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Mar 12, 2014

PSG stroll into Champions League last eight

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris St Germain, resting their usual magic midfield triangle and despite Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s under-par display, sailed into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 6-1 aggregate win over Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.

The French champions won 2-1 at the Parc des Princes having thrashed the German side 4-0 in the last-16 first leg, with Marquinhos and Ezequiel Lavezzi wiping out the visitors’ early strike by Sidney Sam.

Mar 12, 2014

Soccer-PSG stroll into Champions League last eight

PARIS, March 12 (Reuters) – Paris St Germain, resting their usual magic midfield triangle and despite Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s under-par display, sailed into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 6-1 aggregate win over Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.

The French champions won 2-1 at the Parc des Princes having thrashed the German side 4-0 in the last-16 first leg, with Marquinhos and Ezequiel Lavezzi wiping out the visitors’ early strike by Sidney Sam.

Mar 12, 2014

Vulnerable France looking for direction as World Cup nears

MARCOUSSIS, France (Reuters) – More than two years since Philippe Saint-Andre took charge, France do not seem to know where they are heading as the 2015 World Cup approaches, having used nearly a dozen halfback pairings and more than a dozen third-row combinations.

World Cup finalists in 2011, France finished fourth in the 2012 Six Nations and took the wooden spoon last year. And even if they go on to win this year’s championship, they do not seem to have a clear strategy.

Mar 12, 2014

Rugby-Vulnerable France looking for direction as World Cup nears

MARCOUSSIS, France, March 12 (Reuters) – More than two years since Philippe Saint-Andre took charge, France do not seem to know where they are heading as the 2015 World Cup approaches, having used nearly a dozen halfback pairings and more than a dozen third-row combinations.

World Cup finalists in 2011, France finished fourth in the 2012 Six Nations and took the wooden spoon last year. And even if they go on to win this year’s championship, they do not seem to have a clear strategy.

Mar 11, 2014

Blanc to rest key midfielders for Leverkusen game

PARIS (Reuters) – Laurent Blanc will rest key midfielders Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi as Paris St Germain have nothing to fear going into their Champions League last-16 return leg at home against Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.

The France and Italy internationals, regular starters for PSG will not play, Blanc told a news conference at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.

Mar 11, 2014

Soccer-Blanc to rest key midfielders for Leverkusen game

PARIS, March 11 (Reuters) – Laurent Blanc will rest key midfielders Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi as Paris St Germain have nothing to fear going into their Champions League last-16 return leg at home against Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.

The France and Italy internationals, regular starters for PSG will not play, Blanc told a news conference at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.

Mar 11, 2014

Soccer-Last tango in Paris but Leverkusen will fight – coach

PARIS (Reuters) – Bayer Leverkusen will resist the option of fielding a second-string team despite taking an almost insurmountable 4-0 deficit to Paris St Germain on Wednesday for their Champions League last-16 second leg.

“We cannot just throw this game away because otherwise we can go ahead and send the Under-23 team,” Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia told reporters.

Mar 10, 2014

Neymar can handle World Cup pressure, says Pele

PARIS (Reuters) – Brazil striker Neymar, despite his young age, has what it takes to handle the pressure of a World Cup finals on home soil, according to soccer great Pele.

The 22-year-old forward joined Barcelona from Santos last year on a five-year deal, scoring his first La Liga goal in late September as he slowly bulked up for the demands of European football.

Mar 8, 2014

Ibrahimovic shines again as PSG stay eight points clear

PARIS (Reuters) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic was again the chief tormentor as French champions Paris St Germain won 3-0 at Bastia to stay eight points clear at top of the Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Ibrahimovic opened the scoring with a powerful header into the top corner in the sixth minute before his clever backheel set up Ezequiel Lavezzi for the second goal 13 minutes later.

Mar 8, 2014

Soccer-Ibrahimovic shines again as PSG stay eight points clear

PARIS, March 8 (Reuters) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic was again the chief tormentor as French champions Paris St Germain won 3-0 at Bastia to stay eight points clear at top of the Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Ibrahimovic opened the scoring with a powerful header into the top corner in the sixth minute before his clever backheel set up Ezequiel Lavezzi for the second goal 13 minutes later.

    • About Julien

      "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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