Ligue 1 Roundup week 33
- Angers SCO 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain
- OGC Nice 3-1 AS Nancy Lorraine
- EA Guingamp 2-1 Toulouse
- FC Metz 2-2 SM Caen
- Montpellier Hérault SC 2-0 FC Lorient
- Stade Rennais FC 2-0 Lille OSC
- AS Monaco 2-1 Dijon FC
- SC Bastia (Postponed) Olympique Lyonnais
- FC Nantes 0-1 Girondins de Bordeaux
- Olympique de Marseilles 4-0 AS Saint-Etienne
Angers SCO 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain
PSG kept the pressure on Monaco despite a hard fought game against a determined Angers. Angers however may feel, with some justice, slightly aggrieved by some pivotal refereeing decisions.
PSG were given a fairly innocuous free kick when Pastore was deemed to have been fouled just outside the box. Regardless of your feelings on the foul, there was no denying Di Maria’s sublime delivery which put PSG ahead. Angers fans were then frustrated a second time as a goal for the hosts was ruled out as the referee called for a PSG free kick on what seemed to be a fairly 50-50 challenge from a corner.
Angers grew into the game in the second half and a string of acrobatic saves from Kevin Trapp kept the visitors ahead before a fantastic passing display put Di Maria in on goal to complete his brace and seal the game.
OGC Nice 3-1 AS Nancy Lorraine
Despite being heavily favoured to go down, Nancy made a bright start to the match with Maurice Dale putting the visitors ahead in the 26th minute. The lead however, was not going to last for long with Le Bihan equalising for the hosts nine minutes later. Six minutes into the second half Nice were able to hit the front when Seri converted a penalty after Henrique was brought down in a rather crude challenge from Dia. Seri then made sure of the points in the 84th minute with his second of the game to ensure that Nice continue to chase Monaco and PSG for another week.
EA Gunigamp 2-1 AS Nancy Lorraine
A potential dead rubber as neither team can realistically worry about either relegation, nor continental qualification. This first half, despite remaining scoreless, didn’t live up to its billing as chances were created at either end. The game changed in the second half when a galloping Yannis Salibur was brought down in the box by a naïve challenge from teenage keeper Alban Lafont, Jimmy Briand made no mistake from the spot to put the hosts 1-0 up.
Alexendre Mendy doubled the advantage for the home side in the 62nd minute with a powerful strike into the roof of the net; Andy Delort made it a nervous end for Guingamp when he pulled one back for the visitors 5 minutes later. The hosts managed to hold on though and collect all three points to finish the weekend in the top half of the table.
FC Metz 2-2 SM Caen
There was a lot riding on this fixture as both sides, whilst currently safe, sit perilously close to sliding into the relegation zone. Given the incentive not to lose, a ponderous first half was as expected. Ismaila Sarr pulled off a wonderful acrobatic volley to turn home a cross seconds after coming onto the pitch to put the hosts ahead in the 66th minute. Caen weren’t about to go down meekly however, and in the 74th minute against the run of play they equalised as Ivan Santini’s head redirected a free kick into Didillion’s net.
Metz looked to have scored the winner in the 83rd minute through Cheick Diabate’s strike, but Caen had other ideas as a Ronny Rodelin header ensured the sides shared the points.
Montpellier Hérault SC 2-0 FC Lorient
Montpellier came into this game with survival all but assured, in contrast to FC Lorient who began the weekend in 18th position. Attempting to escape relegation, Lorient could not have made a worse start after Ryad Boudebouz slotted home the rebound from Roussillon’s first effort to put the hosts ahead in the 8th minute. Isaac Mbenza finished a Steve Mounie cross to make it 2-0 in the 27th minute and cast a long shadow on the remaining games for FC Lorient’s season.
Stade Rennais FC 2-0 Lille OSC
Lille came into this game looking to put the relegation fight firmly, and finally behind them. Rennes though, weren’t in any mood to make that easy for northern club, with Mubele putting the hosts ahead in the 3rd minute. Giovanni Sio killed the game off in the 29th minute with a headed finish after a head across goal from Yoann Gourcuff to keep the visitors looking over their shoulders for at least another week.
AS Monaco 2-1 Dijon FCO
After beating Borussia Dortmund away during the week, relegation favourites Dijon were not expected to put up much of a challenge to hosts Monaco. Dijon weren’t happy playing to the script though and went ahead three minutes before half time after Cédric Varrault turned home a saved free kick. Falcao was brought on with half an hour to go and had an immediate impact, his free kick in the 61st minute was parried which allowed Nabil Dirar to tap home to equalise for the hosts. A second free kick in the 81st minute and Falcao needed no one else this time as he scored a sublime goal that will rival Di Maria’s effort earlier in the round.
SC Bastia – Olympique Lyonnais
Fan trouble both during the game and at half time resulted in Lyon players being attacked as well as the game eventually being postponed.
FC Nantes 0-1 Girondins de Bordeaux
Bordeaux continued to press for a guaranteed Europa League entry next season by knocking off Nantes away from home.
The win was secured by a fine Younousse Sankhare strike after François Kamano forced a defensive error from the hosts. The win puts pressure on Lyon to secure a result with their game in hand.
Olympique de Marseilles 4-0 AS Saint-Etienne
A battle of the two of France’s historic clubs who have fallen by the wayside in recent years lived up to it’s potential, but only if you are a Marseilles fan. The South coast club joined Bordeaux in putting pressure on Lyon to get a result for automatic Europa League entry.
Florian Thauvin got the hosts off to a good start in what ended up being a good day for the diminutive winger by finishing off a Morgan Sanson cross in the 22nd minute. Thauvin then turned provider in the 33rd minute by putting through Befetimbi Gomes who, after some skillful, juggling fired the ball home. Hope of a Les Verts comeback was put to bed in the 58th minute when Thauvin got his second for the afternoon by slipping the ball past Ruffier after a fine run. Marseilles then turned the knife late on with a 93rd minute Dimitri Payet strike to seal a fine win for the hosts.