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Balotelli spot on as Nice edge Bordeaux

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Paris (AFP) – Mario Balotelli scored a penalty as Nice recovered from a goal down to defeat Bordeaux 2-1 on Sunday and close the gap on Ligue 1 leaders Monaco to four points.

Gaetan Laborde struck with just nine minutes gone to give Bordeaux the lead in Nice, but Balotelli quickly levelled from the spot after a foul on Arnaud Souquet.

Lyon’s Mammana holds Euro rivals Bordeaux

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Paris (AFP) – Emanuel Mammana headed in a late equaliser as Lyon held Euro rivals Bordeaux 1-1 in Ligue 1 on Friday.

Lyon are fourth just ahead of Bordeaux in the race for European football next season.

Valentin Vada had put the hosts ahead after 16 minutes under the driving rain before fellow Argentine Mammana’s 79th-minute header grabbed a point for the visitors.

Lyon’s Mammana holds Euro rivals Bordeaux

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Paris (AFP) – Emanuel Mammana headed in a late equaliser as Lyon held Euro rivals Bordeaux 1-1 in Ligue 1 on Friday.

Lyon are fourth just ahead of Bordeaux in the race for European football next season.

Valentin Vada had put the hosts ahead after 16 minutes under the driving rain before fellow Argentine Mammana’s 79th-minute header grabbed a point for the visitors.

Cavani, Di Maria fire PSG past Bordeaux as Barca loom

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Bordeaux (AFP) – Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria stole the show in Paris Saint Germain’s 3-0 win at Bordeaux on Friday in an ideal warm-up for next week’s Champions League clash with Barcelona.

PSG joined Monaco, who face Metz on Saturday, on 55 points at the top of Ligue 1 but remain second on goal difference.

Cavani, Di Maria fire PSG past Bordeaux as Barca loom

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Bordeaux (AFP) – Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria stole the show in Paris Saint Germain’s 3-0 win at Bordeaux on Friday in an ideal warm-up for next week’s Champions League clash with Barcelona.

PSG joined Monaco, who face Metz on Saturday, on 55 points at the top of Ligue 1 but remain second on goal difference.

UNFP rallies behind Sertic after ‘death threats’

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Paris (AFP) Bordeaux midfielder Gregory Sertic has received the full support of France's National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) after he was subjected to "death threats" over a proposed move to Marseille.

Bordeaux said on Sunday they had temporarily placed Sertic under protection after the 27-year-old, according to regional daily Sud Ouest, received the threatening messages at his home.

UNFP rallies behind Sertic after ‘death threats’

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Paris (AFP) Bordeaux midfielder Gregory Sertic has received the full support of France's National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) after he was subjected to "death threats" over a proposed move to Marseille.

Bordeaux said on Sunday they had temporarily placed Sertic under protection after the 27-year-old, according to regional daily Sud Ouest, received the threatening messages at his home.

Lyon lose at new home for first time

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Paris (AFP) Ten-man Lyon crashed to a first home defeat at Parc OL as Bordeaux provisionally moved top of Ligue 1 on Saturday by coming from behind to claim a 3-1 victory.

Aldo Kalulu marked his first appearance of the season for Lyon with the opening goal inside two minutes, but Brazilian teenager Malcom replied for Bordeaux on the half hour.

Lyon lose at new home for first time

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Paris (AFP) Ten-man Lyon crashed to a first home defeat at Parc OL as Bordeaux provisionally moved top of Ligue 1 on Saturday by coming from behind to claim a 3-1 victory.

Aldo Kalulu marked his first appearance of the season for Lyon with the opening goal inside two minutes, but Brazilian teenager Malcom replied for Bordeaux on the half hour.

Perisic winner stuns champions Spain in Euro 2016

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Bordeaux (AFP) Ivan Perisic struck a sensational winner three minutes from time as Croatia ended Spain's 14-game unbeaten run at the European Championship to top Group D after a 2-1 victory in Bordeaux on Tuesday.

Spain will now face Italy in the last 16 in Paris on Monday in a repeat of the 2012 final.

