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UCL: Mbappe takes blame for PSG’s defeat to Dortmund

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Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappé, has taken the blame for their Champions League exit on Tuesday.

Their semi-final tie against Borussia Dortmund finished 2-0 on aggregate, after they lost 1-0 in front of their fans in the second leg.

Mbappe has admitted that the result was down to missed chances, a few of which came from him.

The Ligue 1 champions had almost 70% of the possession and took 30 shots in the second leg, hitting the woodwork four times.

“I tried to help my team as best as I could but I didn’t do enough.

“When we talk about being efficient in the boxes, I think I’m the one targeted. I’m the guy who should score goals and be decisive.

“When things are good, I take all the limelight and when they are not, you have to take the shadow. That’s not a problem.

“The first one who should have scored tonight was me. That’s life and we have to move on, me and the team,” Mbappé said after the game at Parc des Princes.

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2026 WCQ: Injured Osimhen ruled out of South Africa, Benin games

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Napoli hitman, Victor Osimhen, has been ruled of Nigeria’s upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Benin Republic.

According to information on the Super Eagles official X platform, Osimhen will miss the game due to injury.

Head coach, Finidi George has already called up Rangers left-back, Kenneth Igboke as his replacement

“Africa Player of the Year, Victor Osimhen, is injured and out for 4 weeks. Super Eagles’ Coach Finidi George has called up Enugu Rangers’ left back Kenneth Igboke for the WC qualifiers against South Africa and Benin Rep,” reads the statement.

Igboke’s invitation increased the number of home-based players in the squad to three.

The Super Eagles are expected to open camp for the two fixtures this weekend.

The three-time African champions will host South Africa at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Friday, June 7.

They will travel to Abidjan to keep a date with neighbours Benin Republic three days later.

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Playing with Mbappe would be ‘really nice’ – Bellingham

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Real Madrid midfielder Jude Bellingham said Monday it would be “really nice” to play with Kylian Mbappe next season.

The France captain is expected to join Los Blancos at the end of his Paris Saint-Germain contract this summer.

Mbappe could form an all-star attack alongside Vinicius Junior, with Madrid’s top goalscorer this season, Bellingham, offering support.

“I don’t pick the team and I certainly don’t make the transfers, but Kylian Mbappe, what a player, who wouldn’t want to play with someone as good as him?”, Bellingham told reporters at a media day before the Champions League final on Saturday.

“I don’t want to put any more pressure on the situation, I know for him it’s probably difficult having everyone always talking about him, but it would be really nice.”

Real Madrid face Borussia Dortmund at Wembley aiming to win the competition for a record-extending 15th time.

Lifting the Champions League trophy is one of the challenges Mbappe, 25, has on his to-do list.
Mbappe led PSG to the French Cup last weekend in his final match for the Ligue 1 champions and said his next destination will be revealed soon.

“All I wanted was to end things well with my club, with a trophy. I think there is a time for everything and I will announce my future club in good time,” said Mbappe.

“I think it will be in a few days so there is no problem.

“I don’t know when yet. There are still some details (to be sorted out) but the most important thing was to finish on a high here.”

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Transfer: Mbappe to announce next club ‘in few days’

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Kylian Mbappé has said he will reveal his next club in a “few days”. The 25-year-old stated this after winning the French Cup with Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday.

Mbappé has already announced his exit from the Ligue 1 club and is widely expected to join Real Madrid.

After his team’s 2-1 win over Lyon in the final, Mbappé told reporters: “Because I think the best thing to do is to finish saying goodbye.

“All I wanted was to finish well. There is a time for everything. I will announce my new club in due course. It will be only a few days away so there is no problem.”

When pressed if the move was close, he replied: “I still don’t know, there are still some details.

“The most important thing was to win and to experience these final emotions.”

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