After defeating PSG and Rennes on Friday, against Monaco and Bordeaux, and the seventh consecutive loss to Saint-Etienne, beaten on Saturday at Brest, the 11e Ligue 1 day, Sunday, November 22, Lille relaunched to the top of the standings, Lyon climbing on the podium for the first time this season, along with Montpellier who is also coming back to Monaco. At the other end of the stands, Dijon, dead last, has lost again. His goalkeeper, the author of a big mistake, can bite his gloves.
Lille Lorient Classes
A perfect night for Lille! After three unsuccessful games in L1 and a busy week behind the scenes – coach Christophe Galtier was concerned about the long absence of Luis Campos, adviser to President Gérard Lopez, against general manager Marc Ingla – le Losc, again deprived of Renato Sanches, José Fonte and Burak Yilmaz, finally regrets the victory, and with the method: a demonstration against Lorient illuminated by the flashes of Turkish genius Yusuf Yazici.
The striker, who is already the author of two triplets this season in the Europa League, scored his first double in Ligue 1 with two nice kicks (29e, 51e), before delivering help on the third goal, Luiz signed Araujo (57e). To conclude the festival, Canadian rookie Jonathan David has finally unlocked his L1 goal counter (89e) after ten games of silence in attack.
This convincing success allows Lille (2e, 22 points) to retain his place as second place to Paris SG and even come back just two points behind reigning French champions. The Lorientais, for their part, fell by one row and now occupy the barrage (18e, 8 points), a worrying status for a team overtaken by Lille’s speed.
Lyon finds the podium
After a complicated start to the season – they occupied the fourteenth position at the end of the first six days – the Lyonnais continue their good streak of four wins in five games and reach the podium for the time being first this season.
Already a derby hero at the beginning of November against Saint-Etienne (2-1) with a double, Tino Kadewere played the dispatchers again with a nice sequence of chest control and strikes (1-0, 78e minutes) and settled a meeting so far difficult for the Lyonnais against Angers.
Rudi Garcia’s men (20 points) took advantage of Rennes’ defeat and postponed the match between Marseille and Nice to take third place in the standings behind PSG and Lille.
Montpellier back in the top quartet
Montpellier, the spectacular Strasbourg winner (4-3), invited on Sunday at 11e day at the top of the site. At the Mosson stadium, Montpellier and Strasbourg surrendered for a shot at an impromptu meet, where the MHSC was eventually rewarded.
Montpellier quickly took two goals ahead thanks to Pedro Mendes receiving a corner (1-0, 8e) then thanks to a header by Andy Delort with a caption flushly posted (2-0, 13e), but the Alsatians responded on two penalty kicks from Kenny Lala (2-1, 22e) and Habib Diallo (2-2, 26e).
A double from Delort allowed Hérault residents to take the lead (3-2, 32e) before Ludovic Ajorque, forgotten in the area, became equal to Strasbourg (3-3, 45e). In the second half, only Gaëtan Laborde found volley nets executed from the entrance to the area (4-3, 68e) to give Montpellier the fourth place victory, tied on points with Lyon and Monaco. Strasbourg, for its part, lost for the third time in a row and occupied the 19e place of distribution (6 points).
Dijon can’t do it
It’s one of the gagged goals of the weekend: Dijon goalkeeper Anthony Racioppi prevented his people’s defeat against Lens (1-0) on an inexplicably lost recovery. Racioppi, the ball in his feet, found himself under the pressure of Arnaud Kalimuendo. He tried to grab it, but it failed and he landed in a catastrophe on the leg of the Lensois striker … a lucky writer whose first goal was L1 (1-0, 23e).
With this difficulty, Dijon retains his place of red lantern with only four points taken in eleven games. The Dijonnais are four points behind the Lorient barrage. For its part, Lens took advantage of this first victory since October 3 to regain the first part of the ranking (9e, 17 points).
Nantes continues to skate
For Nantes, impossible to chase two consecutive wins since the start of the season: Christian Gourcuff’s team, no matter how pre-truce victories and an attractive Sunday in the match, stumbled against Metz (1-1), who maintained its streak unbeaten with an unbeaten eighth in Ligue 1.
At Beaujoire stadium, the people of Nantes opened the scoring by Randal Kolo Muani with a full-time shot under the bar (1-0, 29e). But after resorting to video arbitration, a free hand from defender Fabio in his area cost the Canaries a penalty, converted by Belgian Aaron Leya Iseka for Metz (1-1, 45e + 4).
People of Nantes (14It is12 points) therefore misses the opportunity to widen the gap on the poorly distributed one and find themselves being pursued by Nîmes (15e, 11 points), who earned a valuable 1-0 victory at Reims (17e, 9 points) on a penalty kick converted by Renaud Ripart (62e) and despite Reims’ two attempts at the crossbar at the end of the match.
The match between Marseille and Nice, scheduled for Saturday night, was postponed due to the unavailability of many Nice players who had a positive diagnosis for Covid-19.