Euro round-up: Cancelo shines on Bayern debut | Mbappe misses two pens

Joao Cancelo needed little time to make an impact for Bayern Munich as he helped his new team reach the quarter-finals of the German Cup with a 4-0 win at Mainz.

The Portugal full-back started on the right wing one day after joining on loan from Manchester City and set up Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to open the scoring in the 17th minute.

It was Bayern’s first win of 2023 after they restarted the Bundesliga with three draws, and the first time since 2020 the Bavarian powerhouse reached the German Cup last eight.

Cancelo made the most of some passive defending from Mainz as he lofted a cross to the far post for Choupo-Moting, then Thomas Muller set up Jamal Musiala to shoot in off the right post after half an hour.

It got worse for Mainz before the break when captain Silvan Widmer had to go off injured and Choupo-Moting set up Leroy Sane to score.

Mainz improved drastically for the second half, but Bayern withstood the pressure and Joshua Kimmich delivered a free-kick for Alphonso Davies to complete the scoring with a header in the 83rd minute.

Mainz coach Bo Svensson had been sent off just before Davies’ goal and defender Alexander Hack followed with his second yellow card in the 86th minute.

Also in the German Cup, defending champions RB Leipzig defeated Hoffenheim 3-1 to progress to the quarter-finals, while Union Berlin and Stuttgart booked their places on Tuesday. There are further third-round games next week.

Mbappe injured and misses penalty twice

PSG's Kylian Mbappe reacts after missing a chance during the French League One soccer match between Montpellier and Paris Saint-Germain at the State La Mosson stadium in Montpellier, France, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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Kylian Mbappe missed a penalty twice before getting injured

Lionel Messi scored as Paris Saint-Germain stretched their Ligue 1 lead to five points with a 3-1 win at Montpellier – despite Kylian Mbappe limping off the pitch.

Mbappe, who also missed a penalty, held his left thigh as he was replaced after 20 minutes, but coach Christophe Galtier said the France forward had damaged his knee.

“It’s a knock on the knee and it hurts behind the thigh,” Galtier said. PSG play Bayern Munich in their Champions League last-16 first leg in two weeks’ time.

Mbappe had a night to forget, having had his spot-kick parried away by Benjamin Lecomte in the eighth minute. The France forward was handed a reprieve and allowed to take the penalty again, only for the Montpellier goalkeeper to deny him for a second time.

PSG, who had lost their two previous away games and were held to a last-gasp home draw by Reims on Sunday, were much improved and were rewarded in the 55th minute, when Fabian Ruiz volleyed home from Hugo Ekitike’s headed pass.

Fabian was the provider 17 minutes later, finding Messi with a laser-sharp pass for the Argentine forward to beat Lecomte with a low shot from close range.

Arnaud Nordin pulled one back for Montpellier, but 16-year-old midfielder Warren Zaire-Emery, who was born two years after Messi made his professional debut, put the result beyond doubt at the end of a counter-attack.

Elsewhere, Marseille claimed a 2-0 victory at Nantes to leapfrog Lens, who dropped their first points at home in a 1-0 defeat by Nice, into second place.

Azzedine Ounahi celebrated his first match for Marseille after joining from Angers with a cool finish following a spectacular dribble to add to Joao Victor’s own goal.

With 46 points, Marseille lead third-placed Lens by one point. Monaco stayed fourth, four points behind Lens, by beating Auxerre 3-2.

England U21 striker Folarin Balogun – on loan from Arsenal – bagged a hat-trick to help Reims beat Lorient 4-2 and move top of the Ligue 1 scorers’ charts.

Bottom club Angers were beaten 2-1 at home by Ajaccio to rack up a top-flight record 13 defeats in a row, beating the mark set by Dijon in the 2020-21 season and Cercle Athletique Paris (1933-34).

Barcelona go eight points clear of Real

Barcelona's Robert Lewandowski, left, celebrates with his teammate Pedri after scoring his side's second goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Betis and Barcelona at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville, Spain, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. (AP Photo/Jose Breton)
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Robert Lewandowski scored his first LaLiga goal since October

Robert Lewandowski ended his scoring drought in LaLiga to help Barcelona defeat Real Betis 2-1 and increase their lead over Real Madrid.

Lewandowski – who was making his return after a three-game ban – sealed Barcelona’s sixth straight victory in all competitions with his first league goal since October and now leads LaLiga with 14 goals.

Raphinha opened the scoring for Barcelona – who now lead Real Madrid by eight points ahead of their rivals’ game against Valencia at the Bernabeu on Thursday – with a touch from close range after a low cross by Alejandro Balde in the 65th minute.

Lewandowski added to the lead with a shot from inside the area in the 80th minute, but Betis got on the board with an own goal by Jules Kounde five minutes later.

It was Betis’ sixth straight league loss at home against Barcelona, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side staying sixth in LaLiga – three points behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid.

