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Barcelona held by battling Lyon as Bayern frustrate Liverpool  



Barcelona held by battling Lyon as Bayern frustrate Liverpool


Barcelona drew for the fourth time this month after being held to a goalless draw at Lyon in the Champions League last-16 first leg.

Lyon had the better of the first-half chances, but Barcelona goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen produced a world-class save to tip Martin Terrier’s attempt onto the bar.

Barca asserted their dominance as the match progressed, but failed to find an away goal ahead of the return leg on March 13, with only four of their 21 attempts finding the target.

Ernesto Valverde’s side now have a big 10 days ahead, as they travel to Sevilla on Saturday before heading to Real Madrid for a double header in the cup and then league next week

In the other Champions League last-16 match played yesterday Bayern Munich produced a superb defensive display to keep Liverpool’s attack quiet, with a 0-0 draw at Anfield leaving their Champions League last 16 tie wide open.

The opening stages were cagey before the Reds carved out some good opportunities with Mohamed Salah failing to find the target with a header while Sadio Mane screwed a shot wide from close range. But the best chance half to Joel Matip whose first-time effort went wide.

Bayern, without the experienced trio of Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng, were limited to half chances with Robert Lewandowski on the fringes and marked out of the game by makeshift defender Fabinho.

Niko Kovac’s side did not exploit the absence of the suspended Virgil van Dijk but defensively they got it spot on with Mats Hummels and the rest of the back line giving the home side little space to thrive.

Jurgen Klopp threw on James Milner and Divock Origi in the latter stages but it did not change the game as the German side held on for a deserved goalless draw.

The Reds must now turn their attention to Sunday’s clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.


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Yoruba Self-Determination Rally Begins In Ibadan



The Yoruba self-determination rally organised by the Ilana Omo Oodua is underway in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Hundreds of members of the group whose leader is an 86-year-old Emeritus Professor of History, Banji Akintoye, had initially scheduled the take-off of the rally for the ancient Mapo Hall but the heavy presence of armed policemen forced them to change the venue.

They are addressing people at Mapo Roundabout but they were not disturbed by the police in any way.

The agitators are armed with banners and Yoruba nation flags while leaders of the group addressing the people are saying Yoruba people are tired of staying with Nigeria.

One of the leaders of the group, Basorun Kunle Adesokan, said Yoruba were no longer part of Nigeria and the people want to be an independent nation.

He condemned the insecurity in Yorubaland, saying the people could no longer stand the injustice in Nigeria.

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