Europa Euround-up: Guingamp Go Out, Kiev Carry On

Europa Euround-up: Guingamp Go Out, Kiev Carry On

When Guingamp could only manage a slender 2-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of this tie, there were concerns that that would not be enough to progress against the team top of the Ukrainian league, who had a precious away goal, and had displayed great defensive fortitude playing over half the match with nine men. So it proved. Kiev won 3-1 to go through 4-3 on aggregate. The hosts were missing some key…

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Europa League – Guingamp go to Kiev

Europa League – Guingamp go to Kiev

After last week’s chaotic 2-1 win over 9-man Dynamo Kiev at the Roudourou, Guingamp have no key injuries as they travel for the second leg. Jocelyn Gourvennec put the weekend’s defeat at home to Montpellier down to tiredness, but stressed that his team has now recovered and is in good shape for the match in Kiev. The squad: Lössl, Samassa, Guichard – Jacobsen, Baca, Angoua, Kerbrat, Sorbon, Dos Santos, Lévêque – Pied, Diallo, Mathis, Cardy, Sankharé,…

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Le Grand Choc Féminin : PSG v OL

Le Grand Choc Féminin : PSG v OL

Tonight sees a match that could decide the Division 1 title and see it go somewhere other than Lyon for the first time since… (reaches for archive folder) 2006 when Juvisy took the honours. PSG welcome OL to Charlety and the situation could not be closer. PSG currently top the table with 73 points, but given their continuing involvement in the WCL, are actually ahead of schedule, having played 19 games – two more than Lyon…

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Europa Euround-up – Guingamp 2 – 1 Dynamo Kiev

Europa Euround-up – Guingamp 2 – 1 Dynamo Kiev

French representation in the Europa League now rests with Guingamp, and they faced tricky opposition on Thursday night in the form of Ukrainian league leaders Dynamo Kiev, who topped their group over Aalborg, Steaua Bucharest and Rio Ave. It was a chaotic game which saw an early injury, three goals, two red cards, a lot of needle, and possibly record-breaking crossing stats. Things were shaping up not to be Kiev’s night when Jeremain Lens took a…

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Debut Goal for Lucas Ocampos Marseille’s Last Gasp Transfer

Debut Goal for Lucas Ocampos Marseille’s Last Gasp Transfer

One of the most interesting moves of the January transfer window was the loan of Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos from Monaco to Marseille – particularly when it looked like it might not happen. How ironic that he would go on to save Marseille’s blushes this weekend. With the clubs in agreement, somebody pointed out that Monaco had made too many loans already. According to LFP Regulations (article 266), teams can only have seven players out on…

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Mercato: Danic left Lyon, Lacazette didn’t, Liverpool sad.

Mercato: Danic left Lyon, Lacazette didn’t, Liverpool sad.

So, not a great deal happened in headline terms, apart from the intriguing possibility of Hatem Ben Arfa playing in the Arctic circle and Doria eventually getting to play some actual top-tier football (to clarify – Doria unlikely to play some actual top-tier football). But there has been a lot of movement in and around the Ligue, and it’s worth taking a moment to look at how that pans out on a club-by-club basis. Bastia…

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AS Monaco v SC Bastia: Coupe de la Ligue Preview

AS Monaco v SC Bastia: Coupe de la Ligue Preview

On Wednesday night, Bastia travel to the principality of Monaco to take on Leandro Jardim’s side for a place in the Coupe de la Ligue final. After the first few months of the season, this competition may have been seen as the only way either side would qualify for European competition. Monaco have finally got their act together under Jardim and now they must start favourites to finish in the top 4, but also get…

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Lille OSC v Paris Saint-Germain: Coupe de la Ligue Preview

Lille OSC v Paris Saint-Germain: Coupe de la Ligue Preview

Into the closing stages of the most involved route into Europe possible, and a set of fixtures that look likely to pit France’s two Champions League teams against each other in the final. First up on Tuesday is Lille vs Paris Saint-German at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. Last Round Round-Up In the second quarter-final PSG beat Saint-Etienne 1-0 at the Geoffroy-Guichard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic with the goal. Saint-Etienne made some good chances but put most of them…

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