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Mbappe speaks on his PSG future after defeat against Barcelona.

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Real Madrid are targeting him, but Los Blancos would need to sell a number of players to raise the cash and may still have to finance some of any prospective deal with a loan.

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe insisted he is ‘happy’ with the French giants following his Champions League hat-trick against Barcelona on Tuesday night, but he also left his future wide open by suggesting one game won’t influence his decision to stay or go.

Mbappe will have only one year left on his PSG contract at the end of the season and intends to decide in summer whether he wants to sign a new deal or pursue a transfer. Real Madrid are heavily linked with the 22-year-old, while Liverpool are also never far away from the speculation.

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“It’s very good, I’m happy, I’ve always wanted to give the best of myself with PSG. It’s a shirt that is close to my heart,” the player told French broadcaster RMC after his Camp Nou masterclass.

“It would be stupid to play your future on a game, good or bad. If we had lost, to say ‘I will not extend because we lost’, would have been ridiculous.

Kylian Mbappe scored a Champions League hat-trick at Camp Nou | David Ramos/Getty Images

“You have to let [speculation go]. I don’t listen to what people say. It’s a long-term reflection, not a game or two. I always said I was happy here, and with this kind of game I’m even happier.”

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Speaking about the process last month, Mbappe explained: “We are in discussions with the club to try to find a suitable project. I said I was thinking about it because I think that…if I sign it would have to be a long-term commitment to Paris Saint-Germain.”

The 2018 World Cup winner reiterated then that he is happy with the club. Any decision he makes is not because he wants to leave PSG, but because he wants to test himself elsewhere.

“I will need to make a decision soon but I am thinking about it. If I had the answer right now, I would give it. I don’t want to sign a contract and say a year later that I want to leave. If I sign it is to stay and that deserves time to reflect on my decision,” he said.

It has been rumoured that PSG could sacrifice Mbappe if they are to pursue Lionel Messi. Real Madrid are targeting him, but Los Blancos would need to sell a number of players to raise the cash and may still have to finance some of any prospective deal with a loan.

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Liverpool would also need to sell before they could think about an approach for Mbappe.

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed in the past he admires the player but was equally adamant that the kind of numbers involved could never work for the Premier League club.

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Risky enough? Pique to face PSG

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On November 21, 2020, Gerard Pique suffered an injury when he collided with Angel Correa during a match against Atletico Madrid and it immediately looked serious. However, he is now ready to return against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.


A knee ligament injury is always a serious issue, but Pique’s ailment was clearly a painful one as the defender left the pitch in tears.

Initial reports suggested his season might well be over, but the official medical report of the club didn’t actually specify how long he would be sidelined for.

Pique has been sensational in his recovery, breaking all the records for rehabilitation time, with it initially estimated he could miss as many as eight months of action.

Yet, Pique is ready to play against the French champions and he hasn’t even been out for three whole months, which was the lowest estimated time of absence for his injury.

It’s known that training isn’t the same as competitive football at the elite level and that Pique is taking a risk by returning so early from such a serious knee injury. Yet he hasn’t felt any pain this past week and has been training since Thursday.

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He will be in the squad to face PSG unless a new complication arrives.

Ronald Koeman is acutely aware of the risk that comes with playing Pique, although, given the fact much of the club’s season hopes depend on the Champions League, the Dutch coach may not have much of a choice.

Eliminating PSG would mark an incredible turn of events after such a difficult season, with basically the worst possible pre-season preparation prior to it.

There will be no Angel di Maria or Neymar for Mauricio Pochettino, yet with Kylian Mbappe still present Pique is likely to have a difficult night.

If he’s at his best, though, then he could shut the PSG attacks down and that in itself is why Barcelona are on board with taking the risk on him returning early.


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Koeman focuses more on Alaves than PSG

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Barcelona must negotiate a LaLiga encounter against Deportivo Alavés before their pivotal Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.


Ronald Koeman insists the match in LaLiga between Barcelona and Deportivo Alavés is more important to him than discussing Paris Saint-Germain or Neymar.

A huge Champions League last-16 tie between Barça and PSG begins at Camp Nou on Tuesday and Neymar has been ruled out against his former club through injury.

But Barça boss Koeman stressed the home Alavés match on Saturday was most important to him because it is what comes next.

He also suggested he was considering squad rotation but would not make significant changes prior to the PSG game because he lacks options.

Copa del Rey defeat to Sevilla
Barça lost 2-0 to Sevilla last time out on Wednesday in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final tie. It was their first defeat inside 90 minutes in 17 matches across all competitions.

But they have won seven and drawn one of their last eight LaLiga games with Alavés.

“I don’t think Neymar is an Alavés player,” Koeman said when asked about the injury to the PSG forward.

Focused on Alavés
“This is a question for Monday, not for today. I’m not talking about Neymar, I’m not talking about PSG.

“Saturday’s game is more important than Tuesday’s. We are going game by game and we want to continue our good streak.

“The result of the Sevilla game is there but we played a very good game. If we repeat the game, we do not lose.

“We dominated in many areas against Sevilla, but you also have to have a bit of luck. We need freshness, but the team is feeling very well.

“You don’t play a second half like we did in Seville if the team is not physically well.”

Defenders Gerard Piqué and Ronald Araújo are unlikely to be risked against Alavés.

Koeman added: “Sergino Dest, Miralem Pjanic and Martin Braithwaite have done something [in training on Friday].

Koeman not rushing back Piqué
“[On Saturday] there is training and we will decide if they are on the squad list.

“For Araújo or Piqué, I always believe in the margin of a risk. The objective is to recover players until the end of the season.

