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Good Day, Bad Day: Ligue 1 Match Day 30 review

Tuesday 3rd April 2012
Results: Auxerre 2 - 0 Valenciennes ; Bordeaux 1 - 1 Dijon ;  Lorient 0 - 1 Evian Thonon Gaillar; Saint-Etienne 2 - 3 Nice;  Sochaux 2 - 1 Brest ;  Nancy 2 - 1 Paris S.G.; Caen 0 - 0 Ajaccio;  Lille 2 - 1 Toulouse ;  Rennes 1 - 1 Lyon

 

































































































































































































































































































































































































PWDLGDPts
Montpellier

29





18





6





5





26





60



Paris Saint-Germain

30





17





9





4





22





60



Lille

30





15





11





4





23





56



Lyon

30





15





5





10





10





50



Toulouse

30





14





8





8





6





50



St Etienne

30





13





7





10





3





46



Stade Rennes

30





12





9





9





4





45



Bordeaux

30





10





12





8





3





42



Marseille

29





10





10





9





6





40



Evian Thonon Gaillard

30





10





9





11





-1





39



AS Nancy Lorraine

30





9





9





12





-8





36



Valenciennes

30





9





7





14





-7





34



Dijon FCO

30





9





7





14





-12





34



Lorient

30





7





11





12





-10





32



AC Ajaccio

30





7





11





12





-18





32



Nice

30





7





10





13





-6





31



Brest

30





5





15





10





-5





30



Caen

30





7





9





14





-12





30



Sochaux

30





7





9





14





-15





30



AJ Auxerre

30





5





12





13





-9





27





 

 

Good Day

 

Nancy : A bloody brilliant day in fact. Having beaten Montpellier and Lyon at home, it was expected that Nancy would give the nouveau riche Parisians a good run for their money, but they did Montpellier a huge favour by handing Carlo Ancelotti his first Ligue 1 defeat. They matched their much acclaimed opponents through the entire game. They took the lead, and though they were run ragged after the equalizer, they kept their nerve and took a well-deserved three points with a well taken goal in the 89th minute.

 

Sochaux: After their loss to Lyon last week and after going a goal down at home in the third minute, one might have been forgiven for thinking that new coach Eric Hely's "new manager magic period" was on the verge of ending. But they kept plugging away, dominated possession, created the better chances and they were rewarded for their perseverance in the 77th minute when Modibo Maiga scored the equalizer.They got the winner five minutes later when Man of the match Marvin Martin provided an inch perfect cross for substitute Slovan Privat. The home side moved to 19th in the table, now in the relegation zone only due to an inferior goal difference and with real momentum on their hands.

 

Auxerre: This was a game they had to win to give themselves a chance of escaping from relegation. They did, and gave new manager, Jean Guy Wellame, his first win. They had the better chances and took advantage of a lackluster performance from mid table Valenciennes. This was their first win in 3 months. But the good times may not last long as their next two fixtures at Lyon and at home to PSG may just make or break their season.

 

Nice: They would've been happy with a point considering they were playing away against a team 6th in the table. But they snatched all three points right at the end, that takes them away from the relegation spots, albeit only by a point. That they came back to restore parity two times in the game bodes well for them as the relegation dogfight reaches its most exciting phase.

 

Dijon: You are on the back foot for the entire game, did not muster a single clear cut opportunity and then suddenly in the dying stages of the game you score with the only shot on target. That has to be counted as a good day. Now 4 points off the relegation zone, slowly but surely reaching safety, although they aren't home and dry yet.

 

Lille:  Another win, another five star performance by Eden Hazard. More importantly, they defeated Toulouse, their closest competitors for the 3rd spot. They are now six points clear in third spot and just 4 points behind PSG.They are yet to play both PSG and Montpellier and may have a significant say in where the championship heads; they themselves might be sniffing at a chance of a late ambush to steal it. Who knows!!!

 

Lyon: A point at Rennes, undefeated in the last four games in the league and in the 4th spot. Remi Garde's young side have made good strides this season. They were good value for their 1-1 draw at Rennes.

 

Bad Day



PSG: With Montpellier not playing, the Parisians had a great chance to go 3 points clear at the top. But similar failings finally caught up with them, as they were beaten by Nancy to hand Carlo Ancelotti his first defeat in the league. They had been grabbing last minute equalizers in the last few games but this team they got a taste of their own minute as they were defeated by an 89th minute winner. They remain as unconvincing as ever.

 

L orient: Every season you hear the phrase "too good to go down". Last year they said the same about Deportivo in La Liga and Sampdoria in Serie A. Both got relegated. They are saying the same thing about Lorient this year. They recorded their first win in 4 months two weeks ago. This week they produced a listless performance at home against Evian. Normally very adept in the transfer market, their signings have not performed well. They have a tough run-in in the next few weeks. The relegation quagmire is well and truly beckoning unless they quickly turn things around.

 

Brest: Losing a relegation six pointer away from home is painful enough. To lose it after leading 1-0 for 75 minutes compounds the misery. To be fair, they rode their luck for vast streches of the game and nothing but a win would have been hard on Sochaux. Brest need to win their home games to have a chance of escaping.

 

Caen: A dour, cagey game. Exactly what you expect from a relegation six pointer. Suddenly, out of nowhere u get a penalty. And it is duly wasted. What do you call that??Relegation material. Winless in the last six games and sinking fast into the relegation mire.

 

Bordeaux: Paid for their profligacy in front of the goal. They let the opposition score with their only shot on target, in the 89th minute. Their 3-5-2 works very well away from home as they seek to crowd the midfield and hit on the counter. But they need to do something different at home. Draws at home are not going to help their cause.

 

Evian: They squandered leads twice and went on to lose the game. A home loss against relegation strugglers would not have gone down well with the fans. Europa League is still a possibility, but not with performances like these.

 

Toulouse: Masters of ekeing out 1-0 wins, they just couldn't stop Eden Hazard at his devestating best. Pulled a goal back in the second half but a sending off killed their chances of a comeback. May have to settle for a Europa League spot.

 

Rennes: They could've been up 3-0 in the first twenty minutes but did not convert their dominance into goals. Allowed Lyon into the game and had to settle for a point.Now they are five points off a Europa League spot. Their talisman Yann' M Villa is set to leave this summer.

 

 

 
lvkchaitanya
An Arsenal fan since 1997. I am an Information Technology Graduate from Hyderabad, India with a passion for football writing

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