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Salah, Mane Score as Liverpool Beat Palace 7-0

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Liverpool’s African imports – Mo Salah and Sadio Mane – got into the score sheet as a rampaging Liverpool thrashed Crystal Palace 7-0 at Selhurst Park.

The win is Liverpool first away win in the Premier League since September and move the Jurgen Klopp team to a provisional six points clear at the top.

Japanese midfielder Takumi Minamino wasted no time in repaying Juergen Klopp’s decision to start him instead of Mohamed Salah by scoring with just over two minutes on the clock before Sadio Mane twisted and fired home from the edge of the box to make it two in the 35th minute.

Firmino added a third just before the break, flicking home to finish off a glorious counter-attack that swept the length of the field, and Jordan Henderson added a fourth seven minutes into the second half as Palace fell apart.

Firmino scored his second with a brilliant chipped effort in the 68th and Mohamed Salah came on to score with a simple header before netting with a fine curling shot into the top corner five minutes from time.

The victory puts the Merseysiders on 31 points after 14 games ahead of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who host Leicester City on Sunday.

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Liverpool vs. Man United: Salah, Mane Eye Top Spot

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Liverpool’s African imports – Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane – will hope to steer the Reds to a victory over visiting Manchester United and reclaim the top spot.

Leicester City beat Southampton 2-0 on Saturday to go second in the ongoing 2020/2021 English Premier League (EPL).

James Maddison and Harvey Barnes scored the goals to lift Leicester City to within one point of Manchester United, who play at third-placed Liverpool on Sunday.

Brighton and West Brom both picked up vital wins in their fight for survival Saturday while Chelsea and West Ham moved up the table with wins in the day’s other matches.

Maddison fired Leicester City ahead eight minutes before half-time and Barnes added a second deep into time added on to put Brendan Rodgers’ side above champions Liverpool.

Liverpool can regain the top spot, though, if they beat leaders Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.

Fulham’s hopes of getting anything from their west London derby at home to Chelsea ended when Antonee Robinson was sent off for a nasty challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta.

Mount scored the only goal 12 minutes from the end to secure Chelsea a 1-0 win, lifting them to seventh, but only seven points behind the leaders.

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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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