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West Ham Sink Chelsea At Stamford Bridge

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Frank Lampard’s first game against former club West Ham as a manager ended in defeat, extending the Blues’ winless run to three games.

Aaron Cresswell fired West Ham to their first Premier League win at Chelsea in 17 years to hand a big boost to under-fire boss Manuel Pellegrini.

Cresswell’s third league goal of the campaign sealed the 1-0 Stamford Bridge triumph, ending West Ham’s streak of eight matches without a win in all competitions.

The left-back turned Reece James inside out before whipping past Kepa Arrizabalaga to condemn Frank Lampard to defeat in his first match as Chelsea boss against old club West Ham.

The Hammers sealed their first win since the 2-0 home victory over Manchester United on September 22, as Chelsea struggled without injured England striker Tammy Abraham.

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The 10-goal Premier League star suffered a hip injury in Wednesday’s 2-2 Champions League draw at Valencia and the Blues could only claw at attacking fluidity with Frenchman Olivier Giroud up front.

Manager Lampard had admitted before facing West Ham that the club were yet to determine how long Abraham would be sidelined. And on this evidence the Stamford Bridge men will want the 22-year-old back in full flow as quickly as possible.

Chelsea paid the ultimate price for a string of squandered first-half chances, with Lampard’s men surrendering an unbeaten home run of 13 league matches dating back to 2002 against the Hammers.

For embattled West Ham boss Pellegrini a fourth league win of the term would undoubtedly ease the pressure, with clashes against Wolves and Arsenal up next.

Pellegrini pitched in 33-year-old former Millwall goalkeeper David Martin for his Premier League debut after Roberto had leaked nine goals in three matches.

And the switch certainly boosted the Hammers’ defensive control, resulting in a deserved clean sheet.

Chelsea dominated possession and territory from the get-go, but were unable to convert a host of half-chances.

Christian Pulisic nodded over cheaply at the far post after Jorginho’s cute ball had teed up Pedro for the cross.

Pedro himself saw two shots blocked and was then unable to reach an incisive reverse ball from Pulisic.

James saw his deflected cross strike the frame of the goal as Chelsea continued to press, and then the unmarked Kurt Zouma headed wide from five yards out.

West Ham created one of the best chances of the half however, handing Chelsea a sharp reminder on the break.

Antonio forced Kepa into a smart save from a powerful header when racing onto Snodgrass’ inviting centre.

Martin failed to hold Kovacic’s tame 20-yard shot as Chelsea resumed their attacking procession, but neither Giroud nor Pedro could turn in from rebounds.

Giroud then contrived entirely to miss James’ dangerous cross when he should have scored with little issue. And when the ball span to the far post Pulisic could only drive high and wide.

Chelsea paid for their first-half profligacy almost immediately after the restart, as Cresswell stunned a sluggish James by turning the right back inside out before curling past Kepa.

The nonplussed Blues continued to creak when Fabian Balbuena saw Kepa palm away his fine header, before Michail Antonio failed to find a finish from point-blank range.

Willian and N’Golo Kante replaced Pedro and Jorginho on the hour as Lampard searched for a shift in mood and momentum.

West Ham thought they had doubled their lead when Antonio bundled home at the far post after Snodgrass’ cross. But a VAR check chalked off the goal, leaving Chelsea 20 minutes to turn the tide.

Callum Hudson-Odoi replaced Giroud as Lampard went for broke in search of an equaliser, but the fit-again England forward could not alter the outcome.

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Iheanacho Fires Off Leicester Into 5th Round Of FA Cup

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Leicester City edged through to the fifth round of the FA Cup as they secured a 1-0 victory over Brentford at Griffin Park.

None of the Bees’ much-vaunted strikeforce of Said Benrahma, Bryan Mbeumo and Ollie Watkins started the game, with only Mbuemo included among the substitutes.

The Foxes showed nine changes to the side that started the 4-1 win over West Ham in midweek, with Caglar Soyuncu and Ayoze Perez the only two survivors.

And it was Perez who almost broke the deadlock with a mere 20 seconds on the clock, being played in by Kelechi Iheanacho, only to be denied by a superb last-ditch challenge from Luka Racic.

However, with four minutes played, City did hit the front as Dennis Praet sprayed a pass out to James Justin and his cross from the right was perfect for Iheanacho to convert from close range.

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Iheanacho was denied a second goal as home keeper Luke Daniels made a solid block at his near post before the hosts responded when Halil Dervisoglu curled an effort narrowly wide of the far post.

Mark Albrighton drilled a 25-yard shot just wide with just over 10 minutes left to half-time, while Daniels made a decent save to deny Perez just a couple of minutes before the interval.

The Bees continued to try and find a way back into the game during the early part of the second half but were finding it hard to make much headway in the final third.

The managed to do so just past the hour mark, with an Emiliano Marcondes ball in from the right going all the way through to hit the base of the far post before being cleared from danger by Christian Fuchs.

