PARIS (AP) — New recruit Cedric Bakambu scored on his debut just two minutes after coming on as Marseille won 2-0 at Lens to move to second in the French league on Saturday.
With Arkadiusz Milik struggling for form, Marseille signed Bakambu during the winter transfer window to add firepower to Jorge Sampaoli's side.
As Paris Saint-Germain waits for the trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé to reach its full potential, another combination is taking the spotlight in the French league.
Ludovic Ajorque, Habib Diallo and Kevin Gameiro aren't global names but together with midfielder Adrien Thomasson — whose clinical efficiency has bagged seven goals and four assists — they have made Strasbourg one of the most potent teams in Europe this season.
LILLE, France (AP) — Former France international Hatem Ben Arfa extended his much-traveled career by signing a six-month deal with French league champion Lille on Wednesday.
At 34, Ben Arfa will be playing for a 10th different club after stints at Lyon, Newcastle, Hull, Marseille, Nice, Paris Saint-Germain, Rennes and Valladolid.
LONDON (AP) — Sead Kolasinac joined French club Marseille as a free agent on Tuesday after having his contract terminated by Arsenal.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina left back, who was with Arsenal since 2017, had six months left on his deal.
PARIS (AP) — Marseille had an extra player for an hour but drew 1-1 at home in the French league to defending champion Lille and moved two points behind second-place Nice on Sunday.
Turkey winger Cengiz Under equalized for Marseille with a brilliant curling strike into the right corner after a quick corner from Dimitri Payet in the 75th.
PARIS (AP) — Midfielder Khephren Thuram scored a second-half winner as second-placed Nice beat Nantes 2-1 at home in the French league on Friday.
Nice is three points ahead of third-placed Marseille, which has played two games less and faces defending champion Lille on Sunday night.
PARIS (AP) — With Paris Saint-Germain still holding a strong lead in the French title race, the fight for second place is heating up down south between Nice and Marseille.
They are 11 points behind PSG with Nice in second spot on goal difference while Marseille has played one game less.
PARIS (AP) — French league leader Paris Saint-Germain needed a late equalizer from substitute Thilo Kehrer to grab a 1-1 draw at an inspired Lyon on Sunday.
Brazil midfielder Lucas Paqueta scored in the eighth minute as Lyon took control but, after Kylian Mbappe hit the post for PSG, Kehrer hit a scuffed shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 76th that bounced over goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.
BORDEAUX, France (AP) — Marseille ended a 44-year wait and finally defeated Bordeaux away in the French league on Friday.
Cengiz Ünder’s first-half strike was enough for the visitors’ 1-0 win, Marseille’s first in Bordeaux since October 1977.
PARIS (AP) — Fraser Hornby had been on the field only three minutes when he scored with seconds of injury time remaining, as first division Reims scraped a 1-0 win at amateur side Thaon to reach the last 16 of the French Cup on Sunday.
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — From the intensive care ward in France where he is spending the holidays, COVID-19 patient David Daniel Sebbagh said he has one overriding regret: that he didn’t get vaccinated.
PARIS (AP) — Runaway leader Paris Saint-Germain headed into the winter break after narrowly avoiding a humiliating defeat as Mauro Icardi's injury-time goal salvaged a 1-1 draw at struggling Lorient in the French league on Wednesday.
PARIS (AP) — Top-tier Marseille advanced to the last 32 of the French Cup by overcoming an early shock against amateur side Le Cannet Rocheville on Sunday with Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik scoring a hat trick in a 4-1 win.
PARIS (AP) — Professional soccer matches in France will be immediately abandoned when a player or a referee is injured by a projectile thrown from the stands, government officials said Thursday.
The move announced by the Sports, Interior and Justice ministries followed a series of violent incidents in stadiums this season in the French league.
PARIS (AP) — Kylian Mbappé scored his 100th goal for Paris Saint-Germain, netting a brace as the French league leader beat Monaco 2-0 on Sunday.
