‘Never doubted the master artist! Arnold leads praise for Divock Origi

Led by Divock Origi, Liverpool produced one of the greatest comebacks in Champions league history, after they overturned a three-goal first-leg deficit to beat Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate and reach the final.

Liverpool produce one of the greatest comebacks to drown Barcelona

Origi who was replacing the injured Firmino, fearlessly led the front line grabbing an early goal that opened the floodgates.

Second half substitute, Georginio Wijnaldum scored two quick goals to level the match sending the Anfield faithful into frenzy. Then Origi stepped up once again to completed a remarkable victory for Liverpool when he swept Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low corner into the back of the net late on.

His heroics won many hearts around the world including Kenyans thanks to his Kenyan roots.

His cousin and Kenyan international goalkeeper, Arnold Origi led the praises for Mike Okoth’s son branding as a ‘Master artist’.

Arnold who took to Instagram wrote;

You Never let up, Never gave up. Even when it got heartless in the middle of the dark heart, ur head was always high. High to the sky. Kept the faith and never doubted the MASTER ARTIST. Eyes firmly fixed on the prize. Now the MASTER ARTIST has turned the mess into a masterpiece 🙏🏾🙏🏾. So happy and proud of you @divockorigi
#alwaysbelieve🙏🏾

 

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Below are some of other reactions from celebrities.

Nigerian singer, Mr. Eazi wrote: God is Great!!!!

Popular radio presenter Mike Mondo said: That divock origi goal is better than Arya stark stabbing the night king.

Sports presenter, Carol Radull: What!!!!! Divock Origi AGAIN!!! Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona 80′ I guess now we HAVE to believe in miracles!

With Tottenham looking to emulate Liverpool tonight by overturning a one goal deficit against Ajax, Kenyans are hoping that Spurs go through so that we can have Wanyama and Origi in the finals.

Congratulations Origi and all the best to Tottenham tonight!

 

Liverpool produce one of the greatest comebacks to drown Barcelona

Liverpool produced one of the greatest Champions League comebacks in history by overturning a three-goal first-leg deficit to beat Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate and reach the final.

Kompany gives City vital win over Leicester to leapfrog Liverpool

The Belgian striker quickly reacted to a brilliant corner from Trent Alexander-Arnold to complete a spectacular comeback

After Barcelona won the first leg 3-0 at the Nou Camp a week ago, few gave Liverpool a chance of scoring the goals they needed to progress, let alone preventing the La Liga champions from scoring themselves.

However, Divock Origi opened the floodgates in the first half and come second half, Georginio Wijnaldum scored two quick goals to level the match. three all in aggregate.

The second-half substitute rose highest to head in his second goal just minutes after scoring his first for the hosts

Origi completed a remarkable victory for Liverpool when he swept Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low corner into the back of the net late on.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino and Nuno Santo have been nominated for the Premier League’s manager of the season award.

Manchester City boss Guardiola could become only the third manager to retain the Premier League title after Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho as his side bid to win an unprecedented domestic treble.

The 28-year-old latched on to a cross to put his shot low and hard past Barcelona's German goalkeeper

The Spaniard is being pushed hard for the title by Klopp with Liverpool already reaching the fourth-best points total of any team in a single PL season with one game to go.

Nuno has guided Wolves to a seventh-place finish and potential European qualification in their first season back in the Premier League.

Ter Stegen is unable to keep the ball out as Wijnaldum scores Liverpool's second goal to send fans into a frenzy

Crazy night! Tottenham knock Manchester City out of Champions League

Tottenham yesterday knocked out Manchester City out of the champions league on away goal in a thrilling match that saw Manchester City win 4-3 with the game ending four all on aggregate.

The match started on high note as Raheem Sterling gave City a one nil lead in the fourth minute but four minutes later Spurs were leading 2-1 courtesy of Son Heung-min two goals.

Sterling dives to the floor in front of the City supporters during the European contest

City were back on level through Bernado Silva’s deflected shot and Raheem Sterling put them ahead in the 20th minute. Sergio Aguero’s second half goal appeared to have sealed City’s fate but there was still more drama as Fernando Llorente goal was confirmed by VAR.

