REPORTS WE COULDN’T MAKE UP

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League top goaLscorer misses pLay-offs to do char­ity work

Ja­son Oswell, the Welsh Pre­mier League’s top scorer with 22 goals, missed his side New­town’s end-of­sea­son Europa League play-off against Ban­gor be­cause he was un­der­tak­ing vol­un­tary work in Uganda.

The 24-year-old striker, who went to spend four weeks help­ing chil­dren with neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions and go­ing into schools to raise aware­ness of ba­sic things such as hy­giene, said: “It will be a life chang­ing op­por­tu­nity, work­ing with peo­ple who have very lim­ited re­sources in a poor area.”

Babe in arms

More than 20 years af­ter USA 94, one of foot­ball’s most fa­mous ba­bies is now a star in his own right. Sport­ing Lisbon have signed Mattheus Oliveira, the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind his fa­ther Be­beto’s fa­mous goal cel­e­bra­tion at the 1994 World Cup.

Be­beto cel­e­brated against Hol­land in the quar­ter-fi­nals with a “baby-rock­ing” ges­ture – a trib­ute to his son, who was born a few days ear­lier.

The 22-year-old mid­fielder has spent the last two sea­sons at Es­to­ril af­ter mak­ing his pro­fes­sional de­but for Brazil­ian club Fla­mengo.

Lom­baerts the great

In a bizarre send-off, Ni­co­las Lom­baerts dressed up as Tsar Peter the Great dur­ing a farewell cer­e­mony out­side the Win­ter Palace in St Peters­burg’s Palace Square to mark his de­par­ture from Zenit.

The de­fender posed out­side the palace and was also ac­com­pa­nied at one point, by a woman dressed up as Cather­ine I of Rus­sia.

Lom­baerts left Zenit af­ter 10 years and has signed for Oos­tende in his na­tive Bel­gium.

tatts No good

Guillermo Varela has hit out at Ein­tra­cht Frankfurt for sus­pend­ing him af­ter an in­fected tat­too ruled the Manch­ester United loa­nee out of the Ger­man Cup Fi­nal.

“I’m not the only Ein­tra­cht player to get a tat­too be­fore the Fi­nal,” Varela com­plained. “But only I was nailed to the cross for go­ing against the man­ager. Be­fore the 2016 FA Cup Fi­nal we went out with sev­eral play­ers and got a tat­too, and then we won. I wanted to re­peat that be­cause it brought us so much luck.”

proud...dad Be­beto’s goal cel­e­bra­tion

tsar...Ni­co­las Lom­baerts

tat­too...Varela

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