In the inaugural meeting of this new Ligue 2 season, Nîmes came to draw a draw (1-1) in Bastia, which returned to professional football four years after filing for bankruptcy.
Ligue 2 resumed these rights this Saturday, with an enticing shock between Bastia, the promoted, and Nîmes, relegated. Played in front of an audience of ecstatic Furiani, who came to the stadium with a health pass, the meeting resulted in a draw (1-1). For their return to professional football, the Corsicans generally dominated.
Surely less inhibited by the stake, the Nîmes had better started the meeting, putting pressure on entry. Their efforts paid off early on, with Lamine Fomba opening the scoring in the 12th minute. Following a corner kick played for two, the defensive midfielder of the Crocos placed a powerful header, which Thomas Vincensini could only push back to the post.
Successful professional start for Diongue
The momentum was then slowly reversed, the Bastiais taking the upper hand in the game, creating several clear chances before the break. But it was only after the resumption that things settled down for the locals. After a good ball scratched by Christophe Vincent, it was Maguette Diongue, for his first professional match at 29, who equalized with a powerful recovery (1-1, 51st).
The Bastiais then continued to dominate the debates, but without managing to double the stake. Borrowed physically at the end of the match, the two teams finally left each other as good friends. A result that will surely satisfy the Corsicans, while four of their players have tested positive for Covid-19 and placed in isolation, truncating their preparation for this first day.
Four years of climbing
The meeting also marked the return of Sporting Club Bastia to the world of professional football, four years after filing for bankruptcy. Left from National 3, the Corsicans climbed the ranks one by one, erasing one division per year from 2018. Last year, the club even won the National championship, for the second time in its history. Their quest for promotion should be more difficult this season: Mathieu Chabert’s players are not among the favorites on the rise, unlike their tormentors of the day.
Freshly relegated from Ligue 1, after their 19th place last year, the Nîmes hope to take the lift in the other direction this year. Still led by Pascal Planque, since February 2021, the Crocos have lost their adulated striker Renaud Ripart, transferred to Troyes during the summer. The two teams will watch carefully the rest of the day in Ligue 2, and in particular the multiplex that follows their opposition: eight games at 7 p.m. this Saturday.