Ligue 1 Round 10 Summary
Here are all the results from this weekend with teams completing first nine games as we discover those nearing towards early title receiving hopes and those who are labouring to escape the sinking sand of relegation.
The ground breaking fixture in the French top tier football is undoubtedly the historic conflict between Paris Saint Germain and Olympique de Marseille which staged yet another crucial meeting at Orange Velodram. All square it finished in the last scheduled game of the weekend courtesy of a late grasp wonder free kick from the Uruguayan firepower Edinson Cavani to make it 2-2 of the night. The home side shocked the star oriented Paris by taking the lead through Luiz Gustavo’s deflected long ranger in the 16th minute. Neymar then placed his strike at the far net behind Lopes on the half hour mark for the leveller. The current league toppers were very much burnable at a derby like this which was not at all good from their point of view. Thauvin then made his presence by canceling Neymar’s equaliser by a smartly taken goal in the 78th minute. Problem doubled up and Paris almost fall to their first defeat of the campaign with Neymar sent off in the 87th minute after his chaotic nature led to undisciplined circumstances. But the hero to rescue all misery and freshen up the mind, delivered at the closing stages of the derby in an Edi Cavani trademark set piece.
Champions Monaco set their winning track once again defeating Stade Malherbe Caen at Stade Louis. A 2-0 victory which caused Caen to drop into relegation concerns provided easy pickings for the home team to maintain the second place on the points chart. Striker Keita Balde scored his first for the principality club since joining from Lazio in the summer and Fabinho converted his 11th spot kick to register full points.
Saint Etienne dropped further points when Montpellier came to town, a 1-0 defeat to cry out for. Mbenza scored the only goal of the game in 21st minute to force Etienne to drop out of Europa league places. Serious concerns are now mounting on them.
A Memphis Depay inspired hat-trick helped Lyon to celebrate one of their glory days by routing fellow strugglers Troyes 5-0. Bertrand Traore scored in back to back games for his club and Mariano Diaz netted his eight to wrap up the victory. Finally, they were able to put aside those troubling draws.
Nice succumbed to their third home loss in their upsetting campaign so far. The 2-1 loss to Strasbourg is one of these poor displays the Mediterranean club showed at Allianz Riveria. Disastrous defending caused Da Costa to run straight at their post to score his first of the day. He relived himself once again repeating his heroics to slap Nice’s face in the 49th minute. Lees Melou pulled one back from the spot after Seka dragged him down and was red carded. But nothing they could have done to avoid another defeat even though the visitors played with ten men in the last minutes of the game.
Amiens provided one of the shocking results of their promoted season defeating strong build side Bordeaux by 1-0. Gorso’s goal in the 40th minute created history.
Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes are flying for the last couple of games winning another home venue with Guingamp by 2-1. Awazich scored the opener early in the 9th minute but the joy was short lived as Camara pounced in the 70th minute. They had to wait long till Nije Toure to give his team some breathing space.
Elsewhere, Diop scored the only goal of the contested battle with Angers while Dijon slammed Metz by 2-1 with Sliti’s winner in 49th minute. The home side even had a man sent off with Diagne given his marching order in the 70th minute after Roux equaliser just before the break to cancel the lead of the winning team inside 10 minutes scored by Vaorault.