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Report: UEFA forces PSG to sell players or risk exclusion from UCL

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Paris Saint-Germain is currently undergoing some issues within its squad, but the French giants may have bigger problems if the club fails to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play laws.

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The club went out and spent well over $400 million this summer when PSG acquired Neymar and Kylian Mbappe from Barcelona and Monaco, respectively, and now other major clubs throughout Europe are reportedly fed up with the team’s spending spree.

Spanish outlet El Pais has reported that PSG could face expulsion from the 2018/19 Champions League competition if the club doesn’t sell up to eight of its players.

PSG has reportedly transfer listed several big names within its roster, including Angel di Maria, Javier Pastore and Julian Draxler, while veteran Thiago Silva is also among those on the chopping block.

Given his recent spat with Neymar and others in the squad, Edinson Cavani could also be on his way out if PSG receives a bid for the Uruguayan.

There are still a few things that are unclear though about UEFA’s reported sanctions. There’s been no timetable given as to when PSG needs to comply, and more importantly, it’s hard to tell whether or not the club will actually be disciplined if they don’t sell more players in January or next summer.

Celtic fan runs toward Mbappe at Champions League game

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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) A Celtic fan ran on to the field during his club’s Champions League match against Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday.

The supporter was quickly apprehended by stewards and was booed off the pitch.

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Pictures showed the fan coming close to PSG forward Kylian Mbappe and British media reported that he aimed a kick at the France striker, but missed him.

Edison Cavani had just given a 3-0 lead to PSG when the incident occurred.

UCL AT HALF: Chelsea, Man Utd lead; Neymar nets for PSG (video)

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Two Premier League sides are home as the group stage of the UEFA Champions League begins its multi-month run on Tuesday.

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Chelsea 2-0 Qarabag

It did not take long for the Blues to take an expected lead on their visitors from Azerbaijan, with Willian playing a corner kick that Pedro blasted into the roof of the goal.

Then Davide Zappacosta, making his first Chelsea start, dribbled down the right flank before scoring a sensational curling effort from outside the far right corner of the 18.

Olympiacos 0-3 Sporting Lisbon

Seydou Doumbia put the Portuguese visitors ahead in the second minute. Cape Verde attacker Gelson Martins made it 2-0 just over 10 minutes later, and Bruno Fernandes has also scored for Sporting.

Manchester United 1-0 Basel

Paul Pogba pulled up with a leg injury and had to leave the rainy contest before the 20 minute mark. Marouane Fellaini replaced the Frenchman, and connected with the cross of fellow longtime Premier League veteran Ashley Young to make it 1-0 in the 35th minute.

Barcelona 1-0 Juventus

A solid save from Gianluigi Buffon on Luis Suarez kept the hosts off the scoreboard, but Lionel Messi was sure to have Barca in front when the halftime whistle blew at the Camp Nou.

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Bayern Munich 1-0 Anderlecht

As if Bayern needed help from its Belgian visitors, a 11th minute red card to Anderlecht was met by a 12th minute penalty kick goal from Robert Lewandowski.

Celtic 0-3 Paris Saint-Germain

Neymar scored, and set up Kylian Mbappe for another, and Edinson Cavani won and converted a penalty as each member of PSG’s trident (KEN?) have scored at Celtic Park.

Neymar struck first to kick off his UCL career at PSG in style.

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Roma 0-0 Atletico Madrid
Benfica 0-0 CSKA Moscow

PSG vs. Metz turning into a bad miss highlight reel

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Newly fortified Paris Saint-Germain is visiting the northeast of France to take on FC Metz, and with the score tied at 1-1 at halftime, it’s already turned into a bad miss highlight reel fit for yakety sax background music.

Who else but Edinson Cavani is at the forefront, having scored the only PSG goal of the evening but also owning two glaring mistakes in front of net.

First, in the 10th minute, Cavani had a Julian Draxler rebound ricoche directly to him in front of a wide open net, but instead all he could do was pound the ball straight into the goalkeeper floundering in front of him from the Draxler save. He was no more than three feet off the line, but somehow failed to find the back of the net.

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Cavani wasn’t done yet. In the 22nd minute, he managed to add another to the collection when he was one-on-one with the goalkeeper again, but failed to get it around Elji Kawashima and instead blasted the ball off the post.

The Uruguayan would eventually net PSG’s first in the 31st minute, but that wasn’t the end of the ugly showing, which apparently was contagious and migrated to the other side. Metz striker Emmanuel Riviere, formerly of Newcastle United, submitted his own resume by chasing down a rebound off Alphonse Areola, but with the net wide open and Areola slow to recover, he rifled the off-balance chance over the post.

Then, the referee got in on the act. With Metz challenging the Ligue 1 juggernaut hard just out of halftime, promiscuous former Tottenham midfielder Benoit Assou-Ekotto slid into Kylian Mbappe studs down and dispossessed the teenager, but with an impressive four-roll follow-through, Mbappe did enough to convince the referee to send Assou-Ekotto off with a straight red card.

That left Metz a man down, for which they were hopelessly outmatched. PSG scored three goals in the next 25 minutes, and that was all she wrote for the home side. Mbappe picked up a debut goal, Neymar scored, and Cavani grabbed a second. The final score read 5-1 with Lucas finishing it off in the dying minutes.

An “event” led Kylian Mbappe to transfer to Paris Saint-Germain

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Kylian Mbappe said on Wednesday that he was content to stay with Monaco for another season until an “event” happened.

Speaking at his introductory press conference with Paris Saint-Germain, Mbappe hinted at why he decided ultimately to leave Monaco this summer, though he didn’t clarify what the event was. It’s more than likely the “event” was Neymar’s $260 million transfer to PSG, which set off a domino of transfers across Europe.

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“To be honest, I was looking to stay in Monaco,” Mbappe said. “This is the speech that I held at all the clubs I met at the end of the season.
“Something happened, which made me change my position and I wanted to leave. I reflected, my parents and my lawyers made me weigh the pros and cons and I decided to join the PSG, because it is the project that will allow me to learn while winning. Because learning is fine, but you also have to win, you only have one career. I’m a hungry for titles, a competitor and I want to win right now. “
After scoring for France in the international break, Mbappe can make his PSG debut on Friday at Metz. With Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani, PSG has one of the more fearsome attacking trident’s in the world, and are set up for a deep run in the UEFA Champions League.