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Cavani, Neymar key as PSG rebound from Madrid gloom

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Paris (AFP) – Edinson Cavani struck twice as Paris Saint-Germain beat Strasbourg 5-2 on Saturday to relieve some of the pressure on the runaway Ligue 1 leaders following their Champions League defeat at Real Madrid.

Strasbourg struck early through Jean Eudes Aholou, but PSG hit back courtesy of a Julian Draxler effort before two goals in as many minutes from Neymar and Angel Di Maria put the home side in control.

Silva and Di Maria back for PSG after missing Madrid defeat

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Paris (AFP) – Thiago Silva and Angel Di Maria were recalled by Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday after coach Unai Emery faced criticism for dropping them for the Champions League tie against Real Madrid.

Emery dispensed with the pair for the 3-1 defeat to Madrid on Wednesday, a decision that baffled Brazilian veteran Silva’s wife who slammed the coach on social media, saying: “Tactics, tactics, what tactics?

Bakambu acknowledges cash was crucial in China decision

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Paris (AFP) – In the end, the Chinese made Cedric Bakambu an offer that was too good to refuse.

The Congolese striker’s move to Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan has been the subject of intense scrutiny since Bakambu paid the 40-million-euro ($49.75 million) buyout clause in his contract with Spanish side Villarreal.

Bakambu acknowledges cash was crucial in China decision

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Paris (AFP) – In the end, the Chinese made Cedric Bakambu an offer that was too good to refuse.

The Congolese striker’s move to Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan has been the subject of intense scrutiny since Bakambu paid the 40-million-euro ($49.75 million) buyout clause in his contract with Spanish side Villarreal.

PSG coach refuses ‘future’ talk after Real defeat

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery refused to “waste his energy” worrying about his job after the 3-1 first-leg last-16 defeat to Real Madrid when questioned on Friday.

One of the sub plots of the “clash of the round” was which manager, Emery or Madrid handler Zinedine Zidane, would lose his job if his side lost.

Bakambu’s Beijing transfer official soon, says striker

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Paris (AFP) – Congolese striker Cedric Bakambu fully expects his transfer to Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan to be officialized once the club get home from a tour of Portugal, the former Villarreal striker told AFP on Thursday.

Bakambu’s move from Villarreal to China comes at a time when the Chinese Football Association (CFA) said clubs could be docked points depending on the value of a transfer and would be prevented from registering such players until all details are submitted to the league.

Bakambu’s Beijing transfer official soon, says striker

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Paris (AFP) – Congolese striker Cedric Bakambu fully expects his transfer to Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan to be officialized once the club get home from a tour of Portugal, the former Villarreal striker told AFP on Thursday.

Bakambu’s move from Villarreal to China comes at a time when the Chinese Football Association (CFA) said clubs could be docked points depending on the value of a transfer and would be prevented from registering such players until all details are submitted to the league.

Emery’s PSG under pressure after Madrid setback

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Paris (AFP) – Runaway Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain find themselves under pressure for the first time this season after Wednesday’s Champions League defeat at Real Madrid.

Unai Emery’s men have blown away all before them domestically this term, but with world-record signing Neymar failing to fire and captain Thiago Silva left to sulk on the Santiago Bernabeu bench, Cristiano Ronaldo led struggling Real to a 3-1, first-leg win.

Emery’s PSG under pressure after Madrid setback

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Paris (AFP) – Runaway Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain find themselves under pressure for the first time this season after Wednesday’s Champions League defeat at Real Madrid.

Unai Emery’s men have blown away all before them domestically this term, but with world-record signing Neymar failing to fire and captain Thiago Silva left to sulk on the Santiago Bernabeu bench, Cristiano Ronaldo led struggling Real to a 3-1, first-leg win.

PSG leave Thiago Motta out of squad for Madrid trip

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain have omitted veteran midfielder Thiago Motta from their squad for the trip to face Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16, first leg on Wednesday.

The French giants opted to leave the 35-year-old Italy international behind in Paris, even though he apparently is no longer injured and trained normally on Tuesday morning.

