Ligue 1 result – Radamel Falcao strike late as Monaco edge Metz and set record

Reigning champions Monaco became the first team to win 15 successive matches in France’s Ligue 1 after Radamel Falcao earned the club a narrow victory at Metz without Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe, 18, was left out of the squadamid transfer speculation linking him with a move to rivals Paris St-Germain.

Falcao struck a 78th-minute winner after latching onto Rachid Ghezzal’s chip over the home defence.

After finishing last season with 12 successive wins, Monaco have started this campaign by beating Toulouse, Dijon and now Metz.

Colombia striker Falcao’s winner saw Monaco pass Bordeaux’s tally of 14 wins in a row in 2009.

Mbappe, who has also been linked to Real Madrid and Manchester City, was left out of the squad by manager Leonardo Jardim, who said he was “protecting” the player.

Ligue 1 results: Neymar scores and assists in PSG thrashing of Guingamp; Falcao bags hattrick in Monaco victory at Dijon

SUNDAY

Guingamp 0 – 3 Paris Saint Germain

Neymar scored on his Paris St-Germain debut following his world record £200m transfer from Barcelona.

The Brazilian had a hand in all three goals as PSG beat Guingamp to maintain their 100% start to the season.

Jordan Ikoko opened the scoring with an own goal moments after Neymar’s pass to Edinson Cavani was cut out.

Neymar then assisted Cavani with an excellent through ball, before the Uruguayan passed to his new team-mate late on to score from six yards out.

The 25-year-old Brazil international, who played on the left side but got involved centrally too, had a bright debut with plenty of flicks and tricks – although most of his shots were blocked before his late strike.

  • Dijon 1 – 4 Monaco

Radamel Falcao scored a hat-trick as Monaco, who left Kylian Mbappe on the bench, thrashed Dijon in Ligue 1.

Reports have claimed that Mbappe, 18, has agreed to join Paris St-Germain in a deal that could exceed £200m.

He was not missed on the pitch as Falcao prodded home an opener and Jemerson’s bicycle kick made it 2-0.

Falcao then curled home a fine goal, and headed home in the second half after Wesley Said had pulled one back.

Mbappe, who scored 26 goals in all competitions last season, went off injured in the defending champions’ 3-2 win over Toulouse on the opening day.

  • Strasbourg 3 – 0 Lille

Lille gave two different outfield players a spell in goal as they lost at Strasbourg.

The visitors had used their three substitutes when Mike Maignan was sent off after 63 minutes for throwing the ball at an opponent’s head.

Striker Nicolas de Preville went in goal but conceded softly when Jonas Martin poked the ball past him. Defender Ibrahim Amadou then took over and conceded a Dimitri Lienard penalty and an excellent Jeremy Grimm strike.

SATURDAY

  • Nantes 0 – 1 Marseille

A late goal from Lucas Ocampos secured Marseille a 1-0 win at Nantes to maintain their 100 percent start two games into the new Ligue 1 campaign.

Rudi Garcia’s men had seen an effort from Florian Thauvin ruled out for offside before Maxime Lopez sent an effort just wide.

The visitors, though, made sure they left La Beaujoire-Louis-Fonteneau with all three points when Argentine midfielder Ocampos slotted in a rebound with just two minutes left.

However, there was still time left for Nantes striker Emiliano Sala to head a late chance only just off target as Claudio Ranieri’s side were left to reflect on a second straight Ligue 1 defeat.

Ranieri was forced to make his three substitutions within the first 24 minutes as skipper Valentin Rongier hurt an elbow after just 12 minutes, Yacine Bammou followed eight minutes later with a thigh injury, and Alexander Kacaniklic injured a leg.

Marseille must now regroup ahead of Thursday’s Europa League playoff against Slovenian side NK Domzale, when they will be looking to stretch an unbeaten run which currently stands at 21 matches.

  • Caen 0 – 1 Saint-Etienne

St Etienne also moved onto six points from two games after a 1-0 win at Caen, with Romain Hamouma scoring the only goal.

Hamouma netted the crucial strike on 67 minutes when he latched onto a through-ball and raced clear down the left before slotting his shot under the goalkeeper to leave Caen still pointless.

  • Toulouse 1 – 0 Montpellier

Jimmy Durmaz’s 43rd-minute penalty gave Toulouse their first win of the season, 1-0 at Montpelier, who had beaten Caen a week ago.

  • Amiens 0 – 2 Angers

Angers, who drew 2-2 with Bordeaux last week, also secured a win away from home, beating Amiens 2-0 with goals from Enzo Crivelli and Thomas Mangani.

