Ligue 1 roundup week 32
- Lille 1-2 OGC Nice
- Angers 0-1 Monaco
- Bordeaux 3-0 FC Metz
- SM Caen 0-2 Montpellier
- Dijon FCO 1-2 SC Bastia
- Olympique Lyonnais 1-4 FC Lorient
- AS Nancy Lorraine 3-0 Stade Rennais FC
- Toulouse 0–0 Olympique De Marseilles
- AS Saint-Etienne 1–1 FC Nantes
- Paris Saint-Germain 4–0 EA Guingamp
Lille 1-2 OGC Nice
It looked like an upset could be on the cards when an Ibrahim Amadou strike put the hosts ahead in the 14th minute. The joy was short lived though when Mario Balotelli equalised for the visitors three minutes later, Balotelli then put Nice ahead just on half time as Nice continued their unlikely title challenge.
Angers 0-1 Monaco
A couple of Subasic saves early on stopped the hosts gaining momentum before Radamel Falcao scored in the 61st minute on his comeback from injury to continue Monaco’s title push and add pressure on PSG.
Bordeaux 3-0 FC Metz
Bordeaux jumped ahead of Marseilles on the table with a convincing 3-0 win over FC Metz. Young Brazilian starlet Malcom got the hosts off to a good start with a strike in the 14th minute. Valentin Vada made no mistake in converting from the penalty spot in the 50th minute before following up two minutes later to finish with a brace and a comfortable 3-0 win for the hosts. Insult was added to injury in the 93rd minute when Benoit Assou-Ekotto was given a straight red to end the match.
SM Caen 0-2 Montpellier
Montpellier took advantage of FC Metz’s loss to rise above them in the table with a 2-0 win over SM Caen and move closer to ensuring their position in the top flight next season. After an even first half Stéphane Sessègnon fired Montpellier in front with a strike in the 49th minute, on-loan striker Jonathan Ikone made sure of the result with a goal two minutes from time.
Dijon FCO 1-2 SC Bastia
SC Bastia struck first in this relegation battle with Enzo Crivelli firing past Reynet in the 17th minute. Dijon were not willing to go without a fight though, with Pierre Lees-Melou equalising for the hosts in the 29th minute. Bastia however, were determined to make sure that they make a late, but genuine effort for survival as Yannick Cahuzac secured the winner for the visitors in the 58th minute.
Olympique Lyonnais 1-4 FC Lorient
Lyon got the early lead through midfielder Corentin Tolisso on the 28th minute, but were pegged back just before half time by Majeed Waris’ 8th goal for the season. Lorient then showed a renewed enthusiasm for the relegation battle that they’re mired in with three second half goals to run out convincing winners. Sylvain Marveaux put the visitors ahead in the 49th minute before Benjamin Moukandjo struck in the 73rd and 80th minutes to add some gloss to a much needed victory as well as a stirring upset.
AS Nancy Lorraine 3-0 Stade Rennais
Nancy made great strides to help extricate themselves from a fierce relegation battle with a commanding win over Rennes at home. Starting the weekend in 18th place on the table, an 11th minute Maurice Dale strike, and a second half brace from Issiar Dia helped lift the club out of the relegation zone temporarily. Rennes will be disappointed with what should have been a comfortable victory and a chance to rise several places on the league table closer to continental qualification.
Toulouse 0-0 Olympique de Marseilles
Olympique de Marseilles dropped from 5th to 6th on the ladder and out of a Europa League qualification spot as they played out a 0-0 draw at Toulouse in front of 29,430 spectators. Toulouse spurned a couple of great early chances with Marseilles being thwarted late on by goalkeeping heroics from teenager Alban Lafont to keep the sides level.
AS Saint-Etienne 1-1 FC Nantes
FC Nantes got off to a flyer in this mid-table clash with Préjuce Nakoulma putting the hosts ahead after 15 minutes. As Les Verts grew into the match, their chances grew until the 70th minute when Benjamin Corgnet found the equaliser for the home side with a commanding header after coming off the bench. This result leaves each team 7th and 8th respectively as the fight for continental qualification continues.
Paris Saint-Germain 4–0 EA Guingamp
Having seen Monaco win a day earlier, PSG knew a win was necessary to keep the pressure up on the title challenge.
After a slow start with Guingamp showing a strong defensive resilience, the teams went into the break on level terms. A brilliant cross from Cavani in the 56th minute allowed Angel Di Maria to open the scoring from the hosts with a lovely chipped finish.Frantic pressing from PSG allowed Verrati to win the ball back before Rabiot played in Cavani to double the host’s lead on the 60th minute, a long-range cross from Di Maria allowed Cavani to double his tally and score his 29th league goal of the season in the 71st minute. Matuidi completed the rout for the hosts slotting in Moura’s cross two minutes into stoppage time to keep the title challenge very much alive.