Belgium’s coach Wilmots relishes chance to hit back at critics

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Bordeaux (AFP) Belgium's convincing 3-0 win against the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016 on Saturday is unlikely to ease the difficult relationship between coach Marc Wilmots and his critics.

After starting with a 2-0 defeat to Italy, the world number two side bounced back in Bordeaux as a second-half Romelu Lukaku brace, either side of an Axel Witsel goal, gave them their first Group E points.

Belgium’s coach Wilmots relishes chance to hit back at critics

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Bordeaux (AFP) Belgium's convincing 3-0 win against the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016 on Saturday is unlikely to ease the difficult relationship between coach Marc Wilmots and his critics.

After starting with a 2-0 defeat to Italy, the world number two side bounced back in Bordeaux as a second-half Romelu Lukaku brace, either side of an Axel Witsel goal, gave them their first Group E points.

O’Neill rues Irish defending against Belgium

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Bordeaux (AFP) Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill rued his team's sloppiness in a 3-0 defeat to Belgium at Euro 2016 on Saturday that compromised their prospects of reaching the last 16.

Ireland held the Belgians into the interval of the Group E game in Bordeaux, but Romelu Lukaku netted twice in the second half, either side of an Axel Witsel goal, as Belgium claimed a comfortable win.

O’Neill rues Irish defending against Belgium in Euro 2016

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Bordeaux (AFP) Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill was left to rue his team's sloppiness in a 3-0 defeat to Belgium at Euro 2016 on Saturday.

Ireland held the Belgians into the interval in the Group E game in Bordeaux but Romelu Lukaku netted twice in the second half, either side of an Axel Witsel goal, as Belgium claimed a comfortable win.

Lukaku hits double as Belgium down Ireland

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Bordeaux (AFP) Romelu Lukaku silenced his critics with a brace as Belgium kick-started their Euro 2016 campaign by comfortably beating the Republic of Ireland 3-0 in Bordeaux on Saturday.

After being frustrated by the Irish in the first half, Belgium broke through when Lukaku struck three minutes after the restart, atoning for his profligacy in front of goal in Monday's 2-0 loss to Italy.

Star-studded Belgium on edge before Ireland Euro clash

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Bordeaux (AFP) Belgium coach Marc Wilmots is in the line of fire amid suggestions he is not doing enough to get the best from a star-studded squad ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 clash with the Republic of Ireland.

The Red Devils are second in the FIFA world rankings but they disappointed in their opening game in Group E in France, losing 2-0 to Italy in Lyon.

Star-studded Belgium on edge before Ireland Euro clash

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Bordeaux (AFP) Belgium coach Marc Wilmots is in the line of fire amid suggestions he is not doing enough to get the best from a star-studded squad ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 clash with the Republic of Ireland.

The Red Devils are second in the FIFA world rankings but they disappointed in their opening game in Group E in France, losing 2-0 to Italy in Lyon.

Walters ruled out for Ireland’s Belgium clash

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Bordeaux (AFP) Jon Walters will miss the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 clash with Belgium on Saturday due to injury, manager Martin O'Neill confirmed.

"Jon Walters is not going to be fit so we will have to make at least one change. We will have a look at it and decide on it tomorrow morning," said O'Neill at a press conference in Bordeaux on Friday.

Walters ruled out for Ireland’s Belgium clash

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Bordeaux (AFP) Jon Walters will miss the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 clash with Belgium on Saturday due to injury, manager Martin O'Neill confirmed.

"Jon Walters is not going to be fit so we will have to make at least one change. We will have a look at it and decide on it tomorrow morning," said O'Neill at a press conference in Bordeaux on Friday.

Lukaku in firing line as Belgium prepare for Ireland at Euro 2016

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Bordeaux (AFP) Belgium head into their Euro 2016 clash with the Republic of Ireland on Saturday desperate to atone for their opening defeat to Italy as debate rages about whether Romelu Lukaku should be dropped.

Marc Wilmots' much-fancied side are second in the FIFA world rankings but they disappointed in a 2-0 loss to Italy in their first Group E outing in Lyon on Monday.

