Dunga Backs Alves To Succeed At Juventus

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Brazil manager Dunga has backed his defender, Dani Alves to turn up for Juventus should he make the switch.

The Brazil international will be ending his eight years association with Barcelona and could be joining Juventus in the coming season.

And Dunga believes the defender will benefit immensely from the purported move.

“Italian football is very tactical, but also very beautiful,” said Dunga.

“With Dani Alves’ mentality, he will certainly do very well at Juventus.

“He is a player accustomed to winning and Juventus will make a strong team to win the Champions League because the Italians demand it.”

Alves will be back in action for Brazil at Copa America on Sunday when the Selecao meet Peru in their final match of Group B.

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Casillas Will Retire When Buffon Does

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Spain goalie, Iker Casillas has stated he will not hang his gloves until colleague, Gianluigi Buffon does.

The Italy international signed a contract extension with Juventus, tikk 2017-18 season, that’ll keep him active well beyond his 40th birthday.

Casillas, three years Buffon’s junior, has an option to extend his Porto contract through to 2018 and has no plans to hang up his gloves before his counterpart.

“When he retires, I will too,” Casillas, who has won two European Championship medals and a World Cup with Spain, told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“He just signed a new deal and that makes me happy because that means I will too.

“When we call it quits we’ll set up a nice match between my friends and his friends.”

Casillas faces competition from David de Gea to claim the gloves for Spain’s Euro 2016 opener against Czech Republic on Monday, with the defending champions looking to win the title for a third straight edition.

“The keeper believes the task will be more difficult this year, with France, Belgium and Germany among the frontrunners,” he added.

“It will be more difficult than four years ago. France are good, Belgium are strong and then Germany are world champions. Italy and Portugal are always dangerous.”

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NYSC Issues Important Notice As Orientation Course Begins On Monday

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The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has issued a very important notice to ‘all 2016 ‘A’ stream 1 prospective Corps members that missed their orientation course’.

READ ALSO: NYSC Batch ‘A’ 2016 (Stream II) Orientation Course To Begin On June 13

In spite of several complains by the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) and other concerned groups that the date fixed (June 13) for the orientation course coincided with the Muslim corps members’ Ramadan fast, the scheme appears not worried by it, as it has advised all Batch A prospective corps members (PCMs) who missed out on stream ‘1’ to go online and reprint their call-up letters for stream ‘2’.

READ ALSO: Ramadan: NYSC, MCAN Agree To Make Orientation Stress-Free For Muslim Corpers

Meanwhile it was gathered that the MCAN and NYSC agreed on the modalities that would make it easy for Muslim Corps members to observe the Ramadan without too much hassles.

The affected PCMs have been sent SMS to go online and reprint their letters. However, if any affected PCM did not receive the SMS, he/she can still go ahead and reprint the call-up letter.

Note: The reprinted call-up letter should bear a new date.

READ ALSO: NYSC Pleads With ‘Protesting’ Nigerian Graduates To Be Patient

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Remembering MKO Abiola And June 12 – Reuben Abati

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This day, June 12 will always be remembered by those who have defied the culture of silence and conspiracy against a significant moment in Nigerian history, to remind us of how today, 23 years ago, the battle against the exit of the military from power was fought at the ballot by a determined Nigerian people. It is indeed sad that apart from the South-West states of Oyo, Ogun, Lagos and Osun which have doggedly continued to celebrate the hero, and later martyr of that battle, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, there has been studied indifference to the June 12 phenomenon by the Federal Government and remarkably, the rest of Nigeria.

This piece was written by Reuben Abati. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

This is sadder still because MKO Abiola was not an ethnic champion: he was a man of pan-Nigerian vision and ambition, who went into politics to give the people hope, to unite them and lead them out of poverty. His campaign manifesto was instructively titled “Hope 93 – Farewell to Poverty: How to make Nigeria a better place for all.”

