This past Sunday, Marseille’s best result against Rennes was a 1-1 draw. This was the eighth day of the season, which also saw Nice and Clermont loses at home and Ajaccio achieve their first victory.
Animated, but there was no clear victor. At the Stade Vélodrome (1-1), Marseille and Rennes each had their highlights and chances to score, and the stadium welcomed the return of the man with the most appearances in the club’s history, Steve Mandanda. The Rennes goalkeeper was helpless to prevent the equalizer scored by Mattéo Guendouzi (52′), who headed the ball in from a corner kick taken by Jordan Veretout. After a one-two combination with Traoré-Bourigeaud and a low cross from the Senegalese, he was able to score against his camp, which was a fantastic way to catch up (25th). Igor Tudor’s men were pleased with a draw, as seen by the fact that they substituted Dimitri Payet, Cengiz Under, and Luis Suarez in the last minutes of the game. Enough for him to assume the role of leader on an interim basis ahead of Sunday’s trip from PSG to Lyon (8:45 p.m.).
On Sunday, Clermont will make an effort to put it out of his mind. Even though Johann Gastien opened the scoring in the third inning, the Auvergnats were unable to avoid falling behind Troyes in front of their home fans (1-3). Due to a mistake made by the opposition’s defense, Mama Baldé prevailed in her head-to-head matchup versus Mory Diaw (23rd). Clermont eventually became angry, resulting in him leaving huge holes behind him (14 shots, 2 on target). After making a double offer (in the 54th position), Mama Baldé became a passer for Renaud Ripart (83rd). It has been proven that the players for Bruno Irles have forgotten about their shaky start to the season; as a result, they have moved back up to 10th place, just ahead of… Clermont.
Todibo (Nice) expelled after 9 seconds
A soft belly that was a little bit too high, again, for OGC Nice, which resulted in the team not winning the long-awaited second victory in a row. In contrast to Anger, who were winless after the first week of L1 play, Angers The SCO, on the other hand, will be able to thank Mr. Dechepy, who dismissed Jean-Clair Todibo after… nine seconds, for a net goal annihilation that was not as straightforward as that. Shortly before the break, the Angevins were able to rectify the situation thanks to a magnificent goal scored by their captain, Nabil Bentaleb (43rd). It was a good plan, but the numerical advantage didn’t even last an hour before Sofiane Boufal was given her second yellow card for simulation (62nd). The Aiglons were unable to spark the finish of the game due to a lack of creativity, which resulted in them remaining in the 13th position overall in the standings.
As was the case in Ajaccio, the situation will grow critical in Nice. After suffering six losses, including five in a row, the Corsican club finally secured a victory in Brest, which allowed them to return to the elite level of competition (0-1). An overflow from Riad Nouri and a finish from Romain Hamouma were responsible for the error that was discovered by the promoted Corsican (65th). We will remember the stretcher exits of Benjamin Leroy (Ajaccio) and Noah Fadiga (Brest), both of whom were injured in the head during separate actions. In addition to the evident waste of technical resources at the Francis-le-Blé stadium, this will be remembered. The ACA is still the red lantern behind… Brest, which aligns the sixth game without winning, in terms of accounting.