OM still helpless in Bordeaux, Nice offers Lyon

Dimitri Payet during the match against Bordeaux.
Dimitri Payet during the match against Bordeaux. NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP

The curse continues for OM on the ground of Girondins: Marseille was held in check by Bordeaux (0-0), Sunday at the end of the 22nd day of the French Championship, losing part of its lead over Rennes, its main continuing in the classification.

Nice, thanks to a double from Kasper Dolberg, took his revenge on Lyon (2-1), who won in the French Riviera last Thursday in the Coupe de France, while Metz outclassed Saint-Etienne (3- 1) to give air at the bottom of the ranking.

The series of invincibility continues for Bordeaux. OM, which has not won a Girondins match for 42 years, will have to wait another year to find a way to break the bad streak.

Rennes returns to OM

With this second consecutive draw, Marseille (2nd, 43 points) made a bad move in the classification: PSG (1st, 55 pts) accentuated its wide lead, and Rennes (3rd, 40 pts) returned to three lengths. Bordeaux (10th, 30 pts) goes back in the first part of the table.

And yet, the evening could have been more frustrating for the Olympians, who all passed close to a logical defeat. Pablo thought he had opened the scoring for the Girondins just before half-time (44th) but the referee, after a long viewing of the video assistance, ultimately did not validate the goal.

The first relief egg for OM! In the process, Steve Mandanda released an exceptional stop to repel a shot from close range from Rémi Oudin (45 + 3). In the second half, it was the crossbar that saved the Olympique doorman on a terrible strike from Basic (74 ').

Mandanda's recital concluded with a phenomenal reflex parade on the head of the inevitable Pablo (87th). Considering the scenario of the match, André Villas-Boas’s men can be happy with one point. But until when ?

Nice stops the Lyon series

Lyon's great series broke down net: after 10 points taken from the last four league matches, a qualification for the final of the Coupe de la Ligue, then another in the quarter-final of the Coupe de France, OL is therefore falls. As a result of the classification, the team of Rudi Garcia (6th, 32 points,) is relegated to 8 units from Rennes and from 3rd place, the main objective of the season.

Nice, which now has the same number of points as its opponent of the day, returns to the race for Europe, in 8th place. However, the Aiglons almost paid dearly for their lack of experience. After having benefited from the exclusion of Marçal (22nd) then the opening of the score of Dolberg (33rd), Nice squandered all his advantage in the space of a few seconds in the last moments of the first period.

On the lookout for an individual feat from Aouar, rookie Karl Toko-Ekambi first equalized (45th), before Marcelo provoked the discord and pushed Adam Ounas to the wrong move. Excluded, the Algerian international let his team play the second period ten to ten. Dolberg, in a big day, finally rewarded the great collective virtues of his team by offering himself a victorious double on a service from Boudaoui (63rd).

In Metz, Saint-Etienne recorded a 4th loss in five league games (3-1). Opa Nguette (44th, 70th) and Habib Diallo (63rd) scored the goals for Metz, synonymous with good operation in the maintenance race. At the end of the match, Romain Hamouma (89th) saved the honor for the Greens, stuck in the bottom of the table (15th, 28 pts).

The results of the 22nd day of Ligue 1

Friday January 31

Rennes – Nantes: 3 – 2

Saturday February 1

PSG – Montpellier: 5 – 0

Amiens – Toulouse: 0 – 0

Strasbourg – Lille: 1 – 2

Nîmes – Monaco: 3 – 1

Dijon – Brest: 3 – 0

Angers – Reims: 1 – 4

Sunday February 2

Nice – Lyon: 2 – 1

Metz – Saint-Etienne: 3 – 1

Bordeaux – Marseille: 0 – 0


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