A badly released star, records Ben Yedder, the artist Majer: the tops and the flops of the 34th day of L1

The peaks

The atmosphere in the stands was a bit strange last week. This weekend has been sublime at times. In Strasbourg, where a glowing Meinau pushed with all her strength to contribute to the return of Racing against PSG (3-3). Even in Bollaert, where Lens, reduced to ten from 20 ‘and leading 0-2, rely on the fervor of their fans to save a compromised situation against Nantes (2-2). The audience beautifully played the role of 12th man … or 11th. “I don’t know where you saw we were 10 to 11. Bollaert is our strength“, commented the artesian striker Arnaud Kalimuendo. Everything is said. And we prefer to see this fire in the stands.

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Rennes were not as showy as they were recently against Saint-Etienne (2-0). But the training of Bruno Genesio had a masterful advantage to turn the match in his favor. Not Eliaquim Mangala, not very inspired by the two Breton goals. Well Lovro Maggiore. The Croatian strategist, gifted with remarkable precision in construction and full of self-denial in defensive work, was above all decisive by scoring the two goals for the victory of Rennes. He caused him success. And he showed, once again, that SRFC had got their hands on a nugget from hell.

If Monaco win their Champions League ticket in three short days, ASM will be able to say a big thank you to Wissam Ben Yedder. Because the former Tolosain, still a scorer during the victory against Angers (2-0) this Sunday, weighs with all the weight of him in the Monegasque season for his realism. And if he has had to settle for a supersub role this season, the ASM captain has shown impressive consistency in scoring goals: 21 in 34 L1 games. It’s simple: he had never been so prolific in the league on one exercise. At nearly 32, he gets better with the years. And Monaco rubs his hands.

  • Gusto, the man who can (now) do everything

Revelation of the season alongside Olympique Lyonnais, Mal Gusto was slow to make his mark on the right of the Rhone defense. But, for a month, the 18-year-old’s right has been turning the corner. First great counterattack, excellent center-forward as his new decisive pass for Dembélé (76th), Lyonnais also uses their enormous volume to control their team more and more in the defensive phase. Like his performance against OM and Dimitri Payet. The number 10 of Marseille was suffocated by the vivacity and combativeness of Gusto, who never let anything pass on his side, not even hesitating to dezone to come and cut the trajectory of an opening in front of Milik (11th). A complete match for the one who is becoming OL’s lucky charm.

The flops

  • Paris, the star changes nothing
PSG released its ten-time French champion streaks on Friday in La Meinau, jersey adorned with a star at the key. Faced with a Strasbourg side that had a lot more to play for, the Parisians delivered a performance that reflected their season. They were inspired at times. But mostly feverish. The failure of Lionel Messi, the dominance of Kylian Mbappé (two goals, one assist), the inability to hold the result and the consequent bitterness in the mouth, the questionable coach of Mauricio Pochettino, still cautious at this moment in giving something to the young Parisians playing time: this 3-3 immediately after being ahead by two units (1-3) faithfully reflects the 2021-2022 exercise. The star hasn’t changed anything …

If Olympique de Marseille failed to deceive Anthony Lopes’ vigilance, they owe it in part to the OL’s Portuguese goalkeeper (48th, 67th) but above all to the very clumsiness of their forwards. And in particular Arkadiusz Milik, in office this Sunday. The Pole was the first to ruin a first face-to-face with Lopes, with an oversized lob that went further (29th), but above all he made a mistake, a few minutes before the break, an incredible situation missing the frame, at 5 meters from the wide open door, when he was alone (43 °). And when Bakambu replaced him, the Congolese failed to do so, wasting a huge 1-2, missing the shot after one of Lukeba’s rare mistakes (87th). But the OM strikers were determined not to score in this Olympics. And it’s expensive.

Arkadiusz Milik (OM) v OL, May 2022

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It is true that Lille had reason to be frustrated. That the penalty given to Troyes at the end of the first period was nothing short of severe. But this does not justify Renato Sanches’ humorous gesture. Warned early in the second half, the Lille player went off the rails and attacked referee Willy Delajod hard. He issued a second yellow card, synonymous with dismissal, when the former Bayern player mimicked his glasses. Outside of him, Sanches expressed his anger for a long time before entering the locker room. Above all, he left his teammates at the age of ten and fueled Lille’s nervousness, illustrated a few minutes later by Burak Yilmaz’s red card for a tackle from behind. The questionable arbitration did not help. But Sanches’ behavior is unacceptable.

  • Waste running to keep

Each point can be worth gold at the end of the season, but the teams at the bottom of the table have every problem in the world to get it. Even when they still manage to put themselves in a favorable position, as happened this Sunday for many of them. Probably the author of his best match of 2022, Metz led 0-2 on the Montpellier lawn before cracking in injury time (2-2). Clermont played it more than an hour in numerical superiority and not only did not win but also lost to Brest (2-0). For its part, Lorient shot well at home against Reims, almost already guaranteed the maintenance, but Merlus misses (1-2). To save yourself, you will have to start taking advantage of favorable situations. they are already rare …

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