Ligue 1 results: Marseille beat Toulouse to go fifth; Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes get third straight victory at Strasbourg

Saint-Etienne 2 – 2 Rennes
Strasbourg 1 – 2 Nantes
Marseille 2 – 0 Toulouse

Goals in each half from Florian Thauvin and Lucas Ocampos saw Olympique de Marseille deservedly see off Toulouse 2-0 to climb to fifth place.
Marseille’s third win in a row in all competitions without conceding was a step up from the way they’d played against Konyaspor in the Europa League and Amiens in Week 6 of Ligue 1 Conforama. Rudi Garcia again sent his side out in a 4-2-3-1 and the improved balance of the side allowed the attacking quartet to shine as they roamed the field in search of goals.
OM monopolised possession against a TFC that left six million euro forward Andy Delort on the bench. Jimmy Durmaz was the visitors’ only attacking spark before going off injured in the second half, whereas OM had Clinton Njie, Lucas Ocampos, Florian Thauvin and Dimitri Payet buzzing around.
Thauvin had a near-post shot saved in the 28thminute, Rolando headed a Payet corner narrowly over soon after and then the breakthrough came 12 minutes before the break as Thauvin converted after a goalmouth scramble.
Ola Toivonen’s deflected free-kick at the start of the second half ensured OM didn’t think the game was won as they attempted to extend their unbeaten Ligue 1 Conforama sequence against Toulouse to 11 matches. Thauvin went close on the hour and soon OM had their first set-piece goal of the season as Payet’s corner bounced off Ocampos’ leg and over the line.
Clinton Njie had a chance just before being replaced by Valère Germain, who almost opened his league account for his new club in the last minute, denied by a stunning Lafont save with his legs. In between times, Steve Mandanda ensured that his return from injury would result in a clean sheet as he made a fine stop from Yannick Cahuzac.

Jonathan Bamba scored his fourth goal of the season as AS Saint-Etienne came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Stade Rennais FC at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Sunday.

Nantes scored twice for the first time under Claudio Ranieri as they won 2-1 at second-bottom Strasbourg. Nantes are in the top six of the Ligue 1
The first top division meeting of these two clubs in 11-and-a-half years saw an early goal as Strasbourg’s Nuno Da Costa marked his sixth Ligue 1 Conforama appearance with his first goal. The attacker beat Chidozie Awaziem at the front post to head home Jonas Martin’s delightful curled cross.
Nantes needed only three minutes to get back on terms and it was a goal that owed something to good fortune as Nicolas Pallois’ attempted shot turned into an assist for Adrien Thomasson as the midfielder swivelled on the ball to fire home his first of the season.
Chances came and went for both sides before visiting skipper Léo Dubois scored a 24thminute screamer. The right-back latched on to Benjamin Corgnet’s headed clearance of a Lima corner, controlled the ball and smashed home an unstoppable 35-metre shot.
Strasbourg could feel hard done by as they laid siege to the Nantes goal andLes Canarishad particular trouble defending set-pieces. Nantes could have put the game to bed 20 minutes from time only for Préjuce Nakoulma to fluff his lines.
In a crazy conclusion, Strasbourg had four major opportunities in the last 15 minutes yet failed to find a way past Ciprian Tatarasanu. When they did, in the third minute of added time, David Alcibiade was there to save his Romanian goalkeeper and deny Dimitri Lienard a goal.

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Ligue 1 results: Falcao bags brace to hit double figures as PSG maul Lille; Balotelli on target as Nice rally to draw at home

Nice 2 – 2 Angers
Lille 0 – 4 Monaco

Lille 0 – 4 Monaco

Radamel Falcao took his season’s tally up to 11 Ligue 1 goals – after only seven games – with a double as champions Monaco beat Lille.

Stevan Jovetic scored his first goal for the club, following his summer move from Inter Milan, striking from 20 yards.


Rachid Ghezzal swept home a second goal from Almamy Toure’s cross to double their lead after half an hour.

Falcao headed in a third soon after the break and then scored a penalty.

Lille boss Marcelo Bielsa is already under pressure with just one Ligue 1 win so far, after being appointed in the summer.

Monaco are behind leaders Paris St-Germain on goal difference.
They visit Montpellier on Saturday.

Nice 2 – 2 Angers

Mario Balotelli scored a penalty as Nice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Angers.
Les Aiglons went 2-0 down inside 34 minutes but Italy forward Balotelli’s spot-kick — his 15th goal in 15 Ligue 1 matches at Allianz Riviera — reduced the deficit before half-time and an Ismael Traore own goal saw Nice equalise with 11 minutes remaining.

