This Saturday, rugby fans had experienced a historical match between France team and Wales’.
The second place was the match’s aim. The French players of Guy Novès had to win this game. After a tumultuous fight in the competition, France finished at the second place of the tournament of Six Nations, behind the English team. France team opened the score with Remy Lamera’s try. The score was tight all along the match until the end of the confrontation. In spite of a slightly doubtful arbitration, the game was well presented. Wales scored only thanks to penalty.
At the end of time, the score stagnated: 13-18 for the Welsh. The French had the possession of the ball and kept it in Welsh’s camp. Then began a time trial to the victory. At five meters of try line, the French and the Welsh engaged in a hard battle. The melee was restarted six times. At this time, the arbitration was challenged by the entire stadium shouting their protestations. But the long awaited moment came, the player Camille Chat flattened the ball in try area and liberated the entire stadium after one hundred minutes of game, a record ! The French players celebrated the victory among them, relieved…
This victory helped to forget the previous defeats during the competition and closed the tournament on a positive note.
Hugo Delhaye, IEJ1
The draw of league of champions took place at the UEFA in Nyon, Switzerland on March 17. There will be three Spanish clubs, two Germas clubs, one Italian club and one French club. Surprisingly, Leicester will face Atletico Madrid, which was the finalist in 2014 and 2016. It is going to be hard to win against them. One French team has qualified for this tour. This year it isn’t PSG but it will be Monaco. They will face the German club, Borussia Dortmund, the club which reached the final in 2015. It will be hard for the French team but they are in an amazing shape. They will have an advantage of receiving the Germans in the return match. Italy is represented by the Juventus of Turin as every year in recent times. However, the Italians will be opposed to the third Spanish team the FC Barcelona. This team had realized an incredible “remontada” against the PSG with the score of (6-1), which allowed them to be qualified. Finally, we will have a final before the hour, a classic in this competition the dual between Bayern Munich and the defending champions the Real Madrid. This quarter final will be spectacular.
Yesterday night, PSG won 2-1 against Lyon for the race to the title.
The first part of the match was very difficult for the Parisian team because Alexandre Lacazette scored the first goal of the match at the 6th minute. From the opening, the Parisians were transformed and they reacted faster and played better than the beggining. Paris-Saint-Germain have never given up and Adrien Rabiot scored the equalizer at the 26th minute. A few minutes later, Paris’s playmaker Julian Draxler scored a wonderful goal for his team and put PSG in front of Lyon for the rest of the match. Javier Pastore was the man of the match and his performance was impressive. Yesterday, the mission was clear: to catch up with Monaco in the table. PSG can still dream of winning 3 titles this season to delete the desilusion of the Champions League with the terrible loss against FC Barcelona. The coach of PSG Unai Emery is confident and determined to win all national trophies. The objective number one for the rest of the season is still to focus on all matches and continue to get confidence. In two weeks, PSG will meet Monaco for the League Cup final and this match will be very important for the future of the head coach Emery.
William Brouillard, IEJ1 Tremplin
Zlatan Ibrahimovic shined against Saint-Etienne last night. He scored 3 goals in a 3-0 victory that gives a big advantage to the Mancunians before the return game.
In a difficult confrontation, Manchester United won its first leg of Europa League last-32 clash against Saint Etienne 3-0. At Old Traford, Jose Mourinho’s team took advantage of the hat trick of its Swedish striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. One more time, his favourite victim Stephane Ruffier couldn’t do anything to prevent the former PSG player from having fun.
In fact, the meeting between Zlatan and Saint-Etienne turns everytime to the advantage of the Swedish player. In 14 games against the Stéphanois, Ibrahimovic scored 17 times in France. With 23 goals this season, he is the best scorer in England in all competitions. For the sixth consecutive time, Ibrahimovic will surely break the 30 goals record this a season. At 35 years old, it’s a remarkable performance for a player who has not yet won a European title in his career.
“It feels good. I got a lot of help from my teammates. We played an open game today and it was important to get a good result so we can take it into the second leg. We won 3-0 and I got to score the three goals so I am happy for that.”
