Rennes jumped, Lorient slowed, Toulouse disappointed by Strasbourg … What to remember from Sunday’s matches
After the victories of Paris at Ajaccio, Lyon at Montpellier and Lens at Marseilles, in the first three matches of the twelfth day of Ligue 1, two new teams won away on Sunday, October 23. Brest and Rennes return to Brittany with three points in their pocket, while their neighbors Lorient earned just the point from the draw in Troyes. For their part, Nice and Nantes failed to decide. Reims is the only team to have won at home, against Auxerre, ahead of Lille and Monaco (20:45).
The Good Deal: Ren sees the podium
Stade Rennes remained in touch at the top of the championship, but the Bretons had to wait until the end of added time to get back the three points from their short trip to Angers (1-2). Back in his new colors, Amine Guiry opened the scoring (43rd), scoring for the fourth game in a row. But the Angevins equalized on the way back from the dressing room through Amine Salama (53rd). After the torrential rain, Renny were finally rewarded for their dominance with a penalty converted by Lovro Majer (93rd). Thus, the Angevins conceded their fourth loss in a row and regained their place at the red light. The rest does not look easy for the SCO, who will face Monaco, Lens and Lille before the break.
Brest discovers the taste of success in Clermont
Brestois earn precious points in Auvergne and in style (1-3). Despite Mauri Diaw’s very good goal in Clermont’s goals, Pascal Gastien’s men suffered from the effectiveness of the Breton counter-attacks. Romain Del Castillo opened the scoring for Pirates (14th) from the penalty spot before Franck Honora (54th) and Jeremy Le Doaron (68th) extended the lead. Jim Alevina allowed the Auvergnats to get back on the scoresheet at the very end of the game (89th), but they see their good three-game unbeaten run (two wins and a draw) come to an end on Sunday. Brestois, on the contrary, had been waiting for this success since August 21, the second of the season.
The Balogun-Ito pair bring Reims against Auxerre
In an important clash between low-ranked sides who recently sacked their coach, it was Reims who took the three points against Auxerre and gave themselves some breathing room in the standings (2-1). Rémois have been able to rely on their formidable attacking pairing of Folarin Balogun and Junya Ito, who have already scored 11 of Champagne’s 14 goals in Ligue 1 this season. Against Auxerre, Balogun opened the scoring (29th) before Ito’o gave his side victory (86th) after M’Baye Niang (33rd) equalized for AJA. The Burgundians have not won in the league since matchday 4 against Strasbourg (1-0).
Trois slows down Lorien
Starting with a streak of six victories, Loriente slowed down with a second consecutive draw in Troyes (2-2). Merlus came close to offering two goals to the Trojans, with the opener against his side from Julien Laporte (33rd), then Montasar Talby’s uncertain back pass to his keeper, blocked by Ronnie Lopez (60th). But even without their striker Terem Moffi, and with his substitute Ibrahima Kone coming off dazed with shock, the men from Lorient managed to come back and score two goals, thanks to Stephane Diarra (49th) and Quentin Boisgaard (80th). The Bretons are missing out on reclaiming PSG’s place as dolphins at the top of Ligue 1.
There is no argument between Nice and Nantes
The remake of the last French Cup final failed to decide between Nice and Nantes (1-1). More than the content of the game or the goals of Ignatius Ganago (49th) and Nicolas Pepe (90+7), we will remember the stormy end of the game after Francois Letexier’s decision to award a penalty to Nice for a handball on Jean-Charles Castelletto. However, the latter refused to point the penalty in the first period when Joe Bryan deflected a two-handed cross, much to the chagrin of the Canaries.
Strasbourg salvage a point in Toulouse
TFC may regret it (2-2). While leading 2-0 in the afternoon against Strasbourg thanks to goals from Antony Rouault (44th) and Brecht Dejaguère (55th), the Toulouse side added to the scoreline after Lebo Mothiba’s fine tackle. The South African closed the gap (65th) before sparking a penalty by putting pressure on Rasmus Nikolaysen, sent off for a second yellow card. Penalty taken by Kevin Gameiro, converted in two stages after a stop by Maxime Duppe (73rd).
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