The Weekend File is back after the last international break for 2018 with a look at the Super Saturday match between Tottenham and Chelsea in the English Premier League, and the excellent display by Nigeria’s Super Falcons at AWCON.
SPURS DISMANTLE CHELSEA AT WEMBLEY
Ahead of that encounter, a London derby, most, if not all the stats pointed towards a win for the hosts, Tottenham, but there was something important standing on their way- the Blues had been untouchable under their new manager, Maurizio Sarri.
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Chelsea and their aptly termed style of play, Sarri-ball, were unbeaten in their 12 previous PL matches this season, and for some perspective, you have to go back to the 2014/2015 season which was the only time they had gone this long without a defeat- it was 14 games back then.
However, this Spurs side under Mauricio Pochettino tends to savor big games and so it proved at Wembley on Saturday as they went rampant in their humbling, humiliation of the Blues to end their Sarri-ball fairytale thanks to a 3-1 win.
Dele Alli and Harry Kane set the boat sailing when their first half goals, Alli’s super header off a superbly whipped Christian Eriksen free kick, and then, a Kane shot which was wickedly deflected into the Chelsea goal, gave the home side an unassailable 2-0 lead at the break.
#WeekendSports: Tottenham ended Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season after beating them 3-1 at Wembley.
Goals from Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min put Spurs three up before Olivier Giroud grabbed a late consolation. pic.twitter.com/2z65oaTw2h
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And nine minutes after the restart, Heung-Min Son, whose profligacy in the first half saved Chelsea a lot of blushes, not only added a gloss to the score line with his excellent solo effort, but sealed the deserved victory and three points with Spurs third goal of the evening.
Olivier Giroud came off the bench to make the result a bit more respectable by pulling one back for his side, but that goal was nothing but a consolation in the end.
SUPER FALCONS FLY OVER SORRY EQUATORIAL GUINEA
For the first time since the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations, AWCON, currently ongoing in Ghana began; Nigeria’s Super Falcons finally looked SUPER.
Sports Update!.. Nigeria's Female Team, the Super Falcons demolished Equatorial Guinea 6-0 to qualify for the Semifinals of the Ongoing A…
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It will be recalled that the eight-time winners of the competition started poorly when they lost narrowly to South Africa in their opening match, but found their bearing against a confident Zambian side, the
Shepolopolo, who were put 4-0 to the sword.
But in what is arguably the best performance by the team under their ‘oyinbo’ coach, the Falcons took Equatorial Guinea through some footballing lessons in Cape Coast.
Prior to that match, Eq. Guinea coach, Jean Paul, waxed lyrically when he revealed the title of his new album, “we are out”, in a pre-match press conference. “We play our last match tomorrow (Saturday) and we are out of here,” he said on Friday. “I can boldly say that we are out.”
So, after those soulful words from Paul, you could say the Guineans were basically defeated even before they had kicked a ball, but the Super Falcons still had a lot to do as they were in danger of crashing out
and needed any sort of win.
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Well, not only did the Falcons win, but they ensured Paul and his side left the competition and Ghana with buckets of goals. Having conceded 11 goals already in the first two games, Eq. Guinea shipped in a further six against the Falcons, with Assisat Oshoala running the show for Nigeria.
Oshoala netted a hattrick, the first by
anyone in the competition so far- simply because she actually forgot her shooting boots against Zambia, a game that was a perfect example of how-not-to-score-goals.
Desire Oparanozie, Francisca Ordega and skipper, Rita Chikwelu, added three more goals to hand the Falcons a convincing and comfortable 6-0 victory with a difficult tie against Cameroon in the semifinal as a reward.
FT: South Africa 1-1 Zambia
FT: Nigeria 6-0 Equatorial Guinea
Oshoala hattrick for Nigeria who will now face Cameroon in the semi-final on Tuesday.#OctopusFiscosports: Nigeria have conceded their last goal in the tournament against South Africa. Champions Falcons#awcon2018
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To round off for the week, what else caught our fancy at the weekend? Manchester United fans, how market na?