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Carabao Cup: Mahrez Scores As Man City Pile More Misery On Arsenal, Arteta

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Mahrez grabbed the second goal as Manchester City ran riot to defeat Arsenal 4-1 in the League Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday night and pile more pressure on manager Mikel Arteta.

Holders Man City, who have won the trophy for the last three seasons, went in front after three minutes through Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus, who nodded home a fine Oleksandr Zinchenko cross.

Mikel Arteta’s struggling Arsenal side drew level in the 31st minute with a fine diving header from Alexandre Lacazette after an excellent cross from Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli but City took charge after the break.

A mistake by Arsenal Icelandic goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson gifted the visitors a 2-1 lead in the 54th as he let a relatively harmless Riyad Mahrez free-kick through his arms.

Phil Foden added a third, latching onto a ball into the box from Fernandinho and lifting it over the advancing Runarsson.

Aymeric Laporte then headed in a Foden cross to wrap up the win for Pep Guardiola’s side as they added to the troubles of the Gunners who are languishing in 15th spot in the Premier League, only four points above the relegation zone.

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Algeria’s Slimani Joins Lyon on a Free Transfer

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Algerian forward, Islam Slimani, has signed for Lyon on a free transfer, the French club has announced.

Slimani, who scored 13 goals in 47 games in all competitions for Leicester, joins Lyon on an 18-month contract.

“I’m very happy and proud to join a big club like Lyon,” Slimani said.

“I’ve joined a team that’s top of the league, playing well and scoring goals. I want to help the club achieve its objectives.”

“I’m very happy and proud to join a big club like Lyon. I thank the president. When I was a child, I came to the area, to Givors, to play in tournaments with my team. I’m a combative person who gives everything on the pitch.”

He added: “Lyon is a big club and near the top of the table every season, playing to participate in the Champions League.

“I spoke to Djamel Benlamri a lot. He told me a lot of good things about the club, the players and the coach. I’m here to help the team. Even if I start as a substitute, get in the game and help the team, the coach won’t let me sit on the bench.”

Slimani, 32, began his professional career in his native country. After four successful seasons at CR Belouizdad, he left Algeria to join Sporting Club de Portugal in 2013. In Portugal, he spent three seasons and in his final season he scored 27 goals in 33 league appearances.

In 2016, Slimani joined Leicester City where he formed a very complementary duo with Riyad Mahrez. After the departure of Claudio Ranieri from the Foxes, the Algerian international played less and went out on loan.

In 2019, Slimani won the Africa Cup of Nations with Algeria.

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CAF Releases Group Draws, Fixtures for Champions League

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Africa’s football governing body, CAF has released group stage pairings and draws for 2020/21 edition of the Champions League.

On Friday, CAF in a ceremony held at its headquarters distributed teams into groups with Senegal’s Teungueth FC getting drawn amongst three North African giants.

In group A, defending champions Al Ahly we’re drawn alongside AS Vita of Congo, Simba SC of Tanzania and El Merreikh of Sudan.

Group B which looked like the most balanced and difficult had former champions TP Mazembe and Mamelodi Sundowns, Al Hilal and CR Belouizdad.

In the third group, last season’s semifinalists, Wydad Casablanca, Guinea’s AC Horoya, Angola’s Petro Atletico, and debutante, Kaizer Chiefs made up the four teams in the group.

The last group had new entrants Tengueth FC, Esperance of Tunisia, last season’s finalists, Zamalek and MC Alger.

There are a total of 16 teams playing for the continental prize. Egypt has two teams in the continent, in Al Ahly and Zamalek. Dr Congo also has two teams in AS Vita and TP Mazambe. Algeria has two teams- CR Belouizdad and MC Alger, South Africa also has two representatives – Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs. Sudan joins others in double representation with El Merreikh and Al Hilal.

Others are; Angola- Petro Atletico, Senegal – Teungeth FC, Tanzania- Simba SC, Morocco – Wydad Casablanca, Guinea- AC Horoya and Tunisa – Esperance De Tunis.

There are sixteen teams from ten countries in the 2020/21 edition of the CAF Champions League.

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Ziyech, Other Chelsea New Boys Need Time – Abraham

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England forward, Tammy Abraham, has said Chelsea’s new recruits – which include Hakim Ziyech of Algeria – need time to develop an understanding with the rest of their teammates.

Abraham, who is of Nigerian descent, said the congested fixture list and the COVID-19 pandemic has not helped Chelsea’s new recruits jell with their clubmates.

Chelsea spent heavily in the close season to bring in the likes of midfielder Kai Havertz, forward Timo Werner, defender Ben Chilwell and winger Hakim Ziyech, but the London club sit ninth in the Premier League with 26 points from 17 games.

Germany international Werner is among those who have come in for sharp criticism due to a dip in form after failing to score in his last 12 games in all competitions, but Abraham said all of Chelsea’s new signings need time to settle.

“We have hardly had any time to train together and to work out how each other play so we’re just taking every day as it comes at the moment,” Abraham told Chelsea’s website.

“Every game we play, we’re learning new things about each other. I’m starting to understand them more and they’re starting to understand me more so hopefully we drive each other and be the best we can be.”

Chelsea, who have lost four of their last six league games, take on Morecambe in the FA Cup third round on Sunday before a league trip to Fulham on Jan. 15.

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