Lille maintains Champions League push as rival Lyon loses



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11 Feb 2019, 04:34 IST
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PARIS (AP) — Lille stepped up its bid for second place within the French league and computerized qualification for the Champions League by profitable 2-Zero at Guingamp earlier than Lyon misplaced 1-Zero at Good on Sunday.

The win places Lille six factors forward of third-placed Lyon, whereas Good climbed as much as seventh spot.

Teen striker Rafael Leao put Lille forward simply after halftime towards last-placed Guingamp. After Guingamp striker Marcus Thurm had a aim disallowed for offside following a video evaluation, former France ahead Loic Remy received and transformed an injury-time penalty for Lille.

The northern France facet stays 10 factors behind runaway chief Paris Saint-Germain, having performed two video games greater than PSG.

It’s some turnaround from final season when Lille narrowly averted relegation.

Lyon handed PSG its first league defeat of the marketing campaign with a superb efficiency final weekend, however didn’t get previous a cussed Good facet coached by former France and Arsenal nice Patrick Vieira.

Midfielder Remi Walter’s penalty halfway by means of the second half determined a carefully fought match.

Lyon is six factors forward of fourth-placed Montpellier, which has performed one sport much less. Ending third ensures a spot within the Champions League qualifying rounds.


Monaco missed the chance to maneuver away from the French league’s relegation zone after conceding an injury-time penalty in a 2-2 draw at Montpellier.

Striker Andy Delort’s effort was poorly struck, with the ball squirming beneath the goalkeeper’s physique and simply over the road.

A win would have moved Monaco as much as 16th place, however the draw means it’s 18th and within the promotion-relegation playoff spot.

Portuguese ahead Gelson Martins scored his first aim since becoming a member of Monaco, sliding in on the again publish to show in a cross from the left after 14 minutes.

Striker Gaetan Laborde equalized halfway by means of the second half, earlier than Radamel Falcao struck within the 84th after Martins had a shot saved.

It was Falcao’s ninth league aim of a troublesome season that has seen coach Leonardo Jardim fired in October to make approach for Thierry Henry, after which re-hired after Henry was fired final month .

Montpellier is fourth on aim distinction forward of Saint-Etienne, which misplaced 3-Zero at Rennes. Striker M’Baye Niang, winger Hatem Ben Arfa and midfielder Adrien Hunou obtained the objectives for eighth-placed Rennes.

Elsewhere, Nantes went 2-Zero up earlier than dropping 4-2 at dwelling to midtable Nimes.

Strikers Kalifa Coulibaly and Majeed Waris scored within the first half, however after the break Baptiste Guillaume, Antonin Bobichon, Jordan Ferri and Sada Thioub all scored for Nimes.

On a day of mourning for Emiliano Sala , Nantes gamers walked onto the sphere wearing black with Sala’s identify on their backs as the gang chanted his identify.

A minute’s applause was noticed in any respect stadiums within the prime two divisions in France this weekend, in reminiscence of the Argentine striker who was killed in a airplane crash on the age of 28.

Additionally, Toulouse drew 1-1 at dwelling to Reims.


Striker Edinson Cavani sustained a hip harm as PSG beat Bordeaux 1-Zero at dwelling on Saturday, ruling him out of Tuesday’s match at Manchester United within the final 16 of the Champions League.

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