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Kylian Mbappe Misfires As Paris Saint-Germain Are Knocked Out Of Champions League

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It was no surprise to see Kylian Mbappe splashed across the front page of Le Parisien on Wednesday or, for that matter, a cartoon of him inside dressed as Superman.

‘The Metamorphosis of Mbappe’ proclaimed the headline above an extensive analysis of how the most exciting prospect in world football has developed after joining Paris Saint-Germain in a deal worth £160million.

‘A year ago, we reproached him for his individualism, his arrogance, his nervousness in moments of stress,’ read an accompanying editorial. ‘Now he knows how to play collectively, to show modesty and seems impervious to pressure and provocation. At 20-years-old, Kylian Mbappe has already become a perfect gentleman, a French superhero.’

High praise indeed, even for a player of such enormous potential and a World Cup winner last summer at the age of 19.

The young man raised 17 miles away from Parc des Princes in the north-east suburb of Bondy is becoming a man. That growth has accelerated over the last year – half an inch in height and a substantial amount in muscle, we are told – but many in France would argue particularly so in the last month.

When Edinson Cavani joined Neymar on the sidelines on February 9, there were fears that the third and youngest member of PSG’s attacking triumvirate might struggle to shoulder the burden on his own.

Until last night, it really wasn’t much of a problem. Seven goals in five games, taking his total for the season to 28, included the second at Old Trafford last month when Mbappe’s quite ridiculous pace carried him past Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof to put PSG in firm control of this last 16 tie.

Three weeks on and we saw a rather more subdued Mbappe on a wet night in Paris. Manchester United appeared to found a bit of Kryptonite to fight back against PSG’s superhero.

Yes, he had a hand in the equalizing goal in the 12th minute, crossing low from the right for Juan Bernat to beat David de Gea at the far post, but this was not the dynamic, devastating Mbappe we have come to expect.

Maybe he was as guilty of overconfidence and no little sloppiness as some of his teammates. They had no right to be. It is, after all, two years ago this week that PSG suffered a stunning capitulation against Barcelona as they squandered a 4-0 first-leg lead.

Mbappe cut a rather isolated figure up front and all the pace in the world wasn’t enough to help him, not even in the seventh minute when he was inches away from connecting with Bernat’s cross in front of goal.

Seconds later, another first-time effort was fired straight at Chris Smalling, and then one more into the side-netting.

Perhaps the moment that best summed up his night arrived just before half-time when a stray pass found Mbappe unmarked 40 yards from the United goal.

Suddenly the pitch opened up in front of him and Lindelof began to backpedal, clearly expecting the worst.

PSG’s No.7 began to move through the gears but had barely got out of third when the ball got caught between his feet and almost tripped him up much to the young man’s frustration.

It happened again the 77th minute when PSG broke away and Angel Di Maria slipped the ball to his teammate who was picking up pace down the left. This time, Mbappe’s first touch let him down and the Parc des Princes groaned in unison as he knocked it out of play.

A player of his talent can come to life at any moment, however, and Mbappe’s big opportunity arrived six minutes from the end of normal time. Put through on goal, you would have backed him to take the ball around De Gea but the United keeper stuck out a hand to take it off his toes.

It was a crucial moment. Within moments, Marcus Rashford was standing over the penalty spot and PSG – and Mbappe – were about to go out.

To say the least, this was a painful lesson in the learning curve.

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Thiago Alcantara Test Positive For Coronavirus

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New Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara who recently joined the club has test positive for Coronavirus.

Goal confirmed the report on their Twitter page.

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Lesbian Lovers Dismembered Man To Use His Fingerprints To Steal $77,120, Then Kept His Head For Themselves

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Prosecutors in Portugal have alleged two lesbian lovers dismembered a man so they could use his fingerprints to access his mobile phone and steal $77,120 from his bank account.

The lovers, one a security worker known as Maria Malveiro, 19, and 23-year-old nurse Mariana Fonseca (both pictured below) are accused of throwing Diogo Goncalves’ torso into the sea but keeping hold of his head.

Lesbian lovers dismembered man to use his fingerprints to steal $77,120, then kept his head for themselvesLesbian lovers dismembered man to use his fingerprints to steal $77,120, then kept his head for themselves

According to prosecutors in Portugal preparing to put the pair on trial this October, Malveiro is said to have admitted to an Algarve judge who questioned her after the crime they were inspired by US police series Dexter.

Diogo (pictured below) was strangled to death on March 18 and the woman allegedly threw his torso into the sea from cliffs in the Algarve town of Sagres

Lesbian lovers dismembered man to use his fingerprints to steal $77,120, then kept his head for themselves

Four days later they used a print from a finger they had cut off his right hand to access his mobile and transfer the cash, then waited another 24 hours to dump the rest of his body.

The indictment says they spent the three days between March 20 and 23 sending messages from his Facebook account to fool colleagues and friends into believing he was still alive.

They will be tried for murder, desecrating a body, computer fraud, and using a stolen vehicle.

According to reports, Malveiro took advantage of the fact Diogo was attracted to her to give him an orange juice laced with sedative Diazepam after promising him a lap dance at his home.

They both then allegedly strangled him and dismembering him.

The women allegedly tried to make it look as if he had killed himself by leaving the car overlooking the sea in Cape St Vincent in Sagres but investigators found out their plan after they threw away the torso because it failed to land in the water and ended up on dry land, leaving vital clues.

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Western Togoland Insurgencies: Group Attacks STC and Burnt Bus In Ho

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Western Togoland insurgencies are escalating beyond the control of the security agencies apparatus with all their accouterments to stand against unlawful abiding citizens.

Reports coming through to us confirm that a group of secessionists has attacked the State Transport Corporation (STC) in Ho, the capital of the Volta Region, and caused damages.

According to the reports received, the rebels attacked on the STC bus and burnt it to the ground as they set it on fire.

It is also confirmed that the secessionists fired gunshots at the STC bus parking area.

The incident is reported to have occurred on Monday night.

Already, a total number of 31 of the group were arrested and processed to Accra Circuit Court on Monday 28 September 2020.

However, Honorable Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament of North Tongu claims the Separatists are not secessionists as claimed by the police and the Chiefs in the area.

Another group of Ghanaians also suggests those already arrested must be used as exapmple to deter the others from causing mor mayhem.

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