Manchester City squad most expensive in history: report

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Paris (AFP) – Premier League leaders Manchester City have the most expensive squad in history, according to a report published on Monday by the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory.

The research values Pep Guardiola’s squad at 878 million euros ($1.08 billion), with Paris Saint-Germain second on 805 million euros, after a January transfer window in which City acquired centre-back Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao for 65 million euros.

Manchester City squad most expensive in history: report

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Paris (AFP) – Premier League leaders Manchester City have the most expensive squad in history, according to a report published on Monday by the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory.

The research values Pep Guardiola’s squad at 878 million euros ($1.08 billion), with Paris Saint-Germain second on 805 million euros, after a January transfer window in which City acquired centre-back Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao for 65 million euros.

Lyon slump to controversial defeat by Rennes

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Paris (AFP) – Lyon were incensed after being denied a second-half penalty as they slipped to a third straight loss in Ligue 1, with Rennes claiming a 2-0 win on Sunday.

Bruno Genesio’s hosts were looking for three points to close to within one of Marseille in the third and final Champions League place, but endured a frustrating night as they failed to bounce back from defeats by Bordeaux and Monaco.

Neymar lifts PSG past Toulouse ahead of Real trip

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar scored the only goal as Paris Saint-Germain ground out a 1-0 victory at Toulouse on Saturday in their final tune-up for next week’s Champions League showdown against holders Real Madrid.

The runaway French league leaders stretched their advantage over Marseille to 13 points courtesy of Neymar’s 19th Ligue 1 goal of the season midway through the second half in Toulouse.

Neymar lifts PSG past Toulouse ahead of Real trip

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar scored the only goal as Paris Saint-Germain ground out a 1-0 victory at Toulouse on Saturday in their final tune-up for next week’s Champions League showdown against holders Real Madrid.

The runaway French league leaders stretched their advantage over Marseille to 13 points courtesy of Neymar’s 19th Ligue 1 goal of the season midway through the second half in Toulouse.

Di Maria fuels PSG as Marseille hit nine in French Cup

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Paris (AFP) – Angel Di Maria scored a hat-trick as holders Paris Saint-Germain defeated second-tier Sochaux 4-1 on Tuesday to reach the French Cup quarter-finals, while Marseille demolished Ligue 2 outfit Bourg-en-Bresse 9-0.

The Argentine winger headed PSG, who were playing without the rested Neymar, ahead inside the first minute at the Stade Bonal in eastern France, but twice former winners Sochaux levelled through Florian Martin before the quarter hour.

Di Maria fuels PSG as Marseille hit nine in French Cup

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Paris (AFP) – Angel Di Maria scored a hat-trick as holders Paris Saint-Germain defeated second-tier Sochaux 4-1 on Tuesday to reach the French Cup quarter-finals, while Marseille demolished Ligue 2 outfit Bourg-en-Bresse 9-0.

The Argentine winger headed PSG, who were playing without the rested Neymar, ahead inside the first minute at the Stade Bonal in eastern France, but twice former winners Sochaux levelled through Florian Martin before the quarter hour.

Red-hot Marseille score nine in Cup thrashing

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Paris (AFP) – In-form Marseille crushed second-tier Bourg-en-Bresse with a 9-0 thumping to reach the French Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday, with Kostas Mitroglou and Lucas Ocampos both scoring hat-tricks.

Rudi Garcia’s side, who are second in Ligue 1 after thrashing Metz 6-3 last week, romped into a 4-0 lead inside 20 minutes at the struggling Ligue 2 side and showed no mercy against hapless opponents.

Red-hot Marseille score nine in Cup thrashing

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Paris (AFP) – In-form Marseille crushed second-tier Bourg-en-Bresse with a 9-0 thumping to reach the French Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday, with Kostas Mitroglou and Lucas Ocampos both scoring hat-tricks.

Rudi Garcia’s side, who are second in Ligue 1 after thrashing Metz 6-3 last week, romped into a 4-0 lead inside 20 minutes at the struggling Ligue 2 side and showed no mercy against hapless opponents.