Crivelli clipped home a neat finish on 27 minutes after being played into the right side of the penalty area by Mangani, who got on the scoresheet himself early in the second half when, on 56 minutes, he lobbed the ball back over Amiens goalkeeper Regis Gurtner who had been stranded after rushing out to make a sliding challenge on Crivelli as the striker chased down a long ball.

  • Bordeaux 2 – 0 Metz

Valentin Vada and Younousse Sankhare struck to keep Bordeaux unbeaten with a 2-0 home win over Metz.

The hosts, who drew their first domestic match having failed to progress in the Europa League qualifiers, took the lead just before half-time through Vada, who produced a neat turn at the edge of the penalty area and a low shot inside the near post.

Senegal midfielder Younousse Sankhare added a second in the 64th minute when he swept in from close range after Brazil forward Malcom cut in from the right and clipped the ball across the six-yard box.

Nantes 0 – 1 Marseille

Amiens 0 – 2 Angers

Bordeaux 2 – 0 Metz

Caen 0 – 1 Saint-Etienne

Toulouse 1 – 0 Montpellier

Strasbourg 3 – 0 Lille

Dijon 1 – 4 Monaco

Guingamp 0 – 3 Paris Saint Germain

Ligue 1 results – Nice suffer second straight defeat; Depay and Mariano on target as Lyon record second win

Nice 1-2 Troyes

Rennes 1-2 Lyon

  • Rennes 1-2 Lyon

Lyon held on to win their second match in as many tries in Ligue 1 this season with a 2-1 victory at Rennes.

Bruno Genesio’s side struck twice in the second half through Memphis Depay and Mariano to open up a 2-0 lead and survived an anxious finale after Benjamin Bourigeaud’s late free kick reduced the deficit.

Former Manchester United forward Depay struck direct from a free kick to break the deadlock for Lyon soon after the break and striker Mariano notched his third goal in two games when he headed home their second in the 74th minute.

  • Nice 1-2 Troyes

Saif-Eddine Khaoui’s late winner sank Nice as newly promoted Troyes secured a shock 2-1 win against the Champions League hopefuls.

Tunisian midfielder Khaoui struck the decisive goal in the 85th minute after Alassane Plea’s second-half penalty appeared to have rescued a point for Nice by cancelling out Adama Niane’s brilliant strike for the visitors.

Nice, who travel to Napoli on Tuesday for the first leg of their Champions League second-round qualifying tie, are left waiting for their first league points after last week’s opening-day defeat at St Etienne.

Troyes, who drew their opening game last week at home against Rennes, took the lead in style through Niane’s thunderbolt eight minutes into the second period.

Plea equalised from the spot 10 minutes later after Oswaldo Vizcarrondo’s foul on Pierre Lees-Melou, but Khaoui steered home the winner after being set up by Niane.

Former Real Madrid and Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder join Ligue 1 side Nice

Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder has joined French Ligue 1 side Nice on a free transfer.

The 33-year had agreed a contract in principle to move to Ligue 1 having been released by Galatasaray by mutual consent and with the deal confirmed on Monday afternoon, the midfielder will be reunited with Mario Balotelli, with whom he won the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010.

Sneijder, who also confirmed the move by stating “Bonjour Nice” in a video on the Ligue 1 side’s Twitter account.

The former Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan has signed a one-year deal, the club said.

“It’s now official. OGC Nice’s 2017-18 squad now has a third UEFA Champions League winner in it,” a statement on the club’s website said. “After Dante and Mario Balotelli, former European champion Wesley Sneijder will also wear the red-and-black shirt this season after passing a medical on Monday.”

Sneijder, who trained with his new team-mates on Monday, will wear No 10 after Mickaël Le Bihan agreed to pass on the shirt number to the new signing.

“He also knows which shirt he’ll be wearing this season. Mika Le Bihan respectfully agreed to ‘give up’ the number 10 he had been wearing it to present it to the new arrival in the dressing room,” the statement added.

Galatasaray paid £8.4m for Sneijder after he made over 100 appearances for Inter, who bought him from Real Madrid for £12.6m in 2009.

He started his career at Ajax before switching to Real in in 2007.

Sneijder played in the 2010 World Cup final for the Netherlands and has won league titles in four countries.

He is the most-capped player in his country’s history, was with Galatasaray for five seasons, where he scored 45 goals in 174 appearances following a 2013 move from Inter.

Nice, who lost their opening Ligue 1 game of the season 1-0 to St Etienne at the weekend, are through to the Champions League playoff round, where they face Napoli for a place in the group stage of the competition.

