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Coupe de France: PSG humbles Monaco to reach finals

Paris Saint-Germain reminded Monaco that they cannot hope to win everything with kids after humbling the principality’s young team 5-0 to book a Coupe de France final meeting with Angers.

Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco side, normally inspired by the likes of teenage striker Kylian Mbappe, breakthrough midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and academy-produced right-back Almamy Toure, are joint-top of Ligue 1 with PSG and in the semifinals of the Champions League.

Therefore they opted to rest their regulars in this last-four clash in the capital, with Jardim handing debuts to Safwan Mbae, Yhoan Andzouana, Dylan Beaulieu and Tristan Muyumba, whose combined age is 79.

While the new-look team acquitted themselves well at times, they could not prevent established stars Julian Draxler, Edinson Cavani, Blaise Matuidi and Marquinhos from scoring at the Parc des Princes, with Mbae enduring a nightmare moment on his maiden appearance as he put through his own net.

After some even early exchanges, Germany midfielder Draxler got the ball rolling by capitalising on a mistake in the Monaco defence to slot home in the 26th minute.

Cavani grabbed his 44th goal in all competitions for club and country this season by doubling PSG’s lead five minutes before half-time. The play moved down the right side and the Uruguayan made the last dash past Andrea Raggi to find the inside of the near post.

Mbae was unfortunate to make it 3-0 six minutes after the restart when he accidentally sliced into his own net when attempting to deal with an Angel Di Maria cross.

Inside 60 seconds Matuidi seized on another Di Maria assist, after the Argentina international had been picked out by Marco Verratti, to pick his spot on the far side of Morgan De Sanctis’ goalmouth.

Monaco introduced some more familiar faces but Marquinhos was ready and lurking to exploit another back-line error on the stroke of full-time.

PSG can now think about their May showdown with Angers, who beat Guingamp to reach the final on Tuesday, while also worrying about how to keep Monaco from denying them a fifth-straight title.

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French Ligue 1 to Introduce VAR in 2018/19 Season

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French Ligue 1 to Introduce VAR in 2018/19 Season

French Ligue 1 to Introduce VAR in 2018/19 Season

The French Ligue 1 will become one of the top flight leagues to introduce the Video Assistant Referee, VAR next season.

The board of the Ligue de Football Professional on Thursday voted in support of the bill that will see the new system used in the 2018/2019 campaign of Ligue 1 just like La Liga would too.

That means that a center referee will have to review a video footage in the case of goals, penalty calls, straight red cards and mistaken identity for bookings or dismissals.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) must endorse the use of video technology before the LFP can implement the video assistant referee system permanently. IFAB is expected to deliver a verdict at its annual meeting in early 2018.

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Premier League Title Very Open – Jose Mourinho

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Premier League Title Very Open – Jose Mourinho

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho has refused to thrown in the towel insisted that the Premier League title race is still very open despite the gap in points between the Red devils and Manchester City.

Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku‘s got the only goal United defeated the Cherries 1-0, a positive reaction from their Sunday defeat in the hands of their bitter rivals City.

Mourinho noted his determination to close the gap on Guardiola’s men ahead of tricky league games away at West Brom and Leicester City.

Speaking to BBC Sport, the ex Real Madrid and Chelsea boss said;

“We play match after match and the next we have to try to win. We have a difficult one at West Brom and we try match after match.

“It is only over in May. If it is over now I go on holiday to Brazil or Los Angeles.”

When asked if his side had suffered a hangover from their 2-1 lose to Man City, Mourinho said:

“Fatigue, yes, but hangover – no.

“The game was a big one, and a defeat does not help in your recovery – victories help, defeats don’t.

“They were difficult opponents and difficult conditions. If we had scored the second it would have been a calm night for us.”

 

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Manchester United 1-0 Bournemouth: Romelu Lukaku Grabs Winner

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Manchester United 1-0 Bournemouth: Romelu Lukaku Grabs Winner

Manchester United seems to have returned to winning ways after a hard fought 1-0 victory over Bournemouth at the Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Romelu Lukaku who was widely bashed for his error that gifted city a win last Sunday scored the only goal of the night at the 25′ minute. The Belgian all time goal scorer however refused to celebrate.


Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all came way too close in the second half but it was Bournemouth who created more chances with seven shots on target; thanks to the David de Gea once again.


The victory means that Mourinho’s men are 11 points behind leaders Manchester City, who won 4-0 at Swansea.

The red devils play against West Brom on Sunday while Bournemouth hosts Liverpool in the day’s second live game.

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