10-Man Leeds Beat Manchester City 2-1

Leeds players celebrate at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Leeds United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 10, 2021. (Photo by Rui Vieira / POOL / AFP)

 

 

Manchester City suffered just a fourth Premier League defeat of the season as 10-man Leeds United shocked the runaway leaders thanks to Stuart Dallas’s double in a 2-1 win at the Etihad on Saturday.

Dallas opened the scoring three minutes before half-time, but hope of a famous win for Marcelo Bielsa’s men seemed to have disappeared when captain Liam Cooper was shown a straight red card in first-half stoppage time.

The visitors withstood a City bombardment until Ferran Torres equalised 14 minutes from time.

But Leeds still summoned the energy to pose a threat on the counter-attack and gained their reward when Dallas slotted below Ederson.

Bielsa’s first win in five meetings against Pep Guardiola propels Leeds to ninth in their first season back in the English top flight for 16 years.

Guardiola paid for heavily rotating his side with Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final, second leg, against Borussia Dortmund clearly his priority.

City still enjoy a 14-point lead at the top of the Premier League and need just 11 points from their remaining six matches to guarantee a third title in four years.

But Manchester United could close the gap to eight points should the Red Devils win their two games in hand, the first of which is away to Tottenham on Sunday.

A two-minute silence was held before kick-off in honour of Prince Philip, who died aged 99 on Friday.

Once the action got underway, City noticeably missed Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Ruben Dias, who were among the stars left on the bench by Guardiola.

Raheem Sterling’s presence in what was largely a second string side is a reflection of how the England international has fallen down the pecking order in the past few weeks.

Sterling did not even get on as a substitute in the first leg against Dortmund and did little to further his case for selection in midweek by slicing a great chance wide from Fernandinho’s cut-back.

Leeds had wasted a number of promising attacks with their final ball, but found the finishing touch on 43 minutes.

Patrick Bamford teed up Dallas to strike low in off the inside the post.

The visitors’ joy was short-lived. Just four minutes later they were a man down.

Cooper played the ball first before crashing into Gabriel Jesus, but referee Andre Marriner upgraded a yellow card shown to the Leeds’ captain to a red after reviewing the incident on the pitch-side screen.

Bamford was immediately sacrificed for more defensive cover in Pascal Struijk as Leeds battened down the hatches.

City were camped inside the Leeds half for almost the entire second-half, but were largely reduced to long-range efforts as Illan Meslier saved from Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fernandinho and Joao Cancelo.

Gundogan and Foden were introduced to bring more spark to City’s attack, but De Bruyne was surprisingly left in reserve for the full 90 minutes.

Torres finally made City’s dominance pay with a first-time finish after Fernandinho picked out Silva inside the area.

Yet, Leeds still went in search of a winner.

Raphinha outpaced Fernandinho, but was denied by a brilliant tackle by Brazilian compatriot Ederson.

Leeds’ approach was rewarded in stoppage time when Dallas galloped clear down the middle of a vacant City defence to slot home.

 

 

Leeds United’s French goalkeeper Illan Meslier (R) shakes hand with Manchester City’s Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho (L) after the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Leeds United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 10, 2021. (Photo by Rui Vieira / POOL / AFP)

 

 

 

Leeds players celebrate at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Leeds United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 10, 2021. (Photo by Tim Keeton / various sources / AFP)

 

 

Leeds players celebrate at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Leeds United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 10, 2021. (Photo by Michael Regan / various sources / AFP)

 

 

Leeds players celebrate at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Leeds United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 10, 2021. (Photo by Rui Vieira / POOL / AFP)

 

 

Leeds United’s Northern Irish midfielder Stuart Dallas (C) celebrates with team mates after scoring a goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Leeds United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 10, 2021. (Photo by Michael Regan / POOL / AFP)

Watch As Wizkid, Tems Lounge In ‘Essence’ Video

WizKid and Tems in the “Essence” video. (Screengrab from YouTube)

 

 

 

Wizkid and fast-growing singer Tems take to the colorful streets of Accra, Ghana, in the video for the very chill track “Essence.”

The single from Wizkid’s 2020 album Made in Lagos, “Essence” finds Tems and Wiz declaring that “only you can have my body!”. The young stars lounge sensuously, as Wizkid bare-chested and dripping in jewelry, Tems in slick braids and flowing garb. Made in Lagos also featured guest spots from Burna Boy, Skepta, Damian Marley, H.E.R., and Ella Mai.

