Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Ligue 1

Ligue 1: Monaco Remain At The Top But Will They Stay There Midweek?

Ligue 1 Monaco
Monaco's French forward Valere Germain gestures as he leaves the pitch during the French L1 football match between Monaco (ASM) and Nice (OGCN) on February 4, 2017 at Louis II Stadium in Monaco. / AFP / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Leonardo Jardim’s AS Monaco remain at the top of Ligue 1 after a comprehensive 3-0 shutout win over Lucien Favre’s OGC Nice at Stade Louis II. Valere Germain opened proceedings in the 48th minute before Radamel Falcao added a brace in the 60th and 81st minutes of play. Leapfrogging the Eagles are Unai Emery’s Paris Saint Germain, who worked their way past Olivier Dall’Oglio’s Dijon FCO 3-1. We covered the event for you from the Stade Gaston Gerard on our Live Blog on Saturday.

Embed from Getty Images

 

“We’re happy to have pocketed the three points,” Emery said. “It’s an important win in terms of the table. Dijon are a very difficult team to play, and they showed a lot of desire with their fans behind them. We dominated the game from start to finish and kept our cool. In spite of the two goals scored late in the game, we clearly dominated the match.”

Embed from Getty Images

 

“It was a difficult game,” said Adrien Rabiot to beIN Sports 2. “We knew that, at home, they would be well-organised and would play on the counter-attack with very useful players up front. It was better in the second half when we played more precisely. We tried a lot of things, but there was always a foot or a head there to block. We could have scored more. Lapses in concentration? Yes, sometimes. We have to work on that, and stay focussed for 90 minutes. But overall, we dominated.”

Embed from Getty Images

 

“I think we controlled the game well,” said PSG midfielder Thiago Motta. “We created a lot of chances for ourselves. In the second half, we made the difference, managed to get our game together and break through their defensive lines. We’re very happy, because it was an important game, particularly with Monaco’s win. It means our confidence stays high to keep on working and put pressure on the leaders.”

Embed from Getty Images

 

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Week 23 began with the first major upset of the round, a 1-0 win for Philippe Hinschberger’s FC Metz over Rudi Garcia’s Olympique de Marseille at the Stade Saint-Symphorien. Yann Jouffre scored in the 83rd minute for Metz. At the Matmut Atlantique, Jocelyn Gourvennec’s Girondins de Bordeaux and Christian Gourcuff’s Stade Rennais FC played to a 1-1 draw. Jeremy Menez (56′) and Yoann Gourcuff (69′) traded goals for Bordeaux and Rennes, respectively.

Embed from Getty Images

 

The second major upset of the round took place at the Stade Municipal du Roudourou, when a late show late mail goal from Yann Karamoh in the third minute of second half stoppage time powered Patrice Garande’s SM Caen to a 1-0 scalp of Antoine Kombouare’s EA Guingamp. League laggards FC Lorient got the third stunner of the round for Bernard Casoni in their 1-0 win over Patrick Collot’s Lille OSC at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, with Jeremie Aliadiere the hero 49 minutes in.

Embed from Getty Images

 

Over at the Stade de la Mosson et du Mondial 98, a brace from Steve Mounie in the 17th and 64th minutes drove Montpellier HSC, now under the tutelage of Jean-Louis Gasset, to a 2-1 win over Francois Ciccolini’s SC Bastia. Enzo Crivelli scored a 35th minute equalizer for Bastia, while Alexander Djiku was sent off in the third minute of second half stoppage time. Pascal Dupraz’s Toulouse FC routed Stephane Moulin’s Angers SCO 4-0 at the Stadium Municipal. Andy Delort (47′), Martin Braithwaite (56′), Oscar Trejo (69′) and Ola Toivonen (89′) scored for Toulouse.

Embed from Getty Images

 

At the Stade de La Beaujoire, goals from Issiar Dia (50′) and Julien Cetout (64′) drove Pablo Correa’s AS Nancy Lorraine to a 2-0 shutout win over Sergio Conceicao’s FC Nantes, a match that boiled over in the 90th minute with red cards issued to Nantes’s Amine Harit and Nancy’s Vincent Muratori.

Embed from Getty Images

 

Finally, at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, goals from Kevin Monnet-Paquet (9′) and Romain Hamouma (22′) gave Christophe Galtier’s AS Saint-Etienne a massive 2-0 derby win over Bruno Genesio’s Olympique Lyonnais that also boiled over late in stoppage time with Lyon playing down to nine men and Saint-Etienne to 10. Rachid Ghezzal and Corentin Tolisso were sent off for Lyon while Fabien Lemoine got his marching orders for Saint-Etienne. The pressure is certainly on Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas to make an urgent managerial change before the season is officially a wash and they even get to face PSG next month at Le Parc.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Here are your scoreline predictions for Week 24 of the 2016-17 Ligue 1 season, which is a midweek round.

SM Caen 1, Girondins de Bordeaux 1
AS Monaco 3, Montpellier HSC 2
Paris Saint-Germain 3, Lille OSC 0
Stade Rennais 2, Angers SCO 0
SC Bastia 1, FC Nantes 1
Toulouse FC 2, FC Lorient 1
AS Nancy Lorraine 2, Olympique Lyonnais 0
Dijon FCO 1, FC Metz 0
AS Saint-Etienne 2, OGC Nice 0
Olympique de Marseille 0, EA Guingamp 0

Keep it right here on The Stoppage Time, powered by Azteca Soccer, for more world football news. Stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Comments

More Footy You May Also Like

MLS

In April, New York Red Bulls star defender Aaron Long did an interview with Hercules Gomez from ESPN FC which shed some light on...

Ligue 1

The 2018-19 Ligue 1 season has officially started and all of the title contenders have won their opening games. Thomas Tuchel’s PSG were without...

Ligue 1

The Super Cup of French club football is the Trophee Des Champions and this year’s edition took place at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center...

Soccer News

Javier Tebas is the head honcho of La Liga and has a well-documented vendetta with Ligue 1 and its now-flagship club, Paris Saint-Germain, the...

Transfer Rumors

Thomas Tuchel’s Paris Saint-Germain are close to landing another massive signing after bringing in Gianluigi Buffon on a one-year deal with an option to...

Ligue 1

Kylian Mbappe, the Prince of Paris, the human Donatello, is a humble man, a simple man, an honest man, a young man, and a...

Ligue 1

A couple of hired hands from Paris Saint-Germain’s 2017-18 domestic quadruple squad are on their way out. Javier Pastore is heading to AS Roma,...

Advertisement