At Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium,
The catastrophic scenario took place this Saturday in Saint-Etienne. Namely, to pay a high price for the birthday of the Green Angels, who without surprise celebrated against AS Monaco with dozens of smokestacks. The next total camera therefore comes at the worst time, during the extremely tense 37th day of Ligue 1.
And yet, in the face of the Stade de Reims (12th) well wedged into a soft lower abdomen, the Greens had the means to maintain their place in the playoffs, with a lead of 3 points on Metz and 4 on Bordeaux before the match. Pascal Dupraz’s charges, defeated (1: 2) after the disastrous second period, are now 19th, ahead of the goal average (six goals) by Metz.
Cold from the beginning
Sainté didn’t last even two minutes to collect his 75th goal of the season. Humorous performance, because the Rémois have not yet crossed the center line. Although they give the impression that they entered the negotiations well, the Greens can always quickly remember how dramatic they have been for many months.
Mitchell van Bergen (0 goals and 0 assists this season in Ligue 1) thus mystified Yvanna Maçon and Saïdoua Sow by taking the ball to his left wing. Paul Bernardoni performed a good intervention against Ilan Kebbal in the center from the Dutch, but Marshall Munetsi ended the action and dealt a big blow to the head of Stéphanois (0: 1, 2nd). The scenario of further disappointment, especially in this gloomy atmosphere, then took shape.
The ASSE did not react until ten minutes later, thanks to a corner that Yunis Abdelhamid thwarted and that allowed Eliaquim Mangala to clear the mine from the left (1: 1, 12th). This was followed by a very clear highlight from Pascal Dupraz’s men with several great opportunities to take the lead, such as the head of the insufficiently strong Ryad Boudebouz (17th), and Mahdi Camara’s two attempts repulsed by Predrag Rajkovic’s reflexes (21st and 27th). But given the completely inverted second half of Saint-Etienne, this good sequence doesn’t weigh much.
Hugo Ekitike and Rémois approach Sainté Ligue 2
How could Stéphanois get into the second half so badly? It’s a mystery with regard to Damocles’ sword, which has hung over the club since the beginning of this difficult season, or almost. It took two miraculous interventions by Miguel Trauc and Saïdou Sow (55th) and then a shot very close to the skylight from Hugo Ekitike, who came into play during the break (56th), to avert a harsh recognition of failure. ASSE’s defense eventually lost to Kamory Doumbia’s first goal in Ligue 1 (19), who easily beat Eliaquim Mangalu (1-2, 55) on the spot. Between Ekitike’s intervention on the pole (83rd) and Paul Bernardoni’s incredible shot against Dion Lopy (85th), Sainté came even more disappointed and caused serious consequences with the success of FC Metz against Angers (1: 0). while Bordeaux failed to beat Lorient (0: 0).
To make matters worse, the Saint-Etienne players felt sad when Romain Hamoum was denied compensation for a goal scored in two stages when he lightly touched Rajkovič’s arm on the spot (72nd). Clément Turpin may have been arrested by all of Cauldron, about thirty people, so he did not go to check the VAR images himself. Add to that a great free kick from Wahbi Khazri, who flirted with the skylight of the heavily defeated Rajkovic. that PSG defeats Metz at the same time.