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Penalties at the weekend have kept up Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo's figures in the race to be Europe's top domestic scorer, with Benfica's Jonas sharing top spot in the rankings

ESM Golden Shoe standings (20 March 2016)
1= Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) 29 x 2 = 58
1= Jonas (Benfica) 29 x 2 = 58
3: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 28 x 2 = 56
4: Luis Suárez (Barcelona) 26 x 2 = 52
5: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München) 25 x 2 = 50
6= Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) 22 x 2 = 44
6= Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 22 x 2 = 44
8= Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) 21 x 2 = 42
8= Neymar (Barcelona) 21 x 2 = 42
10= Zlatan Ibrahimović (Paris Saint-Germain) 27 x 1.5 = 40.5
10= Eran Zahavi (Maccabi Tel-Aviv) 27 x 1.5 = 40.5

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Laurent Blanc is digesting Paris's first domestic home defeat since 7 May 2014 following the French champions' 2-0 loss to Monaco on Sunday. "We created a lot of chances in the first half against a very defensive team," the coach said. "Monaco defended really well. We could have scored and we did [Zlatan Ibrahimović had a fourth-minute strike chalked off for offside] but we weren't as efficient as usual." Having been confirmed as champions away from home last week, Paris did not celebrate their title win with their fans, Blanc noting: "We'll celebrate when we get the trophy after last game."

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Antoine Griezmann celebrates his 25th birthday at France's training camp at Clairefontaine ...

Thirteen Paris Saint-Germain players are on duty for their respective national teams during the international break:

David Luiz, Marquinhos (Brazil), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay), Ángel Di María (Argentina), Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast), Salvatore Sirigu, Thiago Motta (Italy), Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden), Kevin Trapp (Germany), Blaise Matuidi (France), Presnel Kimpembe, Adrien Rabiot (France U21), Jean- Kévin  Augustin (France U19).

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Watching Sunday's Manchester derby, former France captain Marcel Desailly tweeted: "What a shame to see that Manchester City cannot maintain consistency in their performances."

Paris's Zlatan Ibrahimović has been omitted from Sweden's squad to take on Turkey in a friendly game on Thursday, coach Erik Hamrén explaining: "For some time I have been thinking of how to conserve his form until the summer [for UEFA EURO 2016]. I can't do anything about his playing time with Paris, but I offered him a rest against Turkey."

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Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has been withdrawn from Spain's squad for their upcoming friendlies with an injured toe.

Manchester City have announced that they will take on arch-rivals United in China this summer, their first ever derby outside of the United Kingdom.

The teams will meet at the iconic Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing on 25 July as part of the International Champions Cup China. The Blues also plan to play Borussia Dortmund three days later in Shenzhen.

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Lionel Messi inspired Argentina to a 2-1 victory over Chile last night, with Ángel Di María on target.

Barcelona forward Messi, who missed the first four games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with a knee injury, laid on the 24th-minute winner for defender Gabriel Mercado. Paris St-Germain winger Di María had equalised four minutes earlier in Santiago.

Argentina, beaten finalists in 2014, are fourth in the ten-team group. The top four qualify automatically.

'France We're Coming!' warns the subtly-placed book on the lap of Austria and Bayern utility player David Alaba. Will he be travelling via Milan in May?

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