L1: Icardi saves Paris, Nice 2nd at the truce, Marseille and Lyon slowed down

Paris SG, outnumbered, avoided the worst in Lorient (1-1) thanks to Mauro Icardi on Wednesday for the 18 he Ligue 1 day, the last before the break, marked by the rise of Nice, new runner-up, and the missteps of Marseille and Lyon.

– Icardi compensates Mbappé, the PSG blows –

Without Kylian Mbappé suspended, it was Mauro Icardi who played the saviors for the Paris SG of a head in the very last seconds (90 e + 1).

Referee Jérémie Pignard waves a yellow card to Paris defender SG Sergio Ramos on the lawn of Lorient in Ligue 1 on 19 December 2021 (AFP – JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER) In a match that looks like a trap at Moustoir, Paris got scared: Lionel Messi found the post (22 e) and struggled in vain to face the ant-last of L1, who opened the scoring with a splendid stretched strike from Thomas Monconduit (38 e).

Entering the break, the experienced defender Sergio Ramos saw his match cut short by a red card (86 e) and Paris seemed to be heading for defeat … until Icardi’s flash.

From What to save the day for his coach and compatriot Mauricio Pochettino, who would have spent the holidays surrounded by rumors of departure in case of defeat … “See you next year”, launched the Argentine coach, all smiles after the meeting on Canal +, while the PSG, still under construction, ended the year alone in the lead (45 pts).

“In terms of results, we are in the race in all competitions. In terms of performance, we are looking for the right physiognomy of the team “, summed up Pochettino.

– Nice runner-up, Marseille torn off, Rennes cooled –

In the race for the podium, the great operation is for Nice which erased three consecutive defeats at home by overcoming Lens (2-1).

Here are the Aiglons installed in second place of L1 (33 pts) for the holidays, a enviable position, especially given the stunning scenario at the Allianz-Riviera with two goals from Mario Lemina (59 e) and Justin Kluivert (75 e) to answer Arnaud Kalimuendo (30 e).

If Nice was able to overtake Marseille on the wire, it is because OM were satisfied with a draw at home in front of Reims (1-1), which led 1-0 for a long time thanks to Hugo Ekitike ((75 e).

In an electric end of the match where the young marseill attacker ais Bamba Dieng was sent off for a nasty tackle, Dimitri Payet suffered a foul in the box and himself converted the penalty (90 e + 8), before putting on a Santa hat to celebrate.

It’s a lesser evil for Marseille (3rd, 33 pts, one match less), especially as Rennes, beaten 2-1 in Monaco on goals from Wissam Ben Yedder (35 e sp) and Kevin Volland (72 e), finds himself ejected from the podium .

This is also the business of Montpellier, which chained against Angers (4-1) a fourth victory in the league thanks to the essential Téji Savanier, scorer (14 e) then ferryman (30 e) the day of his 30 years.

– Lyon still stalls, David propels Lille –

Lyon is still woozy: in a peri A complicated ode for OL, between the announced departure of sporting director Juninho and repeated outbursts of his supporters, Peter Bosz’s team could not do better than a 1-1 draw against Metz (18 e, 16 pts).

Young Castello Lukeba (18 years) had yet opened the mark of the head (56 e ) but OL immediately fell back into their failures on Boubacar Traoré’s equalizer (56 e).

Lille striker Jonathan David with a flower in his hand after his goal on the Bordeaux lawn in Ligue 1 on 18 December 2021 (AFP – Thibaud MORITZ) Lyon was co-leader at the end of the break 2020? He will pass the holidays to a disappointing one 12 e place in 2021 …

On the other hand, Lille has recovered: at the end of a year 2021 rich in emotions, from the title of champion of France in May to the qualification for the 8th of the Champions League in December, the club northerner overthrew Bordeaux (3-2), with a victorious goal from Jonathan David, top scorer in the championship.

And the Canadian, flower in hand, celebrated his 12 th goal of the season to hoist the Losc to 8th place in L1 (28 pts).

– Failed start for Dupraz, Rami saves Troyes –

Members of Clermont and Strasbourg football clubs before the start of the L1 match, which was finally postponed due to the fog, on 22 December 2021 to S tade Gabriel Montpied de Clermont-Ferrand (AFP – JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK) At the bottom of the table, Pascal Dupraz’s debut on the bench of Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1 was ended with a new setback against Nantes (0-1), which complicates the operation to maintain the Greens, always last (00 pts).

At the same time, Troyes pulled off the draw against Brest (1 -1) thanks to his veteran Adil Rami (81 e).

As for the match between Clermont and Strasbourg, it was postponed due to thick fog and will have to be rescheduled.