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Mbappé's injury-time winner sets PSG apart from Rennes

An injury-time winner, Kylian Mbappe handed Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 last-minute win over Rennes on Friday night as the 24th round of Ligue 1 got underway at the Parc des Princes. (Author: Gardener)

MbappéAn injury-time winner, Kylian Mbappe handed Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 last-minute win over Rennes on Friday night as the 24th round of Ligue 1 got underway at the Parc des Princes. Mauricio Pochettino's strong team selection suggested his attention was solely focused on Bruno Genesio's men, who were themselves looking to double the league leaders. As the first half progressed, PSG began to dominate possession but lacked intensity and a real threat from goal, which frustrated Parc des Princes fans. With time running out and Rennes seemingly happy to leave the capital with a hard-earned point, PSG countered and clinched a dramatic winner in the 93rd minute when Messi played into Mbappe to shoot the winner home and the The lead of the Parisians at the top extend the table to a preliminary 16 points. Mbappe was once again the man who got PSG out of a hole and sent the Parc des Princes crowd home happy. The 23-year-old has now scored 12 league goals this season and is looking good to face Real Madrid on Tuesday.

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PSG fans stage Pochettino protest ahead of Real Madrid clash

Paris Saint-Germain fans aren't happy but Mauricio Pochettino wants them on the side for 'an important moment of the season'. (Author: Gardener)

PochettinoMauricio Pochettino called for "unity" after fan protests in Friday's 1-0 win over Rennes at Paris Saint-Germain. PSG had to work hard for their three points against the only team they have beaten in Ligue 1 so far this season. Kylian Mbappé finally scored in the 93rd minute but that goal did little to appease the frustrated fans. Supporters bemoaned a number of issues at their club, with PSG's indifferent portrayal this season - despite a 16-point lead in the league - not helping. It comes as PSG prepare for the biggest game of the season at home against Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday. "We need unity," Pochettino said after the Rennes game. "The fans are very important to a club and they have the right to express themselves, but we need unity." "We're entering an important moment of the season and we have to stick together. "As I always say, at the end of the season we can sit down and try to put things right because there are probably things to improve for our club to continue to be one of the greatest in the world." But Pochettino's men had throughout the game just one shot on goal, just two of which, including one for Rennes, was the lowest total in a Ligue 1 game that season. Accustomed to being a bit late, that lone shot on target was Mbappé's and meant PSG have now earned eight points thanks to strikes from the 90th minute.

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Barcelona boss admits Lionel Messi's option was rejected ahead of PSG transfer

Mateu Alemany, Barcelona's director of football, has opened up about the events that led to Lionel Messi trading Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaMateu Alemany, Barcelona's director of football, has spoken openly about the events that led to Lionel Messi trading Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and has denied suggestions that they were forced to part ways with the Argentine. The Ballon d'Or winner left Camp Nou for free and signed a two-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain. Upon joining the France team, he said: "I did everything to stay because I wanted to stay [at Barcelona]." Barcelona's finances hampered summer deals as the club were forced to loan out the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Miralem Pjanic before Messi left. Now the veteran Argentine is gearing up for a Champions League game with Real Madrid after starting to show form for his new club. Rather than the decision being entirely out of their hands, new comments from director of football Mateu Alemany suggest the club had an opportunity to keep Messi on board. Will Barcelona reach the Champions League without Messi? Messi was in tears as he announced his departure from Barcelona. "Unfortunately, Messi's exit didn't come as a surprise," Alemany told Marca in a cryptic statement. He stressed Barcelona are still "working hard" to stay within their salary cap despite signings during the January transfer window following Philippe Coutinho's departure. Messi had played more than 750 games for Barcelona before leaving the club and was the club's top scorer with 38 goals in his last season, but no agreement could be reached to keep him at the club. Without the Argentine in their ranks, Barca endured a difficult start to the season that led to the sacking of coach Ronald Koeman and their Champions League elimination. They are back in the top four under new coach Xavi, although their position in the Champions League is far from secure and Alemany told Marca he would consider failure to qualify for next year's tournament 'a disaster' . "With this squad, I don't think about not qualifying for next season's Champions League," he said after the likes of Ferran Torres and Adama Traore joined in the January transfer window. Messi has spent the season at PSG While not specifically naming PSG, Alemany also hinted at an uneven playing field in terms of financial fair play. "It is extremely important to implement financial 'fair play' at clubs in Europe," he said. But in Europe there are clubs that clearly don't have the same criteria that we have to follow.