 

 

 

WizKid released Made in Lagos back in October. This past January, he shared the music video for the album’s Burna Boy collaboration “Ginger.”

Tems released her For “Broken Ears EP” in September 2020. With her hit “Try Me,” the singer-songwriter has definitely found her footing in the industry.

 

 

Last month, Wizkid earned his first Grammy for his performance in Beyoncé’s “Brown Skin Girl” music video from 2020’s music film Black Is King. It marked his second nomination, the first from his appearance on Drake’s global smash “One Dance” in 2016. The following year, Wizkid signed with RCA/Sony Music International.

 

 

In June, he’ll celebrate the 10th anniversary of his debut album, Superstar which was released under his first label, Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) which boosted of mega tracks like “Holla at Your Boy”, “Love My Baby”, “Pakurumo” and other hits.

 

Pope Praises Prince Philip’s ‘Devotion’ To Marriage And Family

Pope Francis delivers his Urbi et Orbi Blessing, after celebrating Easter Mass on April 04, 2021 at St. Peter’s Basilica in The Vatican during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / POOL / AFP)

 

 

Pope Francis on Saturday saluted Prince Philip, the late husband of Queen Elizabeth II, as a man devoted “to his marriage and family.”

In a message to the British monarch, the 84-year-old Argentine pope offered “heartfelt condolences to Your Majesty and the members of the Royal Family.”

He praised the prince, who died on Friday aged 99, for his “devotion to his marriage and family, his distinguished record of public service and his commitment to the education and advancement of future generations.”

Francis concluded his message by invoking “the Lord’s blessings of consolation and peace” for the queen and for “all who grieve (Prince Philip’s) loss.”

 

Police Bust 100 Offenders At Underground Paris Restaurant

(FILES) French President Emmanuel Macron on March 31, 2021, said that some cultural venues and cafe terraces would reopen in mid-May, despite announcing new restrictions to battle Covid-19. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY / AFP)

 

 

Paris police fined over 100 diners late Friday at an underground restaurant flouting coronavirus restrictions and arrested its organiser, after a week of allegations that ministers attended similar rule-breaking events.

Officers were “called out for an excessive noise complaint about a restaurant” and “put an end to a gathering of over 110 people,” the French capital’s police posted on Twitter.

“Guests fined for failling to respect applicable health measures. Organiser and manager arrested,” they added.

Underground restaurants offering wealthy people a pre-coronavirus dining experience have made headlines in France throughout this week.

The M6 private television channel last week broadcast a reportage based on footage recorded with a hidden camera purportedly from a clandestine restaurant in a high-end area of Paris where neither the staff nor the diners were wearing masks.

Participants were shown enjoying caviar and champagne at the event costing 220 euros(260 dollars) per person.

All restaurants and cafes have been closed in France for eating in for the last five months. The country this week began a new limited nationwide lockdown to deal with surging Covid-19 infections.

One of the organisers of the dinner shown by M6, businessman and collector Pierre-Jean-Chalencon, was briefly detained for questioning by police Friday alongside chef Christophe Leroy.

Chalencon had claimed to have held several dinners at his luxury Palais Vivienne venue in central Paris attended by ministers.

“At this stage of the investigation, there is no evidence that indicates any members of the government took part in the dinners being investigated,” prosecutors said after interviewing him.

The Ever-Expanding Universe Of ‘Game Of Thrones’

 

 

Arya Stark in King’s Landing during season 8 of Game of Thrones.

 

 

Ten years after its launch and two years after it ended, “Game of Thrones” fans have plenty more to look forward to, from TV spinoffs to the long-awaited final books.

– Waiting for Martin –

It’s the question that has driven fans of the Iron Throne to despair: when will author George R.R. Martin finally finish the fantasy saga “A Song of Ice and Fire” on which “Game of Thrones” was based.

The first volume appeared in 1996 and the fifth in 2011, just after the TV show was launched. Two more volumes are due, but the global success of the series appears to have derailed Martin’s work schedule.

Impatience has been building, and with every new project that Martin takes on, there are fears the final volumes may never emerge, especially since Martin is now 72 years old.

In 2020, he assured fans he was working every day on volume six, which is titled “The Winds of Winter” and even hoped to finish it this year.

