Quevilly-Rouen, 18th in Ligue 2, took a good option for its maintenance by winning 3 to 1 on the ground of Villefranche-sur-Saône, 3rd in the National, Tuesday in the first leg of the L2 / National play-offs thanks to a double from Issa Soumaré and a goal from Romain Padovani. The return will be disputed Sunday in Rouen.
The Caladois, on a series of five victories to end the season, opened the scoring with a penalty converted by Simon Elisor for a foul committed on himself by Romain Padovani (27).
The Normans equalized in stride by Soumaré, taking advantage of an inattention from the Caladoise defense (29). In the second half, Villefranche failed to regain the advantage with a shot from Adrien Dabasse hitting the bar (71).
But the Rhodaniens, timid offensively, were punished shortly after, Soumaré giving the advantage to Quevilly-Rouen on receiving a corner (73) while Padovani, still on a corner, brought the score to 3-1 six minutes later (79).
Much more dangerous on chances from Soumaré (11, 18 (70), Duckens Nazon (39), Kalidou Sidibé (40), who also found the bar on a header (45), or Padovani (55) , the Normans eager to win.
Goalkeeper Jean-Philippe Bouet notably saved Villefranche from a wider defeat as Elisor missed the opportunity to bring the score to 3-2 in added time (90+4).