Rolando Ballon D’Or- Newspaper headline celebrates Portuguese centreback’s goal

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Marseille’s French centre half Rolando scored a crucial extra time goal to stave off a brave comeback from Austrian side FC Salzburg and send L’OM into a final meeting against Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.

Check out L’Equipe’s headline for the goal- Rolando Ballon D’Or!

Rolando Ballon D'Or Heading 2018

The goal was perhaps a tad controversial, with Salzburg claiming Continue reading

Hatem Ben Arfa confirms PSG exit 2018- HBA to leave Paris SG

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Hatem Ben Arfa has confirmed that he will be leaving French giants Paris Saint-Germain this summer. The forward, who moved to Paris after a great season with Nice in 2015/16, has fallen out of favour at Parc des Princes and has not even made a single appearance in the current 2017/18 season, seemingly frozen out by Unai Emery. HBA’s last PSG appearance was in the Cup almost a year back (against Avranches)

Ben Arfa confirmed his departure via Instagram

Ben Arfa PSG Leaving

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PSG vs Marseille player ratings | Neymar injury overshadows Paris win Plus Goku!

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Marseille were unable to upset Paris Saint-Germain in the Classique at Parc des Princes, with individual errors not helping L’OM’s cause at all. PSG won 3-0 but it came at a cost, with Neymar injured and stretchered off in the second half. The game was done and dusted by then, so did Unai Emery miss a trick by not getting his most valuable player off the pitch? Especially with the second leg against Real Madrid just a week away?

Injury reports have confirmed that Neymar will miss the second leg against Real, which will bring down PSG’s chances of making it through to the last eight even more.

Here are the player ratings from the game- Lo Celso got a 5, but pretty much everyone else in the PSG starting XI got 6 or 7. Marseille’s worst player on the pitch was Rolando, who got just 2 while their best was young Anguissa, who was given a 6. Continue reading

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

Caen 2-2 Rennes 2018- Game officiated by a Swiss referee

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Caen vs Rennes over the weekend was a special game in the French top flight, with the fixture at Stade Michel d’Ornano being refereed by Switzerland’s Sandro Scharer and his assistants Bekim Zogaj and Stephane de Almeida. Former West Ham player Diafra Sakho netted twice for Rennes, but Caen took a point thanks to Damian da Silva’s late equaliser.

However results elsewhere saw Caen drop from 11th to 12th, while Rennes rose a spot up to 7th. Caen also missed two penalties- one from Rony Rodelin (25) and the second from Stef Peeters (81) Continue reading

Coupe de France Round of 16- Marseille, PSG and Lyon in action

After an exciting weekend of league footy, the likes of Marseille, Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Lyonnais will all be seen in action in the French Cup as the tournament enters the Round of 16 stage.

First up on Tuesday evening is a clash between AJ Auxerre, the club that played a pivotal role in the growth of Eric Cantona, Laurent Blanc, Philippe Mexes, Djibril Cisse and co, and third tier Les Herbiers VF. Continue reading