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Manchester City defeats Paris Saint-Germain as both teams qualify for Champions League knockout stages

Having been on the back foot throughout the first half, PSG took the lead at the start of the second period when Lionel Messi’s deflected cross was finished by Kylian Mbappe. But the lead lasted little more than 10 minutes as City equalized through Raheem Sterling’s poked shot from close range — just reward for …

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Real Madrid star Karim Benzema found guilty of complicity in attempted blackmail in sex tape case

The court went further than the prosecutor in its ruling on Wednesday, which only requested a 10-month suspended prison sentence against Benzema. “It was clearly announced by the court that Karim Benzema was not aware of the prior machinations and then in the end they said that ‘he cannot, not have known,’ without any proof,” …

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French league game abandoned after player hit in head by water bottle thrown from crowd

Payet had made his way over to take the set piece in the fifth minute of the Ligue 1 game at Lyon’s Groupama Stadium, but as he was lining up to send the ball into the box, a bottle thrown from the stands clipped the back of his head. Referee Ruddy Buquet instructed the teams …

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer out as Manchester United manager after string of poor results

Solskjaer has overseen a disappointing start to the season, with the club sitting in seventh place in the Premier League. They have lost four of their past five league matches, including a 5-0 home thumping at the hands of rivals Liverpool. The former United striker took over as an interim boss in 2018 and was …

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Kim Kardashian, Leeds owner Radrizzani help 130 Afghan female players fly to Britain

Copenhagen-based Popal has spearheaded evacuation efforts for female athletes from Afghanistan following the country’s Taliban takeover in August. Popal said in a tweet that Kardashian and her shapewear brand paid for the charter flight, which included teenage players. Radrizzani said “we are honored to have played our part” in the efforts in a statement on …

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World Cup winner urges White players to take a more active role in stopping games for racist abuse

“The day when White players understand that they are a part of the solution and they know they cannot be neutral, things will advance,” the French football legend, who played for the likes of Monaco, Juventus and Barcelona during a glittering career, told CNN Sport’s Darren Lewis. “We need to invite the players to read …

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Canada in wintery wonderland after beating Mexico in World Cup qualifier

A brace from Cyle Larin ensured the hosts recorded their first win over Mexico in over 20 years, a victory that shot Canada to the top of the CONCACAF qualifying table. Canada has not played in a men’s World Cup since 1986 but is so far unbeaten in the final qualification stages — four wins …

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Kylian Mbappe scores four as reigning World Cup champions France qualify for 2022 in Qatar

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar completed his first hat-trick for his country within the opening 30 minutes on Saturday night, using his pace and accuracy to dissect a lacking defense. The 22-year-old scored his fourth late as France booked its spot at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with the win guaranteeing it top spot of …

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US claims vital World Cup qualifying victory against rival Mexico

In front of a sellout crowd of 26,000 in Cincinnati, Pulisic headed home in the 74th minute soon after coming off the bench. And Juventus midfielder McKennie wrapped up the three points for the US against its rivals shortly before fulltime, tapping home from close range. Now halfway through the qualification period, the USMNT moved …

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PSG player Aminata Diallo released from police custody without charge, but investigation into attack is ongoing

An investigation is still ongoing, the Versailles prosecutor’s office told CNN. “The material in the investigators’ possession justified her being put in custody, Versailles prosecutor Maryvonne Caillibotte told CNN in an emailed statement. “Her release signifies that at this stage the charges are not sufficient to put her before an investigating judge and to put …

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