The air gap: Montpellier pushes Sainté
While Saint-Etienne was the hit of the start of the championship, Forez is now ringing hollow. Not the fault of the absence of supporters, no, but rather that of the exciting results. Beaten at home by Montpellier (0-1, goal in the 14th from Stephy Mavididi) in a duel between teams not in shape, Sainté has not won since September 17 (0-2 in Marseille) and has a fifth defeat consecutive. Not ideal for Stéphanois, 13th, while it will be necessary to travel to Lyon on Sunday for the derby. Montpellier, which had not won any of its last five meetings, climbed to 8th place.
The injury: big concern around Dante
The afternoon could have been perfect for OGC Nice. Easy winners on the lawn of Angers (0-3), thanks to three goals from Rony Lopes (12th), Pierre Lees-Melou (23rd sp) and Hicham Boudaoui (77th), the Aiglons then climbed to fourth place, to only one point on the podium. Unfortunately for Patrick Vieira, who had also had the opportunity to smile again during the week in the Europa League (1-0 victory against Hapoël Beer Sheva), the Nice have probably lost their captain Dante for a long time. Visibly seriously affected in the left knee, the 37-year-old Brazilian defender went out on a stretcher, accompanied by the worried look of his partners who quickly understood the seriousness of his injury.
The detonator: already an Antonetti effect?
He was back on the bench of FC Metz on October 18, almost two years after withdrawing from the post to stay at the bedside of his wife, seriously ill. Since then, his Messins are consistent, with a third positive result (two wins and a draw) on the lawn of Nîmes thanks to Lamine Gueye (15th, 0-1). Even without their top scorer – Ibrahima Niane, knee hit and forfeit, is six goals this season -, the Garnets (6th) confirm their good form, they who are undefeated in the last 6 games of L1 (4 wins, 2 draws ). Only Lille (11) and Paris (6 too) are currently doing better or just as well in the elite.
The number: 3
Wissam Ben Yedder from the penalty spot (27th), Gelson Martins at close range (29th) and Kevin Volland with a header (30th). In three minutes, the Monegasques punished the apathy of a Bordeaux defense completely overwhelmed in the first period. All the offensive elements of Niko Kovac scored, while Ben Yedder scored his sixth goal in nine L1 games this season, while Volland even got his double in the second act (57th). Thanks to this small festival (4-0), Monaco climbs (7th) and ends a series of three games without success. Bordeaux, which had yet conceded only five goals since the start of the season (and then 3rd best defense), sank on the Rock to fall to 12th place.
The missed opportunity: Wissa misses her penalty
When the top scorer on his team comes forward to take a penalty, the confidence is usually there. But to the chagrin of the Lorient, Yoane Wissa, four goals since the start of the season in L1, sent his right foot flat on the post of the Dijonnais Saturnin Allagbé (57th), forcing his team to a draw that does not suit anyone ( 0-0). The Merlus are 16th on equal points with the jump-off (8). Always red lantern, Dijon will keep the only satisfaction of having maintained its clean sheet during its last five receptions of Lorient in all competitions. Little consolation.
The goals: Cafaro and Faet delight
It is from Auguste-Delaune, where Reims, 19th, received Strasbourg, 18th, that the two most beautiful achievements of the afternoon came. On their lawn, the Rémois Mathieu Cafaro, with a splendid free kick (22nd, goal finally granted to Strasbourg Bingourou Kamara who slightly deflected the ball from the back) then Wout Faes, with a head kick from a corner (26th ), scored two superb goals. Enough, despite the reduction in score from Ludovic Ajorque (30th sp), to obtain a valuable success (2-1), the second in a row and the first at home for men from David Guion propelled to 15th position. The Alsatians remain stuck in the penultimate place.
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