Saint-Etienne and Troyes breathe, bad operation for Strasbourg benefiting Rennes … What to remember from Sunday’s games

The battles for maintenance and for the podium continue to excite the supporters of the elite clubs. It was the Greens who performed the first good operation on Sunday 6 March during the 27th match day of the Ligue 1 by beating the Messins 1-0 at home. By beating Angers, Rennes widened the gap at Strasbourg, slowed down by Reims, in the race for Europe.

Saint-Etienne and Troyes score important points

Four successes in seven games. The Greens continue to ride on very good momentum and have secured another important win against Metz (1-0), a direct competitor in the race to remain in the top flight. It’s Dennis Bouanga who scored the only goal of the game (52nd). 17th with 25 points, Pascal Dupraz’s players come out of the red zone again.

Similar scenario in favor of Troyes (2-0) who played an important game in Bordeaux, last in the championship. After the draw against Marseille, the Trojans struck a great deal thanks to an own goal from the opposing team (28th), on a Baldé penalty he had first stopped. Lebo Mothiba then doubled the bet, again from a penalty, and scored his first goal in Ligue 1 since 2019. This second win in 2022 allows Bruno Irles’ players to break out of the red zone and finish 16th (25 points). Bordeaux, for its part, admits a thirteenth defeat in 27 games and continues to sink to the bottom of the standings.

Bad operation for Strasbourg, Rennes benefits

Distance game for fourth place between the teams of Rennes and Strasbourg. After all, it was Bruno Génésio’s players who put in the very good action of the day, beating Angers 2-0 at home, thanks to goals from Benjamain Bourigeaud (33rd) and Gaëtan Laborde (87th). A perfect scenario for Rennes, who takes a two point lead over Strasbourg in the race for Europe and consolidates their fourth place as the latter was awarded the draw (1-1) in Reims. The Rennais are just one point behind Marseille, 3rd.

Deprived of Adrien Thomasson in midfield, hit in the thigh, the Alsatians were less sharp than usual on offense. Jean-Ricner Bellegarde came to free his team in the second half on a very fine half volley with the right foot (69th), scoring his second goal in Ligue 1 this season. But Julien Stéphan’s players failed to hold on to the score and conceded a goal by the Rémois from a free kick at the end of the game (84th, Cadjus).

The Canary Islands and Lille are laughing!

Nantes continues to ride on their excellent momentum. Victorious against Montpellier in La Beaujoire thanks to goals from Kolo Muani (69th) and Geubbels (90+3), the Canaries climb to 6th place, just two points behind Strasbourg (5th) and four from Rennes (4th). The formation of Antoine Kombouaré, qualified for the final of the Coupe de France, has not lost since February 6.

Lille for his part wandered against Clermont (4-0) and can still hope for a European place. Jonathan Bamba, who hadn’t scored in official competition since January 17, 2021, opened the scoring for his team (3rd), before Jonathan David doubled the lead (71st). Losc took place at the end of the game against Auvergnats reduced to 10, going back to 7th in the standings, level on points with Nantes and just four lengths from Rennes.