The Argentine led Barcelona to the Champions League semi-finals with a pair of goals against Manchester United on Tuesday.
Jesse Lingard said Lionel Messi “brought his A game” as the Barcelona captain’s brace eliminated Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Messi scored twice in the first half to lead Barca to a comprehensive 3-0 second-leg victory at Camp Nou and through to the semi-finals of the competition.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was kept quiet in Barca’s 1-0 win in Manchester last week but he was lethal on Tuesday – a pair of goals in the space of three minutes extinguishing United’s hopes.
Philippe Coutinho capped a 4-0 aggregate triumph with a stunning long-range effort on the hour and United attacker Lingard said to BT Sport: “You can’t afford to make mistakes in these games.
“We dominated the first 15 or 20 minutes, and it could have been different if we had put our chances away.
“Messi is one of the best players in the world and he brought his A game tonight. All we can do now is move on.
“We were always going to be underdogs, but we had to back ourselves and believe. If the first 15 minutes had gone our way, it would have been a different game.
“Chances in these games are massive and if we take them it’s a different game. The Champions League is a big competition and we’ll be fighting to get back in.”
Barcelona will face either Liverpool or Porto in the semi-final stage of the competition. (GOAL.COM)
CAF Postpones 2021 African Cup Of Nation To 2022
According to the latest report, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in a recent statement has postponed the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) to 2022.
The tournament, which was earlier scheduled to take place between January 9 and February 6, 2021, in Cameroon has now been postponed due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
“After consultation with stakeholders and taking into consideration the current global situation, the tournament has been rescheduled for January 2022,” CAF confirmed in a statement.
“The date for the final tournament and the remaining matches of the qualifiers will be communicated in due course.”
CAF also announced that the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) has been postponed to 2021, while the 2020 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations was cancelled due to ‘challenging conditions.’
See full details of the decisions made by the CAF Executive Committee at the meeting.
Total Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021
After consultation with stakeholders and taking into consideration the current global situation, the tournament has been rescheduled for January 2022. The date for the final tournament and the remaining matches of the qualifiers will be communicated in due course.
Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Cameroon 2020
The final tournament has been postponed till January 2021 in Cameroon.
“The CAF Executive Committee is satisfied with t the Cameroonian authorities for their commitment towards the hosting of the two competitions. Cameroon is ready to host either competition and are within schedule,” CAF President Ahmad Ahmad said.
Interclubs 2019/20 season
The Total CAF Champions League and Total CAF Confederation Cup, will resume in September with a Final Four (4) format. Semi-Final matches will be played in a single match.
Total CAF Champions League
Venue for Final Four to be decided
Total CAF Confederation Cup
Morocco will host the Final Four
Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations 2020
Due to challenging conditions, the 2020 edition of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations has been cancelled.
Meanwhile, the CAF Women’s Champions League will be launched in 2021. The format and other details will be communicated in due course.
Zonal Qualifiers for U-20 & U-17 Africa Cup of Nations
A meeting with the Organising Competitions for Youth Football and the Zonal Unions has been proposed to finalize the arrangements for the zonal qualifiers. Meanwhile, the U-17 AFCON will take place in July 2021.
Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations 2020
Following the withdrawal of Uganda, a new hosting bid will be launched for the organization of the final tournament either in 2020 or 2021.
Osimhen Beats Moses Simon To Win The Marc-Vivien Foe Prize
Nigerian Forward, Victor Osimhen has won the annual Marc-Vivien Foe award in the French Ligue 1.
The Marc-Vivien Foe is a French annual award for the best African player in the league 1.
The Lile star saw off competitions from fellow compatriot Moses Simon who plays for Nantes, Denis Bouanga from Saint Etienne, Mbaye Niang, Hamari Traore and Edouard Mend all from Renne, Andy Delort from Montpellier and Islam Slimani from Monaco.
Osimhen won this award after votes from Jury consisting of African sports journalist who were impressed with the young stars’ performance since joining the French club.
Osimhen was a replacement for Ivorian star Nicolas Pepe who was sold to Arsenal and Victor has impressed since joining from Belgian club Sporting Charleroi.
He has so far scored 18 goals and had 6 assists for Lile in all competitions before the French League was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Manchester United To Battle Chelsea In FA Cup Semis
Former FA Cup champions Manchester United and Chelsea have been pitched against each other in the semi-final of the tournament on July 18 and 19 at Wembley Stadium.
Manchester United beat Norwich City 2-1 in the quarterfinal on Saturday while substitutes made the difference as Chelsea and Arsenal both won away from home to reach the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday.
Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley turned in a cross from Willian midway through the second half in a 1-0 win at lacklustre Leicester.
Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos netted an injury-time winner in a 2-1 win at Sheffield United, which had two goals ruled offside by video replay. Ceballos pounced with a low shot, just four minutes after David McGoldrick had equalised from close range.
Arsenal will face Manchester City in the second semi-final at Wembley after defending champion Man City beat Newcastle 2-0.
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