A new sports weekend, excluding football. “Le Parisien” invites you to analyze and decipher the results of the main clubs in Ile-de-France.
The performance of the weekend: Racing outclasses Sale
RUGBY. The last four of this Champions Cup will therefore be very Franco-centric. After qualifying in Toulouse and La Rochelle, it’s Racing 92’s turn to reach the semi-finals of Europe’s biggest competition. On Sunday, the Ciel et Blancs defeated the England team from Sale (41-22) in the quarter-finals at their home base in Paris La Défense Arena.
Full-back Max Spring completed Racing 92’s work with a last-minute attempt. But it was Teddy Thomas who scored the most acrobatic try, flirting with the sidelines like a tightrope walker. In the final four, the Racingmen will cross swords with the Rochelais, who defeated Montpellier (31-19) on Saturday. For this semi-final, the two French clubs will face each other in Lens
The coronation: PSG offers itself an 8th trophy
HANDBALL. The shock was expected as the possible ordination of the Parisians. On Friday evening, in their lair of Coubertin, the PSG handball players offered the scalp of Montpellier (37-33) to become champions of France for the 9th time in their history, the 8th in a row.
When the collective of players from the capital made the difference in the second half, Mathieu Grébille (5 goals) stood out especially in hot moments for PSG. On the other side of the field, Yann Genty (11 saves) also did the job. Henceforth, the Parisians are expected in the Champions League with the reception of Kiel, Wednesday (8:45 pm), for a place in the semi-finals.
The show: the Accor Arena was shaking
mom. Two years after a first event honoring MMA in France, where the discipline has only been legal since January 2020, Bellator (the second largest structure behind the UFC) hosted a gala evening at the Accor Arena in Bercy on Friday. To celebrate, French MMA pioneer Cheick Kongo headlined a fight against American Ryan Bader for the World Heavyweight Championship title.
The last time the two men clashed was a No Contest (referee’s stoppage) declared after the tricolor veteran (46 years old) got a finger in the eye. So in front of more than 11,000 spectators, Cheick Kongo had the chance to take revenge for his audience, but the American decided otherwise and won by unanimous decision of the judges. A disappointment for Kongo, who had assured us before his fight that he did not want to hang up the mitts immediately.
Previously, Cuban Yoel Romero, former star of the UFC, made the show against Alex Polizzi in the light-heavyweight category. Former Olympic wrestling champion in 2000, Romero went on to take his win after making the third recovery by TKO.
The setback: Cergy and Rueil are off to a bad start
BASKETBALL. A missed opportunity. Having put in a performance of their choice last week by knocking out Chartres, one of the contenders for the rise in Pro B, the Cergy-Pontoise players took a hard hit at home on Saturday against Cep Lorient (50-82), in their first quarter-final match.
After a completely botched start to the game (8-26 at the end of the first quarter), the Val-d’Oise players went after the score without ever really believing in victory, thus opening the gap. Suffering from a non-existent skill (28% on shots), Cergy no longer has the right to make mistakes and will have to pick himself up in the second game of this series if the newly promoted Ile-de-France player is to continue being great epic and believe in the unthinkable, a second climb in a row in two years.
Rueil’s side also saw defeat this weekend in Ile-de-France, after the Hauts-de-Seine players let their first leg slip in the quarter-finals of the play-offs, against Stade Rochelais (63-75).
The Right Response: Revival Stamps
BASKETBALL. Sceaux vents himself. A week after a first loss to Monaco (57-67) to launch the Women’s National 1 play-offs, Chris Singleton’s team recovered perfectly by winning at home against Feytiat (71-61) on Saturday.
Despite the absence of their leader Aminata Konaté, injured, the Scéennes were led by Mélissa Mendes to victory. The Hauts-de-Seine players want to progress to the Women’s Ligue 2 and will have to get one of the two winning tickets to do so, while they now have to play two away games.
BASKETBALL. Division 1. MONTIGNY-LE-BRETONNEUX – SAVIGNY-SUR-ORGE: 0-1 and 4-3, La Rochelle – SÉNART: 1-3 and 10-2.
BASKETBALL. National 1. Quarter-finals (first leg) : RUEIL – Rochelais Stadium: 63-75; CERGY-PONTOISE – Lorient: 50-82. National 1 Women (play-offs, 2nd day)† STAMPS – Feytiat: 57-67.
HANDBALL. Liqui Moly Star League (25th day)† PSG (1st) – Montpellier (4th): 37-33, Nancy (16th) – CRÉTEIL (11th): 36-31. Pro League (28th day)† Billère (8th) – TREMBLAY (6th): 31-28. IVRY (1st) – Sélestat (5th): 30-29, PONTAULT (3rd) – Valence (14th): 29-24, Villeurbanne (15th) – MASSY (9th): 33-29. Butagaz Energy League (24th day)† PARIS 92 – Plan-de-Cuques: 29-16.
RUGBY. European Cup (quarter-final) : RACING 92 – Dirty (Eng): 41-22. National (26th day)† MASSY (1st) – Valence Romans Drome (3rd): 20-18; Nice (6th) – SURESNES (9th): 26-14. Elite 1 Women (14th day)† STADE FRANÇAIS (7th, Group 1) – Stade Rennais (5th): 7-29; BOBIGNY (3rd, Pool 1) – Grenoble (4th): 31-22; CHILLY-MAZRIN (5th, Pool 2) – Lyon (4th): 8-21.
VOLLEY-BALL. League A, playdowns (7th day) : Toulouse – LE PLESSIS ROBINSON: 3-2.