After his demonstration last Saturday in Dijon (4-2), Toulouse wanted to continue their series of invincibility against Valenciennes. Without being as masters of the ball as against the Burgundians, a week earlier, Philippe Montanier’s players did well for a fifth success in a row and consolidated their position as leader in the standings.
A difficult victory to fetch against a willful opponent who stood out from the start with the strike of Gaëtan Robail and a ball deflected on his post by Maxime Dupé (10th). Very balanced, the first period was poor in chances except for this strike from Nathan Ngoumou in Téfécé, diverted from the foot by Saturnin Allagbé. The VA goalkeeper, who could nothing on the head of Ado Onaiwu, the Japanese international, receiving a corner kick from Branco van den Boomen (1-0, 45 + 2).
But Valenciennes, where Mathieu Debuchy for his first tenure was at ease, will never let go of the case as on this attempt by Baptiste Guillaume, at the end of the first period (45th + 3). Despite a more difficult start to the second period, the Northerners nevertheless offered themselves the best opportunities by Robail (64th) and especially Joffrey Cuffaut, whose mule strike forced Dupé to deflect for a corner (67th). Toulouse held on and this victory, in difficulty, confirms that we will have to rely on Téfécé this season.
Also still undefeated, Nîmes had a hard time getting rid of the opposition proposed by the Caen on Saturday. The meeting, let’s say it, did not reach its peaks, also weighed down by a great heat. But too much technical waste on both sides did not make it possible to thrill the supporters of Gard, back in the stands, after their boycott against Pau, to demonstrate against the price of seats.
We can note the head of Benjamin Jeannot for SM Caen, pushed back by Per Kristian Bratveit (24th) then the strike of Mahamadou Doucouré, for the locals after the locker room, and a ball which hit the right post of Rémy Riou (46th ). But, it is Caen who will have two great chances on the heads of Prince Oniangué (79th) and that of Franklin Wadja (81st). With this draw, Nîmes could lose its second place in favor of Paris FC, traveling to Quevilly-Rouen-Métropole and Sochaux, which receives Grenoble.