The 2022 Ligue 2 season has kicked off. With a week to go before the Ligue 1 clubs kick off, the second division teams found their way back onto the pitch on Saturday 30 July. Relegated Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux and Metz had mixed fortunes, with a very poor start for the Greens, a draw for the Girondins and convincing success for the Grenats. With a victory against Pau (4-0), Guingamp is the leader of the championship.
With a catastrophic defense, Saint-Etienne starts badly
ASSE certainly suspected it, they have had confirmation: the road to promotion in Ligue 1 will be difficult. Beaten without question by a much more physically developed team from Dijon (2-1), on Saturday July 30, the Stéphanois remain glued to the bottom of the table as they started with a handicap of three points, after the overflows that they had followed the club’s elimination in the play-off against Auxerre.
Physically dominated by Omar Daf’s workouts, ASSE knows she’s going to have to lash out. And above all, find a certain form of serenity because, like the two goals he conceded, he doesn’t let go of any security. On two occasions, Le Bihan and Soumaré took advantage of major riots in the Saint-Etienne box to score. And, without some saves by Etienne Green or incomprehensible mistakes by the Dijon strikers, the score could have been much heavier. The cross volley of young Aiki (17), in the 69th minute, was undoubtedly a superb drop in the scoreboard but it could not in any way be the tree that hides the green forest.
Like the expulsion of Denis Bouanga in the last seconds for insulting the referee, the Greens missed the reunion with a lower division that they had not visited since 2004.
Bordeaux, controlled by Valenciennes
All eyes were on the Matmut Atlantique as the multiplex kicked off at 7 p.m. While the club remained in extremis in Ligue 2 by decision of the French Football Federation during the week, Girondins de Bordeaux faced Valenciennes in the first day of the championship. For the occasion, the Ultramarines had unfurled a banner “We were close to death, it made us stronger”, which was not necessarily verified in the field. With a largely revised and rejuvenated team, the northerners kept Bordeaux in check, despite their dominance (0-0).
Next decisive game for Girondins: a new step against the DNCG, next week, which could lead to restrictions on the transfer window.
First leader Guingamp
Sixth, at the gates of the play-offs for access to Ligue 1 last season, Guingamp was determined to start the 2022-2023 season in the best possible way. At the Roudourou, against Pau, the EAG unfolded (4-0), with goals from Jérémy Livolant, Mehdi Merghem and a brace from Jules Gaudin, in their first spell in Ligue 2. The Bretons took the lead in the championship thanks to their goal difference, ahead of Metz. The Grenats, relegated from Ligue 1, also started the season in an ideal way, with a clear victory, 3-0, against Amiens, at home. Lamine Gueye, Georges Mikautadze and Ibrahima Niane are Metz’s top scorers.
– Forward Guingamp (@EAGuingamp) July 30, 2022
Opposite beginnings for the ascended
For their return to the second division, Laval and Annecy had two very different evenings. In Bastia, Mayenne won 2-0 thanks to a brace from Zakaria Naïdji, their new center forward from Pau. The addition could have been greater if Johny Placide had not saved a penalty from Julien Maggiotti, in a tense game marked by two red cards, one for each team, at the end of the game.
Conversely, Annecy missed out on their opening game against Niort at the Parc des Sports. Chamois Niortais won 1-2 thanks to goals from Yanis Merdji and Bilal Boutobba, from the penalty spot. The Savoyards reacted well, with a goal from Arnold Temanfo, but that was not enough to reverse the trend.
All the results of the 1st day:
Dijon 2-1 Saint-Etienne
Bordeaux 0-0 Valenciennes
Annecy 1-2 Niort
SC Bastia 0-2 Laval
Le Havre 0-0 Grenoble
Guingamp 4-0 Paul
Quevilly-Rouen 0-0 Rodez
Metz 3-0 Amiens
Nîmes 0-1 fall
Sochaux-Paris FC: Monday, August 1, at 8:45 p.m.
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