Matuidi a doubt for Spurs clash due to thigh strain

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Paris (AFP) – France international midfielder Blaise Matuidi could miss next week’s Champions League clash with Tottenham Hotspur due to a thigh strain, his club said on Monday.

The former Paris-Saint Germain player was injured during Sunday’s 7-0 thrashing of Sassuolo, leaving the field after just 26 minutes.

Stars turn out to celebrate Neymar’s birthday

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Paris (AFP) – Former Brazil great Ronaldo turned up alongside a host of Paris Saint-Germain stars and international team-mates to celebrate Neymar’s birthday at a glitzy reception in central Paris on Sunday.

Edinson Cavani and PSG coach Unai Emery were notably among the reported 150 guests in attendance, while Marseille midfielder Luiz Gustavo and Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus also attended the event.

Neymar, PSG begin vital month in style

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Paris (AFP) – A superb Neymar free-kick helped Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-0 win at troubled Lille on Saturday as the Ligue 1 leaders began a decisive month as they mean to go on.

The world’s most expensive player netted the second goal at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy after Yuri Berchiche had opened the scoring just prior to half-time.

Neymar, PSG begin vital month in style

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Paris (AFP) – A superb Neymar free-kick helped Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-0 win at troubled Lille on Saturday as the Ligue 1 leaders began a decisive month as they mean to go on.

The world’s most expensive player netted the second goal at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy after Yuri Berchiche had opened the scoring just prior to half-time.

PSG include new signing Lassana Diarra for Cup semi-final

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Paris (AFP) – Lassana Diarra could make his debut for Paris Saint-Germain in Tuesday’s French League Cup semi-final at Rennes after being included in their squad for the first time.

The 32-year-old midfielder, who has been capped 34 times by France, joined PSG last week on a deal until June 2019.

PSG include new signing Lassana Diarra for Cup semi-final

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Paris (AFP) – Lassana Diarra could make his debut for Paris Saint-Germain in Tuesday’s French League Cup semi-final at Rennes after being included in their squad for the first time.

The 32-year-old midfielder, who has been capped 34 times by France, joined PSG last week on a deal until June 2019.

Fabinho grabs Monaco point at Marseille, Bordeaux stun Lyon

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Paris (AFP) – Fabinho struck to secure French champions Monaco an entertaining 2-2 draw at southern rivals Marseille on Sunday, while Malcom was at the centre of a penalty controversy as Bordeaux stunned Lyon.

Both teams at the Stade Velodrome missed the chance to take second place from Lyon, with Paris Saint-Germain now 11 points clear at the Ligue 1 summit.

Fabinho grabs Monaco point at Marseille, Bordeaux stun Lyon

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Paris (AFP) – Fabinho struck to secure French champions Monaco an entertaining 2-2 draw at southern rivals Marseille on Sunday, while Malcom was at the centre of a penalty controversy as Bordeaux stunned Lyon.

Both teams at the Stade Velodrome missed the chance to take second place from Lyon, with Paris Saint-Germain now 11 points clear at the Ligue 1 summit.

Malcom in the middle as Bordeaux win on Poyet debut

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Paris (AFP) – Brazilian star Malcom was at the centre of a penalty controversy as 10-man Bordeaux stunned high-flying Lyon 3-1 on Sunday to give new coach Gustavo Poyet a winning start in Ligue 1.

Malcom, the 50 million-euro ($62m, £44m) rated Brazilian winger who has been linked with Arsenal, appeared to dive to win the 27th-minute penalty he then scored to give Bordeaux a shock 2-0 lead.

Malcom in the middle as Bordeaux win on Poyet debut

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Paris (AFP) – Brazilian star Malcom was at the centre of a penalty controversy as 10-man Bordeaux stunned high-flying Lyon 3-1 on Sunday to give new coach Gustavo Poyet a winning start in Ligue 1.

Malcom, the 50 million-euro ($62m, £44m) rated Brazilian winger who has been linked with Arsenal, appeared to dive to win the 27th-minute penalty he then scored to give Bordeaux a shock 2-0 lead.

