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PSG again made to wait to clinch title with Nantes defeat

Thursday, 2019-04-18 06:13:41
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Paris St Germain's Dani Alves in action with Nantes' Nicolas Pallois - Ligue 1 - Nantes v Paris St Germain - The Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau, Nantes, France - April 17, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)
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Paris St Germain missed another opportunity to seal their eighth Ligue 1 title when their much-changed side were beaten 3-2 at strugglers Nantes on Wednesday.

Victory would have put PSG out of reach at the top of the standings with six games left, but Dani Alves’s opener was cancelled out by Diego Carlos before Majeed Waris and an own goal by Alves gave the Canaries all three points at La Beaujoire. PSG’s Metehan Guclu reduced the arrears a minute from fulltime in his maiden Ligue 1 appearance.

* Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini has agreed a deal to buy Bolton Wanderers subject to English Football League approval, the English Championship (second-tier) club announced on Wednesday. A founder member of the Football League in 1888, and four-times FA Cup winners, Bolton finished sixth in the Premier League in 2005 and qualified for European competition before being relegated in 2012.

* Atletico Madrid's Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak has signed a four-year contract extension to keep him in the Spanish capital until June 2023, the La Liga club announced on Wednesday. The 26-year-old Oblak, who arrived from Benfica in 2014, has made 203 appearances in all competitions for Atletico, keeping an impressive 115 clean sheets.

* Cyprus Football Association said on Wednesday the second division championship will go ahead as of the coming weekend, after a week-long suspension prompted by suspicion about match fixing.

* Unai Emery believes Arsenal have a "50-50 chance" of reaching the Europa League semi-finals despite taking a 2-0 lead into Thursday's second leg against Napoli. Arsenal dominated the first leg at the Emirates Stadium last week as an Aaron Ramsey finish and a Kalidou Koulibaly own goal secured the win inside 25 minutes.

* Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is hopeful he can play the final two league games of the Bundesliga season despite tearing calf muscle fibre in Sunday's 4-1 win over Fortuna Duesseldorf. The Bavarians, hunting a record-extending seventh consecutive league title, lead the Bundesliga with 67 points, one ahead of rivals Borussia Dortmund.

* Manchester United secured promotion to the women's Super League with three games to spare and in their maiden season on Wednesday after beating Aston Villa 5-0. They have 15 wins in 17 league games and can take the title on Saturday if they win at 10th-placed Crystal Palace.

* Valencia coach Marcelino urged their supporters to avoid complacency and fill the Mestalla stadium for his side's Europa League quarter-final second leg against fellow Spaniards Villarreal even though they hold a 3-1 lead in the tie.

* Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud said he has been approached by other clubs to play for them next season but wants to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge if manager Maurizio Sarri can offer regular first-team opportunities. Giroud, who is the top scorer in the Europa League with nine goals, is out of contract at the end of the campaign, although Chelsea have an option to extend it for another 12 months.

* Roland Garros organisers Wednesday announced the list for the men's and women's singles main draw of the 2019 edition. The list features top-ranked players Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka for the main draw to run from May 26 to June 9.

* The first step for Asian teams on the road to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was taken on Wednesday, with the drawing of the first round of the Asian qualifiers. The 12 lowest-ranked AFC teams were separated into two pots to draw six home-and-away matches. The six winners will join Asia's top 34 teams in Qualification Round 2, which will commence in September this year.

Reuters, Xinhua