Aguero unhurt after being involved in car crash

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was involved in a minor car accident before Wednesday’s training session but emerged without any injuries, British media reported.

Sky Sports said that the 31-year-old Argentine was on his way to City’s training facility in his car when the accident occurred.

Pictures later emerged on social media showing damage to the right front wheel of the vehicle that Aguero was travelling in.

Aguero did not require medical treatment and took part in training ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to sixth-placed Crystal Palace, the report added. Naija and Bet

Manchester City did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

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Pogba, De Gea another worry for Solskjaer ahead Liverpool clash

Manchester United will prepare for Sunday’s Premier League clash against leaders Liverpool without the injured Paul Pogba and David De Gea, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Wednesday.

Goalkeeper De Gea was forced to leave the field during Spain’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Sweden on Tuesday.

“David needs a scan,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “I think he’ll be out. It certainly looked like it anyway judging on last night so it’s just one of those things.”

France midfielder Pogba has missed five of United’s last seven matches with an ankle injury, and after spending part of the international break recuperating in Dubai, Solskjaer said the 26-year-old is still not ready for first-team action.

“Paul had an injury, he came back, he worked really hard. He came back and played a couple of games, maybe played through the pain barrier,” Solskjaer added. Place bet on Live Events 24/7 on NaijaBet

“He had a scan after the Arsenal game and maybe needed a few weeks’ rest in a boot so hopefully he won’t be too long, but he won’t make this game, no.”

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Modric and Bale sit out of training cause concerns for Madrid ahead of El-Clasico

Real Madrid face an anxious wait to see if Luka Modric and Gareth Bale will be fit for next week’s Clasico against Barcelona after both players missed training on Tuesday.

Modric and Bale each did gym work indoors as they attempted to recover from injuries sustained playing in the Euro 2020 qualifier between Croatia and Wales on Sunday.

It leaves Madrid uncertain over the fitness of two key players, with the crunch La Liga game against Barca at Camp Nou fast-approaching on October 26.

Wales coach Ryan Giggs said Bale was struggling with pain in his calf towards the end of their draw with Croatia in Cardiff but suggested the problem was cramp.

Madrid confirmed on Tuesday that Modric sustained a thigh injury in the match. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

“Following the tests carried out today on our player Luka Modric by the Real Madrid medical department, he has been diagnosed with a bruise in his right quadriceps,” a club statement read. “His recovery will continue to be assessed.”

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Liverpool aim at Premier League title as ‘barometer of success’ – Peter Moore

Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore says a long-overdue Premier League title would sit alongside their Champions League triumph as a “barometer of success” for the club.

Jurgen Klopp’s side won a sixth European Cup in June, less than a month after they were pipped by Manchester City to the league title by a single point.

The league resumes on Saturday with Liverpool eight points clear of City and favourites to win their first top-flight title for 30 years.

“I think that is what our fans want,” Moore told the Press Association. “We were so close last year, 97 points, and in any other year we would have won it.

“But the club goes on and I think that (a league title), for many of our fans, would sit alongside our Champions League triumph as the barometer of success.”

City have been the domestic benchmark for their rivals, with four Premier League titles, four League Cups and two FA Cups since 2011, but Moore said Liverpool were following their own path.

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Euro2020 Match Preview: Bulgaria vs England

Having missed the chance to do so on Friday, England can qualify with a victory if Kosovo were to lose to Montenegro, and Southgate will be looking for a big response from such an abject performance.

With places in the manager’s starting XI still very much up for grabs ahead of next summer, those that come into the side have a real chance to stake a claim for a regular berth.

Bulgaria sit bottom of Group A without a win to their name and while their esteemed visitors were poor last time out, another upset is far from likely.

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Bulgaria- With no fresh injury concerns or suspensions to contend with, Krasimir Balakov is unlikely to make changes from the side that drew in Montenegro. Bet Now on NaijaBet

As such he may stick with the back four that kept a clean sheet on Friday rather than switch back to the five he fielded at Wembley, without success.

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Bale on shines as Wales’ Euro hopes on knife-edge

Gareth Bale claimed a point for Wales as they drew 1-1 with World Cup runners-up Croatia on Sunday which left their Euro 2020 qualifying hopes on a knife-edge.

Bale, who has had a difficult start to the season at Real Madrid, scored during first-half injury time after Nikola Vlasic’s opener for Zlatko Dalic’s men.