Mourinho’s Roma stunned by Cremonese

Roma's head coach Jose Mourinho sits prior to his team's friendly soccer match against Yokohama F. Marinos in Tokyo, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022.(AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
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Jose Mourinho’s Roma were beaten by a side without a Serie A win this season

Serie A strugglers Cremonese pulled off another shock in the Italian Cup by beating Roma 2-1 to reach the semi-finals for only the second time in their history.

Cremonese are bottom in Serie A having failed to win in the league, but followed up their cup victory at Napoli in the last round by eliminating Jose Mourinho’s side.

Cremonese will face Fiorentina in their first semi-final since 1987, while the other last-four contest pits holders Inter Milan against either Juventus or Lazio.

Roma defender Marash Kumbulla was partly to blame for Cremonese’s opener as he took too long on the ball, allowing Cyriel Dessers to steal it off him on the halfway line and sprint into the area, where he was brought down by goalkeeper Rui Patrcio.

Dessers dusted himself down and fired a precise penalty into the top-left corner to give the visitors a 28th-minute lead.

Mourinho rang the changes at half-time, but Cremonese doubled their advantage four minutes after the break when David Okereke raced down the right flank and rolled the ball across for Charles Pickel, who tried to flick it on to Frank Tsadjout, but it was deflected into his own net by Roma defender Zeki Celik to send the 200 traveling fans wild.

Andrea Belotti pulled one back for Roma in the fourth minute of stoppage time, but it was not enough for Mourinho’s side.

Elsewhere, Fiorentina avenged their Serie A loss to Torino by beating them 2-1 in the quarter-finals, thanks to goals from Luka Jovic and Jonathan Ikone.

Spurs target Zaniolo rejects Bournemouth

Nicolo Zaniolo has turned down a move to Bournemouth, reports Sky in Italy, leaving the player’s parent club Roma “furious”.

Bournemouth representatives travelled to the Italian capital by private jet to try and convince him to join the Cherries, but were already conscious of his desire to continue playing European football.

Zaniolo has rejected the offer, which would have included a significant pay rise.

Roma are said to be furious about it and reserve the right to implement disciplinary measures against him.

Zaniolo has been a target for both Tottenham and AC Milan this month, with the two sides set to face each other in the Champions League last 16.

Spurs want to sign Zaniolo on loan, while Sky in Italy understands AC Milan have asked for 24 hours to discuss whether they can raise their offer for Zaniolo beyond £17.6m towards the £26.4m Roma are asking for.

Zaniolo, who was dropped from the Roma squad at the weekend, has scored twice in 19 games in all competitions this season.

Bournemouth sign Semenyo

Bournemouth's new signing Antoine Semenyo
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Bournemouth’s new signing Antoine Semenyo

Elsewhere, Bournemouth have completed the £10.5m transfer of striker Antoine Semenyo from Bristol City, beating off late competition from Crystal Palace.

The Cherries will pay a £9m fee plus £1.5m in add-ons for Semenyo, who has scored eight Championship goals for Bristol City this season.

The 23-year-old joins the Premier League side on a four-and-a-half-year deal, with the club retaining an option of a further year.

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Bournemouth in talks for Spurs target Zaniolo | AC Milan considering ASM move

Bournemouth are in talks with Roma over a possible deal for Nicolo Zaniolo but the Cherries feel the Italian has ambitions of playing for a club that can offer European football.

Bournemouth and Roma have been in talks for a number of weeks over potential deals in this window, with Zaniolo a player the Premier League side like.

If the 23-year-old is open to a move to the south coast, then Sky Sports News understands Bournemouth feel they could meet Roma’s valuation and find a financial package that works for all parties.

Roma's Nicolo Zaniolo during a friendly soccer match against Shakhtar Donetsk at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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Zaniolo is also a target for Tottenham and AC Milan this month

Zaniolo has been a target for both Tottenham and AC Milan this month, with the two sides set to face each other in the Champions League last 16.

Spurs want to sign Zaniolo on loan, while Sky in Italy understands AC Milan have asked for 24 hours to discuss whether they can raise their offer for Zaniolo beyond £17.6m towards the £26.4m Roma are asking for.

Zaniolo, who was dropped from the Roma squad at the weekend, has scored twice in 19 games in all competitions this season.

Bournemouth close in on Vina and Semenyo deals

KANSAS CITY, KS - JUNE 05: Uruguay defender Matias Vina (17) before a friendly match between the United States and Uruguay on June 05, 2022 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)
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Roma and Uruguay defender Matias Vina is set for a Bournemouth medical

A Roma player that Bournemouth are close to signing is defender Matias Vina.

Bournemouth have agreed a loan deal for the left-back with an option to buy in the summer, which Sky Sports News understands to be £13.2m.

The 25-year-old Uruguayan is due in the UK for a medical in the next 48 hours.

Meanwhile, Bristol City striker Antoine Semenyo is heading for his Bournemouth medical following the two clubs agreeing a deal after two bids were rejected last week.

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Bristol City striker Antoine Semenyo is heading for a Bournemouth medical

Bournemouth will pay £9m plus add-ons for the Ghana striker who has scored eight goals in all competitions this season for the Championship side.

