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) — As its prolific attack came to life in the second half, Lille routed Nimes 5-0 in the French league on Sunday to strengthen its grip on second place and automatic qualification for...
PARIS (AP) — Nantes and Lille failed to get a single shot on target during the first half of their French league game on Sunday, and then produced five goals in 15 minutes.
PARIS (AP) — Lille strengthened its chances of qualifying automatically for next season's Champions League, moving seven points clear of third-placed Lyon with a 1-0 win at Saint-Etienne in the...
Pepe’s rise: From fighting relegation to Ligue 1′s new star
PARIS (AP) — Lille forward Nicolas Pepe can tell by the way opponents react to him these days that his status in the French league has changed dramatically over the last year.
"It's in the attitude of defenders that I can see I've taken on a new dimension," Pepe said. "Some of those I've played before don't act the same way. ... Some of them fear me, I can feel it."
Lille beats Nice 4-0 to maintain push for second in Ligue 1
LILLE, France (AP) — Lille maintained its push for second place and an automatic Champions League spot next season with a 4-0 home win against Nice on Friday.
Lille's slick forward line overwhelmed Nice's defense, as Nicolas Pepe took his tally to 16 league goals and 19-year-old Portuguese striker Rafael Leao continued his fine form with the opening goal.
Balotelli scores on debut but Marseille loses 2-1 to Lille
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Mario Balotelli scored on his Marseille debut on Friday, but it was too late to save his side from a 2-1 home defeat to second-place Lille.
Balotelli rose to powerfully head in a corner five minutes into injury time, shortly after Lille striker Nicolas Pepe had netted his second goal of the game through the legs of keeper Steve Mandanda following a quick counter-attack.
Lille beats Amiens 2-1 to consolidate 2nd place behind PSG
LILLE, France (AP) — Lille substitute Xeka scored late on to clinch a 2-1 win over Amiens on Friday that consolidated second place behind Paris Saint-Germain in the French league.
The Portuguese midfielder netted in the 85th minute to cancel out compatriot Rafael Leao's equalizer in first-half injury time for the relegation-threatened visitors.
Nicolas Pepe had earlier missed a penalty for Lille, which went ahead through Juan Ferney Otero in the fifth minute.
Lille maintains push for 2nd place with 3-1 win at Caen
PARIS (AP) — Lille maintained its push for second place and an automatic Champions League spot next season with a 3-1 win at Caen on Friday.
Lille's slick attack was too much for Caen and it was 2-0 after 20 minutes, thanks to goals from club top scorer Nicolas Pepe and 19-year-old Portuguese Rafael Leao.
Pepe's 13th league goal matches his tally from last season.
Even the sending off of Turkish defender Zeki Celik 10 minutes from the end did not hold Lille back.
Aouar and Pepe the latest young talents to emerge in France
PARIS (AP) — The French league has long had a reputation for producing some of the soccer stars of tomorrow. They learn their trade in flourishing French academies before rising to prominence in bigger European leagues.
And two more are thriving this season — Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and Lille striker Nicolas Pepe.
Both scored for their clubs on Sunday to further cement their burgeoning reputations.
Lille shows flair and resilience to win 3-2 at Nimes
PARIS (AP) — Lille showed the attacking flair and resilient qualities befitting a side challenging for second place, winning 3-2 at Nimes on Sunday despite playing most of the French league match with 10 men.
It has been some turnaround for Lille, which is second nearing the halfway point, having narrowly avoided relegation last season. The fact it did so was largely down to a career-high 13 league goals from striker Nicolas Pepe.
Lille shows flair and resilience to win 3-2 at Nimes
PARIS (AP) — Lille showed the attacking flair and resilient qualities befitting a side challenging for second place, winning 3-2 at Nimes on Sunday despite playing most of the match with 10 men following an early sending off.
It has been some turnaround for Lille, which is second nearing the halfway point having narrowly avoided relegation last season. The fact it did so was largely down to a career-high 13 league goals from striker Nicolas Pepe.
French scoring race produces a couple of surprise candidates
PARIS (AP) — The race to finish as the French league's top scorer was expected to be a three-way contest between Paris Saint-Germain forwards Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.
But while that trio is scoring regularly as expected, a couple of unheralded players are keeping pace.
Nicolas Pepe scores last-gasp equalizer, Lille moves to 2nd
PARIS (AP) — Nicolas Pepe underlined his growing importance in Lille's quest for a lucrative Champions League place with a last-gasp penalty in a 1-1 home draw with Reims in the French league on Sunday.
Pepe slotted home from the spot in the fifth minute of injury time to move second, two points ahead of Montpellier, which has a game in hand.
Striker Remi Oudin put midtable Reims ahead midway through the second half.
Montpellier beats struggling Monaco 2-1 to take 2nd place
PARIS (AP) — Montpellier scored two late goals to win at Thierry Henry's struggling Monaco 2-1 and move up to second place in the French league on Saturday.
Strikers Gaetan Laborde and Petar Skuletic netted in the last 10 minutes after Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans gave 19th-place Monaco the lead shortly before halftime. Montpellier moved above Lyon on goal difference, while Monaco remained only two points ahead of last-placed Guingamp.
Lille strengthens hold on 2nd in French league
PARIS (AP) — Lille moved within five points of French league leader Paris Saint-Germain by beating Saint-Etienne 3-1 on Saturday.
Jonathan Bamba scored twice against his former club and also set up Lille's third goal from Nicolas Pepe.
PSG hosts Lyon on Sunday looking to extend its perfect start to nine straight wins.
French league will investigate fan violence in Lille
PARIS (AP) — The French football league says it will open disciplinary proceedings following the violent incidents that marred a league match between Lille and Montpellier.
Fans of struggling French club Lille charged onto the pitch to confront and threaten the players who drew with Montpellier 1-1 on Saturday.
The league condemned the violence in a statement on Sunday and said its disciplinary commission will investigate the case during a meeting on Thursday.
Lille fans charge onto pitch after draw with Montpellier
LILLE, France (AP) — Fans of struggling French club Lille charged onto the pitch to confront, insult, and threaten the players who drew with Montpellier 1-1 on Saturday.
At the final whistle, fans spilled onto the field at Stade Pierre-Mauory. Striker Nicolas Pepe was kicked in the leg by one fan and there were more flashpoints between fans and players as stewards struggled to control the situation. Defender Adama Soumaoro was also reportedly struck.