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Round 16 review: LOSC topple Rennes, Stalemate in Paris

Publish on 02/12/2021 at 08:34 - L.DAVEY


LOSC ended Rennes' unbeaten run, Nice put a dent in Paris Saint-Germain's 100% home record, whilst Marseille won to climb up to second and Téji Savanier served up a goal of the season contender. Check out the action from Round 16 of Ligue 1 Uber Eats here!

Nice contain Messi, Mbappé and co

Christophe Galtier's Nice became the first team to claim a point at the Parc des Princes this season, after a goalless draw against Paris Saint-Germain.

Nice striker Kasper Dolberg and PSG's Kylian Mbappé both missed gilt-edged chances to win the game but neither side could make the breakthrough on the night PSG were confirmed as Winter champions.

"We played better in this game than we did last Sunday at Saint-Etienne," said PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino who now prepares his team for Saturday's difficult trip to Lens. "We took chances but we didn't score and we are improving little by little. We are top of the league and have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League, so I am happy with the direction that we are going in." 

Nice coach Christophe Galtier added: "I think we deserved the draw but if we had won, I would have been ecstatic. PSG are a team that imposes itself on the game so well and they have great players, so I'm happy with a point."

Marseille climb into second

A first-half goal from Gerson gave Marseille a 1-0 win against Nantes at La Beaujoire.

The Brazilian struck the winner after 30 minutes to move Jorge Sampaoli's men into second place on the table, with a game in hand. Nicolas Pallois was dismissed for the hosts (32') for a second bookable offence.

"I'm very happy to see my team play this way," said Sampaoli, whose side have now registered back-to-back 1-0 wins. "This is the version of my team that I want to see, this is what we are trying to build here. We knew that this would be a difficult game for us against an aggressive team. Therefore I am very happy with this result."

LOSC end Rennes' unbeaten run

Rennes’ nine-match unbeaten run came to an end after LOSC left Roazhon Park with a 2-1 win.

Goals from Xeka (31') and Renato Sanches (45') stunned Bruno Genesio's men who had been the form team in Ligue 1 Uber Eats since the start of October. Benjamin Bourigeaud pulled one back for Rennes (85') but LOSC held on for an important away win. Rennes drop one place to third on the table whilst LOSC sit in 12th.

"This is a huge away win for us," said LOSC coach Jocelyn Gourvennec after picking up three points against his former side. "We were playing against a very strong Rennes side so the win was an important one. We now have to find consistency so that we can start to climb the table."

Reims inflict damaging defeat on Lyon

In-form Reims striker Hugo Ekitike pounced late into injury time to hand Reims a superb 2-1 win at Lyon.

Wout Faes' header for Reims (56') was cancelled out by a Lyon equaliser from Karl Toko Ekambi ten-minutes later. But Oscar Garcia's men had the last laugh when Ekitike’s last-gasp finish gave Reims maximum points.

Points shared at Clermont

Ten-man Clermont twice came back from behind to draw 2-2 with Lens at the Stade Gabriel Montpied.

Yohann Magnin equalised for Clermont (41') cancelling out teammate Johan Gastien's own-goal to put Les Sang et Or ahead (12'). Lens regained the lead through Seko Fofana (47') but Mohamed Bayo notched an equaliser for Clermont (65'). Yadaly Diaby was sent off for the home side (84').

All smiles for Kovac

Niko Kovac's Monaco ended their four-match winless run with an impressive 3-1 win at Angers.

First-half goals from Myron Boadu (25') and Sofiane Diop (45') put the visitors in the ascendancy. An unfortunate own goal from Monaco 'keeper Alexander Nubel (55') gave Angers hope but Axel Disasi's close-range finish (73') ensured the principality side travelled south with three precious points.

High five for Brest

Romain Faivre's 64th Minute Penalty was enough to hand Brest their fifth-consecutive victory, beating Saint-Etienne 1-0 at the Stade Francis le Blé.

The win sends Brest into 11th place on the table whilst Les Verts slip to bottom of the pile.

Super Savanier lifts Montpellier

A fabulous strike from Téji Savanier helped Montpellier to three points after a convincing 3-1 victory at Metz.

Montpellier captain Savanier superbly put his side in front (36') before Stephy Mavididi (45') and Elye Wahi (48') added to the tally. Nicolas de Préville pulled one back for Metz (70'), who stay in the bottom three.

Strasbourg thrash Bordeaux

Strasbourg condemned Bordeaux to more misery after a 5-2 victory over Vladimir Petkovic's side at the Stade de la Meinau.

Goals from Adrien Thomasson (22'), Kevin Gameiro from the penalty spot (43') and Ludovic Ajorque (45') cancelled out Ui-Jo Hwang's opener for the visitors (7'). Strasbourg completed the rout through Dimitri Lienard (48') and a second of the evening from Ajorque (65') whilst Alberth Elis notched a consolation goal for Les Girondins (57').

Big win for Troyes

Troyes registered an important win against fellow strugglers Lorient after a 2-0 victory at the Stade de l'Aube.

Renaud Ripart (7') and Rominigue Kouamé (34') both struck to ensure Troyes moved into 15th, one place above Lorient on the table. The defeat means Lorient have lost their last five league games in a row.




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