After completing a slightly off-kilter move to Ligue 1 on deadline day, Steven Fletcher made his first start in Marseille colours last night, scoring and providing an assist in his new side's 2-0 win over amateur outfit Trelissac in the Coupe de France.
Fletcher laid on Romain Alessandrini for the opener before getting on the scoresheet himself in the 87th minute by applying a rather smart finish to a low cross.
We love a good old fashioned dive here at 'Pies, despite the obvious moral dubiousness of the whole thing. And in Lyon's 3-0 home Ligue 1 win against Bordeaux on Wednesday night, substitute Jordan Ferri pulled off a right doozy of a flop.
Running at speed towards the Bordeaux box, the 23-year-old midfielder lost control of the ball before falling to the ground courtesy of a quite fabulous dive.
On the same day that Manchester United produced yet another toothless display at Old Trafford, Red Devils' cast-off Angel Di Maria was helping PSG to a 5-1 mauling of Angers in the French capital, with one of his two goals in the game an absolute beaut.
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With the score at 3-1 to Laurent Blanc's Ligue 1 giants, Di Maria produced an outstanding volley from outside the box, which sailed over Anger 'keeperAlexandre Letellier and into the back of the net.
It may have gone pear-shaped for him in the Premier League, but former Newcastle and Hull City wastrel Hatem Ben Arfa is making a decent fist of rebuilding his reputation at Nice this season.
Indeed, the temperamental winger scored twice (both from the penalty spot) in his side's 2-1 win over high-flying Angers in Ligue 1 on Friday evening, but it was his mercurial dribbling skills that once again caught the eye of the wider world.
No thatPSG need any help in their procession to total domestic domination in 2015/16, however on Wednesday night the all-conquering Parisians got a helping hand from the officials during their Coupe de la Ligue quarter-final clash with Lyon.
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Adrien Rabiot's scrappy opening goal was hardly a thing of beauty.
There was nothing particularly untoward about PSG beating Bastia 2-0 in Ligue 1 on Friday evening, save for a truly exquisite professional foul from Marco Verratti.
The Italian midfielder sprintedsome 30 yards to stop a counter-attack, stopping his opponent in his tracks by using an unorthodox technique usually reserved for lionesses bringing down gazelles on the plains of Africa.
It proved to be a funny old weekend for Monaco striker Lacina Traore, who experiencedsomething of a 'mixed bag' type of outing in the French Cup on Sunday afternoon.
Traorehelped himself to four goals in the first 45 minutesof Monaco's 10-2 win overamateursideSt Jean Beaulieu in the Coup de France round of 64 before getting himself sent off before the start of the second half.
He's totalled just 11 starts for Rennes so far this season, but Watford have still gone and spluffed £8million on Abdoulaye Doucoure therefore becoming the first Premier League club to actually spend any money (on a transfer fee) so far this deadline day. It's now 7.00pm.
Doucoure has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Vicarage Road.
European champions Barcelona joined Real Madrid and Manchester United in earning over €500 million last season, financial consultants Deloitte revealed in their latest Football Money League published on Thursday.
Madrid topped the table for the 11th year running with earnings of €577 million over the course of the season, driven largely by a €22.
After recent reports suggested that Louis Van Gaal could be sacked this weekend with another poor result, Manchester United is in dire need of three points when it travels to Anfield to face an improved Liverpool.
Last-place Aston Villa will look to make it two-in-a-row on Saturday when the Villans host co-league leaders Leicester City.
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Liverpool are currently going through a strange, but very serious injury crisis. The Reds have a host of players out as Coutinho and Lovren joined the list after coming off prematurely against Stoke City.
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Once AC Milan's great hope, Stephan El Shaarawy is at a crossroads in his career. The Italian Egyptian was once labelled as Italian football's next best thing, but events that have unfolded in his career since have been the worst possible reflection of his wonderkid status.
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Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan has warned compatriot Edinson Cavani over moving to the Premier League. Cavani has been a reported target for the big English clubs, namely United, Arsenal and Chelsea but Forlan has urged his fellow Uruguayan to keep enjoying his good run in France with Paris Saint-Germain.
With tensions running high ahead of Le Classique, a battalion of Marseille fans attempted to unsettlethe PSG team as they rolled into the Stade Velodrome on Sunday afternoon.
Sadly, due to a heady mix of mistaken identity and itchy trigger fingers, the only people the L'OM ultras ended up intimidating were the innocent Chinese tourists whose bus they accidentally ambushed with eggs outside the stadium.
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Paris Saint-Germain have written a letter to M.I.A. after the pop artiste wore an altered version of the club's shirt in one of her music videos.
The song in question is 'Borders', which criticises the treatment ofrefugees. In the accompanying video, M.I.A. can be seen wearing a PSG replica shirt with the sponsor changed from 'Fly Emirates' on the front to 'Fly Pirates'.
Transfer deadline day has thrown up a weird one. In fact, there's almost zero chance you could've predicted this one cropping up today.
With a 32-point deficit to make up on leagueleaders PSG, Marseille are turning to almost entirely barren Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher as the man they expect to fire them back up to the upper echelons of Ligue 1.
With their Coupe de la Ligue quarter-final against Marseille kicking-off at 5pm tonight, many Toulouse fans are being forced to skipthe game due to itsmassively inconvenient weekday afternoon scheduling.
However, the Ligue 1 side have devised a plan. Indeed, they have produced an 'official' (read: totally unofficial) sick note to allow their supporters to duck out of work or school early in time to watch the game.
While the German Bundesliga remains on sabbatical for two more weeks, the English FA Cup continues this weekend with the Round of 64, and the competition will heat up with the introduction of both Premier League and Championship clubs.
Five all-Premier League match-ups will take center stage in the competition's third round, including Tottenham Hotspur battling Leicester City on Sunday.