Ligue 1: Paris and OM neutralized, Montpellier emboldened, wave of Covid cases, match postponed … What to remember from the multiplex of the 19th day

After their victory against Lens, the Niçois took back the place of runner-up at the Olympique de Marseille on Wednesday.

The 19 th Ligue 1 day , the last of the year 2021, contested in multiplex Wednesday 22 December, offered a rain of goals. In total, 25 were registered in nine matches, and not ten as initially planned. We take a look back at the highlights of this very hectic evening.

Info: PSG, a leader with feet of clay

A draw snatched in-extremis, a meeting ended at 00, and a disturbing impression. Paris did not end the year on a high note. Eleven shots is the amount of strikes attempted by Lorient in the first period against Paris. According to OptaJean, this corresponds to the record of shots suffered by PSG this season in Ligue 1, a record equaled.

11 – Paris suffered 10 shots in the first period against Lorient, equaling his record in Ligue 1 this season already established in Lens on December 4 and against Clermont on 11 September. Vulnerable. # FCLPSG

– OptaJean (@OptaJean) December 21, 2021 This defensive fragility is symptomatic of the PSG version 2011 / 2021, which also suffers a large number of shots in the Champions League . But this time it was not the City of Guardiola who made the powder speak against the Reds and Blues but Lorient, the worst attack in Ligue 1 (only 12 goals scored so far), but the author of a solid performance at home, like the splendid opening of Monconduit’s score (56 e) . On a goal by Mauro Icardi at the very end of the match (85 e + 1), PSG is doing it again in extremis, but will have to find a solution if it does not want to know a year 2022 difficult. Sergio Ramos, who entered at the break, was expelled (83 e).

The good deal: Nice dolphin at the expense of Marseille

It was one of the challenges of this multiplex, second place in the championship. And there was movement. Scored from 63 e minute by Reims despite their domination, the Marseillais stumbled for a long time on an excellent Predrag Rajkovic on his line. Despite their equalization on a penalty after a foul by Gravillon on Payet in additional time, the Phocéens (reduced to 00 after exclusion of Bamba Dieng at the 83 e) fail to keep their place just behind PSG in the standings.

When you finish the phase go to 2nd place # OGCNRCL # OGCNice

– OGC Nice (@ogcnice) December 22, 2021 Because the Niçois carried out the beautiful operation of the evening. Faced with a combative Lens team and organized around a three-way environment denser than usual, the Niçois were also led from the 25 e after a goal from Kalimuendo. But Lemina’s first goal (56 e) with his club and a nice achievement by Justin Kluivert (75 e) solo allowed the Aiglons to take take off and win (2-1). Tied on points with OM (30 points), Nice takes the place of dolphin thanks to a better goal difference (+ 12 versus + 12)).

The disappointment: no improvement for Saint-Etienne and Lyon

Sworn enemies, the two neighboring clubs can nevertheless share a relatively similar observation after tonight’s matches. Lyon had started the match rather well by being very aggressive. The three changes made by Peter Bosz at half-time (Cherki for Paqueta, Toko Ekambi for Da Silva and Guimaraes for Caqueret) seemed to have their effect, with the opening of the Lyon score thanks to a header from a corner from the young Gone Castello Lukeba (40 e). But three minutes later, Metz glued back to a magnificent sequence from Boubacar Traoré. With this draw (1-1), the Lyonnais go on to a fourth game without a win in Ligue 1.

Coach Peter Bosz after # OLFCM : “We are disappointed with the result. Against Metz at home, we have to win. The second half was better. But this match is a big disappointment. Things had to change at half-time. I’m sure we’ll do better by 2021. »

– Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) December 21, 2022 Called to the bedside of a dying Saint-Etienne team, Pascal Dupraz made his first in Ligue 1 and Geoffroy Guichard. But has not yet found the antidote. However, the Stéphanois seemed better than during their last outings, with a rather coherent block, and real opportunities to score without achieving it. A solitary raid by Kolo-Muani concluded with a superb goal (79 e) for Nantes (1-0) deprived the Greens of any point. Fifth consecutive defeat in Ligue 1 for Saint-Etienne, red lantern of the championship with 11 points.

The context: Ligue 1 faced with an increase in contamination

The matches had not yet started that one element is already obvious: the cascade of Covid contaminations – 14 in several Ligue 1 clubs. Bordeaux, Stade de Reims, Angers but also PSG have indicated that they have a certain number of positive cases within their professional workforce.

SDR medical press release

– Stade de Reims (@StadeDeReims) December 22, 2021 The numbers are impressive. If PSG does not fare too badly with two contaminated players and one placed in isolation as a precaution, this is not the case for the others. In Reims six cases of Covid were detected, ” four players as well as the two members of the staff “according to the press release of club rémois. The Angers SCO did not communicate the number of infected within it, but its departure for Montpellier was delayed while waiting for the rest of the players and the staff, considered as contact cases, to be tested.

On the Bordeaux side, we quite simply did not play the game against Lille. The Girondins saw nine contaminated players.

The unforeseen: match postponed between Clermont and Strasbourg

A match could not be held, but nothing to do with the Covid. The Clermont-Strasbourg meeting was postponed because of a thick fog on the ground. A few minutes from the start of the match, the referee and the two clubs noted the very poor visibility on the Auvergne lawn, with real pea puree and winter temperatures close to 0 degrees.

The match between Clermont and Stasbourg from 22 December 2021 was postponed due to heavy fog. (JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK / AFP)

The LFP indicated in a press release that “e n due to weather conditions, the Clermont Foot match 63 – RC Strasbourg Alsace (…), initially scheduled for Wednesday 22 December 2021 at 21 h , is postponed to a later date to be determined by the LFP competitions commission “. This meeting will therefore have to be rescheduled at the start 2021.