Here, AFP Sport looks at where Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Real Sociedad and Real Betis all went wrong as Real Madrid cruised to their 35th league title.


Barca won only four of their opening 12 games under Ronald Koeman and never recovered, handing Real Madrid an early advantage they would never make up.

By the time Xavi Hernandez was appointed in November, the Catalans were ninth, 10 points off the top, and while there was an upturn following the return of the club’s legendary midfielder, Madrid never succumbed to the kind of collapse necessary to allow Barcelona back in.

For the first half of the season, Barca struggled for chances and goals, their play too stodgy and predictable to open teams up.

The arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the revival of Ousmane Dembele led to a surge in the spring, which included thrashing Madrid 4-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu, but just as hope of a comeback began to grow, Barca fizzled out. A disappointing dip in recent weeks shows there is work still to do.
Atletico Madrid

Atletico kept pace with Real Madrid in the early weeks of the season and many believed the reigning champions would challenge again.

Luis Suarez had six goals before the end of October and last-minute wins over Espanyol, Getafe and Osasuna suggested Atleti might have that grit, and luck, traditionally associated with champions.

But narrow victories quickly gave way to draws and defeats, as Atletico lost four consecutive league games in December for the first time ever under Diego Simeone.

There were doubts about style, identity and Simeone’s future — a crisis meeting after another loss at home to bottom-club Levante cleared the air, with the top four now back in their grasp, but Real Madrid were out of sight by then.


For the majority of the season, Sevilla were Real Madrid’s closest, and only, genuine challengers, keeping pace with Carlo Ancelotti’s side long after others had fallen away.

At the end of October, they were one point behind with a game in hand, the first of several moments when it felt like Sevilla were a good run away from putting Real under serious pressure.

Every time, they blinked, failing to capitalise when Madrid slipped up and, eventually, crumbling as Madrid pulled away.
In January, Sevilla kept Diego Carlos and signed Anthony Martial, a signal that the club at least believed there was an opening to be exploited. On the pitch, there seemed to be a lack of belief this title could really be theirs and in the end, Sevilla were nowhere near.

Real Betis

Betis were third at the season’s halfway point and a strong run at the turn of the year had them only five points off the top in January, with a game in hand.

But consecutive defeats by Sevilla and Atletico extended Betis’s poor record against the top teams and ended any faint hopes of challenging for the title.

Their run in the Copa del Rey also took some of the emphasis away from the league but beating Valencia to win the cup in April confirmed what has been an excellent season for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

Real Sociedad

The Basque club were one of the early frontrunners, even sitting top after 13 games played in November.

Imanol Aguacil’s team are renowned for free-flowing, attacking football but some hard-fought victories in the first three months of the season prompted some to wonder if they had added the guile needed to make a sustained challenge.

Those hopes were dashed, though, during a disappointing run either side of Christmas, but a better run in the last couple of months means La Real should still finish in the top six and qualify for Europe.

Many people has criticized Lionel Messi’s performance in his first season at Paris Saint-Germain because he has failed to score many goals. However, being a great player goes beyond scoring goals and providing assists. Cristiano Ronaldo might have scored two hat-tricks and over 20 goals across all competitions this season but he would likely end his season without a Silverware. His team will likely not qualify for UEFA champions league. While Lionel Messi who has been struggling this season, won Ligue-1 trophy and will still compete in the 2022/23 UEFA champions league

Cristiano Ronaldo might have scored 13 goals more than Lionel Messi, but it is the Argentinian forward who has provided more assists than the Portuguese winger. This suggests that Messi is not only a goal scorer but his work rate classifies him as one of the greatest playmakers of all-time. However, Considering the fact that Messi has played fewer games than Cristiano Ronaldo, it is the Argentine who has created more chances than the Portuguese professional.

Comparing Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo goes beyond goals and assists this season. Cristiano Ronaldo has a better Shooting accuracy and Shot conversion rate than Messi. This suggests that the Portuguese winger is more clinical infront of goal than Messi who hit the wood work on over eight different occasions. When it comes to passing accuracy and dribble success rate, it is Lionel Messi who dominated Ronaldo

Moreover, Despite the fact that the Manchester United forward has more goal involvements than Messi, it is the former Barcelona forward who has a better minutes per goal involvements this season. If Lionel Messi has played the same number of games as Ronaldo, he could have been more involved in goals than the Portuguese. However, both players are even match in the 2021/22 statistics, the only difference is that Messi added a title to his trophy cabinet while Ronaldo failed in that aspect. Otherwise, the 37-year old has had been more impactful for Manchester United than Messi was for Paris Saint-Germain.

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We’ve failed in science.
We’ve failed in technology.
We’ve failed medicine.
We’ve failed in security.
We’ve failed in Law and Order.
We’ve failed in welfare.
We’ve failed in values preservation.
We’ve failed in governance.
We’ve failed in human development.
We’ve failed in providing the most basic amenities.
We’ve failed in the comity of nations.

We’ve won the Grammy!
We’ve won highest users of iPhone in Africa.
We’ve won fraud capital of Africa.
We’ve won terrorist capital of Africa.
We’ve won most unsafe place for the girl child who is butchered every day for dark rituals.
We’ve won scary place for the boy child who is brutalized to death.
We’ve won violent gangs capital of Africa and we’re increasing our export to South Africa.
We’ve won most corrupt government.
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My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives in the recent railway terror attack.

The first leg game in Kumasi had ended 0-0 leaving the Ghanaians to qualify on the away goal rules.

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey had put Ghana in front early in the first half before Troost Ekong converted a penalty to level affairs minutes later.

However, the Super Eagles couldn’t find the crucial second goal, breaking the heart of millions of Nigerian football fans. :

Semi-final and final fixtures at at ACON 2021

Wednesday February 2, 2022

20:00 – Winner QF2 vs. Winner QF4

Thursday February 3, 2022

20:00 – Winner QF3 vs. Winner QF1

3rd Place

Sunday February 6, 2022

17:00 Loser SF1 vs. Loser SF2


Sunday February 6, 2022

20:00 Winner SF1 vs. Winner SF2

Following the elimination of defending champions Algeria and powerhouse Ghana, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, and Mali in the round of 16, there will be no Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, or Mali in the final.

Egypt and Senegal advanced to the quarterfinals against North African giants Morocco and Tunisia, with Olympians Mo Salah and Sadio Mane playing key roles
AFCON 2021 quarter-final matches will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2022.


17:00 – QF1: Gambia vs. Cameroon

20:00 – QF2: Burkina Faso vs.Tunisia

Sunday, January 30, 2022

17:00 – QF3: Egypt vs. Morocco

20:00 – QF4: Senegal vs. Equatorial Guinea

The transfer window is expected to shutdown in few days time. and as a result of that several clubs across europe are vigorously involved in the transfer market as the search for players to be sign continues.

The Blues aren’t left behind in the ongoing window. with Thomas Tuchel’s side tipped to sign two or more players before the window elapse. Players likes Ousmane Dembele, Borna Sosa and several other have been linked with a move to the west London side
Is obvious that Chelsea are battling with defensive crisis, with Ben Chilwell and Reece James all out due to injuries. and Emerson Palmieri still no closer to being recalled from his loan spell with Lyon.

The 18-years-old has bottled eight first team appearance for the Rams in the English Championship, And Farms has miss out from Derby County’s loss to Nottingham Forest on Saturday in regards to his new deal with Chelsea