After their win on Sunday (October 21st) against Bordeaux, the Héraultais are on the third place of the podium, behind Paris SG and Lille and ahead of Marseille, who beat Nice at the last match of the tenth day.
Much has been said or written about the two media events of the weekend: the tenth consecutive victory of Paris SG (record efficiency again beaten for a start of the championship) and the defeat of Monaco in Strasbourg, for the first time the arrival of new Monaco coach Thierry Henry. But another sensation, more discreet, sways the certainties about the podium announced for the podium of Ligue 1 at the end of the season.
Montpellier, solid and ambitious since the start of August has climbed Sunday 21 on a podium where it was not necessarily expected, relegating at least temporarily the Marseillais and Lyonnais beyond a qualifying spot for the League of champions. None of the three Parisian cadets, Lyon or Marseille has yet faced the Herault, but Montpellier is announced as the likely underdog of the year, with Lille, still impressive against Dijon.
Sunday sports shows are wiping out
The results of the 10e Ligue 1 day: Lyon – Nîmes 2 – 0; Paris SG – Amiens 5 – 0; Caen – Guingamp 0 – 0; Dijon – Lille 1 – 2; Nantes – Toulouse 4 – 0; Strasbourg – Monaco 2 – 1; Reims – Angers 1 – 1; Montpellier – Bordeaux 2 – 0; Saint-Etienne – Rennes 1 – 1; Nice – Marseille 0 – 1.
Classification : 1. Paris SG, 30 pts; 2. Lille, 22; 3. Montpellier, 19; 4. Marseille, 19; 5. Lyon, 17; 6. St. Stephen, 16; 7. Strasbourg, 15; 8. Bordeaux, 14; 9. Toulouse, 13; 10. Angers, 12; 11. Rennes, 12; 12. Caen, 11; 13. Reims, 11; 14. Nice, 11; 15. Nîmes, 10; 16. Dijon, 10; 17. Amiens, 10; 18. Nantes, 9; 19. Monaco, 6; 20. Guingamp, 6.
Formula 1, Lewis Hamilton will have to wait for the title
Lewis Hamilton will have to wait: the Mercedes Briton failed to conquer a fifth world title in Formula 1 at his first try at the US Grand Prix on Sunday. But he will have a second chance next week in Mexico.
Third on the Circuit of the Americas in Austin (Texas), he scored only three points more than the German Sebastian Vettel, fourth, while he needed eight to be crowned. The suspense held Sunday until the last laps of a breathless race, won by Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) who had not won since … 114 GP.
On the French side, the only good news is for the Renault team, which places its two drivers Niko Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz in 6e and 7e positions. No tricolor pilot entered the points. Eighth at the end of the race, Esteban Ocon was disqualified for exceeding the allowed flow of gasoline, Pierre Gasly is 12e and Romain Grosjean gave up.
Rugby, the gradual renaissance of Toulouse
The Toulouse have created the European feat Sunday, October 21 beating in extremis, the reigning European champion, Leinster, who had not been beaten in the European Cup for two years. Sixth in the Top 14, with a significant margin of progression linked to a pool of promising new players, the Garonnais regain gradually the confidence of their public before which they shoved Sunday the formidable Irish.
Montpellier have had less success in Newcastle. They led at the end of the match, when an interminable phase of play in front of their line finally got the better of their resistance (23-20). Qualified in the same hen as the Montpellier, the Toulonnais, trirred (40-14) by Edinburgh, have once again shown their current weakness. Like the Lyonnais, easily beaten by the Saracens (29-10). They are last of their hen, like the Toulonnais. Castres narrowly defeated Exeter (25-29) and Racing 92 crushed Ulster (44-12).
Tennis, The ghost Gael Monfils
Although defeated on Sunday, October 21 by the British Kyle Edmund in three sets in the final of the Antwerp Tournament after two tie-breaks lost, Gael Monfils back in shape. He scores points to one month of the Davis Cup final in Lille against Croatia. Will it be enough to convince Yannick Noah, in delicacy for years with Guadeloupe, to select him? Nothing is less sure.
Davis Cup: the tennis world is falling apart in a big blur