Nice dégoupille à Clermont, Auxerre retourne Montpellier, Toulouse contrarié par Lorient

Nice dégoupille à Clermont, Auxerre retourne Montpellier, Toulouse contrarié par Lorient

Nice loses its nerve in Clermont (0-1)

Lucien Favre had pointed out the gradual erosion of his team in the last two games, which had cost him two points against Strasbourg (1-1) and a frustrating defeat against Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the first leg of the Europa League Conference (0 – 1). This Sunday, OGC Nice did not wait around the locker room to show their shortcomings at the moment (defeat 0-1). Clermont fooled Kasper Schmeichel’s defense from the 6th minute: after a poorly cleared ball, Saif-Eddine Khaoui found himself in the right place and scored with an effective cross kick.

Galvanized by this early opening goal, Pascal Gastien’s men multiplied forward runs, especially through Jim Allevinah, one of which resulted in a great chance for Cham (20th).

The Niçois had already found themselves in the chasers position at the start of the season in Toulouse and had snatched the draw point from them thanks to Aaron Ramsey’s winning tackle. This time, his streak behind the scoreboard ended much less happily. Mario Lemina and Jean-Clair Todibo were sent off – the former for a wild tackle from behind and the latter for a humorous gesture – and the OGCN remains locked on two points. Not ideal before playing out his European future on Thursday against Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Auxerre opens the season in Montpellier (2-1)

Benoît Costil’s losing streak continued, at least for one match, this Sunday in Montpellier. The Auxerre goalkeeper conceded a goal in his 29th consecutive Ligue 1 game. But no one will blame him in Burgundy. The French international can’t do much on goal and made decisive saves late in the match – notably fending off attempts by Savanier (79th) and Makouana (83rd) – which allowed the promoted side to snatch his first win of the season (2- 1).

Mamadou Sakho lived an afternoon asymmetric to that of Benoît Costil. The one who had not scored since November 2017, with Crystal Palace in the Premier League, he flew through the air to open the scoring with a header (39th). He then caused, in spite of himself, the expulsion of M’Baye Niang seven minutes into the game (52nd), while his team was preparing to play the entire second half at ten after the red card received by Khalil Fayad (46th).

Sounded out in action with Niang, the former Parisian missed his match finale. He was powerless on Nuno Da Costa’s equalizing goal (70th) before provoking Mathias Autret’s converted penalty two minutes later. The two teams finished at nine o’clock in an electric match finale, with a direct red card for Da Costa and Savanier, but it was Auxerre who won the duel.

Toulouse and Lorient put on a show (2-2)

The show is back in Toulouse. As expected, the Stadium was furnished for the reception of Lorient and the 23,000 people present went through all the emotions. The cold shower, to begin with, when Armand Laurienté converted a free kick with the help of the crossbar from the first seconds of the game, and the hot shot, later, when Vincent Le Goff appeared alone at the far post before running into Maxime Dupe (31st). The joy, calmly, when Rafael Ratao equalized taking advantage of a failed and unforgivable recovery by Julien Laporte (31st). The relief, at the end of the first half, when Maxime Dupé dismissed Terem Moffi’s penalty (41st).

The Violets fans were not at the end of their surprise. They experienced liberation, returning from the dressing room, when Thijs Dallinga put Toulouse ahead after a mess. And they ended in disappointment, ten minutes from time, when Ibrahima Koné converted a penalty obtained by Laurienté who is about to leave. Taken over by an enterprising Breton team, Le Téfécé further validated its good start to the season by remaining undefeated and taking a provisional 6th place.

Brest have fun in Angers (3-1)

Far away seems the brilliant summer achieved by Angers in 2021 (3 wins and a draw). A year later, the anxiety of summer has replaced the beautiful promises and the SCO has only two points on the night of the third day. At home against Brest they suffered a nightmare first half with two goals conceded and one player sent off, Halid Sabanovic. The Brestois were led by a fiery duo: Jérémy Le Douaron and Youcef Belaïli. Already prominent against Marseille last weekend, Le Douaron offered himself a brace. He took victory on a corner from Belaïli (10th) before adjusting to Bernardoni in two stops (38th).

For his part, Belaïli made a double pass from a corner. The second offer benefited Achraf who, only in the area, increased the score (65th). Sofiane Boufal’s reduction in the lead less than five minutes later did not diminish Brest’s delight as they will be able to celebrate their first victory of the season, before heading home to host Montpellier.

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