Ligue 1: Ranieri appointed Nantes coach

Claudio Ranieri is back in football less than four months after being sacked by Leicester City after agreeing a two-year contract with Nantes. The Italian was unceremoniously dumped by the Foxes in February as they battled for Premier League survival, despite having led them to a stunning league title the season before. Ranieri had been…

Monaco claim first title in 17 years with St Etienne win

Monaco claimed their first Ligue 1 title in 17 years with one game to spare when they beat St Etienne 2-0 at home on Wednesday to bring an end to Paris St Germain’s four-year reign as champions. Monaco, who took their tally in a swashbuckling season to 104 goals, needed a draw to be guaranteed…

Ligue 1 round-up: PSG strike late to put pressure on Monaco

Edinson Cavani converted a late penalty as Paris Saint-Germain laboured to a 1-0 win over Nancy on Saturday. Cavani netted his 27th goal in 26 league appearances this season to put PSG on 62 points, behind Monaco on goal difference, who host Nantes on Sunday. PSG, who were held to a goalless draw by Toulouse…

Ligue 1: PSG slump to fourth defeat of season at Guingamp

PSG slumped to their fourth Ligue 1 defeat of the season as they were beaten 2-1 at Guingamp. Unai Emery’s side were stunned by second-half goals from Yannis Salibur and Nill de Pauw and, although Edinson Cavani pulled one back in the 80th minute, the reigning champions were left four points adrift of leaders Nice.…

Ligue 1: Nice defeat Toulouse, back in first

Nice returned to the top of Ligue 1 after comfortably overcoming Toulouse 3-0 at home. Lucien Favre’s men grabbed the lead through a 23rd-minute strike from Alassane Plea, who had latched onto a long ball forward from Dante. Dante then produced a similar delivery three minutes later which Younes Belhanda took on with a delightful…

Balotelli scores as Nice go clear in Ligue 1

Nice moved six points clear at the top of Ligue 1 thanks to a convincing 4-1 win against Nantes. A Wylian Cyprien brace, partnered with goals from Mario Balotelli and Alassane Plea, secured a sixth straight Ligue 1 victory for Les Aiglons, handing them a commanding lead at the summit of French football. The league…

French champions Paris St-Germain suffered another defeat

Seventeen-year-old Toulouse keeper Alban Lafont produced an inspired display as French champions Paris St-Germain suffered another defeat. Yann Bodiger scored from the penalty spot after ex-Toulouse defender Serge Aurier was sent off for a second yellow following a foul on Ola Toivonen. Lafont denied Edinson Cavani three times before Jimmy Durmaz made it 2-0. PSG…

PSG suffer shock defeat at Monaco

Champions Paris St Germain suffered a shock 3-1 defeat at Monaco on Sunday, suggesting they may find it harder to retain their Ligue 1 crown after last season’s complete domination. PSG won the title by 31 points in May, losing only two games, but they were outclassed by Monaco who finished third last term. Monaco…

Cavani off target but PSG still ease past Metz

Paris St Germain eased to a 3-0 win over Metz in Ligue 1 on Sunday despite a miserable evening for Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani who missed a host of chances. Cavani, now PSG’s main striker after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s departure to Manchester United, wasted half a dozen clear cut chances and the crowd lost patience with…