Video: Atletico Madrid 2 – 0 Roma [Champions League] Highlights 2017/18

Qualifying for the knockout rounds remains a slim hope for Atletico Madrid, but Antoine Griezmann’s wonderful goal boosted their chances.

Antoine Griezmann kept Atletico Madrid’s slight hopes of Champions League qualification alive with a sensational scissor-kick volley and a sublime assist to down 10-man Roma 2-0 on Wednesday.

The Atleti talisman had not scored in his last eight matches in all competitions, but broke the deadlock in style at the Wanda Metropolitano to keep Atletico in the competition.

Substitute Angel Correa performed miracles to keep the ball in at the byline, his cross hung up for Griezmann to launch himself into an unstoppable flying volley.

Roma, who headed to the Spanish capital on the back of six straight wins in all competitions, knew a draw would send them through to the knockout rounds and set up cautiously as a result.

It was therefore always likely to require something brilliant to break Roma down and Griezmann’s magical impact provided the spark Atleti needed, the striker then sliding Kevin Gameiro through to double the lead after defender Bruno Peres saw red.

Atletico have to win at already qualified Chelsea on matchday six to have any hope of qualifying, with Roma still in pole position ahead of their clash with Group C whipping boys Qarabag.

Fernando Torres, making his first Champions League start of the season, had an early chance to break clear of the Roma defence but got the ball stuck under his feet, then Yannick Carrasco made a fine block to deny Lorenzo Pellegrini in a high-tempo opening.

With Roma content to sit deep and play on the break, Carrasco rippled the side netting after 19 minutes before Koke headed a Filipe Luis cross straight at goalkeeper Alisson.

Carrasco’s low left-wing centre somehow eluded both Griezmann and Torres in the box and the out-of-form France forward fired wide from 25 yards after bursting through the Roma midfield.

Atletico had the ball in the net after 40 minutes, Augusto’s 25-yard drive deflecting in, but the midfielder controlled the ball with his arm and referee Bjorn Kuipers had already blown for a foul.

Diego Simeone sent for Correa and Gabi early in the second half, with the Liga side seeking a goal to keep their slim qualification hopes alive.

Roma were yet to record a shot on target but almost took the lead in freak circumstances after 63 minutes, a mishit cross from Radja Nainggolan crashing back off the post with Jan Oblak beaten.

Atleti finally carved out a clear sight of goal for Torres but the striker dragged his shot wide, with the hosts increasingly desperate to break the deadlock.

But when the goal finally arrived after 69 minutes, it proved to be well worth the wait.

Correa’s energy from the bench proved key as the forward kept the ball in acrobatically at the byline, hanging up a cross that found Griezmann in a pocket of space in the box.

Griezmann could have brought the ball down and fired at goal but instead showed a confidence that belied his recent complete lack of form, throwing himself into a tremendous acrobatic strike that flashed past Alisson before the Roma goalkeeper could move.

And after Peres was dismissed, the Roma man receiving his second yellow card for a rash foul on Filipe Luis, Griezmann and Gameiro combined in stunning fashion, the former sending his compatriot clear to beat Alisson from a tight angle to give Atleti their first European win at their new home, and a glimmer of hope they can make the last 16.


Muslim cleric, two others nabbed with human heads, legs in Ibadan

The Police Command in Oyo State has arrested an Islamic cleric and two others for being in possession of two fresh human heads and legs.

The Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, presented the suspects to newsmen in Ibadan on Wednesday.

Odude said that the suspects confessed to have severed the body parts from corpses at a Muslim cemetery in Isale General Area, Ogbomoso.

He said the suspects were arrested by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the command on November 11, following a tip-off by a member of the public.

The three young men informed the police that their unbridled desires to get rich quick prompted them to get the human parts for money ritual purpose,’’ he said.

The cleric told said that this was his first attempt at using human parts for money rituals.

“I was told that the preparation of using human parts for ritual is simple and one will become very rich,” he said.

The commissioner also presented a runaway killer of a member of Oyo State House of Assembly, Gideon Aremu, representing Oorelope Constituency.

Aremu was killed on July 1, 2016 at his Alakia residence.

The commissioner said the suspect, who escaped to Ekiti, his country home, shortly after committing the act, had been on the Police wanted list.

“Nemesis caught up with the suspect when he was arrested in his criminal hideout after sneaking into the state and led another armed robbery gang to snatch a motorcycle from its owner at Egbeda area of the state.

“The suspect and two others operating a motorcycle also robbed two other victims of their valuable property including cash.

“A Bajaj Boxer Motorcycle with Reg. No AYJ 038 QM which was snatched at gunpoint was recovered from the suspects,’’ Odude said.

The commissioner also presented 16 other suspects over alleged armed robbery, cult activities and fraud.

He said that the suspects had confessed to the crimes and would be arraigned in court after the conclusion of police investigation.


