It’s been quite the week for promotion side Strasbourg, who continues to find its footing in France’s top flight.
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The first-year Ligue 1 side picked up another impressive victory on Friday, a 3-0 win over Bordeaux, just six days removed from the club’s massive upset of French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
The story of the day for Strasbourg though? A man named Terrier.
Yes, that’s actually somebody’s last name. Martin Terrier. And as you’ll observe in the video below, the man can flat out fly down the pitch.
Terrier is currently on loan at Strasbourg from fellow Ligue 1 side Lille, where the 20-year-old came up through the ranks of the team’s academy.
Strasbourg moved into 11th place with Friday’s win, bringing the club up to 21 points on the season.
The U.S. Men’s National Team will be active next summer, but only in friendly matches.
The French Football Federation announced that Les Blues will play a series of friendly matches in the run up to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with the final warm-up match against the USMNT in Lyon on June 9.
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France will also play friendlies against Colombia and Russia before confirming its 23-man World Cup roster, followed by a friendly against Italy and then the match against the U.S. Les Blues has Peru, Australia and Denmark in it’s group, so it’s unclear why exactly they’ve scheduled the USMNT as a final tune-up, but it should be a great test for what will likely be a young U.S. side against a World Cup squad.
With the CONCACAF Nations League coming, this may be one of the few chances for the U.S. to test itself against a European power, so hopefully the USMNT players will be able to learn more about themselves and see the level they need to reach in this friendly, before beginning their summer vacations or heading back to their Major League Soccer clubs.
With Paris Saint-Germain suffering its first league defeat on Saturday, Lyon knew it could gain ground (albeit slight ground) on the Ligue 1 leaders.
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Lyon took the lead inside the opening 10 minutes when Maxwel Cornet lifted the visitors, but it was the game’s second goal that really got social media going.
In the 54th minute, Lyon dispossessed hosts Caen in its own half, before the ball fell to the team’s leading goalscorer — Mariano.
Watch the full buildup to the goal below, prior to Mariano’s blast into the side netting.
Well, it was a great run while it lasted.
Paris Saint-Germain suffered its first defeat of the 2017/18 season on Saturday, a 2-1 decision at the hands of Strasbourg in Ligue 1 play.
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Strasbourg, who currently sits 14th in the French top flight, was promoted from Ligue 2 ahead of the current campaign.
The hosts went ahead after 13 minutes when Nuno Jóia headed home past goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, before Kylian Mbappe equalized just three minutes before halftime.
Stéphane Bahoken put the game to rest though after the hour mark when he blasted a shot into the top corner.
PSG’s dominance across all competitions this season has been well-documented, including a perfect start in UEFA Champions League group play.
The Parisians hadn’t lost an official match since their 3-1 defeat at Nice on April 30, over seven months ago.
LILLE, France (AP) French club Lille has provisionally suspended coach Marcelo Bielsa following a string of poor results in the top tier.
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The northern side said in a statement that Bielsa has been suspended “as part of a procedure started by the club.” Lille did not elaborate.
Bielsa joined Lille this season but has failed to make the club competitive again, with the team second to last after 13 matches.