Marseille to face Leipzig in Europa League quarter final

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France’s solitary representative left in European competition, Olympique Marseille, will face German outfit Leipzig in the quarterfinals of the Europa League. The eight teams left in the EL are all from different nations. RBL beat Zenit 3-2 on aggregate while Marseille won the “Bielsa derby” against Athletic Club 5-2 over two legs.

Russian outfit CSKA Moscow, who knocked Olympique Lyonnais out in the Round of 16 on the away goals rule, have been drawn against Arsenal.

Atletico v Sporting and Lazio v Salzburg are the other two QF match ups.

The ties will be held on 5 April and 12th April with the first leg to be played in Germany and the return one a week later at the Velodrome

EL QF Draw Result 2017 2018

Marseille to meet Bilbao in “Bielsa Derby”, Lyon take on CSKA Moscow- EL Round of 16

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Marseille and Lyon were the only two French teams left in the Round of 16 of the Europa League following the elimination of OGC Nice at the hands of Lokomotiv Moscow. The draw was made today, and OM will face Bilbao in the “Bielsa Derby”, while Lyon, the only team to make it to the Round of 16 in the 2016/17 as well the 2017/18 seasons, have been drawn against CSKA Moscow who are one of three Russian clubs left in the competition.

The other two Russian clubs have been given tough draws, with Lokomotiv Moscow against Atleti and Zenit St Petersburg taking on Napoli’s conquerors RB Leipzig. Continue reading

Player Ratings- Lo Celso flops, Emery tactics backfire

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Paris Saint-Germain were beaten 3-1 at the Bernabeu by Real Madrid and the visitors’ Spanish coach, Unai Emery, came copped a fair bit of criticism for his tactics. Emery opted to start with rising star Giovani Lo Celso in midfield against Los Blancos, and the Argentine had one of his poorest games in a Paris jersey. Emery also chose to bench captain Thiago Silva and go with young Kimpembe to partner Marquinhos in the heart of defence.

Emery’s tactics of adding an extra defender towards the end in Thomas Meunier backfired as Zidane sent on attacking substitutes and turned the game on its head in the last ten minutes, with two crucial goals giving Real the advantage in this two legged clash Continue reading

Europa League Round of 32 Draw | Opponents for French sides Lyon, Nice and Marseille revealed

Here are the opponents for French sides Lyon, Nice and Marseille from today’s Europa League Round of 32 draw.

There were three French teams in the group stages of the Europa League and all three qualified for the Round of 32 as runners up- Lyon behind Atalanta, Nice behind Lazio and Marseille behind Red Bull Salzburg.

There could have been a fourth Ligue 1 representative in the Round of 32 had Monaco atleast managed to finish third in their Champions League group, but the principality outfit finished last and bowed out of Europe altogether. Continue reading

Real Madrid vs PSG- Paris to face defending champions in Round of 16

Paris Saint-Germain’s “reward” for topping their Champions League group is a clash against mighty Real Madrid in the Round of 16. The Parisians faced Barcelona in the Round of 16 last season- an epic two legged clash which saw the Catalans overturn a 4-0 lead from the first leg, and will now square off against the defending champions this season. Continue reading

PSG’s unbeaten run in Europe broken by Bayern as Tolisso stars

French youngster Corentin Tolisso scored twice as Bayern Munich handed Paris Saint-Germain their first defeat in the Champions League this year with a 3-1 triumph at the Allianz Arena.

PSG had won all five of their CL group fixtures and had conceded only once going into this fixture, but went down 3-1 to suffer their second straight loss in all competitions, having been upset by Strasbourg over the weekend.

PSG had beaten Bayern 3-0 earlier in this competition, a result that saw the Bavarians sack Carlo Ancelotti. His replacement Jupp Heynckes has masterminded a revival of sorts in recent weeks, with Bayern re-establishing their Bundesliga dominance.

However the 3-1 was not enough for Bayern to leapfrog the Parisians, who finished as Group winners. Bayern finished second in their group, which means they could face tougher opponents in the Round of 16 Continue reading