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Early Grealish, Haaland goals ease Man City to win at 10-man Wolves

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Jack Grealish scored inside the first minute and Erling Haaland netted his 11th Premier League goal of the season as Manchester City eased to a 3-0 victory over 10-man Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Saturday.

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Phil Foden added a third in the second half as City moved to the top of the table with 17 points from seven games, while Wolves are in 16th place having won only once this season.

The home side were reduced to 10 men on 33 minutes after a horrendous challenge from defender Nathan Collins.

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The defender launched himself studs-first into the midriff of Grealish and could have no complaints about the straight red card.

There was a minute’s silence ahead of kickoff following the death of Queen Elizabeth and the majority of fans kept a respectful silence.

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While there was warm applause on 70 minutes from all around the ground to mark the number of years the monarch was on the throne.

The opening goal after 55 seconds was a first of the season for Grealish, who has come under criticism this week for his failure to both score and provide assists since his 100 million pound move from Aston Villa last year.

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“It was nice to get off the mark this season and get the three points at a difficult place to come against a top team,” Grealish told BT Sport.

“This Wolves team is so underrated and they showed that in the second half, so it is a great result for us.

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“I should be scoring goals and getting more assists. I’m always going to have people talking about me with the amount I was bought for.

“But even at Aston Villa I did not score as much as I should have. It is something I want to add to my game.”

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The champions took the lead when Kevin De Bruyne’s inviting cross into the six-yard box was turned home by Grealish, before Haaland scored his 14th goal in all competitions with a scuffed shot from the edge of the box after Wolves defender Max Kilman stood off him.

The Norwegian striker became the first player in Premier League history to net in his first four away games, and the points were sealed when De Bruyne was again the architect with another low cross into the six-yard box which was turned home by Foden.

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The win sees City unbeaten in their last 22 away Premier League games, a club record, and was achieved despite a lethargic second-half display in which they were not at their sizzling best.(Reuters/NAN)

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BREAKING: Mikel Obi announces retirement from football at 35

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By Gloria Ikibah

Former Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel, has announced his retirement from football at the age of 35.

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The Chelsea FC hero disclosed this on his social media accounts on Tuesday.

In a post on Instagram on Tuesday, the former Chelsea of England star said it was a wrap for his 20 years footballing career as he begins another chapter of his life.

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Naijablitznews.com recalled that the 35-year-old retired from international football three years ago, after he led the Super Eagles to finish third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

Mikel Obi made a total of 89 appearances for Nigeria between 2005 and 2019, scoring six times befroe leaving the Super Eagles, and has now called it quits for club football.

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“There is a saying that “all good things must come to an end”, and for my professional football career, that day is today,” he said.

“I look back at the past 20 years of my career, and I must say that I am very satisfied with all that I was able to achieve and more importantly the human it has helped shape.

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“All of this would not have been possible without the unwavering support of my family, managers, clubs, coaches, teammates and most importantly my ever-loyal fans.

“You supported me through my highs and lows, even on days that I did not live up to your expectations. I say a big thank you.

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“I will also like to encourage everyone who I may have inspired one way or the other in the course of my career to never give up on their dreams, for every time you think about quitting, remind yourself why you started.

“This is not goodbye, it’s the start of another journey, another chapter of my life. I look forward to what the future holds and I hope you will walk with me. Thank you.”

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Mikel helped Nigeria win the 2013 AFCON, and was with the Flying Eagles at the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where he won the silver ball as the tournament’s second-best player behind Argentina’s Lionel Messi.

At Stamford Bridge, the midfielder lifted every major honour, which included two Premier League titles, the Champions League and the Europa League, among others. He clocked up a mammoth 372 appearances in a Chelsea shirt.

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Croatia, Netherlands Qualifies For Nations League Semi-finals

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Croatia and the Netherlands booked their places in the last four of the Nations League as champions France needed a favour to avoid relegation from the top tier on Sunday 25 September, 2022.

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Les Bleus were beaten 2-0 in Denmark to finish with just one win from their six group games, but Croatia’s 3-1 win at Austria saved the world champions from the drop.

Didier Deschamps will be hoping to have a number of key men back from injury by the time France’s defence of the World Cup begins against Australia on November 22 2022.

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They will also come up against the Danes in the group stage in Qatar and the Euro 2020 semi-finalists showed they are more than capable of causing France more trouble in two months’ time.

Both goals came before half-time as Kasper Dolberg stretched to turn home Mikkel Damsgaard’s cross before Andreas Skov Olsen volleyed in from the edge of the area.

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France were without Hugo Lloris, Jules Kounde, N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba and Karim Benzema through injury.

But the star trio of Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe failed to find a way back into the game.

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Denmark’s win meant Croatia needed to get all three points in Austria to top the group.

Luka Modric got the 2018 World Cup finalists off to a flying start, but they were quickly pegged back by Christoph Baumgartner’s header.

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Two goals in three second half minutes proved decisive as Marko Livaja and Dejan Lovren headed in at the far post.

Defeat relegated Austria to League B.
The Netherlands made sure of top spot in Group A4 with a 1-0 win over Belgium thanks to Virgil van Dijk’s header 17 minutes from time.

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The Dutch just needed to avoid defeat by a three-goal margin after winning 4-1 in Brussels earlier in the group.

A Belgian revival never looked likely and Van Dijk settled the game when he was left completely unmarked to head in a corner inside the six-yard box.

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In the same group, Wales were relegated after losing 1-0 at home to Poland.

Karol Swiderski scored the only goal in Cardiff from Robert Lewandowski’s cushioned through ball.

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Why I Hired A Witch Doctor – Paul Pogba

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Juventus midfielder, Paul Pogba has confessed to hiring a witch doctor.

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The French International, however, said it was not to harm anyone but to help him with his injuries.

He explained to investigators working for France’s Central Office for the Fight against Organised Crime (OCLCO) that he was “looking to be protected against injury” and “also to help poor kids in Africa” he was in connection with through an aid organisation.

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Two judicial sources in Paris confirmed the revelations and the transcript from interviews completed last month.

Pogba’s confession comes after his brother, Mathias, claimed ‘The Marabout’ who calls himself ‘Ibrahim the Great’ was paid to cast evil spells on Mbappé.

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Five suspects including Mathias, have been charged with trying to blackmail Pogba out of more than £ 11 million.

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