PARIS (AP) — 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.
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain won 4-0 at Dijon on Tuesday to move toward another inevitable French title, although that will not mask the club's ongoing shortcomings in Europe.
PARIS (AP) — Lille strengthened its chances of qualifying automatically for next season's Champions League, moving seven points clear of third-placed Lyon with a 1-0 win at Saint-Etienne in the...
PARIS (AP) — Lyon dropped vital points in the race to qualify automatically for the Champions League, throwing away a 2-0 lead in drawing at Strasbourg 2-2 in the French league on...
PARIS (AP) — An own goal from Wesley Lautoa was enough for Lille to tighten its hold on a Champions League qualification place with a 1-0 win over Dijon in the French league on...
CAEN, France (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe rescued a 2-1 win at Caen for the runaway French league leader to avoid embarrassment on Saturday before Manchester United's Champions...
PARIS (AP) — Thousands of French yellow vests protested Saturday for a 16th straight weekend in Paris and other cities to show they are keeping up momentum against the government's economic...
After resisting Barcelona’s attack, Lyon loses 2-0 at Monaco
PARIS (AP) — After keeping Barcelona's mighty attack quiet during the week, Lyon succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at Monaco on Sunday that hampers its chances of qualifying automatically for next...
Lille held 1-1 at Strasbourg in French League
PARIS (AP) — Lille again dropped points in the race for second place and automatic qualification for the Champions League after it was held to a second successive draw in Ligue 1 on...
Mbappe scores 20th league goal as PSG routs Montpellier 5-1
PARIS (AP) — Kylian Mbappe scored his league-leading 20th goal of the season as Paris Saint-Germain beat Montpellier 5-1 on Wednesday to move 15 points clear, having played one game less than...
Lyon warms up for Barca with 2-1 win over Guingamp in France
LYON, France (AP) — Lyon warmed up for its Champions League meeting with Barcelona by beating Guingamp 2-1 on Friday to strengthen its hold on third place in the French league.
Goals from Martin Terrier and captain Nabil Fekir were enough for Lyon to move three points behind second-place Lille and six ahead of Saint-Etienne.
Terrier, who had earlier had a goal ruled out for offside, scored with a fine finish on the rebound after Houssem Aouar tried his luck from distance in the 15th minute.
Lille maintains Champions League push as rival Lyon loses
PARIS (AP) — 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.
Pepe’s rise: From fighting relegation to Ligue 1′s new star
PARIS (AP) — 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 played before don't act the same way. ... Some of them fear me, I can feel it."
PSG loses its 1st league game this season
PARIS (AP) — 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 loss since a 2-0 home defeat to Rennes in the penultimate game of last season.
Lille beats Nice 4-0 to maintain push for second in Ligue 1
LILLE, France (AP) — Lille maintained its push for second place and an automatic Champions League spot next season with a 4-0 home win against Nice on Friday.
Lille's slick forward line overwhelmed Nice's defense, as Nicolas Pepe took his tally to 16 league goals and 19-year-old Portuguese striker Rafael Leao continued his fine form with the opening goal.
Balotelli scores on debut but Marseille loses 2-1 to Lille
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — 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 the game through the legs of keeper Steve Mandanda following a quick counter-attack.
Referee takes teams off after Marseille firecracker thrown
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — 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 left back Jordan Amavi were standing next to him. Strootman grimaced and covered his ears, while Amavi looked shaken.
Balotelli hopes to kick-start season after joining Marseille
Mario Balotelli hopes to kick-start his season and revive Marseille's flagging league campaign.
The much-traveled striker joined Marseille on Wednesday from French rival Nice until the end of the season, the latest stage in a topsy-turvy career he reignited in France following a miserable spell in England with Liverpool.
Now Balotelli has the task of sparking a Marseille attack which has been carried by winger Florian Thauvin this season.
Lille beats Amiens 2-1 to consolidate 2nd place behind PSG
LILLE, France (AP) — Lille substitute Xeka scored late on to clinch a 2-1 win over Amiens on Friday that consolidated second place behind Paris Saint-Germain in the French league.
The Portuguese midfielder netted in the 85th minute to cancel out compatriot Rafael Leao's equalizer in first-half injury time for the relegation-threatened visitors.
