Marquinhos' Brazil clinch World Cup qualification : Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos was a starter as Brazil beat Paraguay 3-0 to become the first country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.

Starry-eyed! : For the very first time in France, the opening ceremony of the Coupe de la Ligue will take place at a sold-out Parc OL - the first big moment of a night not to be missed!

A first for Frank Schneider! : Frank Schneider has been designated to referee the 23rd Coupe de la Ligue final, on Saturday, 1 April.

Support for Paris 2024! : The Coupe de la Ligue final will be a chance to show support for Paris' candidature to hold the 2024 Olympics.

Youri Djorkaeff - Ambassador for the final! : The 1998 World Cup winner will be the ambassador for the final of the Coupe de la Ligue between AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday, 1 April.

Tangier to stage 2017-18 curtain-raiser : The 2017-18 Trophée des Champions will be staged in the Moroccan city of Tangier for the second time in its history, the French Football League has announced.

Troubled Lorient in desperate scrap to survive : Following some woeful recent performances, FC Lorient require a dramatic and quick improvement in form if they are to extend their 11-year stay in Ligue 1, writes Andy Scott.

Yago and Nakoulma help Burkina Faso to AFCON bronze : Toulouse FC defender Steeve Yago and new FC Nantes striker Préjuce Nakoulma played the full 90 minutes as Burkina Faso sealed third-place at the Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 win over Ghana.

The Ligue 1 stars of the Cup of Nations : There is always a large contingent from Ligue 1 at the African Cup of Nations and it has been no different this year. looks at some of those who have made an impact on the competition in Gabon.

Jardim: 'Important for the club' : AS Monaco boss underlined the importance of Monaco's making it to a first Coupe de la Ligue final since 2003; opposite number Pablo Correa of Nancy was full of praise for his team despite the 1-0 semi-final loss in Monaco.

Falcao takes Monaco into final : AS Monaco will face Paris Saint-Germain in April's final of the Coupe de la Ligue after beating AS Nancy Lorraine 1-0 in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

Emery: 'Compete for every trophy' : Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery was delighted with the desire shown by his team to retain the Coupe de la Ligue while Girondins de Bordeaux coach Jocelyn Gourvennec admitted his side were outclassed in Tuesday's semi-final.

Nancy first in key week for Monaco : AS Monaco play host to AS Nancy Lorraine in Wednesday's Coupe de la Ligue semi-final in the first of a brace of matches that could have a major influence on the principality club's season.

Cavani stars as holders PSG reach final : Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani both scored twice as holders Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Bordeaux 4-1 at The Matmut Atlantique to reach the Coupe de la Ligue final.

Cavani firing ahead of Bordeaux showdown : Edinson Cavani's lethal form is a major reason for Paris Saint-Germain to believe they can make it four Coupe de la Ligue trophies in a row. PSG are at in-form Bordeaux in the semi-finals of the competition on Tuesday night.

Ligue 1 stars at AFCON 2017 : FC Lorient striker Benjamin Moukandjo was on target as Cameroon kicked off their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a 1-1 draw against Burkina Faso in Gabon.

Monaco test Marseille revival : Olympique de Marseille's recent revival under Rudi Garcia faces a monumental test on Sunday when they welcome AS Monaco to the Orange Vélodrome in the game of Week 20.

PSG face Bordeaux trip in semis : Paris Saint-Germain will face Girondins de Bordeaux in the Coupe de la Ligue semi-finals in mid-January while AS Monaco have been drawn against AS Nancy-Lorraine.

Silva lining as PSG seal semi berth : Thiago Silva scored a rare brace as holders Paris Saint-Germain secured a place in the Coupe de la Ligue semi-finals with a 2-0 win over FC Metz on Wednesday.

Bordeaux take semi-final place : Girondins de Bordeaux made it three teams through to the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals as they saw off En Avant Guingamp 3-2 in a nail-biting tie on Wednesday.

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