Tavares frustrated as Toulouse snatch win
Julio Tavares and Dijon dominated for long spells against Toulouse, but Jean-Victor Makengo's first goal for his new employers gave Alain Casanova's men all three points on Saturday.
Toulouse FC 1-0 Dijon FCO
Dijon may have opened their 2019-20 Ligue 1 Conforama campaign with a 2-1 loss to AS Saint-Etienne, but Stéphane Jobard's men played well for large spells last Saturday and looked set to carry their momentum into their match at Toulouse when their captain Tavares stung Baptiste Reynet's gloves with less than a minute on the clock (1'). After sitting back and absorbing the early pressure, Toulouse returned fire midway through the half, though, with Kelvin Amian's rasping long-range effort testing Reynet's opposite number, Runar Runarsson (22'). Mama Baldé slipped Tavares in for another chance at the other end soon after, but Reynet was once again equal to the Cape Verdean's efforts (28'). Toulouse ended the half stronger, with Jean-Victor Makengo inches away from finding the top corner of the Dijon goal (37'), but there was to be no way through for either side after the first 45 minutes.
Toulouse pull through
Dijon came out of the blocks flying after the restart, and Benjamin Jeannot was unlucky not to give his side the lead with a wicked volley which was punched away at the last by Reynet (46'). Instead it was Toulouse who took the lead. Greece attacker Efthymis Koulouris, did well to carveb out some space before sending a cross into the Dijon box, and Makengo was on hand to lash home his first goal since his summer signing from OGC Nice (54'). Makengo, tail up, nearly turned provider for Max Gradel soon after, but Runarsson was equal to the Toulouse captain's header (61'). Koulouris then crashed an effort off the woodwork (65') as Dijon poured forward. Frédéric Sammaritano kept the hosts honest at the other end, his fizzing shot turned away by Reynet (67') but Toulouse should have had the final say, with Koulouris squandering the chance to add gloss to the scoreline late on (83').
THE PLAYER: William Vainqueur
He may not grab the headlines, but William Vainqueur's performance at the heart of Toulouse's midfield was the difference between victory and defeat for Le Téfécé on Saturday. The former France U21 star, now 30, rolled back the years, winning seven challenges and completing 92 percent of his passes. His loan acquisition from Antalyaspor could prove to be one of the signings of the summer.
THE STAT: 8
This was Toulouse's first win over Dijon in eight attempts in all competitions. The last time the Garonne club got the better of their Breton rivals was in August 2011, when Umut Bulut and Paulo Machado scored in a 2-1 win at the Stadium de Toulouse. Reynet was playing for Dijon against current employers Toulouse that day.