Mateo Pavlovic gave Angers the lead after 12 minutes when he headed in a free-kick at the back post and Yoann Andreu’s precise cross from the left allowed Cameroonian Karl Toko Ekambi to double the visitors’ advantage.

Balotelli slotted home a 39th-minute penalty after Thomas Mangani was controversially adjudged to have handled and another set-piece denied Angers as Traore headed a corner into his own net.

Ligue 1 results: Balotelli goal help Nice; PSG beat Lyon courtesy of two own goals

Amiens 0 – 2 Marseille
Angers 0 – 1 Metz
Rennes 0 – 1 Nice
Paris Saint Germain 2 – 0 Lyon

  • Paris Saint Germain 2 – 0 Lyon

Paris St Germain were rescued by two second-half own goals as they extended their 100 percent start to the season with an unconvincing 2-0 victory over Lyon.
It looked like being a frustrating night for PSG and their expensively assembled frontline of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani until Lyon defender Marcelo inadvertently turned home a cross from substitute Giovani Lo Celso 15 minutes from time.

Uruguayan striker Cavani then had a penalty saved by Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes, before visiting defender Jeremy Morel put the result beyond doubt by diverting the ball into his own net in the 86th minute.

Paris St-Germain boss Unai Emery says he will step in if Neymar and Edinson Cavani cannot sort out their differences over taking set-pieces.
The forwards seemed to quarrel over a penalty in a 2-0 win over Lyon before Cavani took it and had it saved.
“I have told them to sort it out between themselves,” said Emery.

“I think that they are capable of doing that and that they will both be our kickers. If they cannot reach an agreement, I will decide for them.”

  • Rennes 0 – 1 Nice

Mario Balotelli smashed home his fourth goal in three games to earn Nice a 1-0 success at Rennes.
Balotelli, who struck twice against Monaco last weekend and also scored in the midweek Europa League win at Zulte-Waregem, found the top right corner from a tight angle after racing onto Alassane Plea’s pass with 10 minutes remaining.

  • Amiens 0 – 2 Marseille

Clinton Njie scored a quick-fire double as Marseille ended their three-game winless run in Ligue 1 with a 2-0 success at Amiens.
The former Tottenham forward converted from close range following Hiroki Sakai’s right-wing centre to break the deadlock seven minutes into the second half.
Cameroon international Njie made it five goals in four league games three minutes later, collecting a neat pass from Florian Thauvin and taking the ball past Amiens goalkeeper Regis Gurtner before slotting into the bottom right corner.

  • Angers 0 – 1 Metz

Metz picked up their first points of the season with a 1-0 victory which ended Angers’ unbeaten start.
Forward Nolan Roux claimed the only goal at Stade Raymond Kopa, stooping to head Mathieu Dossevi’s cross down into the ground and into the top right corner in the 55th minute.

Ligue 1 results: Falcao scores twice as Monaco thrash Strasbourg; Lille beaten by Guingamp

Toulouse 0 – 1 Bordeaux
Monaco 3 – 0 Strasbourg
Dijon 0 – 1 Saint-Etienne
Guingamp 1 – 0 Lille
Nantes 1 – 0 Caen
Troyes 0 – 1 Montpellier

  • Monaco 3 – 0 Strasbourg

Radamel Falcao scored twice in the second half as Ligue 1 champions Monaco eased past Strasbourg.
Colombian Falcao managed just five goals in Premier League loan spells at Manchester United and Chelsea.
After netting 30 in all competitions last season, he already has nine this term – scoring his eighth from close-range and lashing home his ninth.

Rony Lopes scored the opener from Falcao’s pass as Monaco bounced back from a thrashing at Nice last time out.

  • Dijon 0 – 1 Saint-Etienne

Saint-Etienne are up to third, two points behind the top two, after they won 1-0 at Strasbourg’s fellow relegation zone-dwellers Dijon.
Jonathan Bamba netted the winner from the penalty spot in the 49th minute after being fouled in the visitors’ area by Fouad Chafik.

  • Nantes 1 – 0 Caen

Nantes are up two places to sixth following their victory by the same scoreline over Caen at the Stade de la Beaujoire.
Claudio Ranieri’s team scored with just over 15 minutes remaining, Andrei Girotto firing in with his right foot having been set by Chidozie Awaziem.

