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PSG pummelling of Monaco underlines dilemma facing French game

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Paris (France) (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain’s demolition of Monaco that secured them the Ligue 1 crown on Sunday only served to highlight the challenge facing the French game as the giants from the capital leave their rivals trailing.

Last year’s champions Monaco handed over their title with five games remaining as they suffered a humiliating 7-1 defeat against PSG at the Parc des Princes, allowing the Qatar-backed club to secure the French crown for the fifth time in six seasons.

PSG pummelling of Monaco underlines dilemma facing French game

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Paris (France) (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain’s demolition of Monaco that secured them the Ligue 1 crown on Sunday only served to highlight the challenge facing the French game as the giants from the capital leave their rivals trailing.

Last year’s champions Monaco handed over their title with five games remaining as they suffered a humiliating 7-1 defeat against PSG at the Parc des Princes, allowing the Qatar-backed club to secure the French crown for the fifth time in six seasons.

No shame in losing to Real Madrid, says embattled PSG coach Emery

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Paris (AFP) – Beleaguered Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insisted there was no shame in losing to Real Madrid after the expensively-assembled French side crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of the holders.

“To be eliminated in the last 16 is a disappointment, but to lose against Real Madrid is not.

No shame in losing to Real Madrid, says embattled PSG coach Emery

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Paris (AFP) – Beleaguered Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insisted there was no shame in losing to Real Madrid after the expensively-assembled French side crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of the holders.

“To be eliminated in the last 16 is a disappointment, but to lose against Real Madrid is not.

Rabiot rues first-leg errors as PSG exit Europe

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot said his side’s late collapse in the first leg against Real Madrid was crucial as the French side bowed out to the holders in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday.

Despite their domestic struggles, record 12-time European champions Real advanced to the quarter-finals 5-2 on aggregate following a 2-1 victory in the return leg in Paris.

Rabiot rues first-leg errors as PSG exit Europe

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot said his side’s late collapse in the first leg against Real Madrid was crucial as the French side bowed out to the holders in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday.

Despite their domestic struggles, record 12-time European champions Real advanced to the quarter-finals 5-2 on aggregate following a 2-1 victory in the return leg in Paris.

Ronaldo does it again as Real Madrid dump PSG out of Europe

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Paris (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro got the goals for Real Madrid as the holders won 2-1 away to a Paris Saint-Germain side missing Neymar to secure their place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday.

Ronaldo had scored twice - including his 100th goal for Real in the competition - as they won 3-1 in the first leg in Spain last month, and his header early in the second half at the Parc des Princes effectively ended the French club’s hopes of progressing.

Ronaldo does it again as Real Madrid dump PSG out of Europe

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Paris (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro got the goals for Real Madrid as the holders won 2-1 away to a Paris Saint-Germain side missing Neymar to secure their place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday.

Ronaldo had scored twice - including his 100th goal for Real in the competition - as they won 3-1 in the first leg in Spain last month, and his header early in the second half at the Parc des Princes effectively ended the French club’s hopes of progressing.

Neymar turns it on as seven-up PSG destroy Celtic

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar was back in the mood with the Brazilian scoring twice to set up Paris Saint-Germain’s comeback from behind as they hammered a shellshocked Celtic 7-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Moussa Dembele had put the visitors ahead inside a minute at the Parc des Princes, but Neymar’s brace soon turned the game around and both Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe added goals of their own before the interval.

PSG, Bayern Munich reach Champions League last 16 as Manchester United edge closer

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Paris (AFP) – Layvin Kurzawa scored an unlikely hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain powered into the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday with a 5-0 rout of Anderlecht, while Bayern Munich joined them in the knockout stage.

Marco Verratti curled in a terrific opening goal - his first in Europe since September 2014 - on the half-hour at the Parc des Princes, with Brazilian superstar Neymar firing in a second before the break.

PSG, Bayern reach Champions League last 16 as Manchester United edge closer

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Paris (AFP) – Layvin Kurzawa scored an unlikely hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain powered into the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday with a 5-0 rout of Anderlecht, while Bayern Munich joined them in the knockout stage.

Marco Verratti curled in a terrific opening goal - his first in Europe since September 2014 - on the half-hour at the Parc des Princes, with Brazilian superstar Neymar firing in a second before the break.

PSG, Bayern reach Champions League last 16 as Manchester United edge closer

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Paris (AFP) – Layvin Kurzawa scored an unlikely hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain powered into the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday with a 5-0 rout of Anderlecht, while Bayern Munich joined them in the knockout stage.

Marco Verratti curled in a terrific opening goal - his first in Europe since September 2014 - on the half-hour at the Parc des Princes, with Brazilian superstar Neymar firing in a second before the break.