Ligue 1 results: Braces from Mariano Diaz and Nabil Fekir earn Lyon biggest week 1 victory; PSG, Lyon, Monaco WIN; Nice LOSE

SUNDAY

  • Lille 3-0 Nantes

Lille began their Ligue 1 campaign with a bang, seeing off visitors Nantes 3-0 in Claudio Ranieri’s first competitive game in charge.

After finishing a disappointing 11th and five points behind their opponents last season, Lille hired Argentine coach Marcelo — known as “El Loco Bielsa” (Crazy Bielsa) to his fans — with the aim of returning to the Champions League while playing an exciting brand of football.

Lille also recruited more than a dozen new players, and the northern club’s squad appears to have gelled.

Paraguayan international Junior Alonso got the ball rolling three minutes after half-time.

Nicolas de Preville made it 2-0 from the penalty spot in the 67th minute with Anwar El-Ghazi adding the gloss three minutes later.

The match also featured a duel between Bielsa and another prominent coach, Italian Claudio Ranieri.

The managers, who had a quick chat before the game, returned to the French top flight after spending several years away.

  • Marseille 3-0 Dijon

Clinton Njie marked his permanent move to Marseille by scoring twice in a 3-0 victory over Dijon.

Marseille had huffed and puffed during a goalless first half against opponents who were almost relegated last season.

But Njie, introduced at half-time in place of a disappointing Dimitri Payet, provided the penetration Marseille had been missing, scoring twice.

Former Newcastle forward Florian Thauvin also on target scoring the second goal.

  • Angers 2-2 Bordeaux

Summer signing Baptiste Guillaume struck late on to earn Angers a 2-2 home draw against Bordeaux.

Angers took an 11th-minute lead when Pierrick Capelle’s cross found its way to Angelo Fulgini, who finished through the legs of Benoit Costil for his first goal in Ligue 1.

But Bordeaux were ahead after Younousse Sankhare turned in Francois Kamano’s cross and Alexandre Mendy scored on debut following his move from Guingamp.

Bordeaux looked as if they would hold on to the points, but two minutes from time Costil palmed out a Karl Toko Ekambi shot and Guillaume could not miss.

SATURDAY

  • PSG 2-0 Amiens

Neymar stole the show without even playing as Paris Saint-Germain began their Ligue 1 campaign with a 2-0 victory over Amiens.

The world-record signing was not registered in time to take part in the game but received a hero’s welcome on a tour of the Parc des Princes pitch before kick-off.

It was a daunting Ligue 1 debut for Amiens, who snatched promotion from Ligue 2 in the final seconds of last season to reach the top division for the first time.

But they were not embarrassed despite PSG dominating both possession and chances.

The opening goal came in the 41st minute from Edinson Cavani, who turned in a cross from Dani Alves – PSG’s other high-profile Brazilian signing who was eligible to play.

It was not until 10 minutes from time that the hosts doubled their lead, Marco Verratti unselfishly finding Javier Pastore, who had the simple task of slotting home.

  • Saint Etienne 1-0 Nice

Nice, who flew out of the blocks last season and were long-time leaders of Ligue 1, suffered a 1-0 defeat to St Etienne, with Jonathan Bamba scoring the only goal in the fourth minute.

It was a fine start to his St Etienne managerial career for Oscar Garcia, who joined the club in June from Red Bull Salzburg.

  • Montpellier 1-0 Caen

Michel Der Zakarian quit Reims to become the new manager of Montpellier in May and he also made a winning start, with Souleymane Camara’s 59th-minute goal enough in a 1-0 win over Caen.

  • Lyon 4-0 Strasbourg

Lyon were the biggest winners of the opening weekend after beating newly-promoted Strasbourg 4-0.

Strasbourg have had four promotions in six seasons and are back in the top flight for the first time since 2008, but it was a sobering first outing.

Mariano Diaz made a great start to life in Ligue 1 after signing from Real Madrid this summer with goals in the 23rd and 62nd minutes.

Nabil Fekir also grabbed a brace, netting in the 59th minute from the penalty spot and then rounding off the rout in injury time.

  • Troyes 1-1 Rennes

Troyes were the only one of the promoted trio to claim a point thanks to a 1-1 draw with Rennes.

Samuel Grandsir gave Troyes the lead just after half-time but Jordan Tell equalised in the 69th minute.

  • Metz 1-3 Guingamp

It was a fine start to the season for Guingamp, who came from a goal down to defeat Metz 3-1 at the Stade Saint-Symphorien.

Nolan Roux put the hosts one up in the 14th minute but Guingamp were level at the break thanks to Jimmy Briand’s penalty.

