They are only eight points behind PSG, which faces Stade de Reims this Sunday. If the gap with the club of the capital could nevertheless widen at the end of the last match of the evening, the Aiglons of Christophe Galtier can rejoice to occupy, after 22 days, the second place of the championship, with their fifth victory in a row won in Metz (0-2). Despite the absence of his striker Andy Delort, package, they could count on Amine Gouiri. Their 21-year-old striker took care of everything: dribbling and golden pass for Khéphren Thuram (58th), penalty converted from a “panenka” (86th).
He could even have scored a double, but the VAR frustrated him by signaling an unclear offside (76th). Conversely, the penalty was questionable: ideally served by Gouiri, Evann Guessand fell in front of Vincent Pajot by doing a crunch, without the Metz midfielder seeming to have had much to do with it. Nice has in any case mastered its subject against the 18th in the Championship. Christophe Galtier’s men have 42 points, two more than OM, who have one game less.
Bordeaux breathes thanks to Hwang Ui-Jo
In turmoil with a 19th place at kick-off, Bordeaux won a crazy match against Strasbourg (4-3) despite a heavy context: three defeats in a row in L1, including the slap received in Rennes (6-0 ) last weekend, a dismissal of several players and the reprieve granted to coach Vladimir Petkovic.
The former coach of Switzerland can thank his South Korean striker Hwang Ui-Jo, author of a fantastic hat-trick (17th, 39th, 90th). Bordeaux led 3-0, before getting scared in front of a double from Kevin Gameiro (43rd, 57th) and a goal from Abdul Majeed Waris (90th + 7).
Rennes falls, Montpellier on the gong
The disappointment Strasbourg did not benefit Rennes, beaten 2-1 at the promoted Clermont. The Bretons were even joined in the standings by Montpellier, sixth, winner on the gong against Monaco (3-2). Olivier Dall’Oglio’s men led 2-0 then were joined before winning thanks to their English striker Stephy Mavididi (91st).
Thanks to this success, Clermont climbs to fifteenth place ahead of Troyes, beaten 2-1 by Angers. Lorient, first relegated, was dominated 4-2 in Nantes in the afternoon.