TwoFrench pundits are facing a less than appetising prospect after making a foolhardy wager about the international prospectsof Monaco full-back Benjamin Mendy.
Almost three years ago, RMC Sport analysts Eric di Meco and Daniel Riolodeclared that they'dgladly "eat a rat" if the then-19-year-old, who had struggled in his debut season at Marseille, ever found his way into the France squad.
Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho scored one of the goals o the season in Ligue 1 on Saturday, with the Monaco star perfectly executing a first-time long-range chip.
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The goal came on 74 minutes, with league-leaders Monaco already 1-0 up.
Receiving a pass from fellow countryman Bernardo Silva well outside the Bordeaux box, Moutinhoconnected beautifully with the ball, directing an exquisite chipped effort which sailed into the top corner of the net.
Following a midweek Champions League exit to Juventus, Barcelona bounced back in the biggest way possible on Sunday.
A 92nd-minute winner from Lionel Messi lifted Luis Enrique's side past 10-man Real Madrid in a 3-2 El Clasico win. Most importantly, the victory propelled Barcelona to the top spot in the La Liga table, holding an edge on Los Blancos due to goal-difference.
Premier League leaders Chelsea booked theirplace into the FA Cup final with a 4-2 thumping of London rivals Tottenham at Wembley Stadium.
Antonio Conte's side used two second-half goals to pull away from their rivals, who had previously pegged them back twice. Willian's fourth-minute free-kick gave Chelsea a 1-0 lead as the Brazilian beat Hugo Lloris to the bottom-right corner.
Sunday's El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeucouldhave huge implications on this year's La Liga title race.
League-leaders Real Madrid host Barcelona on Sunday which sees the two sides separated by three points in the table. Zinedine Zidane's side booked their place in the UEFA Champions League semifinals after an impressive second-leg victory over Bayern Munich earlier this week.
One of the English Premier League's bigrivalries saw another chapter take place on Sunday as Manchester United edged league-leaders Chelsea, 2-0, at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho's Red Devils earned an important victory against his former side in their chase for a top-four finish. Marcus Rashford gave the hosts an early 1-0 lead asthe 19-year-old forward netted his fifth goal of the season in the seventh minute.
With a slew of European action taking place on Saturday, it was the Milan Derby which took center-stage in Italy. It was a tale of two halves from the Giuseppe Meazza as AC Milan battled back to earn a point against rivals Inter in a 2-2 draw.
Inter Milan opened the scoring in the 36th-minute as Antonio Candreva's right-footed finish made it 1-0.
Following an entertaining first round of UEFA Champions League quarterfinal matches earlier this week, domestic action resumes across Europe's top five leagues.
The headlining match across Europe this weekend seesPremier League leaders Chelsea travelto Manchester United on Sunday. Chelsea holds a seven-point lead at the top of the EPL and would like to add to that margin.
Napoli showed a shortmemory on Sunday, defeating Lazio at the Olimpico Stadium, 3-0, in a top-four Serie A showdown.
Maurizio Sarri's side were ousted from the Coppa Italia semifinals earlier this week, but cruised against a top side in league play. Jose Callejon's 25th-minute opener had the visitors up 1-0, a lead which they would take into halftime.
MALAGA, SPAIN APRIL 08: Neymar Jr. of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between Malaga CF and FC Barcelona at La Rosaleda stadium on April 8, 2017 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Real Madrid was just five minutes away from a precious derby day victory, and three points to maintain its lead on Barcelona atop the La Liga standings, but Antoine Griezmann had other plans.
Following midweek domestic action across Europe's top leagues, weekend coverage rolls on as some mouth-watering fixtures take centerstage.
In Spain, the Madrid Derby is the premier showdown of the weekend with Real Madrid hosting Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Zinedine Zidane's squad remain atop La Liga and are 10 points ahead of their local rivals in the standings.
Several of Europe's heavy-hitters took the field on Tuesday, providing plenty of action across the top leagues.
In the must-watch match of the day, Chelsea defeated Manchester City, 2-1, at Stamford Bridge. Following their home defeat to Crystal Palace last Saturday, Chelsea got back on track against fourth-place Manchester City.
Arsenal showed some fight in battling back from a pair of deficits on Sunday, but the hard-earned draw against Manchester City doesn't do much for the Gunners hopes of climbing back into the English Premier League's top four.
Leroy Sane's fifth-minute goal gave Manchester City an early 1-0 advantageafter the winger rounded David Ospina and tapped into an empty net.
With the return of European domestic action this weekend, a lot of top matches were on display Saturday across the top-five leagues.
Liverpool cruised to a 3-1 victory over rivals Everton in Saturday's Merseyside Derby at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp's side defeated their local rivals for the second time this season thanks to a comfortable home victory.
Following World Cup Qualifiers the past two weeks, European domestic action resumes this weekend with some mouth-watering fixtures across the top five leagues.
Arsenal host Manchester City on Saturday in London as both sides look to keep a grasp on the top-four. Arsene Wenger's side are coming off back-to-back league defeats against Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion respectively, which has put the French manager on the hot seat.
In themouth-watering match of the day across Europe, Manchester City fought back for a 1-1 draw against visiting Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola's side receiveda 69th-minute equalizer from Sergio Aguero to earn a point at the Etihad Stadium against Jurgen Klopp's Reds. After a fast and exciting opening half, Liverpool opened the scoring as former Manchester City midfielder James Milner scored a 51st-minute penalty kick.
In the final European domestic action for two weeks, there are some teasing matchescoming up this weekend across the top five leagues.
Manchester City host Liverpool in the English Premier League on Sunday as both sides try to inch closer to the fop-four. Pep Guardiola's side are coming off a Champions League exit midweek in Monaco, while Liverpool are coming off a 2-1 home league win against Burnley last Sunday.
Barcelona overcame all odds to secure a historic Champions League result midweek, but the Spanish giant couldn't quite muster enough energy to role that momentum into league play.
Deportivo earned the result of the weekend witha 2-1 home win overleague-leaders Barcelona. Alex Bergantino's 74th minute header put Deportivo in front for good after the visitors had leveled the score early in the second half.
After a thrilling week of UEFA Champions action, domestic leagues and cup fixtures look to continue the excitement this weekend across Europe.
The Bundesliga's top fixture this weekend sees third-place Borussia Dortmund traveling to fifth-place Hertha Berlin on Saturday. Six points separate the sides, as both look to advance their way up the table.
Tottenham pulled to within seven points English Premier League leaders Chelsea after a 3-2 home win against Everton on Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino's side got a brace from leading scorer Harry Kane as well as a late goal from Dele Alli, which proved to be the difference. Kane's long-range effort had Spurs up 1-0 at halftime, before doubling his tally in the 56th minute.
Arsenal are yet to reach an agreement with AlexisSanchez regarding his contract extension.
The Chilean is unhappy with Arsenal’s offer of £180,000-a-week and is holding out for wages of £250,000-a-week. Daily Mirror are reporting that the Gunners are aware of the prospect of losing their best player at the end of this season and therefore they have already started looking for a replacement.