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PSG, Monaco renew battle in French Cup semi-final

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Paris (AFP) – Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco hold the edge over Paris Saint-Germain in the French title race, but the reigning champions haven’t given up hope of landing a third successive sweep of the domestic trophies.

PSG thrashed Monaco 4-1 at the start of April to retain the French League Cup, and with the principality club prioritising Europe and Ligue 1, Unai Emery’s side will again fancy their chances in Wednesday’s French Cup semi-final.

PSG, Monaco renew battle in French Cup semi-final

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Paris (AFP) – Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco hold the edge over Paris Saint-Germain in the French title race, but the reigning champions haven’t given up hope of landing a third successive sweep of the domestic trophies.

PSG thrashed Monaco 4-1 at the start of April to retain the French League Cup, and with the principality club prioritising Europe and Ligue 1, Unai Emery’s side will again fancy their chances in Wednesday’s French Cup semi-final.

Brilliant Mbappe leads Monaco back to French summit

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Paris (AFP) – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe produced another stylish winning goal as Monaco climbed back to the top of Ligue 1 with a 2-1 victory at Lyon on Sunday.

A seventh straight league win leaves Monaco level with Paris Saint Germain on 80 points but with a game in hand on the champions and a far superior goal difference.

Brilliant Mbappe leads Monaco back to French summit

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Paris (AFP) – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe produced another stylish winning goal as Monaco climbed back to the top of Ligue 1 with a 2-1 victory at Lyon on Sunday.

A seventh straight league win leaves Monaco level with Paris Saint Germain on 80 points but with a game in hand on the champions and a far superior goal difference.

Monaco train sights on French league title after European exploits

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Paris (AFP) – Champions League semi-finalists Monaco return to the business of attempting to win their first French league title since 2000 with a tricky visit to Lyon on Sunday.

By that time Leonardo Jardim’s young stars may well have been knocked off top spot in Ligue 1 by reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain, who will be fully expected to overcome mid-table Montpellier at home 24 hours earlier.

Juventus hold firm to knock out Barcelona

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona failed to produce another miraculous Champions League comeback as Juventus held out for a 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals 3-0 on aggregate.

The Spanish champions had overcome a 4-0 first leg deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 with a dramatic 6-1 win back on home soil.

Juventus hold firm to knock out Barcelona

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona failed to produce another miraculous Champions League comeback as Juventus held out for a 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals 3-0 on aggregate.

The Spanish champions had overcome a 4-0 first leg deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 with a dramatic 6-1 win back on home soil.

Busquets back as Barca seek new miracle

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique welcomed back Sergio Busquets with the Catalans needing another remarkable comeback to oust Italian champions Juventus and reach the Champions League semi-finals at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Juventus claimed a 3-0 lead in last week’s quarter-final first leg, but Barca overcame a 4-0 deficit in the last 16 by beating Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 back on home soil.

Barca need five to beat Juve – Luis Enrique

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona will need to hit at least five goals past Juventus to produce another miracle Champions League comeback, but have nothing to lose according to outgoing coach Luis Enrique.

The Catalans made Champions League history by overcoming a 4-0 first leg deficit to beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the last round, but have another mountain to climb at the Camp Nou on Wednesday as they trail their quarter-final tie 3-0.

Barca need five to beat Juve – Luis Enrique

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona will need to hit at least five goals past Juventus to produce another miracle Champions League comeback, but have nothing to lose according to outgoing coach Luis Enrique.

The Catalans made Champions League history by overcoming a 4-0 first leg deficit to beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the last round, but have another mountain to climb at the Camp Nou on Wednesday as they trail their quarter-final tie 3-0.

Barcelona eye another famous comeback with semis in sight

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Paris (AFP) – Little over a month after producing the greatest comeback in Champions League history, Barcelona need another special turnaround as they face Juventus in the second leg of their quarter-final on Wednesday.

Luis Enrique’s side were taken apart in the first leg in Turin, losing 3-0 to a Juve team inspired by Paulo Dybala, who scored twice.

Falcao allows Monaco to grind out precious victory

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Paris (AFP) – Radamel Falcao came off the bench to turn the game in Monaco’s favour as the Ligue 1 leaders recovered from a goal down to beat Dijon 2-1 on Saturday.

Cedric Varrault’s goal had struggling Dijon in front at the Stade Louis II but Nabil Dirar poked in following a Falcao free-kick to equalise on 69 minutes and the Colombian netted from another dead ball to secure the points.

Falcao allows Monaco to grind out precious victory

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Paris (AFP) – Radamel Falcao came off the bench to turn the game in Monaco’s favour as the Ligue 1 leaders recovered from a goal down to beat Dijon 2-1 on Saturday.

Cedric Varrault’s goal had struggling Dijon in front at the Stade Louis II but Nabil Dirar poked in following a Falcao free-kick to equalise on 69 minutes and the Colombian netted from another dead ball to secure the points.

Dybala hits double as Juve stun Barcelona

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Argentina forward Paulo Dybala scored a delightful first-half double to eclipse illustrious compatriot Lionel Messi as Juventus recorded a stunning 3-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Dybala netted twice before the midway point in the first half and Giorgio Chiellini added the third goal early in the second half in Turin to leave Juve in control of the tie ahead of next Wednesday’s return at the Camp Nou.

