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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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Barcelona, Lionel Messi gives me Sleepless Nights – Antonio Conte

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Barcelona, Lionel Messi gives me Sleepless Nights - Antonio Conte

Barcelona, Lionel Messi gives me Sleepless Nights – Antonio Conte

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has revealed that the thought of playing against Barcelona and Lionel Messi gives him sleepless nights.

The Italian’s men will host the Catalan giants in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. According to him;

“In these days after the game in the FA Cup, I must be honest, it was a bit difficult to sleep well,” he said.

“When you have to play this type of game, you have to prepare. You have to prepare everything. You have to prepare big things, but the smaller details too.

“They can move a result a lot of the time. We have an idea. We have a plan in our heads. I think that, in this specific moment, it’s very important to pick the players who are at the top of their form and then try and do our best to win the game.”

Barcelona vs Chelsea meetings is best remembered by their semi-final meeting in this competition in 2012 when they surrendered a two-goal lead to crash out at the Nou Camp as Roberto Di Matteo’s side went on to lift the Champions League for the first time.

Lionel Messi will be hoping to score his first goal against Chelsea, having drawn a blank in his previous eight outings in this fixture.

Anthonio Conte however knows it will be difficult to keep Messi quiet. According to him,

“We are talking about the best player in the world,” he said when asked about a plan to cope with the Argentina ace.

“Messi has the capacity to solve the situation and create a chance when you are not seeing the chance to score.

“We are talking about a fantastic player. We have to pay great attention, but not only to Messi.

“We have to know that, during the game, we must be prepared to suffer. But, at the same time, we must have the idea to go and score at any moment.”

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Wigan Athletic Eliminates Manchester City from the FA Cup

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Wigan Athletic Eliminates Manchester City from the FA Cup

Wigan Athletic Eliminates Manchester City from the FA Cup

League 1 side Wigan Athletic stunned a 10-man Manchester City’s hopes of a quadruple with a shock 1-0 win in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday.

Will Grigg scored the winner for the underdogs in the 79th minute when he finished brilliantly from the edge of the box.

Manchester City dominated the match, having 29 shots and 83 per cent of the possession, despite Fabian Delph’s Red Card at the end of the first half for a high tackle on Max Power.

The defeat is City’s third of the season who had created enough good chances to win the game, especially in the first half, despite Wigan looking dangerous on the break.

 

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Romelu Lukaku Leads Manchester United into FA Cup quarter-finals

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Romelu Lukaku Leads Manchester United into FA Cup quarter-finals

Manchester United has booked their place  in the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 win at Huddersfield on Saturday night.

It was more of a “Monkey working while the baboon eats” and a night of VAR controversy after Juan Mata’s goal was ruled out .

Romelu Lukaku found the back of the net  just three minutes after kick off and the second just after the break (55) – but it was Mata’s disallowed effort for which the game will be remembered for.

Romelu Lukaku Leads Manchester United into FA Cup quarter-finals

With VAR in use, Mata thought he had made it 2-0 just before half-time when breaking in behind and finishing past Jonas Lossl. However, after a big delay and confusion with the VAR pictures, Kevin Friend ruled out the goal as Mata’s knee was marginally offside despite the lines used by VAR not looking straight.

Huddersfield enjoyed plenty of possession and registered 19 shots on goal but United’s defence – marshalled by the excellent Chris Smalling – kept their eighth clean sheet from their last 10 matches.

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