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.

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Alexandre Lacazette joins Arsenal for a club-record fee

Arsenal have completed the signing of France striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for a club record £46.5m fee on a five-year deal.
The fee – up to £52.6m with add-ons – will surpass the £42.4m Arsenal paid Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in 2013.

Lacazette told Arsenal’s official website: “I am, of course, delighted and very proud too because Arsenal is a legendary club. Throughout my childhood, thanks to Thierry Henry and other French players, I always dreamed of playing for this club so today that dream has been fulfilled.

“The fact that the manager has been here for a while shows that it is a stable club which I like. In addition there are quite a few French players here, which makes it easier to settle in. In my opinion, Arsenal is also the club that plays the best football in England so I really wanted to come here.”

Manager Arsene Wenger added: “We are very happy to have Alexandre join our group. He has shown over a number of years that he can score goals and that he is a very efficient finisher.

“As well, he has very interesting technical qualities and a strong character. So he is a guy who is a great addition for us, and someone who will help us challenge at the top level this season.”

The 26-year-old is expected to travel with the squad this weekend for two friendly matches in Sydney next week.
Lacazette’s debut is expected to come in the Emirates Cup on July 29 against Benfica or on July 30 against Sevilla.
Lacazette boasted the highest chance conversion rate in Europe’s top five leagues last season (38.9 per cent), scoring 37 goals in 45 games as Lyon secured a fourth-placed finish in Ligue 1 and reached the Europa League semi-finals.

His record of 28 league goals last term was more than the combined tally of Arsenal quartet Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez.

Lyon sign Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore on a five year deal

Lyon have confirmed the signing of Bertrand Traore from Chelsea on a five-year contract.
The Burkina Faso international has spent recent seasons on loan at Dutch clubs Vitesse Arnhem and Ajax and will now move to France on a contract until 2022.

The French club announced the signing on Twitter: “It is official: Bertrand Traore is Lyonnais! A transfer for €10m (£8.8m) and a five-year contract.”
The player was introduced during a press conference and posed for photographs with the club’s shirt.
He told OLTV: “I am very happy to be here, to be Lyonnais.
“Lyon has always been an impressive club, with big players and a great history. It is an honour for me to play here.

“When I came here with Ajax a few months ago, I was attracted by the philosophy of the club, with several young players from the academy, and the magnificent Parc OL.

“With Ajax, we had a bit of a similar style of play and that enticed me to come here.

“I am coming to bring something extra to OL and I hope to continue progressing and to learn with the coach and my new team-mates.”
Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas also said Chelsea will earn 15 percent of any profit from a future sale of the player and the Premier League champions will have first refusal should Traore eventually move on.

Traore joined the Blues in 2014 and scored four goals in 16 appearances, including goals in three consecutive matches in 2016.
He never established himself in the first team and, after his recent loan moves, is looking to carve out a long-term role for himself.

He said: “I have been looking to have stability and, in signing a contract with OL, I could not ask for more. I have the time to show everyone what I can do.”

The 21-year-old striker spent last season on loan at Ajax, scoring nine goals in 24 Eredivisie appearances as the club finished runners-up to Feyenoord.

He featured in the 2-0 Europa League final defeat to Manchester United in May, having scored two goals against Lyon in the semi-final.

The Ligue 1 club finished fourth in the table last season, securing qualification for the Europa League.
Aulas also said a deal for Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz is close to completion.

Bayern Munich sign midfielder Corentin Tolisso from Lyon

Bayern Munich have signed Corentin Tolisso from Lyon.

Tolisso, 22, can play in a number of positions across midfield, both defensive and attacking, and came through the ranks at Lyon since age 13.

Last season, he scored 14 goals and provided seven assists as Lyon qualified for the Champions League and his performances also reportedly attracted interest from Juventus, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City.

The versatile central midfielder, who has Togolese roots, passed a medical at Bayern’s Sabenerstrasse HQ in Munich on Wednesday and penned a four and a half year deal that will keep him at the Bundesliga champions until 2022.

“I had a wonderful time at Lyon, and I’m very thankful for that. Now I’m really pleased to be at one of the best clubs in Europe. I have great aims for my time at FC Bayern. Today is a great day for me,” he told Bayern’s official website.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “We’re really pleased we’ve been able to sign such a young and interesting player ahead of stiff competition from abroad. Corentin Tolisso was Carlo Ancelotti’s wish for our midfield.”

Tolisso becomes Bayern’s fourth signing of the summer after Niklas Sule and Sebastian Rudy arrived from Hoffenheim and Serge Gnabry joined from Werder Bremen.

Europa League: Semi-finals second leg results – Manchester United  hold on after nervy clash to set up Stockholm final with Ajax, who edge out Lyon

​ Lyon 3 – 1 Ajax (Aggregate  4 – 5)

Manchester United  1 – 1 Celta vigo ( Aggregate  2 – 1)



  • Manchester United  1 – 1 Celta vigo ( Aggregate  2 – 1)

Manchester United edged into the Europa League final after a 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo in their semi-final second leg on Thursday secured a 2-1 aggregate win.

Leading 1-0 from the first leg, United took control as Marouane Fellaini headed home Marcus Rashford’s cross.

But Celta, needing two goals, levelled on the night through Facundo Roncaglia to set up a tense final few minutes.

United’s Eric Bailly and Roncaglia were sent off after a mass brawl, and the hosts hung on to reach the final.


They will meet Ajax, who beat Lyon in the other semi-final, in Stockholm on 24 May.


United had never lost a two-legged European tie after winning the first leg away from home, and knew they would reach the final by keeping a clean sheet at an expectant Old Trafford.


It will be the first opportunity for United to win the Europa League trophy – the only major European trophy missing from their collection.
United are just one win away from Champions League qualification.


And, with the EFL Cup already in the bag, it would give Jose Mourinho the chance to win the double in his first season in charge at Old Trafford.

  • Lyon 3 – 1 Ajax (Aggregate  4 – 5)

Ajax secured a place in their first European final for 21 years after surviving a huge scare to beat Lyon 5-4 on aggregate in their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.

The Dutch side, who played the final six minutes with 10 men, lost 3-1 in the second leg.

Ajax scored first through Kasper Dolberg’s crafty finish to move 5-1 ahead on aggregate.

Lyon’s in-demand striker Alexandre Lacazette led the fightback with two in 79 seconds on the stroke of half-time, and Rachid Ghezzal’s header, which deflected in off Nick Viergever, who moments later was sent off, resulted in a nail-biting finish.

They meet Manchester United in Stockholm on May 24, their first European showpiece since losing the 1996 Champions League final on penalties to Juventus.
Ajax are already assured of at least a place in the Champions League third qualifying round with a top-two finish in the Eredivisie. But they trail Dutch leaders Feyenoord by a point with the season set to conclude on Sunday, so the Europa final will likely be important for advancing directly to the group stage.

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