SoccerLucien Favres Nice still in the inlet, OM stops
Les Aiglons conceded a second consecutive draw in Ligue 1, this time against Strasbourg (1-1). In the evening Marseille lost two points (1-1) in Brest.
Marseille, who were caught 1-1 in Brest despite the debut of their renowned rookie Alexis Sanchez in Ligue 1, suffered their first setback on Sunday and need to refine their automation. Like Nice. The Aiglons continued their slow start to the season with a 1-1 draw against Strasbourg in the second day of Ligue 1 this Sunday, a week after being held at bay by newly promoted Toulouse (1-1). If the ambitions are intact, the level is still waiting on the Nice side. Before the play-off of the Europa League Conference on Thursday against Maccabi Tel-Aviv, the gym could not start in the league.
With goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel’s first term in charge, Lucien Favre’s men pushed late into the game but were only able to defeat the Alsatians with a penalty from Andy Delort (35′), which was canceled out by a clever goal from Kevin Gameiro (55′). .
Vaud right-back Jordan Lotomba, featured for the second year in a row, played most of the game (he was substituted in added time).
After two games and with two points, Nice is stagnating in the middle of the rankings. A preliminary standings that is far from meaningful at this stage of the season, but nonetheless impressive as behind PSG and Lille, the last two champions, there is an amazing Toulouse team in 3rd place. The TFC has indeed confirmed its appetite for the start of the season on the Troyes pitch (3-0) to keep a direct competitor in the running, made more difficult this year by the four relegations in Ligue 2 provided for in the regulations. The Violets capitalized on an own goal from Yasser Larouci (36′) before Rafael Ratao (54′) and then Rhys Healey (85′) consolidated the goal. It’s already panic for ESTAC, with six goals conceded in two games.
Marseille less attractive
Less convincing than last week, Marseille suffered a first setback as they conceded a 1-1 draw at Brest, with their flagship rookie Alexis Sanchez making a more discreet start. The main animators of the opening win over Reims (4-1), the two pistons Jonathan Clauss and Nuno Tavares, were less in demand, but they were the only effective ones, with a crucial pass from the first to the opener of the second (38th), whereupon Pierre Lees -Melou responded with a magnificent half-volley (61st).
Under heavy Breton drizzle and in a full Francis Le Blé stadium, the Marseillais had to face Brest without complexes. Aside from a Guendouzi shot that was narrowly deflected by goalkeeper Marco Bizot (4′), Brest had the most chances, particularly a header from Jérémy Le Douaron which was blocked at the left post by Ruben Blanco (34′). Less restless and unclean than against Reims, the Olympians sometimes even showed a fever, like Arkadiusz Milik, who warned against an elbow in the 17th minute and after another elbow blow in the 42nd just barely missed the dismissal.
Like last week, Igor Tudor could rely on his pistons. After a corner, Jonathan Clauss served with a long diagonal behind the defense and met Nuno Tavares at the far post (0:1, 38 ‘). Already the second goal in two games for the young Portuguese (22 years old).
At the start of the second period, Sanchez’s performance, considered too fair, outweighed that of Youcef Belaïli, author of a header that grazed the crossbar (53′). And Brest’s efforts were rewarded when Pierre Lees-Melou, who had made an impressive comeback in the first half, brought down Blanco with a superb equalizer from a corner pushed back by the Marseille defense (1-1, 61′). Brest even had several opportunities to take the lead, but Le Douaron missed the goal with a header (67′) and a shot after good work from Haris Belkebla in the penalty area (73′).
The substitutions of Jordan Veretout and Dimitri Payet, who started again on the bench, didn’t give the Marseillais the desired boost in the last 20 minutes. And up front, Sanchez showed some promising gestures but also waste. Clauss was still the most dangerous with a shot that was too close (86′).
Things are looking worse overall for Stade de Reims, who have dropped eight times in two games. After Sunday’s defeat at the Vélodrome against Marseille (1-4), the Rémois cracked at home against Clermont despite a two-goal lead at half-time (2-4). But the exclusion of Emmanuel Agbadou (48) revived the Auvergnats, unstoppable in the second half with four goals including a brace from new goalscorer Komnen Andric.
A similar reversal of the situation took place in Auxerre, where the promoted team thought they were leading 3-1 against Angers before his 3rd goal via video assist was disallowed for a foul early in the action. And finally the SCO got the draw (2:2).
Third promoted AC Ajaccio of Kevin Spadanuda (sub and 66th-minute substitute) also drew at home to Lens (0-0) on a drought-damaged pitch. This drought, coupled with the organization of the Inter-Celtic Festival, has also led to the postponement of Lorient-Lyon, originally scheduled for 1 p.m.
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