Saint-Étienne snatches a draw against Lille in Ligue 1

The match: 1-1

Like Monaco, trapped by Lens (0-2) earlier in the day, Lille is struggling to find its magic recipe from last season. There was better, but the defending champion Lille proved that he remained recovering by conceding a draw at the end of the game, on this head of young Sow (see below) on a corner (85th). After the draw on the wire in Metz (3-3) and the slap against Nice (0-4), the LOSC has still not won since the resumption. Saint-Étienne either (three draws), but the ambitions are different in Forez.

So unrecognizable during the first two days, the Mastiffs have somewhat regained their strength during the previous exercise. We saw, in sequence, the sovereign team of Christophe Galtier. There were several signs at the Cauldron, including this “Kral Burak” goal (see below), inspired and decisive at the right time, like last year. And above all this block more solid, compact and in place, even if it ended up cracking (8 goals conceded in total). A big downside, like the frequent loss of balls in the midfield and the deficit of offensive realism, even if Green has a lot to do with it (see below).

“We can make better choices with the ball, we’re a bit slow. It would be necessary to release more quickly ”, also noted, despite the advantage in the score, captain Benjamin André at the break, on Canal +. “We are very disappointed, confessed his partner Xeka at the final whistle. Two points in three matches is not the face we want to show. “ We have to go back to the start of the 2012-2013 season to see a defending champion, Montpellier in this case (1 draw, 2 defeats), not to count any victory after three days.

The player: Yilmaz, old-fashioned

On the front page of the news this week concerning his future (Christophe Galtier, now in Nice, indicated that the person concerned had called him to join him, while Jocelyn Gourvennec assured that he would keep him in the North), Burak Yilmaz provided his answer on the field of Geoffroy-Guichard. Associated with David at the forefront of 4-4-2 Lille, the Turkish veteran opened the scoring of a dazzling sequence (38th). Pivoting in the box, he turned to roll his shot, pushed into the skylight by Green. The “Kral” immediately went to celebrate with his coach. Should this be seen as a clue to his future? In any case, his goal was not enough to win and the center forward limped off the lawn, hampered in the knee after a lost duel with Green.

The fact: Green-Sow, the triumphant youth of Saint-Etienne

They are the symbols of ASSE’s new project, embodied by its local young people. Already huge in Lens (2-2) last Sunday, despite two goals conceded, Étienne Green was still imperial in the cage. If he is a fair hair on the opening of the score of Yilmaz (38th), the 21-year-old goalkeeper then pushed everything back (40th, 48th, 55th, 58th, 88th …), between outings and stops (5, in total).

Installed in front of him in a central hinge, in the company of Moukoudi, Saïdou Sow, another green promise of barely 19 years old, did his best to contain Yilmaz. The Guinean international had a big defensive activity (1 tackle, 4 clearances, 5 interceptions, 3 recoveries, 1 against …), crowned by this equalization, with the help of the bar, on this corner of Nordin (85th ). ” I was not excpecting that at all, he reacted, all smiles. But we gave everything, we had the hell thanks to the supporters. “ They surely enjoyed it and he will long remember this first goal in the top flight.