Barça, Madrid and Atlético, victims of the final sprint of Cornellà

It is not new for Espanyol to knock down a big LaLiga in the last minutes. On this occasion, the goal of Wu Lei in the 88th minute after a great assistance from Matías Vargas did not help him to give the blue and white team three points against Barcelona, ​​but to rescue a point that can mean the push to escape from The drop zone. Before the greats, in the last three years, Espanyol has subscribed to the great joys before the end of the meetings.It all started in January 2018 in the first leg of the quarterfinals between Espanyol and Barcelona. A closed match in which everything pointed to 0-0 until Oscar Melendo appeared to mark, in minute 87, the 1-0 that marked the first victory in a derby since 2009. Somewhat baptized as Melendazo, which served to give a joy in a complicated but historical season, in which the parakeets managed to knock down the three clubs with more budget of the championship. Because a month before, in the last meeting of 2017 and with a Espanyol near the relegation zone, the parakeets knocked down Atlético de Madrid with a goal in minute 87 by Sergio García. A Bon Pastor striker also finished crossing the ball as Wu Lei a good collective play.Far from being the exception, Real Madrid also fell at RCDE Stadium, even more cruelly. In minute 92 of the match Gerard Moreno He caught an impressive volley in the area that meant the final 1-0 and one of the most remembered moments in the years that Espanyol has played in Cornellà-El Prat. When the parties agonize, the parakeets find miraculous goals. read more

PSG face Monaco test as Ligue One returns

first_imgPSG have won all their past 10 meetings with Monaco. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Tomas Tuchel made a brave decision on Tuesday night as he left Neymar Jr out of the starting team in the 2-2 draw away to Real Madrid.Luckily for him, it did not prove costly as PSG mounted a comeback in the second half to get a point.On Sunday night, Tuchel is again expected to make another big decision as PSG prepare to take on Monaco in the Ligue One at the Stade Luis II.With Neymar Jr, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria, Edinson Cavani and Mauro Icardi all fit, the gaffer has to decide on the two that start on the bench in order to maintain the team’s shape in midfield.The Parisians are expected to field Marquinhos, Marco Verratti and Idrisa Gueye in the center of the park leaving only three slots upfront.While Neymar, who looks short of sharpness, retain his spot on the bench or it will be Di Maria or Icardi who sits this one out? All that will be answered a few minutes to kick-off.However, PSG will be looking to win a third consecutive Ligue One game and possibly, build a bigger gap at the top.After losing 2-1 at Dijon, Tuchel’s side has defeated Brest and Lille and as a consequence, sits 8 points clear at the top of the log.They are yet to look like the ruthless side they have been for the past two years but with the sick-bay clearing by the day, it is just a matter of time.Ahead of the game on Sunday, only Ander Herrera is absent with injury meaning PSG have a near to full-strength side to choose from.For Monaco, they have upto five absentees for the game. Islam Slimani was sent off last weekend and Diego Benaglio, Pietro Pellegri, Stefen Jovetic and Guebbels are all injured.It is not the most ideal time to face PSG as Monaco are coming off a 2-1 loss at Bordeaux this past Sunday.The loss was Monaco’s 5th of the season and leaves them 14th with 18 points.However, they cannot be so disappointed after a poor start that saw them win just one in their first 7.It is a tall order to topple PSG but with the leaders having already lost three, Leandro Jardim’s men will fancy themselves to pull off another shock.To do that, however, they will need to do better than they have done recently against PSG as they have lost all the last 10 matches between the two sides including both last season.The French Ligue One match-day 15 starts on Friday with Marseille at home to Brest.Marseille have picked up form lately, winning all their past three games and climbed up into second on the standings.They beat Lille 2-1, defeated Lyon 2-1 and last Sunday, powered past Toulouse 2-0.After relaying heavily on Argentine forward Dario Benedetto at the start, the team looks more balanced with goals coming from everywhere as they have seen five different scorers score their last six goals.They will be expected to take all three points here against a Brest side that is slumping in the standings.After a good start that saw them climb as high as 6th at some point, Brest has not won any of their past three (D1 L2) and have dropped into 13th.Having lost both of their meetings with Marseille last season, Brest looks to be deprived of confidence ahead of the time and it would not come as a surprise if Marseille took the day.The other interesting fixtures to look out for in Ligue One this weekend include Lille hosting Dijon on Saturday night, Rennes at home to Saint Etienne on Sunday and Lyon’s visit to a rejuvenated Strasbourg side.All the Ligue One match-day 15 fixturesFriday, 29-11-2019-Marseille vs Brest @22:45pmSaturday, 30-11-2019-Strasbourg vs Lyon @7pm-Reims vs Bordeaux @10pm-Nimes vs Reims @10pm-Montpellier vs Amiens SC @10pm-Lille vs Dijon @10pm-Nice vs Angers @10pmSunday, 01-12-2019-Nantes vs Toulouse @5pm-Rennes vs Saint Etienne @7pm-Monaco vs PSG @11pmComments Tags: BrestFrench Ligue OneMarseilleMonacoPSGlast_img read more