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Champions PSG hit the top at a canter

Paris Saint-Germain went top of the French league table on Friday night with a comfortable 2-0 away win at Bordeaux.

Champions PSG hit the top at a canter
Photo: Nicolas Tucat/AFP

The champions are assured of occupying top spot for at least a further 24 hours, with Marseille visiting bottom club Toulouse on Saturday night.

But the biggest threat to the defence of their crown comes from fellow-big spenders Monaco, who entertain Lorient on Sunday and should logically leapfrog the Parisians.

PSG, who have an important midweek date with Greek side Olympiacos in the Champions League coming up, were always in control of the game and their fluid football meant the result was never in doubt.

But they still had to wait until half-an-hour in to breach the Bordeaux defence for the first time, when Blaise Matuidi collected a deft through ball from Zlatan Ibrahimovic to beat Bordeaux goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso.

Yet it was all but over in the 64th minute when the impressive Lucas doubled the score with his first goal for the club, beating the offisde trap to a through ball from Verratti and leaving Carrasso stranded waiting for the cutback for the lurking Ibrahimovic.

"I needed that goal, not only to prove to the others what I'm capable of but also for myself," Lucas said.

The hapless Carrasso conceded that Bordeaux were always second best on the night.

"We ran into a serious Paris side, who gave themselves the ideal preparation for their first Champions League game. We tried to play at our best, but we were up against some great players and the second half they were much better than we were."

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French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage

French prosecutors on Friday called for a 15-year prison sentence for one of two Russians accused of beating a British supporter during Euro 2016, an attack that left him with brain injuries.

French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage
Russian fans light flares at the match against England in 2016.. Photo: AFP

One prosecutor, Christophe Raffin, asked for the “legal maximum… between 14 and 15 years” for Pavel Kossov, who is accused of throwing the first punch at 55-year-old Andrew Bache.

Bache was injured in the violence that broke out before England played Russia in the southern French port city of Marseille on June 11th, 2016.

The second Russian on trial in Aix-en-Provence, Mikhail Ivkine, stands accused of throwing a chair at the victim, with prosecutors asking for a potential suspended sentence of up to five years.

He has claimed he was defending himself.

“No, it wasn't legitimate self-defence, it was illegitimate use of force against Andrew Bache,” Raffin said of the violence.

 

Police give emergency aid to Andrew Bache following clashes in the city of Marseille. Photo: AFP

The prosecutors said the Russians were part of a group of about 150 men, many with martial arts training, who wrought havoc in Marseille.

Bache, from Portsmouth in southern England, has no memory of the events and is too frail to attend the trial.

His son Harry, who nurses his father, is representing him in court.

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