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Ligue 1: PSG hit 80-point mark; Monaco lose again, stuck on 30

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Kylian Mbappe scored his 27th goal as runaway leader Paris Saint-Germain won 1-0 at Toulouse to post an eight consecutive league win.

Facing a depleted PSG side, Toulouse defended well throughout and PSG looked to the individual brilliance of its star striker to bag three more points in its march toward the title.

Mbappe, the league’s top scorer, broke the deadlock in the 74th minute from Thilo Kehrer’s cross. He controlled the ball in the area with a smart touch and fired the ball into the net with the outside of his right boot.

PSG has a 20-point lead over Lille in the standings and is all but guaranteed to win a sixth title in seven years.


Forward Enzo Crivelli scored the winner as Caen upset Monaco 1-0 to move out of the automatic relegation zone.

Caen had started the day bottom of the standings but Crivelli made the most of a superb cross from captain Faycal Fajr to beat goalkeeper Danijel Subasic with a header in the 23rd minute for his sixth goal this season.

The result lifted Caen to 18th place, seven points behind Monaco.

The hosts enjoyed most of the possession in the first half but were only able to pepper Caen’s area with inoffensive crosses as Radamel Falcao was too often left on his own in the box.

Monaco improved after the interval and Caen goalkeeper Brice Samba pulled off three decisive saves to deny efforts from Kamil Glik, Carlos Vinicius and Stevan Jovetic.

Luck was also on Samba’s side when Gelson Martins hit the post with a right-footed shot and Jean-Eudes Aholou saw his volley crash onto the Caen crossbar.

Monaco slows down Lille’s Champions League bid with 1-0 win

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PARIS (AP) Monaco boosted its chances of staying up and slowed down Lille’s bid for an automatic Champions League place with a 1-0 away win on Friday.

Brazilian striker Carlos Vinicius pounced in the last minute to move Monaco up to 16th place in the French league and keep Lille under pressure in the fight for second.

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Third-place Lyon can close the gap to four points with a home win against seventh-place Montpellier on Sunday, after which both sides have nine games left.

In Friday’s other game, eighth-place Nice conceded a last-gasp equalizer in a 1-1 home draw with 14th-place Toulouse.

As so often this season, Nice played without a recognized center forward and midfielder Wylan Cyprien opened the scoring midway through the first half with a free kick from 30 meters (33 yards) out. Striker Firmin Mubele equalized in the 89th minute for Toulouse, which moved further away from the danger zone.

Meanwhile, runaway league leader Paris Saint-Germain remains 17 points clear of Lille despite playing two games less, and is even closer to another title after Lille’s stumble.

PSG hosts bitter rival Marseille on Sunday, with only the title and the French Cup to focus on following its surprise elimination from the Champions League.

Marseille has found form since the arrival of striker Mario Balotelli from Nice. He has netted five times in seven games to help the club into fourth place.

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Radamel Falcao plans to switch to baseball

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Radamel Falcao is known as a predatory striker who loves scoring goals. He could soon be known as a classy third baseman with a penchant for driving home runs…

The Colombian national team star, 33, has played for FC Porto, Atletico Madrid, Monaco, Chelsea and Man United in Europe but it seems like he could be a little fed up with running around.

Speaking to France Football, the current AS Monaco striker revealed what he plans to do after his playing days are over.

“I love baseball. When I was little, in Venezuela, where I grew up, it was the sport I practiced, at a very good level… I often talk about it with my wife. I think when I finish my football career, I’ll start one as a professional baseball player,” Falcao said. “Like Jordan, even if he was a basketball player and did not get to play in the big leagues, at the highest level. I want to be the first to succeed!”

Now, there is a certain level of tongue in cheek in here, surely, but Falcao’s power is undoubted and when you think about it, you can see him playing baseball. Am I right?

In my mind El Tigre would be designated hitter for the St. Louis Cardinals. A player who drives home runs relentlessly to left-field and is adapt at stealing bases.

If this happened, it would be pretty awesome. Is it going to happen? Probably not.

Leicester land longtime PL target Tielemans on loan

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Make sure to tune-in for our special Transfer Deadline Day show on NBCSN today from 5 p.m. ET as we focus on all of the moves across the Premier League in the January window. You can stream the show live online right here.

Youri Tielemans has been on the radars — and wish lists — of some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs for what seems like the last decade.

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From links to Arsenal, to Tottenham Hotspur, to Chelsea, and plenty of other clubs in between, Tielemans seemed earmarked for the PL since the the creative midfielder broke into Belgian giant Anderlecht’s first team in 2013, as a 16-year-old.

A move to England never quite materialized until Monaco came calling in the summer of 2017. The idea was clear: a top-two club in Ligue 1 was a massive step up in competition; if Tielemans, who’s now 21, could prove himself at that level, he could just about pick his next club.

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As has been well documented, things haven’t exactly gone swimmingly for anyone at Monaco the last two seasons, and Tielemans’ stock has taken a bit of a hit as a result. Thus, on Thursday, it’s a loan move, without an option to buy, to 11th-place Leicester City rather than the glitz and glamor of the Champions League.

Still, a strong half-season of playing right in front of those same top-four clubs could be enough to convince one of them that Tielemans is, finally, the player their squad needs.

29-year-old Portuguese midfielder Adrien Silva, who joined the Foxes last summer, is headed the other way, on loan to Monaco through the end of the season.

Transfer rumor roundup: Carrasco to Arsenal; Leicester land Tielemans

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Make sure to tune-in for our special Transfer Deadline Day show on NBCSN on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 5 p.m. ET as we focus on all of the moves across the Premier League in the January window. You can stream the show live online right here.

[ MORE: Tuesday’s transfer rumor roundupMonday | Sunday ]

Yannick Carrasco’s big-money move to Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang last winter hasn’t exactly worked out how he had hoped, and now the 25-year-old Belgian midfielder is desperately seeking to leave the club and return to relevance in Europe. More specifically, the former Atletico Madrid winger is reportedly in talks with Arsenal over a loan move, with an option to buy, to the Premier League. However, AC Milan have reportedly emerged as last-second suitors hoping hijack the deal.


Leicester City and Monaco are reportedly close to completing a loan swap, with no money involved, of a pair of midfielders. Multiple reports have placed 21-year-old Belgian wonderkid Youri Tielemans as joining join the Foxes with Portuguese veteran Adrien Silva, who only joined the PL side in the summer, for $28 million, heading the other way.


Lucas Perez has only been at West Ham United since signing for the Hammers from Arsenal in the summer, but his time at the London Stadium might already be finished. Bundesliga side Schalke have reportedly made a loan bid, with an option to buy, for the 30-year-old Spanish forward.


If Cardiff City have any chance of avoid relegation, they must improve their defensive record (46 goals conceded in 24 games, second-worst in the PL). With that in mind, the Bluebirds are reportedly working toward signing 22-year-old Monaco right back Almamy Toure for a fee believed to be in the neighborhood of $10 million.