“If it is the last game of the season, you can risk more, but I am not in favour of risking a lot for a game.

“Those players have to recover well and step by step. If they are there and they can play, even better.”

On the prospect of rotation, he continued: “Of course there are players who have been playing for many minutes with us not having everyone available.

“You have to think about giving rest to those players to be well in the next game. [But] not many [will be rotated], because there is not much we can change either.

“We look at the players, we train and we will decide. By winning the game, you are always mentally less tired than when you don’t win.

“The goal is to win. But first you have to play and it will be difficult.”

The Alavés match will start a run of four consecutive home games and Koeman added: “It’s good to have back-to-back games at home because you save yourself traveling.

“We can rest more now and hopefully we will get players back to start having a very competitive squad again.

“It is good to see the youth team players and the youngsters play, but we need our more competitive players back.”

Lionel Messi has scored 10 goals against Alavés in LaLiga in as many appearances against them, including four in his last three.

If he plays against Alavés, he will equal the record held by Xavi for most Barça league appearances by playing in his 504th top-flight match.


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Pochettino discuss Messi’s way to PSG.

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Players can talk and can say what they want. They do so from feelings, just as Real Madrid and Barcelona players do. ..

Mauricio Pochettino has insisted PSG have shown no lack of respect by talking about their desire to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona on a free transfer in the summer.

Messi handed in a transfer request in the summer of 2020 following Barcelona’s chaotic season on and off the pitch. His lofty release clause meant he was unable to force an exit, but the Argentinian’s contract expires in June 2021, enabling him to leave the club for nothing.

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PSG are considered one of the few clubs in world football who possess the financial muscle to land the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, and both players and members of the club’s hierarchy have discussed the possibility of signing Messi in recent weeks. This has been criticised by Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman and presidential candidate Joan Laporta.

PSG have not lacked respect by speaking about Messi according to Pochettino | Fran Santiago/Getty Images

Pochettino himself has always remained diplomatic regarding the rumours, and insists no harm was meant by his colleague’s comments.

“When a player speaks, he is talking out of affection, excitement and friendship,” the PSG boss said. “There’s no controversial issue that has been generated by the club. At no time has there been a lack of respect or gone against a situation that is not the correct one.

“Players can talk and can say what they want. They do so from feelings, just as Real Madrid and Barcelona players do. They can talk about teammates that are at other clubs.”

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PSG sporting director Leonardo began stoking the flames in January when he stated that players like Messi ‘will always be on PSG’s list’. Laporta – who has had the future of Messi front and centre of his presidential campaign – hit back with a dig at PSG’s financial fair play record.

Messi’s international teammate Angel Di Maria admitted that he ‘hopes’ the diminutive forward signs for PSG – comments that Koeman criticised for having a ‘lack of respect’.

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PSG’s Neymar battles with injury, week to Barcelona’s clash.

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Despite Neymar’s absence for the final half an hour, PSG ran out 1-0 winners over Caen thanks to Moise Kean’s 49th minute effort.

Neymar was forced off with injury after an hour during PSG’s French Cup victory over Caen on Wednesday evening – just six days before his side’s Champions League clash with Barcelona.

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The Brazil forward – who has 13 goals in 17 appearances in all competitions this season – is due to face his former side Barcelona on Tuesday 16 February in the first leg of the pair’s Champions League last 16 tie. No time scale has yet been given for his return.

As reported by journalist Jonathan Johnson, Neymar went down with a left adductor problem on the 60 minute mark with PSG leading 1-0.

He was replaced by Kylian Mbappe, before heading straight down the tunnel towards the dressing room.

Despite Neymar’s absence for the final half an hour, PSG ran out 1-0 winners over Caen thanks to Moise Kean’s 49th minute effort.

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PSG play Niice in Ligue 1 on Saturday 13 February, before the trip to Camp Nou to face Barcelona three days later. Their last 16 second leg against Ronald Koeman’s side at the Parc de Princes is not until 10 March.

Neymar has been prolific in the Champions League this season, netting six goals in five appearances.

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Ronald Koeman blast PSG’s Di Maria over comment on Messi.

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Koeman did express his delight with his team’s performance on the night after Barca came back from two goals down in normal time and then scored three goals in extra time.

Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman has hit out at Angel Di Maria over the PSG forward’s comments suggesting Lionel Messi could join him in Paris next season.

Messi’s contract at Camp Nou expires at the end of the season and PSG have been mentioned as a possible destination, in part because they are one of only a handful of clubs that could afford the Argentine star’s massive wages.

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PSG’s sporting director Leonardo has opened the door to a move, telling France Football last month: “Great players like Messi will always be on PSG’s list. But this is of course not the time to talk about it, or to dream about it.”

Di Maria echoed his sporting director’s comments on Wednesday after his side’s 3-0 win over Nimes.

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“Yes, yes, I hope so,” Di Maria told Canal Plus of a possible PSG move for his international team-mate. “There are many possibilities. We have to be calm and things will develop.”

Koeman got word of those comments and speaking after Barcelona defeated Granada 5-3 in an extra-time thriller in the Copa del Rey, the Dutch manager accused Di Maria of being disrespectful.

“It seems to me a lack of respect. Someone can be wrong in saying something like that,” Koeman said.

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“It is not fair, I do not think it is respectful towards Barca to speak like that of a player who is ours. So many people from PSG talk a lot about Leo, who plays for Barca.

“Besides, we have a tie against them,” Koeman added, referring to the teams’ upcoming Champions League last-16 matchup.

Koeman did express his delight with his team’s performance on the night after Barca came back from two goals down in normal time and then scored three goals in extra time.

