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Video: Payet scores unreal long-distance volley

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Technique, degree of difficulty and execution were all critical in Dimitri Payet‘s strike on Sunday for Olympique Marseille, and the France international perfected every aspect with his finish.

The former West Ham United standout scored one of the best goals of the weekend in Marseille’s 4-0 win against Guingamp.

The veteran attacker received the ball outside the box in the 73rd minute, and without a blink of an eye Payet opened up his body and volleyed home a ridiculous strike to score the game’s second goal.

Reims ‘keeper makes brilliant saves in 0-0 draw at Nantes

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PARIS (AP) Reims goalkeeper Edouard Mendy made a series of decisive saves to help his team to a goalless draw at Nantes in the French league on Sunday.

Reims, which gained promotion last season by securing the second-division title, played with an efficient five-man midfield that smothered most of the hosts’ attacking moves. And when Nantes managed to break through, Mendy was decisive in his goal.

In the first half, Mendy stopped a dangerous cross from Enock Kwateng in the 31st minute then pushed away efforts from Emiliano Sala and Samuel Moutoussamy.

Gabriel Boschilia came close to breaking the deadlock in the 64th minute for Nantes with a well taken free kick but Mendy made a brilliant diving save.

Still looking for a first home win this season, Nantes remains in 17th place two points behind Reims after five rounds of matches, lagging 10 points behind leader Paris Saint-Germain.

Hugo Lloris banned, fined for DUI

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Tottenham and France captain Hugo Lloris appeared in court in London on Wednesday, with the star goalkeeper banned from driving and fined after accepting he drove his car despite being over two times the drink-drive limit.

Lloris, 31, was handed a 20-month driving ban and fined $65,000 for the incident which took place in the early hours of Friday Aug. 24 as he spent the night in jail.

The captain of France’s 2018 World Cup winning team had been out with Arsenal captain and French teammate Laurent Koscielny, plus Chelsea and France striker Olivier Giroud for dinner and drinks in central London. When he left the restaurant he was pulled over by an undercover police car.

More details emerged from the prosecutor in Westminster Magistrates Court on Wednesday, with Lloris said to be driving at 15 miler per hour in a 30 zone, while he also ran a red light and swerved towards parked cars before being stopped by police. It was also revealed that vomit was found in his car and Lloris had to be helped out of the vehicle by police officers.

Tottenham have said they are dealing with the matter internally, with Lloris’ manager Mauricio Pochettino previously accepting it was extremely out of character for their club captain but wasn’t something they could justify.

“I think it is a massive lesson for everyone. He [Lloris] is punishing himself. He feels so sorry and so bad,” Pochettino said. “He knows he made a big mistake. In the same way I think it is out of character. We are going to support him but knowing that we cannot justify.”

It remains to be seen whether or not Lloris will be stripped of the captaincy for Spurs and France after this incident.

Lloris didn’t play in Spurs’ 2-1 defeat at Watford before the international break after suffering a thigh injury, while he didn’t feature for France over the international break but was in the Stade de France in Paris to lead Les Bleus’ World Cup trophy celebrations with their fans on Monday.

Defending Lloris, David Sonn told the court how his client was showered with drinks from fellow diners as they had continued to celebrate France’s World Cup success.

“On July 15 he was arguably the proudest man on the planet,” Mr Sonn said. “Just 40 days later, he was arrested. He experienced the indignity of being handcuffed and put in a police station overnight. The spectacular fall from grace is not lost on Mr Lloris.”

VIDEO: France celebrate World Cup success

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This is what it is all about.

For the first time since they won the 2018 World Cup in Moscow, the French national team played on home soil on Sunday.

Les Bleus beat the Netherlands 2-1 in a UEFA Nations League clash at the Stade de France, with wild scenes after the game as they celebrated their second World Cup success in history with their fans.

From superb dance moves, Hugo Lloris holding the trophy aloft and fans going wild when Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann were announced, it was one big party in Paris.

Click play on the video below to get a recap of the celebrations.

Plus, there was also a special rendition of N'Golo Kante‘s song which the team sung throughout the World Cup.

Benjamin Mendy was a menace on the mic. And Kante was, well, Kante, as he looked more than a little bashful to be the center of attention.

Griezmann up for MLS adventure with LA or Beckham’s Miami

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Antoine Griezmann could be handing out L’s on either coast of the United States.

The Atletico Madrid and France superstar, 27, said he’d play for Inter Miami “if he wants me,” referring to Inter owner David Beckham.

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Inter revealed its name and logo earlier this week.

Griezmann signed a new contract with Atleti through 2023.

“If Beckham wants me in his club, then I’ll go. I want to finish my career in the US. I don’t know yet if it’s going to be in Miami or Los Angeles. They are two great cities. I like the mentality and the show culture of the U.S.”

The show culture!

If Beckham wants to make a splash, though, shattering the MLS transfer record to bring Griezmann to the United States sure would do the trick.

Griezmann has not failed to score more than 20 goals in his last five seasons, the first at Real Sociedad and the last four at Atleti. He’s added 24 in 61 caps for France.