AFCON 2021 QUALIFIER: Super Eagles Hammer Lesotho 4-2 to Stay on…

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeA brace and an assist by Victor Osimhen plus two other goals by Alex Iwobi and Samuel Chukwueze gave the Super Eagles a 4-2 victory against Lesotho in Maseru yesterday evening.The victory keeps Eagles perched on top of Group L of the qualifying round of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). L-R: Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Jamilu Collins celebrating Nigeria’s bronze at the last AFCON 2019 in Egypt. Nigeria defeated Benin Republic 2-1 yesterday to start the AFCON 2021 qualifiers with maximum points As it has become the sad tradition of Nigerian teams of late, Super Eagles fell behind after 11 minutes when Nkoto Masoabi rose highest between two defenders to nod powerfully beyond Daniel Akpeyi after the Crocodiles broke on a counter attack.This was only a minute after Osimhen had rattled goalkeeper Moerane Sekhoane with a stinging shot from outside the area.Only last Wednesday in Nigeria’s opening game of the series against Benin Republic, Eagles also conceded a second minute goal to the Squirrels in Uyo before rallying to win 2-1.In the battle of Maseru yesterday William Ekong’s flying free kick from 24 yards in the 17th minute, was parried by Sekhoane, and nine minutes later, Alex Iwobi brought Nigeria level following hard work by Victor Osimhen.The former U17 World Cup winner saw his pull-out intercepted by a defender, chased the defender, retrieved the ball neatly and passed to Iwobi to drive into the net at the far postFive minutes later, Osimhen again rattled the Crocodiles’ goaltender, but in the 36th minute there was to be no stopping Nigeria as Samuel Chukwueze rose between two taller defenders to nod home a well-weighted pass from Osimhen for the Super Eagles’ second of the evening.Livewire forward Osimhen still had time for two attempts before half time.In the second half, Nigeria went all out and after Osimhen had clipped the crossbar and saw another shot parried to safety, the gangling forward slid full length to score Nigeria’s third from a cross by defender Ola Aina in the 74th minute.Osimhen again worked hard to create a glorious chance for substitute Ahmed Musa in the 80th minute, but the captain inexplicably missed from inside the box.Fittingly, the Lille of France forward would score a second, latching onto a brilliant pass by substitute Ramon Azeez to poke beyond Sekhoane in the 84th minute to virtually assure of the maximum points.However, defender Chidozie Awaziem enabled a respectable scoreline for the home team when he diverted a pull-out into his own net with Akpeyi wrong-footed and with only two minutes left in regulation time.With six points and six goals, the Super Eagles have started this race well and strong. Home matches against Lesotho and Sierra Leone will be completed by trips to Sierra Leone and Benin Republic in the final phase of the qualifying series next year.Also yesterday, Benin Republic made up for their defeat in Uyo last week by picking all three points in their clash Sierra Leone.In Group A of the qualifiers, Chad Republic lost 0-2 to Mali while Guinea defeated Namibia 2-0.Mali and Guinea are join leaders while Namibia are just a point short.In Group B, Uganda defeated Malawi 2-0 while South Sudan lost 1-2 to Burkina FasoUganda and Burkina push Malawi down from the top of the table.In Group C, South Africa’s Bafana Bafana snapped a 1-0 victory against  Sudan. It was sweet recovery for South Africa that lost their opening game to Ghana.In Group I, Eswatini lost 1-4 to Teranga Lions of Senegal while Congo Republic hammered Guinea-Bissau 3-0 to pick maximum points.Senegal win their second match of the campaign and establish a three-point gap over the other teams in the group.Cameroon made it a 1-0 away in Kigali against Rwanda after playing a draw at home on Match-day 1. The Indomitable Lions assume leadership of the group temporarily.