When Nigerians voted in the presidential election of June 12, 1993, they chose the Muslim-Muslim ticket of MKO Abiola and Baba Gana Kingibe under the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP). MKO Abiola not only defeated the Presidential candidate of the National Republican Convention (NRC), Bashir Tofa in his home state of Kano, he also defeated him “fairly and squarely” with “58.4% of the popular vote and a majority in 20 out of 30 states and the FCT.” That election was adjudged to be free and fair, and peaceful. But the Ibrahim Babangida-led military government had been playing games with the transition-to-civilian rule, and so it chose not to announce the final results of the election, and later on June 23, 1993, the Presidential election was annulled.

This was a coup against the Nigerian people, and an act of brazen injustice, but June 12 will go down in history as the birthday of the revolution that swept the Nigerian military back to the barracks. The media began to refer to MKO Abiola as “the man widely believed to have won the June 12, 1993 election”, or perhaps, “the undeclared winner” but those who played key roles at the time, including Humphrey Nwosu, the chief electoral umpire, have since confessed that “their hands were tied”, and that indeed MKO Abiola won the election. General Ibrahim Babangida, then Head of State, has not been able to live down that error of judgement. It was the final error that also consumed his government, forcing him to “step aside”, and as it turned out “step away”. He left behind an Interim National Government (ING) led by Chief Ernest Shonekan who was handpicked for the assignment, but the ING contrivance only survived for 83 days; in November 1993, General Sani Abacha, who was in the ING as Minister of Defence, seized power. It was obvious that the military never wanted to relinquish power.

June 12 brought out the worst and the best in the people: the worst in the military and its hungry agents definitely, but the injustice of its annulment released the people’s energy and capacity for protest. Progressive Nigerians spoke in unison against military tyranny and the violation of their right to choose. The Abacha government, which had initially deceived the progressives about its intentions, unleashed a reign of terror on the country: media houses were attacked, journalists were jailed, bombed, beaten, civil society activists were hauled into detention. But the repression was met with stiff resistance. The people insisted on the election of June 12, the military’s exit and Abiola’s declaration as winner of the election. On June 11, 1994, in what is now known as the Epetedo declaration, Chief MKO Abiola declared a Government of National Unity and asked for his mandate to be duly recognised. He was subsequently arrested for treasonable felony, but that only added fuel to the protests. Abiola later died in custody on July 7, 1998, a month to the day, after General Sani Abacha himself died.

But the real outcome was that the military had been branded evil, and the people would accept nothing but the end of military rule. This was the scenario that led to the return to democratic rule on May 29, 1999, and the specific choice of a political figure from the South-West to assuage the expressed fears of the South-West that the denial of MKO Abiola’s mandate was an assault on the right of the South-West. The ethnicisation of the June 12 protest was unfortunate because indeed the struggle against tyranny recruited foot soldiers from virtually every part of the country, international support also gave the struggle higher relevance; those were the days when serving foreign diplomats joined pro-democracy protesters to wave placards on the streets. Many died, and they were all from across Nigeria, businesses were affected, but the people were determined to make the sacrifice. It was that revolution that made May 29, 1999 possible, and if any date is deserving of celebration, it is June 12.

The irony is that those who benefited most from MKO Abiola’s martyrdom do not want to be reminded of him. And those who used to talk about injustice have since, given the opportunity, inflicted their own injustice on the people. Those who used to swear by Abiola’s name have since found new political patrons. Those who proclaimed Abiola as the symbol of democracy and the rallying point for the people’s hopes have since been dancing on his grave. Successive federal administrations since 1999, have also failed to redress the injustice of 1993, by doing the minimum of declaring June 12 a national holiday. There have been suggestions along this line, including the possibility of a post-humous national honour (the only constraint here is that the national honour is not awarded post-humously although there is nothing that expressly forbids this in the enabling Act), or the naming of a major national monument after MKO, or the official admission that the June 12, 1993 election was indeed won and lost and was not in any way inconclusive.

