Strasbourg, who were playing in the fifth tier of French football just six years ago, became the first team to defeat PSG in Ligue 1 this season as they beat Unai Emery’s side at La Meinau in front of over 25,000 spectators.
Goals for Nuno da Costa and Stephane Bahoken on either side of Kylian Mbappe’s goal for Paris SG, sealed this stunning triumph for last season’s Ligue 2 champions
Despite the defeat, PSG are nine points clear at the top of Ligue 1 after 16 games, with the troika of Monaco, Lyon and Marseille all tied on 32 points. Continue reading
France have been given a relatively kind draw for the 2018 World Cup, with Les Bleus drawn in Group C alongside Australia, Peru and Denmark.
Both Australia and Peru qualified for the World Cup via the intercontinental playoffs, with the Socceroos eliminating Honduras and Peru getting the better of New Zealand.
Denmark were in the same group as the French when Les Bleus last lifted the crown (back in 1998) 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.
Fantastic finish here from Toulouse FC forward Ola Toivonen for Sweden against Luxembourg. Toivonen’s goal against Luxembourg was Sweden’s eighth in the game, and their biggest World Cup qualifying win since a 7-0 triumph over Malta several years ago. Continue reading
Les Bleus are assured of atleast a playoff spot and can seal automatic qualification on the final match day after they beat Bulgaria away from home in the penultimate round. Blaise Matuidi’s early strike was enough for Dider Deschamps’ side to see off the Bulgarians, who, as old timers will remember, caused a major upset by ensuring France missed out on the 1994 World Cup. Continue reading
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