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Leeds United are hoping for a Frank Lampard repeat at Goodison Park

In his first league game at Pride Park, Frank Lampard was beaten by Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United (Author: Gardener)

Frank LampardWhat happened the last time Leeds United faced Frank Lampard in their first league home game In his first league game at Pride Park, Frank Lampard was beaten by Marcelo Bielsa Leeds United's first league game at Pride ParkGet the latest Leeds United news every day Deliver straight to your inbox - sign up for free email updatesSomething went wrong, please try again later. Thanks for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meLeeds United meet Everton in Frank Lampard's first home league game as manager of the Toffees on Saturday. This isn't the first time Lampard has faced Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United in his first home game as a club manager, as his derby side hosted Leeds as he was officiating a game at Pride Park for the first time in the Championship. Leeds will be hoping for a repeat of what happened that day as the Bielsa side picked up where they left off with a 3-1 opening day win over Stoke City, the bookmaker's favorites for the division, by winning Blown away Lampard's derby 4-1. On a glorious August afternoon, Leeds burst from the traps and played with an intensity that Derby seemed utterly caught off guard, allowing Mateusz Klich to capitalize and score in the fifth minute of the game. Samu Saiz was at his unplayable best that day and the Spaniard carried the ball through midfield before passing inside to Pablo Hernandez who put the ball on Klich who rolled from the edge of the box to the bottom corner. However, Leeds were undeniable on the day and just nine minutes after the Derby equaliser, Los Blancos took the lead again. This time it was Kemar Roofe who scored as the striker drifted between Derby's centre-backs before planting a header back over the goal and into the corner from an Ezgjan Alioski cross. Saiz continued to carry the ball down the center of the pitch with abandon and Joe Ledley and Richard Keogh each received yellow cards for pulling it back when it looked like he was going to attack the Derby defense cleanly. Klich quickly led the way to Roofe, who took the ball on the spin and showed nimble footwork in the box before slamming it into the top corner with his left foot. Liam Cooper played a free-kick from half deep into the Derby box and Hernandez somehow kept it in play on the touchline and blasted a cross back into the box. Leeds then drove to their win and even managed to make a competitive debut for Jamie Shackleton as they saw a comfortable away win and left Lampard shocked on the touchline. White fans will hope to see a similar sight this weekend because while Leeds have found their second season in the Premier League difficult, they are four points clear of Everton, who are 16th in the division. If Leeds can start like they started at Pride Park in 2018, it's hard to imagine Everton finding an answer to that and Leeds can spoil Lampard's day again.

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She may have had her share of cocks, but Adele is just too adorable to be dismissed

The celebrity machinery sees cancellations from people almost every day. But by channeling the royal family, Adele has proven untouchable (Author: Gardener)

