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Spain's Court Set Date For Messi' Appeal Against Tax Fraud Sentence

Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi's appeal against a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud will hold on April 20 at Spain's Supreme Court.

That date is three days before the "Clasico" between Barca and Real Madrid which could go a long way to deciding this season's La Liga title.

Messi, five-times world player of the year, was found guilty by a Barcelona court last July on three counts of tax fraud between 2007 and 2009, resulting in a suspended 21-month prison sentence and fine of 2 million euros.

La Liga Round Up | Barca Close Up On Real, Atletico Crush Sevilla

Barcelona closed to within two points of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga as Lionel Messi scored twice in a thrilling 4-2 win over 10-man Valencia at Camp Nou on Sunday.

Earlier, Antoine Griezmann scored a stunning free-kick as Atletico Madrid compounded a week to forget for Sevilla with a 3-1 at the Vicente Calderon.

Barca needed to come from behind to keep the pressure on Madrid as Eliaquim Mangala headed Valencia in front.

Pique, Shakira To Miss Messi's Wedding Due To Personal Problems With Wife To Be

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has not been invited to Lionel Messi's wedding after a personal problem between Shakira and the Argentine's wife-to-be, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais.

The issue between the pair reportedly stems from a problem Messi's fiancee, Antonella Roccuzzo, has with how Pique began his relationship with pop star Shakira.

Roccuzzo was close friends with the Spaniard's former girlfriend Nuria Tomas and was unhappy with how the couple ended the relationship.

Barcelona vs Valencia: Match Facts, Head to Head & Stats

Barcelona have only lost two of their last 19 league games against Valencia (W12 D5), both at the Camp Nou (1-2 in 2016 and 2-3 in 2014).

In the last MD, Barca lost a La Liga game for the first time since October 2016 against Celta (4-3), this is after 19 games unbeaten (W14 D5).

Luis Enrique Martinez's side has won their last six league games at the Camp Nou, scoring 4.1 goals per game.

Valencia have only won one of their last 10 La Liga away games (D3 L6), 2-0 against Villarreal at Estadio de la Ceramica.

Deportivo de La Coruña vs Barcelona: Match Facts, Head to Head & Stats

Deportivo de la Coruña have gone 13 games without tasting victory against Barcelona (W9 D4), failing to score in eight of those games.

Deportivo's last win against Barcelona in La Liga came at the Riazor, 2-0 in 2008 under Lotina. Since then, they have drawn once and lost five of their last six meetings.

Lionel Messi has scored ten goals at the Riazor in La Liga, his favorite away stadium in the competition in terms of scoring.

Barcelona won at the Riazor 8-0 last season, the biggest defeat suffered by Deportivo in La Liga history.

Sad! Barcelona Fan Dies During Barca-PSG Celebration In Yola

A Barcelona die hard fan lost his life on Wednesday after celebrating the 5th goal scored by Nhis side against PSG.

Tari Waha, a 45 year old shop owner and a committed fan of Barcelona watched the.match at a viewing centre in Upper Luggere in Yola metropolis.

It looked almost impossible for the Spanish side to qualify for quarter finals having started the game four goals down on aggregate.

Tari celebrated excitedly each time his team scored as they gradually turned the tables on their visitors.

Football's Biggest Comeback! Eight Facts You Should Know From Barca-PSG Clash

Enrique's men became the first team in Champions League history to overturn a four-goal deficit in a knockout tie with an extraordinary 6-1 victory over Paris St Germain, after Sergi Roberto scored the last minute winner.

Here is a rundown of all the incredible stats from Barcelona's remarkable victory.

1. Barcelona became the first team to overcome a 4-0 away defeat in the first leg of a European two-legged knockout tie.

2. Barcelona became the first team to win 300 matches in all European competitions.

Incredible Barcelona Stuns PSG In Champions League Greatest Knock Out Stage Comeback

Incredible!!! That's what this Barcelona comeback is, who would have thought of it as possible, Catalans make impossible look like nothing.

Barcelona scored three goals in the dying minutes to produce the greatest comeback in Champions League history with a 6-1 drubbing of Paris Saint-German at the Camp Nou completing an astonishing 6-5 aggregate success in the last 16.

Barcelona vs PSG Preview: All You Need To Know

Venue: Camp Nou

Date: 08/03/17

Time: 8:45pm

Match Facts, Head to Head & Stats:

No club has ever overturned a first-leg 4-0 away defeat in a Champions League knockout tie (it has happened five times in the past).

The only time Paris SG eliminated Barcelona in the Champions League was in 1994/95 quarter-finals (3-2 on aggregate). Since then, Barcelona have won their two knockout encounters with the Parisian club (2012/13, 2014/15).

Barcelona Can Score Six Against PSG Says Luis Enrique

Outgoing Barcelona boss Luis Enrique claimed his side have the firepower to stick six goals past Paris Saint-Germain as they attempt to make Champions League history by overturning a 4-0 first leg deficit on Wednesday.

Recent routs over Celta Vigo and Sporting Gijon have boosted the Catalans' morale and their optimism is high going into the return leg of the last-16 tie, despite their 4-0 deficit."We are in the middle of the tie, we have nothing to lose and a lot to win - if they scored four, we can score six," the Asturian told the press on Tuesday afternoon. 

