– Nice high fall against Metz –
Big failure of Nice during this 15th day: OGC Nice had the opportunity to widen the gap on its competitors for the podium of L1 but the team of Christophe Galtier, uninspired, fell from high at home in front of courageous Messins, victorious on a goal from Fabien Centonze (31st).
Le Gym (2nd, 26 pts) is now under threat from Rennes (3rd, 25 pts) or Marseille (5th, 23 pts), who succeed on Sunday, respectively against Lorient and Troyes. And conceding a second home defeat in a row was probably not expected before going to challenge the ogre PSG, untouchable leader of L1, next Wednesday at the Parc des Princes.
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“We got into the bad habit of starting matches badly and still winning them … We think it’s always going to be like that and football punishes you», Railed the defender and captain of Nice Dante at the microphone of Canal + Décalé.
All the credit goes to Metz (20th, 12 pts), compact and united, which offers itself a little air by temporarily returning to the level of the penultimate, Saint-Etienne, and a point of the first no -relegable. This is only the second Metz victory this season, the first since a success in Brest at the end of September (2-1) …
In front of its public, Nice had a thousand difficulties in approaching the Metz cage, lacking speed and accuracy in a meeting hit and chopped by faults.
And to purr too far from the opposing cage, the Aiglons were surprised: the Metz side Fabien Centonze, escaping the right side, launched into space Nicolas de Préville, who centered low to the ground for Centonze, scorer a flat foot (31st).
After which, the Messins knew how to make the round back in front of too clumsy Nice in the last gesture.
“Winning tonight at the second, it could be a click for us», A savored Centonze.
– Lafont cools David and Lille –
Attractive in the Champions League, disappointing in Ligue 1, Lille continues to show two opposing faces this season and it is not the frustrating draw conceded on Saturday against Nantes (11th) which will arrange the affairs of the reigning French champion, still 12th. of L1.
It’s been six consecutive days that Losc has not won in the championship. This is starting to become worrying for Jocelyn Gourvennec’s team, who shot had a golden opportunity to win on Saturday night, on a penalty awarded for a coarse jersey from Nantes defender Fabio, excluded on the occasion (78th) .
But the Canadian international Jonathan David, top scorer in L1 (10 goals), saw his strike stopped by Nantes goalkeeper Alban Lafont.
“Today is a good point, it can launch us on a series, in any case I hope“, a savored the porter.
The Mastiffs had however opened the scoring thanks to a good sequence of control and half-volley from the Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz, who ended more than two months of famine without scoring in L1.
Nantes immediately reacted with a nice shot from Ludovic Blas near the post (24th) and could even have taken the advantage if Fabio’s shot had not crashed on the post (30th).
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Still, the second period was practically one-sided and that the Northerners, served by the poor quality of the lawn of the Pierre-Mauroy stadium, are still trampling in Ligue 1 at a time when, paradoxically, they are seeking a place in eighth of Champions League final …