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    Football: Mbappe makes winning Parc des Princes debut


    Breaking News: PARIS: Kylian Mbappe played a decisive role on his Parc des Princes debut for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday in a thrilling 2-0 win over Lyon with both goals accreditated to the visitors. Lyon s youngsters proved more than a match for PSG s multi-millionaires who had to wait until the last quarter of an hour before Lyon defender Marcelo deflected the ball into his own goal. Then four minutes from time Mbappe rushed onto Neymar s assist with his close range shot bounding off Jeremy Morel to settle the electric encounter. This sixth successive league win pushed Unai Emery s side three points clear of defending champions Monaco who had maintained their title push with a 3-0 win over Strasbourg 24 hours earlier. Lyon s visit on paper had looked to be PSG s toughest test of the Ligue 1 season so far, and so it proved. Despite their 466 million euro strike force of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Mbappe seven time former champions Lyon emerged with plenty of honour, if not the three points. PSG were restricted to just a handful of shots in the first period as Lyon s defence doggedly refused to roll over. PSG s best chances came a minute from the break when on a counter attack Mbappe, appearing before his home supporters for the first time after outings at Metz and Celtic, fed Neymar with the Brazilian s rasping shot boxed away by Lyon keeper Anthony Lopes. On the restart Mbappe was switched to take Neymar s place on the right. The second half was only minutes old when Lyon striker Nabil Fekir troubled PSG keeper Alphonse Aerola with a tight-angled shot. On 55 minutes Neymar, brought down outside the box by Fekir, flicked the ensuing freekick over the wall only for a diving Lopes to parry the ball away from the top far corner. The PSG crowd then had its collective heart in its mouth as Lyon launched attack after attack on Aerola in the home goal in a thrilling passage of play. PSG captain Thiago Silva had to use his head to stop Lucas Tousart s header, then seconds later Tanguy Ndombele unleashed a superb strike from 30m which had sparks flying off the crossbar. On 72 minutes Emery introduced Giovani Lo Celso for Julian Draxler, and the move proved decisive when Lo Celso crossed from the left with Cavani nudging the ball towards goal with the outside of his foot before its deflection off Lyon defender Marcelo. Lopes then did brilliantly to save a Cavani penalty awarded after Ferland Mendy had felled Mbappe. Cavani struck the spot kick low and left with Lopes intervention sending it ricocheting off the upright and to safety. With four minutes remaining and Lyon looking for a deserved equaliser Neymar passed to Mbappe with the 18-year-old Monaco recruit s close range shot hitting Lopes and bouncing off Morel into the Lyon goal. Lyon, losing for the first time this season, left Parc des Princes in fifth place, eight points adrift of the leaders. Lyon coach Bruno Genesio reflected: "I do not think there s a club in France that can compete with PSG for the title, but for one match, yes." Breaking News.

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    Football: Messi hits four as Barca maintain perfect start

    Breaking News: MADRID, Lionel Messi added four more goals to his soaring early season tally as a much-changed Barcelona maintained their 100 percent start to La Liga by routing Eibar 6-1 on Tuesday. Paulinho and Denis Suarez also netted for the second consecutive game as Barca stretched their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points over Real Madrid, who host Real Betis on Wednesday. "That Messi scored four goals now is not news," said Barca boss Ernesto Valverde after the Argentine s 43rd career hat-trick. "He has done it so many nights, in so many games. To keep repeating it is the most difficult thing. "He is an extraordinary player. I have run out of words for him." Messi played in a more central role as Valverde heavily rotated his side for the first time since taking charge with Luis Suarez dropping to the bench among six changes from Saturday s hard-fought 2-1 win at Getafe. And contrary to their fortunes last season, Barca s back-ups proved Valverde can take the luxury of resting some of his star names with Paulinho particularly impressive on his first start. Messi opened the scoring in nonchalant fashion from the penalty spot on 21 minutes after Nelson Semedo had been felled by an ungainly challenge from Alejandro Galvez. Paulinho s 40-million-euro ($48 million) signing from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande was one of a series of moves that drew stinging criticism for Barca s board following Neymar s world-record departure for Paris Saint-Germain. However, after coming off the bench to score the winner at Getafe, Paulinho powered home his second Barca goal from Denis Suarez s corner seven minutes before half-time. Paulinho also played his part in Barca s third with a cute dummy that freed Messi and, when his shot was parried by Marko Dmitrovic, Denis Suarez fired home the rebound. Sergi Enrich reduced the arrears when he capitalised on some sloppy Barca defending to slot home David Junca s cross. However, Messi quickly restored Barca s three-goal lead with a lovely measured finish from the edge of the box. The five-time world player of the year completed his hat-trick just after the hour mark by prodding through Dmitrovic s legs from Paulinho s pass. And he added his 12th goal in just eight games this season three minutes from time after a neat one-two with Aleix Vidal. Barca lead second-placed Sevilla, who host Las Palmas on Wednesday, by five points with Valencia now just a point further adrift as they moved up to third thanks to Simone Zaza s seven-minute hat-trick in a 5-0 thrashing of Malaga. By contrast, a fifth straight defeat to start the season sees Malaga slip to bottom of the table and plunges coach Michel into further danger of becoming the second La Liga boss to be sacked this term. "I am tremendously proud of the performance of the players. It is a joy to be able to enjoy it with our fans," said Valencia coach Marcelino. Santi Mina got the rout started after just 17 minutes with a neat header from Carles Soler s cross. Zaza then completed his first ever hat-trick with three clinical close-range finishes between the 55th and 62nd minute before substitute Rodrigo rounded off the scoring. And the former Juventus striker shrugged off a bust-up with Marcelino after being dropped for Saturday s 1-1 draw at Levante. "I did not have anything to prove," Zaza told BeIN Sports Spain. "What happened on Saturday is already forgotten, I think it is normal that a player is angry when he doesn t play." Breaking News

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