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PSG 3-0 Nice – match report and video highlights

VIDEO: PSG on the brink of first title since 1994 as Beckham watches from the bench

PUBLISHED:

00:15 GMT, 22 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:09 GMT, 22 April 2013

Paris Saint-Germain closed in on the French league title with a 3-0 victory over Nice that restored their nine point lead over Marseille.

David Beckham was an unused substitute in the match and with just five matches left, the big-spenders look set to win their first league crown since 1994.

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Not needed: David Beckham was an unused substitute in PSG's 3-0 win over Nice

Not needed: David Beckham was an unused substitute in PSG's 3-0 win over Nice

On the scoresheet: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (second right) celebrates with team-mates

On the scoresheet: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (second right) celebrates with team-mates

Jeremy Menez gave PSG the lead from close range in just the third minute, with striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic doubled the lead by converting a penalty in the 65th.

Substitute Clement Chantome then rounded off the win in the 88th, leaving PSG on 70 points after 33 games.

Marseille have 61, while Lyon are another two points behind in third.

Earlier on Sunday, Lille kept pace in the race for a Champions League spot by defeating Bastia 2-1 on Sunday to stay three points behind Lyon.

Ligue 1 - The latest standings

Ligue 1 – The latest standings

Opener: Jeremy Menez scores the first goal

Opener: Jeremy Menez scores the first goal

Handbags: Referee Tony Chapron separates Renato Civelli of Nice and Ibrahimovic

Handbags: Referee Tony Chapron separates Renato Civelli of Nice and Ibrahimovic

VIDEO: Watch highlights from PSG's 3-0 win against Nice

David Beckham admits he"s at PSG to sell shirts

I don't mind if I'm here to sell shirts! Becks admits star appeal helped clinch PSG deal

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

12:24 GMT, 1 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:28 GMT, 1 March 2013

David Beckham has openly admitted that his move to Paris St Germain hinged on his ability to sell shirts.

The former England captain joined the French giants in January before making his debut against Marseille on Sunday.

And speaking on Canal Plus show Grande Journal on Thursday night, Beckham revealed one of his main jobs is now to shift club merchandise.

Famous faces: David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane appeared in front of the Paris public

Famous faces: David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane appeared in front of the Paris public

Famous faces: David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane appeared in front of the Paris public

'If I can help to sell lots of shirts, no problem,' said Beckham. 'It's great to see so many people wearing my shirt.

'In most of the clubs where I've been, I heard the same thing, that I've come to sell shirts.'

Meanwhile, Beckham, who was busy endearing himself to the French public with an appearance alongside the legendary Zinedine Zidane on Thursday, expects Cristiano Ronaldo to be at his best when he returns to Old Trafford with Real Madrid next week.

French fancy: Beckham has made two appearances for PSG following his January move

French fancy: Beckham has made two appearances for PSG following his January move

French fancy: Beckham has made two appearances for PSG following his January move

The Spanish champions travel to Manchester United for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday and Beckham, who was replaced by Ronaldo at United and eventually in Madrid, believes the atmosphere will inspire the Portuguese on his first appearance at the club since his 2009 departure.

'When you go back, you enjoy the occasion, of course, and I am sure it will inspire Cristiano,' said Beckham, who first played against United when with AC Milan in 2010, seven years after leaving.

'Many things inspire great players and him going back will be a special night for him. 'The fans love him and it will be a great occasion.'

PSG v Marseille – LIVE video stream

Watch LIVE action from PSG v Marseille as Beckham and Barton square up again in the French Cup

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16:53 GMT, 27 February 2013

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UPDATED:

17:45 GMT, 27 February 2013

David Beckham is back in action tonight as his Paris St Germain side take on Joey Barton's Marseille in the French Cup.

Kicking off at 7.55pm (UK time), readers in the UK and Ireland can watch all the action live from the Parc des Princes – for FREE.

Simply click on the video player that appears below, sit back and enjoy the match action as Beckham and Barton go head-to-head…

Loic Remy signs for QPR from Marseille for 8million

I'm the man to keep QPR in the Premier League, says Remy after sealing his 8m move from Marseille

after he was ruled out of the tournament with a thigh injury.

Fellow QPR player and teammate at Marseille Joey Barton tweeted a message to the outgoing forward: 'Best of luck to you both. Loic is a great guy and a fantastic player'.

QPR currently stand bottom of the Premier League, two points behind Reading in 19th and five behind Wigan and safety.

They have a crunch period of games coming up, including away to West Ham, away to Man City and home to Norwich in the next few weeks.

New signing Remy alongside Chief Executive Philip Beard

Bedding in: New signing Remy alongside Chief Executive Philip Beard

New QPR signing Loic Remy exclusively photographed at Loftus Road


New QPR signing Loic Remy exclusively photographed at Loftus Road

Remy has 17 caps for France so far

International: Remy has 17 caps for France so far

Joey Barton scoops Marseille player of the month and loves life in France

J'adore La France! Marseille's player of the month Barton is back in love with football

By
Adam Shergold

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16:54 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:45 GMT, 9 January 2013

He has only been in France a few months but already Joey Barton has earned the respect of his Marseille team-mates.

