The TFC is moving forward again. Three points taken against the Chamois Niortais this Saturday afternoon at the Stadium (2-1), but the victory was long to emerge for the Toulouse against a strong and dangerous team.
Two goals after ten minutes
However, the meeting started off with a bang with a header from striker Niortais Ibnou Ba from the 7th minute of play on an impeccable cross.
Immediate response from Toulouse with the superb curled shot of Branco Van Den Boomen at 25 meters, a strike that lodged in the small net of Nathan Michel, the goalkeeper of the visitors. 9th minute and already 1-1 at the Stadium.
The first half will still be to the advantage of the Niortais, more incisive in attack and who get the most dangerous opportunities against a Toulouse block sometimes cut in two.
Second half more balanced
The balance of power ends up being balanced a little more in the second half with this TFC version 4-3-3, a change wanted by the coach Patrice Garande and to cut the traditional 3-5-2, a tactical formation that did not give more necessarily satisfaction on these last matches.
But even with the trio Janis Antiste – Amine Adli and Rhys Healey in attack, the TFC sometimes has a hard time being dangerous.
And it is even the Chamois Niortais who are about to regain the advantage in the 71st minute. On a beautiful cross from Bourkane on the left, striker Joseph Mendes slams a superb chisel which passes a few centimeters from the right upright of Maxime Dupé.
Little in sight until then, it is finally the British striker Rhys Healey who comes to score the goal of the deliverance in the 79th minute of play.
On a deep pass from Branco Van Den Boomen, one of the key men on the TFC side, Rhys Healey arrives for the first time to play off the Niort defense and roll his shot into the small net.
2-1 ten minutes from the end of the match, the Toulousains finally hold the right end and do not let go of the match. Three precious points in the end for the TFC which consolidates its place in the first part of the table in Ligue 2.
On the other hand, some worries still in the game against a niortais block well in place on this meeting. And the TFC will not have time to breathe … The Toulouse residents are moving to Nancy on Tuesday, December 1st. Meeting to follow as usual on France Bleu Occitanie.