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Neymar Helps PSG Win French Super Cup, First Trophy For Pochettino

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Neymar scored when returning from injury, playing for Paris Saint-Germain this morning as the club beat Marseille 2-1 and won the French Super Cup this season.

The Brazilian striker completed the 85th-minute penalty to put PSG two goals ahead of Mauro Icardi’s opening goal and gave new coach Mauricio Pochettino the first trophy in the French capital.

Pochettino failed to win anything in almost four years at Espanyol, 16 months at Southampton, and five and a half years with Spurs.

“It’s a pleasure to be on the pitch, to be able to give you all so that you can win matches and trophies. That’s why I came to PSG, ”Neymar told Canal +.

“There is a new coach with a new philosophy; it’s not always easy to change during the season but Pochettino is an exceptional coach. He talks a lot with the players and explains well what he wants, “he added.

The victory continued PSG’s dominance over French football. They have won 19 of their last 20 finals in the domestic trophy and have won this competition for the past eight years.

Source: BBC, ESPN, Goal, PSG

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Education City, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadiums To Host FIFA Club World Cup 2020

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ZURICH, Jan 19  — FIFA announced an amendment of the schedule for the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 matches after New Zealand club Auckland City FC confirmed their withdrawal from the tournament in light of the quarantine measures required by the New Zealand authorities related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement released on Monday, FIFA confirmed that the current format of the competition will remain unchanged, with the opening match forfeited, which was scheduled for Feb 1 between Auckland City FC and Al-Duhail SC, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.

It said the tournament will now be staged at Education City and Ahmad Bin Ali Stadiums, while Khalifa International Stadium, which was originally due to host two games, will not be used.

It added that the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium will stage the first match on Feb 4 at 5pm Doha time and the FIFA Club World Cup champions will be crowned at Education City Stadium on Feb 11m at  9 pm Doha time.

The tournament will be contested by Al-Duhail SC, Al Ahly SC, FC Bayern Munich, Ulsan Hyundai FC, Tigres UANL and the winners of the CONMEBOL Libertadores final scheduled for Jan 30.

Following the withdrawal of Auckland City, Al-Duhail SC, will move directly to the second round.

The draw to finalize the pairings will take place in Zurich on Jan 19 at 6 pm Doha time.

Source: BERNAMA

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Might Making A Comeback To UFC

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UFC President Dana White has revealed that Khabib Nurmagomedov might not walk away from mixed martial arts just yet because he has left the door open for a possible UFC comeback.

Khabib Nurmagomedov is reportedly open to trying to bring his professional record to 30-0 with a 30th fight inside the Octagon. Dana White said, “Basically, the way that he feels right now is that he’s accomplished everything he set out to accomplish”.

According to President Dana White, if the two lightweight fights next week that are (Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier) and also (Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler) are spectacular, Khabib Nurmagomedov would consider coming back to fight one of the winners.

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“So next Saturday, we’ve got the (Conor McGregor – Dustin Poirier) fight and also (Michael Chandler- Dan Hooker) fight on there. His words to me were, ‘I’m going to watch this fight’, ‘I would never tie up the division’ … ‘these guys do something spectacular, show me something spectacular and make me want to come back and fight’, said Khabib Nurmagomedov”.

Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the most prominent Muslim athletes in the world, and Dana White met in person backstage during a UAE Warriors MMA event Friday night in Abu Dhabi that was co-promoted by Khabib Nurmagomedov’s new Eagle FC organization.

Sources: ESPN

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‘If We Won 1-0, I’d Think It Was Completely Fine’ – Klopp

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Jurgen Klopp could not say anything about why Liverpool failed to score in three consecutive league games for the first time in 16 years after a 0-0 draw at home against Manchester United.

The defending champions needed the agility of goalkeeper Alisson Becker to save an unbeaten record in the Premier League at Anfield to 68 games when the Brazilian goalkeeper denied attempts by Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.

Klopp’s side has now failed to win in the last four games of the league and then fall to fourth place, three points behind United.

“If we won 1-0, I’d think it was completely fine,” Klopp said.

“You can’t deny Manchester United chances for 90 minutes. You never could. They’re in a good moment.

“With all the things said before the game – they’re flying and we’re struggling – my boys played a good game tonight. But we didn’t score. That’s the most important thing in football,” he added.

In the match that took place early this morning, Liverpool dominated the match in the first half before United bounced back in the second half, but their attack was successfully denied by Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Source: ESPN

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