Karim Benzema has been charged in an extortion case involving a sex tape featuring fellow French international Mathieu Valbuena, the French prosecutor’s office said on Thursday The Real Madrid striker has been charged with ‘complicity in an attempt to blackmail’ and conspiring to commit a criminal act, which is punishable by at least five years in prision. He’s been placed under judicial supervision, meaning he cannot meet with the victim or other people charged in the case. The prosecutor’s move, which in France’s legal system does not confirm any wrongdoing but does mean investigators have serious grounds for pursuing the matter with him, exposes Benzema to a lengthy period of doubt ahead of a Europeans nations football contest that France holds next year.
Current champions, Golden Eaglets of Nigeria have reached their second consecutive final thanks to a thrilling 4-2 victory against Mexico in Concepcion. Mexico opened the scoring through Kevin Magana, with stunning efforts from Kelechi Nwakali and Orji Okwonkwo seeing the African side ahead. Diego Cortes’s remarkable solo effort levelled matters, before Osinachi Ebere and Victor Osimhen’s late record-equalling penalty saw the Golden Eaglets into an all-African final against Mali. Mexico controlled the ball in the opening stages of the match, and took the lead early on. Kevin Lara beat his man on the Mexican right and delivered a teasing cross into the middle. Aguirre tried to control with his chest, but Magana took charge and fired home. Emmanuel Amuneke’s side began to grow into the game, with Kelechi Nwakali hitting a low drive from the edge of the Mexican penalty area with his venomous drive stinging the palms of Romero before the ball was cleared away. The game see-sawed back Mexico’s way, with a free-kick from the Mexican left headed goalwards by Jose Esquivel. The chance forced a superb point blank stop by Akpan Udoh, onto the crossbar and eventually cleared behind.