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    November 20, 2019 11:40 AM IST
    LAUSANNE [url=]Rose Lavelle Jersey[/url] , Switzerland (AP) — Neymar’s ban from the Champions League for insulting match officials on social media was cut Tuesday to two group games.The Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the three-match suspension to the UEFA-stipulated minimum of two games for abusive language to a referee or assistant.The ruling clears Neymar to play for Paris Saint-Germain at Club Brugge on Oct. 22.Neymar remains banned for PSG’s match against Real Madrid on Wednesday, and from playing at Galatasaray in two weeks.UEFA found the Brazil striker guilty of abuse in Instagram comments posted after PSG was eliminated by Manchester United in the last 16 in March. Neymar, who was injured and did not play, published profane comments about video review officials after United got a decisive stoppage-time penalty.The two-game ban is in the middle range of previous sanctions when UEFA prosecuted players for social media posts.In 2015, another PSG player was banned for three games for offensive comments about a referee after a Champions League game he sat out while injured. Serge Aurier, who now plays for Tottenham, had posted a video on Facebook that provoked UEFA to act.Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren was banned in January for one European Championship qualifying game for making filmed comments that mocked Spain and suggested he deliberately elbowed Sergio Ramos in a Nations League game. PARIS (AP) — France’s Women’s World Cup hopes wilted in the heat, stifled by a relentless United States team more suited to big-game pressure.Les Bleues were second best most of Friday night, losing their quarterfinal 2-1 , and only creating genuine pressure after scoring late.Wendie Renard’s powerful header in the 81st minutes raised hopes among the Tricolor-waving fans at baking-hot Parc des Princes in Paris.It was too little, too late [url=][/url] , and the defending champion Americans are now two wins away from a fourth World Cup title.France’s women have never even reached a final.Hopes were high for a first major trophy, but two goals from Megan Rapinoe handed France a brutal reality check.France was found wanting against the U.S., which played with more physicality and had far greater composure.Still, captain Amandine Henry thinks the French might have achieved another victory.“Although we didn’t win the Cup, I hope we won the hearts of the French,” she said. “It’s a big step forward for French women’s football.”France’s tournament started and ended at the same stadium, the 4-0 opening-game win against South Korea raising expectations.The scrappy 1-0 win against Nigeria on June 17 — secured with a re-taken penalty from Renard awarded following a debatable video review — made it 3-0 in the group stage but also exposed fragile nerves.The U.S. took full advantage, scoring after just five minutes.Forward Eugenie Le Sommer, a key player on Lyon’s dominant team, gave a clear indication of where France is still lacking.“We can see that other countries are ahead of us and we need to catch up. I’m even thinking of Spain, which invests a lot. We can’t miss the train [url=]Emily Sonnett Jersey[/url] ,” Le Sommer said. “I think we achieved something and I’m proud to have shown France that football can also be played by women, and that’s a first victory. I think it will help for the future, but I can’t guarantee it. To have won over the public is a good thing, but we shouldn’t just be satisfied with that.”Le Sommer challenged the French Football Federation and the French league not to waste the momentum generated by France’s increasingly popular national team.“The Federation wants to put things into place, which is good, and generating all of this enthusiasm I think will help toward that. There are many things to do and we can’t let ourselves get overtaken by other countries,” she said. “We must continue to progress, to become professionals, because other countries do that and maybe it’s why they’re ahead of us.”Rapinoe’s second goal should also open France’s eyes to what the highest level is really all about.“They were very efficient with the few chances they had, and for us it was the opposite,” Le Sommer said. “We weren’t far off [url=]Sam Mewis Jersey[/url] , we caused them problems but it’s not enough. Unfortunately, in competitions they’re always ahead of us and always beat us.”France immediately looked to attack down the flanks, particularly down the left through the speedy Amel Majri, but was caught by a classic sucker-punch counterattack. It drew a foul leading to Rapinoe’s first goal, direct from a free kick.“We lost concentration for a moment in the first half and paid for it in full,” Henry said. “It comes down to the small details. You have to concentrate from the beginning.”Henry felt the French attacks were not strong enough to unsettle a well-organized U.S. defensive line.“We had good spells in the first half but in the last 20 minutes we failed, we couldn’t create enough,” she said. “We were turning around in circles.”France coach Corinne Diacre had targeted reaching the final as a minimum requirement , and she called the defeat “a failure on a footballing level.”

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