Due to a very busy schedule gibfootballshow has not been able to provide Preview and Review podcasts. “Le Beau Jeu” has been on hold, hopefully it will be back shortly (Monday) to tide you French football lovers over till then, here’s a bit of a recap of all the goings on.

Brest remain top of the pile dispite their 3-1 defeat to Lille, the win moves the northerners to fifth, touching distance from the summit, to boost morale even more forward trio of Sow, Gervinho and Harzard got the goals. Romain Poyet scored Brest’s only goal his third in as many weeks.

Capital club PSG gained more ground on the leader with a fantastic 2-1 derby victory over Marseille, after Mevlut Erding had opened the scoring Nene played a delightful pass over Marseille’s defence which Hoarau dispatched.

Saturday’s action saw three 1-1 draws, Bordeaux-Valenciennes, Sochaux-Auxerre and Rennes-Lyon couldn’t be separated. The bottom four remains the same but one of them did pull off a fantastic result. Arles-Avignon winless in Ligue 1 took on fellow newly promoted side Caen, it was the best time to face Youssef El-Arabi and his Caen teammates, without a win in 7 games, Arles must have smelt the blood.

Gael Germany equalised El-Arabi’s opener, then forgotten man Kaba Diawara struck twice to sandwich Kandia Traore’s leveller. Arles first league victory this season, a momentous occassio for the home support, could this be the start of something.

It wasn’t the best weekend for the boys up top, a Kevin Gamiero double enough to upset home side St-Etienne. Nice continued Toulouse slide, Ljuboja and Ben Saada with the goals. On Sunday Lens recorded their third win of the season a great 2-0 over Montpellier, something their rivals Lille couldn’t repeat during the week, the impressive Hermach and Kanga Akale with the goals.

The biggest scoreline of the weekend saw Monaco ease past Nancy 4-0, the home side stunned by a Gavanon own goal never recovered, 2-0 up through ex-Nancy midfielder Chris Malonga, Park Chu-Young finished things off with a brace. Nancy sits one point of the relegation zone which Monaco find themselves in.

There was also some midweek football in France, the Quarter-Finals of the Coupe De La Ligue were played. Auxerre, PSG, Montpellier and Marseille claimed their place in the Semi-Finals.

Auxerre met St Etienne on Tuesday at the Stade de l’Abbe Deschamps, and it was the story of two penalties. It was Benoit Pedretti then Darius Dudka with the spot kicks, a disappointing result for Les Verts.

Valenciennes kicked off Wednesday’s cup games, opening the scoring against PSG after three minutes through Mathieu Dossevi. Six minutes it was quickly pegged back by Zoumana Camara. Then PSG took control, Christophe Jallet playing more advanced in midfield added a second, Peguy Luyindula made it 3-1 and put the Parisians name in the hat.

Rudi Garcia will be upset that his Lille side will play no further part in the competition. After scoring in the last round it was Turkish striker Hasan Kabze who scored both Montpellier’s goals, Eden Hazard pegged one back but it was too little too late.

Marseille were the last team to progress, after going one behind to Monaco from Mathieu Coutadeur’s penalty it was left to Andre Ayew who is in great form right now and young full-back Cesar Azpilicueta to give Marseille the lead.

The semi-final draw has been made and surely there are no conspiricies of hot and cold balls. Auxerre will take on Marseille at home, and Montpellier will take on Paris St-Germaine, no doubt the FFF will want to showpiece final between PSG and Marseille come finals day, the semi-finals will be played the third week of January.

At first glance there are no standout matches this weekend, Monaco play Arles in a relegation clash, Arles could continue their climb out of the bottom, or it could be a great chance for Monaco to move up the table.

The table is that tight nearly every team is two wins from the top; six points separate the first 14 teams, such a close fight this year, not taking bets on who will be the first to break from the pack.

So gibfootballshow will be back on Monday with “Le Beau Jeu” to wrap up this weekend’s action.


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