Monaco sign Soualiho Meite from Lille


Monaco have announced the signing of midfielder Soualiho Meite from Ligue 1 rivals Lille.

The 23-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Belgian club Zulte Waregem, has agreed a five-year deal starting on July 1.

Meite helped Zulte Waregem lift the Belgian Cup at the end of the campaign and is looking forward to the prospect of playing for the defending French champions.
He told Monaco’s website: “It’s an honour to sign for this great club. There are very good working facilities here.

“I followed the team’s results last year. The team has solidarity, technique and lots of pace.

“I can’t wait to start training, learning and developing under coach Leonardo Jardim’s orders. I’ll be doing my best to show the club management that they were right to give me my chance.”

Former Leicester City coach Claudio Ranieri  appointed manager of French club Nantes

Former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has agreed a two-year deal to manage Ligue 1 side Nantes.

The Italian, who led the Foxes to the Premier League title in 2016, has been without a club since being sacked by the Foxes in February.

“FC Nantes is pleased to announce the arrival of Claudio Ranieri at the head of his professional group,” a statement on theclub’s official websitesaid.

Ranieri had to be granted approval from the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) to manage Nantes due to him being at the 65-year age limit.

The much-travelled coach lists Monaco, Juventus and Chelsea among his former clubs and replaces Sergio Conceicao, who recently took charge at Porto.
“At 65 years old, the former defender has a very good experience as a coach – and an impressive record – at the highest level,” the statement added.
Nantes, who have won the French title eight times, finished seventh in Ligue 1 last season.

Coupe de France Final – Issa Cissokho’s late own goal gift PSG victory in French Cup final 

​Angers 0 – 1 Paris Saint Germain

PSG’s dominance in the domestic cup competitions continued on Saturday after they captured a record 11th French Cup title by beating Angers 1-0 thanks to an injury-time own goal.

 The capital side, who owed their victory to Issa Cissokho’s own goal a minute into added time in an otherwise dull final, claimed the title for the third year running and have now won 32 consecutive League Cup and French Cup games.

Their last defeat in a cup match came in the 2013/14 season when they were knocked out by Montpellier in the last 32 of the French Cup.

The result at the Stade de France should ease the pressure on coach Unai Emery after his side failed in the Champions League and lost their Ligue 1 title to Monaco, but they will end the season with two trophies, having beaten  Monaco 4-1in the French League Cup final in April.

PSG now own one more French Cup title than Marseille.

Cavani, who has scored 49 goals in all competitions this season, squandered a chance to match Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 2015/16 tally of 50 when he missed the target from close range.
The result earned Girondins de Bordeaux, who finished sixth in Ligue 1, a Europa League spot next season.

Ligue 1 results – Monaco end with win at Rennes; PSG held 

​Angers 2 – 0 Montpellier

Guingamp 1 – 0 Metz

Lille 3 – 0 Nantes

Lorient 1 – 1 Bordeaux

Lyon 3 – 3 Nice

Marseille 1 – 0 SC Bastia

Nancy 3 – 1 Saint-Etienne

Paris Saint Germain 1 – 1 Caen

Rennes 2 – 3 Monaco

Toulouse 0 – 0 Dijon

  • Rennes 2 – 3 Monaco

Champions Monaco wrapped up their Ligue 1 season with a 12th straight league victory to match Paris St-Germain’s record of 30 wins in a single season.

Monaco won 3-2 at ninth-placed Rennes as Fabinho, Jemerson and Jorge scored.

Two Adama Diakhaby goals were not enough to get Rennes back on level terms.

  • Lyon 3 – 3 Nice

Jean Michael Seri’s late penalty earned third-placed Nice a point at Lyon following a 3-3 draw.

Maxime Le Marchand’s own goal put Lyon ahead and Alexandre Lacazette scored twice, bringing up his century of goals for Lyon, but Nice equalised twice through Anastasios Donis and then a third time thanks to Seri.

  • Marseille 1 – 0 SC Bastia

Marseille took on Bastia knowing that victory would keep them ahead of Bordeaux in fifth place, while their visitors needed all three points to have a chance of survival.

Bafetimbi Gomis’ second-half strike was enough to earn OM a 1-0 win, relegating Bastia.

  • Lorient 1 – 1 Bordeaux

Bordeaux sixth after they drew 1-1 with Lorient in another game with ramifications at both ends of the table.

