FC Metz knocked down in the derby against Strasbourg

FC Metz knocked down in the derby against Strasbourg
FC Metz knocked down in the derby against Strasbourg

Despite Mikautadze’s opener, FC Metz conceded two goals late in the match and lost to rival Strasbourg in the Eastern derby (2-1). The Grenats fail to validate their play-off place and will have to play everything against Paris Saint-Germain next Sunday.

Penultimate poster of the season in Ligue 1 (except play-offs) for FC Metz who must ensure in the Grand Est derby against Racing Club de Strasbourg. For this meeting, László Bölöni decides to return with an old recipe, in particular with the returns to the starting eleven of Danley Jean-Jacques, Kévin Van den Kerkhof and Sadibou Sané. Unfortunately, what is displayed here in Alsace is very similar to what happened at the Saint-Symhporien stadium in the first leg. Few clear opportunities to note. Georges Mikautadze misses the target (5th), as does Emegha for Strasbourg (40th). The context of the match does not help the two teams to let go, to the great misfortune of the supporters present in the stadium. Fortunately the scenario favors the Garnets on the other lawns, but all this awaits confirmation in the second half.

When we return from the locker room, the match comes alive. The Garnets even thought they had the hardest fact by invoking the obvious. Diarra misses his back pass, caught by Papa Diallo. Number 7 serves Georges Mikauatdze who, after a feint, deceives Bellaarouch (0-1, 54th). La Meinau is starting to get carried away with his team despite the last home appearances of Gameiro and Sissoko. Unfortunately, the evening once again turns into a nightmare. First, FC Metz loses Lamine Camara, taken out on a stretcher (67th). Georges Mikautadze sees the post return the goal of the break after a masterpiece of which he has the talent (78th). Then Strasbourg wakes up, and in quick succession, turns the match around thanks to Emegha (1-1, 89th) then Santos (2-1, 90th+2). While they abandoned the match after the equalizer, the Garnets failed to at least formalize the play-off status with the other results of the day. We will have to give everything against Paris Saint-Germain to avoid drama.

We liked

  • Mikautadze’s new investment: scorer, almost twice, the Georgian is still talking about his success which no longer surprises anyone. However, the new achievement of number 10 will still not be enough, as he is the only player to survive, or almost.

We didn’t like

  • The first period far from what the Garnets must display: opportunities are lacking and so are inspirations. Neither team left any openings where the other failed to be smarter in the build-up. A spectacle worthy of the rainy weather at the start of the match.
  • Metz gives up and concedes two goals in quick succession: no one will understand what happened. From players to supporters, many will regret, once again, the Garnets’ performance. Impact on the ranking: relegation is still possible.

All the news from FC Metz can be found in the Graoully Mag, every Monday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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