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Oct 1, 2014

Soccer-PSG bask in glory of season-defining win over Barca

PARIS, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Paris St Germain may have been unbeaten in nine games and were fully expected to advance but their Champions League clash against Barcelona on Tuesday was already billed as an early season make-or-break encounter.

The French champions had been accused of lacking a cutting edge after drawing six of their first nine matches in all competitions and a Group F defeat against Barca at the Parc des Princes would have piled the pressure on coach Laurent Blanc.

Sep 30, 2014

We knew Barca were fragile at the back, says Blanc

PARIS (Reuters) – Barcelona had not conceded a goal this season but Paris St Germain were convinced the Spanish side, who lost 3-2 in the Champions League at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday, were vulnerable at the back.

Barca, who kept clean sheets in their first seven games in all competitions, looked fragile at the back, especially on the flanks, but that was no surprise for PSG coach Laurent Blanc.

Sep 30, 2014

Soccer-We knew Barca were fragile at the back, says Blanc

PARIS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Barcelona had not conceded a goal this season but Paris St Germain were convinced the Spanish side, who lost 3-2 in the Champions League at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday, were vulnerable at the back.

Barca, who kept clean sheets in their first seven games in all competitions, looked fragile at the back, especially on the flanks, but that was no surprise for PSG coach Laurent Blanc.

Sep 30, 2014

No Ibra? No problem for PSG as they topple Barca

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris St Germain made light of the absent Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a sub-standard start to the season to claim a 3-2 Champions League victory over Barcelona on Tuesday.

Barca had not conceded a goal this season but David Luiz, Marco Verrati and Blaise Matuidi all punctured their defence to give the French champions three points.

Sep 30, 2014

Soccer-PSG topple Barca in Champions League win

PARIS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Paris St Germain made light of the absent Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a sub-standard start to the season to claim a 3-2 Champions League victory over Barcelona on Tuesday.

Barca had not conceded a goal this season but David Luiz, Marco Verrati and Blaise Matuidi all punctured their defence to give the French champions three points.

Sep 30, 2014

PSG’s Blanc admits to weakness ahead of Barca clash

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc admitted his team’s frailty when he said that, deprived of the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic, they will be meeting their masters in Tuesday’s Champions League match against Barcelona.

“We’ll be against our masters, almost, tomorrow,” Blanc told a news conference on Monday ahead of the Group F game at the Parc des Princes.

Sep 29, 2014

Soccer-PSG’s Blanc admits to weakness ahead of Barca clash

PARIS, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc admitted his team’s frailty when he said that, deprived of the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic, they will be meeting their masters in Tuesday’s Champions League match against Barcelona.

“We’ll be against our masters, almost, tomorrow,” Blanc told a news conference on Monday ahead of the Group F game at the Parc des Princes.

Sep 29, 2014

PSG sweat over Ibra fitness for Barca clash

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris St Germain are sweating over striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s fitness as the French champions look fragile ahead of Barcelona’s visit in Champions League Group F on Tuesday.

After drawing their first game at Ajax Amsterdam, Laurent Blanc’s side have little room for error against in-form Barcelona, who demolished Granada 6-0 in La Liga at the weekend.

Sep 29, 2014

Soccer-PSG sweat over Ibra fitness for Barca clash

PARIS, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Paris St Germain are sweating over striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s fitness as the French champions look fragile ahead of Barcelona’s visit in Champions League Group F on Tuesday.

After drawing their first game at Ajax Amsterdam, Laurent Blanc’s side have little room for error against in-form Barcelona, who demolished Granada 6-0 in La Liga at the weekend.

Sep 25, 2014

Rugby-France national team suffering from free market

PARIS, Sept 25 (Reuters) – The Premier League is often dubbed the best football league in the world, yet England have not won the World Cup in almost 50 years and they look nowhere close to doing so. The same applies in rugby to France, the only free market in the sport.

Money has been sloshing around the Top 14, with French clubs winning the last two editions of the Heineken Cup through Toulon and providing five of the last 10 finalists in the competition.

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      "I have been with Reuters for nine years, working as a sports reporter in Paris. I have covered Olympics in Turin, Beijing and Vancouver, African Nations Cup in Ghana and Angola. As a cycling correspondent, I have been covering the Tour de France since 2006."
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