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League Focus: Plethora of Strike Pairs Gives Way to Ligue 1 Goalrush

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League Focus: Plethora of Strike Pairs Gives Way to Ligue 1 Goalrush   When Bordeaux and Nice were grinding their way to a goalless draw on Friday night, we couldn’t have imagined it. Ligue 1’s spectacular Saturday was an unexpected jolt of joy after a particularly inauspicious beginning to the weekend, with the aggregate haul of 23 from the five ma...

League Focus: Five Observations From the First Half of Ligue 1 2015/16

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League Focus: Five Observations From the First Half of Ligue 1 2015/16   PSG's history boys    Though the neutral might regret that the Ligue 1 title race is effectively over at the halfway stage, there is no getting around Paris Saint-Germain’s excellence. Laurent Blanc’s team are so much better than last season, in which they gave their ri...

Team Focus: PSG Show Versatility On Tough Weekend

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Team Focus: PSG Show Versatility On Tough Weekend   “We would have liked to do something else (other than playing),” said Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc after Saturday’s win at Lorient. Despite that, he was at a loss to know what that something was. “We represent Paris, the team of the capital. We have to do w...

Match Focus: Feisty Brittany Derby Flips the Region’s Script

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Match Focus: Feisty Brittany Derby Flips the Region’s Script   So when Guingamp take on Lorient, it’s not a ‘real’ derby? Try telling that to anyone involved at the Stade de Roudourou on Saturday night. Though these two modest clubs are separated from one another by 110km and are (figuratively speaking, at least) even further from the ...

League Focus: Relegation Battle Tightens on Ligue 1’s Binary Sunday

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League Focus: Relegation Battle Tightens on Ligue 1’s Binary Sunday 1-0, 1-0, 0-1, 1-0, 0-1, 0-0. The Sunday afternoon multiplex in Ligue 1 might have looked unappetising viewing on paper – with the final five being played simultaneously, after the Saturday schedule was cleared for the Coupe de la Ligue final – but there was no shortage of tension.At th...

Player Focus: A Month to Remember for Lorient's Guerreiro

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Player Focus: A Month to Remember for Lorient's Guerreiro   It "came from nothing", in the words of Argentina coach Tata Martino. Portuguese sports daily O Jogo, meanwhile, remarked that it was headed in by "the shortest player in the team" and would "mark history." Raphael Guerreiro's last-gasp winner for Portugal against Argentina is a moment that ...

Team Focus: Uncertain Future for Lorient as Gourcuff Era Comes to a Close

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Team Focus: Uncertain Future for Lorient as Gourcuff Era Comes to a Close   Saturday evening’s draw with Evian Thonon Gaillard was Lorient’s season in a nutshell; not without merit but ultimately, deeply unsatisfying. “We didn’t deserve this point,” said coach Christian Gourcuff afterwards with some bluntness. “We were scared of p...

Team Focus: Brittany Fears: Where the Ligue 1 Title Could be Won & Lost

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Team Focus: Brittany Fears: Where the Ligue 1 Title Could be Won & Lost   It was a strange weekend over in Ligue 1. Over 48 hours only 22 goals were scored in ten games, and eight of those came in the epic 4-4 battle between Lyon and PSG. In Saturday’s 6 o’clock kick-offs only nine goals were scored. Of all ten games, only three of the sides playing aw...

PSG 0 - 1 Lorient Match Report

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Saturday night saw the eyes of the world focused on the European capital of love. Although Christian Gourcuff’s Lorient side had no plans on showing PSG any act of kindness. New signing Julien Quercia silenced the Parc des Princes after 28 minutes when Yann Jouffre’s free-kick made it al...

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