No less than 17 goals punctuated the multiplex of this 34th day of the championship, marked by the relegation of Dijon.
Four matches were on the multiplex program for this Sunday, April 25. Beaten 5-1 in Rennes, the Dijonnais are officially relegated to Ligue 2. Dropped by its shareholders, Bordeaux sank a little more on the ground, losing 4-1 to Lorient. While Nantes returned to victory 2-1 against Strasbourg. Lens won 2-1 against Nîmes and regained his fifth place, synonymous with qualifying for the European Cup, in Marseille.
If there was still a tiny mathematical hope of seeing the DFCO save its place in the elite, it ended this Sunday in Brittany. By losing heavily 5-1 against Rennes, Dijon took the direction of Ligue 2 for next season. David Linarès’ men had yet opened the scoring thanks to a goal from a penalty kick from Yassine Benzia (9th). But the thinning did not last long. A double from Martin Terrier (16th and 71st) and three other goals from Flavien Tait (73rd), Gerzino Nyamsi (82nd) and Clément Grenier (90th + 2) definitely sealed the fate of the Dijonnais.
In addition to being in the midst of an administrative crisis, the Girondins de Bordeaux are also in danger on the ground. Completely overwhelmed against Lorient, the Bordelais lost for the fifth consecutive time, each time conceding at least three goals. For their part, the Hakes returned to victory thanks to the opening of the score by Yoane Wissa (18th) before continuing with a hat-trick from Terem Moffi (19th, 43rd and 79th). On the Girondins side, Issouf Sissokho saved the honor by scoring his team’s only goal in the 83rd. In troubled waters after the start of King Street, the Girondins are only five points ahead of Nantes, 18th and barrage, and Nîmes, first relegation. Conversely, Lorient offers four points of margin on the Nantes.
It’s a victory that feels good! The Canaries won against Strasbourg 2 to 1. A sixth success this season for the Nantes club. Yet largely dominated by Strasbourg, who opened the scoring (Ludovic Ajorque, 43rd), Nantes managed to return to the score just after half-time thanks to Jean-Charles Castelletto (53rd). Before setting off less than twenty minutes later (Ludovic Blas, 77th). With this victory, Antoine Kombouaré’s men (31 points) therefore take the place of barrage and can maintain the hope of getting rid of it, in Lorient (35 points) or Bordeaux (36) for example.
The Lensois had only one goal in mind, victory and three points. And it’s done! Even at 10 against 11 in the 24th minute of play after Issiaga Sylla’s red card, the Sang et Or won 2-1 against the Nîmes. After the opening of the scoring by Ignatius Ganago (17th), the Lensois were manhandled by Crocos until the equalization on penalty of Zinedine Ferhat (52nd). Franck Haise’s men finally took control of the match thanks to Massadio Haïdara (76th). With this victory, Lens takes fifth place in the standings in Marseille, a folding seat which will be synonymous with European qualification at the end of the season. Nîmes fell to 19th place, tied on points with Nantes.