  • Guingamp 1 – 0 Lille

Guingamp, who are eighth, secured a dramatic 1-0 win against Lille at the Stade de Roudourou as the visitors’ winless run continued for a fifth match.
Substitute Etienne Didot snatched all three points for the hosts in stoppage time with a right-footed effort.
Marcelo Bielsa’s 17th-placed Lille have collected just two points since beating Nantes in their season opener.

  • Troyes 0 – 1 Montpellier

Montpellier defeated Troyes 1-0 at the Stade de l’Aube, a triumph for the away side.
Pedro Mendes scored a header in the 32nd minute, connecting with Stephane Sessegnon’s cross.
Troyes were reduced to 10 men in the dying moments of the contest after Oswaldo Vizcarrondo was sent off.

Ligue 1 results: Balotelli at the double as Nice thrash Monaco; Montpellier lose to Nantes

Nice 4 – 0 Monaco

Caen 2 – 1 Dijon

Montpellier 0 – 1 Nantes

Strasbourg 0 – 1 Amiens

Troyes 0 – 0 Toulouse

  • Nice 4 – 0 Monaco

Mario Balotelli scored twice as Nice thrashed Monaco, ending the Ligue 1 champions’ 100% winning start to the season.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool striker netted from the penalty spot after just six minutes and tapped in his second from close range.

In between, Alassane Plea broke clear and slotted in for the home side.

Debutant Ignatius Ganago added a fourth for Nice late on, going round the goalkeeper and tucking in.


Leonardo Jardim’s side lost just three times last season when they romped to the title with 95 points from 38 games, but they were second best throughout against Nice.

Monaco, who had won their opening four matches this season as part of a 16-game Ligue 1 winning streak, begin their Champions League campaign on Wednesday with a trip to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.

  • Strasbourg 0 – 1 Amiens

Amiens made it back-to-back wins as they followed up last week’s victory against Nice with their fist away success thanks to Gael Kakuta’s solitary strike in a 1-0 victory at Strasbourg.

Kakuta’s second goal of the season in the 13th-minute clinched it for Amiens, while Strasbourg were reduced to 10 men in the 78th minute when defender Kenny Lala was shown his second yellow card.

  • Caen 2 – 1 Dijon

Caen climbed into the top six after a 2-1 home win against Dijon despite playing the last 11 minutes with 10 men.

Ivan Santini’s early penalty, after he had been fouled by Cedric Yambere, was cancelled out by Dijon midfielder Jordan Marie’s low strike seven minutes before the interval.

Yambere’s own goal nine minutes from the end secured Caen a third straight win before left-back Adama Mbengue was shown a straight red card for his 79th-minute foul on Fouad Chafik.

  • Montpellier 0 – 1 Nantes

Nantes secured their second way win of the season by beating 10-man Montpellier 1-0.
Defender Diego Carlos fired Nantes’ 76th-minute winner when he nestled a free kick in the top corner, before striker Giovanni Sio was shown a straight red card in the closing stages for his challenge on the goal scorer.

  • Troyes 0 – 0 Toulouse

Toulouse were held to a goalless draw at Troyes

Ligue 1 results: Mbappe bags debut goal and a brace for Cavani as PSG thrash Metz; 10-man Lille hold Bordeaux

Lille 0 – 0 Bordeaux
Metz 1 – 5 Paris Saint Germain

  • Metz 1 – 5 Paris Saint Germain

Kylian Mbappe scored on his debut for Paris St-Germain as the Ligue 1 leaders maintained their perfect start to the season with a 5-1 win at Metz.

The 18-year-old – who will cost PSG 180m euros (£165.7m) when he makes his loan move from Monaco permanent next summer – impressed throughout alongside the world’s most expensive player Neymar.

Edinson Cavani scored twice while Neymar and Lucas Moura also added goals as PSG remained perfect through five games.

Neymar played in Cavani to give PSG the lead after the half-hour, but the hosts were able to equalise six minutes later through Emmanuel Riviere, who very nearly gave Metz the lead early in the second half.

But Benoit Assou-Ekotto was sent off for a late challenge on Mbappe in the 56th minute and the floodgates opened.

Mbappe delivered a long-range strike just three minutes later, and Neymar did the same in the 69th minute.

Mbappe then knocked the ball down for Cavani to tap in a fourth in the 75th minute, and Lucas bundled a fifth over the line late on.

The defeat leaves Metz without a point this season, while champions Monaco have the chance to draw level with PSG at the top when they travel to Nice on Saturday.

