French Recap: Weah starts, while violence suspends de la Fuente’s game

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Tim Weah & Lille dropped points again, while Konrad de la Fuente & his Marseille side saw their game suspended due to unruly fans invading the field in Nice.

Saint-Etienne 1 – 1 Lille

Tim Weah was again in the starting lineup for this second game of the season but for the second week, the French champions were unable to secure a victory as they shared the points with Saint-Etienne.  Neither team has yet to take three points yet this season, with the hosts drawing all three of their games.

Burak Yilmaz put the Dogues ahead not long before the intermission but was unable to hold on to their lead as the Saints snatched a point with five minutes left on the clock.

Both teams had few opportunities in the first half; the Saints’ Denis Bouanga should have scored with a header and at the other end, after a defensive mishap Weah should have provided an assist but the ball to Yilmaz, although well struck, was blocked by Saidou Sow. 

In the 38th minute, it was the Turkish international that finally broke the deadlock after a defensive mishap.  And a second one nearly came a few minutes later from Canadian Jonathan David but Etienne Green between the sticks kept his team in the game with a half-decent save.

The second half also saw chances at both ends but it wasn’t until the 85th minute when Sow took advantage of a corner kick and nodded home to collect a point.

Lille will go looking for all three points over the weekend when they host Montpellier.


Konrad de la Fuente got into the game early in the second half on Sunday night when Olympic Marseille traveled along the Mediterranean coast to take on OGC Nice. 

It was a funny old night in Nice as the game was stopped due to fans climbing out of the stands as they attempted to attack Marseille players, in particular Dimitri Payet, who, while taking a corner kick had a water bottle thrown at him from the stands.  He threw it back and pandemonium ensued. 

The referee halted the game and it was eventually suspended as the safety of the Marseille players could not be ensured.  Investigations are underway.

Marseille will hope for a quieter time when they welcome Saint-Etienne over the weekend.

Nicholas Gioacchini came off the bench for Caen in the 71st minute as the Normandy team came away with a 1-0 win over winless Nancy on Saturday night. Next up will be a midweek flight to the island of Corsica to make up the game against Ajaccio.  Then over the weekend, they head to Nimes in the South of France.


Michael Adubato

The old man of Yanks-Abroad, having been around since the very beginning in 2004, Known as the resident Belgian expert since that’s where he has lived for a couple of decades. Over the years he has interviewed Nats such as Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Oguchi Onyewu, Jozy Altidore and Tim Weah, to name a few. When not working the day job, he can often be found in stadiums around Europe, watching games from the top flight to the lower leagues. To prove that he is not just a pretty face, Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! On a non-soccer note, Adubato has just released a book of poetry from his travels, Missing the Exit, published by Broken Keys Publishing in Ottawa, Canada. So that must make him the YA poet laureate! You can grab your copy on, order online and pick it up and Barnes & Noble or get an e-copy at various outlets.

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