Dybala hits double as Juve stun Barcelona

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Argentina forward Paulo Dybala scored a delightful first-half double to eclipse illustrious compatriot Lionel Messi as Juventus recorded a stunning 3-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Dybala netted twice before the midway point in the first half and Giorgio Chiellini added the third goal early in the second half in Turin to leave Juve in control of the tie ahead of next Wednesday’s return at the Camp Nou.

Dybala scores double as Juve stun Barcelona

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Argentina forward Paulo Dybala scored a delightful first-half double to eclipse his illustrious compatriot Lionel Messi as Juventus recorded a stunning 3-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Dybala netted twice before the midway point in the first half and Giorgio Chiellini added the third goal early in the second half in Turin to leave Juve in control of the tie ahead of next Wednesday’s return at the Camp Nou.

Dybala scores double as Juve stun Barcelona

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Argentina forward Paulo Dybala scored a delightful first-half double to eclipse his illustrious compatriot Lionel Messi as Juventus recorded a stunning 3-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Dybala netted twice before the midway point in the first half and Giorgio Chiellini added the third goal early in the second half in Turin to leave Juve in control of the tie ahead of next Wednesday’s return at the Camp Nou.

Dybala stars as Juventus outclass Barcelona

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Argentine striker Paulo Dybala upstaged his illustrious compatriot Lionel Messi with a brace as Juventus outclassed Barcelona 3-0 in their Champions League quarter-final first leg in Turin on Tuesday.

Dybala scored twice in the first 22 minutes for the Italian champions and Giorgio Chiellini made it 3-0 10 minutes into the second half, leaving Barcelona shellshocked.

Dybala stars as Juventus outclass Barcelona

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Argentine striker Paulo Dybala upstaged his illustrious compatriot Lionel Messi with a brace as Juventus outclassed Barcelona 3-0 in their Champions League quarter-final first leg in Turin on Tuesday.

Dybala scored twice in the first 22 minutes for the Italian champions and Giorgio Chiellini made it 3-0 10 minutes into the second half, leaving Barcelona shellshocked.

Former Barca star Alves ready to stand up for Juve

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Milan (AFP) – Dani Alves is known for standing up for his beliefs, and Juventus will expect nothing less from their “champion” right-back when they host his former club Barcelona in a must-win Champions League quarter-final.

A month after spectacularly overturning a 4-0 first-leg defeat to Paris Saint-Germain to prevail 6-5 on aggregate, Barcelona’s Euro dream remains very much alive ahead of Tuesday’s first leg in Turin.

Former Barca star Alves ready to stand up for Juve

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Milan (AFP) – Dani Alves is known for standing up for his beliefs, and Juventus will expect nothing less from their “champion” right-back when they host his former club Barcelona in a must-win Champions League quarter-final.

A month after spectacularly overturning a 4-0 first-leg defeat to Paris Saint-Germain to prevail 6-5 on aggregate, Barcelona’s Euro dream remains very much alive ahead of Tuesday’s first leg in Turin.

Falcao keeps fortunate Monaco on title track

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Paris (AFP) – Radamel Falcao marked his first start in six weeks with the only goal of the game as Monaco cemented their position at the top of Ligue 1 with a 1-0 win at Angers.

Falcao’s goal came just after the hour mark and against the run of play, and Monaco were holding on at the end against in-form opponents at the Stade Raymond Kopa.

Monaco braced for battle as Ligue 1 title race hots up

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Paris (AFP) – Following a bruising League Cup final defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco resume their battle against the capital club for the Ligue 1 title with a trip to face the physical might of Angers on Saturday.

The principality club’s 4-1 loss to PSG in Lyon ended their prospects of a domestic treble but they maintain a three-point lead over the reigning champions in the league with seven games left.

Barca await speedy Rafinha diagnosis

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are waiting to see how midfielder Rafinha’s knee injury evolves to begin the appropriate treatment, the Spanish club confirmed on Monday.

The Brazilian had to be replaced after just 17 minutes as Barca ran out 4-1 winners at Granada on Sunday with a slight tear to the inner meniscus of his right knee.

Barca await speedy Rafinha diagnosis

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are waiting to see how midfielder Rafinha’s knee injury evolves to begin the appropriate treatment, the Spanish club confirmed on Monday.

The Brazilian had to be replaced after just 17 minutes as Barca ran out 4-1 winners at Granada on Sunday with a slight tear to the inner meniscus of his right knee.

Balotelli spot on as Nice edge Bordeaux

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Paris (AFP) – Mario Balotelli scored a penalty as Nice recovered from a goal down to defeat Bordeaux 2-1 on Sunday and close the gap on Ligue 1 leaders Monaco to four points.

Gaetan Laborde struck with just nine minutes gone to give Bordeaux the lead in Nice, but Balotelli quickly levelled from the spot after a foul on Arnaud Souquet.

