Twin disappointments for French clubs in Europe as Monaco and Lyon lose

Twin disappointments for the last two remaining French clubs in European competition as AS Monaco and Olympique Lyonnais lost the first leg of their respective competition’s semi-finals. Monaco went down 2-0 at home to Italian champions Juventus, with Gonzalo Higuain doing the damage for the visitors.

Lyon’s chances of making it to their first ever European final also look slim after a 4-1 loss to Ajax Amsterdam. Mathieu Valbuena’s away goal gives them a glimmer of hope, but few would bet against Ajax reaching their first final since 1996 at Parc Olympique Lyonnais next week. Continue reading

Lyon vs Besiktas and Monaco vs Dortmund in continental last eight ties

Ligue 1’s last two teams left in Europe, AS Monaco and Olympique Lyonnais, will do battle against Besiktas JK and Borussia Dortmund in their respective continental quarterfinals.

Monaco, who were surprise quarterfinalists in the Champions League after eliminating Pep Guardiola’s Man City on the away goals rule, have drawn Dortmund- a side ASM will fancy their chances of beating, in comparison to say, Bayern, Barca or Real Madrid.

Lyon’s prize for eliminating AS Roma in the Europa League Round of 16 is a tie against Besiktas.

France had PSG as a representative in the Champions League, but they bowed out following a stunning loss at the Nou Camp after having won the first leg 4-0.

Lacazette hints at summer exit

Olympique Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has hinted that he could leave Les Gones in the summer. In an interview, Lacazette said that the summer would be ideal for a “change of scenery” and to “discover something else”

Lacazette’s OL contract is till 2019 but that has not stopped the 25 year old from being linked to Barca, where his former teammate Samuel Umtiti now plays, and Arsenal, amongst others clubs.

Lyon have struggled this season and are 13 points behind leaders Nice and ten behind third place Nice. They lost 2-0 to Saint-Etienne over the weekend and have lost four of their last five games in all competitions.

Nantes 0-6 Lyon- OL bounce back from Paris loss

OL took out their disappointment at losing at home to PSG on Nantes, scoring six past the struggling Canaries at Stade de la Beaujoire. 18964 in attendance for this Nantes v Lyon Ligue 1 clash on 30 November, 2016. Tolisso, Lacazette (p), Gonalons, Valbuena, Diakhaby and Fekir on target for OL- six different scorers for the visitors Continue reading