Monday, June 18, 2018

Ligue 1 Review: PSG held, Nantes continue Champions League charge

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 13 Feb 2016


Paris Saint-Germain warmed up for their crucial Champions League tie against Chelsea with a surprise 0-0 home draw against Lille in Ligue 1.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva were rested by coach Laurent Blanc and the Parc des Princes crowd did not see a goal, with Edinson Cavani missing the two best chances and Layvin Kurzawa having a header cleared off the line.

PSG have won 22 and drawn four of their 26 league fixtures this season and lead Monaco, who have a game in hand against Saint-Etienne on Sunday, by 25 points. 

Blanc’s side will now prepare for the home leg of their last-16 tie against Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, Nantes defeated rivals Lorient 2-1 at home to make it 12 games unbeaten and boost their hopes of a top-three finish.

Nantes went ahead early on when Adryan converted Alejandro Bedoya’s cut-back before Emiliano Sala’s thumping header doubled their lead before half-time.

Lorient got a goal back when Benjamin Moukandjo scored a penalty with 11 minutes left, but their hopes of a comeback were ended when Lamine Gassama was shown a straight red card for a foul on Guillaume Gillet with five minutes to play.

Michel Der Zakarian’s men now sit fifth, level on points with third-place Nice in the race for a Champions League spot.

Meanwhile, bottom-of-the-table Troyes won a 3-2 thriller at relegation rivals Gazelec Ajaccio.

Jacques Zoua had put the hosts ahead, but Troyes took control by half-time thanks to a Chaouki Ben Saada equaliser and Karim Azamoum’s double, with Roderic Filippi’s second-half strike failing to spark a Gazelec comeback.

Troyes are still a massive 13 points behind 18th-placed Gazelec and 15 adrift of safety despite the win, which is just their second of the campaign.

Another relegation dogfight saw Montpellier beat Toulouse 2-0 at home thanks to a goal in each half from Mustapha Yatabare and Souleymane Camara.

Bordeaux won an entertaining encounter 4-2 at Guingamp. The visitors had led by two goals after strikes from Adam Ounas and Diego Rolan, but were pegged back by Thibault Giresse’s free-kick and Marcus Coco’s impressive strike.

Willy Sagnol’s men pulled through to claim just their second away win of the season after Clement Chantome’s close-range goal and Cheick Diabate’s header.

In the day’s other game, Bastia won 1-0 at Reims to record a first away win this season after Hamari Traore’s own goal early in the second half proved decisive.


SoccerNews is news blog for soccer with comprehensive coverage of all the major leagues in Europe, as well as MLS in the United States. In addition we offer breaking news for transfers and transfer rumors, ticket sales, betting tips and offers, match previews, and in-depth editorials.

You can follow us on Facebook: or Twitter: @soccernewsfeed.



Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of
More More