Yaya Sanogo continued his good recent form with the only goal of the game as Toulouse FC claimed a 1-0 win at Nîmes Olympique on Saturday.
Nîmes Olympique 0-1 Toulouse FC
Toulouse headed to Nîmes seeking to maintain the momentum of their 2-2 midweek draw with Olympique Lyonnais and Sanogo nearly helped them do that inside 60 seconds only to see his effort from Matthieu Dossevi's free-kick just go past the post (1').
With Dossevi in particular causing them problems, the hosts did not look like a side that had won four of its previous six league outings, though Rachid Alioui did bring a save from Baptiste Reynet with a powerful free-kick (33').
Toulouse, though, were the more dangerous, and Alain Casanova's men — victors on two of their last three league trips — took a deserved half-time lead when Sanogo surged between a hesitant Loïck Landre and Paul Bernadoni to grab his second league goal in three games (41').
Umut Bozok stretched Reynet (47') to suggest the hosts had firm intentions of getting back on level terms, and Alioui also tested the Toulouse goalkeeper (57').
But Toulouse were solid enough, and threatened themselves.
Issiaga Sylla, back in the side after serving a one-game suspension in midweek, volleyed just wide after stealing in on the blind side of the home defence (58') before Max-Alain Gradel, who also served a ban against Lyon, brought a magnificent stop from Bernardoni (71').
THE PLAYER: Yaya Sanogo
His stay at Arsenal did not work out, but is he now — at 25 — starting to tap into the huge potential he showed at AJ Auxerre. It's early days, but it's promising.
THE STAT: 1
After scoring their previous six goals from set-pieces, Sanogo's strike was Toulouse's first from open play.