Personal terms are not thought to be a problem for the 23-year-old, who is also interesting Crystal Palace.

The potential arrivals of Vina and Semenyo would make it three January signings for Gary O’Neil’s side this month after they brought in Lorient winger Dango Ouattara for £20m.

AC Milan switching focus to Saint-Maximin

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Allan Saint-Maximin scored a fantastic volleyed equaliser for Newcastle at Wolves in August

AC Milan are now considering Newcastle’s Allan Saint-Maximin as a potential alternative target to Zaniolo, according to Sky in Italy.

The Serie A side are admirers of the forward, however, a valuation they understand to be at least £26.4m (€30m) would be difficult for them to pay.

Milan’s priority remains Zaniolo with talks having been held with Roma over a move.

Sky Sports News understands Newcastle would listen to significant offers for Saint-Maximin this month.

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Spurs remain interested in Zaniolo but only on loan

Tottenham remain interested in signing Roma forward Nicolo Zaniolo – but only in a loan deal.

Sky Sports News has been told that Spurs want to sign the player on loan.

However, at the moment, there is little chance of the deal happening and there has been no bid to buy.

Sky Italy are reporting that Roma value Zaniolo at £35m.

Sky Sports News understands Spurs have not followed up on initial interest in Brighton forward Leandro Trossard and are now looking at other attacking options, with the club renewing a long-standing interest in Zaniolo.


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Jose Mourinho’s side are happy to sell Zaniolo in this window and are also prepared to do a loan deal with an obligation to buy.

Zaniolo has scored just twice in 19 games in all competitions this season.

Tottenham’s interest in the Italy international comes following reports north London rivals Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign Trossard.

Antonio Conte’s side are yet to make a signing this January, with the club also continuing their interest in Sporting Lisbon right wing-back Pedro Porro.

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Euro round-up: Dembele fires Barca to Atleti win

Barcelona went three points clear at the top of La Liga on Sunday with a 1-0 away win at Atletico Madrid, thanks to a first-half goal from Ousmane Dembele.

Rivals and second-placed Real Madrid suffered a 2-1 defeat at Villarreal on Saturday, giving Barca the chance to seize the advantage in the league after 16 rounds.

The visitors got the only goal of the game after 22 minutes when Dembele was played clear inside the box and sent the ball into the bottom right corner.

The hosts started to wake up at the end of the half, taking over possession and sending Barcelona into defensive mode.

Two minutes into stoppage time Barca’s Ferran Torres and Atletico’s Stefan Savic were sent off for violent conduct as the visitors held on for the narrow win.

Late Abraham goal deals blow to Milan’s title hope

Roma's Tammy Abraham, left, celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A soccer match between Milan and Roma at San Siro Stadium, Milan, Italy, Sunday Jan. 8, 2023. (Spada/LaPresse via AP)
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Roma’s Tammy Abraham celebrates his late equaliser

A goal in stoppage time by Tammy Abraham helped AS Roma snatch a 2-2 draw at AC Milan on Sunday, as Stefano Pioli’s men’s hopes of catching up to Serie A leaders Napoli suffered a blow.

It was a soggy night at the San Siro, creating slippery conditions that affected the play.

Milan’s Pierre Kalulu scored first when he headed in from a corner on the half-hour mark.

Tommaso Pobega doubled the lead in the 77th minute when he was played into space in the box and smashed the ball into the lower right corner with one touch.

Roger Ibanez pulled one back for Roma three minutes before stoppage time when he headed in a corner, and Abraham completed the late comeback six minutes later when he managed to send in a rebound from inside the box.

Milan are now third in the Serie A table with 37 points after 17 games, equal with second-placed Juventus on points and seven behind Napoli.

Napoli bounce back to extend lead at top of table

Napoli's Elmas celebrates after scoring to 0-2 during the Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Napoli at the Luigi Ferraris stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (Pecoraro/LaPresse via AP)
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Napoli’s Elmas celebrates after scoring against Sampdoria

Despite missing an early penalty, Napoli bounced back from their first league defeat of the season to beat 10-man Sampdoria 2-0.

In an emotional match at Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Victor Osimhen opened the scoring in the 19th minute after Matteo Politano had seen his penalty saved.

Any chance Sampdoria had of getting back into the match diminished when Toms Rincon was sent off shortly before half-time and Napoli sealed the result with another penalty.

There were video tributes before the match to former Sampdoria players Gianluca Vialli and Sinisa Mihajlovic, both of whom died recently. There were also plenty of banners in the stands dedicated to them and chants throughout the match.

The Sampdoria players warmed up wearing special jerseys bearing Vialli’s name and the No 9 which he wore when he played for the team. Flowers were also laid by the side of the field by members of the Sampdoria staff and the Italy players from Napoli.

Vialli, who died on Friday, helped Sampdoria to their only Serie A title, three Italian Cups and the European Cup final during an eight-year stint.

Mihajlovic played and coached Sampdoria, and his three children stood on the side of the field holding up a team jersey with his name on the back during a minute’s silence.