In the race to maintain, Nîmes made the good operation of the afternoon by easily beating Metz (3-0) to keep hope. Conversely, Strasbourg shot himself in the foot by not beating Montpellier (2-3). Otherwise, Nice reversed the trend against Brest (3-2) and Angers validated its maintenance by disposing of Dijon (3-0).
Olympique de Marseille beaten by AS Saint-Etienne this Sunday noon (0-1), the 36th day of Ligue 1 continued with four matches on the program in the 3pm multiplex. Nineteenth before kick-off, six points behind FC Lorient, the first non-relegation, Nîmes Olympique moved to Saint-Symphorien to face FC Metz (9th), who no longer played anything. In Moselle, the Crocs had no room for error in view of the maintenance, already complicated at this stage of the season. Certainly boosted by the challenge, the visitors started the match well with attempts by Cubas (7th) and Ripart (21st).
The Nîmes, more enterprising, pushed with opportunities after half an hour of play (33rd, 34th) but the Garnets did not crack. For the time being. Because after a feat before the break (45th), Oukidja finally bowed back from the locker room. On a cross from Eliasson, Fomba cut well for the opener (61st, 0-1). A breath of fresh air for the Crocs, less legs after the break. Behind, Ripart even made the break from the penalty spot after a foul by Oukidja (67th, 0-2). The Crocs trembled with Vagner’s goal but it was refused for a hand (77th). Finally Ferhat took part in the party (89th, 0-3). The NO won in this very important match and came back two points from Nantes (18th) and three from Lorient (17th) and Strasbourg (16th).
Nice overthrows Brest, Angers ensures its maintenance
During the reception of Montpellier HSC, eighth with 47 points, the Strasbourg (16th, 38 pts) also had to take the three points of victory to take a step closer to maintenance. Before the game, the supporters had even motivated the players on the outskirts of the Meinau. Unfortunately on the ground, Thierry Laurey’s men took to the water. Laborde (36th, 50th) and Delort (46th) again made sparks by offering three goals in advance to the Héraultais, before the reduction of Ajorque’s score (69th, 1-3) and a final goal from Zohi (90th + 5, 2-3). Defeated, the RCSA remained sixteenth with one point ahead of FC Nantes, eighteenth … Montpellier consolidated its eighth place.
In the other matches, OGC Nice (10th, 46 pts) and Stade Brestois 29 (14th, 40 pts) crossed swords at the Allianz Riviera. After a first period rich in goals with the achievements of Mounié for SB29 (4th, 43rd) and that of Rony Lopes opposite (38th), the Aiglons found themselves at ten after the expulsion of Lees Melou (52nd). But outnumbered, the premises equalized thanks to Boudaoui (60th, 2-2) before taking the advantage (89th, Kamara). The OGCN thus achieved a fine feat. Finally, the Angers SCO challenged a Dijon already condemned to relegation. Thanks to the achievements of Fulgini (7th), Allagbé against his camp (50th) and Diony (90th), the Angevins won 3-0 to definitely ensure their maintenance in the elite.
The 3 p.m. results:
Angers SCO 3-0 Dijon FCO: Fulgini (7th), Allagbe (50th csc), Diony (90th)
FC Metz 0-3 Nîmes Olympic : Fomba (61st), Ripart (68th sp), Ferhat (89th)
OGC Nice 3-2 Stade Brestois 29: R. Lopes (38th), Boudaoui (60th), Kamara (89th); Mounie (4th, 43rd)
RC Strasbourg Alsace 2-3 Montpellier HSC : Ajorque (69th), Zohi (90th + 5); Laborde (36th, 50th), Delort (46th)