News

Sports
Kimmich Header Fires Bayern Munich Past Arsenal into Champions League Semi-finals

Kimmich Header Fires Bayern Munich Past Arsenal into Champions League Semi-finals Munich, 18 Apr (ONA) --- A strong second-half showing from Bayern Munich proved the difference, with Joshua Kimmich's header enough to lead the German side past Arsenal 1-0 (3-2 on aggregate) and into the Champions League semi-finals. The tie hung in the balance after a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates last week. The return leg failed to create the same kind of fireworks though, with the English giants never really looking like scoring on what was a disappointing night for Mikel Arteta's ...

Lunin the Hero as Real Madrid Eliminate Manchester City on Penalties

Lunin the Hero as Real Madrid Eliminate Manchester City on Penalties Madrid, 18 Apr (ONA) --- Manchester City and Real Madrid played out another memorable Champions League clash as goals from Rodrygo and Kevin De Bruyne forced a penalty shootout, where Matteo Kovacic had the dishonour of missing the crucial spot kick as Pep Guardiola's side were dumped out of the competition. The opening strike of the night went in favor of Los Blancos as they stole the lead against the run of play through Rodrygo when Federico Valverde played Vinicius Jr. in behind. The ...

Borussia Dortmund Edge Atletico Madrid in Thriller to Book Spot in Semi-finals

Borussia Dortmund Edge Atletico Madrid in Thriller to Book Spot in Semi-finals Dortmund, 17 Apr (ONA) --- Borussia Dortmund are through to their first Champions League semi-final in 11 years after a second-half full of goals saw them defeat Atletico Madrid 4-2 on Tuesday (5-4 on aggregate). Overturning a 2-1 deficit from the first-leg was seen as a task too far for the current Borussia Dortmund team, especially after their woeful display in the first leg against Atletico Madrid. Scoring two goals against a team coached by Diego Simeone is not easily done, with far ...

Araujo Red Card Inspires PSG to Stunning Comeback over Barcelona

Araujo Red Card Inspires PSG to Stunning Comeback over Barcelona Barcelona, 17 Apr (ONA) --- Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) are through to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals after a stunning 4-1 victory over Barcelona. Kylian Mbappe's two goals helped the French cause, but it was Ronald Araujo's red card that turned the tie, as the Blaugrana saw their dreams vanish after that despite an early lead, the Spanish MARCA newspaper reported. A shock 3-2 victory in the first-leg gave Barcelona a fantastic platform to build upon in their clash with PSG. Achraf ...

Olympic flame for Paris 2024 Summer Games Lit in Ancient Olympia

Olympic Flame for Paris 2024 Summer Games Lit in Ancient Olympia Athens, 16 Apr (ONA) --- The Olympic flame that will be burning for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games started its journey after being ignited at the birthplace of the Games in Ancient Olympia, Greece today during a traditional ceremony. Approximately 600 torchbearers will carry the Olympic flame over some 5,000km across Greece, passing through dozens of cities and archaeological sites, according to the Hellenic Olympic Committee. The flame will be handed over to the Paris 2024 organizers on 26 April at ...

Fernandes Double Earns Man United Point at Bournemouth

Fernandes Double Earns Man United Point at Bournemouth Manchester, 14 Apr (ONA) --- Erik ten Hag said it is "up to the fans" whether they remain patient after Manchester United's winless Premier League run extended to four games with their draw at Bournemouth. Captain Bruno Fernandes scored both goals as United twice came from behind to deny the hosts, who led through Dominic Solanke's opener before Justin Kluivert gave them a deserved half-time lead, BBC sports reported. United, whose hopes of securing European football were further dented, dropped one place to seventh ...

Man City Thrash Luton to Go Top of EPL

Man City Thrash Luton to Go Top of EPL Manchester, 14 Apr (ONA) --- Manchester City moved top of the English Premier League (EPL) for at least a day with a predictably dominant victory over struggling Luton Town. City led after only 65 seconds at Etihad Stadium when Erling Haaland's wayward volley hit Luton's Daiki Hashioka before flying into the net. It took City more than an hour to double their lead through Mateo Kovacic's sweet, rising strike from near the edge of the area, BBC sports reported. Haaland put the game beyond any doubt with a penalty after ...

Joao Felix's Bicycle-kick Enough for Rotated Barcelona to Defeat Cadiz

Joao Felix's Bicycle-kick Enough for Rotated Barcelona to Defeat Cadiz Barcelona, 14 Apr (ONA) --- Joao Felix netted an extraordinary goal to lead Barcelona to a 1-0 victory away at Cadiz in the Spanish LaLiga. Just a few days after grabbing a huge 3-2 win away at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the UEFA Champions League, Xavi Hernandez made seven changes to his starting line-up from the game at the Parc des Princes. A heavily-rotated Barcelona struggled to produce quality chances in the first half, but Felix turned his team's first shot on target into a goal to open the ...

