Depay Fires Lyon To Win Over Guingamp

Depay Fires Lyon To Win Over Guingamp
Guingamp’s French midfielder Etienne Didot (2ndL) and Guingamp’s French defender Jeremy Sorbon (2ndR) vies with Lyon’s Dutch forward Memphis Depay (L) and Lyon’s French forward Moussa Dembele during the French L1 football match on November 10, 2018. in Le Roudourou stadium in Guingamp, western France. FRED TANNEAU / AFP


An inspired Memphis Depay scored twice and grabbed two assists as Lyon recovered from falling behind to last-placed Guingamp to win 4-2 in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Marcus Thuram, the son of France 1998 World Cup champion Lilian Thuram, headed Guingamp ahead on 21 minutes at the Stade du Roudourou.

But Lyon hit back through midfielder Houssem Aouar on the hour after he was set up by Depay, with the Dutchman then curling the visitors into a 2-1 lead with a shot from just outside the area.

Depay struck again with a sensational 30-yard free-kick, although Thuram gave Guingamp hope with a penalty on 79 minutes after a handball by Jeremy Morel.

Maxwel Cornet wrapped up the points for Lyon five minutes later as he volleyed in a left-wing cross from Depay to keep Lyon in fourth.

Guingamp remain at the foot of the table, level on points with Thierry Henry’s Monaco, and are set to reappoint Jocelyn Gourvennec next week after the club sacked Antoine Kombouare on Tuesday.

Gourvennec, 46, led Guingamp to the French Cup title in 2014 during a six-year spell at the club.

Monaco host runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday and Henry will be without a number of first-team players against a team that won their last league meeting 7-1 in April.

“I’ve had a big problem since I arrived. The majority of the players have been in the treatment room for a while or carrying an injury for a long time,” said Henry, who has yet to win as a manager in five attempts.

“That’s why we’ve tried new things. You’ve got to make do with what you have,” he said. “It might seem difficult to do well but we’re going to try to trouble them.

“With a weakened team and several youngsters it should be even tougher than with 11 regulars but we’re going to give it a go.”


Lyon Footballer Depay Devastated After Burglary

Lyon’s Dutch forward Memphis Depay runs with the ball during the French L1 football match between Olympique Lyonnais and OGC Nice on August 31, 2018, at the Groupama Stadium in Decines-Charpieu near Lyon, central-eastern France. PHILIPPE DESMAZES / AFP


Lyon’s Dutch forward Memphis Depay had his house burgled during Friday’s Ligue 1 home loss to Nice with the thieves reportedly getting away with a massive 1.5 million euros haul ($1.75 million).

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said the player was distraught, but thought the police had good leads to go on.

“He’s beside himself, he had a lot of valuables in his home,” said Aulas although Lyon police said it was too early to say exactly what the 23-year-old had lost during the break-in.

“We haven’t suffered too much from this kind of thing so far,” said the club president in reference to a string of burglaries that have hit the French football community including Arsenal manager Unai Emery when he was at PSG last season.

“Anyway, the police are on the case, they took prints and there are cameras all over the place. As with all successful people, there’s high security at his house,” Aulas said.

Depay had a quiet night on the pitch as Lyon went down 1-0 at home to Nice.


Memphis Depay Hits Hat-Trick in Lyon Romp


Lyon’s forward Memphis Depay celebrates after scoring during the Ligue 1 football match between Troyes and Lyon at The Aube Stadium in Troyes on October 22, 2017.

Lyon climbed to fourth in Ligue 1 on Sunday with a 5-0 away win at promoted Troyes as Dutch striker Memphis Depay scored a second-half hat-trick.

The 23-year-old Depay joined Lyon in January 2017 from Manchester United and is finding his feet in France now that Lyon have sold Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal.

The wins puts Lyon in fourth on 19 points from 10 games, six behind leaders Paris Saint Germain, who play at Marseille in Sunday’s late game.

PSG are three points clear of second-placed Monaco, who beat Caen 2-0 on Saturday with Ligue 1’s leading scorer Radamel Falcao netting a penalty for his 13th goal of the campaign.

Depay’s goals came from a near-post tap-in, a shot into the top corner and after winning a penalty he insisted, at length with fellow striker Mariano, on taking the spot-kick, which he converted with a cheeky chip down the middle as the keeper went left.

Mali’s Bertrand Traore opened the scoring on 21 minutes with former Real Madrid man Mariano rounding off the scoring at the death.

Earlier Sunday the injured Mario Balotelli watched from the stands as Nice slumped to another defeat, going down 2-1 at home to Strasbourg.

The Italian striker, scorer of five league goals this season, was absent with a calf injury and without him Lucien Favre’s team went down to their third successive league defeat and a fourth straight loss in all competitions.

Nuno Da Costa scored twice for the promoted visitors before Nice got a goal back, Pierre Lees-Melou converting a penalty after Strasbourg’s Ernest Seka was sent off for a foul in the area.

Wesley Sneijder, on as a second-half substitute, came close to equalising for Nice, but they went down to their sixth loss already this campaign.

The side who finished third last season are currently 14th and go to Paris Saint-Germain next Friday.

