For the first of Antoine Kombouaré, Nantes won in Angers (3-1) in Ligue 1, for the first time since November 8. In the match of fear, Nîmes beat Dijon (2-0).
Nîmes gives itself some air in the red zone
It was the fear match. The Dijonnais, at home, just like the Nîmes, whom they received during the 25th day, had the opportunity to get closer to FC Nantes, for the moment barrage. Lacking confidence, the last two teams in the championship, which are also the worst attacks in Ligue 1, have long played with fear in their stomachs during this tasteless meeting. In his stadium, where he has not won for nearly a year, the DFCO has offered nothing offensively, or very little, content to defend the point of draw. And he ended up paying it at the end of the match, with the opening of the score of Ripart, with an acrobatic gesture (76th).
It was deserved for the Nîmes who ended up emboldening themselves on returning from the locker room, and registering the goal of chaos (87th), 100% Scandinavian, with Eliasson at the conclusion. This success allows the Crocs to distance themselves from Dijon, which sinks in the standings. Nîmes takes advantage of returning to success after four games without a win to get closer at the same time to FC Nantes. Winners in Angers (3-1) in the derby of the Loire, the Canaries now have four points ahead of the first relegation. Worst defense of the championship, Nîmes is somewhat reassured in this sector, but it will be necessary to produce even more to continue to grab essential points.
Ludovic Blas sounds the Nantes revolt
Appointed Wednesday, the new Nantes coach Antoine Kombouaré starts his mission maintained by a success on the ground of Angers, in the derby. The Canaries, who now know as many technicians (4) as they have won (4) this season, had not won since November 8. Kombouaré’s players made a sensational start with two goals in quick succession. Ludovic Blas perfectly played the excess on a backlash by serving blind Moses Simon (5th).
This same Ludovic Blas then collapsed in the area, a few moments later (6th), obtaining a penalty converted by Imran Louza (7th), who took Paul Bernardoni on the wrong foot by shooting to his left. Angers returned to the match on a penalty given to be withdrawn after Sofiane Boufal’s failure. The SCO changed shooters, and Thomas Mangani had more success than his teammate, with the help of the cross (33rd).
The second half was marked by the disturbing injury to Cabot who had just entered the field. The midfielder left the lawn on a stretcher, hit in the right knee. The third Nantes goal finally came as Angers seemed to take control of the game after a good start to the second half, very rhythmic. Double scorer in the Coupe de France this week, Kader Bamba secured the fourth success of Nantes, precious in the race to maintain, on a pass from… Ludovic Blas, again him.
We no longer recognize Stade Rennais
Unable to win in Ligue 1 for nearly a month, Rennes, surprised (0-2) by Saint-Etienne at home, still loses precious points in the race for qualification for European places, and sees the pack pursuers come closer at the end of this 25th day of Ligue 1. The confidence of Julien Stéphan’s players is crumbling dangerously. Unrecognizable for several weeks, the team that qualified for the Champions League last season still offered a very worrying face, with a collective that struggled to create the game.
The Greens took the advantage thanks to Denis Bouanga, the Gabonese coming to reward, with a very nice goal, a coherent start to the match on the part of Claude Puel’s players. Rennes did not react to the opening of the scoring, apart from a few forays into the area, including that of Martin Terrier. The match became muscular thereafter, with an accumulation of gestures bordering on the rule, sanctioned by warnings.
Faced with the sterile possession of Stade Rennais, the Stéphanois chose to operate against. Launched by Zaydou Youssouf, Arnaud Nordin fixed Aguerd before crossing his shot that came to die in the small opposite net of the Rennes goalkeeper (71st). The Greens have a second success in a row in Ligue 1 and take a further step in the direction of maintenance, with a margin of seven points on the place of barrage.
Thomasson, FC Metz’s nightmare
The Strasbourg residents had not won in Metz since 2007, and had been looking for success in Ligue 1 for a month. Amorphous in the second half, the Messins were trapped by Adrien Thomasson. Decisive in the first leg (1-1), author of the opening scoring in the first period (33rd), at the end of a magnificent collective action, the former Nantes player offered the victory to his family by throwing the ball deep into the nets with a powerful header at the end of the match (82nd).
The Alsatian club (16th) straightens its head after a difficult month which saw it bow against competitors in maintenance. Thierry Laurey’s players showed a lot of desire and determination after a difficult start to the match. Conversely, the Garnets seemed to gradually die out after the opening of Delaine’s score (17th). It was a real setback for Frédéric Antonetti’s men who had a second setback in Ligue 1 after raising their heads in the Coupe de France.