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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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