Lukaku in firing line as Belgium prepare for Ireland at Euro 2016

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Bordeaux (AFP) Belgium head into their Euro 2016 clash with the Republic of Ireland on Saturday desperate to atone for their opening defeat to Italy as debate rages about whether Romelu Lukaku should be dropped.

Marc Wilmots' much-fancied side are second in the FIFA world rankings but they disappointed in a 2-0 loss to Italy in their first Group E outing in Lyon on Monday.

Hungary earn shock 2-0 win over 10-man Austria in Euro 2016

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Bordeaux (AFP) Adam Szalai and Zoltan Stieber scored second-half goals as Hungary stunned highly-fancied neighbours Austria 2-0 in their Group F opener in Bordeaux on Tuesday.

Austria, tipped as tournament dark horses, dominated the opening period but Szalai fired Hungary ahead on 62 minutes with Stieber wrapping up a shock victory over their old rivals late on in the 138th meeting between the sides.

Bale, Robson-Kanu give Wales winning return

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Bordeaux (AFP) Substitute Hal Robson-Kanu scored a joyously celebrated 81st-minute winner as Wales marked their major tournament return by edging Slovakia 2-1 in Saturday's Euro 2016 opener in Bordeaux.

Playing their first game at a major championship since the 1958 World Cup, Wales took a 10th-minute lead courtesy of Gareth Bale's fine free-kick, only for Slovakia substitute Ondrej Duda to equalise.

Ligue 1

Ligue 1: Monaco Midfielder Joao Moutinho Scores Exquisite First-Time Chip Against Bordeaux (Video)

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Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho scored one of the goals o the season in Ligue 1 on Saturday, with the Monaco star perfectly executing a first-time long-range chip.

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The goal came on 74 minutes, with league-leaders Monaco already 1-0 up.

Receiving a pass from fellow countryman Bernardo Silva well outside the Bordeaux box, Moutinhoconnected beautifully with the ball, directing an exquisite chipped effort which sailed into the top corner of the net.

Ligue 1: Nice Striker Mario Balotelli Sees Red Against Bordeaux, Gives Shirt To Fan On Leaving Pitch (Video)

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Linked with a move back to the Premier League this week, Mario Balotelli was once again grabbing the headlines during Nice's goalless draw with Bordeaux on Wednesday evening.

The former Liverpool man picked up his second red card of the season after kicking out at an opponent late in the game.

Mourinho's lucrative deal for winger; Klopp wants La Liga star; South American heading to Chelsea

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With all the domestic campaigns done and dusted, it is time for every club to focus on the transfer market and improve their chances of doing well next season.

Although the transfer window officially opens on the 1st of July, almost every club has started working on their deals and new signings are being confirmed every day.

EURO 2016

Dark horses Croatia an example to unruly fans: Cacic

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Bordeaux (AFP) Croatian coach Ante Cacic said his heroic players are an example the country's unruly fans should follow after shocking European champions Spain 2-1 to top their Euro 2016 group.

Flares thrown by Croatian fans halted their side's momentum in a 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic on Friday and saw the country's football federation fined 100,000 euros ($113,000).

Dark horses Croatia an example to unruly fans: Cacic

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Bordeaux (AFP) Croatian coach Ante Cacic said his heroic players are an example the country's unruly fans should follow after shocking European champions Spain 2-1 to top their Euro 2016 group.

Flares thrown by Croatian fans halted their side's momentum in a 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic on Friday and saw the country's football federation fined 100,000 euros ($113,000).

O’Neill rues Irish defending against Belgium

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Bordeaux (AFP) Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill rued his team's sloppiness in a 3-0 defeat to Belgium at Euro 2016 on Saturday that compromised their prospects of reaching the last 16.

Ireland held the Belgians into the interval of the Group E game in Bordeaux, but Romelu Lukaku netted twice in the second half, either side of an Axel Witsel goal, as Belgium claimed a comfortable win.

Lukaku hits double as Belgium down Ireland

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Bordeaux (AFP) Romelu Lukaku silenced his critics with a brace as Belgium kick-started their Euro 2016 campaign by comfortably beating the Republic of Ireland 3-0 in Bordeaux on Saturday.