Italy’s Belotti out for four weeks

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Milan (AFP) – Italian international striker Andrea Belotti has been ruled out for four weeks after damaging ligaments in his right knee, his Serie A club Torino confirmed on Monday.

The 23-year-old will miss Italy’s two remaining World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Albania this month, and possibly the play-offs in mid-November.

Italy’s Belotti out for four weeks

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Milan (AFP) – Italian international striker Andrea Belotti has been ruled out for four weeks after damaging ligaments in his right knee, his Serie A club Torino confirmed on Monday.

The 23-year-old will miss Italy’s two remaining World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Albania this month, and possibly the play-offs in mid-November.

Italy play Russian roulette for World Cup ticket

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Milan (AFP) – Italy were outclassed by Spain in a demoralising 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Madrid which leaves the four-time champions facing a precarious play-off in November to reach Russia.

Giampiero Ventura’s side were lambasted in the press Sunday for his tactics but also individual performances including midfielder Marco Verratti and veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Brilliant Neymar dazzles again in PSG romp

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar starred from beginning to end on his home debut for Paris Saint-Germain, scoring twice in a 6-2 thumping of Toulouse in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

The Brazilian superstar had a hand in everything else his new side did at the Parc des Princes as they recovered from the shock of falling behind early on to a Max Gradel goal.

Brilliant Neymar dazzles again in PSG romp

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar starred from beginning to end on his home debut for Paris Saint-Germain, scoring twice in a 6-2 thumping of Toulouse in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

The Brazilian superstar had a hand in everything else his new side did at the Parc des Princes as they recovered from the shock of falling behind early on to a Max Gradel goal.

Barcelona-target Verratti apologises to PSG over transfer talk

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Paris (AFP) – Italian international midfielder Marco Verratti has apologised to Paris Saint-Germain officials and fans in a video posted by the Ligue 1 side over the furore whipped up by his desire to leave the club.

“I’ve been here for five years, and if I’ve become a good player it’s thanks to Paris Saint-Germain, who believed in me from the start.

Cavani, Di Maria fire PSG past Bordeaux as Barca loom

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Bordeaux (AFP) – Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria stole the show in Paris Saint Germain’s 3-0 win at Bordeaux on Friday in an ideal warm-up for next week’s Champions League clash with Barcelona.

PSG joined Monaco, who face Metz on Saturday, on 55 points at the top of Ligue 1 but remain second on goal difference.

Cavani, Di Maria fire PSG past Bordeaux as Barca loom

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Bordeaux (AFP) – Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria stole the show in Paris Saint Germain’s 3-0 win at Bordeaux on Friday in an ideal warm-up for next week’s Champions League clash with Barcelona.

PSG joined Monaco, who face Metz on Saturday, on 55 points at the top of Ligue 1 but remain second on goal difference.

Draxler winner delivers immediate return for PSG

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Paris (AFP) New boy Julian Draxler produced a brilliant first-time finish to give Paris Saint Germain a 1-0 win at Rennes on his Ligue 1 debut for the champions on Saturday.

The victory lifts PSG level second with Monaco on 42 points, two behind table-toppers Nice, who host lowly Metz Sunday, while the Monegasques face a tough trip along the coast to Marseille.

Draxler winner delivers immediate return for PSG

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Paris (AFP) New boy Julian Draxler produced a brilliant first-time finish to give Paris Saint Germain a 1-0 win at Rennes on his Ligue 1 debut for the champions on Saturday.

The victory lifts PSG level second with Monaco on 42 points, two behind table-toppers Nice, who host lowly Metz Sunday, while the Monegasques face a tough trip along the coast to Marseille.

Arsenal, PSG draw to take battle for top spot to final match

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London (AFP) Arsenal squandered a chance to wrap up first place in Champions League Group A as Paris Saint-Germain hit back to earn a 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger's side were on course to secure top spot and a possible easier draw in the last 16 after taking a 2-1 lead in the second half.

Arsenal, PSG draw to take battle for top spot to final match

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London (AFP) Arsenal squandered a chance to wrap up first place in Champions League Group A as Paris Saint-Germain hit back to earn a 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger's side were on course to secure top spot and a possible easier draw in the last 16 after taking a 2-1 lead in the second half.

Arsenal draw with PSG, battle for top Champions League spot goes to final match

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London (AFP) Arsenal squandered a chance to wrap up first place in Champions League Group A as Paris Saint-Germain hit back to earn a 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger's side were on course to secure top spot and a possible easier draw in the last 16 after taking a 2-1 lead in the second half.

Arsenal draw with PSG, battle for top Champions League spot goes to final match

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London (AFP) Arsenal squandered a chance to wrap up first place in Champions League Group A as Paris Saint-Germain hit back to earn a 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger's side were on course to secure top spot and a possible easier draw in the last 16 after taking a 2-1 lead in the second half.