  • Lille 0 – 0 Bordeaux

Despite playing with 10 men for nearly an hour, Lille managed to draw 0-0 with Bordeaux with few chances for both teams.

Lille got off a strong start and dominated until Thiago Maia, who had already been booked, was sent off after a reckless challenge on Malcom after 32 minutes, hitting the Bordeaux striker in the head with his leg.

Former Lille player Younousse Sankhare had the match’s best chance with 20 minutes left when he played a one-two with Cafu that unsettled the hosts’ defense but the midfielder missed his effort from close range.

Unbeaten in their last 12 league matches, Bordeaux moved to third place with nine points from five matches, with Lille four points behind.

Ligue 1 results: Falcao inspires Monaco to 6-1 bashing of Marseille; Nice LOSE; Lyon DRAW

Nantes 0 – 0 Lyon

Amiens 3 – 0 Nice

Bordeaux 2 – 1 Troyes

Caen 1 – 0 Metz

Dijon 2 – 1 Montpellier

Toulouse 3 – 2 Rennes

Guingamp 2 – 0 Strasbourg

Angers 1 – 1 Lille

Monaco 6 – 1 Marseille

  • Monaco 6 – 1 Marseille

Ligue 1 champions Monaco did not miss forward Kylian Mbappe, who was left on the bench as they thrashed Marseille.

French media reports claim that Mbappe, 18, is set to join Monaco’s title rivals Paris St-Germain for £166m.

Kamil Glik opened the scoring before Radamel Falcao’s double, including one from the penalty spot, took his tally to seven goals in four league games.

Adama Diakhaby and Djibril Sidibe made it 5-0 and Remy Cabella scored a consolation before Fabinho’s penalty.

  • Guingamp 2 – 0 Strasbourg

Second-half strikes from Mustapha Diallo and Jimmy Briand earned Guingamp a first win since the opening weekend of the season as they beat Strasbourg 2-0.

  • Angers 1 – 1 Lille

Nicolas de Preville produced a stunning equaliser as Lille hit back to draw 1-1 at unbeaten Angers following Lassana Coulibaly’s opener.

  • Nantes 0 – 0 Lyon

Bertrand Traoré hit the woodwork as Olympique Lyonnais were held to a 0-0 draw by FC Nantes at the Stade de la Beaujoire on Saturday.

  • Amiens 3 – 0 Nice

Amiens SC will not forget their first ever Ligue 1 Conforama victory as Moussa Konaté scored twice in a 3-0 defeat of OGC Nice at the Stade de la Licorne.

  • Bordeaux 2 – 1 Troyes

Girondins de Bordeaux continued their unbeaten start to the campaign by beating ESTAC Troyes 2-1 at the Matmut Atlantique Jimmy Durmaz scored two penalties as Toulouse FC beat Stade Rennais FC in a thrilling Ligue 1 Conforama game 3-2.

  • Caen 1 – 0 Metz

FC Metz are the only team in Ligue 1 Conforama without a point after four matches of the 2017-18 campaign following their 1-0 loss at SM Caen.

  • Dijon 2 – 1 Montpellier

Benjamin Jeannot scored both goals as Dijon FCO registered their first win of the Ligue 1 Conforama season with a 2-1 defeat of Montpellier.

Ligue 1 result: Edinson Cavani bags brace as PSG see off Saint Etienne

Paris Saint Germain 3 – 0 Saint-Etienne

Edinson Cavani scored twice and Neymar had a hand in two goals as Paris St-Germain beat Saint-Etienne to make it four wins out of four in Ligue 1.

Edinson Cavani put PSG in front after 19 minutes from the penalty spot after being pulled down when trying to get on the end of a flick from Neymar.

Captain Thiago Motta added another from close range early in the second half after Neymar’s free-kick had caused havoc in the visitors’ penalty area.

Cavani netted a late third with a neat backheel finish to seal a fourth-straight Ligue 1 victory as PSG moved three points clear of champions Monaco, who host Marseille on Sunday.

Saint-Etienne – who had also won their opening three games – were better than the scoreline suggests and had 12 shots to PSG’s 14.

It was the first game £200m world record signing Neymar has not scored in for PSG, having netted three and assisted three others in his first two matches.

Basketball star Stephen Curry was present at the game

Ligue 1 results: Neymar shine with two goals and assists as PSG crush Toulouse; Lille beaten by Caen

Lille 0 – 2 Caen

Marseille 1 – 1 Angers

Paris Saint Germain 6 – 2 Toulouse

  • Paris Saint Germain 6 – 2 Toulouse

Neymar marked his home debut with two goals as Paris Saint-Germain came from behind to beat Toulouse 6-2 at the Parc des Princes on Sunday to go top of Ligue 1.