“We need to win our next two games, and that’s all we’re concentrating on. It won’t be easy but we’re capable of it,” said Wales coach Ryan Giggs whose side now face a trip to Azerbaijan before hosting Hungary in November.

He added: “When Gareth gets in those positions he never lets you down, just the composure, not many chances but when he does get them he puts them away.”

Dalic, who led his country to the World Cup final in Russia last year, said their only remaining match of the campaign is crucial for their hopes of reaching the finals. Various betting options are available on NaijaBet for today game

“We started well, scored a goal but didn’t continue in the same way,” Dalic said.

“We’re not very happy with the result. Our last game is now a deciding one for us,” he added ahead of hosting Slovakia on November 16.

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Saka ‘Dream come true’ as he shines for Arsenal in Europe

Teenage winger Bukayo Saka said it was a “dream come true” to score his first goal for Arsenal in their 3-0 victory away to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.

Saka, 18, claimed his first senior goal Thursday as Arsenal scored twice late on after Joe Willock gave the Gunners a first-half lead in Germany.

Saka showed great composure to score Arsenal’s second goal on 85 minutes shortly after Frankfurt were reduced to 10 men when midfielder Dominik Kohr was sent off for a second yellow card.

He then set up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the Gunners’ third goal after audaciously robbing Frankfurt captain David Abraham just before the final whistle.

“I’m so happy to score for Arsenal, it’s a dream come true – I have been dreaming of this moment since I was a kid,” said Saka, making only his second Europa League start. Various Betting options are available on Site

“I just want to keep working hard to make sure I can feel this feeling again.”

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I deserve to win more Ballon d’Or awards than Messi – Ronaldo

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo said he deserves to end his soccer career with more Ballon d’Or awards than Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi and hopes to establish himself as the greatest player of all time.

Ronaldo, 34, has won the renowned France Football magazine trophy for the world’s best player five times – as many as Messi – but is eager for more as he moves into the twilight of his career.

“Messi’s in the history of football,” Ronaldo told said in an interview with on Tuesday. “But I think I have to have six or seven or eight to be above him,” he said, referring to the Ballon d’Or awards.

“I’d love it, I think I deserve it.”

The Portugal captain said he was no friend of the Argentine but credited his rival for helping push him further in his own career. Bet Now on NaijaBet

“My relationship with him is, we are not friends, but we have shared this stage for 15 years,” Ronaldo said. “I know that he has pushed me to be a better player and I have pushed him to be a better player as well.”

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Champions League Match Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Barcelona

Borussia Dortmund warmed up for Tuesday’s encounter with Barcelona with an impressive 4-0 win over Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen.

Barcelona thrashed Spanish rivals Valencia 5-2 at the weekend and now have Lionel Messi back available to boost their confidence even more.

Barcelona have conceded twice in each of their last three games, which will offer Dortmund a lot of encouragement on Tuesday.

This match promises to be a highly entertaining match between two teams stacked with attacking talent. Various bet options are available on NaijaBet

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Borussia Dortmund- Borussia Dortmund have confirmed Nico Schulz is injured, while Lukasz Piszczek is not 100 per cent fit either. Achraf Hakimi may have to fill in at full-back. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Barcelona”

Coutinho expected to make spark UCL returns for Bayern

As Bayern Munich launch their Champions League campaign against Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday night, Bavarian hopes of reclaiming European club football’s top prize rest to a large extent on the shoulders of Philippe Coutinho.

Following seven semifinal appearances in the last decade, the former Liverpool midfielder has been hailed as the man who can take Bayern the extra step in European football’s flagship competition this season.

Last season’s defeat to Liverpool in the last 16 sparked fears that Bayern’s Champions League aura was fading.

The departure of veteran stars such as Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben seemed to confirm the end of an era, but Coutinho’s arrival on loan from Barcelona has prompted fresh hope that Bayern can be restored as one of the continent’s most feared sides.

“There are always big expectations at Bayern and of course the Champions League is a goal,” said Coutinho at his unveiling in August. Play Now on NaijaBet

Many believe that the 27-year-old can inspire Bayern to their first Champions League title since 2013.

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Champions League Match Preview: Napoli vs Liverpool

Napoli beat Sampdoria 2-0 over the weekend, while Liverpool were forced to come from behind to beat Newcastle 3-1 on Saturday.

Liverpool and Napoli were also drawn in the same Champions League group last season, with both side winning one match each.

Both teams shared 1-0 home wins and another tight game should be expected on Tuesday.

