Spanked by OL (5-2) this Sunday during the 37th and penultimate day of Ligue 1, Nîmes is officially relegated to the second division. For the place of barrage, the suspense remains as the gap is tight between Nantes, Lorient, Brest, Strasbourg or Bordeaux.
Nîmes officially relegated
This is the main lesson of the evening of Ligue 1 at the bottom of the ranking. Corrected at home by OL (5-2), Nîmes will play in Ligue 2 next season. With five points behind Nantes, barrage, one day from the end of the season, the Crocos have no chance of saving themselves. Faced with Gones in search of a podium, everything had started well for the players of Pascal Plancque with a blunder from Marcelo and the opening of the score of Moussa Koné (5th). But the business quickly turned sour.
In just over a quarter of an hour, the Lyonnais slammed three goals with a double from Lucas Paqueta (8th, 24th) and a good sequence from Memphis Depay (21st). The addition was toughened up in the second half with goals from Houssem Aouar (55th) and Islam Slimani (88th), Koné offering himself a brace for honor (62nd). Returning to the elite of French football in 2018, the NO will therefore have to rebuild at the lower level. Just like Dijon, officially relegated for three weeks. This is what is recorded.
Nantes strolls but remains 18th
For the place of barrage, the suspense remains. Everything will be decided next Sunday on the 38th and final day. As a reminder, in the event of a tie in points, the ranking of the tied clubs is determined by the general goal difference. In the event of a new tie, an advantage is given to the club having scored the greatest number of points in the direct confrontations. Then it is the particular goal difference that is taken into account.
At the moment, the club most in danger is FC Nantes, 18th with 40 points. The Canaries have yet done the job by walking in Dijon (4-0). Their fourth success in a row. Kalifa Coulibaly, relaunched by Antoine Kombouaré, took only six minutes to find the fault of a furious head. Randal Kolo Muani took care of the break (32nd). Then Ludovic Blas and Kolo Muani took care of the goal difference in added time for the second half. But Nantes hoped for poor performance from its rivals. And they all won, or almost.
Lorient is one point ahead of the red zone
A week after taking the water in Lyon, Lorient resumed its forward march by dominating Messins (2-1) having nothing more to play and who were entitled to a very special pre-game since they were are found stranded for a few hours at their hotel due to a strike by the employees of the Fonderie de Bretagne. Without their master to play Farid Boulaya, forfeit, the Messins cracked in the first period on a penalty obtained and converted by Yoane Wissa (31st), author of his tenth goal of the season. The match was packed with the approach of the last quarter of an hour with the equalization of Boubacar Traoré on a missile from afar (72nd). Not enough to destabilize the men of Christophe Pélissier, who regained the advantage two minutes later on a flat foot from veteran Jérôme Hergault (35). Les Merlus are in 17th place with 41 points.
Important successes for Bordeaux and Strasbourg
Another very important victory, that of Strasbourg in Nice (2-0). The first for Alsatians since April 4. Under pressure, urged by their president Marc Keller to be “warriors”, they can thank Ludovic Ajorque. It was he who opened the scoring in the second minute, on the lookout for an attempt by Habib Diallo repulsed by Walter Benitez. It is again the former Clermontois who sheltered his family from a plunging head (66th). His 15th and 16th goals. Strasbourg are in 15th place with 41 points. Bordeaux also won three more than precious points by overcoming RC Lens (3-0). With a penalty from Hwang Ui-Jo (32nd), a festival from Youssouf Sabaly (89th) and a third goal from Mehdi Zerkane (90th). On the edge of the precipice after their rout in Nantes (3-0), the Girondins climb to 14th place with 42 points.
Brest 16th before welcoming PSG …
The Brestois, them, did not do better than a sad 0-0 in Montpellier. Faced with Hérault, however reduced to ten from the 39th with the exclusion of Florent Mollet, they never managed to find the fault. Blame it on a lack of skill in the last move and success, too, as on this head of Brendan Chardonnet pushed back by the post (57th). Before receiving the PSG, Brest 16th with 41 points. Or one more unit than Reims (13th), crushed by PSG (3-0).
Total suspense for the last day
Let’s summarize the positions at the bottom of the table: Reims (13th, 42 points), Bordeaux (14th, 42 points), Strasbourg (15th, 41 points), Brest (16th, 41 points), Lorient (17th, 41 points) and Nantes ( 18th, 40 points). The goal difference is: -7 for Reims, -15 for Bordeaux, -9 for Strasbourg, -14 for Brest, -18 for Lorient and -7 for Nantes. For the last day next Sunday, there will be a shock of fear between Strasbourg and Lorient. Brest, which is seriously worried, will face PSG, and Nantes will receive Montpellier from its former coach Michel Der Zakarian. Bordeaux will challenge a team from Reims who will save themselves except for a huge disaster. Whoever finishes 18th will be entitled to a dam against Toulouse, Grenoble or Paris.