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UCL: Juventus hopes for a miracle as Manchester City plans consolidation

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As Juventus prepare for another comeback experience in European football today, Atletico Madrid are hoping to stand resolute on the result of the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 that ended 2 nil in Spain.



A win or draw today will guarantee Diego Simeone boys a place in the 2018/2019 Uefa Champions League quarter final stage, thereby extending the team’s consistency and chance for the second final within the last five years.

Elsewhere in England, Ethiad fans will experience a great game of football between the home team Manchester City and their Bundesliga opponent; Schalke 04.

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Schalke 04’s chances of qualifying to the quarter final stage looks slim, the first leg which ended 2-3 in favour of Manchester City with the away goal advantage leaves Schalke 04 with the struggle to at least score either two unreplied goals or three goals to 1, an height achievable but looks harrd considering the form at which Manchesterr City plays with at home, and the awarness of the recent come backs experienced in the decided matches of the round already; Ajax coming back to defeat Real Madrid mercilessly at home, Manchester United beating PSG in France.

Both matches begins at the same time today at 09:00pm

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Inflation rate falls to 1.7%

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 The office for National statistics says the consumer price index is 1.7%-down from 2.1% – in August

Head of inflation at ONS Mike Hardie said: “The inflation rate has fallen noticeably into August, to its lowest since late 2016. This was mainly driven by a decrease in computer game prices, plus clothing prices rising by less than year after the end of the summer sales.

“Annual growth in house prices slowed to its lowest rate since September 2012, with four of the nine English regions now seeing prices falling over the year”.

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Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick under fresh corruption probe

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Several properties belonging to top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), including its president Amaju Pinnick, have been seized in a fresh corruption probe.

The latest investigation and seizures are being carried out by the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).

The ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized – half of which belong to Pinnick.

According to the statement published in the Nigerian papers one of Pinnick’s properties is in London.

It comes amidst wide-ranging claims over how money meant for football development allegedly disappeared.

“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation,” ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa said.

“It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”

The ICPC has also taken control of properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko and the general secretary Muhamed Sanusi among others.

Source: BBC

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