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Sunday Mirror


Sunday November 3, 2013

Newcastle humbles in-form S Chelsea at St James’ Park


Gerrard dreams Liverpool job


oan Gouffran and Loic Remy scored second-half goals to cause an upset at St James’ Park yesterday as Newcastle beat title-chasing Chelsea 2-0. Gouffran converted Yohan Cabaye’s free-kick, and Remy finished from inside the box, to hand Alan Pardew his first win against Jose Mourinho as the Blues’ indifferent away form continued. Indeed, Chelsea have won just one Premier League away game all season and came up stuck as the

rain poured on Tyneside. After a drab first-half for both teams, in which John Terry hit the bar with a header, Newcastle came to life after the break. Yohan Cabaye curled a free-kick into the box from deep and Yoan Gouffran stayed onside to bury it into the corner. Chelsea hit back. Mathieu Debuchy blocked a shot on the line, before Eden Hazard dragged one wide. However, Remy sealed victory shortly afterwards to give the home

side the three points. Yet Chelsea dominated for long periods in front of a packed house of 51,674, but having hit the bar twice within seconds early in the game, did not call upon keeper Tim Krul until 10 minutes from time on a day when victory would have seen them leapfrog Arsenal for a few hours at least. On a miserably cold and wet Tyneside afternoon, the fare on offer initially did little to lift the mood as an attritional game unfolded.

teven Gerrard admits he would consider managing Liverpool in the future if he felt he was up to the task. The inspirational midfielder holds legendary status at Anfield, having spent his entire career with his boyhood club. The 33-year-old is also set to skipper his country in what will almost certainly be his last World Cup in Brazil next year. Gerrard is open to the possibility of moving into management when he calls time on his career and

said he would welcome the chance to take charge at Anfield if he believed he could do the job justice. “I’d consider management maybe if I was good enough. “But just because you’ve been a decent player and had a successful career at Liverpool, it doesn’t mean you’re going to turn out to be a top manager. “But if I was good enough and I ever got the shout to be the Liverpool manager in 10 or 20 years, of course I’d consider it very seriously,” he said.

Martino defends misfiring Messi


Lewandowski thrilled with hat-trick Lewandowski


obert Lewandowski was relieved to have broken the goalscoring shackles in Borussia Dortmund’s big Bundesliga win over Stuttgart on Friday. The Polish striker scored a hattrick as Dortmund overcame an early deficit to triumph 6-1 to equal a club record of six straight home wins. Lewandowski completed his treble in just 18 minutes to send Dortmund top of the league, although Bayern Munich have a game in hand. “It was a great game. To score three goals and win 6-1 is fantastic,” Lewandowski enthused. “I didn’t score enough in October

so it’s nice to score more now. “Next we’ve got Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League and we’re playing at home and want to win. We want to win as many games as possible.” The comprehensive victory was extra special for Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller, who was celebrating a milestone match for the club. “It was really nice to have played my 300th game,” the experienced shot-stopper said. “I’ve had some great highlights here - cup wins, the league titles, the Champions League last season. “There have been so many great moments with these fans.”

arcelona head coach Gerardo Martino has leapt to the defence of Lionel Messi after his star attacker again misfired. While Alexis Sanchez’s 68th-minute strike was enough to hand the Catalan giants a 1-0 victory over city rivals Espanyol on Friday, Messi failed to score for the third game in a row. As Sanchez’s golden run in front of goal continued - the Chilean has now scored eight goals in seven matches in all competitions, Messi’s poor form has attracted plenty of questions, although Martino remains unconcerned. “I keep saying the same thing, I have to do an exclusive analysis of him (Messi) in every game,” Martino said. “He is the most important player in a team full of amazing players. He plays in his own way and offers us what he offers. “If we keep winning, we will see the best of all of our footballers very soon.” Messi appeared to cut a forlorn figure after the match but Martino denied the Argentine was down on confidence. “I don’t think he’s worried. In reality, I’ve seen him make the same facial expressions throughout his career. It’s just a coincidence,” Martino said.



Blanc pleased with PSG attacking focus


aris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc says there were plenty of positives to draw from his side’s 4-0 demolition of Lorient on Friday. Even without star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to a knee problem, PSG still had too much firepower for the visitors and stretched their unbeaten Ligue 1 run to 23 matches.


Air crash victims: Associated Airline Nigeria, others to witness solar eclipse today T A set to pay insurance benefits AI



ssociated Airline, operators of the ill-fated plane that conveyed the remains of former Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Agagu, which crashed in Lagos killing over 15 passengers, has promised to pay insurance benefits to families of the crash victims. A reliable source from the airline told Sunday Mirror that Lloyd Insurance of London, collaborating with another insurance company in Nigeria has set in motion plans to disburse the insurance benefits to

the bereaved families, on behalf of the airline. According to our source, delegates from Lloyd Insurance, London, had already visited the bereaved families in Akure, Ondo State and Lagos. It was gathered that the families had been given letters directing them go to Associated Airline office where they would be acquainted with the full package of the insurance benefits to be given. Sunday Mirror however learnt that the Okusanyas, a prominent Lagos family which lost an illustrious member, Tunji

Okusanya, Boss of MIC undertakers, along with his son and four staff, have not received any such letter or compensation. “Nothing has been given to us. I don’t know about others o, but as far as my brothers and the staff that worked with him are concerned, nothing has been given to us,” younger Toyin Okusanya, Tunji’s sibling, said. Asked if he was aware that the samples of the remains of the crash victims were flown abroad for the DNA test and that could have been the reason for the delay in releasing the result?



partial solar eclipse is anticipated to occur in most states of Nigeria at about noon today. The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) made the prediction at a press conference held in Abuja over the weekend. The director-general of the agency, Prof. Seidu Mohammed, described eclipse as a natural astronomical event with no significant negative implication, and urged Nigerians to remain calm as the eclipse will not hinder

normal activities. His words: “Nigeria is within the penumbra region where you’ll have partial eclipse on November 3, 2013. As an astronomical agency, we have taken time to inform Nigerians of the eclipse, which will take place on Sunday, because it is our duty to keep the nation informed of such developments. We urge Nigerians to remain calm as there is no need to panic. “November 3rd will be like any other day; it will not hinder signal from the satellite, so mobile signal will not be affected, our internet and other facilities will be operating and it will not even affect flights;

nothing out of the ordinary is expected to occur apart from a shadow bend which will be felt just at the time we predicted. We have predicted the starting time and when it will end, which is around 4pm in most cities.” Speaking in the same vein, the director, centre for basic space science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Prof. Fidelis Opara, explained that an eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when an astronomical object is temporarily obscured, either by passing into the shadow of another body or by having another body pass between it and the viewer as seen from the earth