The game went into extra time, where substitute Pedro scored the winner to make it 5-4 and to claim the trophy for his side.

2015/16 Copa del Rey final. The two teams met again in another final at the end of that 2015/16 season. This time they played in the final of the Copa del Rey at the Estadio Vicente Calderón in Madrid. Despite a first-half red card for Javier Mascherano, goals from Jordi Alba and Neymar in extra time made it a 2-0 victory for Barcelona.

Madagascar seal first ever Nations Cup berth

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Madagascar qualified for their first ever African Nations Cup finals after beating Equatorial Guinea 1-0 at home on Tuesday and were later joined by Egypt, Senegal and Tunisia in the 24-team field for next year’s expanded finals.

With two nations qualifying from 11 of the 12 four-team groups, Madagascar were always going to have a good chance to make the breakthrough, at their 17th attempt, after starting their Group A campaign with an away win in Sudan last year. With this review of bet9ja, you'll be able to make a profit from games like this.

Yet successive 1-0 wins home and away against Equatorial Guinea in the last five days took them over the line with Njiva Rakotoharimalala scoring the only goal of Tuesday’s match in Antananarivo.

Senegal won 1-0 in Sudan thanks to a late goal from Sidy Sarr as Liverpool forward Sadio Mane was left out of the team after hurting a thumb at the weekend.

Egypt’s 2-0 away win over eSwatini, formerly Swaziland, was without the injured Mohamed Salah and a 2-1 triumph for Tunisia in Niger ensured the two north African powerhouses qualified from Group J. Firas Chawat scored both goals for Tunisia on his debut.

Uganda need a point from their last two qualifiers to reach the finals after beating Lesotho 2-0 away and Guinea are also on the cusp despite giving up a late goal and being held 1-1 in Rwanda.

Liverpool’s Naby Keita went off at halftime with a suspected muscle strain.

Ivory Coast still have some work to do after they were held 0-0 away in Central African Republic, but are expected to qualify from Group H along with Guinea.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did not play for Gabon as they won 1-0 in South Sudan after a row over the charter plane initially laid on to take the team to Juba.

Aubameyang lead protests by players and staff and then said he had a backache and pulled out of the trip on Monday, as a new and larger plane took the players for the match, where Andre Biyogo Poko scored the only goal of the game.

Aubameyang last month criticised the Gabon federation’s poor organisation.

Tiny Seychelles held South Africa to a goalless draw on the Indian Ocean island, while Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo followed up his hat-trick against Libya at the weekend with another two goals against the same opposition in a 3-2 win in neutral Sfax, Tunisia.

Nigeria top Group E with nine points, South Africa have eight and Libya four.

South Africa, however, have tough fixtures against Nigeria at home next month and Libya away in March for their last two games and could miss out on the finals for the second straight edition.

Libya down, South Africa next to fall - Rohr

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Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr has charged his team to remain focus ahead of the big clash against South Africa on November 17 at the Johannesburg’s Soccer City.

The three-time Africa champions defeated Libya 3-2 in Sfax, Tunisia on Tuesday night in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, to move top of Group E with nine points.

However, Rohr told a Lagos based radio that was monitored by Soccernet.ng that the team next task would be on how they would overcome South Africa on November 17.

Coach Gernot Rohr has praised his Nigeria side after they saw off Libya 3-2 in a crucial Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier on Tuesday night.

“I compliment the boys for this match, but also for the last few days. During training sessions, they all did very well. That’s not easy after a long week.

“After winning two games against the same opposition we have done well. Now we are heading in the right direction. Our mind is on the next game against South Africa.” 

Libya 2-3 Nigeria - AFCON Qualifier Goals and Highlights

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Super Eagles are one game away from booking a ticket to Cameroon after overcoming Libya 3-2 on Tuesday in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Sfax, Tunisia.

Odion Ighalo scored his fourth goal in two matches against Libya when he opened the floodgate of goals in the 13th minute with a simple tap-in before Ahmed Musa increased Nigeria's goal tally to two with another simple finish.

The Libyans reduced the scoreline in the 33rd minutes before levelling score to 2-2 in the 74th minutes.

However, Ighalo restored Nigeria's lead in the 81st minute to earned the team the maximum point ahead of their mouth-watering clash against South Africa in November.
Nigeria and South Africa are on nine points apiece and the game in the Madiba land could determine which team tops the group.

Super Eagles Beat Libya 3-2 In 2019 AFCON Qualifier

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Super Eagles are one game away from booking a ticket to Cameroon after overcoming Libya 3-2 on Tuesday in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Sfax, Tunisia.

Odion Ighalo scored his fifth goal in two matches against Libya when he opened the floodgate of goals in the 13th minute with a simple tap-in before Ahmed Musa increased Nigeria's goal tally to two with another simple finish.

The Libyans reduced the scoreline in the 33rd minutes before levelling score to 2-2 in the 74th minutes.

However, Ighalo restored Nigeria's lead in the 81st minute to earned the team the maximum point ahead of their mouth-watering clash against South Africa in November.

With Nigeria on nine points and South Africa on eight points, the game in the Madiba land could determine which team tops the group.

Libya will fall in Sfax - Ibitoye

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Super Eagles media officer, Toyin Ibitoye say the players are ready to give their best against Libya in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Sfax.

Having recorded a sweet victory, where the team walloped Libya 4-0 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Saturday, Nigeria sits second on the table with six points, one point behind South Africa that are top of the group with seven points.

However, Ibitoye stated that the team is determined and committed to the task of winning the reverse fixture in Sfax, Tunisia.

“We are determined, we are focused, we are committed, we want to concentrate fully on the task of winning the reverse fixture in Sfax, Tunisia.

“That’s why we have put our champagne on ice because we don’t want the celebrations of Saturday’s victory to distract us.

“The players are ready to give their best, the coach is already making plans for winning tactics, and I am sure we are on course to win again.

“All we can now ask for us more prayers and support from Nigeria. Without the fans, we will not be able to achieve anything.

“They should continue praying for us and I believe, by God’s grace, we shall win.”
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