N465k Gucci Shirt Of Abuja Pastor Sparks Controversy

A picture of Biodun Fatoyinbo, founder Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Abuja, rocking $1280 (N465, 920) Gucci Hoodie, is creating controversy on social media.

Fatoyinbo, who has taken his swag on the altar to another level, rocked the designer item last Sunday.

While his supporters found nothing wrong with the outfit, critics have been lampooning the flamboyant pastor.

The famed pastor, known for wearing high-end labels has also been spotted with the luxury leather bag, Gucci Web Animalia GG Supreme Tote, which goes for about $2,490.

Fatoyinbo is known for his exceptional taste both personally and even in the way he runs his church.

The Abuja-based pastor first came to limelight in 2013, when he was allegedly entangled in an allegation of infidelity with a former member of his church which snowballed into a huge sex scandal.

However, Fatoyinbo has since denied the allegation.

At Last, Help Finally Comes the Way of Ailing Actor Sadiq Daba

Ace Nigerian actor, Sadiq Daba has reportedly gotten the needed help that could save his life following a heartwarming development..

Veteran actor Sadiq Daba, reportedly diagnosed with leukemia and prostate cancer, is about to be flown to the United Kingdom for intensive treatment.


Daba had complained about shortage of funds, hence, colleagues and friends rallied around to raise funds for him.


Ace broadcaster Soni Irabor, who was among those rallying support for the ailing artiste, made the announcement on his Instagram page, iraborsoni, adding that enough funds had been gathered for the actor.


A total of N10.5m had so far been raised as at Monday morning, November 20, 2017.


Irabor wrote: “It’s time to say thanks to you all. Sadiq Daba is set to move out for (sic) the UK where he will be starting treatment.

“While we say thanks, we say please let’s not be stuck midway with this, we still need more from you.

“The account is still up and we look forward to receiving from you. God bless you.”


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sadiq Daba is a Nigerian actor and former broadcaster.


In 2015, he won the ‘Best Actor’ award at the Africa Movie Academy Awards for his role as “Inspector Waziri” in the acclaimed movie “October 1.” 



Victory for Nigeria as Air Force Destroys Boko Haram Bomb-making Facility in Bornu State

The Director of Information and Public Relations of the Nigerian Air Force has disclosed that NAF has destroyed a major bomb-making factory of insurgent group, Boko Haram.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said on Wednesday that its component of the Operation Lafiya Dole has successfully destroyed a facility being used by the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) to manufacture Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), according to The Nation.


The Director of Information and Public Relations of the NAF, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, said the facility was located in Yiwe, south of Konduga, Borno state.


Adesanya said in a statement supported with a video footage of the operation that the suicide bombing which rocked part of Maiduguri, Borno state capital on November 18 was planned from the Boko Haram Terrorists’ facility.


​The statement reads: “In furtherance of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on 20 November 2017, successfully destroyed a Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) facility for manufacturing of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

“The BHT facility, which was in a place known as YIWE Forest, located 23km south of Konduga in Borno State.

“Previous NAF Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions had revealed the location to be a BHT hideout, from where the Maiduguri suicide bombing of 18 November 2017 was reportedly planned.

“Available Human Intelligence also revealed that the hideout contained IED-making facility for the insurgents’ suicide bombing attacks.

“Accordingly, one Mi-17 Helicopter, 2 x Alpha Jet and 2 x F-7Ni aircraft were detailed to carry out air interdiction on the target over a 2-day period. Overhead the location, the aircraft took turns to deliver a combination of bombs, rockets and cannons on the target.

“The subsequent Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) revealed that the strikes had destroyed the IED-making facility and other BHT structures, killing an unspecified number of insurgents in the process.


“The air strikes also caused a huge flame within the settlement, owing to the cache of IEDs stored by the BHTs, while a few fleeing insurgents were further strafed with cannons and rockets”.

“Specially Made” Vehicle Attracts Attention During Public Display In Benue . Photos

This “specially made” vehicle attracted attention from citizens after it was spotted in a public place in Benue state. According to reports, the moving engine/vehicle was successfully constructed by an engineer known as Igbauke Julius, a Tiv man from Gboko area of the state.

The machine reportedly features 5 gear-system. It also has a radiator at the back and it takes 20 litre-capacity.

Brymo Announces Sixth Studio Album “OṢÓ” (The Wizard)

Former Chocolate City artiste Brymo is prepping up nicely for the release of his sixth studio album.

The singer who dropped the critically acclaimed fifth studio album ‘Klitoris’ in 2016 will be putting out a new body of work soon. Brymo already has a title for the upcoming album which he call ‘OṢÓ’ in Yoruba which translates ‘The Wizard’.

According to the singer the album is in the mixing and mastering phase. Also a website has been launched already which will gives vital updates on the upcoming LP.

As a bonus, Brymo announced he will also be publishing his first book. It is likely that both album and debut book will all come in the new year as he wrote, ‘I can’t wait for the new year.’