The 6th day of Ligue 1 was marked by the victory of PSG, who comfortably beat OM 4-0 on Sunday evening. Winner of Dortmund in the Champions League (2-0), the Parisian club relaunched in the championship by inflicting its first heavy defeat of the season on OM. The Parisian goals were scored by Achraf Hakimi from a free kick (8th), Randal Kolo Muani (37th) and a double from Gonçalo Ramos (47th, 89th), who had replaced Kylian Mbappé, who was out injured. Paris (11 points) is back in third, 2 points behind Brest, the leader, Marseille is seventh (9 points).
This defeat at the Parc des Princes, its first of the season, will not help the affairs of the Marseille club, in troubled waters for a week, which was punctuated by the departure of its coach Marcelino. The Marseillais had pulled their heads a little above water at the end of the week with a good result against Ajax Amsterdam in C3 on Thursday (3-3), and a little more on Friday, when OM president Pablo Longoria announced that he remained in charge of the club.
Lens finally won on Saturday against Toulouse (2-1), confirming its great European evening and the draw obtained in Seville in the Champions League. The Sangs et Or showed good intentions in front of their audience. But, as since the start of their season, the intentions were not enough for the dominant Lensois and they also had to convert the opportunities.
A cross (21st) and a point-blank shot stopped by Restes (52nd), in particular, signaled the domination of the Sang et Or, but Toulouse was able to grit its teeth and be realistic in one of its rare offensive situations, the talent of Gelabert (33rd). Saïd set the record straight just before the break (45th + 2). We had to wait until the end of the match for Guilavogui (84th) to free the Lensois public. Wahi and his team then missed the break in added time by spoiling an easy counterattack with an avoidable offside.
“The scenario was special. We are ultra-dominant, or close to it, and, on their first opportunity, there was a goal. The message of the break is also made easier by the goal scored by Wesley Saïd before the break, explained Franck Haise, the northern coach. “I already thought that, against Metz, we had a really good match (1-0 defeat, Editor’s note). I told my players that the requirement, for them, was on the means objectives, and exclusively on that. We must remain “focused” on the means, whatever happens. It’s not easy when scenarios repeat themselves, especially in Ligue 1. The great strength of the players is to have remained “focused”. »
Rennes does not lose, but no longer wins
Rennes, for its part, has not won since its card against Metz on the first day (5-1). Bruno Genesio’s men have conceded five draws in a row, the latest on Sunday in Montpellier.
The two goalkeepers, Mandanda and Lecomte, made decisive saves in a very balanced match. Savanier almost made the decision with a shot which grazed the left post of the former Marseille goalkeeper (90th + 2). A draw which does not help either Rennes (8th with eight points) or Montpellier (13th with six points).
Bruno Genesio, coach of the Bretons, is not satisfied with the result. “We came to win. We cannot be satisfied with it because we have high goals. We managed a good twenty-five minutes before the match rebalanced on a pitch that was not worthy of Ligue 1. It was difficult for technical mastery, but also required more effort. I wish Montpellier a lot of fun. My team shows character, resists when it’s difficult. For the moment, we don’t have the spark to convert this kind of match into victory. »
Strasbourg wins the derby
In the Eastern derby at Saint-Symphorien, Strasbourg won against Metz. Diarra scored the only goal with a powerful low shot (83rd), at the end of a dull match in which the first shot on target came in the 70th minute. Patrick Vieira has made a successful start to the season with the Alsatians, provisionally fourth in the championship with ten points.
Something to delight Patrick Vieira, Strasbourg coach. “It’s a great victory. We entered this match very well, we dominated, controlled the first period but failed to score. In the second, it was more choppy but we managed to score. It’s a margin for improvement, we had a little more control. It was important for us to progress, to show more consistency in the way we wanted to play. But I think we could have been more decisive. Overall, I think that, collectively, we had a very good match. The derby atmosphere was intense in the stands, which is good for football. »
His Metz counterpart, Laszlo Bölöni, regrets the poor performance of his team. “The first period was almost entirely Strasbourg, we were dominated by the opponent. […] In the second half, however, I have the impression that we had a different presence, a different attitude in the duels. The game was balanced. Things were going well at our level, but we must not make mistakes. Our goalkeeper didn’t have to make a save. He wasn’t worried once, but we conceded a goal. »
Clermont still red lantern
Le Havre for its part beat at home (2-1) Clermontois already in great difficulty, who continue to haunt the bottom of the table behind Lyon and Lens, with only one small point. Le Havre stunned their opponents from the start with two goals from Alioui (4th) and Bayo (7th), before Konaté reduced the score (45th + 2).
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