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Audio: The week in French sports

Text by Emmanuel VERSACE

Latest update : 2011-02-28

This week on "Le Sportcast": Five contenders are in the running for the Ligue 1 title, but who's got what it takes to win? And after France's defeat against England in the Six Nations, what lessons can French coach Lievremont take away from the loss?



This week in Le Sportcast, France 24 sport correspondent Louis Massie, rugby editor Thibault Lieurade, and Etienne Michon of Backpagefootball.com, break down the latest French rugby and football news.

Football – Ligue 1

FOOTBALL: LIGUE 1 STANDINGS

Five clubs - Lille, Rennes, Marseille, Paris St Germain (PSG), Lyon – “se jouer dans un mouchoir de poche” (in English, “playing on a handkerchief”) to use a French expression, meaning the Ligue 1 top table is too close to call with just four points separating them. Marseille, PSG and Rennes easily won their respective games against mid-table teams. The highlight of Day 25 was the much expected face-off between leader Lille and the league's most expensive squad Lyon that ended on a disappointing draw (1-1). All of them are within touching distance of the title, but who's got what it takes to win the league?

Rugby – Six Nations

It was not exactly Waterloo but France's defeat (17-9) at Twickenham against England on Saturday, raises some serious questions about French manager Marc Lievremont's coaching and his ability to drive the team to the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.

Date created : 2011-02-28

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