Metz take down Strasbourg in derby
FC Metz scored three times in a riotous second-half display to claim derby bragging rights with a 3-0 win over RC Strasbourg Alsace on Wednesday.
FC Metz 3-0 RC Strasbourg Alsace
Metz came into their first Derby of the East since April 2010 bottom of the table and without a win in ten home games. But they had recorded a 3-1 win at Montpellier at the weekend, and Frédéric Hantz's men appear to have turned a corner.
Luck will play a major role if they are to pull off the miracle of staying up, and they enjoyed a slice of it early on here. Strasbourg, unbeaten in six and on a roll of three straight wins, found a post with Stéphane Bahoken's shot (6').
Metz held their opponents at bay, and then went close themselves just before the break. Veteran midfielder Renaud Cohade, who was wearing the captain's armband, sent a shot just over the crossbar with Landry Bonnefoi seemingly beaten in the visitors' goal (41').
Still, the hosts needed their own goalkeeper, Eiji Kawashima, to keep out Kader Mangane's close-range effort to keep it tight at the break (44'). They ensured, however, it was anything but close after it.
Florent Mollet had already tested Bonnefoi (58') before beating him to open the scoring, latching onto Mathieu Dossevi's cross to find the net (61') and spark a remarkable 20 minutes for Metz.
Nolan Roux took advantage of confusion at a corner to net the second (71') and when Cohade teed up Emmanuel Rivière, the former AS Monaco and AS Saint-Etienne man clipped an audacious backheel beyond Bonnefoi (82') for number three.
THE PLAYER: Renaud Cohade
The 33-year-old former Valenciennes and Saint-Etienne midfielder was at his creative best, and he will be key if Metz are to somehow escape the drop.
THE STAT: 1
This was Metz's first clean sheet since March.