City appeared to have scored the winning goal through Sterling but the the goal was ruled offside by VAR as Spurs matched to semi finals on away goal rule.

Fernando Llorente proved the difference as he scored the vital third away goal at the Etihad

There were four minutes to go before half-time when Mauricio Pochettino made one of the boldest calls of his managerial career. Moussa Sissoko, a strong-running midfielder, limped slowly from the pitch; Fernando Llorente came on.

Tottenham were still going through, at the time, but Pochettino did not favour caution. He had plenty of defensive cover on the bench. He chose to introduce a striker, tinker with the team shape. Some 32 minutes later, Llorente would score the goal that sent Tottenham through to the Champions League semi-final. Fortune favours the brave; or, to dare is to do, as they like to say in that part of north London

Elsewhere, Liverpool booked a semi final date with Barcelona as they beat Porto 4-1 to win 6-1 on aggregate.

Video: Eliud Kipchoge backs Tottenham to beat Man City tonight

Olympic Champion and reigning world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge, is backing Victor Wanyama and Tottenham Hotspur to beat Manchester City tonight in their Champions league quarter finals tie.

What a legend! Kipchoge donates Olympic winning shoe for exhibition

eliud kipchoge

The two English sides will be locking horns again in their second leg tie after Son heung-min’s second half goal earned them a vital 1-0 victory last week.

In a video posted across his social media pages, Kipchoge urges the Spurs fraternity to stay positive minded and make sure on Thursday every fan is proud of them.

‘You are the reason for my success,’ – Eliud Kipchoge writes after scooping another award

He says:

Guys, tonight is going to be the biggest game of your career. Believe in yourself and the team, always stay positive minded and make sure tomorrow every fan can speak proud about you.

eliud kipchoge and tottenham players

His much needed support comes just almost exactly an year since Tottenham players and staff hosted the legendary marathoner just after he had won the London marathon.

At the Spurs training ground, he was congratulated by Harambee Stars skipper, Victor Wanyama, head coach Mauricio Pochettino and a number of the players in a memorable outing.

On his post, Kipchoge says it is his time to support Tottenham after the club showed him ‘great support’ last year.

Last year I had the chance to visit and meet with the @spursofficial team and they have shown me great support since. Now it’s my time to support.

eliud kipchoge and victor wanyama

Watch the video below.

 

Champions League: Son shines in win over Man City while Liverpool drown Porto

First half goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino saw Liverpool beat Porto 2-0 to take command of their first leg Champions League quarter-final tie at Anfield.

Liverpool thrashed Porto 5-0 in their last-16 stage last season, and will be looking to complete the job in Portugal in a week’s time.

Liverpool beat Southampton after spectacular Mo Salah solo strike

Porto actually created chances of their own but didn’t take them. Marega could feasibly have had a hat-trick, for example. Liverpool were more deadly and earned their advantage on the back of some superb mid-range passing.

Firmino pointed to the Anfield faithful while celebrating in front of the travelling away supporters at the Anfield Road end

Meanwhile, Son Heung-min’s late goal gave Tottenham a crucial and well-deserved 1-0 advantage over Manchester City in an entertaining all English clash played at Spurs new White Hart Lane stadium.

The only person at Tottenham who does not seem to miss Harry Kane is Son Heung-min.

Son Heung-min pointed to the Tottenham badge on his chest after scoring a potentially massive goal against Manchester City

Between January 14 and February 22 when Kane was injured, Son scored four goals in as many games. Since Kane has been back, going into this match, Son had scored just one in seven. And then Kane went off in the 55th minute. And Son scored the winner. Strange, isn’t it?

Yet this win affords hope, too. Manchester City did not get an away goal, meaning Tottenham need only a draw from here. And then there is Son. A player we know can save the day.

Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham: Mo Salah forces an own-goal from Toby Alderweireld in added time

City striker Aguero stepped up from 12 yards and looked confident as he struck the penalty kick towards the Tottenham goal

It was his sheer determination that won through on the night, working hard while around him City dawdled. They were architects of their downfall in so many ways — not least Sergio Aguero’s penalty miss. Add to that Pep Guardiola’s mystifying decision to omit Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and the combative Bernardo Silva — and the fact the players he did pick chose not to play to the whistle for the winner — and this was a massively frustrating night for City. All of their failings might be dismissed as symptoms of fatigue but it is not going to get any easier from here.

