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AFCON23 qualifier: Guinea Bissau’s Wild Dogs devour Nigeria’s Super Eagles

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Guinea Bissau stunned Nigeria 0-1 in a Group A 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja on Friday.

A 26th-minute goal was all the visitors needed to shock the 2013 AFCON winners on home soil and hand them a famous victory. That was Guinea Bissau’s first-ever win against the Super Eagles. The first time both sides met was at the 2021 AFCON as Nigeria defeated them 2-0 in a group stage game.

Heading into Friday’s match, Nigeria was brimming with confidence having Serie A topscorer Victor Osimhen and Atalanta’s Lookman Ademola in their ranks.

Before the clash, the Napoli forward admitted that the team won’t underrate the Wild Dogs but assured of victory.

Expectedly, the 1994 AFCON winners began the game on a good note with Villareal’s Samuel Chukwueze threatening the visitors.

Osimhen had the chance to give Nigeria the lead but the Guinea Bissau goalkeeper Jonas Mendes denied him.

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Despite the Eagles’ early dominance, the Djurtus managed to hold and steadily grew into the game, causing a scare for the defensive partnership of Kevin Akpogoma and Cavin Bassey.

They finally got the breakthrough four minutes away from the half-hour mark as an inviting long ball split the Super Eagles’ defence and fell to a chasing Mama Samba Balde.

He wasted no time in dispatching the ball through Francis Uzoho’s leg as his side raced to a lead.

Barring a side netting, Guinea Bissau almost doubled the margin after a swift counterattack a few minutes later.

Nigeria’s coach Jose Peseiro threw Paul Onuachu and Moses Simon into the game – subbing Lookman and Kelechi Iheanacho – as hostilities started for the second half.

Wilfred Ndidi’s weak effort, and Moses’ wide shots – all coming in the latter stages of the encounter – were all products of the team’s waves of attack.

But the Djurtus held on to claim a famous victory over Nigeria, a win that catapulted them to the summit of the group with seven points from three games.

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Nigeria will be aiming to make amends in the second leg of the encounter at the Estadio 24 de Setembro in Bissau on Monday.

 

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FULL LIST: English Premier League Fixtures For 2024/2025

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The English Premier League has released the fixtures for the 2024/2025 season, with Matchday 1 set to kick off on the weekend of August 17 and 18, 2024.

 

Fans are counting down the days until the action begins.

 

Premier League lovers and supporters across the globe are buzzing with excitement as the schedule promises thrilling matches and fierce competition from day one.

 

The EPL released the 380 matches fixture on Tuesday.

The final round of games will be played on Sunday May 25, 2025. All matches will kick-off at the same time.

 

Meanwhile, the 2024 summer transfer window for the Premier League opened on Friday, June 14, coinciding with the start of Euro 2024.

 

The window will close at 11pm UK time on Friday, August 30.

The Premier League has moved Deadline Day forward to align with other major European leagues following discussions with the leagues in England, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France.

 

Newly Promoted Clubs
This season, the Premier League welcomes three newly-promoted clubs from the Championship: Leicester City, Ipswich Town, and Southampton.

 

These teams have shown remarkable performance in the championship and are ready to make their mark in the top tier of English football.

 

Leicester City: The Foxes return to the Premier League after a brief stint in the Championship. They will look to reclaim their status as a formidable side, reminiscent of their fairy-tale title-winning season in 2015/2016.

 

Ipswich Town: Ipswich makes a much-anticipated return to the Premier League, ending a 22-year absence from the top flight. Their fans are eager to see how they fare against the elite teams of English football.

 

Southampton: The Saints are back in the Premier League after just one season in the Championship.

Known for their strong youth academy, they will aim to secure a stable position in the league.

 

Season Expectations
As the new season approaches, all eyes will be on these fixtures to see how the teams perform.

 

The Premier League continues to be the pinnacle of football excitement, with every match bringing the possibility of surprise and drama.

 

Fans can expect a season full of intense battles, stunning goals, and unforgettable moments.

 

Stay tuned for more updates and in-depth analysis as we count down to the kickoff of the 2024/2025 Premier League season!

