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While most Nigerians are preoccupied with the call for the government to put a stop to Police Brutality through the #EndSars protest, the football world continued to serve a treat after incredible scenes came out of Merseyside and London in the Premier League.

So, for those of you who may have missed the actions, we’ve got you covered with all the biggest talking points from the Premier League to the Spanish La Liga.

Everton, Liverpool Share Spoils In Landmark Day for Salah in Merseyside Derby

Everton survived their sternest test yet this season when they faced Defending champions and city rivals, Liverpool in a much-talked-about Merseyside Derby on Saturday.

Everton’s title credentials were truly tested by Jurgen Klopp’s side but at the end of the day, a late VAR-assisted decision ensured the spoils were shared by the two sides after a 2-2 draw.

The Reds, who lost their 75m-rated defender Virgil Van Dijk as early as the 10th minute after a terrible collision with Jordan Pickford, twice led via Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, but the Toffees replied with two of their own courtesy Michael Keane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson thought he had sealed all three points for his side when he calmly slotted past Pickford on 90 minutes but the goal was canceled by VAR after Mane was flagged offside.

It wasn’t the result Klopp and his team wanted, but a point was enough for Carlo Ancelotti’s men to remain top of the league table on 13 points, three more than their visitors and rivals.

Meanwhile, Salah’s goal on the day was his 100th for Liverpool in the league, making him the 17th player to achieve that feat in the history of the club.

London Teams, Chelsea, Tottenham Bottle Leads

If you’re a fan of both clubs, we can’t explain how you feel at this very moment after the manner with which these clubs blew a comfortable lead at the weekend.

First to do so were the Blues, at home to Southampton. Frank Lampard’s men took a 2-0 lead in the opening half an hour thanks to a Timo Werner double, his first goals for the club in the PL.

However, just before the break, two minutes to be precise, Southampton put themselves back in the game when Danny Ings reduced the deficit to just a goal at the break.

Ten minutes after the restart, the Saints were level 2-2, Che Adams capitalized on a comical defending from the home side to put the away side on level terms.

Adams’ goal only lasted two minutes though as Kai Havertz restored Chelsea’s lead before Jannik Vestergaard broke the hearts of Chelsea fans with another Saints equalizer, a last gasp goal to ensure the teams share the points.

Spurs, Mourinho shocked by Incredible Hammers Comeback

Jose Mourinho and his Tottenham side went into this encounter, a London Derby, in a very buoyant mood after their 1-6 demolition of his former employers, Manchester United just before the international break.

In the opening quarter of the match, Spurs were absolutely on their way to another high-scoring performance as they put the Hammers to the sword courtesy of goals from Heung-Min Son and a Harry Kane brace.

However, in an incredible turnaround in the final ten minutes, West Ham United shocked the world with three goals – Fabian Balbuena got things off to a wonderful start when he pulled a goal back on 82 minutes before Davison Sanchez ensured a feisty final five minutes of the game three minutes later when his own goal put scores at 3-2.

In the fourth minute of added time, the away side completed their amazing comeback with easily the goal of the week as Manuel Lanzini let fly from over 35 yards out after Spurs failed to clear their lines properly from a West Ham free-kick.

With that result, Lanzini’s amazing strike meant for only the third time in Premier League history, a club avoided defeat after trailing 3-0 at the break.

Victor Osimhen Nets First Serie A goal, Shows Solidarity For #EndSARS

Super Eagles star, Victor Osimhen chose the very right time to score his first competitive goal in Italy and the Serie A for his new side, SSC Napoli.

Osimhen scored a wonder goal in Napoli’s 4-1 thrashing of Atalanta during their week 4 match in the Serie A at Stadio San Paolo.

With Napoli leading 3-0, thanks to two goals from Hirving Lozano and another from Matteo Politano, Osimhen relived Didier Drogba’s iconic goal for Chelsea against Everton when he controlled with his chest a ball from goalkeeper, David Ospina before shooting past a helpless Atalanta goalkeeper for his first Serie A goal.

The Super Eagles striker then celebrated by holding up a shirt with ‘#EndPoliceBrutality’ written on it in a clear show of solidarity to Nigerian youths who have been on the streets protesting and calling the government to #EndSARS for over a week.

Osimhen now has a goal and an assist in three Serie A outings for Napoli this season.

Barca, Real Madrid lose in LaLiga

A very bizarre weekend in football continued as two major rivals, Barcelona and Real Madrid were shocked in the Spanish LaLiga. While Barcelona lost 1-0 at Getafe on Saturday, earlier on the same day, Real Madrid lost to newly-promoted Cadiz.

The results mean both sides have now lost ground on the LaLiga table, Madrid’s 10 points put them a point behind leaders Real Sociedad and placed them 3rd on the table, while their fiercest rivals, Barcelona are a further four points behind and sit 9th on the log.

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