OM stalls, OL continues


By: Manu Tournoux

Find all the results of this Wednesday evening’s matches, counting for the 17th day of Ligue 1.

All the Ligue 1 players were out for a final lift before the end-of-year holidays, this Wednesday evening. In an 18-a-side championship, this 17th and final day of the first leg was a small turning point, before a year 2024 which promises to be full of suspense as the positions are tight at all levels.

Monaco and Nice don’t give up

While the spotlights were still focused on the Parc des Princes, where Kylian Mbappé blew out his 25th candle during a PSG-Metz unbalanced on paper (3-1), the other top names in Ligue 1 also had a card to play, starting with Monaco. Seducing third, the Principality club traveled to Toulouse with a vengeful spirit, a few days after an unexpected setback against Lyon (0-1). And ASM held its place by winning thanks to a double from Ben Yedder, pushing a Téfécé team a little further into doubt (2-1).

Runner-up to PSG at kick-off, Nice, for its part, was opposed to Lens. An interesting poster between two outsiders with opposite trajectories. And this match turned out in favor of the Aiglons. A double from Moffi was enough for the happiness of the Riviera club, which therefore ends this first leg in a dolphin costume.

OM limits damage

Olympique de Marseille was also expected around the corner. After four consecutive victories, Gennaro Gattuso’s team had every intention of building on its good momentum. But for this, the Marseillais had to tame Montpellier, a formidable opponent on the counterattack. And OM finally stalled by settling for a parity score (1-1). A lesser evil if we rely on the scenario of the match, since the locals had taken the lead through Fayad a quarter of an hour into the game, before Veretout equalized in the second half.

Lyon makes the pass of 3!

Surprise formation of the top 5, Brest challenged Lorient in a Breton derby where the positions did not correspond to the statuses. A match which saw the Finisterians enjoy a real walk in the park thanks to the individual performance of the evening – a quadruple in one half from Doumbia (4-0). But it was obviously Lyon who were still being watched this Wednesday. After two consecutive successes, Pierre Sage’s men had the opportunity to continue their series against Nantes. They accomplished their mission thanks to a new, oh-so-precious goal from a rediscovered Lacazette (1-0).

In the other matches, Rennes finally revolted on the lawn of the red lantern, in Clermont (3-1), while Lille fell on the ground of a Strasbourg team in clear recovery of form (1-2 ). Finally, Reims, on a downward slope, recovered by bringing down the promoted Le Havre thanks to a goal from Nakamura (1-0).

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