Just a little bit past the middle of August and Ligue 1 Conforama continued with second week of domestic French football championship. Having a look at the results on the Livescore.com many of football fans that are following more or less the Ligue 1 might have been surprised from results of some major clubs and if you are from that group of people who like getting extra money betting on football matches, it proved once again that the status of the team matters less in modern football, thing that keeps this sport attractive and interesting in the same time.
New promoted Reims had deliver the first surprise of the day, beating with a minimal score 1-0 at home the team of Bruno Genessio. The winner of the game was scored by Pablo Chavarría on 32nd minute. Lyon was dominating the game on ball possession(64%) and shoots on target(6) but that bit of luck was missing in this game and in a such prosaic way one of the top team from Ligue 1 Conformala lost their first points. In a tournament where you have PSG that almost never slips, every single point matters a lot in the long run to the champions title.
Speaking of the champions, Paris Saint-Germain had a spectacular match away at Guingamp. Hosts started very well and forced in the beginning of the game Gianluigi Buffon into some world class savings, with his game the Italian keeper reminding everyone that despite his years he remains still one of the best in his position. On 20th minute though, Guingamp opened the score through Nolan Roux and at the half time the hosting team were leading 1-0. After the break the players of Thomas Tuchel took back the initiative and on 53rd minute Neymar Jr., equalized from penalty spot. The FIFA World Cup winner with France, Kylian Mbappe had a great impact of the game after coming in from the bench on 46th minute and on 82nd minute put his team ahead 2-1. With a victory almost set Paris Saint-Germain got one more goal from Mpappe in the extra time sealing a hard fought win Guingamp 1-3 Paris Saint-Germain.
One more upset came this time from Monaco where the local team failed to get three points in the match with a mid-table opponent, Lille. Radamel Falcao had the brilliant chance to put his team ahead but missed the penalty on 69th minute and despite all the attacking strength that they have, players of Leonardo Jardim didn’t force the defensive line of Lille hard enough in order to score the winner. Final score goalless at Stade Luis II, AS Monaco 0-0 Lille.
From all the teams from France that used to play in late 90’s and 2000’s Lyon and Marseille stucked in my mind, so despite the huge financial abyss between this clubs and Paris Saint-Germain there is still that feeling of romance towards that clubs. Last year Rudi Garcia team made it to the final of Europa League but the injury of Dmitry Payet in my humble opinion damaged the moral of Marseille and after this they just they collapsed under the brilliance of attacking force of Atletico Madrid. If the first game of the season was an impressive one second match was a disaster and they lost away to the new promoted Nimes 3-1. Hosts opened the score on 34th minute through Denis Bouanga. France international Florian Thauvin equalized on 49th minute but this was only the down before the storm. Making a huge effort to qualify in Ligue 1, Nimes played better and had more motivation to prove themselves and the world that they know how to play football on the larger scale and with all this being said two more goals arrived from them. Sada Thioub put the hosts ahead on 62nd minute and Renaud Ripart made the final score 3-1 for Nemes and left Marseille in a deep misery giving a lot of food for thoughts for Rudi Garcia, their manager. In the post conference the visitor’s coach said:”This was an evening we’d rather forget. It has been a good long while since we played so poorly. We were beaten in terms of aggression. We failed. Nîmes deserved their win; they had the desire and the cutting edge. We lacked rhythm and couldn’t string together three passes in the first half. Meanwhile, we copped wave after wave of attacks and barely won a challenge. I knew we weren’t at 100 per cent but that was just unacceptable. We absolutely have to win our next match.”(info from https://www.ligue1.com).
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