Andrey Santos of Racing Strasbourg celebrates a late winner against FC Metz
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Matchday 33 Roundup: Santos seals derby win

Matchday 33 Roundup: Santos seals derby win

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Publish on 05/13 at 02:30 - E. DEVIN


Andrey Santos scored a late winner in the derby between Metz and Strasbourg and Olympique de Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais both won to keep their European ambitions alive

Despite not having the importance of AS Monaco clinching the Champions League or the Parc des Princes saying goodbye to Kylian Mbappé, the other three matches on Sunday evening in Ligue 1 Uber Eats were far from being boilerplate, headlined by a dramatic derby win by RC Strasbourg over FC Metz.

RC Strasbourg Alsace 2-1 FC Metz

With Racing having already secured their place in Ligue 1 for next season under Patrick Vieira, the stakes of this derby encounter were more about Metz surviving — and a chance for Kévin Gameiro and Ibrahima Sissoko to bid goodbye to La Meinau — than anything else. The visitors took the lead early in the second half, with in-form Georges Mikautadze netting for the eighth time in six matches.

The hosts maintained their belief, however, having shaken off Mikuatuadze hitting the post on the counter ten minutes from time. Gameiro, who had come off the bench, played a brilliant cutback for Emanuel Emegha to level the match on 88 minutes before Andrey Santos headed home a late winner after the visitors failed to clear their lines. For the young Brazilian, it was the perfect time to score his first goal since arriving on loan, but the result will likely leave Les Grenats in the promotion/relegation playoff as they still trail Le Havre by three points.

Olympique de Marseille 3-1 FC Lorient

In Marseille, the hosts decisively shook off their European exit to Atalanta thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The veteran continued his renaissance of a season with a fine brace, scoring once from the spot and once from open play for his team’s second successive win in the league. Should OM win their game in hand on Wednesday, they would draw level with Olympique Lyonnais and Racing Club de Lens on 50 points, setting up a thrilling three-way battle for European football on Sunday.

As for Lorient, Les Merlus’ seventh straight loss means they are likely relegated, barring a win, a loss for Metz and an incredible goal swing between the two sides — they will finish their season against already-relegated Clermont Foot 63.

Clermont Foot 63 0-1 Olympique Lyonnais

January signing Orel Mangala scored the only goal of the game just after halftime as Les Gones recorded their third-straight victory in Ligue 1. Now level on points with Lens in sixth, it will be all to play for for Pierre Sage’s side on Sunday as they welcome Strasbourg to the Groupama Stadium.

>> Andrey Santos: Racing’s midfield Dynamo
>> Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang At The Heart of OM’s Attack

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