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Africa Cup of Nations last 16 preview: Salah, Mane on collision course?

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The group stage of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations has been low-scoring, so we’ll be hoping for some early goals to open up play for the many electric stars of Africa.

That doesn’t mean we haven’t seen the big names find the score sheet, as Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and host nation Egypt has two goals — as many as anyone in the tournament — the same amount as club teammate Sadio Mane.

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The Reds may be on a collision course for Cairo on July 19, with Senegal the 22nd ranked team in the world via FIFA and Egypt hosting the tournament.

All five of the nations to qualify for the 2018 World Cup remain alive, with three in the top of the bracket and two in the bottom.

The 32nd edition of the competition could see a rematch of the 31st final in the quarterfinals, but it will require Cameroon emerging from a massive Round of 16 meeting with Nigeria.

Should they do so, and the hosts beat South Africa, the rematch will arrive on Wednesday in Cairo.

The Cameroon-Nigeria match may be topped by one in the upper half of the bracket, as Ghana looks to reassert itself as a power by knocking of Tunisia. The Black Stars missed out on the 2018 World Cup, and the winner is arguably a favorite to reach the final.

Premier League talents on show

Senegal – Mane (Liverpool), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Everton), Cheikhou Kouyate (Crystal Palace)

Morocco – Romain Saiss (Wolves)

Democratic Republic of Congo – Arthur Masuaku (West Ham)

Ghana – Christian Atsu (Newcastle), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace)

Mali – Moussa Djenepo (Southampton)

Ivory Coast – Serge Aurier (Spurs), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Jonathan Kodija (Aston Villa)

Algeria – Riyad Mahrez (Man City), Islam Slimani (Leicester)

Guinea – Naby Keita (Liverpool)

Nigeria – Leon Balogun (Brighton), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester), Henry Onyekuru (Everton).

Cameroon – Gaetan Bong (Brighton),

Egypt – Salah (Liverpool), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa)

Round of 16 schedule

Uganda v. Senegal – July 5
Morocco v. Benin – July 5

Madagascar v. Democratic Republic of Congo – July 7
Ghana v. Tunisia – July 8

Mali v. Ivory Coast – July 8
Algeria v. Guinea – July 7

Nigeria v. Cameroon – July 6
Egypt v. South Africa – July 6

Burnley grab crucial win against Wolves (video)

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  • Burnley end run of four-straight defeats
  • Dyche’s 300th game in charge at Burnley
  • Wolves’ first loss in three

Burnley secured a huge win in their battle against Premier League relegation, as they upset high-flying Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

An early Conor Coady own goal set them on their way and Sean Dyche‘s side struck late on through teenager Dwight McNeil to grab a valuable three points.

With the win Burnley now have 33 points and sit five points above the relegation zone. Wolves remain on 44 points in seventh.

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Burnley took the lead within the first two minutes as a quick free kick from Dwight McNeil caught out the Wolves defense and found Chris Wood.

He rounded Rui Patricio and his shot hit the post, but Coady slid in and deflected the ball into his own net. 1-0.

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Phil Bardsley went close with a low effort, while at the other end Wolves wanted a penalty kick as Romain Saiss‘ shot was blocked by Ashley Barnes‘ arm.

Not a great half from Wolves, as they were missing Matt Doherty and Raul Jimenez.

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Wolves did improve after the break, as Diogo Jota curled a cross into the box which just went past the far post and then Ivan Cavaleiro smashed over from the edge of the box.

Adama Traore was causing plenty of problems down the right flank as Doherty and Jimenez came on to try and force a late equalizer.

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But just as Wolves looked more likely to score next, McNeil broke and jinxed past a few tackles before he smashed a low short into the net to make it 2-0.

A massive win for Burnley in their battle against relegation.

Wolves reach FA Cup quarterfinals (video)

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Wolverhampton Wanderers are into the last eight of the FA Cup for the first time in 16 years, as Ivan Cavaleiro‘s first half goal was enough to edge the Premier League side past a spirited Bristol City on Sunday.

