Ligue 1 is not necessarily a division celebrated for its goals and its drama, but there were plenty of both on Saturday. In this feature, we present the best Ligue 1 goals—the Ligue 1 Buts—and highlights of Saturday’s games.
The headline clash, of course, was in Paris, where Paris Saint-Germain played their first match back in the French capital since the terrorist attacks on November 13 which left 130 people dead.
They trounced bottom-club Troyes 4-1—barely breaking a sweat in the process—and while there were four excellent goals, only three of them can be claimed by PSG!
Arsenal transfer target Edinson Cavani—who has since been criticised by PSG coach Laurent Blanc—opened the scoring after volleying Angel Di Maria’s bold cross past Paul Bernardoni.
Check out the assist by Di Maria. Also, superb finish by Cavani. pic.twitter.com/S9idQSDQyj
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Layvin Kurzawa made it 3-1 with this stonking volley after Zlatan Ibrahimovic had doubled PSG’s lead from the spot.
And while Jean-Kevin Augustin deserves credit for his late long-range effort—which left poor Bernardoni completely flummoxed—huge credit must go to Troyes’ Thomas Ayasse, who sent a long, looping effort curling into the PSG net over Kevin Trapp in the dying minutes.
— Paris No Limit™ (@ParisNoLimit) November 28, 2015
Which of the Ligue 1 buts in the PSG/Troyes match?
There was another magical effort at Stade de Reims, where the home side ended their losing streak with a 2-2 draw against Stade Rennais.
Chelsea loanee Jeremie Boga was the hero—finishing off a glittering team move with this stunning effort:
That was the young Franco-Ivorian hitman’s first goal since moving to Rennes from Stamford Bridge on loan during the summer, but if he can bag a few more like that, there’s no reason why Jose Mourinho might not insist on his return to Stamford Bridge!
As Ligue 1 Buts go, Boga’s effort was something special indeed.
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Finally, however, it wasn’t all pretty football and attractive play in France, where there was also some ferocious brutality on show.
The culprit was LOSC Lille centre-back Renato Civelli, who—perhaps frustrated with his side 2-0 down to Angers—decided to lay a foot on Romain Saiss.
Some may say that the home side’s midfielder ducked into the challenge, while others may say that Civelli was looking at the ball.
But we’re not convinced…!