Payet Masterclass Leads Marseille to Lille Victory #FFWTOTW

Payet Masterclass Leads Marseille to Lille Victory #FFWTOTW

37 down, 1 to go. And at the end of the penultimate week, almost all outstanding issues look like having been resolved a week early. After a 2-1 win at Montpellier, PSG have sealed their third straight Ligue 1 title. The reigning champions had all but mathematically sewn it up in any case, but those three points, allied to Lyon’s 1-1 draw at home to Bordeaux, sealed the deal. At the bottom of the table, Evian’s…

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Liverpool Flop N’Gog Guides Reims Towards Safety #FFWTOTW

Liverpool Flop N’Gog Guides Reims Towards Safety #FFWTOTW

As Flight of the Conchords would say, it’s Business Time! In the antepenultimate weekend of the season, every match seemed to have something major at stake. Some teams responded well to the challenge, some less so, leading to some great entertainment, lots of goals – and actually a lot of issues seemingly decided earlier than expected. One of the big two matches of the weekend was the basement clash between Evian and Reims, which may…

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Sofiane Boufal: King of the Nord #FFWTOTW

Sofiane Boufal: King of the Nord #FFWTOTW

We’re now into the final month of the season and things are becoming increasingly tense at both ends of the table, which perhaps explains the drop-off in goals from last week’s bonanza. The big match of the weekend was the first Derby du Nord to take place at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. Lille had been hoping to relegate their rivals but results elsewhere meant that Lens were already officially doomed before kick-off. Perhaps freed from…

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Javier Pastore Dazzles for PSG in the Parc #FFWTOTW

Javier Pastore Dazzles for PSG in the Parc #FFWTOTW

A goaltastic weekend, as things become increasingly interesting at both ends of the table. At the top end, Lille were the victims of PSG’s post-Barcelona-humiliation backlash, as the Parisians won 6-1. Lavezzi, who scored three, and Cavani, who notched a brace, have found their level, it seems. Lyon remain level on points with PSG after winning a relatively miserly six-goal match, overcoming Reims 4-2. A great first half followed by a relatively poor second from…

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Sofiane Boufal Boosts Lille’s European Bid #FFWTOTW

Sofiane Boufal Boosts Lille’s European Bid #FFWTOTW

Although at the end of this weekend Lyon sit at the top of the table, it actually feels a little like PSG are a tad closer to another title, after they were the only team in the top six to win. The Parisians, who have a game in hand at home to second-bottom Metz and so are nailed-on for the three points, are second only on goal difference after a relatively comfortable 3-1 win at Nice….

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The Melancholy of Yoann Gourcuff

The Melancholy of Yoann Gourcuff

Arguably the biggest Ligue 1 enigma of recent years is Yoann Gourcuff. Practically unplayable on his day, particularly in leading Bordeaux to the title in 2009, those days have been too few and far between during his time at Lyon. As recently as last month, matchdays 28 to 30 provided a resumé of Gourcuff’s whole Lyon career in microcosm: superb against Montpellier, laying on two great assists; missing from the squad to play Marseille with…

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Classy Zlatan Keeps Cup From Corsicans #FFWTOTW

Classy Zlatan Keeps Cup From Corsicans #FFWTOTW

The main match of the weekend was of course the Coupe de la Ligue final. A romantic, heart-rending match between those two terribly hard-done-by teams who have been so badly treated in recent weeks by the LFP (let’s not shed too many tears for PSG who, along with the equally indignant Marseille, are boycotting Canal + because of their broadcast of Zlatan’s and Payet’s rants, which resulted in four- and two-game bans respectively. The two…

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From West Ham Flop to Metz Maiga Messiah #FFWTOTW

From West Ham Flop to Metz Maiga Messiah #FFWTOTW

Ligue 1 returned from international break to another goal-fest, with 37 goals scored across the 10 matches, the highest total so far. Five of those goals were scored at the Vélodrome where, in front of a fantastic crowd, Marseille and PSG played out a classic Classique. Marseille led 2-1 into the break thanks to a Gignac double but PSG eventually prevailed, winning 3-2 to maintain their place at the top of the table and relegating…

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