PAGE 46, SUNDAY Vanguard, APRIL 8, 2018 Madrid derby: Zidane targets Atletico whitewash REAL Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insists his side will be going all out for victory in the Madrid derby against Atletico at the Bernabeu. Real are currently four points adrift of their city rivals in LaLiga but have enjoyed a strong run Ronaldo and Zidane talking strategy. against Atletico, drawing two and winning two of their last four matches and have only lost one of the last eight encounters. Zidane told reporters after Real’s training session on Saturday morning: “We’ll be going out to win the game. We can’t sit back or consider approaching it in any other way. “We’re up against a very good side, both defensively and in attacking terms. It’ll be a good game and our intensity levels will be key. We want to keep our good run going against Atletico.” Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said his team face a big challenge against “the strongest squad in the world.” “We are who we are, and we will look for hard work as our base to play a big game,” Simeone said. “Madrid have, if not the best team in the world, the best squad in the world. They have done great to put together a squad better than Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City or Barcelona. That is their strength. So whoever we play against we will know very clearly what we must do.” Ronaldo scores another bicycle kick WHEN Cristiano Ronaldo propelled himself into the air to thrash a bicycle kick past the helpless Gianluigi Buffon on Tuesday, the footballing world allowed a collective gasp to escape their lips. The Real Madrid forward scored his side’s second goal in their 3-0 Confederation Cup: Enyimba coach happy with draw in S/Africa ENYIMBA of Aba are within reach of the CAF Confederation Cup group stage for the first time,after achieving impressive results on Friday against Bidvest Wits in Johannesburg. Enyimba recovered from a shock secondminute goal to level with Wits of South Africa in the first leg of a play-off. A dramatic start in South Africa saw veteran Daine Klate give Wits a second-minute lead only for Mustapha Ibrahim equalise three minutes later. Former African champions Enyimba looked dangerous during the opening half, but resorted to time wasting under pressure in the closing *Aigbogun stages and two Nigerians were yellow-carded. Ghana-born Enyimba goalkeeper Fatau Dauda made a string of fine saves to keep Wits at bay. “I think the main thing is that you don’t lose,” said Enyimba coach Paul Aigbogun. “When you go away, the important thing: don’t lose, and score a goal. Getting the goal is very important.” DANIEL Amokachi’s wonder goal against Greece did not make it to the next round in the voting for the favorite ever goal scored in a World Cup tournament. The former Everton striker would have faced Dutchman Giovanni van Bronckhorst in the last sixteen but was knocked out by ex-England ace Michael Owen’s sublime solo effort against Argentina in France 1998. Of the 32 goals initially shortlisted for the accolade, Amokachi was the only player nominated from Africa. Only eight strikes from van Bronckhorst, Ronaldinho, éder Aleixo de Assis, Edmílson, Manuel Negrete, Dennis Bergkamp, James Rodríguez Champions League victory, and was even given a standing ovation by the home fans. And the 33-year-old proved it was no fluke in training on Saturday, wowing teammates and coaches alike with another bicycle kick. Zinedine Zidane’s men are preparing for a huge Madrid derby on Sunday evening, with Ronaldo proving he is more than up for the challenge. Exactly the same duo combined once again as on Tuesday at the Juventus Stadium, with Dani Carvajal setting up Ronaldo once again to finish. *Salah Klopp prays for Salah’s return ahead of City clash JURGEN Klopp re mains hopeful that star man Mohamed Salah will return for Liverpool’s Champions League quarter-final second leg with Manchester City on Tuesday. Salah limped out of the first leg against City after 52 minutes, the Egypt international having set the Reds on their way to a stunning 3-0 victory at Anfield. A groin problem forced the 25-year-old’s early exit and the 38-goal talisman was sat out of Saturday’s Merseyside derby goalless draw against Bayern wrap up sixth straight Bundesliga title BAYERN Munich secured a recordbreaking sixth straight Bundesliga title in style with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Augsburg. Most likely with an eye to the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Sevilla, Jupp