With five teams still in the fight in the race for Europe, Ligue 1 again validated its nickname of championship of the century this Saturday evening. Intractable, Monaco chained a ninth success in a row and took advantage of Rennes’ victory against Marseille to take second place. After its defeat in the Coupe de France, Nice stalls against Lille, yet on vacation while Strasbourg maintains its dream of Europe for next season.
Rennes 2-0 Marseille
Goals: Bourigeaud (12and) and Major (35and) for the Bretons
Seized in the middle of the week against Nantes, the Rennes machine got back on the road this Saturday against Marseille, with a Martin Terrier in charge to pilot it all. On a first overflow on the left side, the former Lyonnais finds Benjamin Bourigeaud at the entrance to the surface who sends the leather into the small net of Steve Mandanda (1-0, 12and) and validates his double-double this season (ten pawns and thirteen assists). On a similar action, Terrier then delivers an offering to Lovro Majer who in turn deceives the OM goalkeeper (2-0, 35and). Stunned, the Olympians then leave huge boulevards in depth, but the Rennais do not take advantage of it or end up bumping into Mandanda, author of another good game at Roazhon Park.
When they returned from the locker room, OM tried somehow to react, but only too rarely managed to approach Alfred Gomis’ goals. Opposite, Rennes is absolutely not slowing down and continues to put pressure on Sampaoli’s men. After a sublime offensive movement, Majer again falls on Mandanda who maintains his team in this part. A lesser evil for arch-dominated Phocaeans. With this success, the Bretons can still dream of making the music of the Champions League resonate again next season while OM lose a place and find themselves third this Saturday evening.
Monaco 4-2 Brest
Goals: Ben Yedder (44andMS, 51and and 54and) and Volland (70and) for Monegasques // Duverne (10and) and Belaili (24and) for the residents of Brest
Like Stéphanie of Monaco, the ASM players finished this game “like a hurricane” . Irresistible for two months, the players of the Rock are however surprised at the start of the game. On a crushed strike from Hugo Magnetti, Jean-Kévin Duverne, opportunist, finds himself completely alone and deceives Nübel (0-1, 10and). In the process, Brest stings again through Youcef Belaïli. On the other hand, the Algerian catches Ruben Aguilar before sitting down Axel Disasi, who takes on the role of Jérôme Boateng against Lionel Messi for an action, and to conclude (0-2, 24and). Faced with so much ease with the ball, the Fennec sometimes gives the impression of having hands instead of feet, unfortunately for him, he has no feet instead of hands and despite himself offers a penalty to ASM before half-time. Wissam Ben Yedder does not tremble and raises his own (1-2, 44and).
The ASM takes advantage of this gift to continue to press the accelerator during the second act. The Monegasque captain strolls through the Breton defense to offer himself a double (2-2, 51and). Before seeing triple by perfectly taking over a discount from Aurélien Tchouaméni to plant his 24and pawn of the season (3-2, 54and). The former Sevilla even thinks he can pass the four, but Marco Bizot pushes back. On the lookout, Kevin Volland confirms the Red and White’s ninth consecutive success (4-2, 70and)who take the opportunity to steal second place from Marseille and sign what looks more and more like an incredible robbery at the end of the season.
Strasbourg 1-0 Clermont
Goal: Thomasson (28and) for Racing
Julien Stéphan and Strasbourg continue their incredible season against Clermont this Saturday evening. Overall dominating, the Alsatians wait almost half an hour before seeing their efforts rewarded. From his left lane, Maxime Le Marchand places a cake on the head of Adrien Thomasson who sends a powerful helmet blow under the bar of Ouparine Djoco (28and). Racing then tries to make the break, but comes up against the defense of the Auvergnats.
The second act reserves a more closed scenario for the public of La Meinau, still on fire this Saturday evening and which could taste Europe next season. The RSCA control the visitors to offer themselves a new victory full of serenity and continue to cling to this fifth place which could send them to the play-offs of the Europa League Conference on resumption. The Clermontois take advantage of the other results of the evening to definitively validate their ticket for a new season among the elite.
Nice 1-3 Lille
Goals: Kluivert (31and) for the Eaglets // David (52and and 62and) and Weah (95and) for Mastiffs
Second blow to the head of the Niçois in a week after the Coupe de France final lost to Nantes. Christophe Galtier’s men are however the first to stand out in this game against Lille. On a poor clearance from the Northerners, Mario Lemina recovers from thirty meters before serving Hicham Boudaoui whose center is perfectly volleyed by Kluivert at the penalty spot (1-0, 31and). An advantage that the Aiglons hold until the end of this first act.
After the break, the Lille come back transformed and will return to the Allianz Riviera. Jonathan David, author of a discreet start to the season, plants two pawns to reach the bar of fifteen pawns this year. On a cross from Timothy Weah, the Canadian puts his own up to the Niçois (1-1, 52and) before allowing LOSC to take the lead. After finding the post, the northern striker takes over a pass from Zeki Çelik (1-2, 62and). At the end of the match, Weah put an end to the last hopes of the men of Galtier who signed the bad operation of this Saturday evening and left the European places.
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By Florian Porta