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Gradel's Toulouse held by Amiens

Publish on 10/05/2019 at 00:00 - S. WILLIS

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There was no way past Amiens SC for Max Gradel and Toulouse FC at the Stade de la Licorne on Sunday evening, with the sides playing out a goalless draw.

Amiens SC 0-0 Toulouse FC 

THE MATCH

While relegation was still a mathematical possibility for both sides coming into their clash in northern France, it was Amiens - in 16th, three points worse off than Toulouse in 17th - who started with more urgency. Khaled Adénon saw a header drift just wide of Mauro Goicoechea's goal (6') before Serhou Guirassy's powerful shot was well saved by the Uruguayan, who was making a rare start in place of the injured Baptiste Reynet (25'). Mathieu Dossevi tried to get things going for Toulouse at the other end, and he found Issiaga Sylla with a cross on the half-hour, but the marauding Guinea left-back say his header saved by Goicoechea's opposite number, Régis Gurtner (29'). Gradel then tried to find a way through, but Bakaye Dibassy stood firm to quell the Toulouse captain's advances (37') and François Letexier's half-time whistle went with the deadlock firmly intact.

Honours even

Christophe Pélissier sent Saman Ghoddos on for Eddy Gnahoré for the second half in an attempt to recalibrate Amiens' attack, but it was Toulouse who were the next to threaten. Jimmy Durmaz found space in the home box but his shot was deflected out for a corner (58'). Ghoddos came close to changing the game when his corner was nearly turned past Goicoechea by his right-back Kelvin Amian, but the ball fell the right side of the post for the visitors (68'). Durmaz has been preferred to Manchester City-owned Manu Garcia in recent weeks and the Sweden international looked mostly likely to be the one to find a way through, his quickly-taken free-kick late on cleared for a corner by Emil Krafth (78'). Guirassy could nonetheless have snatched all three points for Amiens, but his shot from a tight angle hit the outside side-netting (81') and it ended 0-0.

THE PLAYER: Saman Ghoddos

Ghoddos was a bundle of energy after he came on for the second half. The Iran international has scored three and assisted four more for Amiens this season, and he was unlucky not to add to those tallies after firing off a game-high four shots. He also completed 88 per cent of his passes in the final third, and a start at AS Monaco next Saturday must now surely be his.

THE STAT: 7

Toulouse are now seven points clear of Dijon FCO and the final automatic relegation place, with six points left to play for, all but ensuring a 16th consecutive season in Ligue 1 Conforama. Le Téfécé could still technically get sucked into the relegation play-off place, but it would take a fantastic set of results elsewhere over the final two weeks for even that to happen.