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Lionel Messi and Mbappe unite for last-minute PSG winners

Messi is starting to tie in Ligue 1. (Author: Gardener)

Lionel MessiPSG's Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe during their win over Rennes in Paris, France, February 2022. PSG duo Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi scored a joint winner in injury time against Rennes on Friday night. The goal - Mbappe's 12th in the league in 2021/22 - extended PSG's lead at the top of the table to 16 points and proved to be Mauricio Pochettino's side's only shot on target of the entire game. Rennes were three minutes shy of becoming just the second side PSG to take points at home this season but were caught encroaching and punished with a lightning combination between two of the world's best footballers. Still, the star-studded duo combined when it mattered most as Mbappe, who had been denied an earlier goal by the offside flag, scored from Messi's assist at the last moment. PSG launched a counterattack in stoppage time when the ball eventually landed at Messi - and you could count on the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner to provide a creative spark. The Barcelona legend may have been struggling for goals in France's top flight this season, but he certainly didn't underperform in the assists department as he recorded his eighth game of the season against Rennes. Messi showed the effortless composure we've come to expect from him, slipping the ball to Mbappe, who added the finishing touches with a Thierry Henry-esque finish. While you may suspect they need to up their game to defeat La Liga leaders, PSG can never be ignored when they have talented individuals like Messi and Mbappe on their side. Just when it looked like PSG were headed for a goalless draw against Rennes, their French superstar shows up! Messi's divine near assist showed he was just hibernating

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Mbappe gives PSG a 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. 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. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridKylian Mbappe scored in added time to give PSG a 1-0 win over Rennes Kylian Mbappe scored a winner in added time as Paris Saint-Germain warmed up for Friday's Champions League showdown against Real Madrid by beating Rennes with Defeated 1-0 in Ligue 1. 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. Mbappe saw a deflected shot come back from the post five minutes before half-time, with Simons not Messi then played into Mbappe just after the hour mark and this time the French superstar just found the net to rule out the goal as VAR pictures showed him a fraction ahead of the last defender having already inflicted after their only loss of the season against PSG in October, Rennes was comfortably within reach of the point that would have put them back in the top four.But then Messi met Mbappe in added time and this time there was no denying it.

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Mbappe gives PSG a 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. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridView allMbappe gives PSG a late win over Rennes before the showdown with Real MadridKYLIAN Mbappe scored an injury-time winner as Paris Saint-Germain warmed up for their Champions League clash with Real Madrid, beating Rennes 1-0 on Friday defeated in Ligue 1. A lone goal from Themba Zwane saw the Mamelodi Sundowns start their CAF Champions League group stage with a 1-0 win over Al Hilal on a chilly Friday night at Rustenburg's Royal Bafokeng Stadium, as Windhoek was forced out by incessant rain in the capital cancelled. View AllDJ DREAS is not afraid to play around with sounds and feelings. BRITISH DIRECTOR Lloyd Winini kicks off the year in high gear as his claustrophobic African horror Sacred Places (2020) hits US streaming service Amazon Prime Video. Drag The Night Returns and Turns It Edges were laid and queens were paid as Namibia's favorite drag superstars returned for Drag Night Namibia Season 2. DESPITE the challenges of the pandemic that have sent unemployment rates soaring, a Namibian has managed to turn his hobby into a profitable business The Stampriet Aquifer Uranium Mining Committee has attacked Uranium One President Andrey Shutov over an article , in which he advocated in situ leaching mining of uranium in Namibia. Mbappe gives PSG a late win over Rennes ahead of Real Madrid showdownParis Saint-Germain's Argentinian striker Lionel Messi (L) and Rennes' Norwegian defender Birger Meling battle during the French L1 soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) and Le Stade for the ball at Rennais Football Club at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris February 11, 2022. AFPKYLIAN Mbappe scored an injury-time winner as Paris Saint-Germain warmed up for the Champions League showdown with Real Madrid by scoring Rennes beat Friday 1-0 in Ligue 1. 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 lead at the top of France to 16 points before second-placed Marseille play Metz on Sunday. However, the nature of Mauricio Pochettino's side's performance suggests they will struggle when Madrid advance to the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 next Tuesday. 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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Mbappé extends PSG's lead with a late goal against Rennes

The striker struck in added time in PSG's 1-0 win over Rennes to widen the gap at the top of Ligue 1, while Sevilla beat Elche 2-0 in Spain (Author: Gardener)

RennesKylian Mbappé struck in the third minute of added time in Paris Saint-Germain's 1-0 home win over Rennes to extend his lead at the top of Ligue 1 to 16 points. The visitors appeared to be waiting for a point until Lionel Messi found Mbappé in the box and the striker rolled a low shot into the corner. In Spain, Sevilla went three points clear of leaders Real Madrid with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Elche. RB Leipzig moved up to fourth place in the Bundesliga table with a 3-1 win over 1. FC Köln. Christopher Nkunku opened Leipzig up in the 25th minute and Dani Olmo doubled the lead early in the second half. Angeliño sealed the win just before the hour mark and Tim Lemperle's stoppage-time goal was no consolation for the visitors.