The France star, who scored twice midweek in the Champions League in a 4-1 win against Club Brugge, gave PSG the lead from the penalty spot and doubled his tally just before halftime from Lionel Messi's assist.
PARIS (AP) — Lyon has been docked one point by the French league's disciplinary committee, which also ordered a replay of the match between Lyon and Marseille that was abandoned after a spectator threw a bottle at Dimitri Payet.
LENS, France (AP) — Georginio Wijnaldum snatched a late goal for Paris Saint-Germain to draw at Lens 1-1 after goalkeeper Keylor Navas made a big blunder during their enthralling French league game on Saturday.
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Gerson finally quieted his critics with a decisive goal. Marseille now hopes the Brazilian has silenced them for good as the nine-time French champions mount a credible challenge for a Champions League spot.
PARIS (AP) — French soccer needs a “radical” reality check following more crowd trouble in the league match between Lyon and Marseille, the country’s sports minister said Monday.
The violence on Sunday was the latest in a series of disturbing episodes in France.
LYON, France (AP) — A French league game between Lyon and Marseille was abandoned on Sunday after Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet was hit on the head by a bottle of water thrown from the stands while he was taking a corner kick in the latest fan violence to strike French soccer.
PARIS (AP) — Nice wasted a chance to move into second place in the French league when it lost 1-0 at home to Montpellier on Sunday.
Nice needed only a draw to overtake Lens on goal difference but remains third and leads fourth-place Marseille, also on goal difference.
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — When Yaizid Bendaif moved to the Cité SNCF public housing project seven years ago, he got permission to turn a patch of grass outside his home into a garden. Today, the small communal plot between a block of concrete apartments and a high-speed railway in Marseille, France is full of zucchinis, radishes and cabbage rows.
PARIS (AP) — Lens cruised to a 4-0 home win against struggling Troyes on Friday and moved up to second place in the French league.
The northern side raced into a 3-0 lead at the interval with goals from forwards Arnaud Kalimuendo and Wesley Said and right back Jonathan Clauss.
TROYES, France (AP) — Dimitri Payet scored his sixth league goal this season to secure a 1-1 draw for Marseille against Nice in a rescheduled game on Wednesday.
Payet's equalizer came in the 41st minute after Amine Gouiri gave Nice the lead.
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Lionel Messi's first "Classique” ended in a 0-0 draw between Marseille and 10-man Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.
The stalemate between the two bitter rivals reduced PSG's lead over Lens at the top of the French league to seven points after 11 rounds.
PARIS (AP) — Defending champion Lille dropped more points after a 1-1 draw against Brest in the French league on Saturday.
Both goals came in the first half. Canada forward Jonathan David put the hosts ahead in the 18th minute with a left-footed strike into the bottom left corner after a through ball from Jose Fonte.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Thursday:
French sides Lyon and Marseille have contrasting fortunes so far in this season's competition. Lyon is riding high in Group A with two wins, five goals scored, and none conceded ahead of its trip to play Sparta Prague, which can go top if it beats Lyon.
PARIS (AP) — Giant banners of Bernard Tapie were displayed at Stade Velodrome as Marseille fans paid an emotional tribute to the former club president they adored before Sunday's 4-1 home win against Lorient.
PARIS (AP) — The French league has banned fans from Lille and Marseille from traveling to away games for the rest of the year following violence in recent games.
The LFP's disciplinary committee issued its verdicts at midnight on Wednesday, giving each club a suspended deduction of one point.
PARIS (AP) — Bernard Tapie, a flamboyant businessman who was beloved by sports fans for leading French soccer club Marseille to glory but also dogged by legal battles and corruption investigations, has died.
GENEVA (AP) — After Didier Deschamps and Roberto Martinez opposed the plan for a World Cup every two years, Dragan Stojković joined the list on Saturday of European national-team coaches disagreeing with FIFA.
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — The Europa League game between Marseille and Galatasaray was interrupted for about 10 minutes after rival fans threw flares and firecrackers at each other at Stade Velodrome on Thursday.
PARIS (AP) — Marseille lost for the first time in the French league this season when it was beaten 3-2 by Lens in a thrilling match on Sunday.
