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WHEN Manchester City marked the tenth anniversary of Sergio Aguero’s miraculous title-winning goal this week, they could hardly have imagined an equally dramatic comeback.

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But this time City, 2-0 down to Steven Gerrard’s Villa with 15 minutes to play, conjured three goals in a six-minute spell to secure a fourth Premier League crown in five seasons.

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gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw== - Man City WIN Premier League titleSub Ilkay Gundogan played the Aguero role, with a double, either side of a brilliant Rodri strike as City scrubbed out goals from Matty Cash and Philippe Coutinho, to end Liverpool’s hopes of an unprecedented quadruple.

City had been unrecognisable for 75 minutes – horribly sloppy in their passes and panicky in their demeanour.

But somehow they summoned the willpower to blow Villa away in those manic five minutes.

Liverpool had only been drawing at home to Wolves while that drama was unfolding – but Jurgen Klopp’s men eventually chalked up their expected win.

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A decade ago, City had been 2-1 down against QPR going into injury-time before Edin Dzeko and Aguero sealed their first Premier League crown.

And their sixth was won on an afternoon to rival that day of mayhem.

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Gerrard, the legendary former Liverpool captain, must have thought he had played his part in winning the title for his beloved club when Villa took their deserved 2-0 lead.
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But City never know when they are beaten – at least in domestic competition – and Gundogan kept a clear head to see them over the line.

This might just be the greatest achievement of Guardiola’s astonishing career – to win back-to-back titles without playing a recognised striker for significant parts of either campaign.

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When Erling Haaland arrives next term, they will be favourites to retain their crown even if Liverpool complete a treble of knockout trophies in the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Paris next weekend.

At the start, Guardiola employed John Stones at right-back and Fernandinho at centre-half and it was a scruffy, edgy, error-ridden start from the defending champions.

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Not even the boost of an early goal for Wolves at Anfield could settle them – with more mishit passes from Guardiola’s men in the opening 20 minutes than you’d normally see in half a season.

Gerrard’s men were set up for blanket defending and Liverpool were level by the time City had a genuinely clear sight at goal, when Kevin De Bruyne led a galloping break and Phil Foden steered a shot wide of the far post.

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The Etihad, raucous at kick-off time, was becalmed by now.

Foden won possession and fed Gabriel Jesus, who horribly duffed his shot wide.

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Villa were warned for time-wasting by ref Michael Oliver when keeper Robin Olden, standing in for Emiliano Martinez, dawdled over a goal-kick.

But two minutes later, Gerrard’s men were in front. Jacob Ramsey released Lucas Digne down the left and the full-back – who’d earlier been knocked sparko by a shot from team-mate Calum Chambers – cut back a cross.

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It ought to have been Joao Cancelo’s ball but the City left-back was having an absolute shocker and he allowed Cash to get in front of him and thump a header into the corner of the net.

Fernandinho missed a routine header, allowing Ollie Watkins in behind him but the Villa striker couldn’t capitalise.

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And the Brazilian club captain’s illustrious City career was ended with a half-time substitution, as Guardiola reshuffled, bringing on Oleksandr Zinchenko on at left-back, switching Cancelo to right-back and Stones to centre-half – in what would have looked a more obvious starting line-up.

Zinchenko made a lively start and after De Bruyne had skied one, Cancelo crossed from the right and Jesus somehow spooned over from three yards out.

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Raheem Sterling arrived in place of Riyad Mahrez just ten minutes into the second half but as the level of jitters went off the scale, even De Bruyne was sending ten-yard passes into touch.

De Bruyne had just sent a free-kick well wide when Villa added their second.

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Olsen launched one upfield, Watkins beat Rodri to a header and Coutinho cut between two defenders and steered it past Ederson.

The Villa fans had been taunting the home support with inflatable European Cups to mark the 40th anniversary of their success and City’s serial failures in the competition – and now their crowing was deafening.

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De Bruyne lead a charge, exchanged passes with Sterling but leant bank and fired well over.

On 76 minutes, City finally found the net, Sterling centring to the far post where fellow sub Ilkay Gundigan scored with a downward header.

