Bayern maintained five-point lead over Borussia Dortmund

Bayern Munich maintained their five-point lead over second-placed Borussia Dortmund following a 0-0 draw at Westfalenstadion.

A seventh win in eight league games would have lifted Dortmund to within two points of Bayern following the champions’ shock 2-1 defeat at home to Mainz in midweek.

But Pep Guardiola’s side rarely looked like losing again.

The visitors’ Arturo Vidal was closest to a winner when he hit the bar

It was not an epic ‘Der Klassiker’ but there was still plenty of quality on show.

Both sides struggled in front of goal, with Dortmund’s lively striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang twice being denied by Manuel Neuer.

Robert Lewandowski had a quiet night, with Bayern’s best openings falling to Thomas Muller, Douglas Costa, Arjen Robben and Vidal, whose close-range volley was superbly touched onto the bar by Roman Burki.

Guardiola’s side will be the happier of the two as they maintained the status quo at the top of the table with nine games to go.

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Ronaldo claimed his fifth hat-trick of the season

Cristiano Ronaldo scored four times as Real Madrid cruised to a 7-1 win over Celta Vigo to move within a point of second-placed Atletico Madrid.

Ronaldo claimed his fifth hat-trick of the season to take his total to 39.

He struck three times in 15 minutes after the break, after Pepe had headed Real into a 1-0 half-time lead.

Iago Aspas pulled a goal back but Ronaldo completed his treble and headed in a fourth before Jese and Gareth Bale, on his comeback, scored late on.

Ronaldo’s efforts – which took him past 350 goals for Real Madrid and up to second in La Liga history with 252 – saw Real bounce back from losing to Atletico in their previous home game, a 1-0 defeat that virtually ended their hopes of catching Barcelona at the top of the table

That led to some unrest in the Bernabeu and Celta, who were unbeaten in three games in their pursuit of a place in the Europa League, should have gone ahead when ex-Liverpool striker Aspas headed against a post.

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Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal: Wenger and Pochettino pissed with draw

Pochettino was aggrieved with the 2-2 draw as Spurs lost the lead  against ten men  after Francis Coquelin’s receive  red card.

“You feel annoyed and thwarted as a result of  eleven against tenyou would like to keep that result,” said Pochettino.

Wenger felt Arsenal were up to the mark leading 1-0 before the dismissal, adding: “We have massive regrets.

 

Alexis Sanchez’s 76th-minute equaliser gave Arsenal a point after two quick goals from Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane had put Spurs in front following Aaron Ramsey’s opener and Coquelin’s dismissal.

Pochettino added: “It is true we missed a big opportunity. It was a game that means a lot to us and the feeling is we missed a big opportunity to move forward but we are young and I was proud of my team.”

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Manchester City cannot make more mistakes if they are to win the Premier League

Manchester City lost 3-0 loss at Liverpool on Wednesday – their third league defeat in a row – and they are behind surprise leaders Leicester City by 10 points.

Title rivals Arsenal and Tottenham also lost, but city captain  Kompany said: “We can’t make any more mistakes.”

City are at home to bottom club Aston Villa this weekend, while Leicester visit Watford and Arsenal face Spurs.

“It is an awkward season,” said Kompany. “Good for the fans, but you can’t predict anything, can you?

“If there is one guarantee for this season, it is nothing is sure” he added.

City, who have a game in hand on Leicester, have now lost eight times in the league this season, while Leicester have lost just three.

The last time City lost  three match   league  in a row was in 2008.

“We will see what is happening at the weekend,” said Kompany. “We need to get the three points and maybe Leicester will drop some points.”

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AFCON QUALIFIERS – SAMSON SIASIA RELEASE INVITED PLAYER LIST

“I have absolute faith in the players. Nigeria is blessed with so many talented footballers across the world and I know that those we are inviting for this match will give everything for the six points in both matches,” said Siasia after he released a 42-man squad for the AFCON qualifiers. Naijabet“Personally, I will give everything that I have to offer for us to win both matches.”

“I want to passionately appeal to Nigerians, everybody, to show belief in the team and give us total support.

“It will not be easy, but if we stick together and present a united force to fight this battle, I believe we will triumph.”

