Paris – Spectacular winner of Strasbourg (4-3), Montpellier invited himself to the provisional podium in Ligue 1 on Sunday for the 11th day. Conversely, the misfortunes continue for the red lantern Dijon, beaten by Lens (1-0) on an incredible blunder by goalkeeper Anthony Racioppi.
– Montpellier rises, Strasbourg cash –
And here is Montpellier provisionally in the top three! At the Mosson stadium, Montpellier and Strasbourg surrendered blow for blow in an unbridled meeting where the MHSC ended up being rewarded.
The Héraultais took the ascendancy thanks to Pedro Mendes receiving a corner (8th) then a double from Andy Delort with a header placed flush with the post (13th) and a plunging header on a delicious outside from the foot of Mihailo Ristic (32nd).
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But the Alsatians did not disarm, returning to 3-3 at the break thanks to a penalty converted by Kenny Lala (22nd, with the help of the referee who allowed him to withdraw), and a second penalty marked by Habib Diallo (26th), and a good sequence of Ludovic Ajorque forgotten in the area (45th).
After the break, Montpellier’s insistence paid off with a victorious volley from Gaëtan Laborde from the entrance to the area (68th).
This allows Montpellier (20 pts) to return to the provisional podium, behind Paris SG (1st, 24 pts) and tied with Monaco (20 pts), who fell behind the Parisian leader on Friday night (3-2).
The MHSC could nevertheless be joined or even dislodged from the podium by Lyon (7th, 17 pts), traveling to Angers (5:00 p.m.), and by Lille (4th, 19 pts), opposed to Lorient in the evening (9:00 p.m.).
– Dijon is hole, Lens takes advantage –
It is one of the gagged goals of the weekend in Europe and the Swiss goalkeeper Anthony Racioppi can bite his gloves: choice of the new Dijon coach David Linarès who launched him in the Burgundy cage instead of the rookie Saturnin Allagbé, the goalkeeper precipitated the DFCO’s defeat on Sunday (1-0) against Lens on an inexplicably missed recovery.
Racioppi, the ball in his feet, found himself under the pressing of Arnaud Kalimuendo, he tried to hook it, missed and released in disaster on the leg of the Lensois striker … lucky author of his very first goal in L1 (23rd).
Dijon, red lantern, is still running after its first victory of the season … Conversely, RC Lens is back in the first part of the table (9th) with 17 pts while waiting for its two late matches against Nantes and Marseille, the first of the two being scheduled for Wednesday evening at the Bollaert stadium against the Canaries.
– Nantes seduces but tramples –
For Nantes, impossible to chain two victories in a row since the start of the season: Christian Gourcuff’s team, however victorious before the truce and attractive Sunday in the game, stumbled against Metz (1-1), who maintained his unbeaten streak with an eighth unbeaten game in Ligue 1.
At the Beaujoire stadium, the Nantes people opened the scoring by Randal Kolo Muani with a tense shot under the bar (29th). But after resorting to video refereeing, a loose hand of defender Fabio in his area cost the Canaries a penalty, transformed by the Belgian Aaron Leya Iseka for Metz (45th + 4).
FC Nantes (14th, 12 pts) thus misses the opportunity to widen the gap on the other poorly classified and finds himself trapped by Nîmes (15th, 11 pts), who won a precious 1-0 victory in Reims on a penalty converted by Renaud Ripart (62nd) and despite two Reims attempts on the crossbar at the end of the match.
The Marseille-Nice match, initially scheduled for Saturday evening, was postponed due to the unavailability of many Nice players who tested positive for Covid-19.