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PSG Beat RB Leipzig To Reach Their First Ever Champions League Final

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Paris St-Germain are through to their first Champions League final courtesy of a deserved victory over RB Leipzig in an entertaining semi-final in Lisbon.
One of Europe’s biggest spenders, but also one of the continent’s most high-profile underachievers on the grandest stage, PSG finally seized their opportunity courtesy of goals from Marquinhos, Angel di Maria and Juan Bernat.
The former, who scored the first of two late goals in a comeback win over Atalanta in the last eight, rose to head home a superbly delivered free-kick from Di Maria.
The Argentine forward then finished well from close range following an audacious flick from Neymar after Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi had relinquished possession with a dire kick.
With the fit-again Kylian Mbappe and Neymar terrorising the Leipzig backline, the French side should have been out of sight before the break, but the latter twice hit the post – from a clipped finish then an opportunist free-kick from range – before side-footing another chance wide at the near post.
Prior to PSG’s second, Yussuf Poulsen had Leipzig’s best chance but fired wide after he was found by a Dani Olmo pull-back.
Bernat sealed the win in the second half with a header that Leipzig felt was offside but was legitimate as the prone Nordi Mukiele, who had slipped in the build-up, was playing the scorer onside.
PSG will find out who they face in Sunday’s final when five-time winners Bayern Munich play Lyon in the other semi-final on Wednesday.
This is glorious, but nervous, virgin territory for PSG.
The vast sums of money pumped into the French club by owners Qatar Sports Investments since 2011 has enabled them to dominate domestically. In Europe, though, not so much.
In the three seasons prior to this one they exited in the last 16, and before that they went out in the quarter-finals four years in a row – results that ultimately cost managers Laurent Blanc and Unai Emery their jobs.
Thomas Tuchel, though, has found a way to break the glass ceiling, leading the side from the French capital to their first major European final since the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1997, a year before Mbappe was born.
You cannot begrudge them it either on the basis of Tuesday’s performance, which was calm, confident and incisive, in contrast to a nervy and often negligent display from their opponents.
The first and third goals gave Di Maria his 88th and 89th assists in all competitions since he joined the club in August 2015 – only Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has more in Europe’s top five leagues in that time.
He also now has nine goal involvements in the competition this season, surpassing the tally he managed in helping Real Madrid lift the trophy in 2013-14.
Neymar’s brilliant assist took him to 23 goal involvements in 19 appearances for PSG (14 goals & nine assists) in the Champions League and while Mbappe’s finishing was rusty, he was still able to regularly fashion chances for himself and others.
When this trio have started together this season, PSG have lost just one of 12 games. With them fully fit and firing, they will be a match for whoever they face in the final.

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Bus- Stop In France Named After Super Falcons Star , Oparanozie

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Bus-Stop In France Named After Super Falcons Star Oparanozie
Super Falcons striker Desire Oparanozie has a bus-stop in Guingamp, France, named after her.
This was confirmed in a photo published on Twitter.
Oparanozie joined Guingamp in 2014 from Turkish club Ataşehir Belediyespor and had a memorable time there.
The 26-year-old made 106 appearances and found the back of the net 45 times.
Ahead of the 2019–20 season, Oparanozie was named club captain and began her reign with a win over Metz on the opening day of the season.
And after six years at Guingamp Oparanozie signed a two-year contract with Dijon FCO on 30 June.
Oparanozie started her career at Bayelsa Queens in the Nigerian Women’s league and moved to Delta Queens in 2010.
She then spent two months on loan at
Düvenciler Lisesispor in the Turkish Women’s First Football League in 2011, before returning to Delta Queens.
In 2012, she joined Rossiyanka from the
Russian Women’s Football Championship, with them she played four matches at the
2012–13 UEFA Women’s Champions League, scoring one goal.
She joined Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg for the 2013–14 season signing a two-year contract.
In the first half of the season, she only appeared in one game, and mostly played for Wolfsburg’s second team.
After half a season, she left Wolfsburg and on 21 February 2014, ssigned for Ataşehir Belediyespor to play the second half of the season in the Turkish Women’s First Football League.
Also, Oparanozie is a four-time winner of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (2010, 2014, 2016, 2018) with the Super Falcons and has appeared at three women’s World Cup (2011, 2015, 2019).

