Ligue 1: Neymar and Cavani strike again as PSG go 10 points clear

first_imgNeymar and Edinson Cavani, Paris St Germain’s deadly double act, again delivered a goal apiece in a sluggish 2-0 victory over Troyes that took them 10 points clear of their Ligue 1 challengers on Wednesday.While their nearest chasers lost, Olympique Lyonnais succumbing 2-1 at home to struggling Lille and Monaco falling 1-0 at Nantes after a last-gasp Lucas Lima thunderbolt, PSG marched on without ever hitting top gear.They left it late as a brilliant Neymar strike in the 73rd minute, his 15th PSG goal in all competitions, eased nerves at the Parc des Princes before the Brazilian set up Cavani, who had a first-half penalty saved, to score in stoppage time.The pair had a spirited debate over who should take the penalty, with Cavani winning the argument, but they worked in perfect harmony for the Uruguayan’s 23rd goal, stretching his lead as top marksman in Europe’s major leagues this season.The losses for Lyon and Monaco enabled Olympique de Marseille, with their emphatic 3-0 win at bottom club Metz, to move into second place but they are 10 points adrift of unbeaten PSG, who moved on to 41 points after 15 games.Third-placed Lyon and Monaco, both on 29 points, were left two points behind Marseille.PSG had seemed out of sorts against mid-table opponents they had hammered 9-0 in their last meeting when sealing the title in 2016, but looked to be in charge once Cavani earned the penalty with a theatrical fall under Karim Azamoum’s shirt tug.Just as during a game against Lyon in September when the pair argued over who should take the set-piece duties, Cavani won the day but his 40th minute spot kick was saved by Mamadou Samassa, who was way off his line as the ball was struck.advertisementNeymar, who never stopped trying to galvanise the side, took his one chance superbly, marauding to the edge of the box before unleashing a left-foot shot worthy of the world’s most expensive player.Champions Monaco’s miserable spell continued after their Champions League exit and weekend loss to PSG when Nantes’ Brazilian substitute Lima cracked home a left foot half-volley to give Claudio Ranieri’s side a well deserved win.Lyon’s eight-match unbeaten run in the league was ended surprisingly by Lille, whose goals from Thiago Mendes and Ezequiel Ponce were both aided by poor defending.last_img read more

Gareth Southgate to stay on as England manager till 2022 FIFA World Cup

first_imgGareth Southgate has signed a new contract which will keep as the England national team manager until the end of the 2022 World Cup.Southgate and Football Association (FA) chief executive Martin Glenn announced the agreement, which also includes Southgate’s assistant Steve Holland, at a news conference on Thursday.The former national team defender was widely praised after England reached the semi-finals at the World Cup in Russia before losing to Croatia in the last four.Southgate, who had two years left on his deal, will now lead England into the Euro 2020 tournament and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.”I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the national team through the next two major tournaments,” said Southgate, 48, after signing his new deal.Congratulations, boss. Here’s to the next four years! https://t.co/wZmeI0dueBEngland (@England) October 4, 2018″The job remains an incredible privilege and a true honour. Experiencing at first hand how the nation united behind the team this summer was something special and it will be great to see how far this young squad can go in the years to come,” he added.Southgate initially took over as caretaker manager following the departure of Sam Allardyce in September 2016 before being confirmed in the role.The FA lost their technical director Dan Ashworth last week after he opted to move to Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion, and clearly did not want to risk Southgate departing before the next World Cup.However, several England managers, including Sven Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello, have left their positions before the end of their contracts.advertisementGlenn said: “Securing Gareth on a longer-term contract was always a priority for us. He has performed remarkably well and has given everyone the belief that England can compete on a world stage again,” he said.Gareth: “With young players, you never know what they’re capable of until you give them their opportunity.”It may be a bit early for them, but they’re having big impacts in important matches.”#threelions https://t.co/A9bQmfGheUEngland (@England) October 4, 2018Southgate also announced his squad for the upcoming UEFA Nations League games away to Croatia and Spain on October 12 and 15, with more young players given a chance.Leicester City midfielder James Maddison, Borussia Dortmund striker Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount, on loan at Championship (second tier) club Derby County from Chelsea, earned first call-ups to the senior squad.Busy day for Gareth Southgate!See who he’s named in the #ThreeLions squad for our next two #NationsLeague games: https://t.co/azRa3ukvBlEngland (@England) October 4, 2018Uncapped Nathaniel Chalobah of Watford, who has played just four minutes in the Premier League this season, was a surprise call-up, while Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks, who has one cap, was recalled after coming back from injury.Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Adam Lallana, Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are all out with injuries.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more