– TV spin-offs –

Martin has plenty more on his plate, however, not least the first TV spinoff, “House of the Dragon”, which is set 300 years before the original series and focuses on House Targaryen.

Shooting in England is due to start this month, with a release date on HBO set for 2022. At least two other prequel shows are in development, according to Deadline magazine, but have yet to be given the green light.

Another prequel project starring Naomi Watts and set thousands of years earlier, went as far as producing a pilot episode before it was axed by the network in late 2019.

Martin last month signed a five-year deal with HBO parent company WarnerMedia to develop new content, which is said to include more “Thrones” spin-offs: the saga of warrior queen Nymeria provisionally entitled “10,000 Ships”, a seafaring drama “9 Voyages” with the creators of historical drama “Rome”, and a gritty underworld tale set in Westeros capital King’s Landing called “Flea Bottom”.

A “Dunk and Egg” TV series based on Martin’s novellas about a knight and his squire has long been rumoured, while an animated drama spanning thousands of years has also been mooted.

He is also linked to several non-“Thrones” projects, including “Who Fears Death” and “Roadmarks”, both based on fantasy novels from other authors, and an adaptation for Netflix of his early short story “Sandkings”.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a Broadway version of “Game of Thrones” due in 2023.

– European inspirations to revisit –

“Game of Thrones” has also proved a boon for tourism in the locations that featured in the show.

Dubrovnik on the Croatian coast (the stand-in for King’s Landing), the Palace of the Alcazar in Seville (Dorne), and Doune Castle in Scotland (Winterfell) all saw a boost in arrivals prior to the pandemic.

Martin is himself a lover of castles and medieval architecture, and has even tried to get a fort built in his garden in Santa Fe — though he has yet to get permission.

Fans in desperate need of an immediate “Thrones” fix might also try “The Accursed Kings”, a book series by French writer Maurice Druon. Martin has said the historical saga, which follows the Capetian dynasty in the 14th century, was a major inspiration.

World Leaders Pay Tribute To Prince Philip

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 12, 2018 Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) wait for the carriage carrying Princess Eugenie of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank to pass at the start of the procession after their wedding ceremony at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018.(Photo by Alastair Grant / POOL / AFP)

 

 

Current and former world leaders joined a chorus of condolences from around the world following the death of Prince Philip on Friday at the age of 99. 

Here are some reactions:

Britain

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed Philip’s “extraordinary life”, sending his condolences to Queen Elizabeth after her husband’s death was announced.

Johnson said the Duke of Edinburgh “earned the affection of generations” at home, in the Commonwealth and across the world.

“We give thanks, as a nation and a kingdom, for the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” he added.

Former prime minister Tony Blair hailed Philip’s public service, calling him “a man of foresight, determination and courage”.

 

An ardent Royals supporter pays tribute outside Windsor Castle, in Windsor, west of London, on April 9, 2021, following the announcement of the death of Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. – Prince Philip, the longest serving royal consort in British history who was a constant presence at Queen Elizabeth II’s side for decades, died on Friday aged 99, Buckingham Palace announced. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

 

US

US President Joe Biden paid tribute to Philip as a selfless servant of Britain and its people.

“From his service during World War II, to his 73 years alongside the Queen, and his entire life in the public eye — Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK, the Commonwealth, and to his family,” Biden said in a statement.

Former President Donald Trump said his death was an “irreplaceable” loss and expressed his and wife Melania’s “heartfelt sympathies” to the queen and her family.

On Facebook, former president Barack Obama praised Philip as someone who took his job as husband to the queen with selflessness.

“At the queen’s side or trailing the customary two steps behind, Prince Philip showed the world what it meant to be a supportive husband to a powerful woman.”

 

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 13, 2015 Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (front CL) and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (front CR) wave as they stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with (L-R) Britain’s Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge holding his son Prince George of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (back), Prince Harry, James, Viscount Severn, Prince Andrew, Duke of York (back), Princess Beatrice of York, Lady Louise Windsor, Princess Eugenie of York at the end of the Queen’s Birthday Parade, ‘Trooping the Colour,’ in London on June 13, 2015. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. In 1748, it was decided that the parade would be used to mark the official birthday of the Sovereign. More than 600 guardsmen and cavalry make up the parade, a celebration of the Sovereign’s official birthday, although the Queen’s actual birthday is on 21 April.  (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

 

Ireland

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said he was “saddened” by Philip’s death, adding: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Queen Elizabeth and the people of the United Kingdom.”

