Ligue 1 : de la tension d’entrée, Neymar et Messi éblouissants et des recrues déjà décisives

Ligue 1 : de la tension d’entrée, Neymar et Messi éblouissants et des recrues déjà décisives

FAfter the holidays in the sun, the Ligue 1 players showed their audience that they were well prepared to resume the new 2022-2023 season, starting on Friday, August 5. With new players well integrated into the various squads and already decisive, as well as superb goals, the French championship has regained the same exciting intensity as at the start of last season.

The reigning Parisian champions, the clear winners of Clermont on Saturday August 6, are already in the lead in Ligue 1. If Monaco, third at the end of the previous season, made a successful entrance on the scene, Rennes, who had occupied fourth place in 2021-2022, he stumbled in Lorient (for the first time in ten years).

Waiting for the first performance of Olympique de Marseille – against Reims (8:45 p.m.) – under the direction of Igor Tudor, their new coach whose methods cause some tension in the ranks of the players, there was only one empty game left this day. Very rich in goals: Nantes-Angers (0-0).

The results of the first day

Lyon-AC Ajaccio : 2-1

Strasbourg-Monaco: 1-2

Clermont-Paris SG: 0-5

Toulouse-Nice: 1-1

Lens-Brest: 3-2

Angers-Nantes: 0-0

Montpellier-Troyes: 3-2

Lille-Auxerre: 4-1

Rennes-Lorient: 0-1

  • The start of the weekend’s game: Lille wasted no time

Thirty-six seconds to the first goal, less than three minutes to double the lead… Lille struck hard from the start of the match against Auxerrois on Sunday afternoon. AJ Auxerre didn’t even have time to touch the ball before Benjamin Andre scored the opening goal and then Jonathan David set the tone for Ligue 1 promotion just two minutes later.

Overwhelmed and too passive against a Lille whose legs were already good, Auxerrois suffered throughout the first half and was punished for the third time before the break, again by Jonathan David, well served by Rémy Cabella, pirouette and author of two assists . On the way back from the locker room, Auxerre showed a better face, but that was not enough to stop Lille’s dynamics, as Akim Zedadka arrived to score the fourth goal for the Mastiffs. The Burgundian effort, however, ended up bearing fruit and Gaëtan Charbonnier closed the gap (4-1).

  • The scare of the weekend: Anthony Lopes, first expelled of the season

Accustomed to the fact, Anthony Lopes once again distinguished himself by a dangerous aerial exit on the first day of the championship. The Portuguese goalkeeper wasted his intervention by going ahead of the Ajaccien striker, Mounaïm El Idrissy, without touching the ball but hitting his rival from the front, who remained on the ground for a few minutes, time to recover his senses.

Sent off, Anthony Lopes received the first red card of the season and was replaced by Rémy Riou. At 35 years old, the goalkeeper came off the bench and played his first minutes as a professional with his training club, which he joined in the summer market from Caen. He couldn’t prevent Thomas Mangani’s reduction in the penalty awarded due to a foul by Anthony Lopes, but he showed himself in a beautiful parade in the hour of play to allow his team to win, 2-1, thanks in particular to a Goal from the ghost Alexandre Lacazette.

In a tense game, with six yellow cards, neo-Ajaccien Romain Hamouma also received a red card. The suspensions of the two players will be studied by the League Disciplinary Committee on Wednesday, August 10.

  • Weekend Statement:

You can pay to see players like that! I’m lucky, I don’t pay… They pay me to see that! »

While his team had just been slapped by Paris-Saint-Germain (0-5), on Saturday night, Clermont coach Pascal Gastien could only salute the performances of Neymar and Lionel Messi at a press conference. The brilliant Brazilian stood out with a goal and three assists, while the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner scored two goals. The Argentine stood out especially in the last goal of the game, in which he controlled the ball with his chest, with his back to the goal, before making an acrobatic return.

Pascal Gastien was not the only local from Clermont won over by the attacking game offered by PSG, as much of the Gabriel-Montpied stadium applauded and chanted Messi’s name after this fifth goal from the Parisian.

  • The winning comeback of the weekend: Krépin Diatta (Monaco)
Krépin Diatta celebrates his goal against Strasbourg, Saturday August 6, 2022.

He had returned to play on July 27 for the first time in nearly eight months. But it was just a friendly match against Southampton (lost 3-1). His actual return to competition, Krépin Diatta did so on Saturday with Monaco’s first Ligue 1 game of the season in Strasbourg. The 23-year-old Senegalese international did not miss the opportunity to remember the fond memories of the players and fans of the championship: he scored, with a superb volley, the Monegasques’ first goal against the Strabourgers (final score 2-1).

A nod to his own mishaps? Last season, on November 19, 2021, he scored his first goal in Ligue 1 against Lille. First and only goal, because that day he also injured his left knee, forcing him to undergo surgery (of the cruciate ligament previous). With, as a result, a long distance from the field, synonymous, in particular, with the absence of the African Cup of Nations with the Senegal national team, as well as the playoff matches for the 2022 World Cup.

  • Weekend number: 1

1, as the first goal in their first Ligue 1 game for Thijs Dallinga of Toulouse and Aaron Ramsey of Nice, in the draw between “TéFéCé” and Le Gym (1-1), on Sunday afternoon. He was the Dutchman from Toulouse the first to stand out, from 20me minute of the match, confirming the hopes placed on him, when he finished top scorer in the Dutch second division last season, with 32 goals.

More experienced, the neo-Nice Aaron Ramsey, struggling in recent seasons since leaving Arsenal, also scored his first Ligue 1 goal, which enabled the Aiglons to equalize in the minute. The rookies shone on Sunday afternoon at the Municipal Stadium.

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