Qualifying for Europe: French clubs set for play-off tests


Champions League Lille have a big task ahead of them as they prepare to meet Porto on Wednesday evening (19.45 / 20.45 CEST on Bein 1). Having beaten Grasshopper of Zurich, making less of an impact than at the recent World Cup, 2-0 (Sebastien Corchia 30′, Ryan Mendes 49′) in Zurich, they could only manage a 1-1 draw (Florent Balmont 19′, Abashi […]

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The six-way race for Europe is coming to the boil


With 11 rounds left to play until the curtain falls on the 2013-2014 season, the race for Le Championnat is pretty much over. Except for a major cataclysm at the Camp des Loges, Paris will secure back-to-back Ligue 1 victories, as AS Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri himself admitted before facing Paris in early February.  Eight points behind Laurent Blanc’s men, […]

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PSG v Anderlecht: Champions League Preview


Tuesday 19.45 GMT – PSG v Anderlecht (5-0 in previous meeting) PSG are top of Group C with three wins from three, most recently having turned Anderlecht over 0-5 in the ‘away leg’, with goals from Ibrahimovic, Ibrahimovic, Ibrahimovic, Cavani, and Ibrahimovic. L’Equipe went out on a limb and described the Belgian champions as «probablement trop timorés», and nearly ran out of room for all the […]

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Anderlecht v PSG: Champions League Preview


Anderlecht v PSG ce soir CET 20:45 The Parisians travel to Brussels to take on a Belgian side that they must fancy all three points against. Anderlecht have lost both their Champions League games so far and the 3-0 defeat to Olympiakos makes them favourites to finish bottom of the group. Many believe that PSG will be able to walk […]

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PSG v Benfica: Champions League Preview


Game 2: Parc des Princes KO 20:45 local time Game 1: Olympiakos 1 – 4 PSG; Benfica 2 – 0 Anderlecht Someone’s 100% record in the group stage is going to fall on Wednesday night. Paris Saint-Germain were able to rest players in their 2-0 win over Toulouse and will hope that gives them an edge against a vibrant and […]

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Dortmund v Marseille: Champions League Preview


Game 2: Signal Iduna Park (Westfalenstadion) – KO 20:45 local-time Game 1: Marseille 1 – 2 Arsenal; Napoli 2 – 1 Dortmund It doesn’t get much easier for Marseille in the Champions League after Arsenal came to town and crept past Elie Baup’s side. They now travel to face one of Europe’s best teams in one of the most daunting […]

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Week of two halves – PSG head past Olympiakos as Marseille frustrate against Arsenal

Motta v Olymp

The music! The banners! The waving of the logo over the centre circle! The vertigo-inducing final third camera angles at the Velodrome! Yes, the Champion’s League is back, people – we’ll ignore qualifying as Lyon will be featuring in the next round-up – and there have been 53 goals in the 16 games so far, that’s 3.3 per. Woof. Olympiakos […]

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