“It’s incredible,” Koeman added. “The football is incredible. I think we’ve done well. We had chances to win the game earlier.

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“The team has been huge. In the last five minutes of the second half, we scored two goals. Then extra time was incredible

“The first thing that stands out about the team is their mentality. We never stop trying.”

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Neymar close to new PSG deal, now for 4 years.

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Bechler says the player is ‘very close’ to signing and it could even be announced this week.

Neymar is closing in on a new long-term contract with Paris Saint-Germain, having confirmed earlier this week he is happy at Parc des Princes and wants to stay at the club.

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Neymar joined PSG from Barcelona in a controversial world record transfer worth €222m in the summer of 2017, but just two years later he was determined to go back to Camp Nou amid claims that he wanted to reunite with Lionel Messi and regretted ever leaving.

Neymar previously wanted to reunite with Lionel Messi at Barcelona | Vladimir Rys Photography/Getty Images

No deal ever materialised at that time, with Barça lacking the financial resources to tempt PSG into selling, nor convincing their own players to move in the opposite direction in a cash-less deal.

Even though it was later rumoured that Barcelona were only going through the motions to appease the various parties, knowing full well a deal wasn’t really possible, Neymar was said to have been so distraught when he learned he wouldn’t be heading back that he cried.

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Now, however, things have changed considerably. PSG reached the Champions League final last season, while Barcelona’s spiralling debt and Messi’s uncertain future makes any potential reunion between the pair vastly more likely to be in Paris.

News on an agreement over a new contract comes from Brazilian journalist Marcelo Bechler, who was a major source of information when Neymar agreed to join PSG in the first place back in 2017.

Neymar to sign 4 year deal with Paris Saint German. (Noble Reporters Media, Olamide)

Bechler says the player is ‘very close’ to signing and it could even be announced this week.

The new contract would be for another four years, taking Neymar, who celebrates his 29th birthday on Friday, well into his 30s by the time it is due to expire. His existing deal ends in 2022.

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Earlier this week, Neymar told French broadcaster TF1: “I am happy today. I am truly happy. Things have changed a lot. I can’t exactly explain why. But today, I am feeling good. I have adapted. I am more calm and I am more happy.

Neymar wants Kylian Mbappe to stay with him at PSG | FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

“I want to stay at PSG. I also want Kylian [Mbappe] to stay. We want PSG to be a great team. I want to continue to play football and be happy, that is the most important thing.”

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Idrissa Gueye shocking Newcastle loan deal rejection.

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles is also being name-dropped as a potential target for the Magpies.

Newcastle have failed in their pursuit to sign Idrissa Gueye on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, despite holding initial talks.

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Gueye has fallen out of favour in Paris in recent months and is free to leave the club as a result.

Gueye is Premier League proven | Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images

Newcastle are in search of a midfielder, but are yet to use the January transfer window to strengthen their squad and are running out of time.

L’Equipe initially reported that Newcastle had made contact over a loan move for the 31-year-old, but the Daily Mail have since confirmed that Gueye has turned down the chance to return to the Premier League with Steve Bruce’s side.

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The midfielder was signed by then-PSG manager Thomas Tuchel for a reported £29m fee in summer 2019 and has made 16 appearances this season but has featured in limited capacity, having completed just one full game since October.

Gueye is now struggling to find a regular place in the side under the new management of Mauricio Pochettino, with a change of system taking him out of the side.

Pochettino has been in pursuit of Dele Alli since taking the PSG job, with the England midfielder out of favour at Tottenham.

Newcastle made an ambitious approach for Gueye | Xavier Laine/Getty Images

PSG’s pursuit of Alli has since broken down, however, and is now expected to remain in north London beyond the deadline, which could affect any move for Gueye.

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Newcastle have also been linked with a loan move for Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury, but any deal could be dependant on whether the Foxes get an attacking midfielder in before the deadline themselves.

The versatile midfielder is expected to leave on loan before the transfer window slams shut and Newcastle have been in contact over a loan move, as have Leicester and Southampton.

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PSG suffers first defeat under Pochettino’s guidance.

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PSG went in search of a winner, but the closest they came saw full-back Layvin Kurzawa’s drive fly narrowly wide.

Paris Saint-Germain suffered their first defeat under Mauricio Pochettino as lowly Lorient fought back to claim a dramatic 3-2 victory on Sunday and prevent the defending champions from retaking top spot in Ligue 1.

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Neymar scored two penalties but the visitors collapsed late on at the Stade du Moustoir, as Nigerian Terem Moffi netted an injury-time winner.

The loss saw PSG stay one point behind league leaders Lyon, although third-placed Lille could go two points clear when they host Dijon later on Sunday.

Lorient’s Nigerian forward Terem Moffi (C) shoots and scores a goal with during the French L1 football match between FC Lorient and Paris Saint-Germain at the Stade Yves-Allainmat stadium, in Lorient, western France, on January 31, 2021. (Photo by DAMIEN MEYER / AFP)

“We have to keep the positive aspects and move forward,” said former Tottenham manager Pochettino.

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“Accidents happen in football. We have to keep working. It makes us realise that it can happen if we don’t play at 100 percent.”

It was the first defeat in six games as PSG coach for Pochettino since he took over from the sacked Thomas Tuchel.

The win takes struggling Lorient into the relegation play-off spot.

“(Moffi’s goal) was magical. Against PSG, it’s even crazier,” said Lorient’s Laurent Abergel, who scored the opening goal.

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“For a Marseille fan like me, the first dream is perhaps to play for OM and the second to beat PSG.”

Lorient started brightly and had the first real shot in anger in the 30th minute, as Adrian Grbic’s long-range strike had to be pushed away by PSG goalkeeper Sergio Rico.