The midfielder was named the club's player of the month for December – but apparently nobody had bothered to tell him.

He was taken aback when an interviewer said he had won the award, following Marseille's 2-1 win against second division Guingamp in the Coupe de France.

Honour: Joey Barton was named Marseille's player of the month for December

Honour: Joey Barton was named Marseille's player of the month for December

But Barton, who was kicked out by Queens Park Rangers in the summer following his shameful antics at Manchester City on the final day of last season, was quick to praise his team-mates and reaffirm his love for the Gallic game – and he didn't even put on the dodgy accent this time.

'It's always good that the fans appreciate the job you're doing but for me the most important thing is winning football matches and that's what I came here to do,' he said.

'My role in the team is not to score goals, my role is to help out the team and that means defending and getting the ball and getting some of the great players that we have in our team on the ball.

'The old water-carrier role is one I wasn't really renowned for in England, although I was able to do it.'

Enjoying life: Barton, kicked out of QPR in the summer, spoke fondly about his team-mates and life in France

Enjoying life: Barton, kicked out of QPR in the summer, spoke fondly about his team-mates and life in France

The 30-year-old added: 'I'm really enjoying my football – it's difficult for me because the change in the culture of football took me a little bit to adapt to.

'But now the team is winning and I don't think we're firing on all cylinders, that's generally a really good sign, when you don't play great but you're winning football matches.

'I believe winning is a habit, the same way losing is. When you get used to winning, you get hungry for success. The team is really together and it's great to be a part of.

'I'm really blessed to play for a great club, play with some great people and some great footballers. Long may it continue.'

Marseille are third in the French top flight, level on points with Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon in a tight title race.

Newcastle told Loic Remy will cost 15m as Demba Ba nears exit

Newcastle told to stump up 15m to land Remy as Pardew braces for Demba exit

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22:47 GMT, 21 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:47 GMT, 21 December 2012

Marseille president Vincent Labrune has indicated Newcastle will have to match his valuation to sign Loic Remy.

Newcastle are willing to pay 10million but Labrune wants around 15m.

The news from France emerges as manager Alan Pardew is becoming increasingly resigned to losing Demba Ba.

Target: Loic Remy looks set to join Newcastle in the January window

Target: Loic Remy looks set to join Newcastle in the January window

Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham could all invoke the 7.5million release clause in the striker’s contract as talks over a new deal continue to stall.

Pardew hopes the Senegal striker, his top scorer with 11 goals this season, can still be persuaded to sign the contract which will finally get rid of the clause.

Pardew still hopes Remy will be competing for a place alongside Ba, not replacing him.

Up in the air: Demba Ba (left) could leave Newcastle next month

Up in the air: Demba Ba (left) could leave Newcastle next month

Alan Pardew blames Europa League for Newcastle form

Pardew blames Europa League for Newcastle's poor domestic form

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01:13 GMT, 21 December 2012

Newcastle’s game against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday has become a must-win game — so much so that the manager of the team who stormed the Barclays Premier League last season to qualify for the Europa League barely acknowledged the European draw.

Newcastle must travel 1,600 miles to face Metalist Kharkiv in February, when Alan Pardew will expect to see his side in a much healthier league position.

But where has it gone wrong for the club who finished fifth last season

Annoyed: Alan Pardew says the Europa League has hindered Newcastle

Annoyed: Alan Pardew says the Europa League has hindered Newcastle

The Europa League became a hindrance as soon as they were sent to Greece for the play-offs in August. Newcastle’s progress to a tough knockout match has come at a cost.

Pardew said: ‘It has had an impact with the injuries we’ve sustained. This competition is not great for a Premier League team. It’s too many games in addition to a tough, competitive league. It takes a toll.’

Newcastle didn’t buy enough players in the summer to cope with the extra games. Not since Andy Carroll was sold have Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias been under greater pressure to buy.

Pardew, who was last night linked with a 10m move for Marseille striker Loic Remy, said: ‘We’ve made mistakes. The squad was probably too small, we broke the team up in those Europa League games, which probably took momentum away.

‘In January we’re looking at bringing in a player. Maybe two or maybe even three.’

But the uncertainty surrounding top scorer Demba Ba will not help, particularly with January looming. Pardew said: ‘His (7million escape) clause is not a mystery and that’s always going to hang over us. It’s unfortunate but it leaves open a lot of questions every week. The decision will be his ultimately.’

Target: Newcastle will try to keep hold of Demba Ba (left)

Target: Newcastle will try to keep hold of Demba Ba (left)

Newcastle have been hit by injuries to key players like Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote and Steven Taylor. But Pardew said: ‘Steven, Cabaye and Hatem will come back to us in January.’

Another drawback of the Europa League is the lack of training time, where Pardew excels.

