Focused Kyrgios gives Aussies 1-0 lead
Nick Kyrgios has beaten Alejandro Gonzalez 6-4 6-4 to give Australia a 1-0 lead in the opening rubber of their Davis Cup tie in Madrid.Kyrgios beat Alejandro Gonzalez 6-4 6-4 with a powerful display against an overmatched but gallant opponent who is ranked 468th in the world rankings.
PSG score twice in the final 10 minutes to earn a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid and remain atop Champion League Group A. Kylian Mbappe and Pablo Sarabia struck late to steal a 2-2 draw for Paris Saint-Germain at Real Madrid in a pulsating Champions League encounter that ensures the
Kylian Mbappe and Pablo Sarabia struck inside the final 10 minutes as PSG snatched a 2-2 draw at Real And a crazy game was almost given an even more dramatic ending too, with Gareth Bale - who was Real Madrid 2-1 PSG ( Mbappe ). Varane and Courtois get in a horrible mix-up, neither deals
Kylian Mbappe instigated a dramatic Champions League comeback on Tuesday as Paris Saint-Germain scored twice in two minutes to rescue a draw against Real Madrid and secure first place in Group A.
Madrid dominated the majority of a pulsating contest at the Santiago Bernabeu and looked to have sewn up an impressive victory when Karim Benzema scored his second goal in the 79th minute.
But PSG pulled off an unlikely turnaround as Mbappe capitalised on a defensive mix-up to pull one back in the 81st minute before Pablo Sarabia, once of Real, drove into the top corner in the 83rd for 2-2.
Zidane defends Bale after flag criticism
Zidane defends Bale after flag criticismBale danced with a flag reading 'Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order' after Wales sealed qualification for their second consecutive European Championships earlier this week.
When Real Madrid visited PSG in the first game of the Champions League group stage, the French side Mbappe , Neymar and Cavani have struggled with injuries so far this campaign. It is a brave call but, with PSG needing just a point to secure top spot in the group, it looks like Di Maria might be
But within five minutes PSG had struck twice to draw back level as Real contrived to throw away all their hard work. First a mix-up between Raphael Varane and Courtois gifted Kylian Bale caused anger in Spain by celebrating with the flag which had Madrid as last of his priorities.Credit: Getty - Contributor.
Gareth Bale, who came on as a substitute to another mixed reception from the home fans, almost won it in injury-time but his bending free-kick struck the post.
It means PSG will go through as group winners while Madrid are guaranteed to finish second after Club Brugge drew 1-1 at Galatasaray in the early kick-off.
An excellent Madrid performance was tarnished not only by their late capitulation but also another injury to Eden Hazard, who hobbled off with what looked like an ankle injury in the second half.
Despite recovering from a hamstring strain and making his first appearance in seven weeks on Friday, Neymar was also left on the bench by PSG coach Thomas Tuchel, only to be brought on at half-time. It was his dummy that led to Sarabia's equaliser.
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While talking up his team-mates, the Argentine star admitted that the individual award is a special honourMessi, 32, is a five-time winner of the prize, claiming it in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
Meanwhile, World Cup star Mbappe has also been linked with a move to La Liga, but to Barca’s El PSG chiefs believe that Mbappe should be earning more than Lionel Messi because they see him as PSG understand, however, that small details such as Real ’s manager being Zinedine Zidane, could
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane refereed to his 'love for Mbappe ' in his pre-match press conference on Monday, but PSG manager Tuchel was unfazed by 'Sometimes the players you love the most are the ones you cannot have': PSG boss Thomas Tuchel dismisses Zinedine Zidane's public pursuit of
Madrid fans ran the rule over several players as their names were announced before kick-off, with Neymar whistled, perhaps on the assumption he will soon return to Barcelona, and Mbappe cheered, presumably in the hope he will one day join Real Madrid.
Keylor Navas, who left last summer, was also given a warm reception while the jeers for Bale were audible but noticeably less pronounced than when he came on against Leganes on Saturday.
Zinedine Zidane's press conference on Monday became another ode to Mbappe, who will reportedly be Madrid's number one target next summer.
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The Frenchman, in his 100th game for PSG, looked like he wanted to put on a show, puffing out his chest after an early foul by Sergio Ramos and squeezing Zidane's hand as he fetched a ball from behind his back.
The threat of Mbappe hung over the match but Madrid were much the better side, slicker in their passing, faster with the ball and more aggressive in winning it back.
Real Madrid keep pace with Barca as Bale suffers hostile reception
Real Madrid keep pace with Barca as Bale suffers hostile receptionThe victory allowed second-placed Real to stay in touch with leaders Barcelona, who also have 28 points after 13 games but top the standings due to their superior goal difference.
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Real host PSG in the Champions League tonight and Zidane spoke publicly of his admiration for And after Mbappe was pictured appearing to flirt with a Spanish actress, rumours of a move to Madrid Real are said to be plotting a staggering £342million move for the star - according to Spanish outlet
Their goal came in the 17th minute and Hazard started it, skipping between Thomas Meunier and Marquinhos before switching to the right. Isco struck Fede Valverde's pull-back against the post before Benzema showed a cool head to find the corner.
On the back foot for most of the half, PSG twice went close towards the end of it. Mbappe, slipped through by Angel Di Maria, opted to shoot when he might have squared for Mauro Icardi to tap in.
Icardi was then brought down in the area after nipping around Thibaut Courtois. Referee Artur Dias pointed to the spot before showing the goalkeeper a red card but VAR decided Idrissa Gueye had pushed Marcelo in the build-up. The penalty and sending off were cancelled.
Neymar came on to whistles at half-time and Benzema should have made it two shortly after, instead hitting the legs of Navas when free at the back post.
Madrid looked to have put the game to bed when Luka Modric ghosted clear and Marcelo's cross found the deadly Benzema free at the back post.
But the celebrations had barely finished when Mbappe pulled one back, a gift as Courtois and Raphael Varane allowed Meunier's cross to slip between them, leaving the 21-year-old with an open net.
It still felt more like a consolation but PSG had other ideas as a clever dummy from Neymar fooled the entire home defence and the ball cannoned out to Sarabia, who swept it into the top corner.
Both teams looked for a winner and PSG went close, Mbappe firing into the side-netting before Bale's bending free-kick hit the post deep into injury-time.
Activist Thunberg completes intercontinental dash to Madrid climate summit .
Activist Thunberg completes intercontinental dash to Madrid climate summitMADRID (Reuters) - Greeted by a group of singing young activists and the massed ranks of the world's media, Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg arrived at the U.N. climate summit in Madrid on Friday, having taken a catamaran, train and electric car to reach the venue.