Red Devils are definitely the leading team of the tournament, with Rome and Shakhtar Donetsk. Paul Pogba’s partners are motivated to win the Europa League, for the first time in Manchester. After a few difficult years, the Mancunians could realize this year a perfect return to the European scene.
Guillaume Lanchard, IEJ3C
Paul and Florentin Pogba clashed last night in the 16th round of the Europa League, during the match Manchester United – ASSE. The reunion between the two brothers was very much awaited.
It was the first time that french brothers competed in European Cup. Paul Pogba describes the fact of playing against his brother as « magical ». For the occasion, Florentin the elder, sported a hairstyle more than symbolic. The number 19 on one side, his number at Saint-Etienne and the 6 on the other side, that of his younger brother at Red Devils. Before even entering the pitch, at half-time, the two brothers continue to chat again and again, and then exchange a « check » proper to them a few seconds before the kick-off. A show that bothered some people. Roy Keane, Manchester United’s legend, has non appreciated it « I think it was a little bit over the top tonight – before the game and at half-time, » he said after the meeting.
The two brothers promised to enjoy the moment, because it doesn’t happened every day. What they did. But during the match, they did not crosshatch other much on the field. Florentin, victim of cramps, came out in the 79th minute. At the end, it was Paul Pogba who won the game. Manchester United won to the large score of 3-0 with a hat trick of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The new meeting of the Pogbas will take place at Geoffroy Guichard next Wednesday on the occasion of a return match.
Marie-Astrid Genet, IEJ 3C
The Paris Saint-Germain will confront Barcelona during the final 8th of the Champions League this Tuesday. Eliminated by the Spanish team three times over four years in this competition, the French club now has the opportunity to surprise us.
At 8:45 pm, the whole football planet will be watching PSG-Barcelona. The first match of this showdown will be crucial for the rest of the competition. At the Parc des Princes in Paris tonight, Unai Emery’s men are planning to surprise us. Deprived of Thiago Silva, the defense of the PSG are expected to encounter some difficulties against what is called “the MSN” (Messi, Suarez, Neymar).
Better organized than last year with their new coach, the Parisians still have their chances. If some interrogations remain concerning the defense of the PSG, the best striker of Europe, Edinson Cavani, will certainly be there. Lionel Messi, the winner of five Golden Balls, will be the most dangerous enemy this Tuesday. According to Unai Emery, “we will prepare the match against Barca knowing that both teams are very good,” referring to the fact that Paris won three times in a row in the French Championship.
Tonight’s match will be really important for the PSG and especially for the coach of the French club. In case of underperformance, the Spanish coach won’t have any other chances. With the high objectives of Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, the boss of the club, Unay Emery cannot make any mistakes. The PSG will need its supporters tonight if they want to win against Barcelona and some of the best attackers in the world.
Nicolas Sallé, IEJ 3D
The San Antonio Spurs will withdraw the no. 21 jersey of future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan on Dec. 18, the team announced Wednesday. The team’s star player will be the last one to wear carry that number on his back.
A veteran of 19 NBA seasons (all with the Spurs), Duncan retired in July with five NBA titles, two NBA MVP awards, 15 All-Star appearances and a spot on many lists as the greatest power forward of all time. San Antonio posted a win percentage of at least 60% of 19 straight seasons with Duncan, the longest such run in NBA history.
Wake Forest student’s, Duncan was the No. 1 pick by the Spurs in the 1997 draft. He made an immediate impact, winning the NBA Rookie of the Year. He won five titles, in 1999, in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014, and he was named Finals MVP twice, in 2003 and 2005.
Duncan finishes his career with the average of 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 blocks per game. He ranks 14th all time in points (26,496), sixth in rebounds (15,091) and fifth in blocks (3,020).
Duncan made the NBA All‐Defensive First Team eight times. He is only the third player in NBA history to win 1,000 career regular-season games. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish are the only players with more career victories.
LECA Nicolas, IEJ 3E