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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first_imgCT. Murphy (R)[email protected] 10:10D. Duffy (L)$4100$2800$14See above OFY. Alvarez (L)[email protected] 7:10L. Castillo (R)$4500$4000$22UPGRADE OFJ. Upton (R)[email protected] 7:07D. Law (R)$3900$3700$20UPGRADE SPW. Miley (L)[email protected] 7:10L. Castillo (R)$8400$8400$36UPGRADE OFJ. Bradley Jr. (L)[email protected] 8:10J. Berríos (R)$3600$3000$18UPGRADE OFJ. Soto (L)[email protected] 7:05J. Arrieta (R)$4500$4000$20See above SPM. Fiers (R)[email protected] 10:07A. Cashner (R)$7700$7600$40UPGRADE 3BE. Suárez (R)[email protected] 7:10W. Miley (L)$4100$3400$13UPGRADE SPK. Maeda (R)[email protected] 10:10T. Beede (R)$9000$8600$49See above OFS. Ohtani (L)[email protected] 7:07D. Law (R)$5100$3800$21UPGRADE 3BT. La Stella (L)[email protected] 7:07D. Law (R)$4700$3000$21See above 2BB. Lowe (L)[email protected] 7:05M. Tanaka (R)$4900$3400$19UPGRADE OFC. Bellinger (L)[email protected] 10:10T. Beede (R)$5700$4700$27UPGRADE SPL. Lynn (R)[email protected] 8:05M. Clevinger (R)$9500$9300$41UPGRADE 1BM. Muncy (L)[email protected] 10:10T. Beede (R)$5000$3700$27See above 1BP. Goldschmidt (R)[email protected] 8:15E. Hernandez (R)$3900$3500$11UPGRADE SSF. Lindor (B)[email protected] 8:05L. Lynn (R)$5200$4100$23UPGRADE 2BO. Albies (B)[email protected] 7:20Z. Wheeler (R)$4400$3600$17UPGRADE SPM. Clevinger (R)[email protected] 8:05L. Lynn (R)$8700$9800$52UPGRADE OFA. Meadows (L)[email protected] 7:05M. Tanaka (R)$5200$4100$17UPGRADEcenter_img SPL. Castillo (R)[email protected] 7:10W. Miley (L)$10000$10000$46UPGRADE 3BR. Devers (L)[email protected] 8:10J. Berríos (R)$4400$3900$17UPGRADE Today’s MLB DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel advice for Monday, June 17SP: Kenta Maeda, Dodgers vs. Giants. I mean, we target the Giants offense every slate. Maeda hasn’t been great, but he will likely be one of the highest owned pitchers of the slate given price and matchup.C: Tom Murphy, Mariners vs. Royals. Murphy is hitting .298 with an OPS of .845 against LHPs this season. I like the price and the matchup here against Danny Duffy.MORE MONDAY MLB: SP rankings1B: Max Muncy, Dodgers vs. Giants. Muncy is having a solid month of June, hitting .298 with four home runs and nine RBIs. Against RHP this season he is hitting .300 with an OPS of .966. Giants starter Tyler Beede is allowing a .382 average and an OPS of 1.171 against LHHs.2B: Brock Holt, Red Sox @ Twins. I have been in on Holt for a while now, and the price continues to rise. He has a much tougher matchup against Jose Berrios than he has faced when he was torching the O’s and Rangers, but he is not a bad little hitter and the Sox lineup can put up runs, which adds to his value.SS: Didi Gregorius, Yankees vs. Rays. Gregorius loves hitting in Yankee Stadium. Last season he hit .299 with 19 of his 27 home runs at his home park. In his lone game this season in Yankee Stadium he went 2-for-5 with a double. This won’t be an easy matchup for the Yankees, but Didi won’t be this cheap for much longer.3B: Tommy La Stella, Angels @ Blue Jays. Angels will be the chalk tonight, and though expensive that means La Stella will have higher ownership despite his recent 2-for-16 skid at the dish. Overall La Stella is hitting .301 with 15 home runs and an OPS of .881. CC. Sisco (L)[email protected] 10:07M. Fiers (R)$3500$2700$9UPGRADE 2BB. Holt (L)[email protected] 8:10J. Berríos (R)$3800$2800$15See above CJ. Castro (L)[email protected] 8:10R. Porcello (R)$4200$2900$14UPGRADE SST. Turner (R)[email protected] 7:05J. Arrieta (R)$5400$4300$21UPGRADE 3BM. Chapman (R)[email protected] 10:07A. Cashner (R)$4300$3800$17UPGRADE 2BK. Wong (L)[email protected] 8:15E. Hernandez (R)$4100$2900$11UPGRADE OF: Juan Soto, Nationals vs. Phillies. I love playing the Nationals, and Soto is always reasonably priced. He is hitting .348 over the last week and is 3-for-6 with two home runs in his career vs Jake Arrieta.For more player recommendations and analysis, become a Fantasy Alarm subscriber today!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Pos PlayerMatchupOpp. SPDKFDY! FanballAnalysisSPM. Soroka (R)[email protected] 7:20Z. Wheeler (R)$10500$10200$48UPGRADE Editor’s Note: This is a FREE preview of Monday’s Fantasy Alarm’s MLB DFS Playbook. For full analysis every day and more ways to dominate your daily fantasy baseball competition, check out DFS site-specific advice and the rest of Fantasy Alarm’s great season-long and DFS tools available to subscribers.MORE:  Fantasy Alarm PRO tools 3BA. Rendon (R)[email protected] 7:05J. Arrieta (R)$5000$4400$25UPGRADE 1BR. Hoskins (R)[email protected] 7:05P. Corbin (L)$4500$4300$17UPGRADE SSD. Gregorius (L)[email protected] 7:05Y. Chirinos (R)$4100$3200$16See above 1BM. Olson (L)[email protected] 10:07A. Cashner (R)$4800$3400$21UPGRADE OFK. Davis (R)[email protected] 10:07A. Cashner (R)$4000$3600$19UPGRADE 1BF. Freeman (L)[email protected] 7:20Z. Wheeler (R)$5200$4400$27UPGRADE SSF. Tatis Jr. (R)[email protected] 10:10J. Chacín (R)$5300$3800$27UPGRADElast_img read more