Valencia Shock Barcelona to win 8th Copa del Rey

Valencia Shock Barcelona to Win the Copa del Rey

Valencia are the new Copa del Rey champions after beating Barcelona and denying the Blaugrana a fifth consecutive cup success.

After their woeful Champions League capitulation against Liverpool, Barcelona sought to placate their frustrated fans with a domestic double having wrapped up the league title with three games to spare in April.

But goals from Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo handed the champions a shock defeat at the Benito Villamarín Stadium that piles more pressure on Ernesto Valverde – with Lionel Messi’s effort with 18 minutes left nothing more than a consolation.

The Catalans could have won their fourth domestic double in five years on Saturday but it was not to be.

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Liverpool produce Europe’s greatest comeback

Liverpool produced the greatest comeback in the club’s European history by beating FC Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield to reach the 2018-19 Champions League final.

Trailing 3-0 from the opening encounter in Spain six days ago, the Reds’ hopes of overcoming the Spanish giants on aggregate were alive, yet slim, at kick-off.

But Jürgen Klopp’s remarkable team achieved what many considered impossible courtesy of two goals apiece from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum on a scarcely believable night in L4.

And so Liverpool will contest a second successive Champions League final, facing the winners of the other semi-final between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid on June 1.

Barcelona, meanwhile, crashed out of the Champions League by blowing an enormous lead for the second consecutive season in unbelievable fashion. 

After Origi’s first goal in the opening minutes, Liverpool’s dominance continued. The team was stronger on the ball, looked more confident and never gave up, and in the second half everything went right.

Minutes after coming on, Wijnaldum finished this ball inside the box to make it 2-0, leaving Liverpool a goal away from potentially forcing extra time:

Then just three minutes later, Wijnaldum did it again with a header goal:

As the match seemed destined for extra time, Liverpool caught Barcelona napping with a corner kick incoming. Trent Alexander-Arnold walked away from the ball as if he was giving up the set piece, but then he quickly saw Origi all alone and took it, setting up an absolutely jaw-dropping fourth goal:

With that, the comeback was complete and Barca fell short of its goal, as it has done each of the last four UCL seasons. 

Messi scores 600 Club goal

Lionel Messi has reached another milestone in his legendary career, hitting his 600th goal for Barcelona with a wonderful free-kick against Liverpool in their Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday.

Messi scored number 599 earlier in the match, pouncing on a rebound from a Luis Suarez shot and walking the ball in, before curling home a lovely strike for his 600th moments later. 

The Argentine becomes just the seventh player in history to reach the 600-goal mark at the club level, though he was beaten to the milestone by eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Ronaldo and Messi, who have dominated world football for the last decade, are joined on the exclusive list by Brazilian legends Pele and Romario, Germany’s Gerd Muller, Slavia Prague hero Josef Bican and Hungarian Ferenc Puskas. 

Messi’s first goal for Barcelona came exactly 14 years ago, on May 1, 2005, against Albacete . He has since grown into arguably the biggest star in the game, having won the Ballon d’Or on five occasions, 10 La Liga titles and the Champions League on four occasions. 

At 31, Messi is also a five-time winner of the European Golden Shoe and claimed the World Cup Golden Ball at the 2014 tournament in Brazil. 

His performance on Wednesday leaves Barcelona in prime position to add to that remarkable haul. 

The club have already won La Liga this season and reached the Copa del Rey final, while a 3-0 result against Liverpool leaves them on the verge of reaching the Champions League final, though a trip to Anfield for the second leg remains. 

It also continues a trend for Messi of dominance over English teams in European play. 

The Barcelona star has netted 26 times in just 33 matches against Premier League clubs in the Champions League, the best haul for any one player against any country in the competition, though he does share that record with Ronaldo, who has netted 26 times against German clubs. 

Barcelona will travel to Liverpool next Tuesday for the return leg, and should they progress they will face either Ajax or Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1.

Self-made billionaire business woman, Sarah Blakely reveals the best advice her father gave her about life and marriage

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Sarah Blakely, the founder of Spanx has revealed one advice her father gave her which proved very useful in her life.

 

The billionaire business woman said her father once told her that “marriage is the most important decision of your life, but it should be the easiest.”

 

She said she argued with her father about the advice and resisted marriage for a long time. Until she met her husband and the advice made sense.

