Six matches were on the program, Sunday February 6, before the clash between Lille and Paris at 5 p.m. At 1 p.m., Lorient opened the ball with a surprising victory against RC Lens (2-0). With six clubs in a pocket handkerchief at the bottom of the standings, every point is precious in the race for maintenance. At the top of the table, the fight is also fierce for European places.
Lorient rediscovers the taste of victory
Without the slightest success in the league since September 22 (1-0 against Nice), Christophe Pelissier’s players have returned to victory against the uninspired Lensois (2-0). Lorient’s efficiency made the difference, like their first big chance in the 43rd minute, transformed into a goal by the young Senegalese striker, Sambou Soumano. In the second half, entered the game, Ibrahima Koné managed the break for his first ball touched (76th). Solidarity, the Lorientais did not concede the slightest shot on target after 90 minutes.
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This victory comes at the right time for the Hakes. Relegated to 20th place after Saint-Etienne’s success against Montpellier on Saturday, the Bretons moved up to 17th place. In a contested maintenance race, each success is worth gold. For their part, the Lensois stumble in an affordable match. Seko Fofana and his teammates lose valuable points in the fight for European places.
Bordeaux collapses against Reims
After their victory (4-3) against Strasbourg, the Bordelais fell back into their failings against Stade de Reims by conceding another heavy defeat (5-0). Yacine Adli and his teammates were overwhelmed by Rémois who are reviving after four games without a win in the league. The Champenois were able to count on a confident attack, with a double for Marshall Munetsi and a new goal for international hopeful Hugo Ekitike.
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The Girondins suffered severe arbitration on the penalty awarded in the 40th minute, as well as on the expulsion of Danylo Ignatenko in the 72nd minute. However, these facts of the game are not enough to explain the rout of Vladimir Petkovic’s players, who did not target a single shot in 90 minutes of play. Bordeaux find themselves in 19th place in Ligue 1 after 23 games played.
OGC Nice loses its runners-up spot
The Aiglons were surprised by Clermont (1-0) at the Allianz Riviera. While they remained on five successes in the league and a qualification for the Coupe de France against PSG, the players of Christophe Galtier mark the stoppage against the 15th in Ligue 1. The Niçois had sterile possession and their opponents of the day are shown to be more dangerous in the last 30 meters.
This result has a direct impact on the ranking. Winners in Angers on Friday, the Marseillais recover 2nd place at OGC Nice, with a point lead. The Clermontois carry out a great operation by consolidating their 15th place, four points in front of FC Metz, 18th and roadblocker.
Strasbourg and Rennes take off, Troyes and Metz chilly…
In the fight at the top of the table, RC Strasbourg (4th) defeated FC Nantes in a tense match (1-0). After their defeat against Bordeaux, the Strasbourg residents reacted brilliantly by winning 1-0 at La Meinau, in a close match, thanks to a goal from Dimitri Liénard in the 73rd minute. The Canaries miss the opportunity to move up to 7th place and remain in the soft underbelly of the championship.
#RCSAFCN (1-0) I Rainy Sunday, happy Sunday at La Meinau
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The Rennais responded in Strasbourg at 5 p.m. by winning the Breton derby against Brest (2-0). Les Rouge et Noir came within one point of the Alsatians thanks to a controlled game, with more than 60% possession and only one shot on target conceded in 90 minutes. The Brestois, 8 points from the first relegation, could have lost more largely without a big performance from their Dutch goalkeeper, Marco Bizot.
Finally, in an important match for the maintenance, Troyes and Metz parted ways in a goalless draw (0-0). A result that does not help anyone, between these two teams lacking points.