 

Here are the full fixtures the 38 weeks:

2024/25 Matchweek 1 fixtures

Friday 16 August 2024

20:00 Man Utd v Fulham

 

Saturday 17 August 2024

12:30 Ipswich Town v Liverpool

Arsenal v Wolves

Everton v Brighton

Newcastle United v Southampton

Nottingham Forest v AFC Bournemouth

17:30 West Ham v Aston Villa

 

 

Sunday 18 August 2024

14:00 Brentford v Crystal Palace

16:30 Chelsea v Man City

Monday 19 August 2024

20:00 Leicester City v Spurs

 

 

Saturday 24 August 2024 (Week 2)

AFC Bournemouth v Newcastle United
Aston Villa v Arsenal
Brighton v Man Utd
Crystal Palace v West Ham
Fulham v Leicester City
Liverpool v Brentford
Man City v Ipswich Town
Southampton v Nottingham Forest
Spurs v Everton
Wolves v Chelsea

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Saturday 31 August 2024 (Week 3)
Arsenal v Brighton
Brentford v Southampton
Chelsea v Crystal Palace
Everton v AFC Bournemouth
Ipswich Town v Fulham
Leicester City v Aston Villa
Man Utd v Liverpool
Newcastle United v Spurs
Nottingham Forest v Wolves
West Ham v Man City

 

Saturday 14 September 2024 (Week 4)
AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea
Aston Villa v Everton
Brighton v Ipswich Town
Crystal Palace v Leicester City
Fulham v West Ham
Liverpool v Nottingham Forest
Man City v Brentford
Southampton v Man Utd
Spurs v Arsenal
Wolves v Newcastle United

 

Saturday 21 September 2024 (Week 5)
Aston Villa v Wolves
Brighton v Nottingham Forest
Crystal Palace v Man Utd
Fulham v Newcastle United
Leicester City v Everton
Liverpool v AFC Bournemouth
Man City v Arsenal
Southampton v Ipswich Town
Spurs v Brentford
West Ham v Chelsea

 

Saturday 28 September 2024 (Week 6)
AFC Bournemouth v Southampton
Arsenal v Leicester City
Brentford v West Ham
Chelsea v Brighton
Everton v Crystal Palace
Ipswich Town v Aston Villa
Man Utd v Spurs
Newcastle United v Man City
Nottingham Forest v Fulham
Wolves v Liverpool

 

Saturday 5 October 2024 (Week 7)
Arsenal v Southampton
Aston Villa v Man Utd
Brentford v Wolves
Brighton v Spurs
Chelsea v Nottingham Forest
Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Everton v Newcastle United
Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth
Man City v Fulham
West Ham v Ipswich Town

 

Saturday 19 October 2024 (Week 8)
AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal
Fulham v Aston Villa
Ipswich Town v Everton
Liverpool v Chelsea
Man Utd v Brentford
Newcastle United v Brighton
Nottingham Forest v Crystal Palace
Southampton v Leicester City
Spurs v West Ham
Wolves v Man City

 

Saturday 26 October 2024 (Week 9)
Arsenal v Liverpool
Aston Villa v AFC Bournemouth
Brentford v Ipswich Town
Brighton v Wolves
Chelsea v Newcastle United
Crystal Palace v Spurs
Everton v Fulham
Leicester City v Nottingham Forest
Man City v Southampton
West Ham v Man Utd

 

Saturday 2 November 2024 (Week 10)
AFC Bournemouth v Man City
Fulham v Brentford
Ipswich Town v Leicester City
Liverpool v Brighton
Man Utd v Chelsea
Newcastle United v Arsenal
Nottingham Forest v West Ham
Southampton v Everton
Spurs v Aston Villa
Wolves v Crystal Palace

 

Saturday 9 November 2024 (Week 11)
Brentford v AFC Bournemouth
Brighton v Man City
Chelsea v Arsenal
Crystal Palace v Fulham
Liverpool v Aston Villa
Man Utd v Leicester City
Nottingham Forest v Newcastle United
Spurs v Ipswich Town
West Ham v Everton
Wolves v Southampton

 

Saturday 23 November 2024 (Week 12)
AFC Bournemouth v Brighton
Arsenal v Nottingham Forest
Aston Villa v Crystal Palace
Everton v Brentford
Fulham v Wolves
Ipswich Town v Man Utd
Leicester City v Chelsea
Man City v Spurs
Newcastle United v West Ham
Southampton v Liverpool

 

Saturday 30 November 2024 (Week 13)
Brentford v Leicester City
Brighton v Southampton
Chelsea v Aston Villa
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United
Liverpool v Man City
Man Utd v Everton
Nottingham Forest v Ipswich Town
Spurs v Fulham
West Ham v Arsenal
Wolves v AFC Bournemouth

 

Tuesday 3 December 2024 (Week 14)
AFC Bournemouth v Spurs
Arsenal v Man Utd
Aston Villa v Brentford
Everton v Wolves
Fulham v Brighton
Ipswich Town v Crystal Palace
Leicester City v West Ham

 

Wednesday 4 December 2024
Man City v Nottingham Forest
Newcastle United v Liverpool
Southampton v Chelsea