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Then little more than two minutes later, Zinchenko – another City sub who’d had a serious impact – darted down the left and cut back for Rodri who side-footed with power from the edge of the area into the corner of the net to equalise.

The place went ballistic but, of course, a draw would not be enough if Liverpool found a winner.

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So City went and scored another – De Bruyne pouncing on a loose defensive pass, advancing then curling a centre for Gundogan to poke home at the far post.

Credit: the Sun football

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Stay away from alcohol and women this off-season – Kobby Mensah to Karela United players

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Head Coach of Karela United Bismark Kobby Mensah has advised his players to stay aware from alcohol and women among others this off-season.

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In an send off address to the team, Kobby Mensah charged them to be discipline as they go back to have their break before the football season resumes.

“The season has ended and as you head home, this is a time of rest not indiscipline. Not a time for food, alcohol and women. Time of rest, especially to players who stay up late on Tik Tok + other social media platforms.’

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Karela United finished the Ghana Premier League season as high as 4th on the table with 52 points.

The Ghana FA has announced September 9-12 as the kick-off date for the 2022-23 Ghana Premier League season.

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The new season will start on a Friday September 9 with matches played across the various league centers.

Fixtures for the new season will be released on Tuesday July 26, 2022 to enable clubs prepare adequately for the season.

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2022 FIFA World Cup: FIFA Council gives approval for countries to present 26 players

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The Bureau of FIFA Council has given approval for qualified countries to proceed to the 2022 FIFA World Cup with 26 players.

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This is contained in an official communique published on the website of the world football government.

The squad size of 26 will be an increase from the usual 23-man squad used by national teams at the mundial in the past editions.

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Find more from the FIFA statement on the new amendment below:

The Bureau of the FIFA Council – composed of the FIFA President and the six confederation presidents – has addressed a number of key topics and taken the following decisions:

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73rd FIFA Congress

The 73rd FIFA Congress will be held in Kigali, Rwanda on 16 March 2023. The 2023 FIFA presidential election will take place at the 73rd FIFA Congress, the call for which was approved by the FIFA Council during its meeting on 30 March 2022.

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Kigali already hosted a meeting of the FIFA Council in October 2018.

Amendments to the Regulations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

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Given the need to retain additional flexibility due to the unique timing of the FIFA World Cup 2022™ in the global calendar, as well as the broader context of the disruptive effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on squads before and during tournaments, the Bureau has decided the following: • The maximum number of players on the release list has been increased from 35 to 55. • The number of players to be included on the final list has been increased to at least 23 and a maximum of 26. • The final matchday at club level for the 23 to 26 players nominated on the final list will be 13 November 2022. • No more than 26 people (up to 15 substitutes and 11 team officials – one of these officials must be the team doctor) will be allowed to sit on the team bench.

Equipment Regulations for FIFA competitions

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Following an in-depth review of the 2015 edition of the FIFA Equipment Regulations, which considered best practices in football and selected sports industry regulations, whilst also taking into account relevant provisions of the Laws of the Game and other FIFA regulations, the Bureau has decided to apply changes for the 2022 edition. The updated Equipment Regulations are available on FIFA.com.

FIFA U-20 World Cup Indonesia 2023™

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In December 2020, as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau decided to cancel the 2021 edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup™ and appointed the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) to host the competition in 2023. Following discussions with the PSSI, as well as consultations with all confederations, the Bureau has confirmed that the tournament will be played from 20 May to 11 June 2023.

Credit: FIFA

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AshGold’s Yaw Annor ranked 7th player with most Goals in World Football in 2022

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Ashanti Gold forward Yaw Annor has been named among players with most Goals so far in 2022.

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The winger is ranked 7th among a list of players around the World who have so far netted more goals for their Clubs.

Top on the list is PSG star Kylian Mbappe who is on 27 goals.

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Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema follows with 25 goals.

Robert Lewandoski, Thiago Azulao and Germain Cano completes the top 5.

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Newly signed Bayern Munich and former Liverpool star Sadio Mane is 6th with 21 goals with Annor and Brazilian Hulk tied up with 20 goals each.

The Ghanaian has thus scored more goals in 2022 than Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jnr.

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Annor finished as the top scorer in the Ghana Premier League with 22 goals to his credit.

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