- We’re back after a two week hiatus courtesy of the international break to talk some scintillating football from the French first division. The big matchup from the fixture list in Week 5 was Lyon’s tilt versus struggling AS Monaco. Lyon emerged victorious 2-1 on a 73′ goal by Corentin Tolisso. Another game, another loss for Monaco who now sit 19th in Ligue 1. Meanwhile Lyon snapped their three game losing streak and get to face the big bad bullies known as Paris Saint Germain in Ligue 1’s marquee match of week 6.
- We have new leaders at the top of the French First division as Lille with their 2-0 victory versus Nantes pushed past Bordeaux for top spot. Manchester city loanee Marcus Lopes and Liverpool summer signing Divock Origi scored for the French side. In nearly 500 minutes of play, Lille have only conceded one goal, a remarkable amount to start the season.
- PSG continue their lackadaisical start to the domestic season with a 1-1 draw away from home versus Rennes. While there’s a really good chance that PSG will still win Ligue 1, that won’t stop me from posting this in all of its glory:
- Elsewhere, Marseille continue their resurgence with another convincing win, a 3-1 victory versus Evian Thonon Gaillard. Marseille were clinical when the opportunity arrived (it helps when you play Evian, a side who will in all likelihood be relegated this season), highlighted by their opening goal coming only 20 seconds in on a long ball from Rod Finni that was smashed home by Andre-Pierre Gignac.
That makes it 4 goals in 5 games to start the season, a non penalty goal mark of 0.604 that would outpace the 0.496 rate he produced last season:
- Other Results from Week 5 in Ligue 1: Bastia 1-1 Lens, Monpellier 1-0 Lorient, Nice 1-0 Metz, Reims 2-0 Toulouse, Saint Etienne 1-0 Caen, Guinamp 2-1 Bordeaux
- Next week’s biggest matchup comes from the Parc de Princes where PSG hosts Olympique Lyonnais. Both teams have had pedestrian starts to the season though one of the teams is PSG so they can get away with it in comparison to Lyon. Lyon though are getting players back from injury, especially with their back line with the likes of Henri Bedimo and Samuel Umtiti (who started versus Monaco on Friday) returning. This is a big opportunity for Lyon to build on the success that came with their victory versus Monaco, and rebuild their push for a possible Champions League spot courtesy of Monaco’s epic decline from grace.
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