Champions League playoffs, Formula 1, Golf aand Tennis – #Urban96 Sports Today!
The Champions League playoffs returned to our screens last night and one of them involved two Nigerian youngsters , Kelechi Iheanacho and Tosin Adarabioyo. They both made their first starts for Manchester City this season as they pipped Steaua Bucuresti 1-0- to advance into the group stage.
The only goal of the game was scored by Fabian Delph.
Bad news for Iheanacho though as he picked up a hamstring injury in the second half and had to be replaced by Fernandinho. He could now be a doubt for Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania next week.
In other ties decided last night, Russian side Rostov qualified for the group stage of the Champions League with a 4-1 win over Dutch former European champions Ajax. German club Borussia Monchegladbach defeated Young Boys 6-1 to go through.
Thorgan Hazard – brother of Chelsea player Eden hazard – grabbed a hat-trick in the game. FC Copenhagen of Denmark are also into the group stage for the first time in three years after they secured a 1-1 draw away to Apoel in Nicosia.
Dinamo Zagreb moved on to the next stage after a 2-1 victory over Salzburg. So we now have the list of champions league play-off winners. They are Celtic, Ludogorets, Monaco, Porto, Legia and København. Others are Rostov, Manchester City, Borussia Monchegladbach and Dinamo
Meanwhile, the draw for the group stage of this season’s UEFA Champions League comes up later today in Monaco.
Back in England, The English football league cup draws have been released.
Chelsea and current Leicester City will face each other in the headline fixture of the third round of the club. The draw , which was held last night pitted the two sides against each other, with Leicester hosting the clash.
In other all-Premier League fixtures, Swansea will host holders Machester City, while Crystal Palace will travel to Southampton.
In other ties involving big clubs, Manchester United will be away to lower league Northampton, Arsenal will be away to Championship side Nottingham Forest, and Derby will host last season’s losing finalists Liverpool.
We take our last football story before we move on to other sporting news
Robbie Keane has announced that the Republic of Ireland’s friendly against Oman in Dublin on the 31st of this month will be his last international appearance for his country.
The 36 year old Keane, who currently plays for LA galaxy, has scored a record 67 goals for the Republic in 145 appearances.
Away from football to golf:
Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy has admitted he was “proven wrong” by the success of golf at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
McIlroy was among several highly-ranked players to withdraw from the Games when golf returned to the Olympics for the first time in more than a century. McIlroy initially cited concerns over the Zika virus, but later admitted that major championships, and not the return of golf to the Olympics, remained the “pinnacle” of the sport.
He however now says he was surprised to find out that There were more people at the golf events than there was at the athletics. The Irishman said It seemed like it was a great atmosphere in Rio as the golf game well supported.
The auto racing game, Formula one returns this Sunday after its month long august break.
Man of the moment Lewis Hamilton says he has had enough rest and is rearing to get back in the game.
He can become only the third driver to win 50 grands prix races if he does well at the weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.
The triple world champion ended the first half of the season in blistering form, opening up a 19-point lead in the standings over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg
On to Tennis now:
Roger Federer, who is currently sidelined for the rest of the year, said he plans to return to competition in Australia in January at the Hopman Cup and the Australian Open.
The record 17-times grand slam singles winner had announced last month that he would be missing this years major competitions in order to properly recover after having knee surgery earlier this year.
Another heavyweight World No 5 Rafael Nadal also says he will play in the Brisbane International which takes place in Australia next year.