While PSG won Friday against Montpellier, Losc continues to follow the pace of the leader after his victory in Rennes, pending the derby this Sunday evening between Saint-Etienne and Lyon.
The player: Jonathan David is no longer on vacation
Often struggling since the start of the season, Jonathan David, already a scorer against Reims a week ago, demonstrated, on one occasion in Rennes, that he was a real finisher. As a trickster, upon receiving a badly rejected corner by a feverish Romain Salin, the most expensive transfer in the history of the Mastiffs scored his 4th goal of the season from the left. Lille hope that the season of the Canadian international is definitively launched. Solid against the Bretons who will have pushed to come back, the Lille have thus found the net during their last 13 trips in the Championship (21 goals). This series, the best in progress, allows them to come back to the level of the Parisian leader (45 points). By the way, Lille pushes back its opponent from the day to nine lengths.
The series: Bordeaux does not stop anymore
It should be noted: 2021 is definitely a very good Bordeaux vintage. After Lorient (2-1) and Nice (0-3), the Girondins have chained a third success in a row in Ligue 1 against Angers (2-1), their best series in the elite since April-May 2018 ( 4). Still undefeated since the start of the calendar year (3 wins, 1 draw), the Bordelais can say thank you to their South Korean Hwang Ui-Jo, author of an express double at the start of the match (8th, 11th). Thanks to Benoît Costil, they also held out against the many opposing assaults, insufficient despite the nice direct free kick from Angelo Fulgini (39th) or the opportunities wasted by Stéphane Bahoken. Bordeaux carried out the great operation of the day, moving from 9th to 7th place, only ahead of OM (one game less) on goal difference
The beautiful form: Ajorque, large of Alsace
In Strasbourg, Ludovic Ajorque is tall in size, but not only. On the lookout for a kicked back from the stirring Mehdi Chahiri, the home scorer pushed the ball to the bottom, closely (52nd, 0-1). He became, by the way, the first Strasbourger to score at least 10 goals in a L1 season since Mamadou Niang (12) and Mickaël Pagis (15), in 2004-2005.
A fine personal performance for the fit Strasbourg man, however insufficient to snatch an 8th victory this season. Because defender Senou Coulibaly scored Dijon’s first goal at home since October 16 (63rd, 1-1), ending a scarcity of 6 receptions in a row without scoring. This draw does not allow the Dijonnais to take the air in the red zone (18th), while Strasbourg is slowed down after three consecutive victories (15th).
The number: 1
Sad birthday gift that the one offered by the Nantes for their new coach, Raymond Domenech, 69 years old this Sunday. For the fourth game since his arrival and after 3 first draws, the former coach of the Blues conceded to Metz his first setback with FC Nantes (2-0). Aaron Leya Iseka takes advantage of the generosity of the defensive duo Pallois-Girotto to lob Alban Lafont (35th) before Farid Boulaya drives the point home (90th + 4). Domenech sees his Canaries, now 17th, go on a 12th game in a row without a win in L1 (5 defeats, 7 draws), the worst series in the history of the club. Metz climbed two rows (8th).
The goal gag: Mbuku despite himself
Funny way to offer victory to your team! Facing Brest, Nathanaël Mbuku unlocked a padlocked meeting… quite involuntarily. The international tricolor U18, silver shoe of the last U17 World Cup, took a heavy hit from Xavier Chavalerin, deflecting the ball into the goal (40th, 1-0). His second goal of the season is much less pretty than the first registered with an incredible bicycle, on October 25 in Montpellier (0-4). But Reims does not care, since this gag goal has the merit of offering the Champenois their 6th success. Reims is undefeated in its last 5 receptions in L1 (3 wins, 2 draws), and continues its march forward (14th). Brest is only two points ahead (13th).