DECRYPTION – Find the Tops and Flops of the sports weekend awarded by the sports editorial staff of the Figaro.
The XV of France breaks records
21 years since the Blues had not beaten the All Blacks on French soil. Twelve years, and 14 defeats, since the last French victory, in 2009 in Dunedin. These black series all ended on Saturday night (40-25) in a molten Stade de France. With, by the way, a new record: the largest gap in favor of the Blues in the history of the confrontations between these two teams (+ 15).
The XV of France became the first team to beat the All Blacks three times by scoring 40 points or more (43-31 in 1999, 42-33 in 2000). Better than the ancestral rivals of New Zealanders, South Africa and Australia. Hats off to the Blues!
Alpine, the big bang
25 points in the bag. Difficult to do better for the French brand. Third at the end of this Grand Prix of Qatar, won this Sunday by Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso gives Alpine a second podium this season, after Esteban Ocon’s victory in Hungary, and returns to the box for the first time since… 2014 A real performance. Fifth, Ocon validates the excellent weekend of the blue cars which made the hole in the fifth place in the standings of the manufacturers on Alpha Tauri.
The Mahut-Herbert duo offer a second Masters in doubles
Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut end the year 2021 in the most beautiful way. Opposed to the pair Rajeev Ram-Joe Salisbury, seeded number 2, against whom they had lost in pools, the French took their revenge at the best of times to win the Masters for the second time after 2019. The two friends thus conclude. brilliantly a season where they will also have won the Roland-Garros tournament together. Here is the disappointment born of their elimination in the first round of the Olympics evacuated.
Sébastien Ogier’s big 8
Arrived in a favorable position at Monza, the scene of the last round of the WRC, Sébastien Ogier gleaned his eighth world champion title with the manner. By winning his 54th rally (168 starts), the Gapençais has offered a grand finale with his loyal co-driver Julien Ingrassia, who will retire next year. It is also him that the eight-time world champion, moved to tears, wished to highlight. Because if he should not go for the nine crowns of Sébastien Loeb, Ogier will still participate in a few rallies next year, with a new co-driver.
Zverev ends the year on a high note
Signed Alexander Zverev. Winner of Daniil Medvedev on Sunday (6-4 6-4) in Turin, in the Masters final, the German won his second coronation at the Masters tournament after 2018. Conclusion in the form of an apotheosis after a prolific year for the Olympic champion from Tokyo, Zverev, who lifted six trophies in 2021. “It’s really special to me, I’m really delighted. There is no better way to end the season. I can’t wait to start the next one“, He declared just after his triumph, he who is now at the head of a collection of 19 titles. “I have shown that I can win in the different levels (of tournaments). I’m just missing oneZverev added, referring to a Grand Slam.
OL-OM, the landing
French football hit rock bottom on Sunday night. As too often since the start of the season, Ligue 1 has lived a dark evening, with new overflows and in this case a bottle that touched the head of Marseille captain Dimitri Payet during the closing shock of the 14th day between OM and Lyon, at Groupama Stadium. An isolated act will say Mr. Aulas. Yes, except that said Payet had already been subjected to projectile jets just before that … After almost two hours of palaver, confusion on all floors, untimely and contradictory statements from the Professional Football League, the prefecture or well of the two clubs, and even of the referee Ruddy Buquet, the meeting, which one has a time believed that it was going to resume, was finally stopped.
The only good news is that Payet is not seriously injured. The championship of France, the east. Deeply. Severely. Everyone is going to have to look at themselves in the mirror. The supporters, the clubs, the LFP. The situation is serious. It is necessary to act, quickly, strongly, if possible before a tragedy is to be deplored on or around the grounds.
The rout of too many for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
The new defeat of Manchester United, slapped at Watford on Saturday (4-1), got the better of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Untenable for several weeks, the position of the Norwegian manager has become inextricable the day after this debacle against a promoted. Unable to impose a real leg on the Red Devils since his appointment in March 2019, the former “Supersub” of Sir Alex Ferguson was sacked by the management of Mancun. He left office without being able to offer MU any trophy. Who to succeed him? It will not be Zinedine Zidane, who repelled the English advances.
For the South, winter is coming
The last weekend of the Southern Hemisphere Nations’ tour of Europe turned sour. For the revenge of the final of the last World Cup, the South Africans were, on the wire (and unfairly), defeated 26-27 at Twickenham by England. Wales, fanny so far, also narrowly won, 29 to 28, against the Wallabies who will return to Australia with three defeats in as many tests (13-15 in Scotland; 15-32 in England ). And Saturday, New Zealand’s turn to bow, more heavily, at the Stade de France, 40-25. If we look at the final results of the three leaders of the South, it is negative with four victories and six defeats in ten fall matches against the teams of the Six Nations Tournament. A small statistic confirms the trend. The New Zealanders had not conceded a double failure on European soil (defeats in Dublin and Saint-Denis) since the season… 1934-1935. An 86-year-old record.
Dark lens in Brest
Violent return to earth for RC Lens. Enthusiastic runner-up to PSG at the dawn of the 14th day of Ligue 1, Racing was slapped on the lawn of the Stade Brestois (4-0). Scattered by the envy and realism of the locals in the first period (3-0 MT), the Northerners never existed on Sunday. A first for the band at Franck Haise, so catchy since the start of the season. Especially at home, less on the move. The reception of Angers next Friday will determine whether or not this rout in Brittany will leave traces.
In the meantime, it is Nice, overthrowing winner in Clermont on Sunday (1-2), which takes advantage of this Lensois misstep to position itself as the dolphin of a PSG who won again … without shining, Saturday, against Nantes (2-1). There is an 11-point gap in the Ligue 1 standings between the Parisian leader and the Aiglons, before a clash between the two teams at the Parc des Princes, on December 1.