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The hosts did take the lead six minutes later, though, as PSG failed several times to clear and Abergel picked out the top corner with the outside of his left boot.

Neymar levelled on the stroke of half-time from the penalty spot with his fifth league goal of the season.

PSG improved after the break and took the lead in the 57th minute as Houboulang Mendes, who also conceded the first penalty, brought down Mauro Icardi and Neymar again made no mistake.

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It was the first time since Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2015 that a PSG player had netted two spot-kicks in a Ligue 1 match.

The visitors pressed for a third, but Lorient goalkeeper Matthieu Dreyer made an excellent stop to keep out an Icardi header.

That proved to be crucial, as the stubborn home side equalised in the 80th minute.

Substitute Yoane Wissa scored an excellent individual goal, his sixth of his first full campaign as a top-flight player.

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They over-committed in the second minute of added time, leaving no defenders within 60 yards of their own goal as Moffi was sent racing clean through.

The 21-year-old, on as a sub, slotted the ball into the bottom corner to spark wild celebrations for the home team.

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Breaking: PSG Sacks Thomas Tuchel despite winning 4:0

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BREAKING: PSG have sacked Tomas Tuchel, according to Christian Falk


The decision to part ways with the German manager came hours after the French champions smashed four goals past Racing Strasbourg, which saw them close the gap to Ligue 1 leaders Lyon.

According to Sky Germany, PSG’s sporting director Leonardo relieved the 47-year-old of his managerial duties on Wednesday night, which comes four months after Tuchel led the Parisian outfit to the Champions League final.


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Liverpool knocks Crystal Palace with 7 tremendous goals

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Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah scored twice at Selhurst Park, while Takumi Minamino, Sadio Mane and Jordan Henderson also netted.

Liverpool ended a three-month wait for an away win in the Premier League in comprehensive fashion with a 7-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace on Saturday to move six points clear at the top of the table.

In an ominous sign for the challengers hoping to dethrone Jurgen Klopp’s men as English champions, the Reds built on the momentum of a last-minute winner that beat second-placed Tottenham in midweek.

Klopp has repeatedly bemoaned having to play Saturday lunchtime kick-offs after Wednesday night games, but his side suffered no hangover from their exertions against Spurs.

Salah was given a rare rest from the start, but his Japanese replacement Minamino took just three minutes to open the scoring when he was teed up by Mane for his first Premier League goal

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Palace had chances to get back into the game as Fabinho’s intervention just took Wilfried Zaha’s dangerous cross away from Jordan Ayew.

Ayew then wasted a glorious chance as he pounced on an uncharacteristic error from Fabinho, but tried to tee up Zaha rather than going for goal himself and played the ball behind the Ivorian.

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At the other end, the visitors were ruthless as Mane ended his longest goal drought as a Liverpool player at nine games with an excellent turn and low finish from Firmino’s pass.

A clinical counter-attack made it three before the break as this time Firmino latched onto Andy Robertson’s cross before calmly flicking the ball beyond Vicente Guaita.

Liverpool had not won in their previous five league games and have already dropped more points this season than they had prior to sealing a first league title in 30 years last season.

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However, Klopp’s men have so far survived an injury crisis and with more players returning to fitness are now in pole position to defend their title.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of those to have returned in recent weeks after a month out and the England international’s pass was swept home by Henderson from outside the box to make it 4-0.

Klopp then took the chance to give Mane a rest, but the Senegalese voiced his frustration at being removed to be replaced by Salah.

The Egyptian played his part for the fifth with the pass into Firmino, who has now scored as many goals in his last two games than his previous 27 Premier League appearances.

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Salah then moved to the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts this season with a late double by heading home from a corner before bending an incredible effort into the top corner.

Victory ensured Liverpool will lead the league at Christmas for a third successive season and on this evidence will take some catching in the new year.

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Neymar’s Hat trick in 5-1 win make PSG’s week

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Like Kylian Mbappe — who recently scored his 100th PSG goal — Neymar’s contract runs until 2022 but PSG are hopeful the duo will sign new terms.

Neymar played a leading part in the unprecedented anti-racism protest which saw Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir players leave the field in their Champions League match this week, and the Brazilian has also been living up to his status as the world’s most expensive player in recent weeks.

The former Barcelona superstar’s hat-trick in PSG’s 5-1 win over the Turks when the game restarted a day later included two goals that were simply out of this world.

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Neymar had previously scored the winner against RB Leipzig and a brace in the 3-1 victory at Manchester United and his goals allowed the French champions to finish top of an awkward Champions League group.

He explained the decision to walk off in protest at the alleged use of a racist term by one of the Romanian match officials was something that “needed to be done to see if the world can change a little”. The images of him kneeling, with a clenched fist raised, in support of the Black Lives Matter movement were powerful.

PSG supporters would also have been encouraged to hear the 28-year-old stress he is happy in Paris, a week after creating headlines by admitting he wanted to be on the same team as Lionel Messi next season.

“I am very happy here in Paris, at the club, with my teammates, so the idea of leaving is not going through my head, but people need things to talk about,” he told broadcaster RMC Sport.

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“I am really happy and settled so let’s see what happens in the future.”

“We have started talking. It is all confidential but we are confident, both of them want to stay,” said PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi.

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Mbappe and Neymar, who has scored or set up 65 goals in 65 Champions League matches, will lead PSG into a top-of-the-table Ligue 1 clash at home to in-form Lyon on Sunday.

The defending champions are top but the five teams below them are all within five points, with Lyon two points behind the leaders.

