It was a magical Friday night for Emmanuel Riviere.

Given away by Newcastle this summer to get him off the wage bill, the 27 year old making his debut for Metz.

It was bottom v top and that was the way it remained, although the game proved a major milestone for Emmanuel Riviere.

Newcastle elected not to offer the asking price for Alexandre Lacazette in summer 2014 and instead went for £6m ‘bargain’ but Riviere.

In his three years on Newcastle’s books he scored one league goal, that coming over two years ago at QPR in a 2-1 win on 16 May 2015. Amusingly he even fluked that one, kicking the ball with one foot and then the ball hitting his other foot and confusing the goalkeeper.

Last night it looked bleak as PSG peppered the Metz goal and Cavani eventually scoring in the 31st minute.

In fairness to the hosts and Emmanuel Riviere, they had also had some chances as well, with the striker looking a threat(!).

Only six minutes after the opener, Metz were level, as Riviere scored (watch it below) with his head from a right wing cross – only his second league goal since April 2014.

Amazingly, Emmanuel Riviere could and should have put Metz ahead just after the break, a defensive mix-up leaving the former Newcastle man with an open goal. His miss was something special and is essential viewing below.

Metz then made a fatal decision when subbing Riviere on 55 minutes, it was all downhill from there.

PSG started to pile on the pressure/class and goals came from Mbappe, Neymar, Cavani (again) and Moura.

The final score was 5-1 and after five matches, PSG are top with maximum points and Riviere and his new club rock bottom on zero points.

We might look at the haves and have nots in the Premier League but in France it is a whole other world, summed up by last night.

PSG having the likes of Mbappe, Cavani and Neymar amongst their goalscorers, whilst Metz are relying on freebie Riviere!

Enjoy the action below and if you want to go straight to the Emmanuel Riviere special moments, the goal is at 4.24 and the open goal miss is 5.17.



  • ghostrider

    French players look much better when playing against their own and from there, it’s a lottery as to what player an English club eventually gets.
    For Every good French adaptation to the English league, there will be two or three that fail to realise their potential, in it.

    A massive lottery that can reap the odd jackpot and good few bonuses, down to the duds.
    I remember when Ben Arfa was turfed out.
    An amazing player that just decided when and where he wanted to perform.
    He went back to France and turned into Amazing Ben Arfa again.

    Now look at him.
    Riviere might end up looking like a new model back in France, but here he looked and acted like some has been dragged out of retirement to fill in when desperate.

  • Antenociticus

    I guess when you’re PSG you also get assistance from the referee. Assou-Ekotto’s tackle looked very similar to Harry Kane’s assault on Florian Lejeune. Except the Metz man got a straight red. Riviere still plays like a headless chicken.

  • ash1001

    Riviere was in the right place on two occasions, one ended-up in the net and the other one sailed into oblivion, but at least he was ‘jonny on the spot’, he was up front on his own, so it was a case of running all over the place, but was replaced just before the hour.

  • ghostrider

    Looks like Riviere’s metz his match.
    I’ll get my coat.

    • Georgia Peter

      Porciestreet;
      Errrrr, yes . that would be good.

      • ghostrider

        I bet it would but then again I can’t let you Ashley haters and Newcastle United bashers have it all your own way, can I?

  • Clarko

    We should have stuck with him and given him a good run in the side.
    He’s got all the attributes I like in a player/

  • Paul Patterson

    So he’s worth as much as Neymar then?

  • MadToonFan&VitalAshleyDroveOut

    Tis peculiar how some players move to a new club & it just does not work out. Newcastle have had a few in the past, Jon Dahl Tomasson comes to mind, quite often these players are played out of position.
    Never the less, I say good luck to Mr Riviere, 99% of players deserve a 2nd chance, or more!

  • MadMag83

    I saw the open goal miss on Twitter, even I could’ve scored that. Really has lost any eye for goal over the last few years, good riddance.

  • Georgia Peter

    Porciestreet;
    What the hell is Sky Sports agenda in persistantly trying to stir the 5h!te at Newcastle ……?