Ligue 1: hooked by Nantes, Lille still does not take off


Hanging on by FC Nantes (1-1), Lille still does not succeed in the league. Authors of a sharp start, rewarded with Burak Yilmaz’s third goal this season, the Mastiffs then suffered the assaults of Nantes leading to the equalizer of Ludovic Blas. Jonathan David got the match point from the penalty spot. In vain.

After the draw conceded by Racing Club de Lens against the SCO d’Angers (2-2), the fifteenth day of Ligue 1 continued, this Saturday at 5 p.m., with an interesting poster between Lille (12th, 17 pts) and Nantes (11th, 18 pts). At the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium, the Mastiffs came out of a series of two Champions League victories, including one last, precious in the perspective of a qualification, against RB Salzburg (1-0). Much less flattering dynamics, however, in L1 where the reigning French champions remained in five games without a win and were therefore keen to break this negative series against the Canaries. Beaten by PSG on the last day (1-3), the Nantes, authors of an honorable start to the season (5 wins, 3 draws, 6 losses) had, for their part, the opportunity to get closer to the top 5 if successful. For this meeting, Jocelyn Gourvennec could count on the return of André and Ikoné, suspended in C1, and aligned his traditional 4-4-2 where David, current top scorer in the championship with 10 bits, and Yilmaz formed the attacking duo. . For his part, Antoine Kombouaré opted for a 4-3-3 with Simon and Blas who accompanied Kolo Muani present at the forefront of the Nantes attack.

Under the fervor of their supporters, Lille took control of the ball from the start and quickly went to strike in this meeting. On the left side, Bamba accelerated to drop Moutoussamy and sent a center back to Yilmaz. At the penalty spot, the Turk appeared to open the scoring with a good recovery with the right foot which deceived Lafont, taken on his left (1-0, 9th). Carried by their wingers, Ikoné and Bamba, the Mastiffs considerably hampered the Canaries and were striking on the offensive level. Once again found in the heart of the Nantes area, Yilmaz hooked Girotto before collapsing but, after intervention by the VAR, the referee of the meeting deemed the intervention lawful (12th). Asphyxiated in the first minutes, the people of Nantes gradually grew bolder, like this solo act performed by Simon leading to a strike that was difficult to repel by Grbic (17th). Not enough to curb the ardor of the FCN which would logically be rewarded.

Jonathan David and the Mastiffs are missing the boat!

On a long release from Girotto from the right, Blas took advantage of Djalo’s failed intervention to appear at 18 meters and deceive the Lille goalkeeper with a nice strike from the left (1-1, 24th). Blas’s 7th goal in L1. Completely transformed after a delicate start, the men of Kombouaré continued to press the accelerator. Well offset by Blas, taking advantage of a sharp percussion from Moutoussamy, Fabio arrived launched and released a powerful strike from the left which crashed into the upright of Grbic, completely beaten (30th). In the continuity, Kolo Muani also made the Lille shiver but his attempt lacked precision and flew into the spans of Pierre-Mauroy (36th). Jostled in the first ten minutes of this meeting, the Canaries finally dominated this first act and even thought to afford a penalty just before the break but the intervention limit of Djalo, on a blow from the sombrero of Kolo Muani, was not sanctioned by Johan Hamel (39th). At the break, the two teams shared the points (1-1).

On the return from the locker room, the debates were balanced but the Canaries displayed, despite everything, a face as attractive as ever. Launched in depth by Simon, Chirivella, free of any marking, also saw his crossed strike narrowly flee the Lille frame (56th). In a meeting still so indecisive, technical approximations still prevented the 22 actors from being truly dangerous. Motivated by the idea of ​​breaking a series of five games without a win in the league, the Mastiffs however tried to force fate. To the left of the Nantes area, Reinildo transplanted into the axis but the Brazilian’s strike was perfectly diverted by Lafont, vigilant on his line (65th). More impactful, the Lille were more and more insistent and benefited from a penalty following a fault by Fabio, guilty of a flag pulling on Celik (77th). Expelled for this fault, the Nantes defender left his teammates to ten but saw his goalkeeper push back, on his right, the shot from David (80th). A huge opportunity missed by the Mastiffs who missed their chance to win despite a certain domination in the last moments. A draw (1-1) which does not help either of the two formations, still stuck in the middle of the table. With this point taken, Lille stagnated in twelfth place before moving to Rennes on the next day. For its part, Nantes, eleventh, remains in front of its opponent of the day before receiving the Olympique de Marseille, next Wednesday at 9 p.m.

The complete classification of Ligue 1

The scorers classification

The classification of smugglers

The official line-ups at the kick-off

The XI of LOSC

The XI of Nantes

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