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Saturday 7 December 2024 (Week 15)
Aston Villa v Southampton
Brentford v Newcastle United
Crystal Palace v Man City
Everton v Liverpool
Fulham v Arsenal
Ipswich Town v AFC Bournemouth
Leicester City v Brighton
Man Utd v Nottingham Forest
Spurs v Chelsea
West Ham v Wolves

 

 

Saturday 14 December 2024 (Week 16)
AFC Bournemouth v West Ham
Arsenal v Everton
Brighton v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v Brentford
Liverpool v Fulham
Man City v Man Utd
Newcastle United v Leicester City
Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa
Southampton v Spurs
Wolves v Ipswich Town

 

Saturday 21 December 2024 (Week 17)
Aston Villa v Man City
Brentford v Nottingham Forest
Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Everton v Chelsea
Fulham v Southampton
Ipswich Town v Newcastle United
Leicester City v Wolves
Man Utd v AFC Bournemouth
Spurs v Liverpool
West Ham v Brighton

 

Thursday 26 December 2024 (Week 18)
AFC Bournemouth v Crystal Palace
Arsenal v Ipswich Town
Brighton v Brentford
Chelsea v Fulham
Liverpool v Leicester City
Man City v Everton
Newcastle United v Aston Villa
Nottingham Forest v Spurs
Southampton v West Ham
Wolves v Man Utd

 

Sunday 29 December 2024 (Week 19)
Aston Villa v Brighton
Brentford v Arsenal
Crystal Palace v Southampton
Everton v Nottingham Forest
Fulham v AFC Bournemouth
Ipswich Town v Chelsea
Leicester City v Man City
Man Utd v Newcastle United
Spurs v Wolves
West Ham v Liverpool

 

Saturday 4 January 2025 (Week 20)
AFC Bournemouth v Everton
Aston Villa v Leicester City
Brighton v Arsenal
Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Fulham v Ipswich Town
Liverpool v Man Utd
Man City v West Ham
Southampton v Brentford
Spurs v Newcastle United
Wolves v Nottingham Forest

 

Tuesday 14 January 2025 (Week 21)
Arsenal v Spurs
Brentford v Man City
Everton v Aston Villa
Ipswich Town v Brighton
Leicester City v Crystal Palace
Nottingham Forest v Liverpool
West Ham v Fulham

 

Wednesday 15 January 2025
Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth
Newcastle United v Wolves
20:00 Man Utd v Southampton

 

 

Saturday 18 January 2025 (Week 22)
Arsenal v Aston Villa
Brentford v Liverpool
Chelsea v Wolves
Everton v Spurs
Ipswich Town v Man City
Leicester City v Fulham
Man Utd v Brighton
Newcastle United v AFC Bournemouth
Nottingham Forest v Southampton
West Ham v Crystal Palace

 

Saturday 25 January 2025 (Week 23)
AFC Bournemouth v Nottingham Forest
Aston Villa v West Ham
Brighton v Everton
Crystal Palace v Brentford
Fulham v Man Utd
Liverpool v Ipswich Town
Man City v Chelsea
Southampton v Newcastle United
Spurs v Leicester City
Wolves v Arsenal

 

Saturday 1 February 2025 (Week 24)
AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool
Arsenal v Man City
Brentford v Spurs
Chelsea v West Ham
Everton v Leicester City
Ipswich Town v Southampton
Man Utd v Crystal Palace
Newcastle United v Fulham
Nottingham Forest v Brighton
Wolves v Aston Villa

 

Saturday 15 February 2025 (Week 25)
Aston Villa v Ipswich Town
Brighton v Chelsea
Crystal Palace v Everton
Fulham v Nottingham Forest
Leicester City v Arsenal
Liverpool v Wolves
Man City v Newcastle United
Southampton v AFC Bournemouth
Spurs v Man Utd
West Ham v Brentford

 

 

Saturday 22 February 2025 (Week 26)
AFC Bournemouth v Wolves
Arsenal v West Ham
Aston Villa v Chelsea
Everton v Man Utd
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Ipswich Town v Spurs
Leicester City v Brentford
Man City v Liverpool
Newcastle United v Nottingham Forest
Southampton v Brighton

 

Tuesday 25 February 2025 (Week 27)
Brentford v Everton
Brighton v AFC Bournemouth
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
Spurs v Man City
West Ham v Leicester City
Wolves v Fulham
20:00 Crystal Palace v Aston Villa

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Wednesday 26 February 2025
Chelsea v Southampton
20:00 Liverpool v Newcastle United
20:00 Man Utd v Ipswich Town

 

 