The Brazilian forward made it three goals in two appearances for his new club following his world record £200m arrival from Barcelona – after opening his account for PSG in the win at Guingamp last weekend – but it was another debutant who threatened to steal the headlines as Max Gradel gave the visitors a surprise lead.

After equalising in the 31st minute, Neymar set up Adrien Rabiot to score four minutes later to send his team into the interval in front.

Marco Verratti was sent off midway through the second half but the hosts lost none of their momentum and Edinson Cavani emphatically dispatched a penalty – won by Neymar – to give PSG some daylight.

However, Toulouse refused to go down without a fight and Christopher Jullien reduced the deficit after 78 minutes with a header that deflected into the net off Thiago Silva.

Substitute Javier Pastore quickly restored the two-goal cushion with a lovely curling effort from just outside the box before Layvin Kurzawa extended the lead in the 84th minute with a superb volley from a driven cross by Neymar, who completed the scoring in injury time.

The result moved PSG to the top of the table on goal difference, with Monaco and Saint-Etienne also maintaining their 100% winning records this weekend.

  • Marseille 1 – 1 Angers

Marseille remain unbeaten in six matches in all competitions this season but had to settle for a point at home to Angers as it finished 1-1 at the Stade Velodrome.

Clinton N’Jie put the hosts ahead after 17 minutes with his third league goal of the campaign with a tidy finish from Morgan Sanson’s cross but Karl Toko Ekambi equalised in the 70th minute with a shot from outside the area.

Marseille finished the game with 10 men after Lucas Ocampos was shown a straight red card deep into injury time following a high challenge on Romain Thomas.

  • Lille 0 – 2 Caen

Caen registered their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory at Lille. The Normandy club had begun the campaign with back-to-back 1-0 defeats.

Damien Da Silva’s early header and a strike by Ivan Santini midway through the second half saw them get off the mark at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Ligue 1 results: Lyon held by Bordeaux; Nantes, Nice WIN

Lyon 3 – 3 Bordeaux

Montpellier 1 – 1 Strasbourg

Nice 2 – 0 Guingamp

Rennes 2 – 2 Dijon

Saint-Etienne 3 – 0 Amiens

Troyes 0 – 1 Nantes

  • Lyon 3 – 3 Bordeaux

Nabil Fekir scored a breathtaking goal from halfway as 10-man Olympique Lyonnais drew 3-3 with Girondins de Bordeaux in a tremendous game at the Groupama Stadium on Saturday.

Fekir put the hosts ahead with a spectacular long-range effort after 10 minutes, lofting the ball over goalkeeper Benoit Costil from just inside the Bordeaux half.

Lyon doubled their lead after 23 minutes when defender Kenny Tete got on the end of a free kick through the six-yard box to stab home at the far post.

However, midfielder Darder then collected two quick cautions, the second yellow card followed by a red after 36 minutes after catching Bordeaux captain Jeremy Toulalan with a high boot.

Bordeaux pulled a goal back just before half-time when Brazilian forward Malcom saw his follow-up effort deflect in off a defender after his 20-yard free kick hit the wall.

Lyon — looking to keep pace with champions Monaco, who beat Metz on Friday night — thought they had wrapped up victory with 15 minutes left when Bertrand Traore curled in a 25-yard free kick.

However, Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side secured a share of the points after Danish midfielder Lukas Lerager set up a grandstand finish when he slotted home at the back post with two minutes left and Malcom then slammed home another long-range effort into the top corner.

  • Saint-Etienne 3 – 0 Amiens

St Etienne moved level on points with Monaco at the top of Ligue 1 after continuing their 100 percent start with a 3-0 win over struggling Amiens at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

Midfielder Jonathan Bamba put the hosts ahead in the 13th minute from the penalty spot after Lois Diony had been tripped by Amiens defender Brighton Labeau.

The referee awarded a second penalty four minutes before the break when Diony was caught as he attempted to round goalkeeper Regis Gurtner, and this time Bryan Dabo converted from 12 yards.

Dabo knocked in a third for St Etienne in the 67th minute from 20 yards when the ball broke to him off a sliding challenge from the Amiens keeper after Romain Hamouma had sprinted clear.

A third-straight defeat leaves Amiens bottom with no points or goals, having conceded seven.

