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Match Report- Manchester City Thrash West Ham As Raheem Sterling Gets Hat-trick

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Match Report- Manchester City Thrash West Ham As Raheem Sterling Gets Hat-trick

Manchester City got their title defence off to a winning start with victory at West Ham in a game that saw the video assistant referee play a significant role for the first time in the Premier League.

The technology is making its debut in England’s top flight this season and, after last night’s curtain raiser between Liverpool and Norwich passed off without incident, it took centre-stage on Saturday.

VAR was first called on when Gabriel Jesus appeared to have put City 3-0 up midway through the second half, only for Raheem Sterling to be ruled fractionally offside in the build-up.

After Sterling added City’s third, a moment also reviewed for possible offside, the system then awarded the visitors a penalty retake after Sergio Aguero’s tame effort was saved by Lukas Fabianski but Declan Rice was deemed to have encroached into the area.

The striker made no mistake at the second attempt.

  • VAR: How will the Premier League adapt?

This was, nevertheless, a dominant and deserved victory for Pep Guardiola’s side, who laid down a marker for the season ahead in emphatic fashion.

The visitors had looked a little short of their best early on but they took the lead midway through the first half when Jesus flicked in Kyle Walker’s low ball into the box.

They doubled their advantage six minutes into the second half, Sterling sliding in a low shot after being put through by Kevin de Bruyne.

After Jesus’ VAR-denied effort, a third did come for City as Sterling ran on to a ball over the defence before coolly lobbing Fabianski. And after Aguero’s retaken penalty, Sterling got his third in injury time to complete the rout.

VAR takes centre stage

The advent of VAR has been controversial, not least during a summer in which it was criticised for the confusion it caused within stadiums and the time it took to make decisions at the Women’s World Cup.

The Premier League, however, had vowed to ensure its use would have minimum impact on the spectacle. That was certainly the case at Anfield on Friday night, where its use did not disrupt the flow of the game.

Initially, that continued in this game as a couple of early incidents were checked and a decision made in seconds.

But its first controversial moment arrived early in the second half when City, 2-0 up and looking comfortable, appeared to score a third when they opened the West Ham defence with quick football before Sterling teed up Jesus to slot in.

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The away fans started celebrating wildly – until ‘VAR in review’ appeared on the big screen. After a few moments of checking, the goal was ruled out with Sterling’s shoulder just beyond the offside line.

City fans were understandably more cautious when Sterling stuck the ball in the back of the net soon after and there were ironic cheers when ‘VAR in review’ once again appeared on the big screen.

But this time the goal stood and from then on the fans were in playful mood, occasionally chanting “VAR, VAR”. But frustrations started to creep in again when Aguero’s penalty had to be retaken.

If its use in this game is anything to go by, the controversy over VAR is not going to go away anytime soon.

City pick up where they left off

Champions City struck the first blow against Liverpool by winning the Community Shield last weekend, only for the Reds to respond with an impressive 4-1 thumping of Norwich in the league on Friday night.

And a few eyebrows were raised as City made a lethargic start in London, perhaps caught off-guard an aggressive start from the hosts. Ultimately though – as so often last season – it proved a false dawn and the visitors eventually took full control.

Improve this City side is no mean feat but Guardiola’s summer signings look like good additions to an already hugely talented squad.

Rodri, the club’s £63m record signing from Atletico Madrid, slotted straight into midfield and impressed with his physicality and eye for a pass.

And even if full-back Joao Cancelo did not start, he still appeared to have had a positive impact on the team – Walker appeared especially keen to impose himself on the game and turned in an impressive performance, including the assis for the opener.

Games between these two sides have been heavily one-sided affairs in recent seasons, with City having now won their past eight competitive matches against the Hammers, scoring 28 goals and conceding just four in the process.

On this evidence, the champions are going to take some stopping.

Hope for Hammers despite big defeat

West Ham have struggled to get comfortable at London Stadium since moving in three years ago but former City boss Manuel Pellegrini appears to have steadied the ship since arriving last year – and after a summer in which they look to have recruited well, there is a real sense of optimism among fans that their side can challenge for the top six.

Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals have come in for a combined £69m, adding additional flair to an attack that includes Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson.

Haller, who scored 14 goals in 27 appearances for Eintracht Frankfurt last season, immediately looked a more than capable replacement for Marko Arnautovic, who moved to China in the summer.

His excellent hold-up play and ability to bring in others was a big factor in the Hammers dominating their opponents in the opening 20 minutes.

West Ham have not had a 20-goal-a-season striker since Teddy Sheringham back in 2004-05. Whether Haller can hit that target this season only time will tell, but his all-round play means he looks set to be a useful acquisition.

