Posts Tagged ‘Étienne Capoue’

Report: France exorcise Belarus ghost to claim second win

“PARIS — France took control of their 2014 World Cup qualifying group by overcoming a second-half wobble to beat former bêtes noires Belarus 3-1 at Stade de France on Tuesday.”

My AFP match report on France’s victory over Belarus, which featured first international goals for Étienne Capoue and Christophe Jallet, as well as a man-of-the-match performance from Franck Ribéry, can be read here.

Report: France held by Uruguay on Deschamps debut

“LE HAVRE, France — The curse of the goalless draw struck again for France and Uruguay on Wednesday, as Didier Deschamps’ first game at the French helm ended in a 0-0 stalemate in Le Havre.”

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Christophe Jallet and Étienne Capoue all made their international debuts as France were held by Uruguay in front of a less than appreciative crowd at Le Havre’s futuristic Stade Océane. Read my AFP match report here.

Related link: Deschamps unruffled by France’s boo brigade

Ligue 1: Five young players to look out for

There’s no La semaine en France this week due to the international break, but you can catch up on everything that happened in Week 4 (including all the fixtures for this weekend) here.

Instead, here are five carefully chosen videos showcasing the best of some of Ligue 1’s most promising young players.

Karim Aït-Fana (Montpellier)
Age: 21
Nationality: French
Position: Winger

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La semaine en France: Week 4

A bite-size round-up of the week’s events in French football, for anyone who wants to keep up with what’s happening in Ligue 1 but hasn’t got the time (or the French) to do so.

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Week 4 saw Yoann Gourcuff’s Lyon debut turn into a decidedly damp squib as his side were beaten 2-0 at Lorient, while Bordeaux snatched a last-gasp 1-1 draw at home to Marseille and Toulouse extended their 100 percent record to open up a four-point lead at the summit.

All eyes were on Gourcuff at Stade du Moustoir, and although he began the game on the bench he was pressed into action in the 30th minute against the side coached by his father when César Delgado had to go off with a thigh injury. Lyon already trailed to an eighth-minute penalty from the impressive Kévin Gameiro and although Gourcuff’s introduction gave the visitors’ attacking play much more cohesion, their chances of a comeback were dealt a fatal blow in the 66th minute when Lorient debutant Lynel Kitambala slammed home.

Lyon have four points from their first four games – the same as Bordeaux and Marseille, who fought out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Chaban-Delmas on Sunday night. Lucho González expertly swept OM into a 12th-minute lead after a superb charge down the right flank from Brandão, but Edouard Cissé was harshly dismissed in the 33rd minute and Marseille’s resistance finally crumbled two minutes from time when Anthony Modeste (pictured) got across César Azpilicueta to head in Jaroslav Plašil’s inswinging cross.

A marvellously assured goal (see below) from rumoured Barcelona target Étienne Capoue set Toulouse on their way to a 2-0 victory at Nancy. TFC are four points clear of Rennes and Montpellier, while Sochaux climbed to fourth after exploiting the huge cracks in the Paris Saint-Germain defence to record a 3-1 win over Antoine Kombouaré’s men at Stade Bonal. Caen’s unbeaten run came to an end when they went down 2-0 at home to fellow promoted side Brest.

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