Truth: Nigeria forgets too soon, too easily. For, when indeed the Jonathan administration tried to address this injustice by naming a significant national institution after MKO Abiola, the attempt resulted in controversy and a storm. The last paragraph of then President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2012 Democracy Day speech had renamed the University of Lagos after MKO Abiola. Both the students and staff trooped to the streets in protest. They rejected the name-change and declared that their university’s name is a brand that nobody, not even the Federal Government of Nigeria could tamper with, in honour of anybody, living or dead. They said they were not consulted and the University Act had not been amended. Politics and opportunism was read into the gesture, and the government had to eat the humble pie. Would the reaction be different if another government were to take the same step, the same way the reaction to the increase in the pump price of petroleum products has been different this year, under a different dispensation?

MKO Abiola was a victim of military politics and conspiracy, now his martyrdom and legacy seem lost in the intricate web of conditioned amnesia and the ego of those who continue to compete with his memory. In a country where history is no longer taught, and there are no well-managed museums and monuments to make history part of the public landscape, a generation is already emerging, like the generation of UNILAG students in 2012, who may someday ask: who is MKO Abiola? Those who refuse to teach history run the risk of producing children who may lack the capacity to remember and the wisdom to appreciate history’s many lessons.

Those who insist speculatively that MKO Abiola could not have been a good president also miss the point about his example and legacy: his martyrdom shaped the architecture of much that happened subsequently in Nigerian history, and it is not the military’s duty to veto the people of Nigeria. The military have been shipped out of power for good, they can only return as they have been doing as retired soldiers, and whatever happens with our democracy, the people are resolved that nobody can annul their right to choose, and it is part of their right to choose, to sometimes make mistakes and learn. The various state governments and civil groups that remember and celebrate MKO Abiola every year deserve a pat on the back for defying amnesia. June 12 is ultimately not just about one man who became a symbol; it is also about the collective struggle against military tyranny, a reminder of people power and the value of civil society; it is that historical moment when Nigerians voted for change and stood by it.

On this occasion of the 23rd anniversary, may the words of MKO Abiola at Epetedo on June 11, 1994 prick our conscience: “People of Nigeria, exactly one year ago, you turned out in your millions to vote for me, Chief MKO Abiola as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. But politicians in uniform, who call themselves soldiers but are more devious than any civilian would want to be, deprived you of your God-given right to be ruled by the President you had yourselves elected. These soldier-politicians introduced into our body politic, a concept hitherto unknown to our political lexicography, something strangely called the “annulment” of an election perceived by all to have been the fairest, cleanest and most peaceful ever held in our nation.

“…My hope has always been to arouse whatever remnants of patriotism are left in the hearts of these thieves of your mandate, and to persuade them that they should not allow their personal desire to rule to usher our beloved country into an ear of political instability and ruin…

“Instead they have resorted to the tactics of divide and rule, bribery, and political perfidy, misinformation and (vile) propaganda. How much longer can we tolerate all this? There is no humiliation I have not endured, no snare that has not been put in my path, no “setup” that has not been designed for me in my endeavour to use the path of peace to enforce the mandate that you bestowed on me one year ago. It has been a long night. But the dawn is here. Today people of Nigeria, I join you all in saying, “Enough is Enough!”…Enough of military rule…Enough of square pegs in round holes…”

I recommend a reading of the entire declaration by all patriots in remembrance of Chief MKO Abiola. Google it. Read it.

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New Deadly Group ‘Yan Shara’ Terrorises Residents In Kaduna State

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The emergence of a new deadly group called ‘Yan Shara’ in Kaduna state has compelled the State Police Command to rein in following a string of attacks on the residents of the state.

Yan Shara, which means “Sweepers” in Hausa Language, has been held responsible for the series of attacks on some residents of the state, using dangerous weapons like knives and machetes.

READ ALSO: Muslim Youths Attack Carpenter In Kaduna For Eating During Ramadan

Speaking to Premium Times in an interview, the spokesperson of the command, Abubakar Zubair, said though the police were not aware of some of the attacks, the activities of the group had been put under control by the force.

