Lyon wins in extremis, Angers second in the standings

Doubled Lyon striker Memphis Depay (left) to allow OL to win in Toulouse (3-2), Saturday, November 2.
Doubled Lyon striker Memphis Depay (left) to allow OL to win in Toulouse (3-2), Saturday, November 2. Laurent Cipriani / AP

After the astonishing defeat of Paris SG, double defending champion, Friday against Dijon (1 – 2), the 12e Ligue 1 brought Saturday, November 2, its share of sports and climate surprises. Lyon took the opportunity to afford a little more air, after a period of unrest that led, on October 7, the dismissal of his novice coach Sylvinho, replaced by Rudi Garcia.

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For the first time in more than two months, the OL has chained two consecutive victories by winning on the wire in Toulouse, after defeating Metz the previous weekend. The Lyonnais can thank Memphis Depay: the Dutch, author of a doubled, illuminated the end of the meeting by saving his own after the additional time. That's four goals in three games for the Wisp "Oranje", which masks alone a lot of shortcomings in the game Lyon.

" We had character. We did a good job as a team. Said Lucas Tousart, the Lyon midfielder. " It's the victory of a whole group, of a whole team. Everyone has contributed to the building. It's important for us to have a leader (Memphis Depay). He helps us and delivers us at the end " he added.

For the defense of OL has fallen into its midst, between a Jason Denayer, captain of a night, apathetic on both goals Toulouse, and Anthony Lopes author of a goal against his side after having already been guilty of a fatal ball on the field of Benfica in the Champions League (defeat 2-1).

Three days before challenging Lisbon again at home, Rudi Garcia will be satisfied with the result, and its ranking: 8e, just three points off the podium.

" I hope it's a founding act Said the Lyon coach. " It must make my players aware that we must never let anything go. Even when we were twice scored I felt that there was character in this team. I liked this scenario because it proves that the players refused the defeat He congratulated himself before turning to the future: " We just took seven points out of nine and that will allow us to work with a little more serenity. We are still recovering but we are less tense. "

Thinning on Angers

And here is Angers at the top of the ranking! The SCO has already been the runner-up at Paris SG this season, but reliving this situation after twelve matches is a positive sign. Admittedly, there is only one point ahead of the pair Nantes-Marseille, but the team of Stephane Bahoken, scorer on penalty before out on injury, will be satisfied at the end of a match against Strasbourg (1-0).

" It's a good result after a solid match. We are second tonight. This is anecdotal because this championship is very tight, but the evening of the 12th day, with six wins, it's more talking. This victory validates our good first third of the championship "Analyzed the Angevin coach, Stéphane Moulin.

The Brestois could have dreamed of the podium, after three consecutive victories in Ligue 1, but in Amiens, they could not do anything, beaten after a goal of Juan Otero (1-0) during a meeting marked by the fall of a supporter from a platform of the stadium. Injured, the man was evacuated on a stretcher before being transported to CHU Amiens-Picardie, according to the stadium announcer.

The promoted Metz saw Montpellier join him at the end of the match (2-2), and remains relegated (19).e). The local players opened the ball with Habib Diallo (26e) and Opa Nguette (47e), before being caught up in the second half by Montpellier, with Andy Delort (72e) and Junior Sambia (78e). " The coach moved us well at half-time and he was right because in the first period we were moved in all the duels Explained Montpellier's Andy Delort. " That's what made the difference in the second half: we are paid, we changed the system and the difference we saw right away. We could have won this match, it would not have been shocking " he even estimated.

Impossible to play in Nîmes, where waterspouts fell on the stage Costières before the match against Rennes, Saturday, November 2.
Impossible to play in Nîmes, where waterspouts fell on the stage Costières before the match against Rennes, Saturday, November 2. PASCAL GUYOT / AFP

Flood on the Costières

"Because of the state of impassability of the ground, waterlogged, I decided not to allow the kickoff. We did several tests, the rebound of the ball was impossible, the security of the players not guaranteed ». The declaration is signed Willy Delajod, referee of Nîmes-Rennes.

The decision fell a few moments from kickoff: the meeting will not take place this weekend. The fault of immense puddles on the Costières stadium, formed after hours of uninterrupted deluge, which made the warm-up of the guards not far from being funny, so much the lawn soaked with water prevented any serious attempt of diving.

The meeting is postponed to a later date, which will not be Sunday, said the two clubs. One day will be chosen by the Commission of the competitions of the League, probably in 2020 according to the Rennes coach Julien Stéphan.

Jordan Amavi (OM), Duje Caleta-Car (OM) and Jonathan Ikone (OL) at the Velodrome stadium, Saturday, November 2, 2019.
Jordan Amavi (OM), Duje Caleta-Car (OM) and Jonathan Ikone (OL) at the Vélodrome stadium, Saturday, November 2, 2019. Daniel Cole / AP

Marseille relaunched

Earlier in the afternoon, Olympique Marseille ensured the essential by beating Lille Velodrome stage (2-1). The Portuguese coach of the OM, André Villas-Boas savored the upturn: he had asked for the intensity, after the setbacks in Paris (4-0) and Monaco (2-1 in Coupe de la Ligue) he was served.

In front of Lille, everything was not convincing – it's a goal against his camp of Nordiste Gabriel who offers the victory – but the efforts have paid off: Marseille is an amazing 4e Ligue 1. Ideal before receiving Lyon in a highly anticipated duel Sunday, November 10. "We went into the match with the right spirit, when it was two games we did not play, it's important"responded the coach.

For his Lille counterpart, Christophe Galtier, it's the unexpected tornado. Deprived of top scorer Victor Osimhen, just too early to start the game, Losc waded at the Vélodrome when he seemed to have found the key last week in two games against Valencia (1-1) and Bordeaux (3-0) . That's now four away losses for the Dams, and two draws out of their lands this season. For no victory …

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Sunday for the rest of this 12th day, Nantes, now 3e, will have the opportunity in Bordeaux, to resume its rank of dolphin of Paris SG. Nice, who has not won more than six games, will try to emerge from the crisis by hosting Reims, while Saint-Etienne and Monaco, in rebound, compete to close a rainy weekend on the lawns.


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