The 15e Ligue 1 day was not with out danger, one week earlier than the beginning of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar (from November 20 to December 18). Friday 11, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November, the internationals of the French championship trod the lawns of France one final time, earlier than tasting these of the emirate. The target was twofold: to complete on an excellent notice earlier than the worldwide break, with out compromising their probabilities of competing within the World Cup.
Sunday, on the Parc des Princes, Paris Saint-Germain simply defeated Auxerre (5-0), because of its trio of star attackers. Christophe Galtier, serene in regards to the type of his troops, lined up the Argentinian Lionel Messi, the Brazilian Neymar, and the Frenchman Kylian Mbappé (scorer within the 11e minute), all three eagerly awaited by their respective groups in Qatar. The PSG coach was additionally in a position to give 1 / 4 of an hour of play and confidence to Presnel Kimpembe, the central defender of the Blues, who had simply returned from an Achilles tendon harm.
If Paris stays undefeated this season in Ligue 1, its runner-up, RC Lens, in the meantime, signed its fifth success in a row by providing Clermont at Stade Bollaert on Saturday (2-1). Impressed by his opponent, the Auvergne technician Pascal Gastien even blurted out: “Lens seems like PSG, from a collective viewpoint”. Lastly, Stade Rennes secured its third place in opposition to Toulouse (2-1), remaining on eleven consecutive matches with out defeat within the league.
Decrease within the standings, Lyon and Good neutralized one another (1-1), whereas Nantes and Montpellier managed to win Ajaccio (2-2) and Reims (1-1) respectively to seize a saving draw. Angers, defeated in opposition to Lille (1-0), sank within the twentiethe place by chaining its seventh loss in a row.
The outcomes of the fifteenth day of Ligue 1
Olympique Lyonnais–OGC Good: 1-1
RC Lens-Clermont Foot 63: 2-1
Stade Rennais-Toulouse: 2-1
Paris Saint-Germain-AJ Auxerre: 5-0
Stade Brestois 29-Troyes: 2-1
Montpellier-Stade de Reims: 1-1
FC Nantes-AC Ajaccio: 2-2
Lille OSC-Angers: 1-0
RC Strasbourg-Lorient: 1-1
AS Monaco-Marseille: kick-off at 8:45 p.m.
The Blues for the second full earlier than going to Qatar
Past the race for factors, the shadow that hovered over the lawns this weekend was these of accidents. If Kylian Mbappé and Presnel Kimpembe have been ignored, three French internationals stay on borrowed time: Mattéo Guendouzi, Jordan Veretout and Youssouf Fofana have been nonetheless to play on Sunday night within the match between Monaco and Marseille.
“My obsession was for my staff to have the ability to categorical themselves as freely as potential with out the psychosis of an harm”admitted the Parisian coach Christophe Galtier, on the finish of the assembly in opposition to Auxerre and as soon as assured that his staff was intact. “It will have been very unhappy for me if certainly one of my gamers was injured earlier than the World Cup and I shortly made the adjustments to spare one another”he defined.
This dreaded last-minute blow, the Moroccan striker Zakaria Aboukhlal made the bitter expertise of it, Saturday, in opposition to Rennes. Hit within the thigh, the Toulouse winger was changed on the break. After preliminary encouraging suggestions from the medical groups, he obtained the inexperienced mild to affix the ranks of the Atlas Lions. However he’ll nonetheless must cross extra exams to you’ll want to be a part of the Qatari journey.
An unprecedented “Boxing Day” for the restoration
Ligue 1 will wait till December 28, simply ten days after the World Cup last, to renew its rights… in a brand new format. For the primary time, the sixteenth day of the French championship will undertake a spinoff of the well-known English “Boxing Day”, the place all of the groups will play on the identical date.
On the coronary heart of the end-of-year celebrations, when Ligue 1 is historically on hiatus and lots of gamers shall be absent within the wake of the World Cup, the selection could shock. Particularly because the Skilled Soccer League has already given up on it for the 2023-2024 season.