PARIS (AP) — Lyon sealed third place and Champions League football after beating Caen 4-0 in the French league on Saturday while the in-demand Nicolas Pepe scored twice for Lille.
PARIS (AP) — Lille moved even closer to qualifying for next season's Champions League after drawing 2-2 at rival Lyon in the French league on Sunday.
Dembele scores late to give Lyon 3-2 win at Bordeaux
PARIS (AP) — Lyon won 3-2 at Bordeaux on Friday to keep the pressure on Lille in the race to finish second and automatically qualify for next season's Champions League.
PARIS (AP) — Forwards Memphis Depay and Martin Terrier scored in the first half to help third-place Lyon beat midtable Angers 2-1 at home in the French league on Friday.
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Joachim Loew may be building a new Germany team, but it has inherited a trait from previous incarnations of the Mannschaft — never knowing when it is beaten.
Lyon warms up for Barca with 2-1 win over Guingamp in France
LYON, France (AP) — Lyon warmed up for its Champions League meeting with Barcelona by beating Guingamp 2-1 on Friday to strengthen its hold on third place in the French league.
Goals from Martin Terrier and captain Nabil Fekir were enough for Lyon to move three points behind second-place Lille and six ahead of Saint-Etienne.
Terrier, who had earlier had a goal ruled out for offside, scored with a fine finish on the rebound after Houssem Aouar tried his luck from distance in the 15th minute.
Man City advances in Champions League with 2-2 draw at Lyon
LYON, France (AP) — Manchester City twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Lyon and secure a place in the knockout stage of the Champions League with a game to spare on Tuesday.
Sergio Aguero earned the point the English champions needed to guarantee a top-two finish in Group F, heading in a corner from Riyad Mahrez in the 83rd minute — just after Maxwel Cornet regained the lead for Lyon with his second goal of an end-to-end game.
Lyon boosted by derby win ahead of Man City match
LYON, France (AP) — Lyon climbed to second in the French league after beating local rival Saint-Etienne 1-0 on Friday but lost captain Nabil Fekir to a thigh muscle problem before a Champions League match next week against Manchester City.
After the first half where he clearly struggled for mobility in driving rain, playmaker Fekir was taken off.
Dutch win over France demotes Germany in UEFA Nations League
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — When the Netherlands beat Germany 3-0 last month the score flattered the Dutch. Ronald Koeman's resurgent young team beat France 2-0 on Friday and this time the margin of victory flattered the French.
Depay answers critics with 2 goals as Lyon wins in Ligue 1
PARIS (AP) — Memphis Depay emphatically answered his critics with two goals and two assists as fourth-placed Lyon won at last-place Guingamp 4-2 in the French league on Saturday.
Depay had been criticized by his coach recently for publicly declaring he should start more games, comments ill received within the club considering the inconsistent nature of his performances.
Dembele and Depay score against Nimes as Lyon moves into 3rd
PARIS (AP) — Forwards Moussa Dembele and Memphis Depay each scored as Lyon beat Nimes 2-0 at home on Friday to move up to third place in the French league.
The speedy Dembele netted midway through the first half, controlling a high ball over the top with his left foot and slotting it past the goalkeeper with his right after shrugging off a defender.
It was the 22-year-old Frenchman's third league goal since a summer move from Scottish champion Celtic.
Lyon rallies from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Shakhtar
LYON, France (AP) — Lyon rallied from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at home to Shakhtar Donetsk and stay top of its Champions League group on Tuesday.
Brazilian striker Junior Moraes scored twice for the Ukrainian side, but Lyon salvaged a point with second-half goals in quick succession from striker Moussa Dembele and defender Leo Dubois.
Dutch beat Peru 2-1 in Wesley Sneijder’s last match
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Memphis Depay stole the show Thursday by scoring both Dutch goals as the Netherlands beat Peru 2-1 in a friendly billed as a farewell to record midfielder Wesley Sneijder.
The match was the 134th and final international for Sneijder, the 34-year-old former Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Ajax star. It was also an important warmup for the Netherlands' first UEFA Nations League match - on Sunday against World Cup champion France at Saint-Denis.
Lyon forward Depay burgled at home while playing
LYON, France (AP) — Lyon has offered striker Memphis Depay its full support after the striker's home was burgled while he played on Friday night.
Reports say thieves took up to 1.5 million euros ($1.7 million) in jewels, watches and other luxury items while Depay was playing in Lyon's 1-0 defeat at home to Nice.
PARIS (AP) — Memphis Depay scored a hat trick as Lyon came from behind to beat Nice 3-2 and qualify for the Champions League at the expense of Marseille in the French league on Saturday.
Lyon, which had a one-point lead over Marseille ahead of the last round, kept its lead intact and finished in third place behind Paris Saint-Germain and deposed champion Monaco. The first three teams in the French league qualified for the Champions League.
PARIS (AP) — Memphis Depay scored for a sixth straight game and created the other goal as Lyon beat Nantes 2-0 to move up to second place in the French league on Saturday.
