Ligue 1: Lens stalls against Nice, Monaco resists Auxerre… What to remember from the 9 p.m. matches
The evening promised to be dark for PSG. She finally adorned herself with a few bright colors despite Kylian Mbappe’s injury. Earlier, OM had however come back to two points, the Bondynois redacted his son twice and Paris was directly under criminal threat from Lens. Finally, the Parisians won in Montpellier and the RCL suffered the second setback of their season, against Nice (1-0).
Nice cool lens
The Aiglons have since revived the price of power by Didier Digard on the bench. Gaëtan Laborde pushed a corner extended by the head of Antoine Mendy (57th) and this was enough for the misfortune of the Artésiens. Lens pushed, Seko Fofana dented the opposing bar with a splendid shot (68th) but Nice resisted. Franck Haise’s men are relegated to the third step of the podium, doubled by Marseille and 5 points behind PSG.
The Sang et Or had been in vain since a defeat at Lille on October 9. This Wednesday, they were directly put under pressure by packing Nice. Mendy’s volley released a first thrill in a Bollaert stadium for great evenings from the 11th minute. The Artésiens worked on counterattacks until they got the biggest chance of the first period: two strikes from Wesley Saïd repelled (33rd) by the Nice defense.
The second act started on an intense and balanced basis. The scales still tipped more in favor of the Niçois who concretized their actions with strikes and this goal from Laborde. The hinge of the Aiglons was then solid. Kephren Thuram nearly wrapped up a power-packed raid and Laborde even got a 2-0 re-ball in the dying moments.
Monaco narrowly, Rennes without stress
Like OM, Monaco haven’t slowed down. On Saturday, ASM had drawn a draw at the Vélodrome against OM (1-1). Winner of Auxerre (3-2), Philippe Clément’s men have complicated the task but remain undefeated since the resumption of Ligue 1. Visibly hungry when he faces AJA, Eliesse Ben Seghir scored again from outside the area (30th), he who had scored twice in the first leg (3-2).
The Principality club had opened the scoring thanks to Wissam Ben Yedder (11th), judiciously served by Youssouf Fofana. Constantly dangerous, the Monegasques never stopped projecting themselves towards the opposing goal until half-time. The starters launched by Christophe Pelisser changed the course of the match. Mathis Abline (68th), on loan from Rennesand Nuno Da Costa had given AJA hope, but Breel Embolo had come to shelter the Rock club from the waves in the meantime (82nd).
Fourth, Monaco maintains a one-point lead over Stade Rennais. The Bretons quickly took shelter against Strasbourg (3-0). Serene on their land, the Rouge et Noir slipped into the wake dug by Amine Gouiri, author of his 7th and 8th goals of the season (3 and 21st minutes). Passer on the second goal, Désiré Doué (17) signed the third achievement of the game (51st). Weighed down by their three defeats in a row away from home, Rennes took advantage of this match at Roazhon Park to consolidate their fifth place.
On the last lawn of the evening, that of Olympique Lyonnais, Laurent Blanc’s team failed to win Stade Brestois (0-0). 10th after 21 league days, Lyon continues to stand still.