AdeleAdele during the filming of Thursday's Graham Norton Show It's hard not to feel a little bad for the other guests on last night's Graham Norton Show, who were basically just there to fill in the time when Adele wasn't speaking . But since the release of her album 30, it's pretty much Adele's world and we've all just lived in it. So how is it possible that Adele is still almost universally revered in a world where everyone from Mother Teresa to Gandhi has been canceled? Well, it's not in the ability to avoid mistakes, that's for sure, as Adele has had her fair share of cock-ups, both real and entirely Twitter-based. Last month, she canceled her Las Vegas stay at the eleventh hour after fans from all over the world flew in to see her because the show wasn't finished. She also previously canceled shows in 2011, 2016 and 2017. And yet, despite the fact that we all know she should have canceled sooner to give people time to change their plans, it's kind of impossible to be mad at Adele. Maybe it's because she seems genuinely devastated when it happens or because her shows are so amazing when they happen. For some reason, staying mad at her is just impossible. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Adele's fans are forgiving of canceled shows, they are by definition on her side. But she's also managed to sidestep the other form of cancellation that's so popular these days. It's a style that other stars, including half the Kardashians, have come under fire for. Adele, on the other hand, got off pretty well with Scott. I wore a hairstyle that was supposed to protect Afro hair. I could see comments like, "The nerve to not take it off," which I totally understand. But when I take it down, I pretend it never happened.” It's easy to think of her as unpolished and natural because she swears a lot and hasn't lost her accent like so many famous people do when she make it big in America. But no matter how unstudied their comments are, they're actually pretty awesome. After filming The Graham Norton Show, Adele performed at G-A-Y's Porn Idol event at Heaven in London. That's the thing with Adele. If they are sensible, every other rising star in the world will take very careful notes and try to emulate it. Arguably the most important aspect of the Adele formula is that she's a master at avoiding overexposure. It's a sad but undeniable truth that there is a cycle to fame. You make a mistake because you're human and that's how life works, you get hated for a while (or canceled to use 2022 parlance), you have to retire and then when you're brave or stingy enough To trying again, you beg forgiveness and start the whole horrible carousel all over again. But not Adele. She gets off the carousel early and stays away long enough so we can never get overexposed. She disappears between albums, often for years at a time. Graham Norton asked her last night if that was intentional and she confirmed that absolutely was the case and that it will happen again, saying: "I will definitely go away again. I'm going to disappear again in relation to my music.” Her reasoning, at least what she said to Norton, is that she needs to start fresh creatively. Adele at the BRIT Awards 2022 on Tuesday It's entirely possible to believe that her disappearance and resulting exposure to overexposure is entirely accidental and that it's all about her creative process, because despite over a decade in the public eye, Adele still has the ability to appear unpolished and unloving. But whether it's all an act and she's fully aware of it, or it's a coincidence and it's really just about the music, it works. It seems likely that part of Adele's Teflon career stems from the fact that – and bear with me – there's something royal about her. And that's exactly what Adele does. She never seems to complain and only explains when she has the time and space to do so thoughtfully. She doesn't bemoan the horrors of being rich and famous, and she very rarely apologizes for her mistakes. Her comments to Vogue, for example, came months after the Bantu controversy, leaving her feeling more like reflection than distraction. She doesn't give many interviews and largely avoids social media, claiming her management won't give her access to her own Twitter account. If anyone else had been on the pole at G-A-Y earlier this week and made it after their shows were canceled, the internet would have been outraged. But it's the nation's treasure, and who could deny her a fun evening with drag queen Cheryl Hole? Honestly, she's so nice that when she lost a ton of weight and turned into a real supermodel, we didn't even mind. She's so sincere that when she declared in her acceptance speech for the UK's first-ever gender-neutral award that she loves being a woman (except for some weirdos on Twitter), nobody really cared. There must be hundreds of other stars who have tried the same things as Adele to remain real and relatable, and it just isn't working. Check out the Duchess of Sussex's painful Ellen interview for the perfect reference - a woman far too beautiful and polished and trained by the media to be goofy, trying to come off as one of us. With Adele, it's either not nude or she's the most amazing actress of her generation. She's the kind of likeability most of us could never dream of, and as such, it's all but impossible to turn down. It's really fortunate that she's definitely an incredibly nice person because God knows what she could get away with if she wasn't.

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Gareth Bale makes his first start for Real Madrid since August

The 32-year-old has been plagued by injuries this season and has only played three games for the Spanish side, his most recent being a 1-0 win over Real Betis on 28 August. (Author: Gardener)

Gareth BaleGareth Bale will make his first start for Real Madrid since August when Carlo Ancelotti's side face Villareal in LaLiga on Saturday. The 32-year-old has been plagued by injuries this season and has only played three games for the Spanish side, his most recent being a 1-0 win over Real Betis on 28 August. But the Welshman will make his return to the squad after being named in Los Blancos' starting line-up for the trip to Villareal. Gareth Bale (pictured) is set to make his first start for Real Madrid since August 28. Ancelotti has made four changes from the side that beat Granada 1-0 last Sunday, with Casemiro, Federico Valverde, Bale and Vini Jr. joining the starting XI. Madrid are without Karim Benzema after the striker picked up a muscle injury ahead of the international break, while Ferland Mendy is also yet to return. The 32-year-old has suffered from injuries this season and has only made three appearances. Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti (pictured) has made four changes from the side that beat Granada. Ancelotti could have made the changes as his attention was more focused on the Champions League than on the Spanish top flight.

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Kylian Mbappe gives PSG 'hope' as French champions draw up big contingency transfer plan

Mbappe is out of contract in the summer but PSG stars are 'hopefully' he stays. (Author: Gardener)

Kylian MbappeParis Saint-Germain players are said to be "hopeful" that Kylian Mbappe will snub Real Madrid and stay in France after his injury-time win over Rennes. Mbappe is out of contract in the summer and is widely expected to join Real Madrid on a free transfer. He was close to joining Los Blancos in the summer in a £170m deal but PSG torpedoed it at the last minute and decided to keep him to reclaim their Ligue 1 crown. That has paid off to some extent as Mbappe has scored 21 goals so far - including a last-minute winner against Rennes on Friday that put her 16 points clear. And while he is still likely to walk away in the summer when his contract expires, Le10Sport report his team-mates are still hoping for another dramatic turnaround - this time from Mbappe himself. After the dramatic win over Rennes, midfielder Xavi Simons said: "Kylian, he is a very crucial player. However, Le10Sport also say he is "getting closer" to joining Real and PSG appear to be plotting a future without him French outlet Befoot say they see City winger Mahrez as a replacement and are hoping for a cheap deal as he will enter the final year of his contract at Etihad. The 30-year-old has scored an impressive 16 goals in 27 games this season and has been one of City's top performers as they near another Premier League title.

