The incredible defeat of PSG Lille, the offensive waste of Monaco, the double Mathieu Debuchy with Saint-Etienne … here are the stats to remember the weekend of L1.
The slap of the weekend: the PSG in Lille
We could imagine everything but certainly not such a score. PSG went downhill in Lille (5-1). This is the biggest defeat of the Capital club in the league under the QSI era. And it's also the first time he has conceded 5 goals in an L1 match since 2 December 2000 (5-1 at Sedan). On the side of LOSC, it was necessary to go back 67 years to see the team score 5 times against the leader of the championship.
The key moment of the weekend: The 72nd and 73rd minutes of Marseille-Nîmes
This specific moment may tip the Marseille season. While OM struggled for a long time on the Nîmes defense, Rudi Garcia's men scored twice, one after the other. In just 1 minute and 29 seconds. With this two-goal advantage acquired in the second half of the second period, Rudi Garcia's men stopped their offensive momentum, no longer shot at the goal. But they were able to converse the 3 points of the victory (2-1) which brings them back to only five lengths of Lyon, third. A narrow gap almost unexpected eight days earlier when the team imagined potentially to be eleven lengths after the defeat in Bordeaux (2-0). That was before Lyon lost successively against Dijon (1-3) and Nantes (2-1).
The good blow of the weekend: Saint-Etienne
Thanks to his victory against Bordeaux this Sunday (3-0), Saint-Etienne now totals 53 points after 32 L1 days. This is his best total at this stage of the competition since 2014/2015. At that time, the Greens had 56 points at this time of the season and finished in 5th place. But this time, the ranking could be even better. Because the Greens have returned to three lengths of Lyon, third. What hope to finish on the podium of the L1. What the club has been waiting for since 1981/1982 (2nd at the end).
The weekend harvest: Monaco
This Saturday night, Monaco failed to deceive the vigilance of Edouard Mendy and had to settle for a draw (0-0) at home. However, Leonardo Jardim's players have tried a lot. They cumulated 27 strikes. Or their highest total of the season in L1. And also their highest total in a L1 match without scoring in the last 13 seasons. A terrible finding that can also be explained by the lack of shots shot from the ASM in this part (6).
The defender of the weekend: Mathieu Debuchy
On the occasion of the clear victory of Saint-Etienne against Bordeaux (3-0), Mathieu Debuchy distinguished himself by scoring a double. The very first of his professional career. But he is also the first defenseman to achieve such a performance this season in our league. The precedent to be reached is called Marcelo. The Lyonnais had scored twice in favor of Lyon in Metz on April 8, 2018 (0-5).
The confident man of the weekend: Jeff Reine-Adélaïde
A week after unlocking his meter in L1, Jeff Queen Adelaide is riding a good wave. Here he scored the only goal of Angers victory in Caen this Saturday (0-1). In the space of a week, the former Gunner is thus involved in the last four goals of the SCO in L1 (3 goals, 1 assist). And again, this balance could have been a little higher if he had not found the cross on his only other shot of the game.
The disturbing nothingness of the weekend: Dijon
By hosting Amiens, the 17th L1, Dijon had a great opportunity to confirm its success in Lyon (1-3) of the previous weekend and thus establish a positive momentum in the race to maintain. But the current 18th of our championship could not do better than a draw (0-0). This scoreless parity score highlights the offensive difficulties of the team, which nevertheless shot 18 times in this match. In vain, because for the 19th time in 32 league games this season, the team failed to score.