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Lampard earns first win as Chelsea boss at Norwich City Lifestyle News



Frank Lampard celebrated his first victory as Chelsea manager with Tammy Abraham’s double, inspiring their 3-2 win over Norwich City in a pulsating Premier League encounter at Carrow Road on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Abraham struck on the half-volley in the third minute and, after a see-saw contest in which Norwich twice fought back from a goal down, he proved the match-winner with another superb strike in the 68th minute.

Teemu Pukki continued his dazzling start to the season by netting a league-leading fifth goal for the Canaries.

However, it was to prove in vain as the victory provided much-needed relief for Lampard, one of Chelsea’s greatest .ers.

Lampard finally got off the mark at the fourth attempt after a loss at Manchester United, defeat to Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup and a draw with Leicester City.

Chelsea took the lead early when an overlapping Cesar Azpilicueta drifted a perfect cross from the right to the feet of the unmarked Abraham, who slotted the ball past goalkeeper Tim Krul.

Norwich struck back quickly, with Emiliano Buendia finding Pukki, who squared from near the left post for 21-year-old midfielder Todd Cantwell to score from close range.

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount made it 2-1 with a fine 17th-minute goal.

But 13 minutes later, Buendia’s fine through ball put in the prolific Finn Pukki, who beat Kepa Arrizabalaga from a tight angle despite the Chelsea keeper getting a hand to the ball.

Chelsea looked more assured after the break and their pressure told.

Mateo Kovacic found Abraham, who rounded two Norwich defenders before firing home the winner from outside the box. (Reuters/NAN)

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FIFA’s “The Best Awards” faces a vote-rigging storm as Lionel Messi’s victory is questioned Lifestyle News



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FIFA’s prestigious “The Best awards” have been struck by a vote-rigging storm after claims that the ballot was rigged. During a glitzy ceremony in Milan on Monday, September 23, Lionel Messi was crowned the best men’s .er of the year ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk. Now there is doubt and questions are […]

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Erasmus believes planning, execution and luck can win the World Cup – Lifestyle News



South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus believes his side’s fate at the Rugby World Cup in Japan could be decided by fine margins such as the bounce of a ball, a missed tackle or a refereing decision.

Erasmus told Reuters in an interview that the team’s preparations, which included lifting the Rugby Championship for the first time in a decade, have been perfect, and they can have no excuse for not performing in Japan.

Erasmus believes they are not favourites for the trophy though, but says the gap between the leading nations has closed over the last 12 months.

“If you go purely on world rankings, we are still hovering between four and five, so that says we are not favourites. But I think the gap between team one and five in the world has shrunk,” Erasmus said.

“We are in with a much better chance than 18 months ago. I wouldn’t tag us as favourites, but we have a much more realistic chance.”

Erasmus believes he can find the right formula to win, but says the .ers must . their part too. The team will also need some good fortune if they are to claim a third World Cup title after previous successes in 1995 and 2007.

“My job is to coach well and the .ers’ job is to . well. We do have the talent and we have worked really hard,” he said.

“That is ultimately what we will be judged on. If we are lucky and we don’t get a lot of injuries, we should go deep in the tournament. And then it could be a referee’s decision, a bounce of a ball or a missed tackle.”



Erasmus’s preparations have included sending an advanced party of .ers to New Zealand a week early during the Rugby Championship and resting 18 of his top .ers for their most recent 24-18 warm-up win over Argentina earlier this month.

“We feel we are fit and fairly injury-free at this stage. We certainly feel we are in a good space, but when we get onto that plane all the past games from this year count for nothing,” he said.

“All the preparation we have done so far has put us in a good position, we can’t look at any excuses that we had hiccups in preparation, bad injuries or logistical challenges, so if things don’t go our way, we can only point fingers at ourselves.”

He says the selection of captain Siya Kolisi is key after the flank missed much of the international season with a knee injury but was able to prove his fitness in the win over Argentina.

Kolisi, the first black test captain of the Boks, is a vital component of the side on and off the pitch, according to Erasmus, who acknowledges the need to broaden the game’s appeal to young black .ers in South Africa.

“When I appointed him captain last year, I did not know he would bring so much to the team off the field,” Erasmus said.

“I usually appoint captains for what they bring on the field, not off it, but my eyes weren’t open to what it meant for people around the country.

“He is doing a wonderful job. In the beginning he was struggling with that (captaincy), I think the first three, four games he .ed he suffered a bit.

“But perhaps I did not manage him too well in that period, he had to come through that and he has. He is really maturing and the way he carries himself is amazing.”

The Boks open their campaign against defending champions New Zealand in Yokohama on Sept. 21 before further group games against Namibia, Italy and Canada.

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