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Mbappe recreates Henry's iconic celebration after the Rennes winner

Kylian Mbappe followed up his 93rd-minute winner for PSG in Rennes by recreating Thierry Henry's famous leaning celebration. Mbappe then paid tribute to 'legend' Henry on social media. (Author: Gardener)

HenryKylian Mbappe scored a 93rd-minute winner in PSG's 1-0 away win at Rennes on Friday night - and then celebrated by paying tribute to Thierry Henry. After pinning the ball home, Mbappe rolled away to recreate one of Henry's legendary celebrations by leaning on the corner flag. Kylian Mbappe celebrates for PSG against Rennes The Arsenal legend made a similarly nonchalant move during his stint in America with the New York Red Bulls that quickly went viral on social media in 2013. Fans made the most of their Photoshop skills to create the 'Henrying' celebration on famous landmarks and historical events including the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Muhammad Ali's victory over Sonny Liston and Diego Maradona's Hand of God goal against England . Mbappe paid tribute to his fellow Frenchman by mimicking him after his winning goal, sharing a photo of their respective celebrations on Twitter and writing: "Big Up Legend..." Mbappe celebrated his dramatic 93rd-minute goal by grabbing the corner flag of Henry made the nonchalant move famous during his time in America with the New York Red Bulls. Mbappe is enjoying a great season under Pochettino, with Friday's winner against Rennes his 21st goal of the season. The 2018 world champion has scored 132 goals in his 158 games for PSG but could leave the Parc des Princes this summer. However, the player is not ready to decide his future until PSG's Champions League round of 16 clash with Madrid ends next month. Los Blancos travel to Paris for the first leg next Tuesday before the decider in Madrid on March 9.

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Kylian Mbappe aims to match Lionel Messi's record as PSG prepare new contract offer

Kylian Mbappe scored a last-minute winner for Paris Saint-Germain on Friday as they sat a staggering 16 points clear of their nearest title rivals at the top of Ligue 1 (Author: Gardener)

Kylian MbappeKylian Mbappe scored a last-minute winner for Paris Saint-Germain on Friday as they moved a staggering 16 points clear of their closest title rivals at the top of Ligue 1 later winners for Paris Saint-Germain. The Ligue 1 champions-elect looked as if they would have to settle for a point against Rennes on a frustrating evening at the Parc des Princes. Mbappe had already seen a second-half goal chalked up for a dubious call for offside before the 23-year-old emerged with an injury-time winner. The victory gives PSG a staggering 16-point lead as they are set to be on course for another French league title. Despite the presence of Lionel Messi this season, Mbappe has remained PSG's main man, scoring 21 goals and providing 16 assists in just 31 games in all competitions. Kylian Mbappe celebrates his late winner against Rennes, the 199th goal of his career in Ligue 1. Friday night's goal was his 12th this season in Ligue 1 and tied him with team-mate Messi's record of 119 goals in one of the five top leagues in Europe 24 years old. Mbappe won't turn 24 until the end of the year and seems determined to usurp his legendary attacking partner. And he could overtake him by another measurable amount as PSG bosses are poised to make the world champion the club's highest-paid player. PSG are keen to keep the forward who is set to become a free agent by the end of the season. Real Madrid are said to be leading the race for the forward after offering him a £200million five-year deal that will net him around £770,000 a week. Mbappe is believed to be making €25m a year at PSG, with only Messi (€41m/£34.7m) and Neymar (€36.8m/£31.1m) currently more at the French club take home. And according to RMC Sport via Get French Football News, PSG will make him their highest-paid player by offering him an astronomical 'short-term' deal. Mbappe and PSG are set to take on Real Madrid in the Champions League this month, with the player admitting he won't make a decision until the end of the quarter-finals game. PSG hope to make Mbappe the club's highest-paid player and earn more than Lionel Messi. Meanwhile, Messi's assist for Mbappe's winner means he has now contributed 10 goals (3 goals and 7 assists) in his last 10 games for PSG as he has been inconsistent early-season form behind.