So while this was another heavy defeat for West Ham against City, it is not a game on which their prospects for the coming season can be fairly judged.

Man of the match – Raheem Sterling (Man City)

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling
No surprise that the player who scores a hat-trick gets man of the match. Sterling scored 17 Premier League goals last season. On this evidence, he could be heading for 20-plus this season

City cannot stop winning – the stats

  • Manchester City have won their past 15 Premier League games, three short of their own top-flight record (18 between August-December 2017).
  • City have won their past nine opening fixtures in the Premier League, a run stretching back to 2011-12.
  • West Ham have now lost their past four opening fixtures to a Premier League season, including each of the past three by an aggregate score of 13-0.
  • Raheem Sterling became the eighth player to score a hat-trick on the opening weekend of a Premier League campaign, and the first since Didier Drogba in 2010-11.
  • Gabriel Jesus has been directly involved in 18 goals in his past 10 starts for City in all competitions, scoring 13 and assisting a further five.
  • Sterling’s second goal in this match was his 50th in the Premier League for Manchester City – he’s the sixth player to reach the milestone for the club in the competition.
  • City forward Sergio Aguero has scored seven goals on the opening day of a Premier League season – only Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Alan Shearer (all eight) have scored more.

What’s next?

West Ham head to Brighton next Saturday (15:00 BST) when Manchester City host Tottenham in the late game (17:30).

 

Home Team West Ham                             Away TeamMan City
Possession: Home43%                                              Away57%
Shots: Home5                                                         Away14
Shots on Targets: Home3                                Away9
Corners:Home 1                                              Away 1
 Fouls: Home 6                                            Away 13

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”We fucked last night” Stefflondon answers fan’s query

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''We fucked last night'' Stefflondon answers fan's query

That was Stefflondon’s reponse to a Nigerian who wanted to know if herself and Nigerian star singer Burna Boy are still an item.

There you have it!

 

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[18+] Cardi B rains money on naked strippers in Lagos club (Photos & Video)

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[18+] Cardi B rains money on naked strippers in Lagos club (Photos & Video)

Last night, popular and controversial American rapper, Cardi B, who landed in Nigeria two days ago for a show was filmed inside a Lagos strip club spraying bills off N200 notes on half-naked and stark naked strippers.

The multi-award-winning rapper who can’t seem to get enough of Lagos was seen visibly excited at the rounchy experience, taking it all in.

See more photos and watch the video below.

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It’s painful! – Chioma screams as Davido fondles her boobs | Watch!

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Music superstar, Davido turned on his naughty side as he shared a video of him fondling his fiancee, Chioma’s boobs on a flight recently.

The new mother who was sleeping when Davido began fondling her boobs, made a complaint, saying it was painful. The singer however continued for a little while before reaching for her face.

See the video below!

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Funke Akindele delivers important message to Nigerian celebrities

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Funke Akindele delivers important message to Nigerian celebrities

Funke Akindele has a profound message for some of your favourite celebrities and you can help deliver it.

The popular actress is shaking a table that has several celebrities on it and she doesn’t care about the casualties.

The movie star took to her Instagram on Thursday, December 5, 2019, where she warned a certain set of celebrities who go around making ‘stupid and unbelievable stories just to look relevant.’

“Stop forming stupid and unbelievable stories just to look relevant. If your colleagues’ bag endorsement deals, it’s their time to shine. Yours is coming too!!! So don’t feel less!!! Don’t be pressured o!! All man get him time. May our time never pass us by!! AMEN,” she wrote.

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Etinosa responds to Duncan Mighty, reels out her list of cars

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Etinosa is not letting the subs fly past her doorstep. She is catching and crushing them.

The Nollywood actress and comedian has responded to Duncan Mighty who called her out on her Dubai car gift.

 

Duncan Mighty earlier today called her out for stating that she received a Mercedes Benz car gift from a fan few weeks ago. Duncan took a swipe at the actress after she was spotted posing with a white 2009 Toyota Venza and not the Benz car she claimed she was gifted by a fan in Dubai.

 

In an apparent response to his post, Etinosa, listed all the cars she has. She also stated that she doesn’t lead a fake life and has never claimed to be filthy rich. See her post below.

Etinosa responds

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Anthony Joshua pictured with his mother ahead of Dec. 7th rematch

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As the days before the D-day draws closer, tension continues to rise. Anthony Joshua was spotted at a pre-fight gala dinner held at the Al Faisaliah Hotel in Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening.