Player to watch: Angel di Maria
Forget Neymar and Mbappe, Di Maria was PSG’s best player in the last, curtailed French season. In fact, he has probably been their standout performer since the two most expensive signings in history arrived in August 2017.

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However, the Argentine has lost his place in recent weeks. His only start in PSG’s last four games came when PSG fielded a second-string XI at Montpellier. In the win at Manchester United not only did he not come on, but he was also at one stage stripped for action only to be sent back to his seat.

Out of contract at the end of this season — a situation that has put the 32-year-old’s future in the spotlight — Di Maria will hope for a recall against Lyon.

Key stats
5 – Marseille has won their last five Ligue 1 games. Four points behind leaders PSG, they are on course to top the table if they win their two games in hand, but they face a tough test against Monaco on Saturday.

13 – After finishing 13th last season, Nantes this week parted company with coach Christian Gourcuff with the Canaries taking just 13 points from their first 13 games in this campaign. The eight-time French champions became the fourth club to change coach this season. One of the others, bottom side Dijon, are their opponents this weekend.

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10 – Lyon is unbeaten in 10 games as they search for a first win at the Parc des Princes since 2007.

Fixtures (Kick-offs GMT)

Friday

Saint-Etienne v Angers (2000)

Saturday

Marseille v Monaco (1600), Lens v Montpellier (2000)

Sunday

Nice v Rennes (1200), Brest v Reims, Lorient v Nimes, Nantes v Dijon, Strasbourg v Metz (all 1400), Lille v Bordeaux (1600), Paris Saint-Germain v Lyon (2000)

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Kylain Mbappe scores his 100th goal as PSG defeats in-form Montpelier

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The Italy international was then replaced by Mbappe, who wrapped up the victory in stoppage time as he brought up his century of goals in his 137th game for PSG, tapping in a Layvin Kurzawa cross.

Kylian Mbappe scored his 100th goal for Paris Saint-Germain after making a late appearance as a substitute for the Ligue 1 leaders in Saturday’s 3-1 victory at in-form Montpellier.

With Neymar preserved ahead of next week’s crucial Champions League clash against Istanbul Basaksehir and Mbappe rested from the start, Colin Dagba’s first career goal gave PSG the lead on 33 minutes.

English forward Stephy Mavididi levelled before half-time at the Stade de la Mosson, the ball just crossing the line despite the best efforts of Dagba and Keylor Navas.

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Moise Kean restored the advantage for PSG on 77 minutes after Rafinha triggered a quick counter, hitting a magnificent solo goal for his fifth in seventh league games.

“I’ve been wanting to score for a few matches, it’s a bit of a release,” Mbappe told Canal Plus.

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“When I signed here I wouldn’t even had thought of scoring three goals,” he beamed. “(A hundred) was part of a distant goal.”

Mbappe is joint-fourth on the list of PSG’s all-time top scorers, level with Dominique Rocheteau and trailing Pauleta (109), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (156) and Edinson Cavani (200).

“I’m feeling better and better, stringing matches together is going to allow me to get fully fit,” he said.

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“When I came here, I said that I wanted to get a lot better and you don’t do that in a year.

“It’s been three and a half years, I’ve experienced a lot of things here. I’ve had some less good moments, but the club has always supported me.”

Defending champions PSG pulled four points clear of Marseille at the top as they avoided going three league games without victory for the first time since April 2019.

Montpellier, without top scorer Andy Delort after he tested positive for coronavirus for the second time in three months, saw their hopes of dislodging the leaders dashed as their four-match winning run came to an end.

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Earlier, Rennes crashed to a sixth defeat in seven matches as they lost 2-0 at home to Lens, three days being dumped out of Europe.

Teenage striker Arnaud Kalimuendo, on loan from PSG, hit the opener on 27 minutes and Ignatius Ganago sealed the victory late in the second half.

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Final Score: PSG 4-0 Dijon

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Noise Kean scored his first two goals for Paris St-Germain as they beat Ligue 1’s bottom side Dijon. Mbappe has added 2 more goals, finally, PSG move top with a sixth Ligue 1 win in a row


Line-ups
PSG XI: Neymar, Sarabia, Danilo Pereira, Rico, Draxler, Rafinha, Marquinhos, Diallo, Dagba, Kean, Bakker

Subs: Navas, Herrera, Florenzi, Kimpembe, Mbappe, B. Fadiga, T. Pembele, M. Kapo, K. Ruiz-Atil

Dijon XI: Manga, Lautoa, S. Allagbé, Konate, Ndong, Balde, Chouiar, J. Panzo, Ngonda, S. Boey, E. Ebimbe

Subs: Sammaritano, Marie, Chafik, B. Celina, Pape Diop, Racioppi, A. Scheidler, A. Zagre, S. Coulibaly


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Final score: Nice 0-3 PSG

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Kylian Mbappe scored on his comeback to the team as Paris St-Germain beat Nice in Ligue 1.

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Match reports

The Frenchman scored his side’s first from the spot after originally winning the penalty, set up Angel Di Maria for the second and was a threat throughout as Marquinhos added PSG’s third.

It is PSG’s second successive win as they look to get their season on track following a chaotic opening after losing their first two games and an unconvincing last-gasp win against Metz.


With Thomas Tuchel unable to call on talisman Neymar as well as Leandro Paredes for their parts in a mass brawl against Marseille, the manager will have been thankful to welcome back Mbappe after completing his period of quarantine. The Frenchman was at the heart of everything that was good about PSG.

A quiet opening saw Nice force the first save, with former Manchester United and Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin forcing a strong parry from Keylor Navas from distance.

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The Parisians found their breakthrough from the spot with just over 35 minutes played when Mbappe was tripped by Khéphren Thuram.