Younousse Sankhare’s early goal was cancelled out by Vincent Le Goff and Bordeaux must hope Paris Saint-Germain beat Angers in the Coupe de France final, which would mean the European berth passes to sixth place.

  • Paris Saint Germain 1 – 1 Caen

Le Goff’s goal had Lorient on course for survival until injury time at the Parc des Princes, when Ronny Rodelin scored to earn Caen a 1-1 draw after PSG had led through Adrien Rabiot.

Rodelin missed a penalty and Julien Feret’s goal was harshly disallowed but the former popped up in the first minute of stoppage time to keep his side up.

  • Toulouse 0 – 0 Dijon

Lorient will contest the relegation play-off, with Dijon also keeping themselves out of trouble by drawing 0-0 at Toulouse.

  • Nancy 3 – 1 Saint-Etienne

Bastia finished bottom after already-relegated Nancy beat St Etienne 3-1 with goals from Alexis Busin, Modou Diagne and Faitout Maouassa. Arnaud Nordin scored for St Etienne.

  • Lille 3 – 0 Nantes

Nantes held on to seventh place despite losing 3-0 at Lille. 

Nicolas De Preville’s hat trick, the third a penalty after Lucas Lima was sent off, left the outcome in no doubt but St Etienne and Rennes missed the chance to overtake Nantes.

  • Guingamp 1 – 0 Metz

Guingamp joined St Etienne and Rennes on 50 points as Mustapha Diallo’s goal gave them a 1-0 win over Metz.

  • ​Angers 2 – 0 Montpellier

Angers beat Montpellier2-0, with goals in the last 10 minutes from Jonathan Bamba and Flavien Tait.

Ligue 1 result – Mbappe and Germain on target as Monaco win first league title since 2000

​Monaco 2 – 0 Saint-Etienne

Kylian Mbappe fired Monaco on their way to wrapping up the Ligue 1 title as they secured a 2-0 win over St Etienne on Wednesday night.

Europe’s most exciting teenager grabbed his 15th league goal of a sensational season to help the principality club clinch the championship with a game to spare.

Valere Germain put the seal on the win with the last kick of the game to really get the party started.

The hosts kicked off knowing a point would be enough to win a first crown since 2000 and end Paris St Germain’s four-year domination, and Mbappe was a fitting hero as PSG were condemned to finish in second spot.

Yet St Etienne did not arrive in the principality simply to be party guests, and Monaco keeper Danijel Subasic had to keep out a dangerous early header from Alexander Soderlund.

Ligue 1 results – Monaco close to clinching title after thrashing Lille; PSG rout St Etienne; Nice unbeaten home record ended by Angers

​Bordeaux 1 – 1 Marseille

Caen 0 – 1 Rennes

Dijon 2 – 0 Nancy

Metz 1 – 1 Toulouse

Monaco 4 – 0 Lille

Montpellier 1 – 3 Lyon

Nantes 4 – 1 Guingamp

Nice 0 – 2 Angers

SC Bastia 2 – 0 Lorient

Saint-Etienne 0 – 5 Paris Saint Germain

  • Monaco 4 – 0 Lille

Monaco all but sealed their first Ligue 1 title since 2000 after Radamel Falcao scored twice in a straight-forward home victory against mid-table Lille.

Falcao nodded in his 20th league goal of the season from close range before Kylian Mbappe’s trickery left Bernardo Silva with a simple tap-in before the break.

Teenage forward Mbappe turned provider again when his cushioned square pass allowed Falcao to volley in the third.

And there was more misery for Lille when away defender Junior Alonso diverted Thomas Lemar’s dangerous low cross into his own goal.

Leonardo Jardim’s side are three points above reigning champions Paris St-Germain, who have one game left, and have a far superior goal difference.

  • Saint-Etienne 0 – 5 Paris Saint Germain

Edinson Cavani scored his 46th and 47th goals in all competitions this season as PSG brushed aside St Etienne 5-0.

Lucas Moura also scored in each half, while Julian Draxler added a last-minute fifth for the Parisiens, whose final game is at Angers next week.

  • Nice 0 – 2 Angers

Nice, guaranteed a top-three finish, came unstuck in a 2-0 home defeat to Angers, for whom Cheikh Ndoye was on target in the first half and Karl Toko Ekambi scored deep in stoppage time.

It was the first home defeat for Nice  this season.

  • Montpellier 1 – 3 Lyon

Lyon clinched a fourth-placed finish and the last Europa League spot thanks to their 3-1 win at Montpelier.