After being frustrated by the Irish in the first half, Belgium broke through when Lukaku struck three minutes after the restart, atoning for his profligacy in front of goal in Monday's 2-0 loss to Italy.

Bordeaux

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The night before had been unkind to Ivan. As we left our apartment and headed for the earlier train he commented "Even the local tramp looks better than me."

Due to the strike the train was always going to be crowded so we thought of ways to find a seat. "We could sing English songs, that usually works!

Hungary stun 10-man Austria in Euro 2016 to end 30-year wait

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Bordeaux (AFP) Adam Szalai and Zoltan Stieber scored second-half goals as Hungary stunned highly-fancied Austria 2-0 in their Group F opener in Bordeaux on Tuesday.

Austria, tipped as tournament dark horses, dominated the opening period but Szalai fired Hungary ahead on 62 minutes with Stieber wrapping up a shock victory over their old rivals late on in the 138th meeting between the sides.

Hungary stun 10-man Austria in Euro 2016 to end 30-year wait

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Bordeaux (AFP) Adam Szalai and Zoltan Stieber scored second-half goals as Hungary stunned highly-fancied Austria 2-0 in their Group F opener in Bordeaux on Tuesday.

Austria, tipped as tournament dark horses, dominated the opening period but Szalai fired Hungary ahead on 62 minutes with Stieber wrapping up a shock victory over their old rivals late on in the 138th meeting between the sides.

Austria look to lay down Euro 2016 marker against old foe Hungary

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Bordeaux (AFP) Seen by many as dangerous dark horses at Euro 2016, Austria have an early chance to underline their credentials when they begin their Group F campaign against old rivals Hungary on Tuesday.

The game in Bordeaux will be the 138th meeting of the two nations, but their first encounter in a decade and their first competitively in more than 30 years.

Austria look to lay down Euro 2016 marker against old foe Hungary

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Bordeaux (AFP) Seen by many as dangerous dark horses at Euro 2016, Austria have an early chance to underline their credentials when they begin their Group F campaign against old rivals Hungary on Tuesday.

The game in Bordeaux will be the 138th meeting of the two nations, but their first encounter in a decade and their first competitively in more than 30 years.

‘Historic’ victory for Wales, says Bale

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Bordeaux (AFP) Real Madrid star Gareth Bale hailed Wales's 2-1 victory over Slovakia in their first ever European Championship finals match in Bordeaux on Saturday as "a historic moment" for the country.

Bale, who opened the scoring with a free-kick in the 10th minute, said the win was "just a memorable moment, a historic moment for our country".

‘Historic’ victory for Wales, says Bale

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Bordeaux (AFP) Real Madrid star Gareth Bale hailed Wales's 2-1 victory over Slovakia in their first ever European Championship finals match in Bordeaux on Saturday as "a historic moment" for the country.

Bale, who opened the scoring with a free-kick in the 10th minute, said the win was "just a memorable moment, a historic moment for our country".

Bale, Robson-Kanu give Wales winning return

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Bordeaux (AFP) Substitute Hal Robson-Kanu scored a joyously celebrated 81st-minute winner as Wales marked their major tournament return by edging Slovakia 2-1 in Saturday's Euro 2016 opener in Bordeaux.

Playing their first game at a major championship since the 1958 World Cup, Wales took a 10th-minute lead courtesy of Gareth Bale's fine free-kick, only for Slovakia substitute Ondrej Duda to equalise.

The Rest

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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Edinson Cavani's impeccable form as of late has Paris Saint-Germain thinking of yet another Coupe de La Ligue title this season, and the club will try to take its next step toward accomplishing that feat on Tuesday.

The three-time reigning champion of the competition will travel to take on Bordeaux in the semifinals today with its Argentine striker playing at his personal best.

The Case of the Disappearing Full Back.

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I can't speak for you but these are impoverished times for the Raddy family. Times are hard and despite taking Raddy Junior out of Eton and selling Mrs Raddy's minks we struggle to maintain Raddy Towers. So how is it that Arsenal can afford to throw away cash on a blighter like Debuchy?

Where is he?