American Football – Chiefs Defeat Steelers in NFL Finals – Sports

NFL, football: The Kansas City Chiefs won their playoff duel with the Pittsburgh Steelers 42-21, ending quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s 18-year career forever. The Steelers’ playmaker had already said at the end of the main round that his NFL career was likely to end after this season and that he would quit the Steelers after two Super Bowl titles. In his last appearance in the National Football League, Roethlisberger’s performance on Sunday night (local time) was far from enough to give his team a chance against the Chiefs, who were far too strong. The veteran made 29 of his 44 attempts for a teammate and finished the game with 215 yards and two touchdowns. He was clearly overshadowed by Patrick Mahomes, who had an excellent five touchdown passes and a total of 404 yards. Even Travis Kelce threw a touchdown pass to the Chiefs.

Kansas City, 2020 winners and 2021 defeated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl, now face the Buffalo Bills in the division round next weekend (Monday at 12:30 CET). The Chiefs are also the favorites in this game, though not as clearly as against the Steelers. After a slow start from both teams and a 7-0 lead for the Steelers, the Chiefs came back with power and scored 35 points in a row.

German football professional Mark Nzeocha can also continue to hope for a return to the Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers. Against the favored Dallas Cowboys, the team won a hard-fought 23:17 Sunday (local time) and thus advanced to the division round. Next weekend it’s against the Green Bay Packers with German-American Equanimeous St. Brown. Nzeocha had been unemployed for most of the NFL season and was only recently re-signed by the 49ers – the team he stood with in the 2020 Super Bowl and lost to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Nzeocha played for the Cowboys in 2015 and 2016. 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo gave his team a 23-7 lead after three quarters without his own touchdown pass before the Cowboys added excitement with a field goal and touchdown early in the final quarter. Several penalties for both teams in the last minutes of the match then tensed the nerves of all fans. The Cowboys got one last chance but took too much risk and could not crown the comeback.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers around quarterback superstar Tom Brady also won the first playoff game of the season and still have the chance to win the Super Bowl again. In front of their own fans, the Bucs beat the Philadelphia Eagles 31:15 on Sunday and are in the division round next weekend. By the break, Brady had led his team to a comfortable 17-0 lead.

Soccer, Africa Cup: The defending champions Algeria are surprisingly on the verge of being eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. The team around Gladbach Bundesliga professional Ramy Bensebaini lost on Sunday night to the obvious outsider Equatorial Guinea 0-1 (0-0) and is after two matches with only one point at the bottom of the group E. Esteban Orozco (70.) scored the decisive Goal. Algeria had not lost in 35 matches – the reigning African champions were only two matches away from the Italian world record. At the end of the group, the Algerians meet the Ivory Coast.

The group leader around ex-Frankfurt Sebastien Haller had previously missed coming early in the round of 16. The striker from the Dutch football record champions Ajax Amsterdam even scored the first goal in 2: 2 (1: 0) against Sierra Leone and prepared the second goal, but it was not enough for the second victory in the second match. The two-time African champions have four points before their final match against Algeria. Haller made it 1-0 in the 25th minute before Musa Kamara equalized for the outsider (55 ‘). Then the former Bundesliga striker started 2-1 through Nicolas Pepe (65th). But Alhaji Kamara (90 + 3) prevented the Ivorians from winning.

Mali are no longer with Bundesliga professionals Amadou Haidara (RB Leipzig) and Diadie Samassekou (TSG Hoffenheim), who each played a half in the 1-1 (0-0) victory over Gambia. Both teams each have four points in Group F. Tunisia saved their chance to advance with Cologne’s Ellyes Skhiri. After beating Mauritania 4-0 (2-0), the 2004 African champions are third with three points.

Football, Spain: Real Madrid secured their first title in 2022 at the Super Cup in the desert. The Royals defeated defending champions Athletic Bilbao 2-0 (1-0) in Sunday’s final in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Croatian superstar Luka Modric (38th) and striker Karim Benzema scored the goals for the team around former world champion Toni Kroos with hand penalties (52nd). Bilbao missed a penalty kick by Raul Garcia shortly before the end (89th) after Real’s Eder Militao saw the red card (87th).

For Carlo Ancelotti, it was also the first title win with Real since returning to the Madrilenians’ bench this summer. The Italian coached Real between 2013 and 2015 and won the 2014 Champions League in the process. Ancelotti currently leads the table in LaLiga with the record champions. In addition, the Madrilenians are still represented in the Champions League and in the national cup. After a year break, the Spanish Super Cup was played again in Saudi Arabia. In the semi-final, Real defeated arch-rivals FC Barcelona. Bilbao beat Atlético Madrid.

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