Meanwhile, bottom club Metz sacked coach Philippe Hinschberger on Sunday, a day after going down to their ninth defeat in 10 league games this season, 2-1 at home to Dijon.

Hinschberger is the first managerial casualty of the campaign in France’s top flight.


Everton Decline Milan’s Loan Bid For Deulofeu

Gerard Deulofeu, Everton, MilanEverton have rejected AC Milan’s bid for Gerard Deulofeu on loan for the remainder of the season.

However, there are hopes that the Italian side would come back with a new offer.

Deulofeu, 22, has made 13 appearances for Everton since Ronald Koeman took over as manager at Goodison Park last summer.

He joined the Toffees on loan from Barcelona for the 2013-14 season, and subsequently made the transfer permanent in 2015 for £4.3 million.

Middlesbrough and Ajax are other potential destinations for the Spaniard who can leave but is expected to cost a loan fee.

Everton have continued to show interest in signing Manchester United’s Memphis Depay who might join Lyon during the winter transfer window.

Manchester United To Play Watford Without Martial, Rooney

ManchesterAnthony Martial and Wayne Rooney will miss Manchester United’s trip to Watford on Saturday through injury and illness respectively.

Michael Carrick had earlier sustained an ankle injury while on duty with England and Marouane Fellaini, who has been deployed as a forward, has still not recovered from a knock sustained in the UEFA Champions League victory over CSKA Moscow.

The Manchester United manager’s plans for the trip to Vicarage Road had been disrupted by sustained by

Manager Louis van Gaal has hinted that James Wilson, who has made one league appearance this season, as a late substitute in the 3-0 defeat at Arsenal, is in line to play some part against Watford.

“He can play but he cannot play a whole match because he doesn’t have the rhythm of the game,” he told MUTV.

Jesse Lingard and Memphis Depay are also in the frame to go up front.

Lingard scored his first Premier League goal against West Bromwich Albion last time out, while Depay has watched United’s last three league matches from the bench.

A victory against Watford would help United move into the top spot at least until Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester City, play later on Saturday.

Watford have no new injury worries and captain Troy Deeney says Man Utd’s visit to Vicarage Road will be a great occasion for the promoted side.

“Now it’s a different manager, a different style of football, but it’s still Man United,” Deeney told Premier League TV. “It’s still one of the biggest clubs of the world coming to little, old Watford.

“So it’s going to be a great occasion for the fans, and for someone like myself. Not too long ago I was paid £10 a week to play, so if I’m now playing against Man United I’m just going to enjoy it.”

Manchester United Sign Romero

romeroEnglish Premier League club, Manchester United, have confirmed the signing of Argentina goalkeeper, Sergio Romero, following the uncertainty of David de Gea’s future.

Romero was a free agent after leaving Sampdoria and will replace back-up keeper, Victor Valdes, who has been told he can leave the club.

The 28-year-old, who sealed a three-year deal, is United’s fifth signing of the summer, having signed full-back, Matteo Darmian, midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and forward, Memphis Depay.

Romero has 62 caps with the Argentine national team and played in the 2014 World Cup final, he also won the 2008-2009 Eredivisie title under Van Gaal at Az Alkmaar.

Addressing reporters about the new goalkeeper, Manchester Utd team boss, Louis van Gaal, said Romero did very well in the World Cup.

He said: “Sergio Romero is an international goalkeeper from the Argentina team. He was also a former player of mine. I was trainer-coach, manager of AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands, I picked him up when he was 19 and he was a great talent. We became champions with him, with a minor club, and in the Netherlands it was a fantastic result of course.

“I know him very well and I think in our situation, if De Gea is going or not going, it is always a threat and we have to take care, make sure that we are prepared and that is why I think it is very good that Sergio Romero is now a Manchester United player”.

World Cup: Messi, Neymar Make 10-Man Best Player Award Shortlist

golden ballArgentine, Lionel Messi and Brazil’s Neymar have been nominated among the 10 players shortlisted for the award for best player at the World Cup.

Finalists, Argentina and Germany produced seven of the candidates announced by FIFA on Friday.

Messi is nominated along with Argentina teammates Angel Di Maria and Javier Mascherano, while Germany provides four candidates: Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm and Thomas Mueller.

Neymar is the only candidate from Brazil. Arjen Robben of the Netherlands and James Rodriquez of Colombia, the tournament’s top scorer with six goals, complete the list.

The players were selected by FIFA’s technical study group of coaching analysts and the winner is selected by the FIFA technical group and announced after the final.

The candidates for best young player are Memphis Depay of the Netherlands, and France pair Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane. Nominees for that award must have been born since Jan. 1, 1993.

Previous Golden Ball winners are:

1982 FIFA World Cup Spain: Paolo Rossi (Italy)

1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico: Diego Maradona (Argentina)

1990 FIFA World Cup Italy: Salvatore Schillaci (Italy)

1994 FIFA World Cup USA: Romario (Brazil)

1998 FIFA World Cup France: Ronaldo (Brazil)

2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan: Oliver Kahn (Germany)

2006 FIFA World Cup Germany: Zinedine Zidane (France)

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa: Diego Forlan (Uruguay)