Read More PLAY by Metro Comment Video Settings The midfielder knew beating Spurs was just as important in the red half of north London (Picture: Getty)Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he had extra motivation to win the Champions League final so he could get one over former club Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham and deny them European glory.The 25-year-old, who has been sidelined with injury for much of the season, was an unused substitute as Liverpool secured a 2-0 victory in Madrid on Saturday night to seal their sixth European Cup success.Goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi sealed the win for the Merseysiders, and Oxlade-Chamberlain wanted to win the title as much for his current club as his old one.Speaking to his former skipper Per Mertesacker on DAZN after the game, Oxlade-Chamberlain said: ‘As former Gooners, we know what that one meant to all the Arsenal fans out there.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE ‘It was massive for us at Liverpool, but “Once a Gooner always a Gooner” that’s what they say.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I had a personal sort of feeling in that game that we needed to get that done for all the people I left at Arsenal, I know they were all willing us on to win that one so I’m happy that we could do it.’This time last year, Oxlade-Chamberlain was cutting a forlorn figure in Kiev hobbling around on crutches, but was able to enjoy the celebrations in Madrid with Little Mix girlfriend Perrie Edwards this time around. Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Skip Top articles Manchester United captain Harry Maguire About Connatix V67539 Read More Full Screen 1/1 Metro Sport ReporterSunday 2 Jun 2019 4:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares 1 min. story Skip Ad Read More / Oxlade-Chamberlain was loving every second after Liverpool’s win (Picture: Reuters)Speaking about the win, manager Jurgen Klopp said: ‘Did you ever see a team like this, fighting with no fuel in the tank? I am so happy for the boys, all these people and my family.‘They suffer for me, they deserve it more than anybody. It was an intense season with the most beautiful finish I ever could have imagined.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Coming Next Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sends message to Arsenal fans after beating Spurs in Champions League final Read More SPONSORED Advertisement Advertisement
Vihari’s tally of three centuries in the Irani Trophy puts him in an elite list. He joins Sunil Gavaskar, Wasim Jaffer and Abhinav Mukund as the other players to have hit three tons. Gundappa Viswanath holds the record for most Irani Trophy tons with four. Vihari’s average of 238 is the best among batsmen who have played the Irani Trophy twice. Jaffer (1294*) and Viswanath (1001) are the only players to score over 1000 runs in this tournament. Mukund has the most matches with 13, followed by Jaffer and Gavaskar with 12.If Vidarbha secure a win in the Irani Trophy, they will become the third team after Karnataka and Bombay to win the tournament two times in a row. Bombay achieved the feat four times (1960, 1963, 1964), (1970, 1971), (1976, 1977), (1995, 1996) while Karnataka won it in 2014 and 2015. Vihari made his debut against England at The Oval in September 2018 and scored a solid 56. In the series against Australia, he weathered the new ball and scored some solid knocks as India won a series in Australia for the first time. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Hanuma Vihari created history by becoming the first player in the history of the Irani Trophy to score a hat-trick of centuries. Vihari achieved the feat when he smashed 114 and 180 in the clash against Vidarbha at the VCA stadium in Jamtha. The right-hand batsman had earlier smashed 183 in the 2018 edition of the tournament but Rest of India were thwarted by Wasim Jaffer’s monstrous 286 and knocks of 157 from Apoorv Wankhade and 120 from Ganesh Satish as Vidarbha notched up a massive 800/7 declared to clinch the Irani Trophy that year. In this season, Vihari’s knocks have put the match on a knife-edge with the reigning Ranji Trophy champions slightly in front.Rest of India were boosted by Mayank Agarwal’s 95 and Vihari’s 114 but Akshay Wakhare and Aditya Sarwate took three wickets apiece to restrict them to 330. In response, Vidarbha were in trouble at 168/5 but Akshay Karnewar stitched a 58-run stand with Sarwate and a 79-run stand with Akshay Wadkar. Karnewar smashed a century and the lower-order partnerships helped Vidarbha take a 95-run lead.In the second innings, Vihari’s 180 included 19 fours and four sixes and he was well-backed up by Ajinkya Rahane’s 87 and a 52-ball 61 from Shreyas Iyer as Rest of India made a bold declaration at 374/3, setting Vidarbha a target of 280. In the process, Vihari became the second player after Shikhar Dhawan to hit a century in both innings in the Irani Trophy. The left-hander achieved this feat in the clash against Rajasthan in 2011 in which he made 177 and 155 as Rest of India won the clash. highlights Hanuma Vihari made his Test debut against England in September 2018.Vihari is the second player after Shikhar Dhawan to hit tons in both innings of Irani Trophy.Vihari has hit three tons in the Irani Trophy.
Reports from the Eagles’ camp point to a very positive ambience with players and officials thinking of how to bring honour and glory to the nation when the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on Friday, June 21.The Eagles played out a 0-0 draw with Zimbabwe on June 9 in their last warm-up game played in Asaba, Delta State.The last time Nigeria and Senegal clashed at senior level was two years ago in London. Kelechi Iheanacho equalized from the spot after Moussa Sow had put Senegal ahead – both goals coming in the second half.Three –time African champions Nigeria are on an eight –match unbeaten run since elimination from the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.Today’s game has been scheduled to start at 7pm Egypt time (6pm Nigeria time) and both federations have agreed the match be played behind closed door in order to enable both coaching crews to tinker with tactics and strategy during the encounter.Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has confirmed that his assistant captain, Ahmed Musa, will not feature in today’s game.Rohr cited ill-health as the reason why the Saudi Arabia-based winger is being left out of the squad.“Musa is sick as a result of this he will not play against Senegal,” the German said.Rohr also revealed that striker Henry Onyekuru and right-back Shehu Abdullahi won’t face the Teranga Lions.There’s however good news as Oghenekaro Etebo and Chidozie Awaziem, who were down with cold while training in Asaba, Delta State, are now fit to play.“Etebo and Awaziem have recovered from illness and they have been training with us. So they are available for selection for the big match against Africa’s best team Senegal,” Rohr said.The Nigeria delegation will depart from Ismailia tomorrow morning for Alexandria – venue of their Group B games against Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar on June 22, 26 and 30 respectively.Senegal are up against Algeria, Kenya and Tanzania in Group C and will play their games in Cairo.Egyptian referee Mahmoud Ashor will take charge of proceedings today and will be assisted by compatriots Mohamed Abdel Mgeed, Ahmed Salah and Said Abdollah.Egypt 2019 is Nigeria’s 18th appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations, three more than Senegal.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Brazil celebrate Phillipe Coutinho’s second goal against Bolivia in the opening game of the Copa America Demola OjoNigeria’s Super Eagles look forward to a good outing as they face the Teranga Lions of Senegal today in Ismaila, Egypt.The Lions are ranked Africa’s number one team, with the Super Eagles still third in Africa, despite dropping three spots to 45th in the latest FIFA ranking.