The fierce fight for maintenance continues in Ligue 1. Penultimate in the standings, Nantes made the bad operation of the day by losing to Nice (2-1). Bordeaux continues to get dangerously close to the bottom of the standings, with its defeat against Strasbourg (3-2).
Nantes-Nice (1-2): it starts to smell bad for the Canaries
The Canaries knew they were in a chain of matches complicated to negotiate. Before going to his neighbor Rennes and welcoming OL, Nantes did not take any points against Nice this Sunday, as part of the 31st day of Ligue 1 (2-1). The fault with a Kasper Dolberg perked up by the international break and his performances with Denmark.
The striker signed a brace to carry the Niçois. First scorer from the penalty spot (11th minute) after a foul by Abdoulaye Touré on Khephren Thuram, the 23-year-old striker made the break shortly before the half-hour mark. Touré, however, reduced the gap in stride , on a corner. The gap seemed too large technically between the two teams, until the end of the Nantes match, with several beautiful situations not converted.
“It’s shit, we’re in deep shit, we can’t score goals! What do you want me to tell you … we’re taking goals. We’re not going to talk about refereeing but this ‘was really abused !, gun Nicolas Pallois on Canal + Sport. After that, it’s not just the arbitration but that’s how it is. ” In the standings, the maintenance mission promises to be difficult for Nantes: penultimate, they are four points behind the first non-relegation, Lorient. Before two complicated matches to negotiate. After his card against OM (3-0) before the break, the Nice club goes back to 10th place.
Bordeaux-Strasbourg (2-3): the Girondins play to scare each other
Casually, Bordeaux is not yet assured of maintenance and continues to scare itself. At home against Strasbourg, the Girondins delivered a catastrophic first half hour, with three goals conceded (Koné 6th, Diallo 21st and Ajorque 30th from a penalty). The moment of the revolt.
The match turned into a kind of madness, with the Bordelais returning to 3-2 at the break, thanks to the achievements of Paul Baysse (36th) and Hwang from the penalty spot (45th + 2). What to suggest that Bordeaux had the capacity to come back. But, as often this season, technical waste has taken over, like a harmless Hatem Ben Arfa who missed the easiest. Abortive recovery and disappointed hopes.
In the standings, things are starting to get tense for the Gironde club: 14th in Ligue 1, Bordeaux totaled 36 points. Nîmes, first relegation before the reception of Saint-Etienne, has 29. Not yet critical but delicate. Especially since the players of Jean-Louis Gasset have signed only one victory in their last ten league games (at the last Dijon). “We know that we are in an emergency, summarized Laurent Koscielny on Canal + Sport. We’ve been looking back for a long time, we must be aware of the situation, give even more. We will have to continue to work.” After a very complicated start to the season, Strasbourg is 13th, with as many points.
Lorient-Brest (1-0): the beautiful operation of the Merlus
The Breton derby of the weekend resulted in a victory for Les Merlus (1-0), with a goal signed by Laurent Abergel just before half-time. An achievement which is of enormous importance for the Lorient, since this short victory offers them a little respite in the race to maintain.
The score could have been a little heavier, Armand Laurienté having found the post on an express counter, about a quarter of an hour from the end of regulation time. FCL goes back to 17th place, before the match between Nîmes and Saint-Etienne, and offers itself a joker compared to the penultimate Nantes. Brest fell back to a dangerous 15th place.
Reims-Rennes (2-2): Guirassy saves a point
Long without a goal, the match between Reims and Rennes (2-2) settled on the hour mark, on a goal signed Boulaye Dia, decidedly on a good season. 14th goal in Ligue 1 over the current financial year, for the 24-year-old striker, who had already scored against the Bretons in the first leg. The meeting was then packed.
Serhou Guirassy played the tricksters, obtaining a penalty in a duel with Wout Faes. The latter is at fault … but the striker has played it in the trade, wrapping his arm around his opponent on the action. Before equalizing by taking Rajkovic on the wrong foot (75th minute). Ghislain Konan came to cool the Bretons by scoring in the 81st, after nipping the ball in the feet of Del Castillo. Goal quickly offset by the new equalization of Guirassy, three minutes later.
In the standings, Stade Rennais is sixth, won in the fight for the top 5 (Lens, fifth, has four more points) and tied on points with Montpellier and OM (which receives Dijon at the end of the 31st day) . The Rémois are 12th.