Behind the title race that continues between LOSC and PSG, things have not changed in the race for Europe. Monaco (2-1 against Rennes) and OL (2-5 in Nîmes) will fight to the end for the last ticket for the Champions League, while OM will be European next season.
A battle on all floors. Suspense until the end. This 2020-2021 exercise will still keep us in suspense for one final day. Next weekend, the race for Europe will come to an end and will provide an opportunity to take stock among the contenders for the Champions League and the Europa League. Because, this Sunday evening, nothing has changed or almost. Only OM, winner of Angers at the Vélodrome (3-2), took an option for the C3. We take stock.
Champions League: Monaco and Lyon still in the same boat
The Lille and Parisian ogres more than ever in the fight for the title in front, after the victory of PSG (4-0 against Reims) and the draw of LOSC (0-0 against Saint-Etienne), Monegasques and Lyonnais continue their fight for the last ticket in the Champions League. And this Sunday evening did not make it possible to identify a winner in this distance race.
Against Rennes at Louis-II, ASM was able to take shelter in the first half. At the quarter of an hour of play, Aleksandr Golovin launched perfectly Wissam Ben Yedder against to deceive Gomis of a subtle ball stung (1-0, 14th). 15 minutes later, the Russian helped himself after a good sequence in 25 meters and a counter strike which found the Rennes net (2-0, 29th). The Bretons’ burst of pride after the break and the lucky reduction in the score of Benjamin Bourigeaud (2-1, 68th) will send a thrill on the Monegasque bench. But Niko Kovac’s men held on and remain firmly anchored in their 3rd place.
In Costières, another scenario. Lyon was first scared before rolling out. Blame it on Marcelo’s error in the 5th minute which offered the first goal to Moussa Koné (1-0, 5th). But three minutes later, Lucas Paqueta deceived Baptiste Reynet with a flat foot at the penalty spot. The beginning of the revolt for the Gones. Because Memphis (21st), again Paqueta (3-1, 24th), Aouar (4-1, 55th) and Slimani (5-2, 88th) then went there with their goal. OL want to put pressure to the end to hope to play in C1.
Europa League: Marseille will be European, fight between Lens and Rennes for 6th place
The scenario was crazy at the Vélodrome. Serene at first, Marseille experienced a real heat stroke at the end of the game. A heat stroke that swept away Jorge Sampaoli, excluded during the Angevin equalizer – after using the VAR. But the main thing is there: OM will be European next season. Thanks to a hat-trick from Arkiadusz Milik, including a penalty converted in the last seconds, the Olympians are guaranteed to be 5th or 6th in Ligue 1. There is no doubt that the teammates of Florian Thauvin, discreetly released for his last in the championship of France, will want to do the job in Metz next week to secure a place in the Europa League.
For Rennes, on the other hand, the C3 has definitely taken off in Monaco. Remains the last continental accessit with a possible 6th place, synonymous with the play-off of the Europa Conference Conference, a new UEFA competition. If it is not yet over for Lens, who can still mathematically join OM – the Northerners are three points but with a goal difference of -6 – it seems more likely to see Franck Haise’s men fight to defend this 6th place. Here again, the task will not be easy: it is Monaco which is expected at Bollaert next Sunday.