Knee injury makes Rafinha doubt for Juventus tie

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Granada (Spain) (AFP) – Barcelona midfielder Rafinha looks set to miss his side’s Champions League quarter-final clashes with Juventus after suffering a meniscus injury in his right knee against Granada on Sunday.

The Brazilian had to be replaced after just 17 minutes at Nuevo Los Carmenes.

Knee injury makes Rafinha doubt for Juventus tie

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Granada (Spain) (AFP) – Barcelona midfielder Rafinha looks set to miss his side’s Champions League quarter-final clashes with Juventus after suffering a meniscus injury in his right knee against Granada on Sunday.

The Brazilian had to be replaced after just 17 minutes at Nuevo Los Carmenes.

Wenger vows to continue – ‘Retiring is dying’

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger rubbished the notion that he could give up management if his two-decade reign at Arsenal ends, saying that “retiring is for young people”.

The 67-year-old is yet to announce whether he will sign a new contract at the Emirates Stadium this summer, but in the build-up to Sunday’s Premier League clash at home to Manchester City he said that he intends to remain a coach - whether at Arsenal or elsewhere.

Wenger vows to continue – ‘Retiring is dying’

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger rubbished the notion that he could give up management if his two-decade reign at Arsenal ends, saying that “retiring is for young people”.

The 67-year-old is yet to announce whether he will sign a new contract at the Emirates Stadium this summer, but in the build-up to Sunday’s Premier League clash at home to Manchester City he said that he intends to remain a coach - whether at Arsenal or elsewhere.

PSG thrash Monaco to retain French League Cup

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Lyon (AFP) – Edinson Cavani scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Monaco 4-1 on Saturday to lift the French League Cup for the fourth successive season.

Julian Draxler fired PSG ahead with just four minutes played in the final in Lyon, but Thomas Lemar levelled for Monaco before the half hour.

PSG thrash Monaco to retain French League Cup

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Lyon (AFP) – Edinson Cavani scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Monaco 4-1 on Saturday to lift the French League Cup for the fourth successive season.

Julian Draxler fired PSG ahead with just four minutes played in the final in Lyon, but Thomas Lemar levelled for Monaco before the half hour.

Ibrahimovic hints at extending United stay

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London (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic has indicated he could prolong his time with Manchester United after saying Wednesday he will “never leave a job unfinished”.

The 35-year-old striker has quickly established himself as a fans’ favourite at Old Trafford, having so far scored 26 goals in 41 appearances in his debut season after joining on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.

Brazil on brink, Messi revives Argentina in World Cup qualifiers

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Montevideo (AFP) – Brazil thrashed Uruguay to move to the brink of the World Cup finals on Thursday as Lionel Messi got Argentina’s faltering qualification campaign back on track with the only goal to sink Chile.

A superb hat-trick from China-based midfielder Paulinho powered Brazil to a 4-1 drubbing of the Uruguayans in Montevideo to leave the five-time world champions all-but-certain of a place at next year’s finals in Russia.

English Premier League

Controversial star agrees to join Man Utd this summer, 24-yr-old has given his word to Mourinho

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Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier is expected to join Manchester United at the end of this season.

According to reports from the Ivory Coast media, the Ivory Coast full-back has apparently agreed on a deal with the Red Devils and has given his word to Jose Mourinho regarding a summer move.

World class Barcelona star makes surprise admission: This is who i want to play for one day

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Barcelona winger Neymar has finally opened up about which club he wants to play for in future.

The Brazilian international has been linked with PSG and Manchester United over the last few months, but it seems that Neymar is more interested in a return to his homeland.

The 25-year-old winger revealed that he wishes to play for the Brazilian club Flamengo in the Copa Libertadores.

Misfiring Manchester United get Ibrahimovic boost

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return from suspension may be just the lift that Manchester United need as they attempt to improve their Premier League home form against Everton on Tuesday.

The former Paris Saint-Germain striker, United’s leading scorer this season, has missed three domestic matches through suspension – in which time Jose Mourinho’s team have been knocked out of the FA Cup and lost ground in the race for a top-four finish.

Misfiring Manchester United get Ibrahimovic boost

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return from suspension may be just the lift that Manchester United need as they attempt to improve their Premier League home form against Everton on Tuesday.

The former Paris Saint-Germain striker, United’s leading scorer this season, has missed three domestic matches through suspension – in which time Jose Mourinho’s team have been knocked out of the FA Cup and lost ground in the race for a top-four finish.

Conte ready to offer this top class Chelsea star in a swap deal for his South American target

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa is being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge at the end of this season.

Apparently, the Blues are plotting a swap deal involving Costa and Javier Pastore.

The Chelsea striker recently hinted that he would consider a move to PSG in future and Conte remains a long-term admirer of Pastore.

The Rest

Tuesday Kickoff: Sanchez, Lewandowski, Argentina and more

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Two big clubs will push for Alexis Sanchez while Bayern Munich remains determined to keep Robert Lewandowski.

Manchester City and Manchester United are reportedly set to compete to sign Alexis Sanchez, who is interested in staying in England if he leaves Arsenal this summer. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich CEO Karl Heinz Rummenigge says that Real Madrid has no chance of signing Robert Lewandowski while adding that the two sides"have never discussed that name".