Ligue 1 Round up- GW 31 & Team of the Week

Ligue 1 this weekend produced 28 goals in 10 games. None of them went goalless and only one of the fixtures saw the visiting team triumph. Three fixtures saw stoppage time equalisers, which meant there was plenty of drama in the French top flight in Game Week 31.

Ligue 1 weekend results

Bordeaux 2-0 Marseille
Lyon 1-3 Dijon
Amiens 2-2 Saint Etienne
Angers 3-3 Rennes
EAG 1-1 Monaco
Nimes 2-0 Caen
Reims 1-1 Lille
Toulouse 1-0 Nantes
Nice 1-0 Montpellier
PSG 2-2 Strasbourg

Team of the week: Runarsson (Dijon); Chafik (Dijon), Engels (Reims), Dante (Nice), Maouassa (Nimes), Reine-Adelaide (Angers), Balmont (Dijon), Said (Dijon), Ben Arfa (Rennes), De Preville (Bordeaux), Konate (Amiens)

TOTW

Major games and their talking points

Lyon 1-3 Dijon: Dijon dominate this weekend’s Team of the Round, and for good reason. The relegation threatened outfit picked up a stunning win at the Groupama Stadium against Lyon, hurting the latter’s chances of picking up an automatic spot in the group stages of next season’s Champions League.

Victory for Lyon could’ve seen Les Gones cut the gap between themselves and second place Lille to just two points, but they instead crashed to a surprise defeat. A poor week for Bruno Genesio, who had also seen his men exit the Coupe de France at the hands of Rennes few days ago.

Dijon had scored only 10 goals in 15 away Ligue 1 games prior to this weekend, but ended up scoring three in this game alone. OL scored in the first minute of the game, but ended up losing 3-1! It also gave the visitors renewed hope in their fight against relegation- they’re now 18th, which mean an additional chance of a playoff instead of automatically dropping down to Ligue 2.

OL

Bordeaux 2-0 Marseille: Bordeaux’s players could easily try their hand out at any of the games on Jouer en Ligne prior to a home clash against Marseille- such is their record against OM. The visitors from the South Coast hadn’t won on the road in 42 years against FCGB, and the wait for that elusive win just got longer as Bordeaux triumphed 2-0 thanks to a penalty from Kamano and a 82nd minute strike from De Preville.

The loss also prompted a furious post-game reaction from Florian Thauvin, who said he was “fed up” and added that it would make no difference for his team to reach the Champions League as they were “rubbish”. Doesn’t look like the 26-year old intends to stay at the Velodrome beyond the summer.

PSG 2-2 Strasbourg: PSG could’ve clinched the Ligue 1 title over the weekend if they had beaten Strasbroug, but were instead held to a 2-2 draw, with Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting putting in his nomination for “miss of the season”. It’s unlikely to hurt PSG’s league chances, but may have a say on the game time Thomas Tuchel gives the former Stoke star in the future. Kylian Mbappe’s shocked reaction on the sideline said it all!

NON Sens

Angers 3-3 Rennes: Nearly a quarter of the goals over the weekend in Ligue 1 came from this clash alone, and what an entertaining one it was! Hatem Ben Arfa was in sublime form for Rennes, but young Jeff Reine-Adelaide scored twice, including a stoppage time equalizer, to deny the visitors from taking home all three points.

Guingamp 1-1 Monaco: Like the Angers clash, this one featured a stoppage time equaliser as well, and Stefan Jovetic’s strike not only kept Guingamp at the bottom of the table, but also ensured his ASM side maintained a safe distance from the drop zone.

Reims 1-1 Lille: Newly promoted Reims seem to making a serious push for Europe and continued to impress as they held second place Lille to a draw. Former West Ham defender Jose Fonte put LOSC ahead from a corner, only for Remi Oudin to equalise.

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