Pardew said: ‘We’ve done more work on the training ground in the last month and have improved, the physical stats have gone up because we can tailor training.

‘When you have that game on Thursday, it’s difficult to recover.’

Winless QPR eye 10m January swoop for France and Marseille striker Remy

Winless QPR eye 10m January swoop for France and Marseille striker Remy

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UPDATED:

14:50 GMT, 12 December 2012

QPR are ready to spend in the January transfer window – and Marseille forward Loic Remy is the man at the top of manager Harry Redknapp’s wish list.

According to L’Equipe, Redknapp has been monitoring the progress of the French international for over 18 months and was keen to take Remy to Tottenham Hotspur last year.

French fancy: QPR are thought to be lining up a move for Loic Remy

French fancy: QPR are thought to be lining up a move for Loic Remy

Despite leaving Spurs at the end of last season, Redknapp has continued to track the striker’s development and is prepared to offer 10million for 25-year-old Remy.

It is unlikely that Marseille would allow Remy to leave the club for anything below their 10m valuation as the striker still has three years to run on his contract which expires in June 2015.

Off to a flyer: Remy is challenged by Lorient goalkeeper Fabien Audard

Off to a flyer: Remy is challenged by Lorient goalkeeper Fabien Audard

A further stumbling block could be the player’s own reluctance to join a club battling relegation, with QPR rooted firmly to the bottom of the Premier League table and eight points off safety.

Nonetheless, Redknapp will hope that the continued interest that he has shown in Remy could prove decisive in luring the Frenchman to Loftus Road as Rangers seek to bolster their survival hopes.

Arsenal held by Bilbao in NextGen

Arsenal held in Bilbao as young Gunners fail to take advantage of extra man

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UPDATED:

23:05 GMT, 15 November 2012

Arsenal were held to a goalless draw by Athletic Bilbao in the NextGen Series at the San Mames on Thursday night.

The visitors conceded a penalty midway through the half but Reice Charles-Cook came to their rescue with a fine save.

Penalty taker Gulliermo Fernandez was then sent off for elbowing Sead Hajrovic but Arsenal were unable to take advantage.

Young Guns: Arsenal were held to a draw by Athletic Bilbao

Young Guns: Arsenal were held to a draw by Athletic Bilbao

The other game in the group, between Olympiakos and Marseille finished 1-1.

Arsenal lie third, three points behind Marseille and one behind Olympiakos, with one game to play.

Job to do: Arsenal lie third in their group after their latest draw

Job to do: Arsenal lie third in their group after their latest draw

Joey Barton Twitter rant at FA as 12-match ban is extended

Barton's Twitter rant at FA after bad boy discovers his ban is EXTENDED

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17:53 GMT, 15 November 2012

Joey Barton has accused the FA of having a ‘vendetta’ against him and hit out at what he called the organisation’s ‘sad little men’.

The midfielder took to Twitter to complain that Olympique Marseille’s first match after he joined on loan from QPR, a 3-1 win against Rennes on September 2, will not count towards his 12-match ban.

Barton joined the French side on August 31 but said the FA ‘couldn’t be bothered’ to register the move until September 3 or 4, meaning the fixture against Rennes did not count towards his suspension for violent conduct in QPR’s defeat by Manchester City last season.

Waiting game: Banned Barton has been restricted to playing in the Europa League with his new club Marseille

Waiting game: Banned Barton has been restricted to playing in the Europa League with his new club Marseille

How Baton's tweets unfolded on Thursday…

Barton tweets

Barton tweets

Barton tweets

Barton tweets

Barton tweets

Rangers, however, lost 3-1 at City on
September 1, but it appears this fixture did not count towards Barton’s
ban for ‘tarnishing the image of football’, either.

The 30-year-old had been expecting to
be eligible for Marseille’s trip to Bordeaux on Saturday and said it
was a ‘ludicrous decision’.

Barton wrote on Twitter: ‘So my 12 match ban is now a 13 match ban. You gotta love the English FA Well, no actually you don't!

Day of shame: Barton was handed a 12-match ban by the FA after he struck Sergio Aguero at Manchester City in May

Day of shame: Barton was handed a 12-match ban by the FA after he struck Sergio Aguero at Man City in May

‘Ban has been extended as when I
signed for Marseille on Friday 31st, the English FA where closed over
the weekend and couldn't be bothered …registering me until the 3/4th.
So the game L'OM v Rennes couldn't count as one of my games suspended.

‘Its so ludicrous a decision, its
.like they have some hidden agenda/vendetta against me Oh, shit yeah I
forgot, they actually do.

'Life's to good to ponder such things
for to long. I know who you are. You know who you are. Would I swap
with you Nope. #sadlittlemen’.

The FA are looking into Barton’s claims. But if the organisation received the midfielder’s registration after UEFA and FIFA’s office had closed for the weekend on August 31 they would have been powerless to do anything until September 3 at the earliest.

Blow: Barton was hoping to make his first French league start against Rennes but must now wait

Blow: Barton was hoping to make his first French league start against Rennes but must now wait