Seven minutes from time the hosts went close again as Racic met a corner from the right with a fine volley, which drew an acrobatic tip-over from Danny Ward.

However, they were unable to force an equaliser as the Foxes held out through three added minutes at the end of the game.

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Victor Moses Joins Inter Milan On Loan

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Victor Moses is officially an Inter Milan player. The 29-year-old Nigerian player has joined the Nerazzurri on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.

He has been handed the number 11 jersey at the club after he was unveiled at Inter’s stadium on Thursday evening.

Inter Milan, one of the European continent’s biggest club, wrote a long article on their official website about Moses after signing him.

Read it below.

“The thread that binds Victor Moses to the ball is infused with passion, deep meaning, joy and suffering. It’s a story of courage and determination, of enormous strength and character.”

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“He once played on the streets of Kaduna, Nigeria, the place where he was born. Here, come rain or shine, a barefooted Moses would run with the ball at his feet.”

“And on one of those days, when he was accelerating and dribbling, something happened that would change his life forever: he suddenly found himself without his father Austin and mother Josephine, both of whom were killed in their own home during religious riots.”

“On that exact day, Moses, who was not at home precisely because he was playing football with friends, was forced to grow up. He hadn’t even turned 12.”

“He then set off for England. It was the beginning of a new life in South London, one which was marked by two requirements: to be strong and never give up.

To help him along the way, he had an innate ability to play with the ball between his feet and overwhelming physical power that allowed him to be the dominant figure when up against his peers.”

“After getting involved in local football, he was soon discovered by Crystal Palace. At a young age, he began to dominate. Quite literally.”

“Many still remember the final of the 2005 Under-14 FA Youth Cup, with Whitgift winning 5-0 thanks to five goals from Moses. Three years and over 100 goals later, he made his debut for Palace’s first team.”

“This is how his path in English professional football began. He moved to Wigan in 2010, where he debuted in the Premier League, before making a big step forward in 2012 when he was signed by then European champions Chelsea.”

“During his first season at The Blues, he scored ten goals in 43 matches, winning the UEFA Europa League in the process. But this wasn’t enough to convince Chelsea’s new boss.”

“So, with his usual determination, Victor rolled up his sleeves and went again. Loan spells at Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham followed.

When Antonio Conte became Chelsea’s Coach in 2016, a new chapter began in Victor Moses’s career.”

“He became an important part of the current Nerazzurri Coach’s side, contributing to the Blues’ 2016/17 Premier League triumph and FA Cup success in 2018. Over two seasons, he played 78 times, scored eight goals and provided eight assists. “

“Conte used him out wide in midfield, whereas in the two years prior to this he’d often been used as an out-and-out winger or a second striker. More recently, Moses has spent time at Fenerbahce in Turkey.”

“On an international level, Moses played for all of England’s youth teams, also finishing as the top scorer at the U17 European Championship. In 2012, however, he made the decision to play for Nigeria, the country where he was born.”

“He’s since scored twelve goals in 38 matches for the Super Eagles and taken part in two World Cups. Most notably, he won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, at which he left his mark with an assist for the winning goal in the final.”

‘Fast and determined, shy but aware of his abilities: Victor Moses, who possesses a great affinity for the ball, knows that every time he’s taken to the pitch, his father Austin and mother Josephine have been watching on proudly.’

“And now he’s ready to start a new adventure. He’s the eighth Nigerian player in Inter’s history and follows in the footsteps of big names like Nwanko Kanu, Taribo West and Obafemi Martins.”

On behalf of the Nerazzurri family, we’d like to wish Victor all the very best!
#WelcomeVictor!

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Paris FC Sign Rivers Angels Goalie Nnadozie Chiamaka

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French Feminine Division 1 club Paris FC sign Rivers Angels and Super Falcons goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie on an 18-month contract.

The 19-year-old earned huge plaudits for her impressive performance at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France as the African Champions during reaches the knockout stage of the tournament.

FC Naija reports that Nnadozie linked up with Paris FC on a free transfer following the expiration of her contract with Port Harcourt based outfit and Nigeria Women Football League side Rivers Angels but the French giant will pay a ‘compensation fee’ and she will be drafted into the first team in February.

Super Eagles goalie who is expected to be the first choice, will return to Nigeria to sort out her document before returning in February.

Nnadozie has also represented Nigeria at the U-17 and U-20 levels may miss Paris FC’s fixture against Dijon on February 8, the Nigerian goalkeeper is expected to lead the squad in their home game against Stade De Reims on 22nd February 2020.

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Announcing her signing to a new club on her Instagram page, she wrote:

“FROM GRASS TO GRACE, FROM ZERO TO HERO THIS IS GODS DESIGNING. NEW SEASON NEW HOME. THANK YOU JESUS
GOD IS THE GREATEST.. AKACHUKWUDIYA.. MUNACHIMSO.. 2020 MUST BE BETTER ❤️ ❤️.”

Paris FC sit in sixth position in the table with 17 points from 13 games.

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