Strasbourg beat Toulouse in thriller
Strasbourg survived conceding the opening goal of the game to Toulouse as they recovered to prevail 4-2 in a relegation six-pointer at La Meinau.
RC Strasbourg Alsace 4-2 Toulouse FC
Now beaten in their last seven Ligue 1 Conforama matches, Toulouse are on their worst run since losing eight in a row in April and May 2005. The latest setback returned Antoine Kombouaré's side to the bottom of the table, after they'd moved up a spot following Nîmes' heavy home loss to OL on Friday evening. Strasbourg, meanwhile, extended the gap between them and the bottom three to six points.
Toulouse took the lead (3') through defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin's opportunistic finish following a Matthieu Dossevi corner. The advantage didn't last long, though, as Lamine Koné's flighted header from a Dimitri Liénard free-kick saw the home skipper level matters (7'). Toulouse's defence disintegrated as Lebo Mothiba was able to cross for the unmarked Adrien Thomasson to finish from near the penalty spot (26').
Strasbourg deserved to be in front and they built on their lead (48') when Ludovic Ajorque was the latest home player to find himself strangely unmarked and the giant forward took full advantage as he headed home Anthony Caci's cross from the left. Toulouse restored some belief (50') when Wesley Saïd finished off a glorious team move, the assist provided by Issiaga Sylla.
Ajorque (52') could have restored Strasbourg's two-goal cushion and then Mothiba (75') managed it as he scored for the third time this season; both his previous goals having come in the 4-1 Week 13 home win over Nîmes. Baptiste Reynet saved from Ajorque but the South African followed up to finish as Strasbourg scored their fifth home win in six outings.
THE PLAYER: Ludovic Ajorque
Standing at 1m97 in his football boots, the forward from the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion never goes unnoticed. Abetted by some shambolic Toulouse defending, this was one of the big man's better displays of the season as he helped himself to a fifth league goal of the campaign and was a general nuisance throughout.
THE STAT: 23
23 goals have been scored in Strasbourg's last five Ligue 1 Conforama matches, making the Alsace club a great watch for neutral football lovers.