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Roma 2-1 Porto – Zaniolo makes his mark

A second half double from Roma’s teenage sensation Nicolo Zaniolo acquired his side a 2-1 win over Porto in their Champions League clash on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old found the net twice in six minutes to give his side a relaxed lead, but substitute Adrian Lopez’s absent goal means the tie is far from around going into the 2nd leg in Portugal.

It took 38 minutes for the initial exertion of note to arrive as Edin Dzeko raced on to a clipped ball into the channel, reduce within a defender towards the edge of the six yard box and fired a highly effective shot off the near post.

Roma broke the deadlock by Zaniolo on 70 minutes when he raced on to a lay-off from Dzeko to fire into the corner.

Just six minutes afterwards he doubled his team’s tally and Dzeko was the creator again, firing a prolonged variety shot off the post for Zaniolo to faucet in and come to be the youngest Italian to score two goals in a Champions League match.

Nevertheless, Lopez latched on to an sliced shot and found the net with 10 minutes remaining to give his side a lifeline in advance of the 2nd leg on Wednesday 6 March in Portugal.

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Zambian youngster Banda rejects Portuguese giants FC Porto – 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup


Emmanuel Banda of Zambia challenged by Abdoul karim Dante of Mali during the 2017 Total Zambia U-20 African Cup of Nations match between Mali and Zambia at Heroes National Stadium, Lusaka Zambia on 01 March 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jun 27, 2017. 18:00


Zambia Under-20 international Emmanuel Banda has turned down Portuguese giants FC Porto and joined Belgian First Division A club KV Oostende.

The promising midfielder, who played for Zambia at the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup finals in South Korea, has been on the books of Portuguese club S.C Esmoriz.

Oostende released the following statement after signing the youngster.

“The Zambian U20 international Emmanuel Banda (19) signed a contract until 2020. He is from the Portuguese Esmoriz and chose KVO above the Portuguese top club FC Porto.

“Emmanuel Banda played last season at Esmoriz, a club in a lower Portuguese division. He was also active with Zambia at the World Cup U20 and won the Africa Cup U20. There he noted himself with a fabulous goal against Mali. He also scored against the U20 in Germany.

“Banda He immediately came across several clubs, and was even close to a transfer to Porto Porto’s top club. However, it is KVO who managed to pull this talent.

“The Zambian is a game maker who stands out with his step technique and vista. At KVO, he is now given the opportunity to develop in full.

Welcome to our weireldploegsje Emmanuel,” the statement read.



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