Ligue 1: Lens falls from the podium, Lille on the revival


Less prolific day than usual this Sunday in Ligue 1. After Lille’s victory in Montpellier (1-3), the pace dropped during the 3 p.m. matches with only seven goals scored despite open and pleasant encounters . Lens, tied on points with Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille before this day, was slowed down in Reims and was even overtaken by Olympique Lyonnais.

The stoppage: Lens clinging to Reims

While they remained on three consecutive victories with 11 goals scored, the blood and gold ran into a bone on the lawn of the Stade de Reims. Usually prolific, the Lensoise attack did not have the same success this Sunday and it was even the locals who got the best chances on the counter. The visitors even shoot themselves in the foot with the expulsion of Deiver Machado which precedes the opening of the Reims score signed Balogun. The Briton has already scored his 5th goal in Ligue 1 but the Lensois have more than one trick up their sleeve. The rookie Loïs Openda allows them to snatch a point in Champagne. A lesser evil even if this draw is not without consequences in the standings. The Sang et Or certainly remain undefeated but they fall from the podium, doubled by Lyonnais winners against Angers (5-0).

The reaction: Lille masters Montpellier and climbs to 5th place

Losc is yo-yoing at the start of the season. After the sinking at home against PSG (1-7), Paulo Fonseca’s players had recovered well in Corsica by dominating Ajaccio (1-3) before relapsing in the North against Nice last week (1-2) . The Mastiffs therefore reacted again this Sunday by defeating Montpellier at La Mosson (1-3), on a lawn in very sad condition. However, it was the locals who struck first through Elye Wahi but Jonathan David, silent since the first day, then came out of his box. The Canadian signs a double to equalize first and then confirm Lille’s success. Meanwhile, Angel Gomes had allowed Lille to take the advantage on a service from Cabella, ex-Montpellier. The Northerners go back to 5th place in the ranking.

The concern: beaten by Lorient, Ajaccio does not take off

There is beginning to be urgency on the side of the ACA. Defeated by Lorient this Sunday (0-1), the Corsicans only total a small point after six days and logically point to last position in the standings. Faced with the Bretons, the locals nevertheless tried to produce play but experienced too much technical waste. Opposite, the Hakes bet on quick attacks and were rewarded after returning from the locker room. Dango Ouattara indeed took advantage of a more than hazardous exit from Benjamin Leroy to open the scoring. The Lorientais will not be joined and confirm their good start to the season.

The soft belly match: Clermont brings down Toulouse thanks to a ghost

After two defeats in a row in Lorient then in Marseille, Clermont has re-engaged the forward march in front of its public. Winners of Toulouse (1-0), the Auvergnats owe their salvation to an old acquaintance from Ligue 1. Recruited this summer from Granada, Maxime Gonalons turned into a surface fox this Sunday. The former Lyonnais, well positioned, victoriously takes back with the right foot a ball which trailed in the surface. His first goal in the French Championship since November 2016. Clermont can also say thank you to his goalkeeper Mory Diaw, author of a magnificent parade at the very end of the game. In additional time, Muhammed Cham completes the Clermont success (2-0). Pascal Gastien’s men climb to 8th place.

The black series: held in check in Brest, Strasbourg still does not win

The ignition delay for Strasbourg at the start of the year. 6th in Ligue 1 last season with 63 units, Julien Stéphan’s players have still not won after six days. This Sunday, against Brest, the Alsatians concede Pierre Lees-Melou’s opener before Ludovic Ajorque unlocks his penalty goal counter. Reduced to 10 after the expulsion of Sanjin Prcic, Strasbourg nevertheless offered the best opportunity of the match in the last five minutes. After a service from Diallo in the box, Kevin Gameiro’s recovery was miraculously released by Marco Bizot. In the standings, the Bretons (17th) are one point ahead of their opponents of the day (18th).

Day 6 results:

AJ Auxerre 0-2 Marseille

Lyon 5-0 Angers

Nantes 0-3 PSG

Montpellier 1-3 Lille

AC Ajaccio 0-1 Lorient

Reims 1-1 Lens

Clermont 2-0 Toulouse

Brest 1-1 Strasbourg

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