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‘This is why I’m here’ – PSG star Mbappe hungry to make history with Champions League win

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The forward said opportunities like Sunday’s final against Bayern Munich are why he moved to the Ligue 1 giants
Kylian Mbappe said he joined Paris Saint-Germain to make history by winning the Champions League on the eve of the final against Bayern Munich.
PSG – who defeated RB Leipzig in the last four to reach their first Champions League final – go head-to-head with Bundesliga giants Bayern in Lisbon on Sunday.
Mbappe reached the semi-finals with Monaco in 2017, before making a big-money move to PSG.The 21-year-old has looked sharp since recovering from an ankle injury and is determined to ensure PSG win the biggest club competition in Europe for the first time this weekend.
“This is exactly the reason I am here,” Mbappe told a news conference on Saturday. “I always said I wanted to write the history of French football. I have another opportunity to do that tomorrow.
“When I arrived in 2017, PSG had difficulties, now we’re in the final. It shows we never gave up and it will be an amazing thing for a French team to win the Champions League. It’s why I signed.
“I have always dreamed of facing the best players. You want to face and beat the best. We need to play as we always do. We hope to go back to Paris with the cup. It’s the biggest club competition.
“Obviously it’s quite hard to play behind closed doors. We would have wanted the fans here but we know they will be supporting us. It’s still a Champions League final. It is a very special year.”
Mbappe, who says he is in a relaxed mood ahead of Sunday’s showdown, also confirmed he has fully recovered from the injury he sustained in the Coupe de France final last month.
“I feel even better the more days that pass. I’m good,” he said.
“I think the games have helped me prepare for the final. Munich are a great team but every team has flaws. We know they don’t like to change the game. We look forward to playing tomorrow.”
Thomas Tuchel’s position as PSG’s coach has been under scrutiny at times this season, but Mbappe believes the club’s run to the final has validated the work of the former Borussia Dortmund boss.
“Yes, of course. Completely, the players are supporting the coach,” Mbappe said when asked if PSG’s squad were behind Tuchel.
“I heard myself, and I know a lot of people were hearing things about the coach, about him not being able to manage the stars.
“Honestly I think he’s doing the best season in the club’s season. We are in the Champions League final. He really pushed us and we are in a good state of mind.
“There were some exceptions during the season, it can happen in every team, but we really trust him and we will play for him.”

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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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