Nicolas Pepe had earlier missed a penalty for Lille, which went ahead through Juan Ferney Otero in the fifth minute.
Mbappe scores 14th of Ligue 1 in PSG’s 3-0 win at Amiens
PARIS (AP) — Kylian Mbappe struck his French league-leading 14th goal as Paris Saint-Germain won at Amiens 3-0 on Saturday.
The 20-year-old Mbappe has 14 goals in only 13 games, compared to 13 in 27 matches last season for PSG. France's World Cup star is well on course to eclipse his best tally of 15 in 2017, when he was a rising star of world soccer and won the title with Monaco.
Lille maintains push for 2nd place with 3-1 win at Caen
PARIS (AP) — Lille maintained its push for second place and an automatic Champions League spot next season with a 3-1 win at Caen on Friday.
Lille's slick attack was too much for Caen and it was 2-0 after 20 minutes, thanks to goals from club top scorer Nicolas Pepe and 19-year-old Portuguese Rafael Leao.
Pepe's 13th league goal matches his tally from last season.
Even the sending off of Turkish defender Zeki Celik 10 minutes from the end did not hold Lille back.
Mbappe scores winner for PSG as Monaco continues to struggle
PARIS (AP) — Two days after celebrating his 20th birthday, Kylian Mbappe grabbed Paris Saint-Germain's winner against Nantes in a scrappy 1-0 home result on Saturday.
With PSG heading toward a third straight French league draw, Mbappe slid in at the back post to stab home Angel Di Maria's corner from the right in the 68th minute.
It took France's World Cup star to the top of the league scoring charts with 13, and ensured PSG heads into the winter break unbeaten in domestic competitions.
Aouar and Pepe the latest young talents to emerge in France
PARIS (AP) — The French league has long had a reputation for producing some of the soccer stars of tomorrow. They learn their trade in flourishing French academies before rising to prominence in bigger European leagues.
And two more are thriving this season — Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and Lille striker Nicolas Pepe.
Both scored for their clubs on Sunday to further cement their burgeoning reputations.
Lille shows flair and resilience to win 3-2 at Nimes
PARIS (AP) — Lille showed the attacking flair and resilient qualities befitting a side challenging for second place, winning 3-2 at Nimes on Sunday despite playing most of the French league match with 10 men.
It has been some turnaround for Lille, which is second nearing the halfway point, having narrowly avoided relegation last season. The fact it did so was largely down to a career-high 13 league goals from striker Nicolas Pepe.
Lille shows flair and resilience to win 3-2 at Nimes
PARIS (AP) — Lille showed the attacking flair and resilient qualities befitting a side challenging for second place, winning 3-2 at Nimes on Sunday despite playing most of the match with 10 men following an early sending off.
It has been some turnaround for Lille, which is second nearing the halfway point having narrowly avoided relegation last season. The fact it did so was largely down to a career-high 13 league goals from striker Nicolas Pepe.
French scoring race produces a couple of surprise candidates
PARIS (AP) — The race to finish as the French league's top scorer was expected to be a three-way contest between Paris Saint-Germain forwards Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.
But while that trio is scoring regularly as expected, a couple of unheralded players are keeping pace.
Nicolas Pepe scores last-gasp equalizer, Lille moves to 2nd
PARIS (AP) — Nicolas Pepe underlined his growing importance in Lille's quest for a lucrative Champions League place with a last-gasp penalty in a 1-1 home draw with Reims in the French league on Sunday.
Pepe slotted home from the spot in the fifth minute of injury time to move second, two points ahead of Montpellier, which has a game in hand.
Striker Remi Oudin put midtable Reims ahead midway through the second half.
Strasbourg held to 2-2 home draw by struggling Caen
PARIS (AP) — Days after holding runaway league leader Paris Saint-Germain to a draw, Strasbourg was held 2-2 at home by struggling Caen on Sunday.
Strasbourg became only the second side to take points off PSG this season when the sides drew 1-1 on Wednesday.
So resolute in defense against free-scoring PSG, Strasbourg conceded a sloppy equalizer with 10 minutes left when a poor clearance allowed midfielder Saif-Eddine Khaoui time to pick his spot with a rasping drive from 20 meters.