Saturday 8 March 2025 (Week 28)
Brentford v Aston Villa
Brighton v Fulham
Chelsea v Leicester City
Crystal Palace v Ipswich Town
Liverpool v Southampton
Man Utd v Arsenal
Nottingham Forest v Man City
Spurs v AFC Bournemouth
West Ham v Newcastle United
Wolves v Everton

 

Saturday 15 March 2025 (Week 29)
AFC Bournemouth v Brentford
Arsenal v Chelsea
Aston Villa v Liverpool
Everton v West Ham
Fulham v Spurs
Ipswich Town v Nottingham Forest
Leicester City v Man Utd
Man City v Brighton
Newcastle United v Crystal Palace
Southampton v Wolves

 

Tuesday 1 April 2025 (Week 30)
AFC Bournemouth v Ipswich Town
Arsenal v Fulham
Brighton v Aston Villa
Nottingham Forest v Man Utd
Wolves v West Ham

 

Wednesday 2 April 2025
Chelsea v Spurs
Man City v Leicester City
Newcastle United v Brentford
Southampton v Crystal Palace
20:00 Liverpool v Everton

 

Saturday 5 April 2025 (Week 31)
Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest
Brentford v Chelsea
Crystal Palace v Brighton
Everton v Arsenal
Fulham v Liverpool
Ipswich Town v Wolves
Leicester City v Newcastle United
Man Utd v Man City
Spurs v Southampton
West Ham v AFC Bournemouth

 

Saturday 12 April 2025 (Week 32)
AFC Bournemouth v Fulham
Arsenal v Brentford
Brighton v Leicester City
Chelsea v Ipswich Town
Liverpool v West Ham
Man City v Crystal Palace
Newcastle United v Man Utd
Nottingham Forest v Everton
Southampton v Aston Villa
Wolves v Spurs

 

Saturday 19 April 2025 (Week 33)
Aston Villa v Newcastle United
Brentford v Brighton
Crystal Palace v AFC Bournemouth
Everton v Man City
Fulham v Chelsea
Ipswich Town v Arsenal
Leicester City v Liverpool
Man Utd v Wolves
Spurs v Nottingham Forest
West Ham v Southampton

 

Saturday 26 April 2025 (Week 34)
AFC Bournemouth v Man Utd
Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Brighton v West Ham
Chelsea v Everton
Liverpool v Spurs
Man City v Aston Villa
Newcastle United v Ipswich Town
Nottingham Forest v Brentford
Southampton v Fulham
Wolves v Leicester City

 

Saturday 3 May 2025 (Week 35)
Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth
Aston Villa v Fulham
Brentford v Man Utd
Brighton v Newcastle United
Chelsea v Liverpool
Crystal Palace v Nottingham Forest
Everton v Ipswich Town
Leicester City v Southampton
Man City v Wolves
West Ham v Spurs

 

Saturday 10 May 2025 (Week 36)
AFC Bournemouth v Aston Villa
Fulham v Everton
Ipswich Town v Brentford
Liverpool v Arsenal
Man Utd v West Ham
Newcastle United v Chelsea
Nottingham Forest v Leicester City
Southampton v Man City
Spurs v Crystal Palace
Wolves v Brighton

 

Sunday 18 May 2025 (Week 37)
Arsenal v Newcastle United
Aston Villa v Spurs
Brentford v Fulham
Brighton v Liverpool
Chelsea v Man Utd
Crystal Palace v Wolves
Everton v Southampton
Leicester City v Ipswich Town
Man City v AFC Bournemouth
West Ham v Nottingham Forest

 

Sunday 25 May 2025 (Week 38)
16:00 AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City
16:00 Fulham v Man City
16:00 Ipswich Town v West Ham
16:00 Liverpool v Crystal Palace
16:00 Man Utd v Aston Villa
16:00 Newcastle United v Everton
16:00 Nottingham Forest v Chelsea
16:00 Southampton v Arsenal
16:00 Spurs v Brighton
16:00 Wolves v Brentford

 

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Amusan wins fourth consecutive national women’s 100m hurdles title

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Tobi Amusan has claimed her fourth consecutive national title in the women’s 100 metres hurdles event.

 

The 27-year-old dipped at 12.78 seconds and was way ahead of her competitors in a one-sided final of the event on Monday at the national Olympic trials in Benin, Edo state.

 

The victory was Amusan’s fourth national title in a row, having swept to victory at the Olympic trials in Lagos in 2021 before winning twice in Benin in the last two years.

 

In the women’s 100 meters, Favour Ofili clinched the national title and booked an automatic qualification for the Paris Olympics.