Neymar brushes off penalty controversy

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar played down the latest debate surrounding whether he or Edinson Cavani should be taking penalties for Paris Saint-Germain, after scoring a spot-kick against Montpellier on Saturday.

The world’s most expensive player was booed by the PSG home fans despite scoring four goals in an 8-0 thrashing of Dijon a fortnight ago, after taking a penalty that could have given Cavani the club’s all-time goalscoring record.

Neymar brushes off penalty controversy

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar played down the latest debate surrounding whether he or Edinson Cavani should be taking penalties for Paris Saint-Germain, after scoring a spot-kick against Montpellier on Saturday.

The world’s most expensive player was booed by the PSG home fans despite scoring four goals in an 8-0 thrashing of Dijon a fortnight ago, after taking a penalty that could have given Cavani the club’s all-time goalscoring record.

Record-breaker Cavani says he can work with Neymar

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Paris (AFP) – Edinson Cavani insisted that he is happy playing with Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain, after the Uruguayan broke the club’s goalscoring record and his strike partner netted twice against Montpellier on Saturday.

The 30-year-old is PSG’s top scorer this term with one more goal than world-record signing Neymar, who returned to the team for the first time since being booed after taking a penalty that could have given Cavani the record in an 8-0 thrashing of Dijon on January 17.

Record-breaker Cavani says he can work with Neymar

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Paris (AFP) – Edinson Cavani insisted that he is happy playing with Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain, after the Uruguayan broke the club’s goalscoring record and his strike partner netted twice against Montpellier on Saturday.

The 30-year-old is PSG’s top scorer this term with one more goal than world-record signing Neymar, who returned to the team for the first time since being booed after taking a penalty that could have given Cavani the record in an 8-0 thrashing of Dijon on January 17.

Football: Record-breaker Cavani says he can work with Neymar

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Paris (AFP) – Edinson Cavani insisted that he is happy playing with Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain, after the Uruguayan broke the club’s goalscoring record and his strike partner netted twice against Montpellier on Saturday.

The 30-year-old is PSG’s top scorer this term with one more goal than world-record signing Neymar, who returned to the team for the first time since being booed after taking a penalty that could have given Cavani the record in an 8-0 thrashing of Dijon on January 17.

Cavani breaks PSG scoring record in Montpellier rout

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Paris (AFP) – Edinson Cavani broke Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s all-time goalscoring record for Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday, while Neymar scored twice in a 4-0 thrashing of Montpellier.

The Uruguay striker tapped in his 157th PSG goal in the 11th minute at the Parc des Princes to spark wild celebrations, having levelled the Swede’s previous mark 10 days ago.

Emery wants PSG fans to show Neymar ‘affection’

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has called on fans to show Neymar more “affection”, despite the Brazilian’s excellent form since joining the Ligue 1 leaders.

The world’s most expensive player has struggled with injury since the winter break and was booed for taking a penalty on his only league appearance of 2018 so far against Dijon, which denied Edinson Cavani a chance to break the PSG goalscoring record.

Emery wants PSG fans to show Neymar ‘affection’

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has called on fans to show Neymar more “affection”, despite the Brazilian’s excellent form since joining the Ligue 1 leaders.

The world’s most expensive player has struggled with injury since the winter break and was booed for taking a penalty on his only league appearance of 2018 so far against Dijon, which denied Edinson Cavani a chance to break the PSG goalscoring record.

No Neymar as PSG make Cup progress

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain made light of Neymar’s absence in beating Guingamp 4-2 to secure their ticket to the French Cup last 16 on Wednesday as Edinson Cavani was made to wait for his club-record goal.

Adrien Rabiot opened the scoring in the 21st minute followed smartly by Lucas Deaux’s own goal, with Javier Pastore and Marquinhos completing the round of 32 win after the break.

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Chelsea chasing French international defender, Paris Saint-Germain reluctant to sell

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Chelsea are interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa.

The Blues have been chasing Roma defender Emerson Palmieri, but top Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed that deal is in jeopardy.

Kurzawa began his career at Monaco in 2010 and went on to make almost 100 senior appearances for the club.