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Round 14 review: Messi off the mark, Nice stay in touch

Publish on 22/11/2021 at 09:24 - L.DAVEY

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Lionel Messi's genius was on show for PSG, Amine Gouiri fired Nice into second and Rennes extended their unbeaten run. Meanwhile, Lyon‘s game with Marseille was the subject of a first-half abandonment. Check out the action from Round 14 of Ligue 1 Uber Eats here!

Mbappé and Messi star for PSG

Lionel Messi scored his first Ligue 1 Uber Eats goal to help ten-man Paris Saint-Germain overcome Nantes 3-1 at the Parc des Princes.

Kylian Mbappé put the league leaders ahead (2') but PSG were unable to build on their advantage despite a strong first-half showing.

Keylor Navas' sending off (65') provided Nantes with a way back into the game and they drew level 14 minutes from time through Randal Kolo Muani. PSG managed to wrestle back control thanks to a bizarre own goal from Dennis Appiah (82'), before Messi let fly to seal the victory (87').

"I am pleased with this win," said PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino who must prepare his side for the trip to Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday. "I'm so happy that Leo scored his first goal in Ligue 1 but we need to give the whole team a lot of credit. Overall, I think the performance was good but we should have scored more goals in the first half to kill the game off earlier."

Late Gouri Double rescues Nice

Amine Gouiri's brace gave Nice a hard-fought 2-1 win at Clermont.

Florent Ogier deservedly headed Clermont in front (17') in a dominant first -half display from the hosts. But the dangerous Gouiri struck twice (77' & 82') to send Nice back into second place on the table - 11 points behind leaders PSG.

"The most important thing was to win," said a relieved Nice coach Christophe Galtier after his side clawed back a deficit for the second consecutive away game. "We were poor in the first half. We played with little effort, commitment and fighting spirit. We were too slow and lacked intensity. We were lucky Clermont were only 1-0 ahead when we began our fightback."

Monaco fight back to deny LOSC

A late Wissam Ben Yedder strike was enough to help Monaco claw their way back from two-goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against LOSC at the Stade Louis II.

Jonathan David’s penalty (5') opened the scoring for the visitors before adding a second just four minutes later. Krépin Diatta pulled one back for Monaco (41') before Ben Yedder struck (83') to earn ten-man Monaco a share of the spoils.

Rennes extend unbeaten run to eight games

Rennes continued their excellent run of form as they saw off Montpellier 2-0 at Roazhon Park.

Martin Terrier's header (8') and Lovro Majer's superb volley (28') were enough to see off any threat from Oliver Dall'Oglio's men. Rennes climbed up third on the table with the victory.

Brest thrash ten-man Lens

Brest made it three wins on the bounce and pulled clear of the bottom three after an impressive 4-0 destruction of high-flying Lens at the Stade Francis le Blé.

Goals from Steve Mounié (3') and Brendan Chardonnet (12') put the hosts in a commanding position before Romain Favre delightfully added a third (33').The pick of the goals came from Jeremy Le Douaron's superb strike (69') and to cap off a woeful day for Lens, striker Arnaud Kalimuendo was given his marching orders 16 minutes from time.

 

Angers stay close to the chasing pack

A 68th minute penalty from Thomas Mangani ensured Angers remained in contention for European places. Gérald Baticle's men sit in sixth place on the table whilst Lorient drop to 15th after three-consecutive defeats.

Thriller at Metz

Metz and Bordeaux served up a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Stade Saint-Symphorien - a result that leaves the host three points adrift at the bottom of the table.

Bordeaux raced into a two-goal lead through Alberth Elis (17') and Rémi Oudin (39') but goals from Nicolas de Préville (45') and Opa Nguette (51') fired Metz level. Oudin put the visitors back in front (65') before Nguette notched his second of the game (70') to earn Metz a valuable point.Metz were reduced to ten-men midway through the second half when Farid Boulaya was shown his marching orders.

Saint-Etienne march on

Saint-Etienne made it back to back victories with a 1-0 win at fellow strugglers Troyes.

Miguel Trauco's strike on the hour-mark was enough to seal the victory for Les Verts who pulled three points clear of basement boys Metz and one point behind opponents Troyes in 18th.

Strasbourg leave it late

Strasbourg midfielder Jean-Ricner Bellegarde scored an injury-time free kick to salvage a point in a 1-1 draw at home to Reims.

Hugo Ekitike put Reims in front (22') before Kevin Gameiro fluffed a chance to equalise form the penalty spot (43'). Bellegarde had the final say with his late leveller, to ensure a share of the spoils.

Lyon vs Marseille 

The game between Lyon and Marseille was abandoned early in the first half due to a crowd disturbance involving Marseille’s Dimitri Payet. The LFP have condemned the incident in the statement below. 

>> LFP statement 

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