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Manchester City beat Man United 2-1 to win FA Cup



Manchester City beat Man United 2-1 to win FA Cup in thrilling encounter, setting themselves for possible treble trophy haul

Manchester City have won the FA cup after captain Ilkay Gundogan’s double put Pep Guardiola’s side on track for the treble with a 2-1 win over Manchester United.

Manchester United’s ambitions to thwart their neighbours in the first cup final between the Manchester clubs got off to a nightmare, when Gundogan scored a sumptuous volley from Erling Haaland’s pass after 16 seconds — the fastest goal in this showpiece, breaking Roberto Di Matteo’s record for Chelsea against Middlesbrough in 1997.

Defensive midfielder Rodri almost doubled City’s lead shortly afterwards but his effort went narrow. United were level just after thirty minutes when the VAR ruled that Jack Grealish had committed handball leading to Bruno Fernandes goal from the penalty spot..

United gained the ascendancy while Pep Guardiola’s side struggled for their usual rhythm but in the second half, Gundogan met a Kevin De Bruyne free-kick, this time with his left foot, a shot which passed through David de Gea’s right hand just seven minutes into the second half.

Gundogan almost scored a hat-trick when De Gea saved from Haaland and he dispatched the rebound from an offside position.

Manchester City beat Man United 2-1 to win FA Cup in thrilling encounter, setting themselves for possible treble trophy haulManchester City beat Man United 2-1 to win FA Cup in thrilling encounter, setting themselves for possible treble trophy haul

United are the only English team to have won the full set of league, cup and European Cup when Alex Ferguson’s celebrated side completed that particular clean sweep in 1998/99

City take on Inter Milan in next weekend’s Champions League final and sealed a fifth Premier League title in six seasons last month.


16th INAC: Indian instructor educates Nigerians on benefits of Yoga



The Indian High Commission in Nigeria on Friday in Abuja urged Nigerians to embrace Yoga as a means of exercise for their overall well-being..

Diptiranjan Mohanty, Teacher of Indian Culture, High Commission of India in Abuja, gave the advice during the 16th International Arts and Craft Expo (INAC).

Mohanty, who demonstrated the exercise , said that Yoga is an aspect of Indian culture known to reduce stress, anxiety as well as improve brain function.
He said that practicing Yoga also improves cardiovascular function, quality of sleep, bone health and reduces inflammation.

“Yoga is part of our culture, we want our Nigerian friends and people across the globe to practise it as a lifestyle.
“It improves body flexibility and balance.

“Yoga is known to harmonise the mind, body and soul, and it is a method to detoxify theo body and make a healthy mind and a happy soul,” he said.

Mohanty said that Nigerians who were interested in learning how to practice yoga could attend free classes for the execise at the Indian High Commission in Abuja.

According to him, this is held Monday to Friday, from 4.00p.m. to 7.00p.
He said that India was at the expo to showcase its arts and crafts like Saree fabric, Masala Chai (indian tea), locally prepared to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol.

In the course of the expo, delegates from Taraba, Kaduna, Borno, Katsina, Ogun and Rivers states presented colourful dance performances.

Ogun and Rivers as well as Cuba presented cuisines peculiar to their culture, which delegates from other nations savoured.

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UEFA to raise payments for clubs not in European competition



Clubs that fail to qualify for UEFA’s competitions are set to receive a greater share of revenue from the European governing body from next season.
The arrangement is under a new distribution model announced on Wednesday by UEFA.
UEFA and the European Club Association (ECA) signed a renewed working agreement until 2030 which will “bolster long-term stability and sustainable growth in European club football,” the governing body said in a statement.

The change will be effective from the start of the 2024-25 season, coinciding with a new format in UEFA’s Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League.

Under the new model for the 2024-2027 cycle, seven per cent of the revenue UEFA earns from the three competitions will be distributed to clubs not competing in them, up from four per cent.

The European Leagues Association, which represents professional soccer leagues in Europe, said the change would result in 308 million euros ($330.02 million) being shared among non-participating clubs, up from the current 175 million euros.

“Today’s announcement … will help all clubs across Europe to safeguard their competitiveness on and off the pitch while keeping investing in youth and talent development,” it said in a statement.

UEFA said further details of the new system would be unveiled at a later date.

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