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GABON 1 -0 TUNISIA

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his third goal of the African Cup of Nations as Gabon sealed their place as Group C winners at the expense of a much-changed Tunisia starting XI. 

Aubameyang’s 60th minute strike, which took a damning deflection off keeper Rami Jeridi, was enough to see off Tunisia in Libreville.  After a cool through ball from captain Daniel Cousin, the three-goal striker sent the Gabonese home support into raptures as Tunisia coach Trabelsi was made to rue making eight changes to his team.

Gabon, as Group C winners, …

 
A game which saw a first defeat for Angola in this year’s competition. That defeat along with Sudan’s victory sees Angola out by virtue or goal difference which is incredibly unlucky.
Ivory Coast had opted to rest many of their main stars such as Yaya Toure and Gervinho for this tie as they had already qualified. Angola needed to avoid defeat to make it through to the knockout stage of the competition.
Angola gifted Ivory Coast the lead after they failed to clear a fizzing ball across the box and Emmanuel Eboue …

Libya’s African Cup of Nations campaign drew to a close on Sunday night despite victory over a beleaguered Senegal.
Ihab Albusaifi grabbed both of Libya’s goals, either side of a Deme Ndiaye strike, to condemn Senegal to their third straight group defeat.
Libya, needing a win to have any hope of qualifying for the knockout rounds, finish third in the group after their first victory in the tournament for 30 years. As for Senegal, their sorry campaign closes with a whimper, as a third successive 2-1 loss means one of the pre-tournament …

You may or may not have heard but, the Brazilian footballing legend Pele has recently cast doubt over Lionel Messi’s apparent faults. To your average football fan you can watch 10 minutes of Barcelona playing and two things will probably spring to mind; One, ‘this has got to be the best team ever!’, Two, ‘Messi has got to be the best player ever!’.

Okay maybe that’s not what springs to mind for everyone, in fact, it definitely isn’t. There seems to be a growing fad amongst Football fans around the world who are seemingly …

Over the past few weeks there as been a lot of talk over a wee Scottish wonderkid called James Forrest. Harry Redknapp is reportedly interest in the Celtic winger. But who exactly is this Scottish wonderkid.
James Forrest was born on the 7 July 1991 in Prestwick in Scotland. Forrest played for South Ayr Boys Club when he was younger, and consistently shone at every level. He was scouted by Celtic’s talent spotter for Aryshire, Jim Began, at the age of 11. Other clubs interested at the time were Kilmarnock, Ayr …

Ever notice a familiar trend in the Premier League with the firing and hiring of managers? Once a manger is fired then the same list of managers come out and it is always the usual suspects; Eriksson, Curbishley, O’Neill, Hughes, Keane and Benitez?
Now granted since the start of the season two of those names have been taken off the list after Sunderland and QPR went looking for new managers before the halfway point of the season. But what happens if another Premier League feels that the man choosing …

Over the past few weeks things have been on a downhill slope for Peterborough United. After banking just the one point this year Posh have slipped to their lowest position in The Championship this season and now fans are starting to wonder just quite what has changed since August.
On the pitch performances have become frustrating to watch. The team have lost all that spark, that fight and that camaraderie that saw them stun opponents at the start of the season. Teams used to come to London Road and face a …

Not even the spur of the home crowd could help promotion hopefuls Sheffield United as they were comprehensively beaten 0v4 by Birmingham City in the FA Cup fourth round.
Striker Adam Rooney reiterated before the game that Blues’ FA Cup challenge is serious, despite the demanding number of fixtures to play already this season: “We want to win every game we play in. We showed our desire against Wolves and we wanted to get through to the next round – Sheffield will be no different.” Chris Hughton had decided to shuffle the pack …

When Swansea City defeated Reading 4-2 in the Play-off final last season, few thought they would survive in the turmoil of the Premier League. Plagued with inexperience, very few of the players in their side had experienced Premier League football. After a short burst through the divisions, spanning managers from Roberto Martinez to Brendan Rodgers, Swansea made it. Now, more than half way into their maiden PL campaign, we take a look at how Rodgers’ men have fared in the best league in the world.
Swansea have shot through the divisions …

Just over twelve months ago Kenny Dalglish came back as manager of Liverpool regarded as the Saviour after the disastrous reign of Roy Hodgson. Have things really improved though?
Hodgson was sacked for winning just seven out of his twenty Premier League games in charge. When Dalglish first took over the signs were encouraging as Liverpool won ten of their last eighteen games and the signings of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll seemed to suggest an exciting new front pairing to replace Fernando Torres.
However this season things have gone backwards. Liverpool have …