Liverpool didn’t even manage a shot on target in this fixture last season, but it would be a surprise if Napoli’s defence managed to repeat that feat here. Bet Now on NaijaBet

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Premier League Match Preview: Liverpool vs Newcastle United

Liverpool breezed past Burnley prior to the international break and remain the only side to win their opening four matches of the Premier League season. The Reds are unbeaten in their last 40 home league games, so are clear favourites coming into this clash.

Newcastle’s sole win, however, came on the road, as they beat Tottenham 1-0 in London on their last away match. That said, they have failed to win their last six visits to Merseyside, which includes a 4-0 thumping in this game last season.

Newcastle will set out to frustrate Liverpool, and while it may take time for the Reds to pry them open, the hosts should come away with a fifth win from five league games this term.

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Liverpool- Jurgen Klopp has no fresh injury concerns following the international break as they gear up for the welcome of Newcastle.

Alisson, Nathaniel Clyne and Naby Keita all continue to miss out, however. Start forecasting your weekend games now on NaijaBet

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Liverpool ‘s sizzling start leave title rivals breathless

Liverpool’s wonderful start to the Premier League season has left their title rivals breathless and the red-hot leaders are expected to maintain their perfect record against Newcastle on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have seized the early initiative in the Premier League with four successive wins to open up a two-point lead over second placed Manchester City.

The European champions’ relentless tempo has overwhelmed Norwich, Southampton, Arsenal and Burnley, sending a message that they are determined to make amends for narrowly failing to pip City to the trophy last season.

Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos is new to English football after joining on loan from Real Madrid and the Spain midfielder admitted to being gob-smacked at the intensity Liverpool displayed in their 3-1 victory against the Gunners in August.

“I had never seen anything like it. I’ve not seen up until now a team that plays better, that presses better. That game had quite an impact on me,” Ceballos said. Place bet on Live Events 24/7 on NaijaBet

“They suck the air out of you. You spend so much time defending and when you want to catch your breath and get on the ball for a bit, they’ve taken it from you again.

“I think Jurgen Klopp now has the team he first had in mind when he started four years ago.”

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Messi- I would be thrilled if Neymar came back

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi would be “thrilled” if Neymar returned to the Catalan side but insisted they could still win trophies without the Brazilian.

In an interview with the Catalan newspaper Sport this week, Messi said the return of Neymar, who was at Barca from 2013 and 2017 when he left for Paris Saint-Germain, could only strengthen the Spanish champions.

“I would be thrilled if Neymar came back,” said the Argentine.

“I understand that not everyone agrees. That’s normal after everything that happened around Ney, the way in which he left, the way he abandoned us. Various Champions League Betting options are available on NaijaBet

“But when you look at the sporting angle, for me Neymar is one of the best players in the world and obviously would improve our chances of getting the results we want.”

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Adebayor’s famous goal celebration against Arsenal story

A decade ago this month Emmanuel Adebayor produced one of the most infamous goal celebrations in Premier League history.

In a match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Etihad, the Togo international netted against his former side with 10 minutes to go, before sprinting from one end of the pitch to the other, toward the travelling support in one of the most memorable celebrations in the competition’s history.

The move culminated with Adebayor, who would later detail the racially abusive chants aimed at him throughout the game, knelt before the Arsenal crowd, motionless amid a wave of projectiles in what he has since referred to as his “spiritual zone.” Teammate Kolo Toure is said to have remarked to Adebayor,  “I was looking at the pictures and you did not flinch once.”

Two months prior to the extraordinary moment in September 2009, the one-time African Player of the Year had just sealed a £25m switch from the Gunners to Man City during one of the most significant windows in the early Sheikh Mansour era. Place bet on Live Events 24/7 on NaijaBet

In only the fourth match of the 2009/10 Premier League season, Adebayor was given an immediate chance to show Arsenal fans exactly what they would be missing, as Mark Hughes’ side hosted the north London outfit. Continue reading “Adebayor’s famous goal celebration against Arsenal story”

Martinez fires hat-trick as Argentina thrashed Mexico

Lautaro Martinez fired a 22-minute hat-trick as Argentina thrashed Mexico 4-0 in a friendly international in San Antonio on Tuesday.

Inter Milan striker Martinez scored in the 17th, 22nd and 39th minutes at the Alamodome to give Argentina a deserved win over a lacklustre Mexico team.

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Leandro Paredes scored Argentina’s other goal from the penalty spot after 33 minutes as the South American giants romped into a 4-0 lead at halftime.

