Betis joins pack at top of Spanish league as leaders slip
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Betis joined a group of seven teams separated by only three points at the top of the Spanish league after squeaking out a 1-0 win at home over Leganes on Sunday.
Repeated slips by leader Barcelona and second-place Real Madrid have given hope to a pack of pursuers after seven rounds.
PARIS (AP) — Edinson Cavani rescued a lackluster Paris Saint-Germain team from its first home defeat with both goals in a 2-2 home draw with Guingamp on Sunday.
French champion PSG had won its previous 17 league games at Parc des Princes this season, but fell behind on the stroke of halftime and trailed 2-0 midway through the second half.
PARIS (AP) — With the French title already wrapped up, Paris Saint-Germain remains on course to reach 100 points after scraping a 1-0 win at Bordeaux on Sunday.
Midfielder Giovani Lo Celso's 77th-minute strike from the edge of the penalty area moved PSG onto 90 points, and a massive 20 ahead of deposed champion Monaco.
PSG has already won the League Cup and is through to the French Cup final next month. It needs three wins and a draw from the last four rounds to guarantee 100 league points.
MONACO (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain won the French league title after beating defending champion Monaco 7-1 on Sunday, with the crushing victory highlighting the obvious gulf between the two teams this season.
Without Messi, Argentina beats Italy 2-0 in friendly
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Without a slightly injured Lionel Messi, Ever Banega and Manuel Lanzini provided late goals for Argentina in a 2-0 win over Italy in a pre-World Cup friendly on Friday.
Messi was left on the bench due to a minor muscular problem, with Paris Saint-Germain's Giovani Lo Celso getting the start instead at the center of Argentina's attack.
PARIS (AP) — Angel Di Maria maintained his rich scoring form and George Weah's son made his debut as runaway French league leader Paris Saint-Germain won at Troyes 2-0 on Saturday.
Two minutes after halftime, Di Maria ran onto a clever flick from Julian Draxler and dinked the ball over goalkeeper Erwin Zelazny, who rushed off his line. It was his 13th goal since January, and he looks certain to start against Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday.
PSG reaches League Cup final after 3-2 win away to Rennes
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain remains on course for a fifth straight League Cup title after winning 3-2 away to Rennes on Tuesday, in a hectic semifinal where three decisions went to the Video Assistant referee and Neymar riled his opponents.
PSG took its tally to 13 goals in three matches at Rennes this season — the others were in the French League and in the French Cup — but failed to properly protect its 3-0 advantage after forward Kylian Mbappe was sent off in the 63rd minute.