Nabil Fekir and Alexandre Lacazette gave Lyon a 2-0 half-time lead and although Steve Mounie pulled one back for Montpelier before the break, Lacazette added his second in time added on.

  • ​Bordeaux 1 – 1 Marseille

Marseille had harboured hopes of catching Lyon, but they had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Bordeaux, where they trailed to Diego Rolan’s early goal before Bafetimbi Gomis’ second-half equaliser.

  • SC Bastia 2 – 0 Lorient

Bastia kept alive their survival hopes heading into the final day next week with a 2-0 home win against relegation rivals Lorient, thanks to late goals from Enzo Crivelli and substitute Gael Danic.

  • Dijon 2 – 0 Nancy

Dijon climbed out of the bottom three as they won 2-0 at home against Nancy, who slipped to the foot of the table.

Second-half goals from Frederic Sammaritano and Lois Diony clinched Dijon their second win in 12 league matches and left Nancy needing to win their final game while hoping both Bastia and Lorient lose in order to make the relegation playoff.

  • Caen 0 – 1 Rennes

With no team relegated on the penultimate day, Caen are looking anxiously over their shoulders after losing 1-0 at home to Rennes.

Giovanni Sio struck midway through the second half for Rennes and defeat for Caen has left them two points above second-bottom Bastia.

  • Metz 1 – 1 Toulouse

Ismaila Sarr fired a second-half equaliser to earn Metz a 1-1 home draw against Toulouse, who had taken an early lead through Martin Braithwaite

  • Nantes 4 – 1 Guingamp

Nantes beat Guingamp 4-1 in their last home game of the season.

Adrien Thomasson gave Nantes a first-half lead and second-half goals from Emiliano Sala and Prejuce Nakoulma put them in control.

Lucas Deaux replied for Guincamp, but Sala added his second to secure Nantes’ third win in four matches.

Ligue 1 results

Cheikh N’Doye’s double helped lift Angers up to third place in Ligue 1 following a convincing 3-0 home win against second-placed Monaco.
Senegal international N’Doye struck twice from close range in the 19th and 43rd minutes and Mohamed Yattara sealed victory with a third 10 minutes into the second half.
Angers, promoted at the end of last season, bounced back from last week’s 5-1 thrashing at runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain to halt a three-game losing run in all competitions and climb to within two points of Monaco, who slipped to their first defeat in 10 league matches.
PSG will bid to extend their 21-point lead at the top on Sunday when they travel south to face St Etienne.

Lyon’s hopes of European football were dealt a blow as Bastia’s Brazilian striker Brandao struck in the second half for a 1-0 win.
Bastia were reduced to 10 men in the 88th minute when defender Gilles Cioni was hown a straight red card for his crude challenge on substitute Clement Grenier.
Lyon trail fourth-placed Rennes by four points, while Bastia — with Francois Ciccolini returning for his second spell as coach — put more daylight between themselves and the relegation zone.

Nantes extended their unbeaten league run to nine matches with a 1-0 win at Troyes, who have yet to win at home in the league this season.
Nantes’ Belgian defender Guillaume Gillet scored the only goal four minutes before the interval.

Lorient defender Zargo Toure struck twice in a 2-0 home win against Reims to secure his side their first win in five league matches .
The Senegalese scored in the 15th and 51st minutes as Reims’ winless run was extended to eight games in all competitions.

Montpellier boosted their relegation fight by snapping a run of four straight defeats in all competitions with their biggest win of the season, 4-0 at GFC Ajaccio.
Montpellier went in two up at the break through Mali striker Mustapha Yatabare and Jonas Martins’ penalty before midfielder Bryan Dabo struck twice in the space of five minutes early in the second half.

Second-bottom Toulouse are now five points from safety after losing 2-1 at home to Guingamp.
Guingamp went ahead through Senegalese midfielder Younousse Sankhare’s 12th-minute opener and although Wissam Ben Yedder (64) equalised from the penalty spot, Jimmy Briand struck a 74th-minute winner for the visitors. Issa Diop was sent off for Toulouse late on.

Marseille 1 – 1Lille
January 31
Angers 3 – 0 Monaco
GFC Ajaccio 0 – 4 Montpellier
Lorient 2 – 0 Reims
SC Bastia 1 – 0 Lyon
Toulouse 1 – 2 Guingamp
Troyes 0 – 1 Nantes