  • Nice 2 – 0 Guingamp

Alassane Pléa was on target as OGC Nice kick-started their season with a 2-0 win over EA Guingamp at the Allianz Riviera.

  • Rennes 2 – 2 Dijon

Dijon substitute Julio Tavares netted a stoppage-time penalty as the Burgundy club recovered from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Rennes.

A goal in each half from DR Congo forward Firmin Ndombe Mubele — his second floating in over the goalkeeper from out wide on the left — had put the hosts in control.

Korean Kwon Chang-hoon, though, reduced the deficit in the 51st minutes with a close-range header and the visitors earned a point when Rennes defender Edson Mexer scythed down Naim Sliti and Tavares cracked the penalty into the top corner.

  • Troyes 0 – 1 Nantes

Emiliano Sala’s late strike earned Claudio Ranieri’s first win as Nantes coach. Reduced to ten men, Les Canaris were 1-0 victors at promoted Troyes.

Nantes survived the sending off of forward Chidozie Awaziem after only 34 minutes.

  • Montpellier 1 – 1 Strasbourg

Montpellier and Strasbourg drew 1-1 at Stade de la Mosson. Idriss Saadi put the visitors ahead midway through the first half, but defender Daniel Congre equalised from a corner with 18 minutes to go.

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.”

Lille freeze out Enyeama, Eder and nine others

​Portugal’s Euro 2016 hero Eder, Nigeria legend Vincent Enyeama and France international Rio Mavuba are among 11 players who have been frozen out over the summer by new Lille coach Marcelo Bielsa.

After being appointed by the club’s new owner, Gerard Lopez, on a two-year deal in May, Bielsa immediately set about reshaping the squad that finished 11th in Ligue 1 last season.

While the former Argentina, Chile and Marseille boss has added to the players at his disposal, he also informed a number of long-serving squad members not to report for preseason training on June 19, and only to start preparing for the new campaign on July 3.

Among them is Eder, 29, who scored the winning goal in last summer’s European Championship final against France, which helped earn him a permanent move to Lille from Swansea City on a four-year deal.

Mavuba, 33, was a member of France’s 2014 World Cup squad and has made nearly 300 Ligue 1 appearances for the club since joining in 2008, and 34-year-old former Nigeria international goalkeeper Enyeama, who moved to Lille in 2011, are also among those ostracised by their new boss.

“It’s a bit bizarre, but I’m handling it OK,” Ivory Coast international Junior Tallo told L’Equipe. “I was informed like the others, by text. We’re under contract, the club does what it wants. We would have liked to have had a discussion. But it’s a business choice made by the bosses.

“As for me, I’m under contract. I will respect the two years I have left. I’m in no hurry. I want to establish myself at Lille. It’s the club that wants me to leave. We’ll see if they find a solution between now and the end of the transfer window. I’m calm.”

On Monday, Enyeama tweeted a selfie with some of his fellow outcasts, who also include Montenegro international Marko Basa, France international Marvin Martin and Zambia defender Stoppila Sunzu, stating: “Always a pleasure to be back with the team.”

Marseille signs Valere Germain from Monaco


Marseille have signed Monaco forward Valere Germain on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old, who scored 49 goals in 200 league appearances for Monaco, passed a medical to become Marseille’s first summer signing.

He has spent the majority of his career with Monaco, but had a brief spell on loan at Nice in 2015-2016.

Germain, whose father Bruno played for Marseille, scored 10 goals and added four assists in Ligue 1 last season.

Mario Balotelli  sign new contract with French club Nice

Mario Balotelli has signed a one-year contract extension at Nice that keeps him at the club next season.

Nice announced the news on the team’s website on Sunday with a photo of Balotelli signing his contract alongside president Jean-Pierre Rivere and general manager Julien Fournier.

The club credited the 26-year-old for not prioritising the financial aspect of the deal, saying: “We are proud to have convinced the superstar to join us last year and to have seen him flourish on and off the field.
“The Italian international has made considerable financial efforts to continue the Nice adventure, as he always intended during this off-season, favouring the sporting aspect and the choice of his heart.

“Today we are happy. Welcome to you, Super Mario.”

Balotelli shared his club’s sentiments, adding on Instagram: “Anyone happy? I am.”
The former Liverpool and Manchester City striker enjoyed an excellent debut season in French football, scoring 17 goals in 28 appearances.

Nice ended the campaign third in Ligue 1, their highest finish since 1976, securing a place in qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

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.

