Football: What to remember from day 18 of Ligue 1

Football: What to remember from day 18 of Ligue 1

The 18th matchday of the French Ligue 1 championship will be played this Wednesday. Find the results and full summaries of the matches.

Clermont-Rennes: 2-1

Clermont has offered the scalp of another “fat”. The Auvergnats beat Rennes (2-1) ten days after beating Lyon. Surprisingly ninth, Clermont opened the scoring through Grejohn Kyei (31st). Arnaud Kalimuendo brought Rennes back (74th) but Johan Gastien crucified the Bretons who were reduced to 9 (exclusion of Benjamin Bourigeaud and Warmed Omari, who will be absent to host PSG on Sunday).

Auxerre Toulouse: 0-5

Since their debacle in Marseille (6-1) to resume the championship, Toulouse has chained a third win in as many games in 2023 by punishing Auxerre (5-0) who are sinking in the red (18th). At the Abbé Deschamps stadium, Téfécé was delighted with goals from Farès Chaïbi (4′), Anthony Rouault (33′), Branco van den Boomen (41′), Zakaria Aboukhlal (75′) and Thijs Dallinga (88′). This is the fourth consecutive loss in L1 for Auxerre, which is not very reassuring before he challenges PSG runners-up Lens, at the top of the standings, on Saturday. For his part, Toulouse is 11the.

Ajaccio-Reims: 0-1

Reims offered a great win at Ajaccio (0-1) thanks to a very quick goal from Marshall Munetsi (3′). Three points in the bag allowing the Rémois to confirm their place in the soft underbelly of Ligue 1, just outside the top 10.

Brest-Lille: 0-0

Lille did not shine and conceded the draw in Brest (0-0). The Breton club who oversaw the Ligue 1 debut of their new coach Eric Roy.

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Nantes-Lyon: 0-0

In eighth place, OL were held to a goalless draw by FC Nantes (14′) and missed an opportunity to rebound ten days after losing 1-0 at home to Clermont. At the Beaujoire Stadium, Lyon newcomer Dejan Lovren began to steady a defense that needed it, conceding for the first time since October 30. This tie leaves OL (25 points) well off the podium while Nantes offers some breathing room with four lengths clear of the red zone.

Lorient-Monaco: 2-2

Monaco saved the point from a draw at the very end of the game (2-2) against Lorient. Breel Embolo (61′) opened the scoring, then the Bretons tipped everything in three minutes through Dango Ouattara (75′) and Terem Moffi (77′) until Ben Yedder equalized in added time (90’+3′). Monaco, who should be comforted by being eliminated from the Coupe de France and picking up points against their rivals in the race for European places, may be biting their fingers for not being able to do more.

Troyes OM: 0-2

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Nice-Montpellier : 6-1

What a recital for the premiere of Didier Digard. Replacing Lucien Favre, who was sacked earlier in the week, the former OGC Nice player and captain saw his side largely beat Montpellier (6-1). Nicolas Pepe (15e56e), Ross Barkley (81e83e) scored twice. Kephren Thuram (34e) and Andy Delort (75e) also scored. The beautiful free kick by Téji Savanier (80e) will not have been enough for the Héraultais.

PSG trouble: 2-0

Victorious return for Lionel Messi. The Argentine world champion, who was applauded when announcing his name before the game, made a successful return to the Parc des Princes in the PSG shirt. Paris won against Angers (2-0). The Parisians, disadvantaged by Kylian Mbappé and Achraf Hakimi, didn’t really shine against the red lantern of Ligue 1, but won thanks to Hugo Etikite and thus Lionel Messi. Enough to bounce back after the first setback of the season in Lens ten days ago. Paris is also winter champion.

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Strasbourg lens: 2-2

Mathieu Le Scornet, who has just been appointed Strasbourg coach and was Julien Stéphan’s former assistant, gave the Alsatians a deserved draw against Lens (2-2). At the Meinau Stadium, Alexis Claude-Maurice (11′) and Loïs Openda (33′) scored for Lens and Sanjin Prcic (13′) and Kevin Gameiro (16′) for Strasbourg.