Heynckes rested a glut of Bayern’s stars at the WWK Arena. That decision looked to have backfired as Niklas Sule’s 18th-minute own goal gave Augsburg the lead, but two goals in quick succession swung the game in Bayern’s favour. Corentin Tolisso’s header restored parity after 32 minutes, and Bayern took control when James Rodriguez slotted in following excellent build-up play from Joshua Kimmich and Juan Bernat. Augsburg failed to match their early intensity following the second-half restart – Arjen World Cup Wonder Goals: Amokachi’s strike relegated and Teófilo Cubillas are still in the running for the FIFA World Cup greatest goal. Five of the eight players played for South American countries at the World Cup, van Bronckhorst and Bergkamp are flying Europe’s flag and Negrete CONCACAF. The players that qualified for the semifinals will be announced today, April 7th while the two finalists will be revealed on Sunday. Amokachi represented Nigeria at two World Cups, USA 1994 and France 1998, racking up five appearances in both competitions and scoring two goals against Bulgaria and Greece. Along with Emmanuel Amunike, Kalu Uche and Ahmed Musa, he is Nigeria’s top scorer in the World Cup. Fans can vote for the greatest goal scored in World Cup history on the official FIFA World Cup Facebook page. Amokachi Robben extending Bayern’s lead just after the hour and Sandro Wagner adding further gloss to the victory late on. SPORTING Lisbon are left with six players for today’s match against Pacos de Ferreira after president Bruno de Carvalho suspended 19 of the club’s players following a Facebook spat with the majority of the first team. De Carvalho instigated the spat by criticising some of his players for their “stupid” performance in their 2-0 Europa League defeat to Atlético Madrid. Defenders Sebastián Coates and Jérémy Mathieu were singled out for extra criticism. In response to the comments, 19 of the club’s players released a joint statement across their social media accounts expressing “our disgust with the president’s public statements … he is Everton. “We didn’t think about [playing] him, why should I,” said Klopp after the goalless draw. “I don’t get a ticker every five minutes of how he feels.” But the German confirmed there is a hope within the club that he will be cleared to return against City. “That’s what everybody thinks, but we will see,” added Klopp. Without star man Salah, the Reds struggled to break down a dogged Everton defence and were hanging on at the end as the Toffees twice went close to a late winner. “Absolutely [I am happy with the result],” he told Sky Sports. “[It’s a] very important result so let’s carry on, another point away, not long to drive home, so now we prepare for the next game [the second leg against City].” Sporting Lisbon suspend 19 first-team players supposed to be our leader”. “We always fight for our club, for our supporters and ourselves,” said the statement. “For this reason, we express in this message our displeasure at the public comments of our president after a game in which we did not get the result we wanted. No matter what the situation, all such matters should be resolved within the group.” The Sporting president was unhappy with this rebellion, retaliating by suspending those involved: “I’m fed up with spoilt children who don’t represent anything or anyone,” he said. “This time, my patience has run out for those who think they are above the club and any sort of criticism.” Tyavkase targets fifth NPFL title with Lobi LOBI Stars forward, David Tyavkase is hoping to become the first Nigerian player to win the Nigeria Professional Football League for a fifth time, if Lobi Stars clinch the title this season, Lobi Stars are in frame to win the 2018 with 27 points after 15 rounds of matches. The Benue team, last won the league in 1999 and they had a not too successful CAF champions league. “We are happy to get a point here. It was a difficult game but leaving here with a point is worth the effort”, Tyavkase told SCORENigeria “Our desire is to win the league. It is still a long way to go, but we are taking it one game at a time.” If Lobi win the title it take Tyavkase title haul to five, having won with Enyimba in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2010. “I had a good time during my days at Enyimba and I look forward to replicating same here at Lobi Stars,” he said. In all, Tyavkase, 33, has lifted 14 trophies in his illustrious career so far, both on home and internationally.
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