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Mbappé hands PSG late win over Rennes ahead of Real Madrid showdown

Kylian Mbappe scored an injury-time winner as Paris Saint-Germain warmed up for the Champions League showdown with Real Madrid by beating Rennes 1-0 in Ligue 1 on Friday. Mbappe fired home from a Lionel Messi assist in the third minute of added time at the Parc des Princes after a deflected shot came back off the post and a goal was denied by the tiniest of offside calls. The result allows PSG to extend their huge lead in... (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridKylian Mbappe scored an injury-time winner as Paris Saint-Germain warmed up for the Champions League showdown with Real Madrid by beating Rennes 1-0 in Ligue 1 on Friday. Mbappe fired home from a Lionel Messi assist in the third minute of added time at the Parc des Princes after a deflected shot came back off the post and a goal was denied by the tiniest of offside calls. Aside from Mbappe's interventions, what made the evening most notable was the decision of the 'Ultra' groups, who provide the most vocal support at the Parc des Princes, to take their seats half an hour into the game. "The fans have the democratic right to express themselves, but we all have to go into an important phase of the season together," said Pochettino. "There are things we are still trying to correct and we have to be self-critical if this club is to be one of the best in the world." Mbappe's future continues to dominate the headlines in Paris, especially ahead of the Madrid clash, with expectations that he will move to the Spanish capital at the end of this season when his contract expires, rather than signing a new one for PSG. While he scored his 21st goal in all competitions this season to decide the game, Messi's influence was again limited, at least until he laid on the winner. The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner continues to look a shadow of his former self in Paris but there must be hope that a Champions League clash with Real will bring out the best in him. It also remains to be seen whether Neymar will be able to play a role in this game after he has been absent since late November through injury. He could be there but let's see how things develop in the coming days," Pochettino said of the fitness of the world's most expensive player, with the Brazilian absent and both Angel di Maria and Mauro Icardi starting on the bench , 18-year-old Dutchman Xavi Simons started alongside Messi and Mbappe in Paris attack against Rennes.Mbappe saw a deflected shot coming back from the post five minutes before half-time and Simons failed to convert the port.Messi then played briefly in Mbappe after the hour mark, and this time the French superstar only scored to prevent the goal as VAR pictures showed him going a fraction ahead of the last defender after already inflicting his only loss of the season to PSG in October, comfortably controlling Rennes heading for the point that would have put them back in the top four but then Messi found Mbappe in stoppage time and this time he was undeniable.

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Mbappe's late winner helps PSG extend their Ligue 1 lead

The French giants are a whopping 16 points clear of Marseille after beating Rennais 1-0. . Read more at straitstimes.com. (Author: Gardener)

MbappePARIS (Reuters) - Runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain left it too late when Kylian Mbappe scored three minutes into injury time on Friday (11 February) to defeat Stade Rennais 1-0 in Ligue 1. PSG, who host Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday (15 February), are now 16 points ahead of second-placed Marseille, who play at the injured Metz on Sunday (13 February). Rennes were three minutes away from becoming just the second team PSG to take points at the Parc des Princes this season but were caught advancing and punished with a swift counter-attack. Rennes remained fifth in Ligue 1.

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Mbappe gives PSG a late win over Rennes ahead of Real Madrid showdown

PARIS, France, February 12 - Kylian Mbappe scored an injury-time winner as Paris Saint-Germain warmed up for the Champions League showdown with Real Madrid Get the latest local and international sport updates, soccer, rugby, Athletics, Golf, Cricket and more (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridPARIS, France (Reuters) - Kylian Mbappe scored an injury-time goal in Paris Saint-Germain's 1-0 Ligue 1 win over Rennes on Friday during warm-up for the Champions League showdown against Real Madrid. Mbappe fired home from a Lionel Messi assist in the third minute of added time at the Parc des Princes after a deflected shot came back off the post and a goal was denied by the tiniest of offside calls. Aside from Mbappe's interventions, the evening was most notable for the decision of the 'Ultra' groups, who provide the most vocal support at the Parc des Princes, to take their seats half an hour into the game. "The fans have the democratic right to express themselves, but we all have to go into an important phase of the season together," said Pochettino. "There are things we are still trying to rectify and we have to be self-critical if this club is to be one of the best in the world." Mbappe's future continues to dominate the headlines in Paris, especially ahead of the Madrid clash, with the expectation that he will move to the Spanish capital at the end of this season when his contract expires, rather than signing a new deal for PSG. While he scored his 21st goal in all competitions this season to decide the game, Messi's influence was again limited, at least until he laid on the winner. The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner continues to look a shadow of his former self in Paris but there must be hope that a Champions League meeting with Real will bring out the best in him. It also remains to be seen whether Neymar will be able to play a role in this game after he has been absent since late November through injury. He could be there but let's see how things develop in the coming days," Pochettino said of the fitness of the world's most expensive player. With the Brazilian absent and both Angel di Maria and Mauro Icardi on the bench at kick-off, 18-year-old Dutchman Xavi Simons started alongside Messi and Mbappe in Paris' attack against Rennes. Mbappe saw a deflected shot come back off the post five minutes from half-time, with Simons failing to convert. Messi then played into Mbappe just after the hour mark and this time the French superstar only hit the net to rule out the goal as VAR pictures showed him a fraction ahead of the last defender. After inflicting PSG's only defeat of the season back in October, Rennes was comfortably heading towards the point that would have put them back in the top four. But then Messi found Mbappe in stoppage time and this time he was undeniable.

