PSG stretch lead at top of Ligue 1 to 10 points

PSG's lead at the top of Ligue already looks unassailable after a win against Rennes helped stretch the gap to 10 points. The weekend also saw wins for Marseille and Lyon, who climbed to second.

PSG stretch lead at top of Ligue 1 to 10 points
Photo: AFP

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou scored against his former club as Marseille won 1-0 at Nantes on Sunday to record back-to-back Ligue 1 victories for the first time this season.

France Under-21 winger Nkoudou swapped the Stade de la Beaujoire for Marseille over the summer and came back to haunt the Brittany side with the game's only goal after 53 minutes.

It was a second successive away win for OM and one that bumped them up to 12th in the table, while Nantes stayed tenth after their three-game winning streak was brought to an end.

Marseille arrived in Nantes with just three points separating them from the relegation zone and created few chances of note in a quiet opening 45 minutes in which the hosts' Johan Audel went closest to finding a breakthrough.

But after Remy Cabella helped win the ball back deep in Nantes territory early in the second half, Nkoudou advanced towards goal before firing low past Remy Riou from just outside the area for his first league goal since March when he was still at Nantes.

The home side came desperately close to grabbing an equaliser on 83 minutes but Abdelaziz Barrada was perfectly positioned to clear Oswaldo Vizcarrondo's goalbound header off the line and help Marseille hold on for just a fourth win in 12 matches.

Earlier, Monaco dealt surprise high-fliers Angers just a second defeat of the season with a 1-0 victory over the top-flight newcomers.

Angers came into the weekend as the nearest challengers to runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain but slipped 10 points adrift as Mario Pasalic's first-half goal at the Stade Louis II snapped the visitors' six-game unbeaten run.

For Monaco it was the first time they had registered consecutive wins this campaign as Leonardo Jardim's side moved up three places to sixth, two points behind second-placed Lyon, who are above Angers and Saint-Etienne on goal difference.

“This victory is very important for us, it's our first at home this term,” said Jardim, who had seen his team pick up just three points from five home matches before Sunday.

“I hope with three straight wins (in all competitions) that the team will kick on from here. Winning breeds confidence and that's very important for us.”

Meanwhile, Nice were held in check by Lille in a 0-0 draw at the Allianz Riviera.

Reigning champions PSG stretched their already sizeable lead at the top with a 1-0 victory in Rennes on Friday courtesy of Angel di Maria's second-half strike.

Lyon climbed up to second on Saturday as Claudio Beauvue's late penalty steered them to an unconvincing 1-0 win over 10-man Troyes, with Saint-Etienne easing to a 3-0 win over a slumping Reims side.

French Ligue 1 table after Sunday's afternoon matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points):

   Paris SG        12 10 2 0 26 6 32
   Lyon            12  6 4 2 16  7 22
   Angers          12  6 4 2 12  7 22
   Saint-Etienne   12  7 1 4 17 14 22
   Caen            12  7 0 5 12 13 21
   Monaco          12  5 5 2 16 15 20
   Nice            11  5 3 3 25 15 18
   Lorient         12  4 5 3 18 17 17
   Rennes          12  4 5 3 15 14 17
   Nantes          10  5 1 4  9 10 16
   Guingamp        12  4 4 4 12 15 16
   Reims           12  4 3 5 11 12 15
   Bordeaux        12  3 5 4 14 18 14
   Bastia          12  4 1 7 13 18 13
   Marseille       11  3 3 5 17 13 12
   Lille           12  2 6 4  6  7 12
   Montpellier     12  2 3 7  9 15  9
   Gazelec Ajaccio 12  2 3 7  9 16  9
   Toulouse        12  1 6 5 12 21  9
   Troyes          12  0 4 8  5 21  4

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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.