But it was the 22-year-old Martinez who grabbed the headlines with a clinical exhibition of finishing which took his international goals tally to nine in 13 appearances. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Martinez opened the scoring in the 17th minute, picking the ball up deep in Mexican territory before twisting and turning past several defenders and firing low past Guillermo Ochoa.

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Brilliant De Bruyne helps Belgium outclass Scotland

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez believes a fresh Kevin De Bruyne will be even better for club and country this season after the Manchester City midfielder tore Scotland apart in a 4-0 win for Martinez’s men on Monday.

De Bruyne set up Romelu Lukaku, Thomas Vermaelen and Toby Alderweireld to score inside the first 32 minutes before capping a brilliant individual display by rounding off the scoring.

Belgium and City had to cope without the 28-year-old for most of last season due to two major knee injuries.

But De Bruyne has started the season like a man keen to make up for lost time.

“He has started the season in a fresh manner and you can see his exceptional quality. For me he is the best playmaker in world football,” said Martinez. Place bet on Live Events 24/7 on NaijaBet

“Playmakers used to stop the play to make the pass, he can execute that pass on the move. You saw him fresh, full of responsiblity and he’s having a very influential role.”

De Bruyne will be a key figure for the Red Devils if Belgium are to deliver on their enormous potential by winning next year’s European championships.

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Champions League clubs divided over reform

The battle over the future of the Champions League will resume on Monday and Tuesday when the European Club Association (ECA) meets in Geneva and the leadership faces rebellion from members.

ECA, led by Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, is closely involved in proposals to reshape Europe’s main club competition from 2024.

The proposals were presented by European football’s governing body Uefa in May although details had leaked earlier.

The reforms include the introduction of weekend fixtures, four groups of eight, and a tiered system with relegation and promotion that would see the top six teams in each group automatically qualify for the following year’s competition.

ECA, which boasts of “more than 230 members”, faced an outcry from many of those clubs and from national leagues which would be hit hard by the scheme. Various Champions League Odds are available on Site

“A semi-closed league with more matches… threatens to enormously impoverish the Spanish league,” said Javier Tebas of La Liga.

England’s Premier League issued a statement saying: “The domestic game should continue to be the priority for professional clubs.”

Opponents say the plan is designed to guarantee the income of a handful of big clubs.

“This reform would especially harm medium and small clubs,” said Wanja Greuel, the president of Young Boys of Berne, the reigning Swiss champions.

“It eliminates the access to the top flight of European competitions through domestic leagues. Fans will gradually lose interest in domestic leagues and those leagues would be further economically damaged.”

Last month Uefa announced it was cancelling a meeting with the ECA and the European Leagues, a wider body representing more than 900 European clubs, scheduled for 11 September.

Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin said he wanted to “collect feedback” from member federations.

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Ramos makes history as Spain sinks Faroe Islands

Spain eased to a 4-0 Uefa Euro 2020 qualifying win over Faroe Islands on a record-equalling night for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

The La Roja captain earned his 167th cap to move level with Iker Casillas as the most-capped Spain player of all-time.

Both Rodrigo and Paco Alcacer bagged a brace for the hosts in Gijon, with the Borussia Dortmund forward’s double coming within the space of three second-half stoppage time minutes as Spain made it six wins in six matches.

Armenia kicked off the day’s qualifiers with a 4-2 victory over Bosnia & Herzegovina. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who joined AS Roma on-loan from Arsenal on transfer deadline day, scored a double for the hosts. Various betting options are available on site for today’s games

Switzerland built on their unbeaten run with a comfortable 4-0 win over Malta, while Chelsea midfielder Jorginho scored a 79th minute penalty to keep Italy’s perfect record intact.

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Spain took a step closer to qualification for Euro 2020

Spain made it five wins out of five in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign by earning a scrappy 2-1 victory in Romania on Thursday despite playing the final stages with 10 men after defender Diego Llorente was sent off.

Captain Sergio Ramos gave Spain a deserved lead in the 27th minute by converting a penalty to score a fourth goal in five European qualifiers, his third from the spot.

Paco Alcacer put Spain further at ease by scoring early in the second half after missing three clear chances in the first, but substitute Florin Andone brought Romania back into contention with a close-range strike in the 59th minute. Place bet on Live Events 24/7 on NaijaBet

The goal galvanised the vociferous home crowd and they grew more determined after Llorente was shown a straight red card with 11 minutes left for denying a clear scoring opportunity with a foul.

