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Football: City sink Saints to maintain title charge

Manchester City kept up the pressure on Premier League leaders Liverpool with a 4-1 win at home to Southampton in Saturday's early kick-off match. Victory saw City close to within a point of Liverpool with a game in hand and leapfrog Chelsea into second place. But Chelsea, who've also played one game more than City, will go a point clear at the top if they beat Stoke at Stamford Bridge in Saturday's late kick-off. Liverpool are away to West Ham on Sunday. Everton and Arsenal, fifth and fourth respectively before the weekend, clash at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Football: Wenger warns Arsenal not to blow Euro berth

Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal will have only themselves to blame if they fail to qualify for next season's Champions League. Wenger's side face Everton on Sunday in a crucial clash in the race to book a place in Europe's elite club competition. The Gunners currently hold the fourth and final Champions League spot and sit four points ahead of fifth placed Everton. But a defeat against Roberto Martinez's men at Goodison Park would leave the north Londoners in severe danger of squandering their advantage as Everton also have a game in hand.

Football: Ayew hat-trick fails to spare Marseille from jeers

Fans jeered Marseille throughout their 3-1 Ligue 1 victory over rock-bottom Ajaccio despite a hat-trick from Andre Ayew. It was the 1993 European champions' first win since the end of February but wasn't enough to lift them above sixth place as they remain six points off a European qualification spot ahead of the weekend matches. Despite Ayew giving the hosts a third-minute lead with a delectable lob, fans vented their anger throughout following a month of March in which Marseille picked up just two points out of a possible 15 -- the worst record in the league.

Football: Blanc confident on Ibrahimovic return

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc remains confident top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play again this season despite picking up a thigh injury during Wednesday's 3-1 Champions League victory over Chelsea. The Sweden captain, who has scored a club record 40 goals in all competitions this season, came off midway through the second half of their quarter-final, first-leg win clutching the back of his right thigh and has been undergoing tests to determine the extent of the problem. "He will be back and he will play again for PSG this season," said Blanc.

Football: Ramsey in line for Arsenal return

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey could make his first appearance since December in Sunday's Premier League game at Champions League qualification rivals Everton, manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Thursday. "Aaron and Nacho Monreal are back training with the squad, so that is good news," Wenger told the Arsenal website. "Hopefully they will be available for Sunday." Welsh midfielder Ramsey made a superb start to the season, scoring 13 goals in the first half of the campaign, but he has not featured since suffering a thigh strain at West Ham United on December 26.

Football: PSG concern for Ibrahimovic injury

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc said he was concerned after top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off injured in Wednesday's Champions League clash with Chelsea. The Swede had to be substituted midway through the second half of PSG's 3-1 quarter-final first-leg victory at the Parc des Princes after appearing to hurt his right thigh while playing a pass to Christophe Jallet in midfield. "It's a muscular problem. He will see the doctor tomorrow (Thursday)," confirmed Blanc, who immediately decided to replace the striker with Brazilian winger Lucas.

Football: Pastore strike puts PSG in control against Chelsea

A solo strike from Javier Pastore right at the death clinched a 3-1 victory for Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Chelsea on Wednesday. An early Ezequiel Lavezzi strike and a David Luiz own goal either side of an Eden Hazard penalty for Chelsea had looked set to give PSG just a narrow advantage ahead of next week's second leg at Stamford Bridge, but Pastore's effort leaves the French champions firmly in control of the tie.

Football: Paris Saint-Germain v Chelsea starting line-ups

Starting line-ups for the Champions League quarter-final first leg between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday (1845 GMT kick-off): Paris Saint-Germain (4-3-3) Salvatore Sirigu; Christophe Jallet, Alex, Thiago Silva (capt), Maxwell; Marco Verratti, Thiago Motta, Blaise Matuidi; Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ezequiel Lavezzi Coach: Laurent Blanc (FRA) Chelsea (4-2-3-1)

Football: Sagbo and Assou-Ekotto hit with FA 'quenelle' charge

Hull striker Yannick Sagbo and QPR loanee Benoit Assou-Ekotto were charged with improper conduct by England's Football Association on Tuesday for social media posts relating to the controversial 'quenelle' gesture. Meanwhile Manchester City's Samir Nasri and Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho both received warnings from the governing body for similar incidents. The 'quenelle', widely regarded as anti-Semitic, came to the fore when West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka made the gesture when celebrating a goal against West Ham on December 28.

PSG must go up to another level vs. Chelsea: Blanc

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Paris St Germain must be ruthless in front of goal when they take on 2012 winners Chelsea in a Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday, according to coach Laurent Blanc. The Ligue 1 champions-elect are on an eight-game winning streak in all competitions but the former France center back knows Chelsea, under Jose Mourinho, have the experience and defensive know-how to strangle any opposition.
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