Tchouameni Nets as Real Madrid Take Down Mallorca Ahead of Man City Return Leg

Tchouameni Nets as Real Madrid Take Down Mallorca Ahead of Man City Return Leg Madrid, 14 Apr (ONA) --- Aurelien Tchouameni goal just after the break was enough for Real Madrid to edge past Mallorca 1-0 and grab all three points in the Spanish LaLiga. Unsurprisingly, the two teams got off to a slow start a few days after disputing two important games, as Mallorca lost on penalties to Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey final one week ago and Real Madrid drew 3-3 at home in the UEFA Champions League last Tuesday. In a first half of just a few clear chances, the first ...

Oman To Be Represented By 14 Teams at Gulf Youth Games in UAE

Oman To Be Represented By 14 Teams at Gulf Youth Games in UAEMuscat, 4 Apr (ONA) --- The Sultanate of Oman will take part in the first edition of Gulf Youth Games (GYG) scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 16 April to 2 May 2024.During a press briefing held today, Oman Olympic Committee said that 133 athletes will represent Oman at the event. The mission will take part in 14 games, which are sailing, football, golf, taekwondo, water sports, athletics, handball, volleyball, basketball, chess, fencing, table tennis, billiards, snooker and equestrian sports.Oman will also ...

Leverkusen Thrash Dusseldorf to Reach German Cup Final

Leverkusen ThrashDusseldorf to Reach German Cup FinalLeverkusen, 4 Apr (ONA) —- Bayer Leverkusen set up a German Cup final with Kaiserslautern by thrashing second-tier Fortuna Dusseldorf in their semi-final.Goals from Jeremie Frimpong and Amine Adil gave Bundesliga leaders Leverkusen a comfortable lead inside 20 minutes.Florian Wirtz then netted twice either side of half-time, with his second goal from the penalty spot, to complete a dominant display, BBC sports reported.Leverkusen's sole German Cup win in 1993 was the club's last major trophy.Kaiserslautern beat third-tier Saarbrucken 2-0 ...

Mbappe Hits Winner as PSG Reach French Cup Final

Mbappe Hits Winner as PSG Reach French Cup FinalParis, 4 Apr (ONA) —- Paris St-Germain (PSG) will face Lyon in the French Cup final after Kylian Mbappe's goal helped them edge out Rennes in their semi-final.Mbappe scored the 40th-minute winner with a deflected shot that found the bottom corner.The Frenchman had a penalty saved by Rennes keeper Steve Mandanda seven minutes earlier after he was fouled in the area.Mandanda also tipped Mbappe's 13th-minute shot on to the bar.The PSG forward is playing his final season for the club after agreeing to join Spanish giants Real Madrid in the summer, ...

Foden Scores Hat-trick as Man City Beat Villa in EPL

Foden Scores Hat-trick as Man City Beat Villa in EPLManchester, 4 Apr (ONA) —- Phil Foden struck a stunning hat-trick as Manchester City continued to apply pressure to the English Premier League (EPL) title rivals Arsenal and Liverpool with a commanding win over Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium.Manager Pep Guardiola left key men Erling Haaland and Kevin de Bruyne on the bench after Sunday's drab draw with Arsenal, but the reigning champions still had too much for injury-hit Villa, who also lost goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to illness just before kick-off.In their absence, Foden produced a ...

Arsenal Return to Top of EPL with Victory over Luton

Arsenal Return to Top of EPL with Victory over LutonLondon, 4 Apr (ONA) —- Arsenal overcame the absence of Bukayo Saka to move back to the top of the English Premier League (EPL) table with victory over struggling Luton at Emirates Stadium in London.Leading scorer Saka was missing after suffering a knock against Manchester City at the weekend, but Mikel Arteta's much-changed side did enough to defeat their hard-working opponents and move back above Liverpool at the summit.Captain Martin Odegaard fired the hosts into the lead in the 24th minute after Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu was bundled off the ...

Ten-man PSG Beat Marseille to Move 12 Points Clear

Ten-man PSG Beat Marseille to Move 12 Points Clear Paris, 1 Apr (ONA) --- Ten-man Paris St-Germain (PSG) moved 12 points clear at the top of the French Ligue 1 with a 2-0 win over Marseille. Vitinha opened the scoring at the Stade Velodrome with a low strike past Pau Lopez in the 52nd minute. Substitute Goncalo Ramos sealed the win in the latter stages as PSG ended Marseille's 19-game unbeaten home run, BBC sports reported. The visitors had to play more than 50 minutes with 10 men after defender Lucas Beraldo was sent off for bringing down Pierre-Emerick ...