 

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 16, 2012 Queen Elizabeth II (L), Prince Philip (2L), Lady Louise Windsor (2R) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) stand on Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen’s Birthday Parade, ‘Trooping the Colour’ at Horse Guards Parade in London on June 16, 2012. (Photo by LEON NEAL / AFP)

 

Australia

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison ordered flags to be flown at half-mast.

“There are many towering figures that the world has lost and known, but few have been before us in our lifetimes, for such a long time,” Morrison said Saturday.

“Above all, he was a man who was steadfast, who could be relied upon, always standing by his Queen,” said the leader of the Commonwealth nation.

 

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 09, 2012 Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, proceed through the Royal Gallery in the Palace of Westminster, home to the Houses of Parliament, in London on May 9, 2012 during the State Opening of Parliament. – Queen Elizabeth II’s 99-year-old husband Prince Philip, who was recently hospitalised and underwent a successful heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced. (Photo by Leon NEAL / POOL / AFP)

 

France

French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to Philip and sent his condolences to the queen.

Philip “lived an exemplary life defined by bravery, a sense of duty and commitment to youth and the environment”, he said on Twitter.

Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said his death filled her with “great sadness”.

“His friendship with Germany, his straightforward nature and his sense of duty will remain unforgotten,” Merkel said.

 

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 25, 2009 Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (R) and Prince Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (L) watch a bell cast from molten metal during a visit to the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in east London, on March 25, 2009. – Queen Elizabeth II’s 99-year-old husband Prince Philip, who was recently hospitalised and underwent a successful heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / POOL / AFP)

 

Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Philip a “man of great purpose and conviction, who was motivated by a sense of duty to others”, in a tribute on behalf of his Commonwealth nation.

He will be “fondly remembered as a constant in the life of our Queen”, he said.

European Union

EU Commission head Ursula von der Leyen said on Twitter she was “saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip”.

“I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to Her Majesty The Queen, the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom on this very sad day.”

 

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 22, 2020 Britain’s Prince Philip (C), Duke of Edinburgh takes part in the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at Windsor castle in Windsor on July 22, 2020.(Photo by Adrian DENNIS / POOL / AFP)

 

India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Philip’s long career, saying his “thoughts are with the British people and the Royal family”.

“He had a distinguished career in the military and was at the forefront of many community service initiatives. May his soul rest in peace,” he tweeted.

Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his “deepest condolences”.

“Prince Philip was the consummate public servant and will be much missed in Israel and across the world,” he wrote.

Philip was the first British royal to visit Israel in 1994. His mother Princess Alice is buried in a church on the Mount of Olives.

Kenya

President Uhuru Kenyatta said he had been a unifying figure.

“His Royal Highness Prince Philip has been a towering symbol of family values and the unity of the British people as well as the entire global community.”

Philip’s wife Elizabeth became queen in 1952 while on a trip to Kenya when her father George VI died.

Pakistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan praised the duke for his support for Pakistan, which he last visited with the queen in 1997.

“Britain has lost a wise elder who was imbued with a unique spirit of public service,” he tweeted.

Italy

Italian President Sergio Mattarella praised Philip’s “exemplary dedication, accompanying the evolution of his country with an open and innovative spirit”.

Italians would “cherish a grateful memory of his deep admiration for Italy’s artistic and cultural heritage”, he said.

Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Philip and wished Elizabeth “courage and mental fortitude in the face of a grievous and irreparable loss”.

“He rightfully enjoyed respect among the British and internationally,” a statement from the Kremlin cited Putin as saying.

Spain

Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia hailed Prince Philip’s “sense of service and dedication to the crown and the United Kingdom,” in a letter to the queen.

Japan

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Japan felt “deep sadness” at the news.

“I pay profound respect for his great contribution to further strengthening historical relations between our country’s imperial family and the British Royal family as well as promoting mutual understanding between Japanese and British people,” he added.

Malaysia

The Malaysian prime minister said Prince Philip would be “sadly missed” after “a life spent in selfless service to the greater good.”