He netted a superb strike in the 40th minute and helped set up Bertrand Traore in the 68th. Depay has scored or created 14 of Lyon's 18 last goals.
MONACO (AP) — The irrepressible Memphis Depay starred again as third-place Lyon beat Amiens 3-0 to secure a fifth straight French league win on Saturday.
The result keeps the pressure on Marseille in the chase for third and a spot in next season's Champions League playoffs. Marseille, which is three points behind, is at struggling Troyes on Sunday.
PARIS (AP) — A positional switch has led to a change in fortune for Memphis Depay.
After being moved from a wide left position into a central striker's role in a 4-4-2 formation at Lyon, the notoriously erratic Depay has hit top form in the past three games.
Lyon has won all three of those matches to overtake Marseille on goal difference in the hunt for third place and a spot in next season's Champions League playoffs. With six games left, Depay is peaking at the perfect time.
Depay shines as Lyon routs Metz 5-0 in French league
PARIS (AP) — Brazilian defender Marcelo scored twice and forward Memphis Depay was involved in every goal as Lyon piled more misery on last-place Metz with a 5-0 win in the French league on Sunday, keeping its chances alive in the race for Champions League qualification.
With six matches left this season, the seven-time French champions cut their deficit with second-place Monaco to seven points.
PARIS (AP) — Memphis Depay ensured some home comfort for himself and Lyon after scoring both goals in a 2-0 win against struggling Toulouse on Sunday.
The Netherlands forward's brace took him to 12 league goals this season, but only three have been at home. His only other goal in front of Lyon's demanding fans was a spectacular injury-time strike in a 2-1 home win against league leader PSG on Jan. 21.
Following that victory, Lyon's form dipped alarmingly.
Players clash as Lyon beats Marseille 3-2; PSG wins
PARIS (AP) — Memphis Depay scored in the last minute of a frantic match to give Lyon a 3-2 win at third-placed Marseille that keeps alive its chances of Champions League soccer next season.
In the fight for a Champions League playoff spot, fourth-placed Lyon closed the gap on Marseille to two points with eight games left. Monaco is seven points ahead of Marseille in second spot.
Depay scores winner as Lyon beats league leader PSG 2-1
PARIS (AP) — Memphis Depay scored with a superb strike deep into injury time as second-placed Lyon beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 on Sunday, handing the league leader its second defeat of the season.
PSG had defender Dani Alves sent off in the 57th minute but seemed assured of securing a point until Depay decided otherwise with about 30 seconds left.
Lyon moves to 2nd with 2-1 win at Caen in French league
PARIS (AP) — Lyon withstood a late onslaught from Caen and moved to second place in the French league with a 2-1 win at the Normandy side on Sunday.
Maxwel Cornet and Mariano Diaz scored for the seven-time champions, who bounced back from a midweek home loss to Lille with a hard-fought victory.
Lyon trails leader Paris Saint-Germain by nine points, and has scored 17 goals and conceded just one in its last four away matches.
Payet makes successful return as Marseille beats Lyon 2-1
PARIS (AP) — Returning to his former club after a much debated transfer, France playmaker Dimitri Payet came off the bench as Marseille beat Lyon 2-1 to reach the last 16 of the French Cup on Tuesday.
At a noisy Stade Velodrome, Payet got a rousing reception after coming on early in extra time, but made a limited impact as defenders got Marseille's goals.
Veteran center back Rod Fanni put Marseille ahead in the 24th minute after nodding in a cross from 19-year-old midfielder Maxime Lopez.
8-goal Belgium rout in WCup qualifier; Ronaldo settles for 2
GENEVA (AP) — Belgium enjoyed an eight-goal rout in World Cup qualifying on Sunday, and Cristiano Ronaldo managed just two — and missed a penalty — as Portugal also won.
Belgium, which beat Estonia 8-1, and Switzerland extended their perfect starts to join Germany as the only European teams with four straight wins on the road to Russia.
Robben, Depay lead Netherlands to 3-1 defeat of Luxembourg
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — Arjen Robben marked his return to international duty after a year sidelined by injuries with a goal as the Netherlands beat Luxembourg 3-1 Sunday in a World Cup qualifier.
But the Bayern Munich winger's long-awaited return lasted only 45 minutes, with Robben appearing in discomfort late in the first half and not returning after the break. His replacement, Memphis Depay, seized his chance by scoring twice to ensure the Netherlands went second in Group A behind leader France.
Netherlands coach Danny Blind leaves Depay off squad
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Manchester United winger Memphis Depay was left out of the Netherlands squad on Friday for a friendly against Greece followed by its first World Cup qualifier against Sweden.
Veteran strikers Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of Schalke and Robin van Persie of Fenerbahce were also omitted from coach Danny Blind's 24-man squad, while a debut was given to 21-year-old PSV Eindhoven midfielder Jorrit Hendrix.