The last French side left in European competition, Bruno Genesio’s Lyon, bowed out it last night despite beating Ajax 3-1. OL were facing a mountain after being beaten 4-1 in Amsterdam last week, and things got worse for Les Gones when teenager Kasper Dolberg put Ajax ahead.
However Alexandre Lacazette bagged a pair before half time to put them back into the contest and Ghezzal’s second half effort forced a nervy ending, with Ajax also reduced to ten men following Nick Viergever’s dismissal. However the Dutch side just about held on to seal their first European final since 1996.
Could this have been a final for OL instead if Lacazette had been fit for the first leg? Perhaps yes, given that injury allowed him to play only fifteen minutes at the Amsterdam Arena. The striker himself admitted that it could have been a different ball game if he had been fit, and added that his side had their chances, but didn’t take them, and needed to be more clinical. Continue reading
New kit season is approaching season and while France’s top flight has just had one set of kits released (courtesy Angers SCO and Kappa), more are set to be unveiled later this month, with Lyon and Marseille both expected to reveal theirs in the next week. Continue reading
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
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.
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.