For the first time in their history, Manchester United lost a European knockout tie at Old Trafford by more than a goal after Paris SG emerged 2-0 winners at the Theatre of Dreams in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie. Despite missing key players like Neymar and Edinson Cavani, Thomas Tuchel’s side were too good for the Red Devils as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffered his first defeat as MUFC manager.
French newspaper L’Equipe wasn’t too kind to the Red Devils, with around half their squad polling a 3/10 (Pogba, Lindelof, Matic, Herrera and Lingard), indicating that the home side’s midfield failed to execute their plans. The highest ranked United player was skipper and right back Ashley Young, who got a 6. No PSG player got below six, and Thiago Silva and Angel di Maria both got 8’s.
OGS himself got a 4/10 manager rating, while his opposite number Tuchel was awarded a 7/10 for masterminding a famous PSG win.
Angers’ reward for beating Strasbourg 2-1 away from home has seen them bag the most number of players in Ligue 1’s Team of the Round for Game Week 24. Defender Abdoulaye Bamba, midfielder Cheikh N’Doye and striker Wilfried Kanga are the three in the XI, meaning that the club are represented in all three positions on the pitch.
Kanga, who scored a brace, was one of the two players in this XI to receive an 8 or above rating, the other being Nice goalkeeper Walter Benitez. OGCN stunned Olympique Lyonnais 1-0 in their weekend fixture.
All three Angers players are featuring in the TOTW for the first time. The only two players in this XI to have secured previous Team of the Week nominations are Benitez and PSG’s Thiago Silva.
Ligue 1 Team of the Week: Benitez (Nice); Thiago Silva (PSG), Bamba (Angers), Kamara (Marseille), H.Kamara (Reims); Martins (Monaco), Ferri (Nimes), N’Doye (Angers), Hunou (Rennes); Leao (Lille), Kanga (Angers)
Ligue 1 results over the weekend
Dijon 1-2 Marseille
PSG 1-0 Bordeaux
Amiens 1-0 Caen (Referee and Manager of the Week came from this game)
Strasbourg 1-2 Angers
Montpellier 2-2 Monaco
Nantes 2-4 Nimes
Toulouse 1-1 Reims
Guingamp 0-2 Lille
Reims 3-0 Saint Etienne
Nice 1-0 Lyon
Paris Saint-Germain needed extra time to beat third tier Villefranche in their CdF tie. Thomas Tuchel’s men had goals scored from Julian Draxler, Moussa Diaby and Edinson Cavani to see off their opponents in front of a 22,858 strong crowd.
PSG will now face Dijon, who ended the dreams of fourth tier Iris Club de Croix in their Ro16 tie.
There were three all Ligue 1 ties- Guingamp v Lyon, Nantes v Toulouse and Rennes v Lille. The first went in favour of OL while the second and the third were won by the respective home sides.
CdF Round of 16 results
Guingamp 1-2 Lyon
Bastia 2-2 Caen (Caen win 5-3 on penalties)
Iris Club de Croix 0-3 Dijon
Metz 0-1 Orleans
Villefrance 0-3 PSG
Nantes 2-0 Toulouse
Vitre 3-2 Lyon Douchere
Rennes 2-1 Lille
Vitre v Nantes
PSG v Dijon
Rennes v Orleans
Lyon v Caen
Olympique Marseille claimed their first Ligue 1 home win of the New Year as they edged Bordeaux 1-0. The game was played behind closed doors, with OM victorious thanks to Boubacar Kamara’s 42nd minute strike.
Victory for Bordeaux could’ve seen them draw level on points with Marseille, but they were always going to find things tough at the Velodrome after having Salomon Kalou sent off midway through the first half.
The win lifts Rudi Garcia’s Marseille to 7th in the league table, just three points off fourth placed Saint-Etienne. As for Bordeaux, it was their third straight defeat in the space of 10 days, having lost twice to Strasbourg (once in the league, once in the Cup) prior to this clash.
The win was Marseille’s first league victory at home since early November, when they beat Dijon 2-0.
OM’s next game is at home to Amiens, while Bordeaux have a tough away clash at the Parc des Princes against Paris Saint-Germain.