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    Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone LIVE: Stream, score, TV channel, team news as match UNDERWAY – AFCON latest updates

    IVORY COAST are taking on Sierra Leone as they look to book their place in the AFCON last 16.Wilfried Zaha and co picked up a big 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea in their opening match, to leave them top of the group.
    But Sierra Leone earned an impressive 0-0 draw against champions Algeria and will feel they have a chance of reaching the last 16 themselves.

    Kick-off time: 4pm GMT
    TV channel: Sky Sports Football
    Live stream: Sky Sports website/Sky Sports app/Sky Go/Now TV
    Ivory Coast XI: Sangare, Aurier, Bailly, Deli, Konan, Sangare, Seri, Kessi, Haller, Zaha, Pepe.
    Sierra Leone XI: M Kamara, Wright, Caulker, Bangura, Kakay, Quee, C Kamara, Bundu, K Kamara, Buya Turay, N Kamara.

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    Ivory Coast 0 Sierra Leone 0
    4. Zaha is bundled to the ground after beating his man out wide.
    Ivory Coast free-kick just on the corner of the box.
    Danger for Sierra Leone early on here.
    Ivory Coast 0 Sierra Leone 0
    2. Great trickery by Zaha, beating two in the box before going to ground.
    No claims by Zaha for anything there.
    Replays show the Palace man was anticipating contact that never came.
    Ivory Coast 0 Sierra Leone 0
    1. Sierra Leone get us underway here.
    Big shoutout to their manager, John Keister, for only choosing to play three of the five Kamara’s at his disposal.
    Subs:
    Kamara, Fofanah, Williams, Kaikai, Kamara, Kargbo, Dunia, Sesay, Mansaray, Kallon, Caulker, Dumbuya
    Sierra Leone team:
    Nbalie Kamara, Kakay, Bangura, Caulker, Wright, Quee, Kamara, Bundu, Kamara, Buya Turay, Kamara
    Subs:
    Tape, Konate, Kanon, Kossounou, Kouassi, Cornet, Maiga, Gradel, Die, Kouame, Traore, Cisse
    Ivory Coast team:
    Sangare, Aurier, Bailly, Deli, Konan, Sangare, Seri, Kessie, Zaha, Haller, Pepe.
    Familiar face
    One Sierra Leone player many will recognise is centre-back Steven Caulker.
    Played for a host of clubs including QPR, Cardiff City, Liverpool and Tottenham.
    Caulker was even capped once by England at full-international.
    Day of rest
    When it comes to group formats, getting your business done with games to spare is a big advantage.
    The potential for Ivory Coast to be able to rest key players in their next game with a win today against Sierra Leone is huge.
    It would make them a real threat to face in the next round.
    Two-time champions
    ‘Les Elephants’ have won the tournament twice, in 1992 and 2015.
    Both times they played Ghana, both times it ended 0-0 AET.
    The finals were decided 11-10 and 9-8 on penalties.
    A tale of two pens
    In Group F, Gambia have drawn with Mali 1-1.
    Both goals came from the penalty spot in a frantic last eleven minutes.
    It leaves both sides tied at the top on four points.
    Third time is the charm
    Appearing in their third AFCON tournament, Sierra Leone frustrated the defending champions Algeria in their opening game.
    The ‘Leone Stars’ have never progressed passed the group phase.
    A win today and Sierra Leone will go into their final group game against Equatorial Guinea knowing what they need to do to progress.
    Coasting it
    Ivory Coast could seal qualification with a win today.
    Having played Sierra Leone seven times before, ‘Les Elephants’ have won six of these encounters, the other being a goalless draw.
    Welcome back AFCON fans
    The tournament heats up with every game now with teams able to book their place in the knockout phase.
    You can still change your fortunes after a disappointing opening game as Egypt showed us yesterday thanks to a Mohammed Salah goal.
    Today, our focus is Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone
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    Why has Tottenham vs Arsenal been postponed and what date will North London derby be played now?

