Could Anthony Martial leave Manchester United this summer? Rumours surrounding the French winger’s future have again started surfacing after he was one of the United players criticised by manager Jose Mourinho after their 1-0 loss to Brighton at the Amex- the first time that the Red Devils have lost away to all three promoted teams in the same season since the PL began.
Mourinho gave starts to both Martial and Marcus Rashford, but was left less than impressed with what he say. The Portuguese gaffer didn’t name Martial directly, but the comments below clearly refer to the former Monaco star.
“For many months you are always asking me why this player doesn’t play, why that player doesn’t play, why this player is on the bench, why always Lukaku?”
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!
The goal was perhaps a tad controversial, with Salzburg claiming Continue reading
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
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France bounced back from Friday’s surprise loss to Colombia as they beat World Cup hosts Russia 3-1 in Saint Petersburg.
Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps rang in the changes, with seven new players introduced into the starting XI and the trio of Anthony Martial, Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe starting together. Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, recalled from the bench, set up Mbappe for the first on 40 minutes. He was again on hand to make it 2-0 shortly after half time, curling in a wonderful free kick.
Colombia registered their first ever win over France as Didier Deschamps’ side squandered a two goal lead to lose in a five goal thriller. A beautiful passing move resulting in a goal for Olivier Giroud, and another for Liverpool and United target Thomas Lemar had put Les Bleus 2-0 ahead, but they were stunned by a fantastic fightback from Los Cafetaros, who drew level thanks to goals from Muriel and Falcao and then won it at the end through Quintero’s penalty after a foul from Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti
Colombia’s win over France was another example of South American teams beating European opposition in their respective friendlies, with Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Peru also winning in this round.
France XI: Lloris; Sidibe, Varane, Umtiti, Digne Mbappe, Kante, Matuidi, Lemar; Griezmann, Giroud Continue reading
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