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7.5/10 Mbappe grabs late winner;...

Kylian Mbappe scored a late winner as Paris Saint-Germain beat Stade Rennais to continue their Ligue 1 winning streak. (Author: Gardener)

Kylian MbappeParis Saint-Germain extended their Ligue 1 winning streak to four games in all competitions after clinching a narrow win over Stade Rennais on Friday. As the result would suggest, it was a hard fought affair for PSG as opponents showed no respect and Les Parisiens made life difficult with constant forays into the last third. In response, the hosts could hardly test Dogan Alemdar in goal and often struggled to create clear scoring chances. While Rennes certainly worried PSG's defence, capitalizing on the speed and quality of their attacking players like Gaetan Laborde, Martin Terrier and Benjamin Beaurigeaud, they looked extremely wasteful in front of goal. Only one of their 13 shots on target hit the target, while PSG's game only really got going after half-time. The home team created more chances and even hit the net through Kylian Mbappe. However, Mbappe continued to plague the Rennes defense and eventually managed to bring home the winning goal in the final minute of the game. It was enough to secure all three points for his side and it is here, in hard tackle, that we will dominate the PSG side in their narrow win over Rennes this Friday. He made an impressive save early in the game but wasn't too concerned as the opposition only managed one shot on target. It resulted in a relatively easy goal for the PSG goalkeeper. Achraf Hakimi tried his best to offer threatening runs up front but after being assigned the role of right-back instead of his preferred right-back, the defender had to control the opponent's rushes into the flanks. Marquinhos had a less assertive game than usual in defence, which never bodes well for PSG. The club's captain was spooked by Rennes' early pressure but he eventually settled into the game and helped his team save a valuable goal. How did Pochettino make a team with Messi, Mbappe, Verrati, Hakimi, Di Maria, Marquinhos, Donnarumma this shit? Presnel Kimpembe was another PSG defender who put on a mixed performance that night. The centre-back shone in a one-on-one with Laborde but found it difficult to intervene in Rennes' rapid build-up play in the last third. Juan Bernat, who started in front of Mendes, made a good impression with his runs down the flanks and notably created an early chance for Xavi Simons. At the same time, the former Bayern Munich native was a liability in defense and, unsurprisingly, most of Rennes' attacks came from his cross. He was disappointing in possession, often conceding turnovers in key areas while struggling to offer much on the creative side of things. Marco Verratti was a crucial cog in PSG's creative game. His ability to get the ball forward, coupled with his technical brilliance, served as the core of the home side's chance creation. He even camped in the final third at times, acting as a supporting character for the likes of Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe. What a pass from Messi, he and Verratti are the only ones who know how to pass a ball. While Verratti presented himself well with his creativity, Julian Draxler offered very little to the table. The attacker lacked consistency and decision-making authority in the last third. Xavi Simons got a rare starting chance ahead of Angel Di Maria. The youngster wasn't able to enchant the spectators with his skill on the ball, but he radiated sparks and energy until the last third. Lionel Messi couldn't repeat his performance from the last game against Lille but the Argentine ace was a crucial win for PSG's creativity. His ability to drift past defenders and find the ideal pass saw him create some crucial scoring chances, with the attacker notably registering the assist for Mbappe's late winner. Kylian Mbappe had a good game considering how well the Frenchman used the space behind the Rennes defence. He was always a threat as he could drift past defenders and put the opposing goalkeeper to the test. Perhaps most importantly, the attacker fought on to the end and was rewarded with a late winner. Angel Di Maria brought more dynamism and creativity to PSG's attack after replacing Draxler midway through the second half. A late replacement for Paredes. A late replacement for Bernat. A late replacement for Hakimi.

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