Malaysia’s king and queen said he would be remembered for his “steadfast support” of the queen, as well as “his unwavering commitment to the Commonwealth of which Malaysia is a proud member and his efforts to promote stronger ties between the United Kingdom and Malaysia.”

China

President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan sent a message to Queen Elizabeth II expressing “their deep condolences on Prince Philip’s passing, and sincere sympathies to the Queen and her family”.

Veteran Ruler Guelleh Re-Elected Djibouti President For Fifth Term

Djibouti’s incumbent president Ismail Omar Guelleh (C) clasps his hands after he cast his ballot as his officials applaud at the Ras-Dika district polling station in the capital Djibouti on April 9, 2021. – (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP)

 

 

Djibouti’s veteran ruler Ismail Omar Guelleh was re-elected for a fifth term as president with more than 98 percent of the vote, according to provisional results announced early Saturday, after the election in the tiny but strategically important country was boycotted by the main opposition.

Around 215,000 citizens were registered to vote in the ballot pitting Guelleh, 73, against a little-known businessman widely seen as posing scant threat to the strongman, who has been in power since 1999.

Counting started shortly after polling stations closed around 7:00 pm in the Horn of Africa nation, which overlooks one of the world’s busiest trade routes at the crossroads between Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

“President Ismail Omar Guelleh obtained 167,535 votes, which is 98.58 percent,” Interior Minister Moumin Ahmed Cheick told public broadcaster RTD early Saturday, adding that confirmed results would be released soon by the Constitutional Council.

Independent election observers said the process went smoothly, with no reports of misconduct.

Earlier, after voting in the capital where most of Djibouti’s one million people reside, Guelleh praised the trouble-free conduct of the electoral exercise.

Dressed in immaculate white traditional robes, he said he was “very, very confident” of victory, after placing his vote in a transparent ballot box.

– ‘My vote is useless’ –
Guelleh was the handpicked successor to his relative Hassan Gouled Aptidon, the country’s first president after independence from France in 1977.

He faced just one challenger — political newcomer Zakaria Ismail Farah — after Djibouti’s main opposition parties boycotted the election.

Farah, a 56-year-old cleaning products importer, ended up with under 5,000 votes, according to the provisional results.

Farah cast doubt on the transparency of the voting process, saying his delegates were not present at polling stations.

“My vote is of no use, nor are the votes of 80 percent of the Djiboutian people,” the opposition candidate told AFP in a text message.

Ahmed Tidiane Souare, the head of an African Union (AU) observer mission, said all candidates were free to send their officials to any polling station.

Farah, who had styled himself as the “flag bearer of poor Djiboutians”, had alleged unfair treatment during the election campaign, including that he was not provided security at his rallies.

Guelleh, and his extended family, have controlled Djibouti with an iron fist since he was handed power. A rare wave of opposition protests in 2020 were brutally suppressed.

His predicted fifth term will be his last, under a 2010 constitutional reform that scrapped term limits while introducing an age limit of 75, which would lock him out of future elections.

Guelleh has clinched at least 75 percent of the vote in every presidential election he has contested.

“I am with President Ismail. I voted for him, I love him,” said 64-year-old Ahmed Abdillah Hadi after casting his ballot.

The vote proceeded despite a surge in Covid-19 cases and infection rates, and few wore face masks as they cheered Guelleh at a crowded final rally this week.

– Stable and strategic –
Under Guelleh, the country has exploited its geographical advantage, investing heavily in ports and logistics infrastructure.

In 2018, seeking to become a trade and logistics hub, the country launched the first phase of what will be Africa’s biggest free-trade zone, financed by China.

Flanked by Somalia and opposite Yemen, Djibouti has remained stable in a volatile neighbourhood, drawing foreign military powers such as former colonial ruler France, the United States and China to establish bases there.

But the country has also seen an erosion of press freedom and a crackdown on dissent as it has courted foreign interest.

The country’s economy shrank by one percent in 2020, but is expected to grow seven percent this year, according to the International Monetary Fund.

Djibouti’s GDP per capita income is about $3,500, higher than much of sub-Saharan Africa, but around 20 percent of the population lives in extreme poverty and 26 percent are unemployed, according to the World Bank.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Husband Prince Philip Dies At 99

This file photo taken on June 17, 2017 shows Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) travel in a horse-drawn carriage back to Buckingham Palace after attending ‘Trooping the Colour’ on Horse Guards Parade to mark the Queen’s official birthday, in London on June 17, 2017.
Stefan Rousseau / POOL / AFP

 

Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip has died at age 99, according to a statement by Buckingham Palace.

