Gomis sees OM through, Rennes win thriller : Olympique de Marseille striker Bafétimbi Gomis scored the winner at Clermont while Rennes required a 95th-minute Pedro Henrique winner to beat neighbours Lorient.

Guingamp take out Bastia : En Avant Guingamp are through to face Olympique Lyonnais in the Coupe de la Ligue Round of 16 after defeating fellow Ligue 1 outfit SC Bastia on penalties on Wednesday.

CdL Round of 16 draw : Sochaux are the only Ligue 2 club mixing it with the big boys of Ligue 1 in the Coupe de la Ligue round of 16. Holders Paris Saint-Germain will enter the competition at that stage at home to Lille.

Round of 32 Reactions : Marseille boss Rudi Garcia hailed his players' tactical adaptability after beating Clermont 2-1 for a place in the round of 16; Christian Gourcuff felt immaturity marred Stade Rennais' 3-2 win over his former club Lorient.

Ambitious OM enter fray : Eleven Ligue 1 clubs are in Coupe de la Ligue Round of 32 action on Wednesday night. Olympique de Marseille travel to Clermont as they embark on a quest to earn European football.

Nantes, Montpellier through to last 16 : FC Nantes booked their place in the Coupe de la Ligue last 16 with a 2-1 win at home to Angers SCO while Montpellier got just a third win of the season, 2-0 away to Ligue 2's Laval, to make it through to the next round.

Montpellier seek cup comfort as Nantes, Angers face off : Just days after their 6-2 hammering by Monaco, Montpellier return to action in the Coupe de la Ligue's round of 32, against Ligue 2's Laval, before Ligue 1 rivals Nantes and Angers face off for a place in the last 16.

Can new-look OM revive PSG rivalry? : Marseille's new owner Frank McCourt spoke of the importance of reviving the club's rivalry with Paris Saint-Germain before he completed his takeover earlier this week, so it is apt that his first game will be Sunday's Classique.

Ounas opts for Algeria : Girondins de Bordeaux youngster Adam Ounas, a former France youth international, has decided to respond to the call from the Algerian national team.

Nice without Balotelli in Nancy : OGC Nice will have to do without Mario Balotelli due to injury as Les Aiglons visit AS Nancy Lorraine on Sunday looking to reclaim top spot.

Emery demands better from PSG : Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has admitted his team need to raise their game as the stumbling champions prepare to face SM Caen in Normandy on Friday evening.

Anticipation building in Nice ahead of derby : OGC Nice fans will turn out in force at the Allianz Riviera on Sunday, hoping to see the club's trio of big-name new signings feature for the first time in the Mediterranean derby against Olympique de Marseille.

The Coupe de la Ligue hits the road! : The LFP has announced that the final of the Coupe de la Ligue 2016-17 will be held at Lyon's Parc OL, with other state-of-the-art French stadiums to host the cup final in the seasons to come.

More Mr. Nice guy? : OGC Nice's signings of Mario Balotelli and Younes Belhanda are two of the summer's most exciting moves, and give both players the chance to get back on track at a club that specialises in rebirths, writes Ian Holyman.

Girard in fight to win over Nantes doubters : René Girard knew he had a huge job on his hands to win over the supporters of FC Nantes this season and it has not been the start that the former Montpellier and Lille boss was looking for, writes's Andy Scott.

Marquinhos wins Olympic gold with Brazil : Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos has won Olympic gold with Brazil at the Rio Games after a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Germany in the final.

Emery begins title quest at Bastia : Paris Saint-Germain will be without captain Thiago Silva and star striker Edinson Cavani as they start their title defence at Bastia on Friday evening in coach Unai Emery's first Ligue 1 game in charge of the capital club.

New signings - six of the best : With the new season upon us, and after another busy summer in the transfer market, here are six new signings to look out for in 2016-17...

OL with sound reasons for optimism : In spite of their Trophée des Champions setback, David Crossan argues Olympique Lyonnais are still the club best equipped to challenge Paris Saint-Germain for the Ligue 1 title in 2016-2017.

Marquinhos' Brazil held… again : The Brazil of Paris Saint-Germain star Marquinhos continue to tread water in the Rio Olympics, the host nation held to a 0-0 draw by Iraq on Sunday after the same result against South Africa in their opener.

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