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PSG unlucky in narrow defeat to Real Madrid

Despite a strong effort from Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday night, the French side went down 1-0 to Real Madrid.

PSG unlucky in narrow defeat to Real Madrid
A fortuitous goal from Nacho proved decisive for 10-time champions Real to win 1-0 despite being outplayed for the majority of the first half of their Group A game at the Santiago Bernabeu.
   
“We managed to struggle through in the first half and in the second we had some good counter chances,” said Real coach Rafael Benitez.
   
“The return of (injured) players will help us in the next phase.”
   
PSG were on top throughout the first period but Adrien Rabiot's volley cannoned back off the foot of the post and Edinson Cavani squandered a great chance when left with just goalkeeper Keylor Navas to beat.
  
And when Toni Kroos let fly from distance just after the half hour, the ball spooned up off Thiago Silva and fell to Nacho — who had only come on for injured left-back Marcelo two minutes earlier — inside the area.
   
PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp initially came for the looping ball but as he backtracked from no-man's land, Nacho's casual side-foot spun wickedly on the bounce and dropped inside the far post.
   
Little happened in the second half but Angel Di Maria did hit the bar late on with a free-kick, although the French champions couldn't find the goal their play deserved.
   
Real qualified from Group A thanks to Shakhtar Donetsk romping to a 4-0 win over Malmo, a result which means a win for PSG in either of their last two matches will ensure they join Real in the last 16.
 

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French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage

French prosecutors on Friday called for a 15-year prison sentence for one of two Russians accused of beating a British supporter during Euro 2016, an attack that left him with brain injuries.

French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage
Russian fans light flares at the match against England in 2016.. Photo: AFP

One prosecutor, Christophe Raffin, asked for the “legal maximum… between 14 and 15 years” for Pavel Kossov, who is accused of throwing the first punch at 55-year-old Andrew Bache.

Bache was injured in the violence that broke out before England played Russia in the southern French port city of Marseille on June 11th, 2016.

The second Russian on trial in Aix-en-Provence, Mikhail Ivkine, stands accused of throwing a chair at the victim, with prosecutors asking for a potential suspended sentence of up to five years.

He has claimed he was defending himself.

“No, it wasn't legitimate self-defence, it was illegitimate use of force against Andrew Bache,” Raffin said of the violence.

 

Police give emergency aid to Andrew Bache following clashes in the city of Marseille. Photo: AFP

The prosecutors said the Russians were part of a group of about 150 men, many with martial arts training, who wrought havoc in Marseille.

Bache, from Portsmouth in southern England, has no memory of the events and is too frail to attend the trial.

His son Harry, who nurses his father, is representing him in court.

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