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

Runaway leaders Paris St Germain tightened their grip on Ligue 1 with a 2-0 win at St Etienne to move 24 points clear at the top of the table.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal just after the hour broke the resistance of the home side, who had held their own and also forced Kevin Trapp into several saves.
The Sweden forward added a second from close range deep into stoppage time as PSG closed out a 13th straight win in all competitions.

After a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Lille in the League Cup semifinals midweek, Bordeaux recovered to extend its unbeaten run in the league to seven matches with an emphatic 4-0 win over Rennes.
Cheick Diabate scored twice before Diego Rolan and Thomas Toure added more luster to a win that puts the hosts back in the fight for the European places.

Ronny Rodelin and Andy Delort scored first-half goals in a 2-0 victory over Nice that lifted Caen level on points with its Riviera opponents.
It was Caen’s first home win since November, and the second consecutive week that Rodelin and Delort made the scoresheet in the French league.
Nice and Caen have 36 points, three fewer than second-placed Monaco.
Rodelin opened the scoring with a precise shot at the near post in the 12th minute after the visitors gave the ball away in their own half. Delort made no mistake from the penalty sport after Saidi Ntibazinkia was fouled in the box in the 41st.
Caen keeper Remy Vercoutre had a good second half, denying Hatem Ben Arfa’s free kick and a last-minute effort from Alexandre Mendy.
“We made a big first half with two goals, then we suffered after the interval,” Caen coach Patrice Garande said.

Caen 2 – 0 Nice
Bordeaux 4 – 0 Rennes
Saint-Etienne 0 – 2 Paris Saint Germain

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

Ligue 1 Results

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a late header as runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain overcame a poor first half to beat Toulouse 1-0 and move provisionally 23 points clear at the top of the French league on Saturday.
Chasing a fourth straight title, PSG have won 18 and drawn three of 21 games to completely crush the competition, but this was not a convincing performance.

Bordeaux stretched their current unbeaten run in all competitions to nine games with a slender 1-0 win against Lille.
Following an even first half, Les Girondins made the decisive breakthrough in the 51st minute when Wahbi Khazri’s excellent work allowed Cheikh Diabate to head home.

Troyes wasted the perfect opportunity to claim their first league win of the season after squandering a two-goal lead to lose 4-2 at home to Rennes.
The hosts found themselves comfortably ahead inside the opening 15 minutes, with Fabien Camus smashing a wonderful effort into the top corner before Corentin Jean scored from close range.
However, Rennes turned the game on its head as Fallou Diagne scored penalties either side of a Ousmane Dembele strike to send the visitors into the break ahead.
Substitute Kamil Grosicki added extra gloss late on, escaping the hosts’ defence and finishing from a tight angle.

GFC Ajaccio and Reims took a vital point each in their fight for survival following a 2-2 draw on the isle of Corsica.
Ajaccio got off to the perfect start in the second minute when Aissa Mandi set up Boutaib for a simple finish before Nicolas De Preville levelled on 20 minutes after latching on to Jordan Siebatcheu’s pass.
Just after the half-hour mark, De Preville got his second of the game in style after beating Kader Mangane before cleverly lifting the ball over Clement Maury.
Ajaccio claimed a point, though, with just under 20 minutes to play when Damjan Djokovic netted after Mohamed Larbi’s near-post header came back off the post.

Montpellier were left perilously close to the bottom three after suffering a 1-0 defeat at fellow strugglers Bastia.
The hosts had to wait until early in the second half to make the breakthrough when Julien Palmieri and Florian Marange combined to tee up Floyd Ayite for the only goal.

Nantes came back from two goals down to deny Guingamp’s hopes of moving out of the bottom three in a 2-2 draw at the Stade du Roudourou.
EAG raced into a commanding first-half lead when Yannis Salibur’s delivery presented Nicolas Benezet with a straight-forward finish at the back post before roles were reversed when Benezet picked out Salibur to double the hosts’ lead.
Nantes managed to reduce the deficit just after the hour mark when Christophe Kerbrat netted beyond his own keeper before claiming an unlikely point at the death when Youssouf Sabaly levelled.
Guingamp were reduced to 10 men in added time when Younousse Sankhare was
show a straight red following a clash with Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.

Toulouse 0 – 1 Paris Saint Germain
Bordeaux 1 – 0 Lille
GFC Ajaccio 2 – 2 Reims
Guingamp 2 – 2 Nantes
SC Bastia 1 – 0 Montpellier
Troyes 2 – 4 Rennes

Ligue 1 Results

It was a goal drought day in the French top league, as all three matches played in the French Ligue one on Monday 1st Dec,2015 ended in goalless draws.