Man City, Arsenal Draw to Hand Liverpool Advantage in EPL

Man City, Arsenal Draw to Hand Liverpool Advantage in EPL Manchester, 1 Apr (ONA) --- Manchester City and Arsenal handed Liverpool the advantage in the English Premier League (EPL) title race as they played out a bitterly disappointing goalless stalemate at Etihad Stadium. Liverpool are now top of the EPL table, two points clear of Arsenal and three ahead of City, after they came from behind to beat Brighton at Anfield, their delight increased by their two closest rivals cancelling each other out, BBC sports reported. This was a game that made a nonsense of its ...

Rodrygo Shows Star Quality as Real Madrid Ease Past Athletic Club

Rodrygo Shows Star Quality as Real Madrid Ease Past Athletic Club Madrid, 1 Apr (ONA) --- A double from Rodrygo helped Real Madrid restore their eight-point lead at the top of LaLiga EA Sports after a routine 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu. With title rivals Barcelona temporarily closing the gap to five points and Girona sealing a last-gasp win over Real Betis earlier in the day, it was down to Los Blancos to demonstrate their capability as potential champions when the title race reaches its climax in May. And it didn't take Carlo ...

Bayer Leverkusen Extend Unbeaten Run in German Bundesliga

Bayer Leverkusen Extend Unbeaten Run in German Bundesliga Leverkusen, 31 Mar (ONA) --- Bayer Leverkusen produced a dramatic comeback to avoid their first defeat of the season and claim a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim in the German Bundesliga. Leverkusen's 38-game unbeaten streak looked set to end when they found themselves 1-0 down with fewer than five minutes of normal time remaining. Robert Andrich scored for the league leaders in the 88th minute to cancel out Maximilian Beier's opener. The hosts' comeback was completed with a 91st-minute Patrik Schick winner, ...

Raphinha Breaks the Las Palmas Resistance in La Liga

Raphinha Breaks the Las Palmas Resistance in La Liga Barcelona, 31 Mar (ONA) --- Barcelona closed the gap to the Spanish LaLiga leaders, Real Madrid, to just five points after 30 matches as Raphinha's 59th minute strike gave them a well-deserved 1-0 victory over Las Palmas at their temporary home, the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys. The match-winning strike came following great work from Joao Felix as he drifted to the inside of the pitch with the ball, uncontested, before clipping it over the top of the defenders for Raphinha to head home past the goalkeeper from 12 ...

Germany to Impose Security Checks on all its Borders during UEFA EURO 2024

Germany to Impose Security Checks on all its Borders during UEFA EURO 2024 Berlin, 26 Mar (ONA) --- Germany will carry out border controls at all its frontiers during UEFA EURO 2024 in June and July, the country’s top security official told local media. Interior Minister Nancy Faeser told the daily Rheinische Post in comments published today that checks will be carried out at all German borders during the tournament “to be able to prevent possible violent criminals entering.” She added that “this is necessary to protect this major international event as best ...

Wirtz Sets Germany Goal Record in Win over France

Wirtz Sets Germany Goal Record in Win over France Paris, 24 Mar (ONA) --- Florian Wirtz scored after seven seconds as Germany ended a three-game winless run with a comfortable friendly victory over France in Lyon. The 20-year-old collected Toni Kroos' pass from kick-off and found the top left corner with a deflected effort. The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder's goal is the fastest ever scored by a Germany player, BBC sports reported. Kai Havertz turned in Jamal Musiala's cutback to confirm victory for Julian Nagelsmann's side. France's best opportunity ...

World Cup 2030 Identity Unveiled

World Cup 2030 Identity Unveiled Lisbon, 20 Mar (ONA) --- The Organizing Committee of the FIFA World Cup 2030 has presented the official slogan for the World Cup 2030, which will be jointly organized by Morocco, Spain and Portugal. The slogan, "Yalla Vamos 2030," meaning "let’s go" in Arabic and Spanish, captures the essence of unity and excitement for the upcoming event. This dynamic phrase featured prominently in the official logo of the 2030 World Cup, along with a vibrant depiction of the number 30. Symbolizing the year of the tournament, the number was artfully ...

