Faced with Monaco, the opening of Neymar’s early score (3rd) could augur a repeat of the thrashing inflicted by PSG on Saint-Etienne (6-1) four days earlier in the quarter-finals of the League Cup. But the Monegasques, led by an irresistible Wissam Ben Yedder (1 goal, 1 assist), were able to stand up to the Championship leader, playing high and quickly projecting themselves forward. For his first on the ASM bench, the Spaniard Robert Moreno singularly jostled the 4-4-2 of Thomas Tuchel, who had aligned his “fantastic four” among which only Neymar, author of a double and the shot deflected by Fodé Ballo-Touré in his own nets, held his rank. The reunion of the two teams, Wednesday at Louis-II in late match of the 15th day, will they also be spectacular?
It is the first time since October 24, 2010 and a defeat against Auxerre (2-3) that PSG had not conceded three goals at home in Ligue 1.
Before moving to Roazhon Park where Rennes stayed on 5 straight Championship victories, OM coach André Villas-Boas had confided that he would be satisfied with a draw. His players forced the decision (1-0), thanks to an opportunistic goal from Kevin Strootman (84th), just entered and on the lookout for a free kick by Dimitri Payet rejected by Édouard Mendy. This success allows Marseille to consolidate its place as the dolphin of PSG and to sidestep the Breton club (3rd), pushed back to 8 points.
Kevin Strootman scored the goal of Marseille’s success in Rennes. (Franck Faugère / L’Équipe)
Nantes, which has been running for 19 years after a victory at Geoffroy-Guichard, has finally won in the Chaudron (2-0), extinguished by the closed session imposed by the LFP commission sanctioning the pyrotechnic festival which hosted the reception PSG (0-4) on December 15. Faced with sluggish Greens, the Canaries, now fourth at one point of the podium, offered themselves the luxury of winning by two goals apart, a first this season after having acquired their first nine successes on the smallest of margins . Beaten for the fourth time in a row, the Greens slide to 15th place.
Unable to win away from home during the first leg, Montpellier (6th) finally found the way to victory in Amiens (2-1), 18th and barragiste. Led at the break, the Héraultais managed to reverse a badly embarked situation at the Licorne thanks to the rediscovered efficiency of their attack duo Gaëtan Laborde-Andy Delort.
Archi-dominator in Bordeaux (13th), Lyon, who shot 22 times on goal, was nevertheless scared. Led at the break after a ball of defender Joachim Andersen, decisive passer for Jimmy Briand, OL, now 7th, snatched a precious success thanks to Moussa Dembélé, behind the equalizer (50th) and scorer ( 53 ‘).
For his first L1 on the TFC bench, Denis Zanko believed that the tide was finally going to turn favorably for the Violets, who remained on a black streak of nine defeats in the Championship. But, while leading 2-1 to twenty minutes from the end thanks to a double from Bafodé Diakité, his team was swept away by the stormy promoted Brest (2-5), with in particular two thunderclaps signed Gaëtan Charbonnier ( 72e, 77e). Dead end of ten for the der! The TFC remains taped in last place, 5 points from the dam operator Amiens, who will receive Reims, Wednesday, in a late match of the 16th day.
The Brestois Gaëtan Charbonnier, author of a double, hurt the TFC very much. (Frédéric Lancelot / L’Équipe)
In the cellar in the league where he had not tasted victory for 12 games, Nîmes blew the plug of Reims (10th), the most airtight defense in Ligue 1 (12 goals) twice at Costières. Loaned by Bordeaux, midfielder Yassine Benrahou particularly distinguished himself in his new colors, taking the corner which led to the opening of the score for Renaud Ripart and cleaning the skylight of Predrag Rajkovic with a superb free kick direct (90th + 3).
In the visitors’ locker room of Gaston-Gérard, the Lille coach (5th) howled his frustration after the defeat (0-1) of his team in Dijon (16th), the seventh conceded by LOSC outside this season, while his players played 45 minutes in a power play.