The 21-year-old dusted himself off and fired home the penalty to open his account for the season.


The goal certainly livened the game up and moments later though goalkeeper Keylor Navas forced into action to save low down from Rony Lopes after a smart one-two.

Nice’s pressure was short lived though as the visitors went 2-0 up in first half stoppage time with Mbappe once again heavily involved.

A typical mazy run and shot by the Frenchman was saved by Nice ‘keeper Walter Benitez right into the path of Angel Di Maria who was able to tap home.


The hosts showed the were very much still in the game at the start of the second half as a delightful ball in from Hassane Kamara was inches away from being converted firstly by Amine Gouiri and then Thuram.

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Navas was once again called into action with a wonderful fingertip save to deny Youcef Atal’s well-struck effort.

Mauro Icardi, who put in a much more positive showing, nearly scored his first goal of the season as he guided Di Maria’s low cross onto the post with Benitez beaten.

Mbappe continued to run Nice ragged as Dante had to deny him his second goal after another tricky run, but it was Marquinhos who all-but secured the points for PSG, heading home from Di Maria’s free-kick with just over 20 minutes to play.


In the closing stages, Nice were initially presented with a chance for a consolation from the spot but after originally giving a penalty, Ander Herrera’s foul was judged by referee Benoît Bastien to have been committed outside the box and Dante fired over the free kick in the final kick of the game.

The result lifted PSG above Nice to seventh place on six points from four games, with Patrick Viera’s side slipping to 10th also on six points.

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Match Events

0′ The match is about to start!
17′ CLOSE! Di Maria’s shot denied
19′ CHANCE! Schneiderlin’s long shot denied
22′ Injured Gueye subbed off by Herrera
34′ CHANCE! Rony Lopes’ shot inches wide
38′ Penalty Goal! Nice 0-1 PSG (Mbappe)
46′ GOAL! Nice 0-2 PSG (Di Maria)
53′ Navas makes brilliant save

59′ CLOSE! Icardi misses a good chance
64′ CLOSE! Mbappe’s shot cleared off by Dante
66′ GOAL! Nice 0-3 PSG (Marquinhos)
76′ Disallowed! Mbappe scores but the goal is offside
93′ CLOSE! Dante’s free-kick over the bar

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Line-ups
Nice XI: Schneiderlin, Dante, W. Benítez, Lopes, H. Kamara, Melou, J. Lotomba, Gouiri, Y. Atal, A. Pelmard, K. Thuram-Ulien

Subs: Y. Cardinale, Maolida, E. Sylvestre, A. Trouillet, D. Ndoye, E. Guessand, F. Daniliuc, S. Ben Seghir, T. Pionnier

PSG XI: Di Maria, Navas, Verratti, Gueye, Draxler, Marquinhos, Florenzi, Icardi, Kimpembe, Mbappe, Bakker

Subs: Herrera, Sarabia, Rico, Dagba, Bulka, B. Fadiga, M. Kapo, K. Ruiz-Atil, Muinga.


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PSG wants Messi and doesn’t wanna loose either Neymar or Mbappe

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Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo was asked about Lionel Messi, as well as PSG stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappé.

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo says the club were tempted to sign Lionel Messi, and has insisted Neymar and Kylian Mbappé must stay at the club.

Messi linked with PSG before opting to stay at Barcelona
Barcelona captain Messi dropped a bombshell when he handed in a transfer request but the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will remain at Camp Nou for the 2020-21 season.

Manchester City were heavily linked with Messi, while PSG also emerged as a possible destination for the 33-year-old attacker.

“Today when you think about the financial situation it’s complicated,” Leonardo told Canal+ program Canal Football Club when asked if PSG were interested.

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“When we are told Messi wants to leave, we are tempted. You say to yourself, will it be f possible? They are players completely out of any discussion.

“I don’t know, David Beckham ended up at Paris Saint-Germain, Messi ending up in Paris? I don’t know.

“It’s football, in the end, everyone’s sitting at the table, everyone knows everything, and it’s moving forward.”

On Neymar, Mbappé: “We must continue with them”
There has also been speculation regarding PSG’s star duo Neymar and Mbappé following their memorable run to the Champions League final.

Neymar has often been linked with a return to Barça, while Real Madrid have made no secret of their admiration for Mbappé.

However, Leonardo said: “We want to continue with them. Everything is clear to everyone. We must continue with them.

“To have two players like that on the same team is huge. Messi and Ronaldo were each in their own club. We have the two best players in the world after Messi and Ronaldo.”

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Despite leading PSG to their first Champions League final, there has been uncertainty over Thomas Tuchel’s future in Paris.

Former Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri has been linked with a move to PSG, but Leonardo said the French powerhouse plan to continue with Tuchel.

“He did something fantastic. It’s the best season in the club’s history. We have time to talk about that,” he added.

“We share a lot of things, we talk about the transfer market all the time. There is always a conversation about signing a player. Tuchel always validates the choice of players.

“We have a 10-month contract. Honestly, when I arrived, I could keep him or not. We spoke very clearly. I never contacted Allegri. I know him. We hope to do better this year.

“Every club today needs to sell. We made a big investment in Mauro Icardi. We have to be creative. The departures of the players were planned.

“We finished playing in August and not in May. We have until October 5 to recruit. But we have to look at the exit side before then.”

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Mbappe urges PSG to sign more Stars

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Mbappe has warned Paris Saint-Germain that they must spend money on new recruits in order to win the Champions League next season.

The Ligue 1 champions fell short in the Champions League final last month in a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in Lisbon. PSG graduate Kingsley Coman score the only goal of the game, as Mbappe struggled to have much impact.

