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Messi comes off bench to inspire Barca to first league win in five games

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Half-time substitute Lionel Messi turned the game around for Barcelona as they beat Real Betis for a first La Liga win in five games.

Ousmane Dembele gave Barca the lead with a powerful effort and Antoine Griezmann had a penalty saved.

Antonio Sanabria smashed home an equaliser just before half-time.

But Messi came on at the break and had a hand in Griezmann’s equaliser and scored twice himself before teenager Pedri hit a late fifth.

The Barca captain dummied Alba’s pass, taking two defenders and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo out of the equation, to leave Griezmann with a tap-in.

He then put Barca ahead from the penalty spot after Aissa Mandi was sent off for handling Dembele’s shot on the line – a decision made after a lengthy video assistant referee review.

Messi played a one-two with Sergi Roberto, who backheeled the ball into his path and he smashed it into the roof of the net.

That was his first goal of the season for club or country which was not a penalty. The previous six had all been from the spot.

He thought he had a hat-trick afterwards but his goal was disallowed for a Roberto offside.

It was a much needed win for Ronald Koeman, whose side had only picked up two points from the previous four league games.

They move up to eighth, one point behind Real Betis.

 

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Live Football is back in UK! Fans to be allowed into stadiums from December 2

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Sports fans will finally be allowed back into stadiums as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to reveal the new three-tier system that will come into force in England after lockdown ends on December 2nd.

This comes a week after the Department for Culture Media and Sport submitted proposals to the Cabinet Office for the return of fans to grounds in December for the first time since the first lockdown back in March.

Under the new rules, spectator sports outdoors will be allowed in Tier 1 and Tier 2 areas to watch Premier League games and other sporting events after the lockdown ends.

Under the softest measures in Tier 1 areas, there will be a maximum crowd size of either 50 percent stadium occupancy or 4,000 spectators. In Tier 2 areas, the stadium rules will be 50 percent of overall capacity or 2,000, according to British Media.

However, for those in the Tier 3 measures, fans will still not be able to attend sporting events.

Boris Johnson is set to make an announcement later on Monday November 23. He will make a statement to the House of Commons, and MPs will vote on it later in the week.

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Breaking: CAF President Ahmad Ahmed Banned For Five Years

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FIFA bans CAF president Ahmad Ahmad for 5 years for financial. This had been feared for two months and means he definitely cannot stand for re-election next year.

According to FIFA’s statement, the Malagasy has been charged for among many governance issues using CAF’s money to finance an Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca for 15 African Fa presidents.

Below is the statement release by FIfa:

 

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Court Oder’s organizers to refund Fans after Ronaldo failed to feature in a friendly against South Korea All Stars.

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A court in Seoul has odered organizers of Juventus vs Korea All Stars to refund 50% of tickets cost between $27 and $400 with additional $45 to compensate fans for Emotional distress of missing Ronaldo play.

According to Bleacher Report Football, the Promoters ran a commercial promising The Five time Ballon d’Or Winner would play some minutes when His club meets the Korean League All Stars back in July 2019.

However the The Portuguese Star spent the entire match on the bench which angered fans to sue the organizers claiming they bought tickets for the match Purposely to watch CR7 play.

 

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