Ligue 1: seven at home, open counter for Alexis Sánchez and tensions between the canaries

Ligue 1: seven at home, open counter for Alexis Sánchez and tensions between the canaries

NOAnother very prolific day on the pitches of Ligue 1. Brest paid the price for Montpellier’s offensive fury on their pitch (0-7), while the Marseilles crushed Nice, thanks above all to a very good Alexis Sánchez (0- 3). Nice are not the only team to disappoint at the start of the season, with Rennes and Strasbourg also suffering their second defeat. On the contrary, Lorient surprises by remaining undefeated.

The results of the fourth day

Ajaccio-Lille: 1-3

Auxerre-Strasbourg: 1-0

Lens-Rennes: 2-1

Nantes-Toulouse: 3-1

Brest-Montpellier: 0-7

Nice-Marseille: 0-3

Lorient-Clermont: 2-1

Troyes-Angers: 3-1

Reims-Lyon: 1-1

PSG-Monaco: at 8:45 p.m.

Find the full Ligue 1 standings by clicking here.

  • The card of the weekend: Montpellier signs its biggest victory in Ligue 1
The scoreboard testifies to the heavy defeat imposed by Montpellier in Brest, at the Francis-Le Blé stadium, for matchday 4 of Ligue 1, on August 28, 2022.

Like Lille against Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) on Matchday 3, Brest took seven at home on Sunday 28 August. The Pirates sank against Montpellier (0-7) at home, with a nightmarish start to the game. Recovered after their defeat against Auxerre, the pailladins scored five goals in thirty minutes, through Faitout Maouassa, Wahbi Khazri, Nicolas Cozza and Elye Wahi, author of a brace.

Things did not improve in the second half for the Brestois, reduced to ten in the locker room after Pierre Lees-Melou was sent off. In numerical superiority, the Héraultais took the opportunity to score two more goals, thanks to a double by Valère Germain. “We were bad defensively and offensively. We saw them score very good goals… I can’t give you an explanation, my head hurts.” Brest coach Michel Der Zakarian reacted, not very happy with this heavy defeat against his former club.

  • The end of the series of the weekend: Benoît Costil does not concede a goal… and it is a small fact

It hadn’t been for more than a year. After twenty-nine games with at least one goal conceded in Ligue 1, Benoît Costil made his first clean sheet. The Auxerre goalkeeper, author of four saves, was decisive in AJA’s victory against Strasbourg (1-0). The last time the goalkeeper had not seen his nets shake was on May 16, 2021, with Bordeaux, against Lens. Since then, not necessarily helped by Girondins’ catastrophic defense last season, he had conceded seventy goals.

“Costile was exceptional last week [2-1 à Montpellier] and there too, greeted the Auxerrois coach, Jean-Marc Furlan. My goalkeeping coach wanted it. Last year was a suffering for him, we saw it. She often talked to him to cheer him up. » The French international will surely be happy not to break the record of thirty-three matches held by former Ajaccio goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

  • The star of the weekend: Alexis Sánchez arrives in Ligue 1
Marseille's Alexis Sánchez savors his second goal against Nice, at the Allianz Riviera, on August 28, 2022.

Received like a rock star at the Marignane airport on August 9, when he signed for Olympique de Marseille, Alexis Sánchez responded to the hopes placed on him. Established in Nice for the second time this season, the Chilean scored his first two goals in the French Ligue 1 championship this Sunday during Marseille’s victory at the Allianz Riviera (3-0).

In the first part, well served by Jonathan Clauss, the nicknamed El Niño Maravilla (“the child prodigy”) showed off his technical palette. With a control sequence with his right foot and an instant shot, he tricked Kasper Schmeichel under the crossbar (10me). He doubled the bet by being the fastest to recover a ball deflected by the Nice goalkeeper (3-0, 42me). Alexis has quality. We are happy to have it”thanked his coach, Igor Tudor, at a press conference after the game.

At this rate, his popularity rating isn’t likely to run out of steam in Marseille, especially if his relationship with Dimitri Payet, a first-time starter this season, turns out to be so prolific.

  • The weekend announcement

“We have four days left to sign four players, something we haven’t been able to do in two months…”

Nantes coach Antoine Kombouaré (left) with his Toulouse counterpart Philippe Montanier during Ligue 1 matchday four at the Beaujoire stadium on August 28, 2022.

Despite his team’s victory against Toulouse (3-1) on Sunday, FC Nantes coach Antoine Kombouaré continues to express his discontent with the club’s transfer market. While the transfer market will be closed on Thursday 1Ahem September, at 11 p.m., the Kanak is still waiting for four players to complete his squad.

During the month of August he continued to question the operation of the transfer window with sauce Waldemar Kita, named after the president of the Nantes club. “We have to work for reinforcements. It’s an emergency, that’s very clear! »He assured since August 13 before insisting, on Thursday, at a press conference: “Here they always work like this [au dernier moment]. It’s never easy, make no mistake. My files don’t go through and I block your files. I expect reinforcements, but real reinforcements. »

Before the weekend, Antoine Kombouaré could still breathe when he saw his midfielder Ludovic Blas, courted by Lille, confirm that he would stay this year on the banks of the Loire. His entry into the break also coincided with the best stage of his team, in which he scored three goals in eleven minutes (50me55meand 61me) to defeat Toulouse and unlock your Ligue 1 win counter this season.

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