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Stunning volley proves to be decider as Lyon tops Caen

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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.

Report: Arsenal set to spend $78m on Lacazette’s old pal

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Could Alexandre Lacazette‘s Lyon running mate be joining him at Arsenal?

A report from David Woods of The Daily Star says Arsenal is set to spend around $78 million to bring Nabil Fekir to the Emirates Stadium.

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Fekir sprung Lacazette for three goals last season, tied with a bevy of pairings for the second-most prolific connection in Ligue 1.

The 24-year-old playmaker has 11 goals and three assists in 11 Ligue 1 matches this season, adding another goal in the Europa League. Fekir has a goal in 10 France caps.

Usually Star reports comes with not a grain but a mine of salt, but it bears an extra look when a reporter attaches his name to it.

Fekir’s an extremely exciting player, and represents the ideal ‘Wenger buy.’ A natural fit to slide into Mesut Ozil’s role, with far better finishing boots, this one would make a lot of sense for Arsenal should someone else not slide in with a better offer.

Report: Montreal Impact to hire Remi Garde

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Following rumors that a pair of ex-Premier League coaches were in the running to take the reins of the Montreal Impact, a third has been chosen.

Remi Garde, who notably got less than a season at Aston Villa, is set or the job according to Tony Marinaro of TSN 690 in Montreal.

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Walter Mazzarri (Watford) and Francesco Guidolin (Swansea City) were mentioned in a Tuesday report.

Garde, 51, led Lyon for three seasons before that, winning the French Cup in 2012. He won 84 of 166 matches in charge, drawing another 37.

Montreal fired Mauro Biello after the Impact lost nine of their last 10 matches and missed the playoffs, a season after the coach led the club into the Eastern Conference Finals.

The club has MVP candidate Ignacio Piatti and Swiss star Blerim Dzemaili under contract, and they proved a potent duo.

French league targets Saint-Etienne after pitch invasion

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PARIS (AP) The French league will investigate the incidents that marred a soccer match between Saint-Etienne and Lyon after home fans invaded the pitch and unfurled an aggressive banner calling for “hatred” during a 5-0 loss.

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The derby between the two neighbors at Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium was halted twice on Sunday. Referee Clement Turpin stopped the game for a second time in the 84th minute when fans descended from the stands.

Lyon forward Nabil Fekir appeared to spark the invasion by taking off his shirt and raising it in front of angry home fans after his second goal of the night. Turpin led the players away and riot police sprinted onto the field to restore order. The game resumed after more than 30 minutes.

The French soccer federation’s ethics committee said in a statement Monday it has asked the league’s disciplinary commission to open a disciplinary case.

Everton unravels, eliminated from Europa League

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The verdict is in on the the 2017/18 Everton side, and it’s not a good one.

The Toffees suffered its latest setback — a major one — on Thursday as the Premier League side was eliminated from the UEFA Europa League following a 3-0 defeat against Lyon.

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Everton conceded three times in a span of 20 minutes after halftime, which proved to be the English side’s downfall.

Bertrand Traoré, Houssem Aoua and Memphis each scored for the French side, which began in the 68th minute as former Chelsea attacker, Traore, pegged Lyon ahead.

The agony was only exaggerated late on as Morgan Schneiderlin was sent off after earning his second yellow card in the 80th minute for Everton.

Idrissa Gueye had one of the first solid chance of the second stanza for the visitors, after Ademola Lookman picked out the Everton attacker. However, Gueye’s shot was saved in the bottom left corner by Lopes.

The Toffees were forced to make a switch prior to halftime when Cuco Martina was stretchered off the pitch in the 43rd minute.

The 28-year-old landed awkwardly after colliding with Lyon’s Maxwel Cornet, which prompted the change from Everton manager David Unsworth.

Lyon and Atlanta currently lead Group E with eight points each, while Apollon Limassol keeps its slim hopes of advancing alive after capturing a draw against the latter on Thursday.