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Champions League: Cameroon’s Choupo-Moting Scores as Bayern Beat Lokomotiv 2-0

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Cameroonian international, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, on Wednesday netted a second-half goal to help Bayern Munich to a 2-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow in their final Champions League Group A game.

German centre back Niklas Suele also bagged a goal in the encounter to send the Russian club out of the competition.

The Bavarians, last season’s winners who qualified for the last 16 with two matches to spare, fielded a largely second-string team with the pressure on Lokomotiv, desperate for a win to secure third place in the standings and a Europa League spot.

Bayern had the upper hand but carved out only few scoring chances in the first half, with top scorer Robert Lewandowski sidelined due to a minor injury.

Thomas Mueller fired wide from close range in the 39th minute before making way for Serge Gnabry after the break, a substitution that provided an instant boost.

The Bavarians came close with a Suele header and Choupo-Moting’s backheel flick in the 53rd, before a double chance from Gnabry, who was denied by keeper Guilherme and volleyed the rebound narrowly wide.

Guilherme was beaten in the 63rd minute when Douglas Costa whipped in a corner and Suele rose above two defenders to drill a powerful header past the keeper.

Choupo-Moting, replacing Lewandowski, doubled the lead in 10 minutes from time to lift Bayern to 16 points. They are joined in the knockout stage by Atletico Madrid, 2-0 winners at Salzburg. Lokomotiv finished bottom on three points.

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Cameroon’s Joel Embiid Creates New Record for Philadelphia

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Cameroon’s Joel Embiid has become the first Philadelphia 76ers player to record 45 points, more than 15 rebounds and over 5 steals in a single game since 1974.

Embiid, who played college basketball with the Kansas Jayhawks, created the record in Philadelphia’s 137-134 defeat of Miami Heats.

The Cameroonian 2014 draft for Philadelphia has so far had a good season with fans of the 76ers hailing his work rate and aggression.

Embiid’s teammate, Danny Green also created a franchise record of nine-three pointers from his total of 29 points.

The Cameroonian impressed and was all over the court as fans are already mouthing a possible MVP nomination for him.

“I’ve got a goal. I want to win the championship and I can’t do it alone,” Embiid said.

Nigeria’s Gabe Vincent and Precious Achiuwa impressed for Miami in the game with Vincent scoring 24 points in his first career start, while Achiuwa made his first start since being drafted in the top 30 picks during the off season.

Achiuwa, born in Port Harcourt, Southern Nigeria, scored 17 points and 13 rebounds in what’s the highest of his freshly-starting NBA career.

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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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Match Preview: Real Sociedad vs Barcelona – Line Up, Prediction, and Team News

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Barcelona could be said to be “back and better” after going eight straight games without a loss in the La Liga. This recent form should get Real Sociedad worried as the two teams match up tonight in Córdoba for the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup.

POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-3-3): Neto; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Dembélé, Messi, Griezmann

R. Sociedad (4-3-3): Remiro; Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Monreal; Merino, Guevara, Guridi; Portu, Willian José, Oyarzabal

TEAM FORM

Real Sociedad: LLLWDL

Barcelona: DWDWWW

MATCH DETAILS

Competition/Round: 2021 Supercopa de España, Semifinal 1

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Thursday)

Venue: Estadio Nuevo Arcángel, Córdoba, Spain

Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero

VAR: José Luis González González

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