The leading teams lost points this Saturday evening in Ligue 2. The defeat of Amiens in Nîmes allows Le Havre, held in check in Rodez, to temporarily take the place of leader thanks to a better goal difference. Sochaux were also held back at Metz, while Valenciennes brought down Guingamp to close on the podium. At the bottom of the table, Laval overcame Caen to get out of the red zone.
Metz 0-0 Sochaux
The shock of the evening will not have kept all its promises. In a Saint-Symphorien stadium behind closed doors after the incidents against Guingamp, the Grenats will have long had the initiative against Lion cubs yet in full swing. But the returns to business of Mikautadze and Niane were not enough to make the difference, and Metz could even have been surprised if Doumbia had managed to take the ball, alone behind the defense. The FCSM retains its place on the podium, while Metz remains at a distance.
Dijon 0-0 Quevilly-Rouen
In a big atmosphere, the Burgundian supporters celebrating their tenth anniversary, Dijon did not know how to ignite the match. Not enough to reassure Omar Daf, very annoyed in recent days, and who could only see the shyness of his flock throughout the evening against Quevilly. QRM even claims a penalty for a hand of Congré with too much vehemence, a member of the staff being excluded on the spot. Both teams are stagnating in the second part of the table.
Annecy 0-2 Pau
Goals: Bassouamina (19e) and Koffi (79eSP)
Annecy does not continue. Big winner at Guingamp last week, the promoted did not offer much against a team from Pau who did not hesitate to pick up three points that were reaching out to him. Against, Bassouamina finishes perfectly to launch his own. About ten minutes from time, it was Koffi who doubled the lead from the penalty spot.
Niort 0-3 Grenoble
Goals: Phaëton (19e and 77e) and Ba (84e)
Expulsion: Kilama (9e) for Chamois
Scuttling lesson from the Chamois. Less than ten minutes into the game, and Kilama comes to cut Pérez, already leaving his partners outnumbered. Enough to see Grenoble take control of the match, and Phaëton find the fault after a nice number. Niort may have tried the blow, especially on a free kick blocked by Zemzemi, it remains in vain for the red lantern of Ligue 2. If Grenoble could have benefited from a penalty, it is finally the same Phaëton who comes to extinguish the suspense in late evening, soon imitated by Pape Meïssa Ba.
Nimes 2-0 Amiens
Goals: Tchoukounte (22e) and Thomasen (34e)
For the penultimate match in their Costières enclosure, the Crocos had fun in front of supporters back in the stands against the surprised Picards. On a cake from Burner, Tchokounté opened the scoring with a nice helmet shot, before Thomasen doubled the lead at the conclusion of a superb collective action. After the break, Amiens tried to react, but Cissé could not reduce the score.
Laval 4-0 Caen
Goals: Balde (12e), Durbant (31e), Sanna (57e) and Adeoti (87e)
A breath of fresh air for the Tangos. Facing a Caen team still as irregular, Laval took the opportunity to get out of the red zone thanks to a good first period. After several situations, Baldé opened the scoring from a corner, perfectly following the ball pushed back by Mandrea. Follow is the theme, Durbant scoring in turn after a strike from Naïdji pushed back by the bar. The mass is said for the Normans, who give in again on a free kick cleverly played by Magiotti for the young Toulousain Sanna, then literally offer the fourth pawn of the evening to Adéoti.
Valencia 1-0 Guingamp
Goal: Cuffaut (36e)
A week after its rout against Annecy, Guingamp again displayed its offensive difficulties on the lawn of Valenciennes. Opposite, the Northerners have chained a third consecutive victory. With a recipe perfectly applied to this winning long shot from Cuffaut on a free kick. The En Avant tries to play the game, especially in the second act, but without managing to pick up the score, and therefore sees the top of the table move away.
Rodez 1-1 Le Havre
Goals: Mendes (74e) for the RAF // Danger (45eCSC) for the HAC
Power changes hands. Winner of five of their last six games, Le Havre had to settle for a draw in Rodez, despite their domination. The Hacmens first saw M’Pasi delay the deadline in front of Kitala, before Rajot hit Desmas’ uprights with a header. A superiority finally materialized by the unfortunate Danger, scorer against his camp just before the break. Back from the locker room, Luka Elsner’s men continued to push, but failing to make the break, they were punished by Mendes.
By Tom Binet