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Europa League: Arsenal in Tough Spot After Home Draw

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UEFA Europa League quarter-finals return leg will be played on Thursday evening at 8pm live on StarTimes.

Aubameyang’s Arsenal is in a tough spot after their disappointing draw against Slavia Prague at home last week. Manchester United will be much more confident thanks to Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes’ goals that gave the Reds a 2-0 victory.

Of the four home sides in last week’s first leg quarter-final matches of the Europa League, Arsenal achieved the best result.

The Gunners were the only club to avoid defeat in their own stadium, though the Premier League club were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by Slavia Prague.

In the first leg, Ivorian winger Nicolas Pépé gave Arsenal a late lead – five minutes from the end.

But just when Mikel Arteta’s side seemed to be able to take a one-goal advantage into Thursday’s away leg, Czech international defender Tomáš Holeš found an equalizer five minutes into injury time.

Slavia though will be wary of Arsenal’s away form in the competition, as the London side has yet to lose an away game in the Europa League this season.

They have won four of the six matches they have played away from home and drawn the other two.

The two other quarter-finals see La Liga club Villarreal take on Dinamo Zagreb in Spain with a 1-0 lead from the away leg, while Roma defend a 2-1 lead at home against Ajax Amsterdam.

Since being re-launched as the Europa League in 2009, the competition has grown in stature and regularly grabs its share of footballing headlines. With clubs like Arsenal and United involved, the world will be watching this week’s return legs in the quarter-finals.

African football fans will have a chance to watch the games live and exclusively on the StarTimes channels as Africa’s leading digital-TV operator broadcasts all the action from the exciting Europa League.

And two months from now, StarTimes is going to broadcast all matches of the long-awaited UEFA Euro 2020 live and in HD.

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Qatar Will Spend $220 Billion to Host 2022 FIFA World Cup

Qatar will spend $220 billion to host the 2022 world cup which is $208 billion higher than what was spent in 2018

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Qatar will spend $220 billion to host the 2022 world cup which is $208 billion higher than what was spent in 2018. 

As the 2022 FIFA World Cup draws nearer, investigations have revealed that the host country, Qatar is expending a whopping sum of $220 billion to host the most watched sporting event in the world 

Investors King understands that this was $208 billion higher than what was used to host the last edition of the FIFA World Cup in Russia. 

It could be recalled that Russia spent $11.6 billion to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. 

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to hold between the 20th of November and the 18th of December 2022. The opening ceremony will take place at the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium. 

This is the first time that the FIFA World Cup is being held in the Middle East and the second time it will be hosted by an Asian Nation.

In preparation for the much-anticipated sporting event, the government of Qatar has built a new city ‘Lusail’ where the final will be conducted at the iconic Lusail Stadium. 

It was reported that the oil-rich nation ‘Qatar’ is spending $500 million every week on construction, infrastructure, hospitals, hotels, airports, and several new stadiums.

About 1.5 million people are expected to arrive in Qatar for the FIFA World Cup. Out of the eight stadiums prepared for the world cup, seven of them are newly built with world-class facilities. 

Financial Analysts have estimated that the world cup will create more than one million jobs for the country across key sectors like construction, real estate, hospitality and tourism. 

Besides, analysts opined that activities surrounding 2022 world cup will increase Qatar’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 4.1 percent while it will contribute about $20 billion to the economy in the near time. 

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A Sad Goodbye: Serena Williams Bids Tennis Farewell

Serena Williams, the world’s most successful female athlete, has said she is “evolving away” from the sport she dominated for years.

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Serena Williams, the world’s most successful female athlete, has said she is “evolving away” from the sport she dominated for years.

The 23 grand slam winner first hinted about her retirement on her Instagram page, saying the countdown has begun to retire from tennis and focus on being a mum, expand her spiritual goals and focus on self-discovery.

But now the countdown has begun. I’m gonna relish these next few weeks she said.

In her latest interview with Vogue, Williams expresses her struggle over making the decision to retire from the sport, she said I’ve been reluctant to admit to myself or anyone else that I have to move on from playing tennis. Alexis, my husband, and I have hardly talked about it; it’s like a taboo topic. I can’t even have this conversation with my mom and dad. It’s like it’s not real until you say it out loud. It comes up, I get an uncomfortable lump in my throat, and I start to cry. The only person I’ve gone there with is my therapist! One thing I’m not going to do is sugarcoat this. I know that a lot of people are excited about and look forward to retiring, and I wish I felt that way. “

Williams made her singles return at Wimbledon in June after a lengthy injury lay-off that had led to speculation about her retirement.

She says she will play at the US Open, where she has won six of her major singles titles, later in August.

Williams has won more major singles titles than any female player in the Open era and the second most of all time, behind Margaret Court’s 24.

On Monday, she had her first singles win in 14 months, beating Spain’s Nuria Parrizas Diaz to reach the second round of the National Bank Open in Toronto.

“I’m terrible at goodbyes, the world’s worst. But please know that I am more grateful for you than I can ever express in words.”

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Tobi Amusan Breaks Commonwealth Record

Tobi Amusan, the Nigerian world record holder in 100m hurdles, has broken the commonwealth record with a 12.30s run in Birmingham, United Kingdom on Sunday.

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Tobi Amusan, the Nigerian world record holder in 100m hurdles, has broken the commonwealth games record with a 12.30s run in Birmingham, United Kingdom on Sunday.

Tobi entered the race with a 12.12s world record set in Oregon, U.S just three weeks ago. The 25-year-old Nigerian ran 12.40s to dominate Round 1 Heat 3 to qualify for the finals.

On Sunday, she ran a massive 12.30s to lead the two Jamaicans, Australian, England, and other athletes that participated in the race.

Amusan began the 2022 season in fine form, winning the 2022 Diamond League event in Paris, where she set an African record by 0.01s with a time of 12.41s.

She followed that up with another great performance when she won the gold medal in the 100m hurdles at the 2022 African Championships in Mauritius, defending her title successfully with a time of 12.57s. She also competed in the women’s 4×100m and won gold.

Amusan is now the world’s record holder, commonwealth games record hold, Africa’s record holder and Nigeria’s record holder.

 

 

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