French paper L’Equipe went for a pun headline for today in the form of “Victoire Hugo”. Literally translating to “Victory Hugo”- a tribute to Hugo Lloris as his penalty save helped his Tottenham Hotspur side upset Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League tie. French and Spurs skipper Lloris denied Sergio Aguero from the spot on 13 minutes- a key moment in the fixture as Heung-min Son’s 78th minute winner saw the home side emerge winners. Victor Hugo is of course the well known French novelist (Les Miserables and the Hunchback of Notre Dame, amongst others)
Lloris was also the highest rated player from either side in the French media’s ratings- getting a 8/10. It’s essentially him and goal scorer Heung-Min Son (with a 7) that push Spurs up. Continue reading
Ligue 1 this weekend produced 28 goals in 10 games. None of them went goalless and only one of the fixtures saw the visiting team triumph. Three fixtures saw stoppage time equalisers, which meant there was plenty of drama in the French top flight in Game Week 31.
Ligue 1 weekend results
Bordeaux 2-0 Marseille
Lyon 1-3 Dijon
Amiens 2-2 Saint Etienne
Angers 3-3 Rennes
EAG 1-1 Monaco
Nimes 2-0 Caen
Reims 1-1 Lille
Toulouse 1-0 Nantes
Nice 1-0 Montpellier
PSG 2-2 Strasbourg
Team of the week: Runarsson (Dijon); Chafik (Dijon), Engels (Reims), Dante (Nice), Maouassa (Nimes), Reine-Adelaide (Angers), Balmont (Dijon), Said (Dijon), Ben Arfa (Rennes), De Preville (Bordeaux), Konate (Amiens)
Major games and their talking points
Lyon 1-3 Dijon: Dijon dominate this weekend’s Team of the Round, and for good reason. The relegation threatened outfit picked up a stunning win at the Groupama Stadium against Lyon, hurting the latter’s chances of picking up an automatic spot in the group stages of next season’s Champions League. Continue reading
There wasn’t much to separate between Toulouse and Paris Saint-Germain in this fixture, but the league leaders emerged victorious thanks to Kylian Mbappe’s strike. Mbappe got a 7 from the French media for his work during the game as did defender Marquinhos, who had a goal disallowed.
There were several Paris SG players below par- Choupo-Moting, Paredes and Nkunku to name a few.
The average rating for both sides tells a story in its own- TFC as a team got 5, while Paris Saint Germain got a 5.3. Not much to differentiate between the two teams, but in top league footy, the margins are small.
Ligue 1’s first game after the international break saw Lyon travel to Roazhon Park to take on Rennes. Bruno Genesio’s men edged the clash 1-0 thanks to a 86th minute goal from Martin Ferrier, who had come on as a second half sub for Moussa Dembele.
Several players didn’t rise up to the level you’d have expected them- Nabil Fekir got a 3, while Ismaila Sarr was only able to get a 4. The other big players in OL’s lineup didn’t fare well either- Depay and N’Dombele both got 4’s, while Dembele was given a 3.
The result means that OL have now moved within a point for second placed Lille, although LOSC do have a game in hand.
Lyon and Rennes will again do battle a few days later in the French Cup at the Groupama Stadium.
Here is a look at the ratings for the game, courtesy the French media.