Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan earns France call-up

Soccer 05/21/19, 09:09

France coach Didier Deschamps called up three new players on Tuesday, including Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan, for upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Turkey and Andorra and a friendly against Bolivia.Maignan, who was voted the league's best goalkeeper last week, was rewarded for his excellent season with French league runner-up Lille."Maignan ...

Pepe scores twice for Lille, Lyon seals 3rd in Ligue 1

Sports 05/18/19, 16:37

Lyon sealed third place and Champions League football after beating Caen 4-0 in the French league on Saturday while the in-demand Nicolas Pepe scored twice for Lille.Lille thrashed struggling Angers 5-0, with Pepe scoring in each half to lift his tally to 22 league goals. Only Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian ...

Lille moves closer to Champions League after draw with Lyon

Sports 05/05/19, 17:06

Lille moved even closer to qualifying for next season's Champions League after drawing 2-2 at rival Lyon in the French league on Sunday.Second place guarantees automatic entry into Europe's elite club competition and Lille is six points ahead of third-place Lyon with three games left. The team finishing third goes ...

Lille moves a step closer to Champions League qualification

Soccer 04/28/19, 16:36

As its prolific attack came to life in the second half, Lille routed Nimes 5-0 in the French league on Sunday to strengthen its grip on second place and automatic qualification for next season's Champions League.After former France forward Loic Remy put Lille ahead in the 51st minute, forward Jonathan ...

How Paris Saint-Germain won its 6th title in 7 seasons

Soccer 04/21/19, 17:43

Although Lille kept the French league title race going until five games before the end, there never really was any suspense. For some, it was like a repeat of a dull soap opera with the ending already known.It was only because PSG failed to wrap up the title three matches ...

PSG wins French league after 2nd-place Lille fails to win

Sports 04/21/19, 10:03

Paris Saint-Germain clinched the French league title without kicking a ball as second-place Lille could only draw 0-0 at Toulouse on Sunday.Lille had to win to have any chance of catching PSG, but PSG is now 16 points ahead of its only rival with five matches left after this weekend.After ...

Questions asked after PSG fluffs 3 attempts to win title

Soccer 04/18/19, 12:16

After dominating the French league, Paris Saint-Germain has suddenly gone on a bizarre run of bad form.Considering how far ahead PSG has been all season, the French title should have been clinched by now.Instead, the Champagne has stayed on ice three times. PSG has drawn once and lost twice, and ...

PSG looks to win French league title with depleted squad

Soccer 04/16/19, 09:49

After running away at the top of the standings all season, Paris Saint-Germain has found it hard to wrap up its eighth French league title.The defending champions needed a draw at second-place Lille on Sunday, but lost 5-1 — the team's biggest defeat since Qatari investors QSI took charge in ...

PSG again fails to seal French title after crushing 5-1 loss

Soccer 04/14/19, 16:34

Needing just a draw to win the French title, defending champion Paris Saint-Germain was humiliated 5-1 at Lille on Sunday.PSG needed a home win against Strasbourg to clinch an eighth French title last weekend, only to draw 2-2.This time, PSG striker Kylian Mbappe had two goals disallowed for offside. PSG ...

PSG title party delayed after spectacular Choupo-Moting miss

Soccer 04/07/19, 17:16

Paris Saint-Germain had its title celebrations delayed for at least another week after forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting accidentally prevented a goal for his team despite the ball being about to cross the goal-line.Amid disbelieving looks from teammates, with the score at 1-1 in the first half, Choupo-Moting stopped a chip ...

Lille overcomes 2-goal deficit, Caen upsets Monaco

Soccer 03/31/19, 13:20

Nantes and Lille failed to get a single shot on target during the first half of their French league game on Sunday, and then produced five goals in 15 minutes.The goal bonanza at Nantes' La Beaujoire stadium ultimately rewarded second-placed Lille, which erased a two-goal deficit to prevail 3-2 and ...

Monaco slows down Lille’s Champions League bid with 1-0 win

Soccer 03/15/19, 18:37

Monaco boosted its chances of staying up and slowed down Lille's bid for an automatic Champions League place with a 1-0 away win on Friday.Brazilian striker Carlos Vinicius pounced in the last minute to move Monaco up to 16th place in the French league and keep Lille under pressure in ...

Mbappe scores again as runaway leader PSG beats Nimes 3-0

Soccer 02/23/19, 13:14

Kylian Mbappe scored twice to take his league-leading tally to 22 goals as Paris Saint-Germain beat Nimes 3-0 on Saturday to move 17 points clear at the top. Mbappe has scored in all four games since PSG lost forwards Neymar and Edinson Cavani to injury, and the 20-year-old France star's second-half ...

Lille drops points after drawing 0-0 at home to Montpellier

Soccer 02/17/19, 13:43

Lille dropped points in the race for second place and automatic qualification for the Champions League after drawing 0-0 at home to Montpellier on Sunday.Montpellier showed why it has the second-best defense in the French league by containing Lille's 16-goal top scorer Nicolas Pepe .The draw trims second-placed Lille's lead ...

Lille maintains Champions League push as rival Lyon loses

Soccer 02/10/19, 18:03

Lille stepped up its bid for second place in the French league and automatic qualification for the Champions League by winning 2-0 at Guingamp before Lyon lost 1-0 at Nice on Sunday.The win puts Lille six points ahead of third-placed Lyon, while Nice climbed up to seventh spot.Teen striker Rafael ...

PSG striker Edinson Cavani limps off injured in home win

Soccer 02/09/19, 13:02

Striker Edinson Cavani limped off as Paris Saint-Germain sustained another apparent injury blow on Saturday ahead of its trip to play Manchester United in the Champions League.Cavani put PSG ahead from the penalty spot in the 42nd minute when, moments later, he walked off before the halftime whistle. PSG beat ...

Pepe’s rise: From fighting relegation to Ligue 1’s new star

Soccer 02/07/19, 11:30

Lille forward Nicolas Pepe can tell by the way opponents react to him these days that his status in the French league has changed dramatically over the last year."It's in the attitude of defenders that I can see I've taken on a new dimension," Pepe said. "Some of those I've ...

PSG loses its 1st league game this season

Soccer 02/03/19, 18:11

Paris Saint-Germain's 20-game unbeaten run in the French league this season ended with a 2-1 defeat at Lyon on Sunday.PSG has lost three times this season, including away to Liverpool in the Champions League and at home to Guingamp in the League Cup, but this was its first Ligue 1 ...

Balotelli scores on debut but Marseille loses 2-1 to Lille

Soccer 01/25/19, 17:51

Mario Balotelli scored on his Marseille debut on Friday, but it was too late to save his side from a 2-1 home defeat to second-place Lille.Balotelli rose to powerfully head in a corner five minutes into injury time, shortly after Lille striker Nicolas Pepe had netted his second goal of ...

Referee takes teams off after Marseille firecracker thrown

Soccer 01/25/19, 16:54

A firecracker was thrown from the crowd during Marseille's home game with Lille on Friday, landing near a linesman and forcing the referee to take the players off.After 56 minutes, and with Marseille 1-0 down, the missile landed near the feet of linesman Nicolas Danos.Marseille midfielder Kevin Strootman and Marseille ...

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