Heckling in the stands, orgy of goals and OM Majax: the tops and flops of the 34th day


The tops

The nets shook on the L1 pitches this weekend! No less than 35 goals were scored in all ten matches, the second highest total of the season behind matchday 31 (38 goals) and tied with matchday 22 (35 goals). The palm obviously goes to Nantes – Bordeaux, with eight goals (5-3) and a rather exceptional scenario. Like the Canaries, Lyon and Rennes have also scored five times, respectively against Montpellier (5-2) and Lorient (5-0) while Monaco managed the performance of scoring four away goals against Saint-Etienne (1-4). There was also no 0-0 to regret. In short, a perfect weekend for goal lovers!

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  • Gerson, a magician’s goal

It’s Gerard Majax from Marseille. Gerson scored a magician’s goal to give victory to OM on the lawn of Reims (0-1). Served subtly on the left side of the surface by Dimitri Payet, the Brazilian eliminated Andreaw Gravillon with a hook after a sublime feint of body before sliding the ball into the opposite corner with the right foot, with finesse and composure. A classy gesture for the Olympian midfielder, who scored his sixth goal in L1 this season. This sleight of hand was needed to break through an ultra-solid Champagne defense and allow OM to keep their distance in second place in the standings.

He crystallized a little criticism of OL in recent weeks. And it was not unjustified. Houssem Aouar has never really given the full measure of his talent this season. Like a very lackluster performance during Lyon’s defeat in Brest in the middle of the week (2-1). The midfielder from Les Gones embodied his team’s reaction to Montpellier (5-2). Scorer of the goal that allowed the Rhone club to regain a decisive advantage in the second half, he definitively sealed the success of his team by offering a double at the end of the match. This will not necessarily calm the vindictiveness of OL supporters. But it is already a step forward for Aouar.

  • Rennes, the reaction of a European cador

Rennes remained on two consecutive defeats and had to react in the derby against Lorient to start again in the race for the Champions League. Mission brilliantly accomplished thanks to the main argument of Bruno Genesio’s training: attacking play. Five different scorers to illustrate Rennes’ collective demonstration, two goals scored in numerical inferiority and a manita passed to Les Merlus to confirm that the Breton club has no equivalent in the major European championships. No other club in Europe’s Top 5 has won as many games by five goals as SRFC. Outstanding.

The flops

  • Funny atmosphere in the stands
In the stands, it was a frankly bizarre weekend. In Lyon, where Lyon’s big victory against Montpellier (5-2) was tarnished by incidents between Karl Toko Ekambi and part of the Les Gones public. In Saint-Etienne, where the celebrations of the anniversary of the Green Angels, although spectacular, led to the interruption of the meeting for almost half an hour.
Or in Paris, where part of the Parisian supporters left the stadium before the end of the match to celebrate the PSG title outside the stadium while the Parc sounded hollow. In Nice, the stadium was frankly sparse for a club that plays in Europe even if the Gym won (1-0). And in Lille, the victory against Strasbourg (1-0 was greeted by the whistles of Lille supporters, hostile to their management. Funny atmosphere in the stands …

  • Kolo’s nightmare continues

His already nightmarish season took on a new dimension against Monaco (1-4). In a meeting where Timothée Kolodziejczak, already guilty of a gross foul which had cost the penalty for the Saint-Etienne defeat in the derby against OL, scored his second goal against his camp in the space of three weeks. After having already found his own net against OM (2-4), the Saint-Etienne defender, decidedly very uninspired, did it again against ASM by tackling the ball into his goal. Already booed before by supporters of the Greens, « Kolo » was replaced in stride. Inconsolable, he was in tears in the locker room, according to his coach Pascal Dupraz. Hard…

  • Bordeaux really does not know how to manage

Of course, there is already this record, these 84 goals conceded this season, a first in Ligue 1 in the last 40 years. But what we remember from the defeat of Bordeaux in Nantes is the inability of the Girondins to hold a score to their advantage. This was already the case against Saint-Etienne on Wednesday, where they conceded a draw (2-2) after having a break lead. It was even more obvious in the derby against the Canaries. Bordeaux led 0-2 before being caught at 2-2, then 2-3 before finally losing 5-3. A catastrophic management which cost six points in one week to 19th in the standings. And with six more points, he would be out of the red zone…

  • Metz, the sad anniversary

There were a lot of people on Sunday at Saint-Symphorien to play the legends match and celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Lorraine club. But this one especially needed a victory against Brest in a match which looked furiously like that of the last chance for the red lantern. Unfortunately, Frédéric Antonetti’s team got it all wrong.

An off-topic first period, a conceded goal, a lack of skill and success on his chances to equalize, two exclusions in two minutes (Jemerson and Oukidja) to permanently weigh down his chances of getting back to the score, and a goal disallowed by the VAR to top it off. The defeat (0-1) spoiled the party. And the descent to L2 now seems inevitable.

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