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

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

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