Coach Samson Siasia has invited 22 home –based professionals and 20 overseas –based players for Nigeria’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-take against the Pharaohs of Egypt this month
Eagles host the Egyptians in Kaduna on Friday, March 25 and play away in Alexandria on Tuesday, March 29.

Barcelona set 35-game unbeaten record in all competition

Barcelona broke a 27-year-old Spanish record by going 35 games unbeaten in all competitions with a 5-1 thrashing of nine-man Rayo Vallecano.

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick – his 35th – as the hosts fell apart after Ivan Rakitic’s opener.Naijabet

Diego Llorente and Manuel Iturra were both dismissed for Rayo, whose only goal was scored by Manucho.

Luis Suarez also had a penalty saved before Arda Turan completed the rout to move Barcelona eight points clear.

Suarez’s miss from the spot means Barcelona have failed to convert half of their 18 penalties this season.

Messi has scored 33 goals this season and now has as many hat-tricks as Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I’m pleased with how the season has progressed,” said Enrique.

“There is attitude, intensity and finishing. When Barca manages to be like that, you create danger from the first minute and it’s hard to stop them.”

The win means the Blaugrana remain eight clear of Atletico at the top of the table and 12 ahead of Real Madrid. Those two teams are the only other champions of Spain since 2008-09 with a title apiece: Real in 2011-12 and Atleti in 2013-14. But the trophy will almost certainly not be returning to the capital in May and Barca’s dominance could continue for some time on this evidence.

Super Eagle gain more point in fifa ranking

Nigeria have enraptured up one place in the latest FIFA ranking for Gregorian calendar month that were declared on Thursday.
The 2013 African champions area unit currently within the 62nd spot, up from 63rd that they occupied in January.
The additionally gained four points, from 543 to 547.
Nigeria area unit still outside the highest ten in continent, in eleventh place on the continent.
The country’s last matches were at the African Nations Championship wherever they won one,thespian one and lost one before crashing out in the first stage.
Nigeria’s African Cup of  Nation qualifying opponents Egypt are unit graded 53rd with 589 points, up two places from their January position. Naija and bet

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Premier League: Is destiny taking Leicester to the title?

All of the top four will have a romantic tale to tell if they win the title – but a Leicester triumph would be the greatest story in Premier League history and one of the greatest in British sporting history.

And are they receiving a helping hand from destiny as they attempt to complete the journey from Premier League escape artists to champions in the space of 12 months?

Leicester were struggling to break down Norwich City on Saturday as they attempted to rebound from only their third league defeat of the season – until bit-part player Leonardo Ulloa’s 89th-minute winner,predict the premier league champion and win on NAIJABET 

It was followed by the initial disappointment of the 2-2 draw with West Brom – only to see their pursuers fall around their feet to leave Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri last man standing, and smiling, on Wednesday.

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Mainz handed Bayern Munich their first home defeat this season

Mainz bimanual Bayern  their 1st home defeat of the  Bundesliga season as they claimed a superb 2-1 triumph at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday .

The guests took associate unlikely lead against the run of play midway through first half  when Jairo Samperio finished off a superb break.

Arjen Robben eventually found associate equaliser after  the hour, however Jhon Cordoba then re-established Mainz’s lead four minutes from time with a superb end.

With second-placed Borussia Dortmund winning at Darmstadt on Wednesday, Bayern’s lead at the top of the table has now been cut to five points ahead of Saturday’s Der Klassiker at Signal Iduna Park. place you on Bundesliga  matches on naijabetting site

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Klopp Declares Liverpool Performance “Angry in an exceedingly Positive, Football Way”

Manager Jürgen Klopp weighs in on Liverpool’s resounding 3-0 league victory over Manchester City.

Though it’s going to feel three days too late for Liverpool fans, the team managed a convincing 3-0 finish against Manchester city, denting their hopes for high four and obtaining a little payback.whereas it felt a little bittersweet, winning is usually fun, particularly winning similarly because the Reds did on Wednesday.

In fact, that is 2 league games in an exceedingly row wherever Liverpool  have dominated Manchester city, doing a powerful league double them and outscoring them 7-1. Liverpool currently sit six points behind fifth place Manchester United with a game in hand. Naijabet

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