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Nigerian News

Bash Ali Sues Sports Minister, Demands For N1b For Damages   

It ought to have been a meeting where Nigeria's record aiming boxer Bash Ali would have cemented a plan with the Minister for sports to promote his proposed World Guniess book of record match but it turned to a fight between him and the minister's security aides and it has grown to a

 

Graphic: Just For Laughs   

Nigeria............................ is this the next stage?

 

NPFL Match Day 11: Ten Things Fans Said   

It seems the fans are happy with the way the NPFL is progressing. Here are a few comments from the fans after match day 11:
 
Fans Talk

 

Friendly: Nigeria Boast Better Head To Head Records Than Senegal, Burkina Faso   

Ahead of the international friendlies against Senegal and Burkina Faso in London in March, records show that the Nigerian team have faired better in previous encounters against their West African neighbours. 

 

NPFL: Match Day 11 Results   

NPFL Match day 11 results:

Rangers 1-0 ABS
Katsina 2-1 MFM 
Remo 1-1 Pillars
Enyimba 0-0 3SC
Plateau 0-0 Lobi
Gombe 2-0 FCIU
Abia Warriors 1-0 Tornadoes
El-Kanemi 3-1 Sunshine
Wikki 0-0 Rivers

 

Funke Oshonaike Kicks Off Table Tennis Clinic For Youth, Says Future Is Bright   

Table, tennis star, Funke Oshonaike, has urged young Nigerian players to take their training seriously, saying it’s the only way they can fulfill their potential in the sport.

The Germany-based player said this during the Funke Oshonaike Table Tennis Clinic in Lagos on Monday.

 

Victor Moses Extends Chelsea Contract   

Super Eagles winger Victor Moses has extended his contract with English Premiership side Chelsea after a brilliant campaign under Italian coach Antonio Conte.

 

CAF Presidency: NFF Declared Support For Pinnick's Choice - Yahaya-Kwande   

Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has cleared the air on the Federation’s mandate to its President, Amaju Pinnick, with regards to the Confederation of African Football,CAF, election.
 

 

Amos Adamu Banned By FIFA For Two More Years   

Fifa, on Tuesday, placed a two-year suspension on its former executive committee member Amos Adamu after investigation into a proceeding opening against him last year.

 

Athletes Dump Ogun For Other States Due To Poor Facilities   

Ogun State is currently losing some of its top athletes to other states due to the poor state of sports facilities in the state, it has been learnt.

 

CAF Elections: Solomon Dalung Backs Pinnick   

Amanju Pinnick has gained and won the support of Solomon Dalung toward contesting for a CAF seat and backing Ahmad Ahmad to defeat long serving Isa Hayatou to the surprise of many who thought the Minister was going to call Pinnick's blough.

 

Super Eagles: Rohr Set To Consider Players In Europe Ahead Of Players In China   

Gernot Rohr has warned players of the senior national team moving to China, that players based in Europe are going to be considered ahead of them when it comes to selection of players. 

 

EPL, LA LIGA, SERIE A

Sunderland vs Manchester City: All You Need To Know   

Match Venue: Stadium of Light

Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)

Match Facts, Head to Head & Stats:

 

Tottenham vs Everton: All You Need To Know   

Match Venue: White Hart Lane

Referee: Michael Oliver (England)

Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats:

 

Super Messi runs Riot On Celta de Vigo   

Enrique's Barcelona returned to the top of La Liga with a thumping 5-0 win over Celta Vigo, with Lionel Messi and Neymar at their peak.

 

Eibar 1-4 Real Madrid: Benzema's Double Inspires Los Blancos   

Karim Benzema inspired Real Madrid to a comprehensive 4-1 win over Eibar, putting Zinedine Zidane’s side top of La Liga - at least until Barcelona play later this evening.

 

Barcelona vs Celta de Vigo: All You Need To Know   

Match Venue: Camp Nou

Referee: Jesus Gil (Spain)

Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats

 

Liverpool vs Arsenal: All You Need To Know   

Venue: Anfield

Referee: Robert Madley (England)

Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats

 

Manchester United 1-1 Bournemouth: Mourinho's Men Look Destined For 6th Position As Zlatan's Penalty Gets Saved   

Rojo scored for Mourinho's men, Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a penalty saved and somehow avoided a red card as Manchester United drew 1-1 at home to 10-man Bournemouth as the Red Devils looke

 

Leicester vs Hull: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats   

This is the fourth Premier League meeting between the teams, with both sides claiming one victory each in the three previous games (D1).

 

Manchester United vs Bournemouth: All You Need To Know   

Match venue: Old Trafford

Referee: Kevin Friend (England)

Stats, Head to Head & Match Facts

 

Pep Guardiola Slams Selfish Players Aiming For Personal Glory   

Guardiola expressed his fury over players that places individual honours ahead of team commitment and the Spanish thinks awards are really nothing.

 

Ronaldo, Bale, Morata Set To Miss Real Madrid's Trip To Eibar   

CR7 is out of the clash due to an injury scare a move that has left Real Madrid with the option of Benzema in attack as the other two regulars Bale and Morata are out on card issues, it

 

La Liga Roundup: Madrid Held As Barca Goes To Top Of League Table   

Barcelona moved top of La Liga on the night Luis Enrique confirmed he will not continue as coach next season as Gareth Bale was sent-off in Real Madrid's thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Las Palmas.