Second-tier Bristol City had several big chances in the second half but their run of nine-straight wins in all competitions came to an end as Nuno Espirito Santo‘s Wolves are now among the favorites to win the FA Cup.

The team who sit in seventh place in the Premier League continue their incredible season.

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After a bright start from Wolves at Ashton Gate, the home side forced their way back into the game and created plenty of chances.

But just as the home side got a foothold in the game, Wolves took the lead.

Conor Coady‘s fine long ball found Matt Doherty and he pulled it back for Cavaleiro to slot home down the center and past Frank Fielding.

Raul Jimenez and Doherty then combined moments later as the latter clipped the post with a deflected effort, then Leander Dendoncker forced Fielding into a solid stop as the Premier League side threatened to run away with things.

In the second half Bristol City battled their way back into the game as substitutes Marlon Pack and Matty Taylor made a big difference.

After a great run from Marcus Brownhill it was Taylor who almost nicked the ball past John Ruddy, while Pack forced Wolves’ goalkeeper into a save after his shot from distance.

At the other end Joao Moutinho clipped the crossbar after Fielding got fingertips to his effort, while Bristol pushed forward late on in search of an equalizer.

Morgan Gibbs-White was denied by Fielding late on as Bristol were wide-open to counters as they pushed forward, and they should have taken the game to extra time.

Ruddy tipped over a shot from Taylor, Pack then somehow skied over the bar from close-range and then Romain Saiss cleared off the line.

Wolves were let off the hook and reached the last eight of the FA Cup for the first time since 2003.

“It’s a dream” – Mexico’s Jimenez stars in another Wolves win

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Raul Jimenez is living the stuff of dreams for seventh-place Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Wolves hammered West Ham United 3-0 on Tuesday behind the strength of a brace from their Mexican forward.

“It’s a dream,” Jimenez said. “When I was in Mexico I always saw the games here with all the intensity and passion but now I am here making my dreams come true and I am going to keep working to give the supporters happiness.”

Jimenez now has eight goals and six assists on loan from Benfica, and Wolves supporters will be anxious to lock up their big talisman.

Wolves have a 8W-3D-1L record when the El Tri 27-year-old scores or assists.

Romain Saiss scored the other goal for Wolves, who are in pole position to qualify for the Europa League. He’s also scored against Chelsea and twice versus Spurs.

“We always keep going forward to score, maybe the goals sometimes appear, sometimes I have to assist or provide the movements for others to score.

“I feel an important part of the team and that gives me confidence that things are coming. When you hear the fans shouting your name it is an amazing feeling.”

Wolves run past West Ham 3-0 (video)

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  • Fabianski stars early
  • Saiss breaks Wolves through
  • Jimenez bags 2nd half brace

Mexican international Raul Jimenez scored a pair of goals as Wolves walted past West Ham United 3-0 at the Molineux on Tuesday.

Romain Saiss also scored in the win, which moves the hosts into 7th place with 35 points. The Irons sit 11th with 31.

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Wolves hoped they were going to the spot when Arthur Masuaku got tangled up with Matt Doherty in the early moments, but no call came to the Molineux.

Wolves’ Leander Dendocker was onside when he nodded a rebound into the goal, but the 36th minute effort was ruled offside thanks to initial striker Raul Jimenez.

Doherty was the on the scene again, darting onto a partially-blocked shot and taking a touch before forcing Lukasz Fabianski into a point-blank save.

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Saiss was gifted an opportunity to lash at goal, but Fabianski was again in fine form to parry the dipping shot.

Jonny Castro then hit a left-footed rocket that Fabianski saved for a corner, but Saiss headed the ensuing set piece beyond the reach of the Polish backstop.

Wolves wanted a penalty kick when Pablo Zabaleta got an arm on Diogo Jota in the box, but did not get a chance to make it 2-0 from the spot.

Arnautovic left the game with help, unable to put weight on his right leg after a boot to his ankle.

And Fabianski nearly needed to be removed from the match after a hard coming-together with a sliding Doherty.

Jimenez then made it 2-0 when he connected with a low-crossed corner kick, and added to the advantage with a flick of Jota’s cross.