ASNL – Châteauroux
That’s it. ASNL finally managed to string together two consecutive victories. It had not happened to him since April 2019. An eternity. But as against Dunkirk, two weeks ago, she had to fight to maintain a success that Châteauroux challenged her until the last second.
She also had her share of troubles. In particular with the last minute package of El Kaoutari replaced at a moment’s notice by Séga Coulibaly. But also because one of his former players still caused him misery.
Who is that ? Romain Grange, of course! The talented midfielder remembered fond memories of his former team. He had already done the trick at the time of Grenoble. He did it again this Saturday, hardly disturbed by the sad atmosphere of this deserted Picot stadium.
Relive the encounter
The splendid flight of Grange
In the quarter of an hour of play, it was he who hit the mark with a splendid volley at the entrance to the surface, on a ball stupidly returned to Castelroussins following a unscrewed clearance from Valette. Châteauroux advantage! The same scenario as a year earlier.
Too bad because ASNL, diligent and not clumsy in its approach work, had started the match rather well. This opening of the score cut off his momentum a little. She then had possession (63%), but without really taking advantage of it during a first period poor in chances.
Bassi makes the difference
Like the previous season, ASNL reversed the match in the second period by showing a little more accuracy in the finish. It was Amine Bassi, not very successful in the execution of set pieces in the first act, who put him back on track.
The playmaker first transformed twice and with cold blood a penalty obtained by Rayan Philippe that Mr. Paradis had given to withdraw (1-1, 53rd). Then he was behind the second goal. As in 2019 when his free kick allowed Ande Dona Ndoh to bend the Berrichonne at the last minute.
A decisive hinge
This time, it was the central defenders of this stunning ASNL who were decisive, Seka remitting for his friend Coulibaly (2-1, 71st). First goal for the pros for the last minute guest.
The end of the match was painful. Châteauroux pushed on relying on his athletic superiority. There were several hot balls in the box of a less comfortable Baptiste Valette than usual. But the Nancy building held on and preserved this precious second success in a row. Here is the ASNL back in the middle of the table. At the end of a first closed session at Picot lucrative!