Toulouse strike late to deny 10-man Metz

Ligue 1 Conforama > Match Reports
03/03/2018

Kelvin Amian's late equaliser allowed Toulouse FC to escape from the Stade Saint-Symphorien with a 1-1 draw against 10-man FC Metz on Saturday.

FC Metz  1 - 1  Toulouse FC

THE MATCH

This was a key game in the relegation battle, and bottom club Metz took the lead just after the half-hour mark when Matthieu Dossevi's cross from the right flank found Nolan Roux, arriving unmarked, to head home from six yards out (32').

However, Frédéric Hantz's side were reduced to 10 men three minutes before the interval as Julian Palmieri was shown a straight red card for a crunching tackle on Max-Alain Gradel, flying off the ground with his studs showing.

Metz were now condemned to try to hang onto their lead in numerical inferiority, but moments after the red card they were grateful to Eiji Kawashima, as the former Dundee United goalkeeper pulled off a superb reflex save to deny Christopher Jullien.

The hosts escaped in the second half too, as Andy Delort put a Gradel cross over the bar with the goal gaping. But Toulouse eventually equalised with just five minutes remaining. Firmin Mubele, on as a substitute, made it to the byline before cutting the ball back for Amian, who fired in off the underside of the bar.

That is now five games without a win for Metz, who are seven points adrift at the foot of the table, and nine points away from outright safety, with Toulouse sitting in 17th place. Les Violets have lost just once in six Ligue 1 Conforama games under new coach Mickaël Debève, and that was in a 1-0 home defeat against Paris Saint-Germain.

THE PLAYER: Nolan Roux

Roux has now scored six times in his last nine Ligue 1 Conforama games against Toulouse. The striker is enjoying his best ever season in the elite, and now has 11 goals for the campaign. He had never reached double figures in seven previous seasons at this level.

THE STAT: 8

Toulouse have now scored at least once on each of their last eight top-flight visits to Metz, scoring 12 goals in total in that time. The last time they failed to score at the Stade Saint-Symphorien in the elite was in a 0-0 draw in September 1998.

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