    TOTTENHAM will have to wait for their London derby clash with Arsenal after the match was called off.Spurs were left fuming when the Premier League announced the cancellation on Saturday.
    Tottenham vs Arsenal has been postponedCredit: PA
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    Why was Tottenham vs Arsenal postponed?
    Tottenham vs Arsenal was postponed following a request from Arsenal.
    The Premier League accepted the request on the grounds of a mixture of injuries, suspensions and Covid preventing them from naming a 14-man squad.
    A lengthy Premier League statement read: “Following a request from Arsenal FC, the Premier League Board met today and regrettably agreed to postpone the club’s away fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, due to be played at 4:30pm on Sunday 16 January.
    “With Arsenal having fewer than the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper), the Board accepted the club’s application.
    “The decision is a result of a combination of COVID-19, existing and recent injuries and players on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.
    “All clubs are able to apply for a postponement if COVID-19 infections are a factor in their request.
    “The League apologises for the inconvenience and disruption caused to supporters who would have attended or watched the game – we are fully aware that postponements disappoint clubs and fans.
    “The League aims to provide as much clarity as possible, but unfortunately postponements sometimes have to be made at short notice, as safety is our priority.
    “Where possible, the League will endeavour to keep supporters updated if games become at risk.
    “The Premier League’s postponement rules are designed to protect the wellbeing of players and staff, while maintaining the sporting integrity of the competition.
    “Club requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and adapted COVID-19 postponement guidance, implemented in light of the Omicron variant.
    “The Board examines a number of factors, including the ability of a club to field a team; the status, severity and potential impact of COVID-19; and the ability of the players to safely prepare for and play the match.
    “The detail within all applications is scrutinised by the League’s specialist staff before the Board makes its decision.”
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    When will Tottenham vs Arsenal be played now?
    There are no rules on when a new date should be found for Premier League fixtures.
    However, they typically take place in the next available midweek slot after the postponement.
    No Premier League games are allowed to be played during the winter break, which begins on January 23 and ends on February 7.
    The next date in which both teams are free to play is the week commencing Monday, February 20.
    But this week also sees the return of European football.
    Neither Arsenal or Spurs will be involved in Europe this spring and Uefa have signalled that they are willing to accommodate Covid postponements.
    However, in the past they have ordered that domestic fixtures do not clash with European games.
    If they chose to do that this time around, that would potentially mean an early kick-off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with the game needing to be finished by 8pm. More

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    Man Utd must move quick to make Mauricio Pochettino new boss ‘as rivals sound out PSG chief to become their manager’

    Manchester United must move fast to make Mauricio Pochettino manager as other top clubs are reportedly sounding out the PSG chief.Ex-Tottenham boss Poch has long been favourite to succeed interim Old Trafford manager Ralf Rangnick next season.
    PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino is tipped to be targeted by a string of top clubs, having long been linked with the Old Trqfford jobCredit: AFP
    But it’s claimed Old Trafford bigwigs have recently been in contact with Inter Milan chief Simone Inzaghi.
    Ajax’s long-serving Erik ten Hag also remains on the radar.
    Now The Telegraph say Pochettino has been made aware he will attract interest from more rival teams at the end of the season.
    Poch missed out on the Ligue 1 title in his first term at PSG bu the big spenders are runaway leaders this campaign.
    And with Lionel Messi up front alongside Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, the French giants face Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16.
    But Argentinian Pochettino has been open about his love for managing in the Prem.
    And United are expected to make contact with the 49-year-old at some stage.
    Inzhagi, though, has leapt up their list of contenders this month.
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    Ex-Lazio boss Atletico Madrid have been tipped to come in for the Italian too.
    But it’s thought Rangnick is a huge admirer of Inzaghi.
    And the German will have a big say on who steps in over the summer when the German will move upstairs at Old Trafford.
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    Anthony Martial spotted for first time leaving Man Utd training alone after claims he refused to travel for Villa game

    ANTHONY MARTIAL has been pictured for the first time since allegedly refusing to travel for the Aston Villa game.The Manchester United forward, 26, was spotted leaving the training ground alone on Sunday afternoon.
    Anthony Martial was pictured leaving the Manchester United training ground on SundayCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke
    He wore a green hoody as he drove out of CarringtonCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke
    The Frenchman wore a green hoody over his head as he drove his Range Rover away from Carrington.
    He even stopped and agreed to pose for selfies for a couple of young fans.
    Less than 24 hours earlier, his team-mates squandered a 2-0 lead at Villa Park with Philippe Coutinho inspiring the hosts’ late comeback to salvage a draw.
    But interim boss Ralf Rangnick dropped a bombshell when he revealed wantaway Martial did not want to make the trip to the West Midlands.
    The German gaffer said: “He didn’t want to be in the squad.
    “He would have been in the squad normally, but he didn’t want to.
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    “That is the reason why he was not travelling with us yesterday [on Friday].”
    But the ex-Monaco forward took to his Instagram story to publicly defend himself and hit back at Rangnick.
    He wrote: “I will never refuse to play a match for Man United.
    “I’ve been here for seven years and I never disrespected and will never disrespect the club and the fans.”
    Sevilla are reportedly planning a new bid to sign Martial on loan this month as he clamours for the exit door ahead of the World Cup.
    But there has been a stumbling block in negotiations with United wanting the LaLiga side to pay more than half of Martial’s £130,000-a-week wages – a demand Sevilla are unwilling to meet.
    And after snubbing a move to Newcastle, Martial now appears to be in a tricky spot amid the public spat with Rangnick which could see him frozen out for good.
    He has one goal all season but has not featured at all since Rangnick took over at Old Trafford.
    ⚽ Read our Manchester United live blog for the latest news and transfer gossip from Old Trafford
    The Frenchman stopped to pose for a selfie with a young fan at CarringtonCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke
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    Is Liverpool vs Brentford on TV? Channel, live stream, teams and kick-off time for Premier League match