Prince Philip was the longest-serving royal consort in British history after getting married to Princess Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became Queen.

The Palace announced the death of the late monarch via its official Twitter handle on Friday afternoon.

 

 

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” it said in a statement.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

The palace added that further announcements would be made “in due course”.

Fears over the health of the Duke of Edinburgh, as he was formally known, had been heightened after he recently spent a month in hospital for treatment.

He left the hospital on March 16 following what was described as a successful procedure for a pre-existing condition and treatment for an unspecified infection.

He was first admitted on February 16 on the advice of his doctor after he complained of feeling unwell.

Philip had returned to Windsor Castle, west of London, where he had been isolating with the queen — Britain’s longest-serving monarch — since the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year.

 

FILES) In this file photo taken on November 25, 1947 Britain’s Princess Elizabeth (future Queen Elizabeth II) and her husband Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, pose during their honeymoon, November 25, 1947 in Broadlands estate, Hampshire. Queen Elizabeth II’s 99-year-old husband Prince Philip, who was recently hospitalised and underwent a successful heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced.
– / AFP

 

He was due to turn 100 in June.

The news of his death saw television channels interrupt regular programmes and start special coverage marking his life.

The BBC announced his death and played the national anthem, “God Save the Queen”.

Philip had increasingly struggled with his health in recent years and had retired from public life.

In the run-up to Christmas 2011, Philip was taken to hospital by helicopter after suffering chest pains.

The Greek-born former naval officer was then treated for a blocked coronary artery and had a stent fitted.

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Mbappe Double Gives PSG Edge Over Holders Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich’s Austrian defender David Alaba (L) and Paris Saint-Germain’s French forward Kylian Mbappe vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg football match between FC Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in Munich, southern Germany, on April 7, 2021. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

 

 

Kylian Mbappe insisted Paris Saint-Germain still have it all to do after he scored twice in a thrilling 3-2 win at holders Bayern Munich in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg, in a repeat of last year’s final.

Bayern had their 19-match unbeaten run ended in the Champions League with their first European defeat since March 2019 as head coach Hansi Flick suffered his first loss in Europe.

PSG raced into a 2-0 lead after just 28 minutes behind closed doors at the Allianz Arena as Neymar created goals for Mbappe and Marquinhos.

Bayern, whose top scorer Robert Lewandowski is sidelined by a knee injury, drew level with headed goals by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Mueller.

However, Mbappe showed his class with a superb second goal to give the visitors an advantage for the return leg in Paris.

“We used all our chances and had a bit of luck, but nothing has been decided,” Mbappe told Sky, with the return leg to come in Paris on Tuesday.

PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas played a key role with a string of saves as Bayern peppered his goal with 31 shots compared to the French club’s six.

“We have to score a lot more goals,” said Mueller. “If it had ended 5-3 or 6-3 for us, no one could have complained based on the chances.”

“We scored the goals at the right times,” said PSG forward Julian Draxler.

“We had a lot of hard work to do because the way they play is dangerous – with or without Lewandowski.”

This was a record 19th appearance in the Champions League quarter-finals for Bayern, but there was little for the Bavarian giants to celebrate at the final whistle.

– Marquinhos scores and limps off –
Covid-19 cast its shadow over both teams with Bayern winger Serge Gnabry, plus PSG pair Alessandro Florenzi and Marco Verratti quarantined after testing positive.

Heavy snow fell in the first half in Munich as the visitors put the heat on the holders.

The opening goal came after Neymar sprinted through a gaping hole in the defence and laid the ball off for Mbappe, whose shot flew into the net through Manuel Neuer’s legs.

PSG’s Germany forward Draxler had a goal disallowed with Mbappe offside in the build-up as the visitors kept up the pressure.

Bayern midfielder Leon Goretzka powered a header into the feet of Navas just before the hosts fell two goals behind.

A clearance kick only got as far as Neymar, whose ball over the top found Marquinhos unmarked in the area to stroke his shot past Neuer, shortly before the PSG captain limped off injured.

Flick responded by bringing on Alphonso Davies to provide pace on the flanks and moved David Alaba into defensive midfield.