Whilst Neymar confirming that he will stay in the French capital is a big boost to their Champions League hopes next season, Mbappe believes there is still a need for more additions to their squad.

‘Of course I am optimistic that we will win the Champions League. We have to because, if we don’t believe it, no one is going to believe it for us,’ Mbappe told Telefoot.

‘It’s football and you have to get over it. Lots of teams lost a final and won the year after. Obviously, PSG grew up with this final. Before, we had this block of the quarter-finals, now we broke that.

‘You have to recruit well, you have to buy players. I hope we will have good recruits and that we can restart the season with the aim of doing better.’

Paris Saint-Germain were one of the club’s linked with a remarkable move for wantaway Barcelona star Lionel Messi before he confirmed he will stay at the Nou Camp.

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The speedster featured for France and scored the winning goal in their Nations League match with Sweden, but continues to fight through the pain of an ankle injury he suffered in the French Cup final.

He is likely to miss out on France’s match against Croatia, but admitted he has already been playing through the injury and it hasn’t fully healed.

‘My ankle still hurts, but it’s going to be like that for many weeks,’ he added.

‘I wanted to play the Champions League final at all costs. The staff have taken care of me, it’s a matter of time now.

‘I’m still getting ready to play but the coach will decide [if I can play on Tuesday]. If the coach wants me to play, it will be with great pleasure, there is nothing better than a game with your country.’

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Neymar says he has no intention to leave PSG

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Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has confirmed that he will be staying at the club next season.

The Brazilian forward was left in tears after the Ligue 1 champions were defeated by Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in Lisbon earlier this month.

The 28-year-old was also heavily linked with a move back to former club Barcelona before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

But Neymar has now put any suggestion that he could leave PSG after their European heartbreak to bed and also told the club’s official magazine he would like to go one better in this season’s Champions League and become a legend at the club.

‘I’m staying at PSG next season! And with the ambition to return to the Champions League final, this time to win it,’ he said.

‘I like the idea of doing everything to leave my name in the history books of my club.’

Reports in France have also suggested the Brazilian is attempting to help bring former team-mate Lionel Messi to the club as the wantaway star seeks an exit from Barcelona.

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Messi sent a burofax to the Catalan giants last week informing them of his shock desire to leave the club, and while Manchester City lead the race the French side are doing all they can to secure his signature.

The news also comes just a day after Neymar decided to end his £78.6million partnership with Nike after 15 years.

Neymar’s switch of allegiances could be bad news for PSG, with Nike the club’s kit supplier.

The French side had an increase in their contract after signing the megastar, receiving €70m (£62m) as a result of his world record transfer from Barcelona.

Several reports suggest the forward will sign with German company Puma, who are the current kit suppliers of Manchester City and AC Milan.

Nike have sponsored the Brazilian since he was 13 years old, long before he became a professional.

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‘Goodbye legend Thiago Silva’ – PSG

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Paris Saint-Germain paid a fond tribute to departing captain Thiago Silva on Thursday, calling him “one of the greats” ahead of a reported move to Premier League side Chelsea.

“Thiago, thank you for eight years of unforgettable memories, leadership and commitment. You are one of the greats and your legendary status at PSG will live forever,” PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said in a club statement.

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“My very best wishes to you and your family for your new adventures, you will always be part of our family and our history, Merci Captain.”

Silva, 35, underwent a medical in London on Thursday and is expected to sign a two-year deal with Chelsea, according to reports in Britain.

The Brazil centre-back enjoyed eight trophy-laden years with the French champions, winning the Ligue 1 title seven times and five French Cups while making 315 appearances for PSG.

Silva could become the latest signing for Chelsea in a busy close season that has seen the arrivals of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Malang Sarr. The Blues are also interested in Bayer Leverkusen rising star Kai Havertz.

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Just in: Thiago Silva bids emotional farewell in PSG

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Thiago Silva has bid an emotional goodbye to PSG fans ahead of an expected move to Chelsea – and Blues legend John Terry was unable to contain his delight about the prospect of the Brazilian joining.

The Brazilian is set to leave leave Paris after eight seasons with the French giants, stating that he had played his final game for the club in the Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich on Sunday.

The 35-year-old will undergo a medical with Chelsea on Thursday and he has paid tribute to PSG fans in a farewell message – but Terry appeared to react to the post with jubilation as he replied with two emojis of a pair of eyes and a blue heart.

Silva wrote: ‘”The value of things is not in the time they last, but in the intensity with which they occur. For this reason, there are unforgettable moments, inexplicable things and incomparable people”.’ (Fernando Pessoa).

‘Today a cycle ends, after eight years in the @PSG team, I would like to thank my teammates, all the technical team and the management, the fans, my family, God and my friends, for all these happy moments that we lived in the City of Light.

‘Here, with my wife @bellesilva, we have lived unforgettable moments, our children have grown up, we have become French citizens, and we will forever carry these years lived and France in our hearts. Thank you so much.’

But some fans spotted Terry’s reply to the post, with the Aston Villa assistant manager clearly excited by the prospect of the centre-back lining up under Frank Lampard next season.

Terry was a stalwart in the same position at Stamford Bridge having spent nearly his entire career in west London – playing 717 times and winning five Premier League trophies.

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Silva is believed to be seeking a new chapter despite his manager Thomas Tuchel reportedly desperate to keep him at the club. The Brazilian is thought to have fallen out with sporting director Leonardo and is determined to quit the Parc des Princes.

He is set to become Chelsea’s fourth arrival of the summer already after the club confirmed Leicester left back Ben Chilwell on a five year deal on Wednesday.

Lampard’s side are showing real intent as possible title challengers next season having signed German forward Timo Werner from Leipzig and midfielder Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.

