Ligue 1 – Day 30: Lens sinks Strasbourg, Dijon still sees red and Montpellier is relaunching in the race for Europe

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Five meetings were on the program this Sunday afternoon for the 30th day of Ligue 1. Lens was able to get the best of Strasbourg (2-1) as well as Montpellier against Bordeaux (3-1). Dijon did not take its chance against the Rémois yet without much desire (0-1) and is getting closer and closer to relegation. The draw (1-1) between Nantes and Lorient leaves suspense in the fight to maintain.

The Racing Club de Lens took the advantage of their trip to Strasbourg. The Sang et Or won 2-1 against Strasbourg who never managed to realize their opportunities. Massadio Haïdara (5th) and Seko Fofana (40th) gave their teammates three important points, allowing them to consolidate their fifth place in the standings, with three units ahead of Olympique de Marseille.

With this new victory, Franck Haise’s players remain unbeaten for nine matches in Ligue 1, their longest streak since December 2006 and continue to hope for European qualification.

Despite a goal from Jean-Ricner Bellegarde (20th) and many opportunities in the second half, like Ludovic Ajorque (51st, 59th, 90th + 3), the Alsatians did not manage to come back to score and now point to 15th place in the standings with 33 points.

The Dijonnais did not succeed against the Rémois who were not yet very ambitious and lost 0-1 at the Stade Gaston-Gérard. With this new defeat, Dijon has still failed to win at home this season and remains on a bad streak of ten consecutive defeats, a record in the history of the club.

This is yet another hard blow for the team, which has the worst attack in Ligue 1 as it is heading more and more towards relegation with only fifteen points. For their part, thanks to a goal from Boulaye Dia, who took advantage of an error by Dijon goalkeeper Anthony Racioppi (50th), the Rémois have a sixth meeting without defeat.

Montpellier won 3-1 against the Girondins de Bordeaux at La Mosson. The Montpellier ones were however scared by conceding the opening of the score on a goal of Hwang Ui-Jo (28th), but they managed to return in the meeting before half-time thanks to a beautiful free kick of Junior Sambia in full skylight (35th). Michel Der Zakarian’s men subsequently reversed the trend with two achievements by Gaëtan Laborde (58th) and Stephy Mavididi (69th).

Currently undefeated for eight matches, Montpellier finds itself in eighth place in the standings with only four points behind fifth place synonymous with European qualification. Jean-Louis Gasset’s players find themselves 13th with 36 points and only have one victory in nine Ligue 1 matches.

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