Konaté cancels out Cadiz as Amiens hold Dijon
Moussa Konaté and Jhonder Cadiz exchanged goals as Amiens SC battled back to hold Dijon FCO to a 1-1 draw at the Stade de la Licorne.
Amiens SC 1-1 Dijon FCO
Amiens welcomed Dijon to the Stade de la Licorne with both teams looking over their shoulders at the relegation places. Tied on 16 points at kick-off, both sides started well despite their recent travails, and the visitors took the lead early on when Cadiz lifted a finish over Régis Gurtner from close range after getting the break of the ball in the box (17'). Eddy Gnahoré had a chance at the other end soon after when he met Konaté's knock-down first-time, but his thumping effort hit both of Alfred Gomis's posts and stayed out (23'). Konaté got Luka Elsner's side back on level terms minutes later, though, meeting Jordan Lefort's cross from the left to volley home his first goal of the current Ligue 1 Conforama campaign (28'). Both sides sat back from there, their matching 4-2-3-1 formations rather cancelling each other out, and Thomas Léonard's whistle for half-time went with the scores at 1-1.
An hour was gone before the next real chance, with Gaël Kakuta sending a free-kick into the Dijon box. The former Chelsea FC prodigy got good whip on his delivery, but Gomis, back after a groin injury, did well to dominate his area (60'). Florent Balmont reacted quickest when Gurtner punched a corner clear at the other end, fizzing an effort just under the bar, but the veteran was denied his first goal since January 2018 with the 'keeper recovering to turn the attempt out for another corner (62'). Lefort took matters into his own hands with 20 minutes to go, beating Mama Baldé, Fouad Chafik and Balmont with a mazy run, but the left-back's finish didn't do the skill that preceded it justice (70'). Dijon had the chance to snatch all three points late on when Baldé peeled away from Aurélien Chedjou, but Gurtner raced off his line to deny the Bissau-Guinean (81') and it ended 1-1.
THE PLAYER: Jordan Lefort
Lefort was unlucky not to find himself on the winning side here. As well as nearly scoring a wonder-goal, the full-back won 13 challenges and completed 84 percent of his passes. Haitam Aleesami has been the unequivocal first-choice in his position this season, but performances like this will give Elsner food for thought.
THE STAT: 7
Amiens are undefeated in their last seven matches against Dijon in all competitions. The last time Les Licornes dropped all three points to Les Rouges was January 2009, when Eric Carrière scored a 91s-minute winner in Domino's Ligue 2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, now of Arsenal, was playing for Dijon that day.