The hosts pulled a goal back when Mueller’s cross was headed past Navas by Choupo-Moting to make it 2-1 at half-time.

Neymar and Mbappe had efforts saved off the line, while Leroy Sane went close at the other end for Bayern as both teams had their chances after the break.

Bayern then equalised when Mueller nodded in a superb Joshua Kimmich free-kick on the hour.

However, the wintry night in Munich belonged to Mbappe, who showed his class by turning Bayern defender Jerome Boateng inside and out before driving his shot past Neuer with 22 minutes left.

Bayern went down fighting as Alaba and Mueller both fired agonisingly wide in the dying stages.

 

Paris Saint-Germain’s French forward Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring the 2-3 goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg football match between FC Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in Munich, southern Germany, on April 7, 2021. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

Kevin De Bruyne Signs Contract Extension At Man City

Manchester City’s Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (L) runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League first leg quarter-final football match between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 6, 2021. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

 

 

Kevin De Bruyne has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Manchester City until 2025, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

The Belgium international, whose existing deal was due to expire in 2023, is 30 in June and now looks set to see out most of the remainder of his career at the Etihad Stadium.

De Bruyne has had a glittering spell since joining the club from Wolfsburg in 2015, winning seven major trophies, which could rise to 11 by the end of the season if City are successful in their hunt for the quadruple.

“I could not be happier,” said De Bruyne. “Since joining City in 2015, I have felt at home. I love the fans, my family are settled here in Manchester and my own game has developed really well.

“This football club is geared for success. It offers me everything I need to maximise my performance, so signing this contract was a straightforward decision.

“I am playing the best football of my career and I honestly feel there is more to come.”

He said he and manager Pep Guardiola had the same football philosophy.

 

Manchester City’s Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne warms up ahead of the UEFA Champions League first leg quarter-final football match between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 6, 2021. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

 

“Having that relationship with a manager is so important to me because our objectives are totally aligned, and we want the same things,” he said.

City director of football Txiki Begiristain hailed De Bruyne as one of the best players in world football.

“His performance level has been remarkably consistent since coming to City, and in the last few years he has developed into one of the game’s elite players,” he said.

“His talent is unquestionable — but he is also a consummate professional whose dedication to Manchester City during his time here has been nothing short of remarkable.”

Chelsea Beat FC Porto 2-0 To Put One Foot In Champions League Semis

Chelsea’s English midfielder Mason Mount (L) vies with FC Porto’s Nigerian defender Zaidu Sanusi during the UEFA Champions League first leg quarter final football match between FC Porto and Chelsea FC at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville on April 07, 2021. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP)

 

 

A classy goal from Mason Mount on Wednesday helped Chelsea to a 2-0 first-leg win over Porto, whose wasteful finishing could have scuppered their hopes of springing another Champions League upset in the quarter-finals.

Mount’s slick turn and shot in the first half would have been painful enough for Porto, who were the better side for large spells of this first leg in Seville but repeatedly lacked the precision to take advantage.

Instead, their misery was compounded by Ben Chilwell capitalising on a mistake at the back to score a late second that gave Chelsea another away goal and leaves them on the brink of the semi-finals.

They were away goals only in name given both these teams were playing in the unfamiliar Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, where they will meet again next week, just with the home and away roles reversed.

Porto were in the home dug-out, wore their home kit, had a large club banner in the empty stand behind one goal and their anthem was the one that played out before kick-off.

And Chelsea played the part too, delivering a classic away performance of soaking up the pressure and hitting their opponents on the counter-attack, their quality in the final third proving decisive.

Real Madrid could lie in wait for the victors, after they beat Liverpool 3-1 on Tuesday.

 

Chelsea’s English midfielder Mason Mount (C) celebrates his goal with teammates during the UEFA Champions League first leg quarter final football match between FC Porto and Chelsea FC at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville on April 07, 2021. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP)

 

Chelsea’s win also goes some way to easing the shock of Saturday’s 5-2 loss at home to West Brom in the Premier League, which ended Thomas Tuchel’s 14-match unbeaten start as coach.

Tuchel decided Thiago Silva’s 29 minutes before being sent off in that game were not enough to hone his sharpness, meaning Andreas Christensen was picked in the back three.

And Antonio Rudiger also returned, despite his training ground scuffle with Kepa Arrizabalaga on Sunday, which Tuchel described as a “serious situation”.