 

During the event, the British-Nigerian boxer was pictured kissing his mother Yeta Odusanya on the forehead as he arrived for the pre-fight gala dinner.

Joshua’s opponent, Andy Ruiz Jr. was also spotted giving Joshua’s mother a friendly handshake at the event.

Anthony Joshua's mother 2

 

Undercard fighters Dillian Whyte and Tom Little, as well as promoter Eddie Hearn were also in attendance among other dignitaries.

 

The anticipated rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jnr will take place on Saturday, December 7, 2019, in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

 

Anthony Joshua will attempt to regain his WBA, IBF and WBO Heavyweight titles he lost to Ruiz Jr back in June at Madison Square Garden. The Mexican boxer defeated Joshua in the seventh-round to hand him his first professional loss the last time they met.

 

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Ubi Franklin and Iyanya link up with Tekno for new project

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The feud between Iyanya and his former label partner Ubi Franklin which made headlines has died down. The duo was pictured alongside Tekno working together.

The major fallout between Iyanay and Ubi was centered on alleged forgery, fraud, breach of contract and several other things.

But as the saying goes, “time heals all wounds,” and fast forward to the last month of 2019, they both seem to have buried the hatchet and forgotten old fights, as both friends, alongside Tekno, reunited yesterday at a studio in Lagos where, according to Ubi, a new hit song was worked on.

He wrote:

“Last Night was Epic ⭐️💪
First I had the opportunity to bring @teknoofficialand @iyanya together in the studio and we were blessed to have @selebobo1 join us too and @mademenmusicg New kid @iamrogerlino
It was an epic session with the best Producers in the country right now @[email protected]
Family Back together and our focus is to win and win.”

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Comedian, Mr Jollof goes against the tide to support Andy Ruiz

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Comedian, Mr Jollof goes against the tide to support Andy Ruiz

Going against the tide might not always come out right but it makes headlines. Nigerian Comedian, Mr. Jollof, has declared that his support is for Andy Ruiz against Anthony Joshua, against popular opinions.

As the boxing champs prepare for their highly anticipated rematch in Saudi Arabia, on Saturday, Mr Jollof has declared his support for Andy Ruiz against British born Nigerian boxer Anthony Joshua.

He took to social media to reveal that Andy is his champ. He also posted another photo of when Andy defeated Anthony Joshua and stated in the caption that Andy can do it again.

See post below;

Mr Jollof

However, a fan took to the comment section of the post to express displeasure and told the comedian to support his own no matter the circumstances.

“Too bad jellof…Support our own ..it’s not a matter of CHOICE ..One day u might be at the top n would u feel cool if Nigerians turn against u dis way in the name of Choice ? Not cool bro”, the fan wrote.

Jollof then responded that not everybody would support him too so his choice should be respected.

He wrote: “@mrpapi333 everybody will not support me either so respect my choice di*ck head.”

See their exchange below;

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Duncan Mighty calls out Etinosa over Dubai car gift

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Duncan Mighty calls out Etinosa over Dubai car gift

Duncan Mighty has some questions for actress, Etinosa Idemudia and it has got us thinking about her recent car gift.

Etinosa took to Instagram days ago to share news of receiving a car gift in Dubai. The singer took a swipe at the actress after she was spotted posing with a white 2009 Toyota Venza.

Duncan Mighty who called out the actress who claimed she received a car gift in Dubai for replying a DM, stated that it takes nothing to be real.

 

The ‘Port Harcourt First Son’ wondered how the car “disappeared as a Mercedes Benz in Dubai and appeared as a Toyota Venza in Lagos”, while also pointing out that it takes 28 days to ship a car from Dubai to Nigeria.

Maybe the car shapeshifted??

He wrote

“It takes nothing o be real. It takes 28 days to ship a car from Dubai to gidi. Trying to figure out how this car take disappear as Mercedes Benz from Dubai then land as 2009 tokumbor venza….white people please explain the technology behind this magic”

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Kizz Daniel reveals his CGPA and it will shock you

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Kizz Daniel reveals his CGPA and it will shock you

No Bad records, no grades, that is Kizz Daniel for you.

The singer has revealed the CGPA he graduated with from his tertiary institution in Ogun state with a CGPA of 4.37, a few As and Bs shy of a First Class.

The Flyboy Inc singer who is an alumnus of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, shared this while putting right the misconception about his first degree in Water Resources Management and Agrometeorology (Water Engineering).

The Nigerian singer who made a clarification after a Twitter user tweeted about him graduating with a First Class Degree in Engineering, said he graduated with a 4.37 CGPA. Kizz Daniel added that it was quite close.

See the exchange below;

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