Arsenal draw 2-2 with PSG, battle for top spot goes to final match

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London (AFP) Arsenal squandered a chance to wrap up first place in Champions League Group A as Paris Saint-Germain hit back to earn a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger's side were on course to secure top spot and a possible easier draw in the last 16 after taking a 2-1 lead in the second half.

Immobile rescues Italy as Spain cruise

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Paris (AFP) Lazio striker Ciro Immobile grabbed an injury-time winner as four-time champions Italy snatched a 3-2 comeback win at Macedonia on Sunday, narrowly avoiding a World Cup qualifying embarrassment.

Italy, who had needed a late penalty to salvage a point against Group G rivals Spain on Thursday, were staring at a shock defeat in Skopje against a Macedonia side ranked a lowly 146 in the world.

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Manchester United could agree £200m deal for £200k-per-week star for three key reasons

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According to the Mirror, Manchester United could sell Paul Pogba this summer. The 25-year-old returned to Old Trafford in 2016 after an £89m move from Juventus but has an uncertain future that could see him leaving United for the second time in six years.

There are three reasons why United are considering a sale; his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho, the links with Real Madrid and to fund United’s summer splurge.

Wednesday Kickoff: Neymar, Romelu Lukaku and more

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With transfer reports swirling, one star's agent/father came out to quiet rumors.

Neymar's father insists the Brazilian star has a future with Paris Saint-Germain. (REPORT)

Romelu Lukaku says some of his Manchester United teammates were "hiding" in the team's loss to Sevilla. (REPORT)

PSG is reportedly willing to let Marco Verratti leave in the summer.

Friday Kickoff: Betis set to sign Guardado, Barca after Verratti and more

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One Mexican star looks set for Spain while an Italian star may not be joining La Liga any time soon despite major interest.

Real Betis sporting vice president Lorenzo Serra Ferrer says the club is set to sign Mexican star Andres Guardado, who has been linked with a move to MLS. (REPORT)

Barcelonapresident Josep Maria Bartomeu says there is mutual interest between the club and Marco Verratti, but Paris Saint-Germain is reluctant to sell the star midfielder.

Surprise OGC Nice looking to keep momentum going

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Heading into the current campaign, many assumed that Paris Saint-Germain would ease into their fifth consecutive Ligue 1 title. After all, the Parisians are one of the richest clubs on the planet and have superstar players such as Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti, Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva, and Blaise Matuidi.

Surprise OGC Nice looking to keep momentum going

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Heading into the current campaign, many assumed that Paris Saint-Germain would ease into their fifth consecutive Ligue 1 title. After all, the Parisians are one of the richest clubs on the planet and have superstar players such as Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti, Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva, and Blaise Matuidi.

Thursday Kickoff: Ozil, Bravo, Falcao and more

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One of the Premier League's biggest stars will base his future around his current manager, while one of the world's best goalkeepers took the blame following Tuesday's mistake.

Mesut Ozil is reportedly looking for assurance that Arsene Wegner will remain with Arsenal before signing a new deal with the club.

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RUMOUR: Two high profile European Midfielders linked with a move to Chelsea.

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Chelsea have a reported £200m war chest to spend this summer and Antonio Conte has identified Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko and PSG's Marco Verratti as prime targets to play next to N'Golo Kante next season.


According to this exclusive report in The Telegraph, Chelsea have stepped up their efforts to sign Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco for a reported fee of 50m Euros (£42.

‘We’re Four Goals Ahead, I Think We’ll Make It’ – PSG Quartet Verratti, Draxler, Meunier & Matuidi Discuss Barcelona Second Leg Over Supper (Video)

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In which we listen in on a quartet of PSG players Marco Verratti, Blaise Matuidi, Thomas Meurier and Julian Draxler discussing the prospect of playing Barcelona over a pizza supper, shortly after beating the Catalans 4-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

The conversation, though while mostly politeand respectful,is in French so you may wantto turn on the subtitles to catch some of the following fateful remarks:

We're gonna have to hold firm.

Arsenal monitoring Verratti’s situation at PSG

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Chelsea: Is N’Golo Kante really better than Claude Makelele?

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This summer, after France’s opening day win over Romania at Euro 2016, midfield legend Claude Makelele announced that N’Golo Kante was good enough to play for French champions PSG.

“For me, he has a great deal he can improve on,” said Makelele.

“If he continues like this, to work hard, he will become a key player in a big European team.

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Nice will find it hard to hold on to Jean-Michael Seri

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OGC Nice just completed a fairly successful season in Ligue 1. They failed to collect silverware, but the French club did, however, finish in a Champions League qualifying spot for the first time in their history. The qualification into the illustrious competition should help the club secure a contract extension with striker Mario Balotelli and also attract big talent to the French Riviera (as if players needed another reason to live there).

PSG 1-1 Arsenal: 15 Tweet Match Summary as Sanchez rescues Gunners

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