Dimitri Payet's two goals drew Marseille level at 2-2 at the break, but substitute Wesley Said's header proved enough to give Lens victory and move it above Marseille into second spot.
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Violene Marseille, her husband and two children were on a bus heading north through central Mexico when they received messages warning them their destination on the U.S.-Mexico border was no longer a safe place to cross.
PARIS (AP) — French authorities have launched an investigation into the asphyxiation death of a 37-year-old man after subway security agents detained him in the southern city of Marseille.
The death Thursday came as arrest techniques have been under heightened criticism in France following multiple cases of abuse or fatal arrests.
ANGERS, France (AP) — There was more fan disorder in the French league on Wednesday as Marseille supporters ran onto the field and clashed with Angers counterparts at the final whistle.
Moments after the 0-0 draw, about 50 Marseille fans left their away enclosure and rushed along one side of the field to the stands where Angers fans were.
Although Marseille's motto of “Straight to Goal" is an ode to attacking soccer, there has always been a rich tradition of great defenders at the nine-time French champions.
After all, it was a defender — Basile Boli — who scored the only goal in the 1993 Champions League final against AC Milan to give Marseille its sole European title.
PARIS (AP) — The French league said Sunday that its disciplinary commission will meet on Monday to discuss the fan violence that marred Saturday's match between Lens and Lille.
The game was interrupted for about 30 minutes when fans from the northern rivals clashed at halftime.
PARIS (AP) — The soccer game between Nice and Marseille that was abandoned last month because of fan violence has been rescheduled for Oct. 27, the French league said Monday.
Nice was handed a two-point penalty, with one suspended, following the incidents.
PARIS (AP) — Lyon secured its second win of the season under new coach Peter Bosz and moved up to seventh in the French league after beating Strasbourg 3-1 on Sunday.
Former Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri set up his first goal for Lyon when he assisted on central defender Jason Denayer’s 64th-minute header.
PARIS (AP) — French club Nice has been handed a two-point penalty, with one suspended, following fan violence last month during a game against Marseille, the French league said Wednesday.
The league's disciplinary commission said the game, which was abandoned with 15 minutes left after home fans threw projectiles and invaded the field, will be replayed at a neutral site and without fans.
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron opened a global summit on biodiversity on Friday, saying the world needs to act promptly and decisively to safeguard the Earth's natural resources.
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Twelve million children in France went back to school Thursday for the new academic year, wearing face masks as part of rules aimed at slowing down the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
Supporters of Nice had waited two years to be allowed back into the stadium to see their team take on Marseille in one of France’s footballing rivalries. Now it’s their violent conduct, rather than the pandemic, that could see the turnstiles locked again.
NICE, France (AP) — A French league soccer match between Nice and Marseille was abandoned on Sunday when Marseille refused to restart the game after home fans earlier threw projectiles and invaded the field.
PARIS (AP) — One week after coming back from two goals down to win 3-2, Marseille threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Bordeaux in the French league on Sunday.
Dimitri Payet, who scored twice in last weekend's victory at Montpellier, netted with a superb long-range strike to make it 2-0 in the 40th minute at Stade Velodrome.
TORONTO (AP) — Top-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia outlasted seventh-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 2-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) on Friday night to reach the National Bank Open semifinals.
Medvedev will face 6-foot-10 American John Isner, a 7-6 (5), 6-4 winner over 11th-seeded Gael Monfils of France in the late match,
PARIS (AP) — France took a big step Monday into a post-pandemic future by requiring people to show a QR code proving they have a special virus pass before they can enjoy restaurants and cafes or travel by plane, train or bus across the country.
PARIS (AP) — Defending champion Lille needed an equalizer in the last seconds of stoppage time to secure a 3-3 draw at Metz in a thrilling French league game on Sunday.
Veteran Turkey striker Burak Yilmaz collected the ball in Lille's counterattack, broke down the left, cut inside a defender and saw his low shot clip the goalkeeper's leg and loop over the line in the sixth minute of added time.