• The Canadian Press

    Mbappe nets winner as PSG edges Nice to stay top in Ligue 1

    PARIS (AP) — Kylian Mbappe scored a late winner as defending champion Paris Saint-Germain edged Nice 2-1 to restore its two-point lead over Marseille in the French league on Saturday. Mbappe pounced on a pass from Nordi Mukiele to beat Kasper Schmeichel with a low strike in the 83rd minute. The France striker tied Neymar as the joint top scorer in the league with eight. Lionel Messi gave PSG the lead in the 29th with a curling free kick into the top corner from 22 yards. Messi's fifth league goa

  • The Canadian Press

    Messi's form gives Nice defenders reason to fear PSG trip

    PARIS (AP) — Nice's defenders must be hoping their former coach Christophe Galtier is kind enough to rest Lionel Messi for Saturday’s game at Paris Saint-Germain. Messi's two goals for Argentina against Jamaica on Wednesday — a typical solo goal followed by a free kick — made it nine goals in his past three games for the national team, taking his international tally to 90. So far this season Messi has four goals and a league-high seven assists for league leader PSG and his partnership with Neyma

  • The Canadian Press

    Tchouaméni looking to impress again as France plays Denmark

    PARIS (AP) — Amid mounting injuries and off-field problems, at least France coach Didier Deschamps has one less thing to worry about heading into the World Cup: Aurélien Tchouaméni looks a very good option to start in midfield. Tchouaméni is 22 with only 13 caps but is already playing with the maturity of a seasoned international and, with Paul Pogba's place in Qatar looking in doubt, his form is most welcome for Deschamps. Tchouaméni was excellent as France, missing nine regulars including goal

  • The Canadian Press

    Tensions in France squad ahead of Nations League matches

    PARIS (AP) — France's last competitive soccer games before the World Cup should be a chance for coach Didier Deschamps to test his best team. But as France prepares to play Austria in the Nations League on Thursday, tension hangs over the defending champion because of ongoing issues off the field. They concern the French Football Federation president, an injured key player embroiled in an extortion scandal, and striker Kylian Mbappé's row over image rights. Oh, and there's the threat of relegati