Substitute Mbappe galvanizes PSG in 1-1 draw at Strasbourg
PARIS (AP) — Kylian Mbappe came off the bench to rescue Paris Saint-Germain from its first defeat of the season when he earned a second-half penalty in a 1-1 draw at Strasbourg on Wednesday.
After a poor opening half when PSG struggled to string any passes together under Strasbourg's intense pressing, Mbappe galvanized his side but ultimately could not prevent a second straight draw.
Montpellier beats struggling Monaco 2-1 to take 2nd place
PARIS (AP) — Montpellier scored two late goals to win at Thierry Henry's struggling Monaco 2-1 and move up to second place in the French league on Saturday.
Strikers Gaetan Laborde and Petar Skuletic netted in the last 10 minutes after Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans gave 19th-place Monaco the lead shortly before halftime. Montpellier moved above Lyon on goal difference, while Monaco remained only two points ahead of last-placed Guingamp.
Vieira’s Nice extends winning streak to 5 games
PARIS (AP) — Patrick Vieira's Nice extended its match-winning streak to five games with a 2-0 win against Lille in the French league on Sunday.
From 15th place in September after three losses in his first six games as Nice manager, the former Arsenal great has now steered the Mediterranean team to seventh, with Saint-Etienne, Marseille, Lille and Montpellier just ahead, all within three points.
Cilic stays in control as Croatia wins Davis Cup
LILLE, France (AP) — After an agonizing defeat in Croatia's previous Davis Cup final, there was no letdown for Marin Cilic this time.
Cilic was two sets up against Juan Martin del Potro two years ago in Zagreb, with Croatia leading Argentina 2-1 on the final day, when his game collapsed as the South Americans fought back and ultimately won the final.
This weekend in northern France, Cilic did not give even a glimmer of hope to his French opponents that they could stage a comeback of their own.
Doubles win keeps French hopes alive in Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — Suddenly realizing he was listening to France's national anthem for maybe the last time in his Davis Cup captain role, Yannick Noah could not hold back tears.
Standing next to his players during "La Marseille," Noah was emotional before Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert took on Croatia's Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic in the doubles of the final on Saturday.
Tsonga doubtful with groin injury at Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is doubtful for the remainder of the Davis Cup final after apparently injuring his groin during his loss to Marin Cilic on Friday.
The Frenchman was hurt in the third set of his 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 defeat to Croatia's top player.
Croatia leads 2-0 after the opening singles and could win its second Davis Cup crown on Saturday in the doubles.
Croatia eases to 2-0 over France in Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — France captain Yannick Noah's gamble on players and court surface backfired against Croatia in the Davis Cup final on Friday.
Noah chose Jeremy Chardy and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to meet Croatia on indoor clay, and they were thrashed in straight sets on the first day, leaving the Croats on the verge of their second Davis Cup crown.
Borna Coric dismantled Chardy 6-2, 7-5, 6-4, and Marin Cilic defeated Tsonga 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 at Pierre Mauroy Stadium in the opening singles.
France soccer players send support to Davis Cup team
LILLE, France (AP) — There will be an air of sporting "deja vu" when France takes on Croatia in the Davis Cup final.
The two nations already faced off this year in the World Cup final, with France's national soccer team emerging victorious 4-2.
Yannick Noah, the Davis Cup captain for France, is a longtime soccer fan. He said his team took inspiration from the country's victory in Russia, adding he spoke with France coach Didier Deschamps ahead of this weekend's final.
Chardy to open for France against Croatia in Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — With no player standing out as a clear leader, France captain Yannick Noah chose Jeremy Chardy ahead of Lucas Pouille for the opening match of the Davis Cup final against Croatia.
The 40th-ranked Chardy, in the team only after Richard Gasquet withdrew injured, will lead defending champion France against Borna Coric on indoor clay at Pierre Mauroy Stadium on Friday.
Pumas made 3 changes for Scotland test
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Argentina made minimal changes again with only three for the rugby test against Scotland on Saturday at Murrayfield after losing to France.
The Pumas, as against Ireland in the opening match of their European tour, were competitive until late in Lille where France rose up to win 28-13.
Guido Petti, tried out as a flanker for the first time in a lengthy test career, was returned to lock on Thursday and Mattias Alemanno dropped to the reserves.
