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
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
Here are the opponents for French sides Lyon, Nice and Marseille from today’s Europa League Round of 32 draw.
There were three French teams in the group stages of the Europa League and all three qualified for the Round of 32 as runners up- Lyon behind Atalanta, Nice behind Lazio and Marseille behind Red Bull Salzburg.
There could have been a fourth Ligue 1 representative in the Round of 32 had Monaco atleast managed to finish third in their Champions League group, but the principality outfit finished last and bowed out of Europe altogether. Continue reading
Ligue 1 clubs Marseille and Monaco are said to be interested in taking Portuguese starlet Renato Sanches on loan next season. The Euro 2016 winner’s development at Bayern has stalled this season owing to limited opportunities under coach Carlo Ancelotti, who has mostly preferred to back experienced players, and a move to France could revitalise his career.
Champions League semifinalists Monaco, who are also likely to feature in the CL next season, with the 2016/17 Ligue 1 title all but in their grasp, would be an attractive destination for Sanches, who would’ve been greatly encouraged by seeing the way Anthony Martial and Kylian Mbappe were developed by ASM. Continue reading