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EPL: Man United lose 3-1 to Palace in season opener

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Manchester United ’ s Premier League season got off to a dreadful start as Wilfried Zaha scored twice against his former club to hand Crystal Palace a 3 – 1 win at Old Trafford.
The Eagles have now won their first two games of a Premier League season for the first time and on their last two visits to United .
After Andros Townsend opened the scoring early on, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’ s men felt aggrieved with the nature of Palace’ s second from the penalty spot as Victor Lindelof was harshly punished for handball and David De Gea ’ s save from Jordan Ayew ’ s spot – kick was ruled out by VAR before Zaha converted the retaken penalty .
But they could have no complaints about the result as they looked way off the pace in their first match of the new campaign , little over a month since they ended the last one with defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League semi – finals .
United finished last season on a 14 – match unbeaten run in the Premier League to secure a third – place finish and raise hopes of mounting a title challenge to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City this season .
But on this evidence they need far more than the solitary signing of Donny Van de Beek , who scored on his debut , to compete at the top of the table .
Solskjaer kept faith with De Gea in goal ahead of Dean Henderson, who has returned to Old Trafford from an impressive loan spell at Sheffield United .
The Spanish international was beaten after just seven minutes but was blameless as the United defence was carved open by Jeffrey Schlupp ’ s run and cross from the left and Townsend ghosted in ahead of Luke Shaw to convert at the far post .
Solskjaer had left Mason Greenwood on the bench after complaining he was thrust into the spotlight too soon by England after the 18 – year – old was sent home in disgrace from international duty for breaking coronavirus protocols .
But without the teenager , United looked toothless in attack , while Palace always posed a threat on the counter – attack .
De Gea justified his inclusion even before the penalty save with a brilliant stop from Ayew in first – half stoppage time to keep the Red Devils in the game.
Greenwood was called for at half – time and he headed wide United ’ s best chance to equalise from Timothy Fonsu – Mensah ’ s cross .
Zaha failed to make the grade in two seasons at United , but with Alex Ferguson , the man who signed him in 2013 , in attendance , he showed why remains in such high demand .
The Ivorian ’ s first goal of the afternoon was ruled out by the offside flag from another promising Palace counter – attack .
But from Palace ’ s next break they got their reward as Ayew ’ s shot struck Lindelof on the arm and , after reviewing the pitch side monitor, referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the penalty spot .
De Gea saved Ayew ’ s first penalty , but after another interruption from VAR , the spot – kick was retaken for De Gea being millimetres off his line when the ball was struck .
Zaha took over the responsibility and this time crashed the ball home to score against his former club .
Van de Beek came off the bench to replace the ineffective Paul Pogba and showed his goalscoring instinct from midfield by latching onto a loose ball inside the area to halve United ’ s arrears 10 minutes from time .
But just five minutes later the game was killed as a contest when Zaha shrugged off Lindelof with ease before blasting low and hard past De Gea .

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SPORTS Nadal crashes out of Italian Open

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Nine- time winner Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Italian Open in Saturday ’ s quarter -finals to Argentine Diego Schwartzman .
Eight – seeded Schwartzman won 6 – 2 , 7 – 5 in the final warm – up tournament for the French Open in just over a week .
Champion Nadal was making his comeback after a six – month coronavirus – enforced break having skipped the US Open ahead of Roland Garros with its first round on September 27 .
But Schwartzman pulled out a stunning performance for his first win over Nadal in ten meetings and next plays Canadian 12 th seed Denis Shapovalov for a place in the final.

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