Disaster scenario took place this Saturday in Saint-Etienne. Namely that of the payer the high price of a Green Angels birthday celebrated unsurprisingly against AS Monaco with dozens of fumigants. The next in camera, therefore, comes at the worst possible time, in an extremely tense 37th day of Ligue 1.
And yet, facing a Stade de Reims (12th) well tucked in the soft belly, the Greens had the means to retain their place as barragiste, with 3 points ahead of Metz and 4 over Bordeaux before the match. Battus (1-2) after a disastrous second period, Pascal Dupraz’s men are now 19th, ahead of the goal average (six goals) by Metz.
The cold from the start
Sainté didn’t even hold two minutes of play to concede his 75th goal of the season. A funny performance since the Rémois had not yet crossed the midfield. Even if I gave the impression of a good rendezvous in a match, the Greens are still able to quickly remember how dramatically permeable they have been for months.
Mitchell van Bergen (0, but also 0 was decisive this season in Ligue 1) and was once mystified by Yvann Maçon and Saïdou Sow in a balle sur son aile gauche award. Paul Bernardoni made a good save from Ilan Kebbal in the center of the Dutchman’s setback, but Marshall Munetsi completed the action and put a big shot behind Stéphane’s header (0-1, 2nd). A scenario of yet another disappointment, especially in this gloomy atmosphere, then took shape.
A trompe l’oeil reaction
ASSE responded just ten minutes later, thanks to a shuffled corner from Yunis Abdelhamid, which allowed Eliaquim Mangala to equalize with a mine from the left (1-1, 12th). This was followed by a very clear time of Pascal Dupraz’s men, with several great opportunities to take the lead, as on a head of Ryad Boudebouz not supported enough (17th), and two attempts by Mahdi Camara repulsed by reflex stops of Predrag Rajkovic (21st and 27th). But in view of the second Stéphane period completely upside down, this good sequence does not weigh heavily.
Hugo Ekitike and Les Rémois are approaching Sainté de la Ligue 2
How could Stéphanois get into their second period so badly? It is a mystery at the sight of the sword of Damocles hanging over the club since the beginning of this galley season or so. It took two miraculous saves from Miguel Trauco and Saidou Sow (55th), and then a shot close to the skylight of Hugo Ekitike, who came into play at the break (56th), to push back the cruel failure. The ASSE defense finally gave way on the first goal in Ligue 1 of Kamory Doumbia (19 years old), who easily took the lead over Eliaquim Mangala on the spot (1-2, 55th). Between the hit of Ekitike on the post (83rd) and an incredible parade of Paul Bernardoni against Dion Lopy (85th), Sainté was on the verge of an even bigger disappointment, and made heavy with the success of FC Metz against Angers ( 1-0), and Bordeaux was unable to beat Lorient (0-0).
To top it all off, Stéphane’s players felt hurt when Romain Hamouma was re-equalized for a two-time goal, lightly touching Rajkovic’s arm on the shot (72nd). Clément Turpin may have been questioned by the entire Chaudron, about thirty people, so it is not even to check the VAR images. Add a superb floating free kick by Wahbi Khazri who flirted with the skylights of an arch-beaten Rajkovic… In a tense post-match context with incidents around the Chaudron, Sainté now does more than flirt with Ligue 2, in the shoes of a 19th at the time of moving to Nantes next Saturday, and hoping that PSG beat Metz at the same time.