    LIVERPOOL are facing a crucial match at home to Brentford as they look to reignite their title pursuit.Jurgen Klopp’s men sit in third place, fourteen points behind leaders Manchester City with two games in hand.
    Liverpool take on Brentford in the Premier LeagueCredit: EPA
    Brentford were beaten 4-1 at Southampton in their last matchCredit: Getty
    Last time they played in the Premier League, the Reds threw away a two-goal lead against second placed Chelsea to draw 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.
    Opponents Brentford are firmly in mid-table after moving away from the relegation mire in the past month.
    However, they will be looking for a much better performance than they managed during Tuesday’s 4-1 defeat at Southampton.
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    What time does Liverpool vs Brentford kick off?

    Liverpool take on Brentford on Sunday, January 16.
    The match kicks off at 2pm UK time.
    It will be played at Anfield.
    The teams last met in September when they played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Brentford Community Stadium.

    What TV channel is Liverpool vs Brentford on and can I live stream it?

    Unfortunately Liverpool vs Brentford is not on TV in the UK.
    West Ham vs Leeds is the 2pm game Sky Sports have opted to show.
    In the United States, Liverpool vs Brentford is live on USA Network with streaming via FuboTV.

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    Steven Gerrard wants to make Sunderland starlet Dan Neil next Aston Villa transfer but Burnley also keen on midfielder

    ASTON VILLA boss Steven Gerrard is ready to fight Burnley for Sunderland midfielder Dan Neil.Villa scouts are raving about the star and Gerrard has an inside track as they are with the same agency.
    an Neil is wanted at Aston Villa and Burnley
    Sunderland are now weighing up offers for the 20-year-old.
    Burnley see him as a long-term project, while Villa have the cash to move for him sooner.
    Neil operates ni the centre of midfield and has racked up 32 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring three goals.
    Meanwhile, Villa have won the race to sign Dundee United defender Kerr Smith, 17, a move we first revealed eight months ago.
    The Villains have been incredibly active in the current transfer window.
    They secured a loan deal for Philippe Coutinho and also brought in left-back Lucas Digne for £25million.
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    Both had a quick impact after making their debuts against Manchester United on Saturday.
    Digne started the 2-2 draw and impressed both in attack and defence.
    Coutinho came off the bench with Villa were trailing 2-0 and managed to play a role in Villa’s first goal and then gobbled up the equaliser in front of an ecstatic Villa Park.
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    Ex-Barcelona star Ilaix Moriba’s dad reveals he ‘cancelled flight to Manchester’ to seal Man City transfer before debut

    THE father of Ilaix Moriba has revealed he cancelled his son’s flight to Manchester City so the teen could remain at Barcelona.Moriba, 18, burst into Ronald Koeman’s team last season and was tipped for a bright future with the Catalans.
    Ilaix Moriba, 18, was set to agree a deal with Man City two years ago before staying at BarcelonaCredit: AFP OR LICENSORS
    However, he chose to leave the Camp Nou last summer and joined RB Leipzig for around £16million after a row over his contract.
    But, Moriba came close to joining Pep Guardiola at City two years ago when doubts emerged over a Barca deal back in 2019.
    The Spain youth international, who is playing for Guinea at AFCON, had even booked a plane ticket to the Etihad as he searched for his first professional contract.
    However, Moriba’s dad Mamady Kourouma cancelled the ticket on the morning of the flight after a breakthrough in contract talks with Barca.
    He told Sport: “With Barcelona, the negotiations did not advance. We met with Txiki Begiristain [City’s sporting director] and he explained his entire project to us.
    “We liked it because they bet a lot on him. A few weeks later we had the tickets to travel to Manchester and sign the contract.
    “I cancelled it the morning that we had to go there. I wanted Ilaix to be an example and a reference for the next generations of Barcelona.
    “His friends were gone. If he stayed, it was proof Barca was betting on the youth players. We managed to reach an agreement where we all came out winning.”
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