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Caen beat Dijon in relegation six-pointer

Publish on 28/04/2019 at 00:00 - S. WILLIS


Fayçal Fajr scored to give SM Caen a vital 1-0 win over Dijon FCO at the Stade Michel-d'Ornano, allowing the Normandy side to leapfrog their relegation rivals in the table.

SM Caen  1 - 0  Dijon FCO 


It took a moment of magic from the Moroccan international to decide this nervy encounter in the 67th minute. Fajr collected a Malik Tchokounté pass on the left wing and looked up to send the ball sailing over Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson and into the far corner of the net for the only goal of the game. It was unclear whether Fajr meant it or whether he was trying to pick out a team-mate - if he did, it was a touch of pure genius.

Caen will feel they deserved the win having had chances before that. When a Fajr free-kick was blocked by the wall in the first half, Frédéric Guilbert drilled the ball across the face of goal but neither Enzo Crivelli nor Alexander Djiku could turn it in. After the restart, Crivelli saw his cheeky back-heel kept out by Rúnarsson.

Dijon had chances too, with Brice Samba saving well from Wesley Saïd's acrobatic volley in the first half before Fouad Chafik drilled a shot just wide. After falling behind, the closest they came to equalising was when Guilbert diverted the ball onto his own bar.

It is a second successive 1-0 win for Caen after last week's success at OGC Nice, and they move above Dijon into the relegation play-off place, with outright safety still within sight. Dijon had taken seven points from the last nine available, but have now lost twice to Caen this season and they drop back into the automatic relegation spots.

THE PLAYER: Fayçal Fajr

Fajr returned to Caen for a second spell at the start of this season and he has always appeared to be a class above in a struggling side. His goal here was brilliant if he meant it, lucky if not. Either way, the Moroccan playmaker has his first goal of 2019 and Caen's survival hopes are still alive.


Caen have taken six points out of six against Dijon this season. How important could those points end up being?