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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.

Motta, De Rossi get nod for Italy in Euro 2016

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Rome (AFP) Midfielders Thiago Motta and Daniele De Rossi were on Tuesday given the all clear and included in Italy coach Antonio Conte's 23-man squad for Euro 2016.

With midfield stalwarts Claudio Marchisio and Marco Verratti both injured, Conte had feared for the fitness of Paris Saint-Germain's Motta and Roma's De Rossi, both struggling with a calf and thigh injuries respectively.

Motta, De Rossi get nod for Italy in Euro 2016

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Rome (AFP) Midfielders Thiago Motta and Daniele De Rossi were on Tuesday given the all clear and included in Italy coach Antonio Conte's 23-man squad for Euro 2016.

With midfield stalwarts Claudio Marchisio and Marco Verratti both injured, Conte had feared for the fitness of Paris Saint-Germain's Motta and Roma's De Rossi, both struggling with a calf and thigh injuries respectively.

Conte fine-tunes Italy’s Euro 2016 squad

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Milan (AFP) Italy coach Antonio Conte cut several Euro 2016 hopefuls from a preliminary squad on Monday as he unveiled a 30-man squad for the Azzurri's second pre-competition training camp.

Italy will head to the June 10-July 10 tournament in France looking to reach a second successive final but facing a formidable challenge after failing to get past the first round at the past two editions of the World Cup.

Conte fine-tunes Italy’s Euro 2016 squad

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Milan (AFP) Italy coach Antonio Conte cut several Euro 2016 hopefuls from a preliminary squad on Monday as he unveiled a 30-man squad for the Azzurri's second pre-competition training camp.

Italy will head to the June 10-July 10 tournament in France looking to reach a second successive final but facing a formidable challenge after failing to get past the first round at the past two editions of the World Cup.

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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.

Blow For Real Madrid: Manchester United's £79m target signs five-year deal

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Italy midfielder Marco Verratti has signed a new long-term contract with Paris Saint-Germain that will see him staying at the club till 2021.

Marco Verratti en train de signer sa prolongation de contrat jusqu’en 2021 ! #PSG pic.twitter.com/0eOpt1tGuW

- PSGsociety (@PSGsociety) August 2, 2016

The 23-year-old missed a large part of last season as well as Euro 2016 with a groin injury and subsequently underwent a surgery.

Could Marchisio Injury Open Door For Pirlo Return?

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Antonio Conte will be forced to get creative this summer as he will head to the Euro's without the services of one of Italy's key players.

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio, capped 54 times by Italy, was stretchered off the pitch in the Bianconeri's 4-0 victory over Palermo on Sunday and it has been confirmed that the Italian has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, ruling him out of Euro 2016.

Tuesday Kickoff: FIFA, AC Milan, Verratti and more

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While a couple of clubs made managerial changes, a former president of CONCACAF pleaded guilty to charges of corruption.

Alfredo Hawit, who served as the interim president for CONCACAF in 2015, has pleaded guilty to four charges of corruption, admitting he had accepted bribes to sell marketing rights for tournaments.

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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.

Chelsea - PSG: Preview and Lineups Prediction

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Chelsea host Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening in a scenario that will be all too familiar for Blues fans.

With an away goal in hand thanks to John Obi Mikel, the home side have a decent shout of progressing to the quarter finals. A 1-0 win would be enough for Chelsea to go through, but if the Ligue 1 side find the net, things become far more complicated.

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Puma Get It Spot On Again With Italy’s Achingly Stylish New Away Kit (Photos)

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Allow us to usher your attention away from all the deadline day hubbub for a second to introduce youto the slick son-of-a-bitch that is Italy's new Puma away shirt.

As modelled by young blue eyes himself, Marco Verratti, the Azzurri's latest offering is classically styled and hued in the immaculatewhite and blue palette that we've come to expect.

From Berlin to Balotelli through gloom and glory: The 10-year evolution of the Italy national 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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Will Man United Break Transfer Record For PSG Star?

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Marco Verratti could soon be on his way to England after the Euro's, with Manchester United reportedly ready to bid €100 million (£79m) for the midfielder according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport.

Jose Mourinho has a rebuilding job on his hands at Old Trafford and he has prioritized reinvigorating his midfield and the Special One wants Azzurri star Verratti

The move would smash the transfer record by a British club of €75 million, paid by Manchester United themselves, for Angel Di Maria in 2014.