A stunner from Aboubakar gave Cameroon the most unlikely victory over the dominant Egyptians. The team, from the land of the Pyramids, held the game for an hour and was looking quite comfortable but a late volley from the substitute Vincent Aboubakar helped Cameroon lift the AFCON cup for the fifth time. It was a goal fit to steal any final, anywhere, and a victory to soften the steeliest of hearts. No one predicted Cameroon to take the centre stage and leave Gabon with the trophy. The team was missing some key players but odds were in their favor and a tentative final was on the cards. The strike force from Egypt, led by Mohamed Elneny and Mohamed Salah, drew first blood in the opening seconds; however, experience came to rescue and helped Cameroon achieve the impossible.
Twitter went crazy after witnessing the splendid display of the new wonder kid from Brazil, Gabriel Jesus, who once again helped Man City secure three crucial points against Swansea. The striker scored a brace to give Man City a fighting chance to qualify directly for the next season of Champions League group stage. Jesus netted a late winner to give Pep Guardiola a sigh of relief. He seems to be one of the best buys in recent years and showed an immediate impact by being the savior in his home debut.
After being rejected by Chelsea, Juan Cuadrado has a lot to prove and he did exactly that this weekend while playing for Juventus. The winger helped the Serie A Champions defeat the in-form Inter Milan and restore their six-point lead at the top. The game was balanced and it was quite certain that both the sides will settle for a point each until Cuadrado’s brilliant 25-yard strike gave Juventus the lead. The Nerazzurri‘s created some skilful opportunities but failed to capitalize. Juventus are now six points clear at the top with a game in hand.
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Ligue 1 is all about action and Memphis Depay was looking forward to make his Lyon debut memorable, but was unable to leave a mark. The home side were off to a great start within the opening 13 minutes, leading the game 2-0. Lyon tried to bounce back at several occasions but all their efforts went in vain. The clash wasn’t expected to conclude on a bitter note but the conclusion saw Rachid Ghezzal and Tolisso of Lyon sent off. Also for St Etienne, the 88th minute substitute Fabien Lemoine was dismissed. All three sending offs happened in the stoppage time.
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Leicester has now proven to be the worst title defenders with 21 points in 24 games. Claudio Ranieri’s side are on the verge of becoming the first ever defending champions to be relegated since 1938. The chants of support are still there but this has officially been the worst season for any defending champion the football world has ever witnessed.
Swansea City are finally showing some positive signs of avoiding the drop with three wins in five games under new the manager, Paul Clement. The team was defeated by a well composed Man City on Sunday at Etihad, but despite the defeat, Swans put up a strong fight. The character they showed against Pep Guardiola’s mighty side suggests they do have a fighting chance of survival.
Chelsea are now nine points clear at the top with a well composes, disciplined side and a hard-fought win at home against Arsenal. One thing is for certain; Conte’s men have been awesome this season and they will surely wrap up the Premier League title soon.
— The Blues (@LondonIsBlue12) February 5, 2017
Liverpool have tried and tested Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius but both have been unable to deliver the expected results. Jurgen Klopp desperately needs a savior at this point to save the season.
The acrimonious departure of Dimitri Payet saw West Ham get ripped off by Man City, but after an away win over Southampton, it’s crystal clear that the Hammers have moved on. It was a promising start for Robert Snodgrass and looks like Andy Carroll is running the riot for Slaven Bilic with Mark Noble pulling the strings.
M’Baye Niang, the new recruit of Watford on loan from AC Milan, is an absolute beast. He held a promising start against Arsenal and was all over against Burnley. He has filled the void left by Odoin Ighalo instantly, forming a formidable partnership with Troy Deeney. With €13.5 permanent transfer option available in the summer, Watford will make the bargain of the season.