Huget, Fickou back for France against Pumas
PARIS (AP) — Wing Yoann Huget will play his first match for France in a year against Argentina this Saturday in Lille.
Huget replaced Damian Penaud, who missed out on Thursday because of a right ankle injury he sustained in the last-minute 29-26 loss to South Africa last weekend.
Huget was not included in France coach Jacques Brunel's initial squad for the autumn test matches last month but broke into the team after Wesley Fofana was ruled out injured.
Lille moves to 2nd in France despite draw with Strasbourg
LILLE, France (AP) — Lille moved to second place in the French league despite being held to a 0-0 draw at home against Strasbourg on Friday.
Lille, which lost 2-1 to league leader Paris Saint-Germain last weekend, dominated possession and had most of the scoring chances, but it couldn't find a way past Belgian goalkeeper Matz Sels.
Lille ended with 22 shots on goal, 15 of them in the first half alone. The visitors had four in total.
PSG coach Tuchel needs more backing in drive for discipline
PARIS (AP) — Only days after he stood up to key players for turning up late to a team talk, another incident underlined how Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel needs greater backing from his club over disciplinary issues.
Tuchel felt let down by midfielder Marco Verratti, who was stopped by police for driving over the alcohol limit late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
Henry’s struggling Monaco side loses 1-0 at Reims
PARIS (AP) — Thierry Henry must be wondering what he signed up for as Monaco's new coach.
After four matches, the France great has yet to win one, and his side is languishing in 19th place in the French league after losing at Reims 1-0.
Even with Colombia striker Radamel Falcao back from injury and coming off the bench for the entire second half, Monaco failed to score after Reims midfielder Alaixys Romao was sent off after 50 minutes. Monaco midfielder Pele was red-carded with 20 minutes left.
Mbappe and Neymar score as PSG beats Lille for 12th win
PARIS (AP) — Kylian Mbappe scored a spectacular goal and then set up Neymar as runaway French league leader Paris Saint-Germain won at home to second-place Lille 2-1 on Friday.
PSG's 12th straight win from the start of the season is a record for the top five European leagues, beating Tottenham's 11 opening wins in 1960 in England.
PSG coach Thomas Tuchel picked midfielder Marco Verratti, who was stopped by police this week for driving over the alcohol limit.
Henry still seeking first win after Monaco draw again
PARIS (AP) — Thierry Henry still seeks his first win as a coach after Monaco drew at home with Dijon 2-2 in the French league on Saturday.
The France great replaced Leonardo Jardim this month and has drawn two games and lost one. He inherited a squad low on confidence and decimated by injury, however, with first-choice forwards Radamel Falcao and Stevan Jovetic and No. 1 goalkeeper Danijel Subasic all sidelined.
Dembele and Depay score against Nimes as Lyon moves into 3rd
PARIS (AP) — Forwards Moussa Dembele and Memphis Depay each scored as Lyon beat Nimes 2-0 at home on Friday to move up to third place in the French league.
The speedy Dembele netted midway through the first half, controlling a high ball over the top with his left foot and slotting it past the goalkeeper with his right after shrugging off a defender.
It was the 22-year-old Frenchman's third league goal since a summer move from Scottish champion Celtic.
Lille strengthens hold on 2nd in French league
PARIS (AP) — Lille moved within five points of French league leader Paris Saint-Germain by beating Saint-Etienne 3-1 on Saturday.
Jonathan Bamba scored twice against his former club and also set up Lille's third goal from Nicolas Pepe.
PSG hosts Lyon on Sunday looking to extend its perfect start to nine straight wins.
Unhappy Payet raises questions for Marseille; PSG marches on
PARIS (AP) — After Marseille was soundly beaten 3-0 at Lille on Sunday, it would have been easier for its star player Dimitri Payet to avoid questions.
Soccer players often do just that, escaping to the privacy of the dressing room rather than talking about their team's abject performance.
France opts for clay to take on Croatia in Davis Cup final
PARIS (AP) — France has chosen clay as the surface for the Davis Cup final against Croatia as it bids to win back-to-back titles in the team competition.
The final will be held at the 26,429-capacity Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille from Nov. 23-25, under a retractable roof.
It will be the third time in five years that Lille has hosted the final after France lost Switzerland in 2014 at the same venue and won the title against Belgium last year.