Harry Kane Trains Away from Main England Group Following Ankle Issue

Harry Kane Trains Away from Main England Group Following Ankle Issue London, 20 Mar (ONA) --- England captain Harry Kane was among a number of players to train indoors away from the main group at St George’s Park today. Kane, England’s all-time leading goalscorer, suffered an ankle injury in Bayern Munich’s 5-2 Bundesliga win over Darmstadt on Sunday but joined up with Gareth Southgate’s squad as planned. The PA news agency understands Kane was working on an individualised programme along with Jordan Henderson, Cole Palmer and Bukayo Saka. Manchester United ...

Real Madrid Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois Undergoes Successful Surgery

Real Madrid Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois Undergoes Successful Surgery Madrid, 20 Mar (ONA) --- Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has undergone surgery on a meniscus tear in his right knee and is set for another spell of rehabilitation. The 31-year-old Belgium international had already missed most of Real’s campaign so far after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his left knee last August. Courtois only recently returned to first-team training and it had been hoped he could soon be available again as Carlo Ancelotti’s side challenge for the Spanish ...

Real Madrid Complain as Referee Omits Abuse of Vinicius Jr in Spanish La Liga

Real Madrid Complain as Referee Omits Abuse of Vinicius Jr in Spanish La Liga Madrid, 19 Mar (ONA) --- Real Madrid have filed a complaint against the referee who took charge of Saturday's game at Osasuna for omitting alleged racist abuse towards forward Vinicius Jr from his match report. The club say the "insults and vexatious shouts" were "deliberately" not included by Juan Martinez Munuera. Vinicius has suffered racist abuse on multiple occasions in Spain over the past three years. Real have demanded "necessary measures be taken" to "eradicate" the abuse, BBC ...

Barcelona Cruise Past Atletico Madrid in Spanish LaLiga

Barcelona Cruise Past Atletico Madrid in Spanish LaLiga Madrid, 18 Mar (ONA) --- Robert Lewandowski and Joao Felix were the stars as Barcelona secured a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid in a flattering scoreline that also saw their coach, Xavi, sent off. The result means Barcelona climb up to second in the Spanish LaLiga, ahead of Girona and they now trail Real Madrid by eight points with 30 to play for. Atletico Madrid, meanwhile, drop out of the UEFA Champions League places after Athletic Club won last Saturday, the Spanish MARCA newspaper reported. In the sixth minute, Atletico ...

Vinicius Jr. Shines as Real Madrid Thrash Osasuna in Spanish LaLiga

Vinicius Jr. Shines as Real Madrid Thrash Osasuna in Spanish LaLiga Madrid, 17 Mar (ONA) --- Vinicius Jr. scored twice as Real Madrid showed their dominance in the Spanish LaLiga by defeating 10th-placed Osasuna 4-2 at the Estadio El Sader in Pamplona, with Federico Valverde racking up a trio of assists too. The deadlock was broken in the fourth minute when their first attack of the game provided instant rewards as Vinicius Jr. picked up a loose ball, drove forwards and with his right-foot fired across the goalkeeper and into the far left corner to give Los Blancos the ...

Oblak the Hero for Atletico who Need Penalties to Down Inter in UEFA Champions League

Oblak the Hero for Atletico who Need Penalties to Down Inter in UEFA Champions LeagueMadrid, 14 Mar (ONA) —- Atletico Madrid needed penalties to make it past Inter and into the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after a winning 2-1, but 2-2 on aggregate.Federico Dimarco gave Inter a lead just after the half hour, but that lasted two minutes and 16 seconds as Antoine Griezmann took advantage of some slack Nerazzurri defending to level on the night.Then with just three minutes left to play, Memphis Depay hit the equaliser for Ateti to take the game to extra time, and eventually penalties, ...

Borussia Dortmund Move into UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals

Borussia Dortmund Move into UEFA Champions League Quarter-finalsDortmund, 14 Mar (ONA) —- Borussia Dortmund's last chance of silverware this season comes in the form of the UEFA Champions League, albeit it will be difficult for the German side to do that, despite squeezing past PSV Eindhoven 2-0 on the night, 3-1 on aggregate.Jadon Sancho has continued his slight resurgence in form with the Bundesliga side. After his individual goal against Werder Bremen at the weekend, the on-loan Manchester United winger fired the hosts into the lead after just three minutes.Some fine hold-up play from ...

Palmer Shines in Chelsea Victory against Newcastle in EPL

Palmer Shines in Chelsea Victory against Newcastle in EPL London, 12 Mar (ONA) --- Cole Palmer was hugely influential as Chelsea saw off Newcastle in the English Premier League (EPL) at Stamford Bridge. Palmer struck in the 57th minute, taking a touch to get the ball out of his feet before drilling hard and low past goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. The Blues had gone ahead early after Sven Botman's poor clearance was pounced on by Palmer, his shot being cleverly steered into the bottom corner by Nicolas Jackson for his second goal in as many league ...