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    Barcelona (Spain), Feb. 16, 2021 A hat-trick from Kylian Mbappe helped Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) hammer FC Barcelona 4-1 at the Camp Nou on Tuesday in the 2020/2021 UEFA Champions League.

    Liverpool, just like PSG, are also on course for the quarter-finals of the competition, after having won 2-0 away to RB Leipzig.

    The elite tournament resumed with the first knock-out ties of the last 16 in the continental competition played during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Barca hosted PSG behind closed doors while RB Leipzig welcomed Liverpool to Budapest as Germany is currently not allowing non-citizens/residents to enter the country from the UK.

    Lionel Messi’s penalty kick gave FC Barcelona the lead but Mbappe struck either side of half-time.

    Moise Kean added another and Mbappe completed his hat-trick with a superb finish as PSG took control of the tie that was a repeat of the sensational encounter at this stage in 2017.

    On that occasion, FC Barcelona overturned a 4-0 first leg deficit 6-1 at home and must now launch a similar comeback attempt —-this time in Paris on March 10.

    That is when six-time champions Liverpool, last winners in 2019, will expect to finish the job against RB Leipzig at Anfield.

    Second half goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane earned them a deserved win in the duel between German bosses Juergen Klopp and Julian Nagelsmann in the Hungarian capital.

    On Wednesday, FC Porto meet Juventus and Sevilla host Borussia Dortmund while holders Bayern Munich resume away to Lazio next Tuesday.

    Neymar was influential in turning the tie with PSG in FC Barcelona’s favour four years ago but the Brazilian star missed the match with his former club due to injury.

    But PSG —— with 22-year-old Mbappe almost untouchable —— scarcely missed him.

    Mbappe’s quick-feet in the penalty box after a nice flick from Marco Verrati levelled the match.

    His clinical finish when Marc-Andre ter Stegen could only parry a 65th minute cross put PSG in front.

    Ter Stegen had previously denied Mbappe on several occasions and did so again before Kean was given space at a free-kick to head home unchallenged with 20 minutes left.

    Barca tried to rally but left themselves exposed and Mbappe curled into the top corner after Julian Draxler raced clear on the counter to cap a glorious night for Maurico Pochettino.

    He had coached PSG only since early this year.

    PSG, who beat RB Leipzig in the semi-finals last season, were superior even when Messi gave the hosts the lead from the penalty kick spot. That was after Layvin Kurzawa accidentally clipped Frenkie de Jong in the 27th minute.

    RB Leipzig too are up against it, having come within inches of the opener at the Puskas Arena when Dani Olmo headed off the post in just two minutes.

    Liverpool slowly took control and had already threatened several times before RB Leipzig imploded with two horrific errors early in the second half.

    Marcel Sabitzer’s pass inadvertently released Salah to finish well.

    And when Dayot Upamecano —— who confirmed a move to Bayern Munich this week —— fluffed a 58th minute clearance, Mane showed no mercy.

    Liverpool, who are riddled with defensive problems and injuries all season, are out of contention to retain their Premier League title but at least one more round in the Champions League looks likely.

    Previous articleOgun govt. holds stakeholders’ meeting over herders/farmers’ clashes February 16, 2021 8:37 pm by olawale.jokotoye Meeting Olawale Jokotoye Abeokuta, Feb. 16, 2021 (NAN) The Ogun government on Tuesday held a stakeholders’ meeting aimed at resolving the recent farmers/herders clashes in parts of the state. The meeting, which was held at the Obas Complex in Abeokuta, was also attended by Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo and four governors from states in the North The governors were Abubakar Bello (Niger); Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi); Bello Matawalle (Zamfara) and Abdulahi Ganduje (Kano) The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Yewa-axis of Ogun had in the recent past recorded series of clashes between cattle herders and local farmers leading to loss of lives and property. Prince Dapo Abiodun of Ogun had on Thursday, set up a special task force comprising of top government officials, security agencies and local vigilante group to embark on fact-finding mission to the area. Abiodun, speaking at the forum, said that the meeting had become necessary because the clashes were assuming a dangerous dimension. The governor, who noted that herders and farmers had peacefully cohabited from time immemorial in Ogun, expressed worry over the development. “I find it worrisome that farmers and herders who have been living for many years in our state and have continued to find joint solutions to their mutual challenges are suddenly at each other’s throat on account of sources of livelihood. “We have noted that the misapprehensions had taken a violent dimension in the last couple of weeks with cases of arson, maiming and killings in extreme instances. ” The question is; what could have turned issues that hitherto had easy and workable templates for resolutions to suddenly become seemingly intractable,” he wondered. Abiodun insisted that as a responsible government, the state could not fold its arms concerning a problem which was fast taking on an ethnic coloration. The governor noted that his administration had always been methodical, inclusive, responsible and responsive in its approach to governance including security. “We have set up a Fact- Finding Team headed by a Special Adviser to the Governor who is a Retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG); ” We have deployed a special security task force comprising of the Military, Nigerian Police, Department of State Services (DSS), local Vigilante groups, representatives of farmers, and representatives of other ethnic groups resident in our dear State. ” Already they are stationed in the hot spots of the conflict and we are sending them technical and logistic support, including vehicles and communication equipment. ” Additional vehicles and communication gadget have been procured and will be given out today after this event. “Just on Monday, we held a Security Council meeting where this issue was extensively discussed and thereafter we relocated to the hotspots of crisis for an on-the-spot assessment of situation,” he recalled among other initiatives. The governor stressed that the first priority of his administration was the safety of lives and property of everyone irrespective of the circumstances of their birth, ethnic or religious leanings. He said it had become evident from the interim report of the fact- finding team that “some elements are bent on setting our people against one another by whipping up ethnic sentiments”. Abiodun assured that the government would deal ruthlessly with anybody or group involved in such divisive tendencies. He said that Ogun would continue to be home to its citizens and all those who had legitimate business and had made the state their home. The governors, who spoke in turns, condemned the system of open grazing, saying that ” it is not sustainable”. They all stressed the need for Nigeria to transform from the traditional ways of moving cattle to the modern methods. The governors therefore called on the federal government to assist herders through increased investment to practice ranching. Mr. Segun Dasaolu, the Chairman of the Ogun chapter of the All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (AFAN), in his remarks called for the profiling and enumeration of herders in the state for proper identification of genuine Fulani herders in the state. Alhaji Muhammadu Kirowa, National President, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), in his remarks, called for joint efforts at identify the bandits perpetrating the violence, whom he described as “foreign herders”
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