 

The 21-year-old clocked a season-best of 11.06 seconds to finish ahead of Olayinka Olajide, who came second in 11.37 seconds, and Justina Eyakpobeyan in third.

 

Kanyinsola Ajayi won the men’s 100-meter crown with a blistering 10.14 seconds.

 

He defeated Alaba Akintola, who clocked 10.16 seconds, and Usheoritse Itsekiri, who finished second and third.

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Chukwuebuka Enekwechi won his fourth consecutive men’s shot put national title. He only needed three attempts to his 21.37 meters mark which was insurmountable by his opponents.

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Euro 2024: England off to winning start with victory over Serbia

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Jude Bellingham was the match winner as England came through a nervy opening match against Serbia at Euro 2024.

Bellingham gave England the lead in the 13th minute when he headed in Bukayo Saka’s deflected cross before Aleksandar Mitrovic fired a good chance wide. Kyle Walker failed to make the most of an opening on the break, but England went in at the break with a comfortable 1-0 lead.

 

That comfort disappeared in the second half, with England dropping deeper and Serbia growing in confidence. A few nervy moments came and went before substitute Jarrod Bowen crossed for Harry Kane, who struck the underside of the crossbar via a strong save from Predrag Rajkovic.

Jordan Pickford had to be on his toes to keep out a long-range effort from Dusan Vlahovic as an unconvincing England held on to claim three points in Group C. Here are the talking points from the match in Gelsenkirchen.

 

Speaking before kick-off, Cesc Fabregas compared Bellingham to Frank Lampard due to his uncanny ability to arrive in the box at the perfect moment. Lampard made a career out of those late runs which allowed him to charge onto cutbacks and crosses and chalk up a staggering goal tally from midfield.

 

Bellingham, as we are often reminded, is still only 20 years old but he already has that happy knack. He scored 23 goals in his debut campaign for Real Madrid and has been entrusted with the No10 role for his country already, his form so good that the Premier League player of the season, Phil Foden, has been shunted to the left.

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England’s opening goal was a textbook example of the value of arriving at the right time, with Bellingham starting the move off by passing square to Kyle Walker before galloping into the area to nod in Saka’s deflected cross. He has been appointed the team’s talisman and this was a perfect start to the tournament for the nation’s great hope. Chants of “JUUUUUUUUDE” were frequent throughout the first half as he ran the show.


Harry Maguire has been a key player during Southgate’s reign as England boss and his absence from Euro 2024, due a calf injury, was an obvious problem that needed to be addressed. Marc Guehi only returned from a long-term injury for Crystal Palace in May following three months out but, like Bellingham, he timed his run perfectly.

 

Guehi has taken Maguire’s role alongside John Stones and, after a wobble in the first minute, there were no signs of nerves. The 23-year-old looked the part of a player being hyped for a £55million transfer this summer, with interest from Manchester United and Arsenal.

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His best moment came after 33 minutes when Serbia swung a dangerous ball into the box for Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dusan Vlahovic to attack. Guehi took charge, rose highest and headed it clear.

 

 

 

He ended the first half with a flawless statistical record, having completed 32 of his 32 attempted passes and won both of his attempted aerial duels and his one tackle. “Literally everything he’s done, he’s done right,” said Joe Hart on the BBC at half-time. Central defence could be regarded as a weak spot for England, with Lewis Dunk and Ezri Konsa the other options, but Guehi’s performance will ease those concerns slightly.

 

England started impressively in Gelsenkirchen with Bellingham strutting his stuff and Saka and Declan Rice standing out. But their complete dominance of the ball didn’t last and old habits started creeping back into their play. By the time the middle of the second half arrived, it was Serbia who were on top and it was their fans who were most audible in the stands.

Having previously been brave on the ball and played their way out from the back, suddenly England were guilty of lumping the ball up in the general direction of Kane and Phil Foden. Unsurprisingly, the ball wasn’t sticking and Serbia had a new spring in their step; only a poor first touch and some misfortune from crosses prevented them from testing Jordan Pickford, with a nervy moment coming when England’s keeper leapt on a loose ball at Guehi’s feet. Later in the tournament, better teams are likely to make those moments count.

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With their backs to the wall, England needed their goalkeeper to be alert – and Pickford did not disappoint. As they edged towards the final whistle, Vlahovic picked up a loose ball on the edge of the box and smashed an effort goalward. Thankfully, Pickford was deep in concentration and reacted to push the Juventus striker’s effort over the bar.

 

The end of this match wasn’t pretty – and there are many improvements that need to be made in possession – but at least their goalkeeper was on hand to maintain their clean sheet. The Everton keeper has been Southgate’s main man since 2018 and he continues to impress in the big occasions.

 

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