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Police arrest a man for hacking into Neymar accounts

Brazilian police have arrested a man they believe hacked into Neymar's bank accounts, officials in Sao Paulo said. (Author: Gardener)

NeymarNeymar tells Alexis Nunes about his new Netflix documentary called Neymar: The Perfect Chaos. Neymar: Not many people know the real me (1:11) Neymar: Not many people know the real me (1:11) Brazilian police have arrested a man they believe has hacked into Neymar's bank accounts and is repeating himself Sums of money totaling more than $40,000 were stolen, officials in Sao Paulo said. Police said the suspected hacker worked at an unnamed bank where the Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil striker and the father of his chief executive had accounts. They arrested the 20-year-old on Wednesday "for fraud against bank customers," according to a police statement. Although the police did not name the player in the statement, the officer in charge of the case said it was Neymar and explained to Brazilian TV show Brasil Urgente how the alleged theft came about. "What did that boy do?" said Fabio Pinheiro Lopes. "He got his officemate's password and stole small amounts of money from famous people with large fortunes." These people didn't notice. Lopes said the account involved was Neymar's and his father likely controls the funds. "When they discovered it, they called the bank. The bank refunded the victim and investigated who was behind it," he said. Neymar's spokesman did not comment on the case when contacted by Reuters.

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With the Champions League clash looming, PSG ultras beat the club's lead in a late win over Rennes in Ligue 1

Next up for the French giants is a home game against Real Madrid (Author: Gardener)

the Champions LeagueKylian Mbappe left late to secure Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 win over Stade Rennais in Ligue 1 on Friday, on a night when fans of the French giants expressed displeasure with the club's leadership. The France international, stopped once by the post and once more by being flagged for offside in both halves, struck the winner late in injury time after being teased by Lionel Messi when it looked like a game would be scoreless end in which PSG performed little else. It was a tough result for Rennes, who did just enough to secure the tie, but it will have done little to quell the frustrated fans who have made their feelings known. Earlier in the week, the ultras of the French giants issued a communiqué criticizing the direction the club is taking and a perceived deterioration in identity. Coupled with a largely underperforming campaign, they decided to boycott the first 25 minutes or so. Aside from captain Marquinhos, PSG's leaders have not been spared and sporting director Leonardo has been asked to leave the club, while several overpaid and underperforming stars have also received similar treatment. "It was difficult to open the gate," said PSG captain Marquinhos after the game. "Rennes defended well, preventing us from unlocking the game and leaving us little space - even when we had the ball. Mauricio Pochettino gave young Xavi Simons a chance from the start at the Parc des Princes and the Dutch starlet showed promising approaches, however." Late winner aside, it was largely the same sultry fare that Les Parisiens have been producing for most of this season.

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PSG's Messi, Mbappe and Neymar unveil the fourth kit with a nod to the Chicago Bulls

PSG's latest collaboration with Nike's Jordan brand includes a design cue borrowed from the famous Chicago Bulls jerseys. (Author: Gardener)

MessiJulien Laurens gives the details behind PSG's recent talks with Kylian Mbappe to keep him for another season. Julien Laurens gives the details behind PSG's recent talks with Kylian Mbappe to keep him for another season. Paris Saint-Germain have unveiled the latest offering from their collaboration with Nike's Jordan brand by unveiling a new fourth kit, to be worn by Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar & Co. for the 2021-22 season. PSG say the predominantly white ensemble with blue and red trim to be worn in the second half of the campaign incorporates a design cue derived from the Chicago Bulls' famous uniforms. The new PSG shorts share the diamond motif used by the Bulls, best known during their heyday when they won six NBA championships in eight years between 1991 and 1998. The red pinstripes around the collar and cuffs are also a nod to the detailing of the classic The Bulls' Vests made famous by Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen - widely regarded as the greatest team in NBA history. It's a real departure from the PSG x Jordan collab, which was released around this time last year when they unveiled a fourth kit featuring psychedelic splashes of "Hyper Pink" and "Psychic Purple." Fusing the worlds of soccer and basketball, PSG unveiled its latest flick with a photoshoot starring Messi, Mbappe and Sergio Ramos, with PSG Feminine stars Grace Geyoro, Jordyn Huitema and Sakina Karchaoui posing with it for a series of faux high school photos look like they were plucked straight from her old yearbook. The shirt is part of a broader PSG x Jordan Spring 22 collection that includes various items of very appealing casual, street and training wear.

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