# stalemate

Angers 0 – 0 Paris Saint Germain

Lorient 0 – 0 Nice

Nantes 0 – 0 Lyon

Today’s fixtures

02/12/2015

Guingamp v Reims

Monaco v Caen

Montpellier v GFC Ajaccio

SC Bastia v Bordeaux

Troyes v Toulouse

Lille v Saint-Etienne

Rennes v Marseille

Ligue 1 Results

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain won 2-0 at Bastia to keep their confidence high ahead of a Champions League meeting with Real Madrid.

PSG didn’t have a shot on target in the first half but Ibrahimovic, who had an earlier goal rightly disallowed for offside, struck in the 72nd and 83rd minutes.

PSG were without five regular starters through injury and suspension, while Thiago Motta spent the first hour on the bench.

Ibrahimovic also appeared to be offside for the opening goal when Javier Pastore found Edinson Cavani on the right and he crossed in for the Swede to tap home.

Angers maintained second place with a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Toulouse.

Stephane Moulin’s side had to do it the hard way, though, when they fell behind to Oscar Trejo’s 24th-minute opener following some neat interplay with Martin Braithewaite.

That lead lasted just three minutes as Cheikh Ndoye headed Vincent Manceau’s delivery beyond Ali Ahamada to silence the home crowd.

And, when Abdoul Camara beat two defenders before despatching a clinical 18-yard effort beyond Ahamada, that proved to be enough for Angers to claim their sixth league win of the season.

Caen secured a third straight win to maintain their impressive start to the season with a slender 1-0 victory at Reims.

Johnny Placide had to be alert in the Reims goal and denied both Alaedinne Yahia and Ronny Rodelin with smart reflex saves as Caen looked to grab a foothold in the game.

Julien Feret, who finished with ease to send Patrice Garande’s side third in the table.

St Etienne bounced back from two straight defeats with a routine 2-0 win against bottom-club Ajaccio.

Robert Beric set about changing the record when he converted Valentin Eyserric’s corner on 20 minutes.

But the hosts had to wait until the 70th minute to double their advantage when Kevin Monnet-Paquet.

Ten-man Lille’s inconsistent start to the season continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw in Guingamp.

Both goals came during a three minute spell in the first half, Sofiane Boufal opening the scoring in fine style on the half hour mark, beating Lars Jacobsen before sending a sublime finish beyond Jonas Lossl.

Lille boss Herve Renard did not have to wait long for a response from his side as Jimmy Briand levelled just three minutes later, finishing well after some great work from Yannis Salibur.

Stoppila Sunzu wash shown his second yellow card of the game for a foul on Nicolas Benezet.

Nantes avoided a third successive home defeat with a 3-0 win over struggling Troyes.

Valentin Rongier netted his first goal of the season in stunning fashion when his 25-yard rocket flew into the top corner to hand Les Canaris a half-time lead.

Shortly after the restart the hosts added a second when Troyes goalkeeper Denis Petric allowed Youssouf Sabaly’s hopeful shot to creep in at his near post.

And, just after the hour mark, Yacine Bammou wrapped up the points with a third Nantes goal, pouncing on a loose Chris Mavinga pass to get past Petric and score into an empty net.

SC Bastia 0 – 2 Paris Saint Germain

Guingamp 1 – 1 Lille

Nantes 3 – 0 Troyes

Reims 0 – 1 Caen

Saint-Etienne 2 – 0 GFC Ajaccio

Toulouse 1 – 2 Angers

Ligue 1 Results

Ibrahimovic scores his first league goal against a team he scored his last goal in May.
Ibrahimovic scores his first league goal against a team he scored his last goal in May.

Paris St Germain maintained their unbeaten start with a 3-0 win against Guingamp.

Javier Pastore, Angel Di Maria and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all grabbed their first Ligue 1 goals of the season.

Ibrahimovic, who hadn’t scored since claiming a brace in a 6-0 win over Guingamp last May, scored the third late on but also had a penalty saved.

Laurent Blanc’s men came into the game on the back of two disappointing draws with Bordeaux and Reims

A first win in three for PSG meant they went four points clear at the top for 24 hours at least while Guingamp, who came into the clash on the back of three successive wins without conceding a goal, remain in eighth.

In the other match of the night Angers and Reims played out a goalless draw.

Angers 0 – 0 Reims

Paris Saint Germain 3 – 0 Guingamp