Bordeaux heads straight for Ligue 2, Metz overtakes Saint-Étienne

Bordeaux is not yet officially in Ligue 2. But it’s just like. Unable to force the decision against Lorient, Saturday evening (0-0), the Girondins (20are) are three points behind and have a clearly unfavorable goal difference compared to 18and, Metz. The Garnets, who emerged victorious from their meeting against Angers (1-0), are the big winners of the evening at the bottom of the table since they delight the place of play-off in Saint-Étienne, surprised by Reims (1-2) . The last day promises to be unbreathable!

Bordeaux 0-0 Lorient

Expulsion: Mensah (86supand) for the Girondins

Bordeaux’s ordeal is about to end and, as we might have feared, it is the Ligue 2 which is firmly awaiting the club with the scapular, held in check by Lorient during their match last luck (0-0). We hoped for a Gironde revolt, but it was never noticeable. After an insipid start to the match, the first highlight came from the stands when, shortly before the half-hour mark, the Ultramarines threw rolls of toilet paper on the lawn, to accompany by gesture a banner with the message already without equivocal: “89 goals conceded, you suck” . Not enough to wake up the locals, unable to get out of their lethargy. With the exception of Sékou Mara, the only one to have obtained semblance of second-hand (41and45and+6). The only one, too, to have caused some shivers in the spans of the Matmut Atlantique.

The atmosphere remained very tense throughout the second act and the FCGB, which certainly pressed on the accelerator, could not find the fault in front of Mathieu Dreyer. Les Merlus, for their part, defended this point of the draw fiercely and could have left with the three points if Gaëtan Poussin had not used a long shot from Dango Ouattara (59and). To make matters worse, Gideon Mensah was expelled for over-commitment (86and), tempers tensed as the ultras cracked smoke bombs, and the Bordelais, desperately mute, ended up under boos. With three points behind Metz and a goal difference of -41 (against -29 for Metz), it will take a miracle to secure the play-off on the last day.

Saint-Etienne 1-2 Reims

Goals: Mangala (12and) for the Greens – Munetsi (2and) and Doumbia (62and) for people from Champagne

Before starting this 37th day, AS Saint-Étienne still hoped to get closer to 17th place, synonymous with maintenance. Coming out of her setback against Reims (1-2), she is penultimate and will therefore have a foothold in Ligue 2 before going to Nantes next Saturday. In a Cauldron behind closed doors, the Greens were cooled from the start by Marshall Munetsi, opportunist in front of Paul Bernardoni (0-1, 2and). It was enough to sting the Foréziens, who quickly picked up thanks to Eliaquim Mangala. The ex-French international took advantage of a scramble on a corner to send a powerful shot into the Reims goal (1-1, 12and).

The beginning of a long phase of domination from Saint-Etienne, characterized by a succession of interesting situations (twelve shots during the first act, including five on target). But not to the point of once again deceiving a vigilant Predrag Rajković. His team certainly didn’t have much left to play for, but Óscar García obviously wanted to play a nasty trick on the club which had kicked him out after just a few months in the fall of 2017. Started at the break, the ghost Hugo Ekitike served on a plateau Kamory Doumbia, who did not shake when scoring his first goal in Ligue 1 (1-2, 61up>e). Three days after being overthrown in Nice (4-2), Wahbi Khazri’s partners were once again punished because of their defensive feverishness. For them, the task is greatly complicated.

Metz 1-0 Angers

Goal: Lamkel Ze (51and) for Garnets

What if the miracle that no one was expecting had taken place? A week ago, more people gave a lot of skin to FC Metz, last in Ligue 1 and unable to put one foot in front of the other in 2022. Except that the Garnets, winners of Lyon the previous weekend (3-2) won a second success in a row, this Saturday evening against Angers (1-0), which changes a lot of things for the end of the Metz season. Opposed to a mathematically maintained opponent who therefore had nothing to fear, Frédéric Antonetti’s proteges took matters into their own hands from the start. However, they lacked efficiency and accuracy in the last thirty meters to hope to endanger Anthony Mandrea. On the side of the SCO, Nabil Bentaleb – author of a nasty sole on Pape Matar Sarr – would probably have deserved to be expelled (23 sup> e), but the referee decided otherwise.

The Mosellens did not make a big deal of it, and the liberating goal arrived shortly after the start of the second period. Didier Lamkel Zé, the Cameroonian joker enlisted in early April, headed a delicious cross from Fali Candé and made the public of Saint-Symphorien stand up (1-0, 51and). Put in confidence, carried by supporters inclined to support them after spending weeks taunting them, Dylan Bronn’s teammates maintained their advantage until the end. They could even have doubled the lead, but Nicolas de Préville’s goal was disallowed for a very slight offside (76 over). Coming out of nowhere, Metz can always hope to save its place in the elite. This already involves keeping this roadblock seat next Saturday, during a perilous trip to Paris.

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