Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Paris and Marseille end the year on a high note

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New Years Eve in Paris and Marseille: the leader PSG feasted on Saturday in the French championship against Amiens (4-1) with Kylian Mbappé and OM only made a bite of Nîmes (3-1) to consolidate his second place ahead of Rennes, third surprise at the break. Lyon, slowed down in Reims (1-1), will not lead to champagne …

  • Mbappé and PSG received 7 of 7

Another double goalscorer on Saturday at the Parc des Princes, Kylian Mbappé had a seventh consecutive game with at least one goal, the best series of his young career.

Peroxidized hair the day after her 21e birthday, the world champion beat the goalkeeper with a subtle dive ball (12e), doubling the shot with a closed angle shot (65e). He then allowed himself the luxury of signing a book to a child who had slipped on the lawn … And to make sure nothing was spoiled, his friends Neymar (47e) and Mauro Icardi (84e) also participated in the party, with, in the meantime, a reduction in the score of Steven Mendoza (70e).

Kylian Mbappé takes in his arms a young fan who burst onto the lawn to ask him for an autograph, on December 21 at the Parc des Princes.
Kylian Mbappé takes in his arms a young fan who burst onto the lawn to ask him for an autograph, on December 21 at the Parc des Princes. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

This allows Paris (1st, 45 points, one game less) to finish the first leg with 7 points ahead of OM, his runner-up (2e, 38 points), and the spirit already turned to 2020, the club’s fiftieth year. Only downside in this evening? Two new injuries in the Parisian locker room, this time Abdou Diallo and captain Thiago Silva. That’s to say if the truce will do good…

  • Marseille dolphin detached

Winner of Nîmes (3-1), OM will spend the holidays in second place and with a nice mattress on their pursuers: five points on Rennes! It’s cruel for Nîmes, who has nothing to smile about this season, like Sofiane Alakouch, goalscorer against Dario Benedetto’s center (47e).

The Argentine center-forward then hit the nail, taking a ball rejected by the goalkeeper (66e), before a third goal by Dimitri Payet, celebrated with a cap of Santa Claus pressed on the head (82e).

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  • Lyon stagnates in the soft belly

OL side, the year ended in a sluggish way: the Lyonnais failed to go win at Reims (1-1) and end the year at a disappointing 12e place, 12 points from OM!

Deprived of their best player Memphis Depay and their great hope Jeff Reine-Adélaïde, victims of serious injuries, the Gones nevertheless opened the scoring by Lucas Tousart (9e). But Kenny Tete symbolized the current feverishness of this OL by conceding a penalty on a tackle poorly controlled, allowing Mathieu Cafaro to equalize (44e). And Moussa Dembélé missed the match ball by finding the goalkeeper Rémois, again from the penalty spot (83e). Strongly the transfer window to change things!

  • Monaco rebounds, Jardim breathes

Monegasque coach Leonardo Jardim knew his weakened position before receiving Lille on Saturday: his team rebounded perfectly (5-1), erasing the rout suffered against the same opponent Tuesday in the League Cup (3-0).

Despite the opening score of Victor Osimhen (14e), Monaco rebelled in the wake of the untenable Wissam Ben Yedder, passer for Gelson Martins (23e) then double goalscorer (53e, 65e) to end the year as the top scorer in the championship. Keita Baldé (30e) and Kamil Glik in added time increased the score, and Monaco, 7e from L1, breathe better… Jardim the first.

  • Rennes surprises, Toulouse sinks

And the surprise guest of the podium is called… Rennes: Bordeaux winner 1-0 thanks to a subtle deviation from Mbaye Niang (83e), the Breton club finished the year in a good third place. The Rennais took advantage of the poor performance of Nantes at home against Angers (2-1) and dominate a peloton of nine teams which stand in six points, with in particular Montpellier, which torpedoed Brest 4-0, and Strasbourg, which beat Saint-Etienne 2-1.

At the bottom of the table, nothing is going well in Toulouse, which has chained a ninth straight defeat in Ligue 1 by sinking 3-0 in Nice. It's hot for coach Antoine Kombouaré, whose team is stagnating away from the first non-barrage team, Metz, who snatched a 2-2 draw in Dijon.

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