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Del Bosque “I wouldn’t have wanted Neymar back”

Former Spain manager Vicente del Bosque has said he would not have brought Neymar back to La Liga had he been coach of Barcelona or Real Madrid, even though he recognises the Brazilian’s outstanding qualities as a player.

Barcelona held several meetings with Paris St Germain to bring the Brazilian back to the Camp Nou two years after he walked out on them to join the French side for a world record fee of 222 million euros (about $245 million).

But the two clubs failed to strike a deal before the transfer window closed on September 2, with PSG’s sporting director Leonardo claiming that the Spanish champions had failed to meet his side’s asking price.

Leonardo also acknowledged that his club had spoken to Real Madrid about the forward.

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He also had an on-field dispute with teammate Edinson Cavani over penalty taking duties.

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Loew shrug off Sane absence ahead of Netherlands clash

Joachim Loew’s resurgent Germany side face their first test without Manchester City winger Leroy Sane when they renew their rivalry with neighbours the Netherlands in Friday’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Hamburg.

Sane, 23, is one of several German players missing through injury, including Julian Draxler and Thilo Kehrer, after he tore knee ligaments during City’s Community Shield win over Liverpool last month.

The twinkle-toed winger has been a key part of the national team’s recovery from their World Cup debacle last year, scoring in five of Germany’s last six games.

Two of those goals have come against Friday’s opponents the Netherlands, who Germany have faced three times since last October in a resumption of one of international football’s biggest rivalries.

Yet Sane’s teammates insisted this week that they would be able to compensate for his absence. Various Betting options are available on NaijaBet

“Leroy creates a lot of space and is very important for the team, but we have a lot of quality to replace him,” said Borussia Dortmund player Marco Reus on Wednesday.

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Can rages at Sarri over Champions League snub

Former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can reacted with fury Wednesday after Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri left him off the club’s Champions League squad.

“I’m furious, I don’t understand, I’m totally shocked because I was promised something else these past few weeks,” said Can, who is preparing with the Germany squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers.

“The phone call (with Sarri) lasted less than a minute and there was no explanation,” said Can. “I want to play and will play in the Champions League.”

Can, who missed the cut for the 2018 World Cup, could line up for Germany against the Netherlands on Friday.

He joined Juventus in June 2018 after four years at Liverpool.

 

Fifa revealed Official Emblem for Qatar 2022 World Cup

The Official Emblem of the 22nd edition of the Fifa World Cup™ was unveiled today as Fifa and host country Qatar reached another major milestone on the road to the world’s greatest football showpiece.

The official unveiling took place in Qatar’s capital, Doha, at 20:22 local time (19:22 CET), with thousands of spectators witnessing the synchronised projection of the emblem onto a number of the country’s most iconic buildings, including Burj Doha, Katara Cultural Village Amphitheatre, Ministry of Interior, Souq Waqif and Msheireb and Al Zubarah Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

A number of major cities around the world are also celebrating the milestone, with images of the emblem seen on renowned locations and outdoor billboards in prominent public spaces. Some of the world’s best-known footballers and Fifa World Cup legends are also taking to social media to support the launch and share the emblem with their millions of fans online.

The emblem’s design embodies the vision of an event that connects and engages the entire world, while also featuring striking elements of local and regional Arab culture and allusions to the beautiful game. Bet Here

The swooping curves of the emblem represent the undulations of desert dunes and the unbroken loop depicts both the No 8 – a reminder of the eight astonishing stadiums that will host matches – and the infinity symbol, reflecting the interconnected nature of the event.

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Mauro Icardi move to Paris Saint-Germain on loan from inter

Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, their leading scorer in each of the last five seasons and former captain, has joined Paris St Germain on a year-long loan, the Serie A side said on Monday.

The move will interrupt a turbulent six-year spell at Inter for the Argentine, who has fallen out with fans along the way and provided fodder for gossip columns thanks to his marriage to Wanda Nara, a media personality who also acts as his agent.

Inter said that as part of the deal it had also extended Icadi’s contract by two years until 2022. The move was to avoid the possibility of him leaving as a free agent next year.

“The Argentine forward has signed for the French club on an initial year-long loan with the option to make the deal permanent at the end of this period,” said an Inter statement.

Earlier, Gazzetta dello Sport published a photograph of Icardi and Nara at Malpensa airport, saying they would board a private jet for Paris to finalise the deal. Various betting options are available on site

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