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
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
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
Paris Saint-Germain have booked their spot in the Round of 16 of the Champions League, with a 5-0 win at home over Anderlecht sealing qualification for Unai Emery’s side after Match Day 4.
Paris’ win, along with Bayern’s triumph away at Celtic, means that the duo cannot be caught by either the Hoops or RSCA.
Paris have won all four of their CL games so far- they’ve scored more goals than any other side in the group stages and are also the only team not to have conceded a goal.
The winner of Group A will in all probably be decided in early December, when the Parisians host Jupp Heynckes’ Bayern on Match Day 6. The Bavarians were coached by Carlo Ancelotti when they lost 3-0 at the Allianz Arena in September, but have turned a corner since Heynckes came on board, and are now looking more like their former unbeatable selves.
Prior to this game Arjen Robben had taunted PSG saying that “Money doesn’t buy goals”. Unfortunately for the Dutch winger, it did, and with Bayern suffering a chastening defeat at Parc des Princes, Robben offered no comment when asked by a reporter post-match whether the side was fully behind coach Carlo Ancelotti, indicating that there may be divisions at the Allianz Arena.
Two Brazilians were on target for Paris Saint-Germain in the form of Dani Alves and Neymar, with Edinson Cavani’s goal sandwiched between the two.
The result indicates that PSG are favourites to top this group, with a second place finish for Bayern meaning tougher opponents for the Bavarians in the round of 16.
PSG are now only one of three teams not to concede a goal in the group stages (Barca and Man City are the other two), and also look to be France’s only major contenders in the Champions League, with Monaco struggling badly in their group. Continue reading
French champions AS Monaco remain winless in the Champions League this season after FC Porto pulled off a stunning 3-0 win at Stade Louis II. Porto had been beaten at home by Besiktas on MD1, so few expected the Portuguese giants to grab three points against the French champions. But win they did, and by the same margin by which they had beaten Monaco when the two sides met in the Champions League final back in 2004.
Vincent Aboubakar was the star for FCP, scoring twice before Miguel Layun’s last minute effort added icing on the cake Continue reading