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Round 20 review: PSG deny Lyon as Marseille & Nice pull clear

Publish on 10/01/2022 at 10:35 - L.DAVEY

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Paris Saint-Germain left it late..again, Marseille and Nice won on the road and Lens edged a tight affair with Rennes. Check out the action from Round 20 of Ligue 1 Uber Eats here!

Kehrer salvages draw for PSG


Thilo Kehrer's goal ensured PSG snatched a point in a 1-1 draw at Lyon.


Lucas Paqueta's sumptuous finish put Les Gones ahead (8'). Kylian Mbappé went close twice for the league leaders, hitting the woodwork in each half but it was substitute Kehrer who was the unlikely hero, when his scuffed effort bobbled past Lyon 'keeper Anthony Lopes (76') to get the Parisians on level terms. 

 

"I think we were the better team but we conceded very early at the start of the game which made it difficult to manage, said PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino who hopes to welcome back Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria for next weekend's game at home to Brest. "We created more chances and we dominated the game. Even though it ended all square, we're a little bit disappointed because I think it was a game that was there for the taking."


Lyon Coach Peter Bosz felt that his side needed the cushion of a second goal to have got themselves over the line.


Bosz: "In the first half, we had some good opportunities. We know PSG are a very good team and that they would have chances themselves. If we had scored a second goal when we were in the ascendancy, it would have given us a great chance of taking three points." 


Marseille break Bordeaux hoodoo


Cengiz Ünder's first-half strike was enough for Marseille to seal a 1-0 at Bordeaux - their first win there since 1977.


Ünder took advantage of a sloppy clearance by Bordeaux 'keeper Benoît Costil and punished the hosts with a composed finish (37').


The win means Marseille stay in third whilst Bordeaux remain in 17th place on the table.

"It was good victory for us," said a content Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli who became the first OM coach to win at Bordeaux in 44 years. "In the first half, we had a lot of opportunities, we were superior but not for the first time this season, we lacked precision. We must continue to work to find more consistency."


A Nice away win 


Nice began the year in fine style after a convincing 3-0 victory at Brest, despite going down to ten-men early on.


Kasper Dolberg's low drive put Les Aiglons ahead (13') before Morgan Schneiderlin was unluckily dismissed just seven minutes later.


The one-man disadvantage did not have any impact on the result and two late goals courtesy of Andy Delort (79') and Amine Gouiri (90') sealed an 11th league win of the season for Christophe Galtier's men, who stay in second place.

 

 

"We hadn't played since December 22 so it was a recovery game for us," said a delighted Galtier who singled out goalkeeper Walter Benitez for praise. "We had a little trouble setting the pace. Despite this, we scored a very nice opening goal. After going a man down, the match took another turn. We had to be very compact defensively. We defended with great intelligence and Walter Benitez was fantastic."


Lens win it at the death


A last-gasp strike from striker Wesley Saïd gave Lens a morale-boosting 1-0 victory at home to Rennes.


Saïd connected with Jonathan Clauss' cross to fire in the near-post winner (89') as Lens moved to within a point of Bruno Genesio's men in the fight for European qualification.

 

 

Stalemate at Nantes


New Monaco coach Phillipe Clément began his tenure with a 0-0 draw against Nantes at La Beaujoire.


The result means Monaco drop to seventh whilst Nantes are two places below, in ninth, one point adrift of the Monegasques.

 

 

Strasbourg claim derby spoils


Strasbourg claimed bragging rights and secured a double of wins over rivals Metz this season, after a 2-0 win at the Stade Saint Symphorien.

Second-half headers from Ludovic Ajorque (50') and substitute Jean Aholou (90') sealed the victory for Julien Stephan's troops who climbed to eighth on the table. Metz remain 19th but only one point from safety.

 

FC METZ - RC STRASBOURG ALSACE (0-2) / Highlights (FCM - RCSA) 2021/2022


Goalless at Clermont


Clermont and Reims played out a goalless draw at the Stade Gabriel Montpied. The hosts were reduced to ten-men after defender Alidu Seidu was shown his marching orders (14'). The draw means Reims occupy 14th place whilst Clermont sit one place below but six-points adrift of Oscar Garcia's side.

 

CLERMONT FOOT 63 - STADE DE REIMS (0-0) / Highlights (CF63 - SdR) 2021/2022

Postponed Fixtures


Montpellier vs Troyes and Lille vs Lorient were postponed due to rising Covid-19 cases and will be rescheduled for an alternative date. Angers vs Saint-Etienne which was also postponed, has been rescheduled for 26 January.