The manager is reportedly willing to make Silva captain if his move goes through as he offers years of top level experience and a winning mentality with PSG having scooped seven domestic titles.

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This looks like an ‘hand of God’

Did Coman really played this trick?

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UCL Final: Whistle blown; Bayern 1-0 PSG

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Bayern Munich have won the Champions League as a Kingsley Coman header was enough to clinch the German’s sixth European triumph and break the hearts of Paris Saint-Germain.

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Match Events


0′ The final is about to start!

0′ The wait is OVER! Who can win the cup?

13′ CHANCE! Mbappe’s shot cleared off

18′ CLOSE! Neymar’s shot denied by Neuer

22′ OFF THE POST! Lewandowski nearly scores

25′ Injured Boateng subbed off by Sule

31′ CLOSE! Lewandowski’s header denied by Navas

45′ Unbelievable! What a miss from Mbappe

46′ Coman goes down in the box but ref says no penalty!

52′ Ardent conflict between PSG and Bayern

59′ GOAL! PSG 0-1 Bayern (Coman)

62′ Thiago Silva makes goal-line clearance

73′ No penalty? Mbappe is taken down in the box!

81′ Yellow Card! Neymar booked

91′ MISS! Choupo-Moting’s shot wide out

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Line-ups
PSG XI: Thiago Silva, Di Maria, Navas, Herrera, Neymar, Paredes, Marquinhos, Bernat, Kimpembe, Kehrer, Mbappe

Subs: Choupo-Moting, Verratti, Gueye, Sarabia, Kurzawa, Rico, Draxler, Icardi, Diallo, Dagba, Bakker, Bulka

Bayern XI: Neuer, Boateng, Alaba, Muller, Lewandowski, Thiago, Goretzka, Gnabry, Kimmich, Coman, Alphonso Davies

Subs: Martinez, Perisic, Ulreich, Coutinho, Sule, Tolisso, Odriozola, Lucas, Pavard, Cuisance, Hoffmann, J. Zirkzee.

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It Ends In Tears For PSG As Bayern Wins Sixth UCL Title

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Bayern Munich won the European Cup for the sixth time on Sunday as Kingsley Coman’s goal gave them a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in an engrossing Champions League final in Lisbon, completing a fantastic season for the German giants and leaving their opponents still searching for the trophy they covet more than anything.

It was often a cagey final, with a bit of needle between the teams, but chances too, especially before Coman appeared at the back post to head in Joshua Kimmich’s inviting 59th-minute cross and wrap up a treble for a team who had already won the Bundesliga and German Cup.

Hansi Flick’s team will feel they deserved their victory, yet PSG will regret not taking any of the chances that were offered up to them on a surreal occasion at an empty Estadio da Luz.

Kylian Mbappe in particular should have done better than shoot straight at Manuel Neuer right on the stroke of half-time.

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The France World Cup-winning forward had spoken of his determination to go down in his country’s history by helping PSG become just the second French winners of European football’s greatest prize.

But they will have to wait for the chance to match Marseille, who won the inaugural Champions League in 1993.

PSG’s Qatari owners spent a combined 402 million euros ($474m) on Neymar and Mbappe in 2017 to win this competition, not just reach the final. However, in the end, it was one who got away from Paris who denied them.

The 24-year-old Coman was born in Paris and started his career at PSG, only to leave in 2014 for Juventus, sensing he wouldn’t get the regular football he desired if he stayed put.

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He had been on the bench in the semi-final against Lyon but was promoted to the starting line-up for the final, replacing Ivan Perisic on the left-wing.

Now he may not be welcome back in his home city again.

But at Bayern, he will always be remembered as the man who won them this trophy in 2020, in the club’s 11th final and seven years after they were last European champions.

– Mbappe’s big miss –
Flick’s team have ended this season with 21 straight victories and unbeaten in 30 matches. They deserved to be crowned in a full stadium.

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However, only a few hundred lucky invitees were inside the cavernous home of Benfica to see the denouement of the ‘Final Eight’, at the end of a competition so long delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The strangest of finals pitted together two clubs who have taken very different routes to becoming part of Europe’s elite, with Bayern’s status as Germany’s most successful and powerful side long-established and PSG having left the rest of the French game behind following the Qatari takeover of 2011.

But if this was a mismatch in terms of history, on and off the pitch right now they are almost perfectly balanced.

That translated into the kind of proper match-up on the field that neither side often experiences these days.

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Bayern came desperately close to opening the scoring midway through the first half when Lewandowski — looking for his 56th goal of the season — took down an Alphonso Davies cross, turned and struck a shot against the post.

The Pole also came close with a header that was saved by Keylor Navas, PSG’s goalkeeper who won the Champions League three times with Real Madrid and who was returning after injury ruled him out of the semi-final against RB Leipzig.

But Bayern take risks by playing with such a high line, and PSG should have punished them in the first half.

Neymar was denied by an excellent Neuer save after being set up by Mbappe, while Mbappe himself contrived to fire straight at the goalkeeper after David Alaba gited him the ball in the Bayern box.

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Alaba had earlier seen his central defensive colleague, Jerome Boateng, limp out seemingly with a recurrence of the hamstring problem that forced him off against Lyon.

Niklas Suele replaced him and helped contain the Paris attack as Bayern held onto their lead.

Bayern had broken the deadlock just before the hour mark in a move that began with a sprayed Thiago Alcantara pass forward, and ended with Coman arriving to head in Kimmich’s perfect delivery.

Neymar ended the game with a yellow card for chopping down Lewandowski, and a runners-up medal, while Bayern celebrated.


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