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Round 7 review: Last-gasp PSG increase lead

Publish on 23/09/2021 at 09:15 - L.DAVEY

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Round 7 of Ligue 1 Uber Eats provided the first midweek round of action and it did not disappoint. PSG left it late - again, Monaco and LOSC picked up wins and out of 32 goals scored on the night, six were scored by Rennes!

Hakimi late show stuns Metz

Paris Saint-Germain scored a stoppage time winner for the second time in three days to beat Metz 2-1 at the Stade Saint-Symphorien to extend their lead at the top of the table to seven points.

In a fiery encounter, PSG took the lead through Achraf Hakimi (5') but failed to build on their advantage and Metz defender Kiki Kouyaté superbly headed the hosts level (39'). 
The game burst into life in the final minute when Metz captain Dylan Bronn was sent off for a second bookable offence. Metz coach Fréderic Antonetti was then sent to the stands for his protests at Bronn's dismissal.
Then, Hakimi drilled home his second of the night in stoppage time to keep PSG on maximum points for the season.

"I'm delighted with the victory and the three points," said PSG's two-goal hero Hakimi who has made an impressive start to his time in the capital. "I'm happy to be able to help the team with my goals so that we can carry on this good run. We've been working really hard and we want to keep this winning run going as long as possible.

Gap widens for OM

Marseille remain second on the table but lost ground on leaders PSG after a goalless draw at Angers.The result means OM are unbeaten after six games for the first time since the 2012-13 season

"We faced a team that came to defend and not concede," said a frustrated OM coach Jorge Sampaoli. "It was difficult for us to break them down. We had to make changes to our starting lineup because we have matches every three days but that is not why we didn't win this game. We put a lot of effort in but ultimately couldn't find a breakthrough."

New boys on Target for Lyon

Lyon bounced back from Sunday's last-gasp defeat against PSG to beat Troyes 3-1 at the Groupama Stadium.

Xavier Chavalerin gave Troyes a shock lead (45') but normal service resumed just after half time when Xherdan Shaqiri netted his first goal for Les Gones (48'), then, Emerson Palmieri notched his first for the club (72'). Lucas Paqueta continued his excellent goalscoring form by netting Lyon's third and his fourth goal of the season, three minutes from time to get OL back to winning ways.

"I'm always focussed," said Paqueta when asked why he often scores in the latter end of games. "I remain attentive until the end and I'm now positioning myself closer to the opposition's goal than before. We played well and I'm pleased that we got back to winning ways."

LOSC react to derby defeat

Reigning champions LOSC recorded just their second win of what has been a problematic start to their title defence, beating Reims 2-1 at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
Jonathan David headed the hosts in front (31') before Benjamin Andre extended LOSC's lead with a header of his own (43').
A late Alexis Flips penalty (74') for Reims ensured a nervy finish but LOSC held on for a valuable three points

Monaco steady the ship

Another side registering a long-overdue three points was Monaco who got the better of 10-man Saint Etienne 3-1 at the Stade Louis II.
Germany international Kevin Volland put the principality side in the ascendancy (27') and the home side's advantage was further extended when Saint Etienne 'keeper Etienne Green was shown a red card for a foul on Monaco's Myron Boadu.

Against the run of play, Denis Bouanga threw Saint-Etienne a lifeline with a superb finish (41') but a Wissam Ben Yedder penalty restored Monaco's lead after Les Verts defender Timothee Kolodziejczak was penalised for handball. Ben Yedder later added a third (86') to put the game beyond doubt as Monaco climbed to 13th place with eight points whilst Saint Etienne remain in 19th place after four straight defeats.

First defeat for Lens

Lens came back down to earth with a bump after last weekend's derby heroics, losing 1-0 at home to Strasbourg. 

To make matters worse, Lens were reduced to 10-men when Kevin Danso was sent for an early shower after a reckless challenge on Strasbourg's Anthony Caci (50').
Strasbourg made the numeral advantage count and Ludovic Ajorque headed the winner (67') to give Julién Stephan's side their third win in four games.

Lorient inflict first defeat on Galtier

Lorient's impressive unbeaten home record stretching back to February, is still intact after a 1-0 victory over Nice, who suffered their first defeat of the season.
Les Merlus added Nice to the list of this season's home scalps that include Monaco and LOSC, scoring the only goal of the game through midfielder Thomas Monconduit (23').
Amine Gouri had the opportunity to equalise from the penalty spot but missed the target completely, for the second time in three days (55').
Lorient's Mortiz Jenz was given his marching orders (69') but the hosts held on to claim the three points and move into fifth place on 12 points.

Rennes annihilate Clermont

Rennes grabbed themselves a much-needed win, thrashing Clermont 6-0 at Roazhon Park.

Two quick-fire goals just before half-time from Jonas Martin (32') and MartinTerrier (36') gave Bruno Genesio's side a welcome boost after suffering defeats in each of their last three league games.  
Kamaldeen Sulemana was recalled to the starting lineup and added to two goals in three minutes (55' and 57') before Gaetan Laborde inflicted more pain on the visitors with a close-range header (64'). Flavien Tait rubbed further salt into Clermont wounds with a fantastic finish (77') as Rennes moved up to 12th on the table whilst Clermont, despite a solid start to the season, now find themselves without a win in five games.

Goals galore at Montpellier

Montpellier and Bordeaux shared the spoils in a six-goal thriller, drawing 3-3 at the Stade de la Mosson.
Valère Germain put Olivier Dall'Oglio's side ahead from close range (11') before Bordeaux hit back with two fantastic goals of their own. Hwang Ui-jo rifled in his third in two games (18') and Jean Onana followed suit with a deflected finish from long range (29').
Germain notched his second of the game (50') before Florent Mollet (72') put Montpellier ahead. Bordeaux levelled up late on through Samuel Kalu (85') to end the scoring.

Blas shows his class

Antoine Kombouaré's Nantes made it back to back wins with a convincing 3-1 win over Brest at La Beaujoire.
Ludovic Blas continued his good form in front of goal by putting Les Canaris in front (27'). Nantes took control of proceedings in the second half when Pedro Chirivella extended the home side's lead (55') and three minutes later, Brest defender Lilian Brassier scored an unfortunate own goal to all but end the contest.
Jeremy Le Douaron grabbed a consolation goal for Brest (67') as Nantes climb up to 8th  place on the table.

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