It was all square until 20 minutes from time when Ludovic Blas put the visitors ahead and Moustapha Diallo made sure of the points five minutes from time.

FRIDAY

  • Monaco 3-2 Toulouse

Monaco came from behind on two occasions to open their Ligue 1 title defence with a thrilling 3-2 victory against Toulouse on Friday night.

Zinedine Machach netted for the visitors after just six minutes at the Stade Louis II Stadium before Jemerson levelled for the champions with a header after 28 minutes.

Andy Delort stunned the hosts once more after he put Toulouse back in front with 53 minutes gone only for Radamel Falcao to head Monaco back on level terms shortly before the hour mark.

Kamil Glik nodded home Joao Moutinho’s free-kick from close range with 20 minutes remaining to complete Monaco’s comeback and kick-start their campaign with three points.

Monaco’s thrilling five-goal victory however, was tainted after an injury sustained by Kylian Mbappe in the second half.

Mbappe, the 18-year-old linked with a move to Real Madrid and Barcelona, left the field after 74 minutes with an apparent knee injury and was replaced by Allan Saint-Maximin.

Speaking afterwards, Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim said:

“It’s the first match of the season so there is a change in intensity. I don’t think the injury is too bad. He’ll be better in two or three days.”

Mbappe scored 26 goals in 44 appearances for Monaco last season and was handed the club’s number 10 shirt for the season.”

Monaco 3 – 2 Toulouse

Paris Saint Germain 2 – 0 Amiens

Lyon 4 – 0 Strasbourg

Metz 1 – 3 Guingamp

Montpellier 1 – 0 Caen

Saint-Etienne 1 – 0 Nice

Troyes 1 – 1 Rennes

Lille 3 – 0 Nantes

Angers 2 – 2 Bordeaux

Marseille 3 – 0 Dijon

Barcelona grant Neymar permission to discuss with PSG ahead of world record move

Barcelona forward Neymar has been given permission to discuss a world record 222m euro (£198m) transfer with Paris St-Germain.

The Brazil international told his team-mates at training on Wednesday that he wanted to leave the Spanish club, and spent 40 minutes at Barcelona’s training ground.

He was then given permission by Barca manager Ernesto Valverde not to train and to “sort out his future”.

A Barca club statement read: “Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and agent, has informed FC Barcelona this morning of his decision to leave the club in a meeting held at the club’s offices. “Faced with this position, the club has informed them they refer to the buy-out clause of his existing contract which as of 1 July totals 222million euros, which will have to be deposited in its entirety.

“Furthermore, in reply to the claim for the contract extension bonus, the club has once again made it clear that the amount remains deposited with a notary until the case is resolved. “The player remains under contract at FC Barcelona but with temporary permission to not take part in training sessions.”

The 25-year-old contract has a release clause set at 222m euros, which PSG are understood to be ready to pay.

The latest development comes two days after it emerged Barca were ready to push for a Financial Fair Play investigation if PSG signed Neymar.

That came after La Liga president Javier Tebas threatened, in an interview with Mundo Deportivo,a legal response against the former Ligue 1 champions if European football’s governing body failed to take action.

He also said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi had been made aware of the Spanish league’s intentions.

Neymar flew back to Spain from Dubai on Tuesday following Barcelona’s pre-season tour in the United States, after attending a series of promotional events in China earlier this week.

One of Neymar’s agents, Wagner Ribeiro, has now arrived in Paris, according to his Twitter account.

A spokesperson for La Liga president Javier Tolbas told Sky Sports News they would not accept payment for Neymar’s €222m (£198m) release clause over “doubts that this money is in accordance with UEFA Financial Fair Play rules”.

However, UEFA sources have since confirmed that Neymar’s release clause cannot be blocked by La Liga.

Neymar moved to Barcelona from Brazilian club Santos in 2013 for £48.6m, and signed a new five-year deal with the 24-time Spanish champions in 2016.

The Brazilian has scored 105 goals for Barcelona, helping them to two league titles, three Copas del Rey and a Champions League crown.

Clinton N’Jie leaves Tottenham for Marseille on a two-year deal 

​Tottenham forward Clinton Njie is to join French side Marseille on a permanent deal after the two clubs agreed a deal.
The Cameroon international, 23, was on loan to the Ligue 1 club last season, scoring four goals.

Njie joined Spurs from Lyon in 2015 for a reported £10m, but did not start a single Premier League game for Spurs and 14 appearances in all for the club, though he suffered a serious knee injury in December 2015.
Tottenham tweeted: “We have reached agreement with @OM_Officiel for the permanent transfer of Clinton Njie. We wish Clinton all the best for the future.”