He said, “The Kaduna police have all the information about the activities of the gang in some part of the state that include Tudun Wada and Rigasa area and have taken all the necessary steps to bring that to a stop. We never had any other report of such activities from groups like that in recent time.”

“The case of Unguwan Rimi and Unguwan Dosa are new to me now but the police will step up and find out what actually happened. The police are not taking it lightly with such activities of hoodlums in the state anymore.

Also speaking on their nefarious act, a community leader, Mal Mustapha, said many of the members of the Yan Shara were residents of the same areas where the activities had taken place.

“As a community leader, we keep telling people in the Mosque and gathering to be cautious of these boys,” Mr. Mustapha said.

“Nobody knows what their motives are or what they intend to achieve with such activities. We are calling on the Kaduna state Police and the government to in a matter of urgency hasten taking action on this group’s activities in the state.”

In the same vein, a resident of Unguwan Dosa, Bello Sani, said he narrowly escaped being lynched last week when the group attacked him on his way from the mosque where he had gone to pray.

He said, “It happened after the last prayer of the day, Isha’a at Unguwan Dosa. I was going home from the mosque in Unguwan Dosa when I saw people running and coming my way.

“At first I thought it was a riot. Then one lady who was running overtook me and was shouting run! run! run! the sweepers are coming. I did not understand what she meant by sweepers until I saw some shops close to me closing down and also telling me to run.

“However, before I could run fast, one among them hit me with a big stick on my back. I was able to jump in to a house close to me forcing them to retreat.”

Last week, a certain carpenter, Francis Emmanuel, was attacked in Kakuri area of the metropolis by some suspected members of the gang for failing to observe the ongoing Ramadan fast.

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Civil Defence Captures Boko Haram Recruiter In Borno State

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has on Sunday announced the capture of a man who confessed to be a recruiter as well as supplier of arms and IEDs to Boko Haram terrorists.

READ ALSO: Boko Haram Slaughters 4 Women In Borno State

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri, the Commandant of the NSCDC in Borno, Ibrahim Abdullahi, disclosed that the 56-year-old Boko Haram kingpin was arrested in Aski Uba Local Government Area of Borno on Tuesday.

“Our men have made remarkable progress by arresting a Boko Haram kingpin,” Abdullahi said.

“The notorious kingpin was said to be a recruiter as well as supplier of arms and IEDs to Boko Haram terrorists.

“He confessed that his three children were also arrow heads of the Boko Haram sect.”

Mr. Abdullahi said the command had since handed over the suspect to the army for further investigation.

Security agencies have to a large extent succeeded in bringing insurgency under control.

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PHOTOS: 2Face, Ali Baba And More For #DisruptionAfrica

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Legendary Nigerian singer 2Face Idibia has arrived Kenya ahead of the Buckwyld ‘N’ Breathless concert.

Tagged Disruption Africa, 2Face arrived the East African nation with comedian Ali Baba, singer Kelly Handsome and the winners of the Trip ‘N’ Treat promo organized by Partner Mobile. Check them out below!

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2Baba, Ali Baba, Mwalim Churchill, Jessy The MC, Dela, Kelly Hansome, Efe Omorogbe

2Baba, Ali Baba, Mwalim Churchill, Jessy The MC, Dela, Kelly Hansome, Efe Omorogbe
2Baba with Rotimi Bakare (Trip N Treat Winner)

2Baba with Rotimi Bakare (Trip N Treat Winner)
Official 2Baba with Jenifa Eliogu

Official 2Baba with Jenifa Eliogu

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Brymo To Release His First Official Video In Three Years

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Following the release of his KLĬTÔRĬS album, Brymo will be releasing a video for a single in the album titled Something Good is Happening.

The video shot by Uche Chukwu will be released soon, an excited Brymo announced on Twitter.

Before now, Brymo’s last released video was Down, just before his sophomore album, Merchants, Dealers & Slaves was released in 2013. He since then has released two more albums – 2014’s Tabula Rasa and this year’s KLĬTÔRĬS.

