Tops and flops of the 12th day of L1: Messi and Mbappé feast, OM derails, decisive Lacazette, flat key


  • Lacazette, it was not a whim
He had demanded, in subtext, the departure of Peter Bosz. The Dutchman left, Alexandre Lacazette did not escape. Already a double scorer against Rennes, the “General” was again at attention against Montpellier. First decisive passer on the opener of Houssem Aouar, he turned into a hero of Les Gones by scoring the goal of 2-1 at the very end of the match.

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Flat to note on the bad back pass for Moussa Dembélé, who could have scored in the empty goal and made the break before the pailladine equalizer. But as a good captain, he made amends after the game: “I have to give Moussa a better ball and I think that if we score the second but, the match, he is folded. But this one is for me“. Patron.

Alexandre Lacazette with Lyon

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Sunday evening in Pierre-Mauroy, LOSC and ASM offered one of the craziest matches of recent years, certainly the most spectacular since the start of the season. Seven goals in total, an unpredictable scenario and at the end of this madness: a logical winner. Despite two huge errors, LOSC still emerged victorious from this match where they found themselves on the edge of the precipice after the 2-3 goal from Wissam Ben Yedder. After Tiago Djalo’s error, the Mastiffs let the storm pass, before overthrowing the Principality club in ten minutes flat. Mentally, you had to have enormous resources to emerge victorious from such a meeting.

Long before snatching victory in added time on Sunday at Angers (1-2), Stade Rennais had already offered its supporters a delicious reason to ignite. In the 43rd minute, Bruno Genesio’s men found the fault thanks to a collective masterpiece, concluded by Amine Gouiri. At the heart of this symphony: Martin Terrier. One-two with Flavien Tait, deviation towards Benjamin Bourigeaud then fake body to put the former Niçois in an ideal position. Superb and moreover representative of the game advocated by Rennes this season.

  • Lorient, it’s not just a story of beautiful games

It may be a mixed result when you are dolphin of PSG before the day. However, Lorient can start this week telling themselves that they have shown great things. And this time, we are not talking about the imposed game produced by the men of Régis Le Bris. But of their character. Twice led to the score, the Morbihannais did not give up. And even snatched a point on the lawn of Troyes (2-2). What to say that the beautiful game does not explain everything in the surprising success of the Bretons at the start of the season.

  • Stephan, paid coaching
We have been playing for ten minutes in the second half between Toulouse and Strasbourg. The Téfécé leads 2 to 0 in front of Strasbourg residents embarrassed by the going and the freshness of the premises. It was then that Julien Stéphan, on the edge of the abyss, made a decisive triple change (60th). Entering the game, Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel and Lebo Mothiba were the actors of the goal of hope (2-1, 65th). Six minutes later, pressed by the stirring Mothiba, Rasmus Nicolaisen caused a penalty transformed into two stages by Kévin Gameiro which allowed the Alsatians to come back to height (2-2, 73rd). Reassured by his management despite a disappointing start to the season, Stéphan may have finally launched his exercise, and that of Racing at the same time.


  • The François-Coty colander
What was the security service at the François-Coty stadium doing on Friday evening? The match between AC Ajaccio and Paris Saint-Germain was disrupted by several appearances by (very) young spectators on the pitch. Nothing dangerous for the actors, therefore. But not enough to be certain about security either. In the second period, referee M. Hamel even had to interrupt the game for this reason, when the score was still 0-1. “Little by little, we felt better and better in the second halfanalyzed by Olivier Pantaloni on First videoafterwards. And then there was this small interruption of play because of the two small invasions of the ground which cut the legs.” Shame.
  • Marseille can’t do it anymore
Three losses in three games. It is far from Marseille’s invicibility at the start of the season. OM lost again against Lens, left valuable points behind and lost a bit of confidence. Because the pill is even harder to digest in view of the face of the meeting. Against the Sang et Or, Les Olympiens multiplied their chances, especially in the first period, but their inefficiency lost them. Because OM are more than losing: the Marseille club has been silent during its last two outings.

Igor Tudor, OM coach, who lost at home to Lens – Ligue 1, 22/10/2022

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  • Auxerre never stops digging
It becomes a bad habit. By dint of bending their backs, Auxerre again took on water at the end of the game on Sunday afternoon, this time against Reims. At Auguste-Delaune, the Burgundians held out for just under an hour, before seeing Junya Ito slip alone at the far post after a dismissal from Benoît Costil (2-1, 86th). If the Rémois have thus put an end to a series of eight games without a win at home, the visitors of the day are eight games in a row without success.

To this particularly salty note, we must add a sixth defeat. More than the score, it is the general apathy in which the Auxerre collective is drowning that worries. The visitors only framed twice, against ten for the locals who also monopolized the leather (55% possession). Plunged into the red zone, there is urgency for the AJA.

  • The VAR, this controversy detonator
Arrived on the meadows with the label of savior of sporting fairness, the VAR has since struggled to defend its reputation. On the contrary, its use seems to create ever more controversy. Julien Stéphan was the first to come out of his hinges, after a penalty not awarded in the 89th minute against Toulouse (2-2), following contact between Maxime Le Marchand and Anthony Rouault, after a review of the VAR.
Later this Sunday, it was the turn of Antoine Kombouaré to fulminate after a double hand in the Nice surface of Mattia Viti (19th). François Letexier decided not to whistle the penalty despite the review of the action. In additional time, Mr. Letexier did not need VAR this time to award a penalty to the Gym, for a handball by Jean-Charles Castelletto. Little invites dialogue, the referees have been criticized on criticism in recent weeks. The supposed aid that is the VAR does not help matters much, and is even the source of additional tensions.
  • Plate The mystery of the key

Funny scene during the meeting between Toulouse and Strasbourg. A spanner was found on the lawn by Mr. Stinat, the referee of the meeting, after returning from the locker room before being given to the delegate of the meeting. First suspected, the public of the Stadium was finally excused after investigation. The tool in question had in fact fallen from the pocket of a technician who intervened on the lawn at the break according to the club. A funny story.

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