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Ferhat had already missed it… Last Saturday, against Paris FC (1-1), Nîmes Olympique had a real chance to take the lead. After an unclear foul on Benrahou, the referee whistled a generous penalty in the 66th minute. It was Ferhat who presented himself in front of the small white dot and saw his attempt bounced off by the Paris goalkeeper Demarconnay. It is the second penalty that the Algerian international misses in his career. The first was just in the national squad with the under-23 squad, dating back to December 2015 in the Africa Cup of Nations final won by Nigeria. There, too, “Zinou” had bumped into the doorman. An exercise in which he scored three times, including once in the jersey of Nîmes. It was last season, in a 2-1 loss at Lens. For Ferhat, the last Nîmes to miss a penalty is a Renaud Ripart. If he transformed six last season, the now Trojan failed once. It was April 4, 2021, during Saint-Étienne’s 2-0 victory over Les Costières. At the end of the game, the Crocos striker had lost his game against Groen. At the next penalty kick, Benrahou risks not giving the ball to his teammate anymore. Imperial has already scored four goals in as many attempts in this practice this season.
Cubas relieved, Koné, Ponceau and Valerio threatened† The horizon is brightening for Andrès Cubas as the yellow card he received in the Coupe de France in Toulouse is no longer a threat. The Nimes midfielder is not on the list of players likely to receive a third warning (in a 10-game period), synonymous with suspension. This is not the case for Julien Ponceau, Moussa Koné and Antoine Valerio who still have to watch out. If one of these three Nîmes receives a yellow card in Le Havre on Saturday (7 p.m.), he will be suspended from receiving En Avant de Guingamp, on April 2, on behalf of the 31and League 2 days.
USAM Nimes Gard
Gallego spared. Tomorrow evening at 8.45 pm USAM will play its last game of the group stage of the EHF European League in Sporting de Lisboa. This morning the Nîmes delegation left Marseille for Lisbon. A meeting that counts for butter as Nîmes is already guaranteed first in his group and will benefit from a more favorable draw in the round of 16. On the other hand, in the event of a defeat combined with victories by Athens and Schaffhausen, the Portuguese could be turned off. Franck Maurice has called up 16 players for this trip, including the young Vincent, Gibernon, Joblon and Esparon. Five players are still in the infirmary: R. Salou, Tesio, Hesham, Acquevillo and Nyateu. Gallego was spared and remained in the Gard to be fresh for Saturday’s crucial competition trip to Saint-Raphaël. At the end of the afternoon there will be training in the João Rocha Pavilion where this confrontation will take place tomorrow.
The group left for Lisbon: Desbonnet, Paul; Rebichon, Vincent, Minel, Dupuy, Yasuhira, Guigou, Tobie, Salou, Sanad, Gibernon, Jakobsen, Joblon, Poyet, Esparon.
Bonzi wins in Blue. This weekend, the French tennis team was on deck to take part in the 2022 Davis Cup play-offs. Facing Ecuador, at the Palais des sports in Pau, the Blues did the job and victory was assured after the double victory of the duo consisting of Herbert and Mahut. If it wasn’t necessarily planned at the start, it was Benjamin Bonzi who was aligned by captain Sébastien Grosjean during the last encounter. For his first game under the tricolor tunic, the Nîmes easily won 6-0, 6-2 against March. “It was a great moment. It’s a lot of emotions. This atmosphere is special! †, responded the Gard tennis player who got a bucket of water in the face from his teammates after this first experience as a hazing. See you next September for the group stage.