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Amunike Pays Tribute To Late Keshi And Amodu

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Amunike Pays Tribute To Late Keshi And Amodu – Flying Eagles coach Emmanuel Amunike has dedicated the Flying Eagles victory to two late Super Eagles coaches.

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Amunike Pays Tribute To Late Keshi And Amodu

The Flying Eagles won the Burundi U-20 team 2-1 at the U.J Esuene stadium in Calabar, and Amuneke dedicated the win to the late Stephen Keshi and Shuaibu Amodu, who both passed away last week.

READ: Amunike Promises To Break F/Eagles World Cup Jinx

“I am dedicating this victory to the late coaches of Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi and Amodu Shaibu. It’s a pity that we lost our finest coaches and masters of the game, may their souls rest in peace,” he said after the match.

The Flying Eagles had won the first leg in Burundi 1-0, and goals from Victor Osimhen and Kelechi Nwakali ensured the win for the Flying Eagles. “Playing at home gives you an opportunity to excel,” coach Amunike added.

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Amuneke Pays Tribute To Late Keshi And Amodu

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Amuneke Pays Tribute To Late Keshi And Amodu – Flying Eagles coach Emmanuel Amuneke has dedicated the Flying Eagles victory to two late Super Eagles coaches.

Amuneke Pays Tribute To Late Keshi And Amodu

Amuneke Pays Tribute To Late Keshi And Amodu

The Flying Eagles won the Burundi U-20 team 2-1 at the U.J Esuene stadium in Calabar, and Amuneke dedicated the win to the late Stephen Keshi and Shuaibu Amodu, who both passed away last week.

READ: Amuneke Promises To Break F/Eagles World Cup Jinx

“I am dedicating this victory to the late coaches of Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi and Amodu Shaibu. It’s a pity that we lost our finest coaches and masters of the game, may their souls rest in peace,” he said after the match.

The Flying Eagles had won the first leg in Burundi 1-0, and goals from Victor Osimhen and Kelechi Nwakali ensured the win for the Flying Eagles. “Playing at home gives you an opportunity to excel,” coach Amuneke added.

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#EURO2016: Russia To Face Sanction Over Crowd Trouble

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Russia To Face Sanction Over Crowd Trouble – UEFA has announced that Russia is under investigation following violence after it’s 1-1 draw with England at the Euro 2016.

Russia To Face Sanction Over Crowd Trouble

Russia To Face Sanction Over Crowd Trouble

Russia will face a disciplinary panel after the European football governing body leveled 3 charges against it: crowd disturbances, racist behaviour and setting off fireworks.

READ: #EURO2016: Berezutski Scores Last-Gasp Equaliser As England Fail To Win Russia

Photo and video footage showed Russian fans breaching security barriers and attacking England supporters after the full time whistle.

There has been fan trouble in France even before the tournament officially kicked off, with violence having been ongoing in Marseille for over 3 days. At least 35 people were reportedly injured in Saturday’s violence, and UEFA will determine any sanctions to be given on Tuesday.

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Funke Akindele Wows On The Red Carpet in London, With iROKO World

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In honour of superstar Funke Akindele, iROKO World and Lebara Playa held a red carpet extravaganza at an event in the Greenwich ODEON in London. Funke is iROKO World’s Global Brand Ambassador.

 

Celebrating the actresses’s renowned Nollywood character, ‘Jenifa’, the event saw hundreds of Funke’s fans descend for a screening of episodes 1 and 2 of Season 4 of Jenifa’s Diary, as well as a Q&A on stage with Funke and DJ Abass. As a special treat for her fans, Funke also showcased a WORLD-EXCLUSIVE, much anticipated sneak peek of Jenifa’s Diary Season 5.

Funke looked radiant in a stunning orange gown on the red carpet, and she spent much of her time meeting and taking selfies with fans – and they loved every minute!