 

Watatoboa? Man United handed Barcelona as Man City face Tottenham in UCL Quarters

Manchester City and Tottenham have been paired together in an all-English Champions League quarter-final.

Manchester United have been paired with Barcelona, while Liverpool will take on Porto in the last eight.

Ajax and Juventus meet in the other tie.

The first legs will be played on April 9 and 10, the second legs on April 16 and 17.

United will play the first leg of their tie at Old Trafford because they both them and City cannot play in Manchester on the same evening.

Tottenham and Manchester City have been drawn together in the Champions League quarter-finals, as Manchester United take on Barcelona and Liverpool play Porto

The winner of the all-English quarter-final will take on either Ajax or Juventus in the semi-final, the draw for which was also made at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon on Friday.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are on a semi-final collision course with bitter rivals Liverpool if they both progress.

With four Premier League sides in the last eight for the first time since 2009, the probability of two of them meeting was high.

League leaders City will have to overcome the stubborn test of Spurs if they are to keep their hopes of winning an unprecedented Quadruple of trophies alive.

City beat Spurs 1-0 at Wembley in the league back in October and the two sides are set to meet again the weekend after the second leg.

-Dailymail

Stupid comments made by Madrid stars after Ronaldo’s exit comes back to haunt them

On Tuesday night, Real Madrid was once again exposed at home in a game they could have easily won, just days after losing 1-0 to Barcelona in the El Clasico.

Real Madrid were eliminated in the Champions League round of 16 courtesy of a 1-4 loss on the night and a 3-5 aggregate, despite heading into the match with a 2-1 advantage.

The 13-time Champions league winners found themselves trailing two nil and 3-2 on aggregate after twenty minutes, thanks to goals from Hakim Ziyech and David Neres.

Madrid showed some improvement after the break but it was Ajax who added the third goal through Dusan Tadic and minutes later Real reduced the deficit to 3-1 thanks to Marco Asensio goal.

However Ajax responded immediately through Lasse Schone stunning free kick to pick a 5-3 aggregate win.

What this result reminded me is the stupid comments made by some Madrid stars following Ronaldo’s big money move to Juventus.

Numbers do not lie and since Ronaldo joined Madrid back in 2009, he turned them from just competitors to perennial winners, not forgetting the last three European trophies in a row.

Shameful: Champions Madrid dumped out of Champions league as Ajax score four!

Check out these stats.

Real Madrid in the Champions League..

Before Ronaldo: – 04/05: R16

– 05/06: R16

– 06/07: R16

– 07/08: R16

– 08/09: R16

With Ronaldo:

– 09/10: R16

– 10/11: SF

– 11/12: SF

– 12/13: SF

– 13/14: W

– 14/15: SF

– 15/16: W

– 16/17: W

– 17/18: W

After Ronaldo: – 18/19: R16

The likes of Gareth Bale, Carvajal and Benzema were among the stars who were quoted shadowing Ronaldo’s impact in the team and claimed they will actually become better without him.

These words came back to haunt them real quick and they are now burying their heads in the sand.

Read some of the comments they made.

🗣 Bale: “We are more of a team now that Ronaldo is gone.”

🗣 Carvajal: “Raul’s career at Real Madrid was better than Cristiano’s.”

🗣 Ceballos: “You won’t notice Ronaldo’s absence.”

🗣 Benzema: “I used to play for Ronaldo, but now I’m the leader.”

 

Shameful: Champions Madrid dumped out of Champions league as Ajax score four!

Defending champions Real Madrid have been knocked out of the champions league after they were trashed 4-1 by Ajax Amsterdam in the return leg of the round of sixteen at Santiago Bernabeu.

Madrid who led 2-1 from the first leg found themselves trailing two nil and 3-2 on aggregate after twenty minutes, thanks to goals from Hakim Ziyech and David Neres.

David Neres squeezed his shot past Thibaut Courtois to double their lead after a superb dribble from Dusan Tadic

Madrid showed some improvement after the break but it was Ajax who added the third goal through Dusan Tadic and minutes later Real reduced the deficit to 3-1 thanks to Marco Asensio goal.

