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 Ruben Dias in action against  Paris Saint-Germain’s   Neymar.  The signing of  Dias last summer has been as transformative as that of Virgil van Dijk was for Liverpool. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Everywhere you looked, people were losing their heads. There was Ángel Di María stamping on Fernandinho. There was Leandro Paredes hurling the ball(...)

Manchester City’s Phil Foden shoots at goal during the  Champions League semi-final, first leg against Paris Saint-Germain  at the Parc des Princes. Photograph:  Julien Poupert/PA Wire

Some folk were very unkind ahead of this Champions League semi-final meeting between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, the Guardian dubbing the(...)

 Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick goes through the Paris Saint-Germain wall for Manchester City’s second goal during the Champions League semi-final, first leg at Parc des Princes. Photograph:  Alex Grimm/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain 1 Manchester City 2 Pep Guardiola had called for calm, for his Manchester City players to be themselves, for them to enjoy the oc(...)

Pep Guardiola: After eight consecutive knockout exits as a manager, the Manchester City boss appears to have struck upon a reliable method in the Champions League. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

So what takes precedence here: the football stuff, or the other stuff? Obviously you know about the other stuff. Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester C(...)

Paris Saint-Germain’s goalkeeper Keylor Navas misses the ball as Bayern Munich’s  Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting  scores the first goal during the Champions League quarter-final, second leg at Parc des Princes. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain 0 Bayern Munich 1 (3-3 on agg, PSG go through on away goals) Paris Saint-Germain used to be ridiculed as chokers. But maybe they (...)

Kylian Mbappe  scores the opening goal for  Paris Saint-Germain against Bayern Munich during the Champions League quarter-final, first leg at Allianz Arena. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Bayern Munich 2 Paris Saint-Germain 3 Kylian Mbappé produced a performance of stunning high-end incision to drive Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-2 Champi(...)

Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring a goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg match against Barcelona at the Parc des Princes in Paris. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain 1 Barcelona 1 (PSG win 5-2 on agg) Rage, rage against the dying of the light. On a damp night at the Parc Des Princes, Barcelona (...)

Gianluigi Buffon has impressed when called upon this season. File photograph: Getty Images

It has become a little hard to trust Gianluigi Buffon when he talks about retirement. In 2017, he told me he had reached a decision to hang up his glo(...)

Dortmund’s  Erling  Haaland: There is an almost unnerving simplicity to the way he scores many of his goals.  Photograph:  Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images

The debate over whether Tom Brady is the greatest American football player of all time is of interest only to fans of American football, but Brady’s a(...)

Gerard Pique can’t keep up with Kylian Mbappe. Photograph: Lluis Gene/Getty/AFP

Presnel Kimpembe slipped. 29 minutes had been played at the Camp Nou. Two minutes earlier Lionel Messi had put Barcelona ahead. Now, as the Paris Sain(...)

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