Porto were regarded as the plum draw in the last eight, despite seeing off Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus in the last 16, their task made harder this time by the suspensions of Mehdi Taremi and top scorer Sergio Oliveira.

But they were the aggressors from the outset, with Chelsea surrendering the ball and the chances.

Porto had six shots to Chelsea’s one before half-time, with Mateus Uribe grazing the top of the net with an early volley and the excellent Otavio almost catching Edouard Mendy out with a corner before Zaidu Sanusi smashed over the rebound.

Chelsea, though, showed them what ruthlessness looked like when Jorginho fired a pass into Mount on the edge of the area inside the right channel. Mount took it on his back foot and twisted away from the sliding Zaidu, before firing a cool finish into the far corner.

 

Chelsea’s English midfielder Mason Mount celebrates his goal with Chelsea’s German defender Antonio Ruediger during the UEFA Champions League first leg quarter final football match between FC Porto and Chelsea FC at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville on April 07, 2021. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP)

 

Porto kept coming in the second half and kept missing too. Moussa Marega snuck in but his shot was saved by the feet of Mendy before Jesus Corona feathered Luis Diaz through but he took too long. Diaz curled wide after a good run by Wilson Manafa.

Chelsea absorbed them and then hit them with a sucker-punch, Mateo Kovacic’s ball over the top miscontrolled by Corona, allowing Chilwell to steam clear, round the goalkeeper and finish.

Lukaku Pulls Inter 11 Clear, Dybala Scores In Victorious Juve Return

Inter Milan’s Italian coach Antonio Conte (L) congratulates Inter Milan’s Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku at the end of the Italian Serie A football match Inter Milan vs Sassuolo on April 7, 2021 at the San Siro stadium in Milan. (Photo by Isabella BONOTTO / AFP)

 

 

Romelu Lukaku powered Inter Milan closer to their first league title in over a decade by scoring and setting up Lautaro Martinez for the second in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Sassuolo to move 11 points clear at the top of Serie A.

Champions Juventus are 12 points behind Inter in third after beating Napoli 2-1, as Paulo Dybala scored on his return after nearly three months out and the league’s leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo also on target.

Both fixtures had been rescheduled because of coronavirus outbreaks at Inter last month and Napoli in early October.

Lukaku got his head to an Ashley Young cross to score his 21st league goal this campaign after in the 10th minute at the San Siro and then laid on Lautaro for the second midway through the second half.

Hamed Junior Traore pulled a goal back for the visitors with five minutes to go and Lukaku had a goal ruled offside before Inter claimed a 10th consecutive league win to strengthen their grip on the title.

Antonio Conte’s side are on course for a 19th Serie A title and first since 2010.

Juve’s push for a 10th consecutive league title had faltered after taking just one point from their last two league games against lowly Benevento and Torino.

However their win against Napoli was crucial for their Champions League ambitions next season with both teams equal on points in fourth place before kick-off in Turin.

Juve were without Leonardo Bonucci and Federico Bernardeschi who tested positive for Covid-19 after international duty with Italy.

Dybala started on the bench, having being dropped for the derby match with Torino last weekend after breaking lockdown rules with teammates Weston McKennie and Arthur Melo.

 

Inter Milan’s Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku runs with the ball during the Italian Serie A football match Inter Milan vs Sassuolo on April 7, 2021 at the San Siro stadium in Milan. (Photo by Isabella BONOTTO / AFP)

 

Ronaldo missed a chance to put the champions ahead after two minutes when headed wide, before Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski also fired over not long afterwards.

But good work from Federico Chiesa allowed the Portuguese to net 25th Serie A goal this campaign after quarter of an hour.

Chiesa beat two defenders before rolling the ball across to meet Ronaldo who finished off low past Alex Meret in the Napoli goal.

Veteran Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon did well to deny Napoli’s Giovanni Di Lorenzo after the break and Fabian Ruiz midway through the second half.

Dybala came off the bench along with McKennie with 20 minutes to go and the Argentine had an immediate impact, curling in a Rodrigo Bentancur cross four minutes later.

Lorenzo Insigne pulled a goal back from the penalty spot in the final moments after Victor Osimhen was brought down by Giorgio Chiellini in the box.

Juventus overtook Atalanta to move third with the two teams meeting in Bergamo next week, when Inter travel to Napoli.