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
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.
Two Ligue 1 based players have been named in Gazzetta’s European Team of the Week for games played in the first week of February.
Reims goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and Lille forward Nicolas Pepe, who has often been linked with a move to Europe’s biggies, are the two French based players in the XI. Interestingly enough, Mendy did not find a spot in local paper L’Equipe’s team of the week, with Lyon’s Anthony Lopes named ahead of him.
The team, which excludes Serie A players, also has three Bundesliga representatives (Orban, Brandt, Finnbogason), three from the Premier League (Dendoncker, Hazard and Aguero), two from Spain (Pulido and Canales) and one from the Eredivisie (Luuk de Jong)
Three Olympique Lyon players have been named in Ligue 1’s team of the week. OL beat Paris SG 2-1 over the weekend, handing the latter their first ever league defeat of the 2018/19 season, and that fine result has seen goalkeeper Anthony Lopes and forward Moussa Dembele being named by L’Equipe in their XI for this game week. OL coach Bruno Genesio was also chosen as the paper’s Manager of the Week.
Cesc Fabregas scored his first goal for Monaco over the weekend, thus helping ASM win at Stade Louis II for the first time in Ligue 1 this season. It’s earned Fabregas a TOTW nomination along with club mate Alexandre Golovine.
PSG normally dominate the list, but don’t have a single representative this week.
The most number of players come from Lille, who beat Nice 4-0. Goal scorers Nicolas Pepe and Jonathan Bamba find a mention, as does left back Youssuf Kone. Reims’ stunning 2-1 win over Marseille sees them have representatives in the form of central defender Yunis Abdelhamid and attacker Tristan Dingome.
Ligue 1 Team of the Week: Lopes (Lyon); Zeffane (Rennes), Hilton (Montpellier), Abdelhamid (Reims), Kone (Lille); Pepe (Lille), Golovine and Fabregas (both Monaco), Dingome (Reims), Bamba (Lille), Dembele (Lyon) Continue reading