However Ajax responded immediately through Lasse Schone stunning free kick to pick a 5-3 aggregate win.

The bigger they come they harder they fall. After 1011 days as Champions League holders the 13-times winners Real Madrid came crashing down.

madrid.stats

Elsewhere, Tottenham eased to quarter finals after beating Borussia Dortmund one nil to win four nil on aggregate courtesy of a Harry Kane goal.

 

Pochettino launches attack on Premier League for failing to support Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino has issued a cry for help from the Premier League, who he believes are failing to support English clubs as they head to the sharp end of the Champions League.

Tottenham have the comfort of a 3-0 lead against Borussia Dortmund and can reach the last eight of Europe’s most prestigious club competition for only the second time in their history.

Pochettino, however, was in no mood to relax as he arrived in Germany, urging against complacency and slamming a fixture schedule which left him with a 24-hour disadvantage in terms of preparation time for both legs against the Bundesliga leaders.

‘There’s no time,’ fumed the Spurs boss. ‘Dortmund in the first leg had more time to prepare for the game and now the same because they played Friday.

‘We played on Saturday and the only way we can prepare is with talking because the players need to rest.

‘We played a derby against Arsenal and you know what it means to play a derby, not only in the physical condition but the mental energy you spend, too.

‘It is impossible that one team had 24 hours more than the other to prepare.

‘It is massive. I don’t understand how you can arrive in this situation when both clubs are going to compete for such an important competition like the Champions League.’

Tottenham have the comfort of a 3-0 aggregate lead against Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund lost on Friday night at Augsburg and Spurs played on Saturday lunchtime against Arsenal.

Ahead of the first leg — a Wednesday tie — the Germans played on the Saturday and Pochettino’s team faced Leicester at Wembley on the Sunday.

‘We need help from the FA and the Premier League,’ added the Tottenham boss. ‘In Europe the FAs are more sensitive to helping the clubs compete in the best way in the competitions.

‘Maybe we need to blame ourselves because we have struggled to deal with this type of thing.

‘Of course, we are going to fight and give our best but it is not fair to our players to compete with a massive disadvantage.

‘It is a problem that in the future we need to change if we want to help the English clubs be stronger in this competition.’

-Dailymail

‘At least you tried’: Fans don’t expect much as Manchester United are drawn against star-studded PSG

Manchester United will play Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League, and it’s safe to say football fans are not holding out much hope for Jose Mourinho’s side.

After coming second to Juventus in their group, United knew they were potentially in line for a difficult tie for the first of the knockout rounds.

As the name came out of the hat and PSG were unfolded and held aloft, social media quickly became awash with hilarious reaction regarding United’s fate.

United confirmed the fixture on their official Twitter page, to which one fan immediately responded with an image of centre-back pairing Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

‘Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe against these two…,’  they wrote, laced with sarcasm at the fact the often erratic duo will be coming up against one of the most formidable front lines in European football.

The video clips and memes then slowly but surely began emerging, with one user posting a classic image of Bart Simpson offering up an ‘at least you tried cake,’ in suggestion United are all but out now, anyway.

PSG have already evidenced this season they have the beating of English opponents, after putting two goals past Liverpool in Paris to wrap up a 2-1 victory.

Domestically, they are far and away the most dominant team in France and look to have the Ligue 1 title all but tied up before Christmas.

PSG lead the division by 10 points, despite having played two games fewer than second-placed rivals Lille.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are also unbeaten this season, and have scored 49 goals in 16 league games.

United by contrast are experiencing fortunes which are sliding from bad to worse.

Recent defeat by bitter rivals Liverpool saw them fall 19 points adrift in the Premier League, with pressure to finish the season in a top-four position now firmly cranked up.

After losing 2-1 to Valencia in their final group game of the initial stage of this season’s Champions League, United surrendered top spot to Juventus – who went on to be drawn against Atletico Madrid.

Below is a list of whom the other teams drew.

Schalke vs. Manchester City

Atletico vs. Juventus

Tottenham vs. Borussia Dortmund

Lyon vs. Barcelona

Roma vs. Porto

Ajax vs. Real Madrid

Liverpool vs. Bayern Munich

-Dailymail