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Football: Debuchy out of French tests

Newcastle right-back Mathieu Debuchy will miss France's upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Spain on March 22 and 26 with a left thigh injury, the French Football Federation said Monday, with Rod Fanni deputising. Debuchy picked up the injury in Sunday's English Premier League loss at Wigan and had to hobble off in the 12th minute. His club-mates Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko are retained in the squad.

Football: Debuchy out of French tests

Newcastle fullback Mathieu Debuchy will miss France's upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Spain on March 22 and 26 with a left thigh injury, the French Football Federation said Monday, with Rod Fanni deputising. Debuchy picked up the injury in Sunday's English Premier League loss at Wigan and had to hobble off in the 12th minute. His clubmates Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko are retained in the squad.

Football: Lyon's young guns end losing run in style

Lyon ended a losing run of three successive defeats on Sunday as they demolished Bordeaux 4-0 away to move to within three points of Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint Germain. PSG can extend their lead to six points if they beat Sochaux away later on Sunday. Lyon youngsters Clement Grenier, the 22-year-old with his first double for the club, Gueida Fofana and Alexandre Lacazette, both just 21, scored in an impressive away performance.

UPDATE 2-Soccer-Ligue 1 summaries

Feb 17 (Infostrada Sports) - Summaries from the Ligue 1 matches on Sunday Sunday, February 17 Sochaux 3 Sebastien Roudet 36, Giovanni Sio 54, Cedric Bakambu 84 Paris St Germain 2 Alex 29, Mamadou Sakho 76 Halftime: 1-1; Attendance: 13,000 - - - Stade de Reims 1 Gaaetan Courtet 76 St Etienne 1 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 10 Halftime: 0-1; Attendance: 19,169 - - - Girondins Bordeaux 0

Football: Fanni puts Marseille back in hunt with late strike

An injury-time Rod Fanni goal gave Marseille a barely-deserved 1-0 win over Valenciennes on Saturday to move the former champions within five points of leaders Paris Saint Germain. With PSG fans drooling over the prospect of David Beckham making his debut for the club against longtime rivals Marseille next Sunday the latter, whose last league crown came in 2010, were determined to set themselves up as realistic title challengers.
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