Nîmes see off Toulouse to keep run going
A spetacular Romain Philippoteaux goal was enough for Nîmes Olympique to register a 1-0 win over Toulouse on Saturday and extend their unbeaten run to four matches.
Nîmes Olympique 1-0 Toulouse FC
Stade Brestois had been beaten 3-0 in Nîmes last home outing, and the hosts raced out of the blocks. Renaud Ripart seized onto an underhit Issiaga Sylla backpass to tee up Philippoteaux, who shot wide (2'), before Zinédine Ferhat also fired past a post (28') as Bernard Blaquart's men took the initiative.
They were rewarded for their endeavour by Philippoteaux. Ripart's knockdown found Théo Vallas, who picked out his teammate in the penalty area. Philippoteaux's stepover took Kelvin Amian off balance before the Nîmes man cut onto his right and arced a sublime shot into the far top corner (39').
Powerless to prevent Nîmes taking the lead, Baptiste Reynet flew across his goal to stop Ferhat adding a second before the break (45+1') before Paul Bernardoni pushed a Ibrahim Sangaré shot around the post (48') when the visitors finally threatened.
He made another stop to keep out William Vainqueur (58') before Sidy Sarr's bullet header brought a magnificent stop from Reynet (62'), who then saw Lucas Deaux's long-range effort ricochet to safety off a post (62').
The visitors' miserable night was complete when Bafodé Diakité was sent off eight minutes from time for a lunge on Philippoteaux, and could have been worse but Lamine Fomba wasted a good opportunity (88').
THE PLAYER: Romain Philippoteaux
The former Lorient man is now 31, and has spent much of his career in Domino's Ligue 2, but his second league strike of the 2019-20 season suggested he should have been much more in the top division. It was an inspired strike, and gives Nîmes an unpredictable edge they need following Téji Savanier's departure.
THE STAT: 11
Toulouse have failed to win any of their last 12 away games in Ligue 1 Conforama.