Also in attendance on the red carpet were DJ Abass, Ayo Shonaiya, Oyinbo Princes, Diana Yekinni, Falz theBahdGuy, Wisetola, Designer maze couture

The night, hosted by iROKO World, and Lebara Play, was a huge celebration of all things Nollywood.

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iROKO World offers the best in Nollywood content, delighting fans all over the world with original and an acquired TV and movies. Lebara Play is an award-winning, entertainment service that provides a premium collection of Nollywood movies and African TV channels. New Nollywood blockbusters are added regularly and you can watch your favourite African TV channels live anytime, anywhere. Lebara Play is 100% legal so you are supporting the production of more of the TV and movies you love as well as guaranteeing the best quality.

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#CopaAmerica2016: Dempsey Sends USA Into Quarterfinals At The Summit Of The Group

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The USA booked its spot in the last eight after beating Paraguay 1-0 in the last match of the group, with Dempsey scoring the lone goal.

Gyasi Yardes setup his teammate from a well taken cross, as the Seattle Sounders man made no mistake in converting in the 27th minute.

DeAndre Yedlin was sent off early after the break, but the USA held on for the remainder of the match, securing all three points in a crucial encounter.

A pair of bookings in a matter of minutes saw Yedlin sent off, but Paraguay was unable to make the most of its numerical advantage.

Paraguay struggled to break down the Copa hosts in the second half and bowed out in the group stage for the first time since 2001.

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Boko Haram Slaughters 4 Women In Borno State

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Militants of notorious terror group, Boko Haram, have slaughtered four women in a remote village in Borno state, local vigilantes said on Saturday.

It is reported that on Friday evening, about 14 fighters of the Islamic death cult, stormed Mairari village, 80 kilometres from Maiduguri, on seven motorcycles.

READ ALSO: 5 Persons Arrested As DSS Raids ISIS Sleeper Cell In Kano State

The insurgents picked four women – aged between 27 and 45 – from their homes and slit their throats, Babakura Kolo, a vigilante told AFP.

He said: “They went into four homes while residents were breaking their fast around 7:00 pm, brought out the four women and slaughtered them.”

“We believe the killings were targeted, the gunmen were from all indications after the husbands of the women.”

“They killed the women when they didn’t find their husbands”.

Similarly, Musa Ari, another vigilante, said:

“The general feeling is that the women’s husbands either refused to accept Boko Haram’s invitation to join their ranks or the group suspects them of passing information about them to the authorities,” Ari told AFP.

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#EURO2016: Berezutski Scores Last-Gasp Equaliser As England Fail To Win Russia

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England yet again started a major tournament without a victory as Vasili Berezutski’s stoppage-time header gave Russia a draw they barely deserved in the Stade Velodrome.

Dier's strike was the first direct free-kick goal by an England player at a major finals since David Beckham against Ecuador at the 2006 World Cup

Dier’s strike was the first direct free-kick goal by an England player at a major finals since David Beckham against Ecuador at the 2006 World Cup. Getty Image

The build up to the match had been marred by pitched battles between English and Russian fans in the streets of Marseille that left one British man in a critical condition.

Roy Hodgson’s side were dominant and fully merited the lead given to them when Eric Dier crashed a 20-yard free-kick high past keeper Igor Akinfeev with 17 minutes left.

Vasili Berezutski's late goal was Russia's first attempt on target since the 17th minute of the game.

Vasili Berezutski’s late goal was Russia’s first attempt on target since the 17th minute of the game. Getty Image

The England Coach then removed Wayne Rooney, who came up with a man of the match performance, and replaced him with Jack Wilshere to preserve England’s advantage.

It was a decision that failed when Russia snatched a point – and extended England’s record of never starting a European Championship with a win – two minutes into four minutes of stoppage time.

Berezutski soared above Danny Rose at the far post to send Georgi Schennikov’s header looping over keeper Joe Hart.

The final whistle was the cue for more of the violence that has marred the build-up to this fixture, as Russian fans appeared to charge at English supporters behind the goal where Berezutski scored.

 

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