 

Self-made billionaire business woman, Sarah Blakely reveals the best advice her father gave her about life and marriage

 

Sarah Blakely shared a screenshot of an article O’s editor at large, Gayle King, featured her father’s advice in and she wrote in the caption:

 

Every time I see Gayle she flashes me her @spanx! Thanks for the top 10 shoutout Gayle. It’s true… my dad used to say, “marriage is the most important decision of your life, but it should be the easiest.” I would argue with him… “But dad if it’s the most important decision there’s no way it’s going to be the easiest..” …. until I met Jesse. I was 37 years old when I finally got married. I spent a lot of time before Jesse in relationships wondering, should I? Shouldn’t I? Is this right? Isn’t this right? And then I met Jesse and it was like, oh hi. Of course I’ll marry you. #EasiestDecision #Marriage #10yrs#4kidsLater @jesseitzler
@gayleking @forbes @oprahmagazine

 

Self-made billionaire business woman, Sarah Blakely reveals the best advice her father gave her about life and marriage

Self-made billionaire business woman, Sarah Blakely reveals the best advice her father gave her about life and marriage

N-Power fraudsters sentenced to one year in prison for Impersonation

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Justice I.M. Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has convicted and sentenced Sata Owugha Clinton and Bolounmubofa Blessing Soroh to one year imprisonment for impersonation and using the identity of a petitioner to enrol in the Federal Government of Nigeria’s N-POWER Social Welfare scheme.

 

The convicts were arraigned by the Port Harcourt’s Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a one-count charge bordering on impersonation under Section 22(3) (a) of the Cybercrimes Prohibition, Prevention Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22(4) of the same Act.

 

Clinton and Soroh got into trouble when they used the name and identity of Lovedy Chiamaka Uzor to enrol in the welfare scheme and in the process obtained the sum of N360,000 (Three Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira only) from the scheme. They were able to open a bank account in the name of Uzor because she also applied for the scheme, but stopped her application mid-way, fearing that the scheme may be a scam.

 

The convicts capitalized on this and completed the enrolment processes in the victim’s name. The victim got wind of their fraudulent activities when she contacted her bank and found out that the convicts were already receiving payments from the scheme in her name.

The charge reads: “That you, Sata Owugha Clinton and Bolounmubofa Blessing Soroh on or about the 10th of October, 2017 at Zenith Bank within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did fraudulently impersonate one Loveday Chiamaka Uzor with intent to gain advantage for yourselves thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(3) (a) of the Cybercrimes prohibition, Prevention Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22(4) of the same Act.”

They pleaded “guilty” to the charge. In view of their pleas, prosecuting counsel, Alao Rashidat, prayed the court to sentence the defendants for the offence of impersonation accordingly as contained in the Cybercrimes Prohibition, Prevention Act.

 

Justice Sani, thereafter, convicted and sentenced them to one year in prison.

History made as Mrs Priscilla Ekwere Eleje becomes the first woman to have her signature on the 1000 Naira note

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Mrs Priscilla Ekwere Eleje has made history by becoming the first woman to have her signature on the 1000 Naira note.

 

Mrs Ekwere Eleje is the first female Director of Currency Operations at the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. She has also been confirmed as the substantive director of CBN.

 

Mrs Eleje was reportedly confirmed Substantive Director of CBN on August 30, 2018, and currencies printed from then on will carry her signature.

A recently printed 1000 Naira note was shared online and it shows the signature of Mrs Priscilla Ekwere Eleje.

 

History made as Mrs Priscilla Ekwere Eleje becomes the first woman to have her signature on the 1000 Naira note

 

‘You are the hardest working man I know’ – Ciara praises her husband Russell Wilson on becoming the highest paid player in the NFL

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Singer, Ciara has taken to her Instagram to celebrate her husband, Seattle Seahawks Quarterback, Russell Wilson after he became the highest-paid player in National Football League following a  four-year contract worth $140 million that includes a $65 million signing bonus.

Sharing this photo of him, the singer wrote:

‘I watch you put everything on the line every Sunday in pure amazement. Your dedication, consistency, and commitment to the game never wavers. You’re always the first person in, and the last person out. You’re 1 of 1. The hardest working man I know! So proud of you baby! Giving God All the praise. #GoHawks’