Monaco qualified for the Champions League, Lille climbs onto the podium, Rennes will not be European

Monaco qualified for the Champions League, Lille climbs onto the podium, Rennes will not be European
Monaco qualified for the Champions League, Lille climbs onto the podium, Rennes will not be European

Winner in Nantes (2-1), Lille climbs onto the podium

After losing a completely crazy match against Lyon (4-3) last Monday, LOSC had to move forward again in Nantes to overtake Brest in third place on the Ligue 1 podium, synonymous with direct qualification for the phase of Champions League groups. Mission accomplished.

Paulo Fonseca’s team made their task easier with a thunderous start to the match marked by a double from Jonathan David in the first quarter of an hour. The Canadian first showed his head game and his sense of (dis)placement on a corner deflected by Bafodé Diakité (1-0, 8th) before concluding a nice collective movement of his team, initiated by Edon Zhegrova (2 -0, 11th) in the middle of a passive Nantes defense.

At the break, Antoine Kombouaré slammed his fist and made two changes. His team rebelled. One of the two entrants, Bénie Traoré, first saw his shot hit the post before Matthis Abline found the fault and gave his team hope (2-1, 54th). Kombouaré’s choices could have allowed the Canaries to snatch a draw if Lucas Chevalier had not made a high-class save in front of Traoré (85th). Despite this defeat, Nantes is assured of remaining in Ligue 1 after Metz’s defeat in Strasbourg (2-1). LOSC is certain to finish in the top 4 and even has destiny between its feet to finish on the podium.

Hanging on by Lens (1-1), Rennes will not be European

The reception in Lens looked like a last chance for Rennes in the race for the top 6, synonymous with European qualification. Rather dominant in the first half, the Bretons lacked precision in the last gesture, like Amine Gouiri (5th, 37th). Julien Stéphan’s players paid cash after returning from the locker room when Angelo Fulgini (48th) shot Steve Mandanda with a point-blank shot in the penalty area.

The Rennais did not lose hope and saw their efforts rewarded at the end of the match thanks to Ibrahim Salah (82nd). The Bretons played their part in the money-time but it was not enough. This parity score (1-1) puts an end to their European dreams. For its part, Lens remains sixth but sees Lyon return to equality with a goal average lower than its own.

Faller of Montpellier (2-0), Monaco will see the C1

One point was enough for the Monegasques to secure a place on the podium and therefore qualification for the next group stage of the Champions League. But the Principality club is thinking bigger and aiming for second place. An ambition confirmed this Sunday on the Mosson lawn.

After missing several opportunities in the first period, notably due to two saving tackles from Christopher Jullien in front of Breel Embolo (11th) then Folarin Balogun (45+1), Adi Hütter’s players made the difference in the second act thanks to Kassoum Ouattara (1-0, 52nd) then Youssouf Fofana (2-0, 65th), at the conclusion of a counter blitz.

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