Bordeaux almost in L2, ASSE in danger, the FA Cup for Liverpool, Lewandowski and Mller at the top, concern for Salah, Strasbourg and Lens ensure, Lyon finishes the house well… Discover the highlights of Saturday’s matches in Ligue 1 and in Europe.
The Bordeaux people are heading towards Ligue 2.
The results in Ligue 1 (click on the score to read the brief or the article on the match): Bordeaux 0-0 Lorient, Lyon 3-2Nantes, Metz 1-0 Angers, Monaco 4-2 Brest, Montpellier 0-4 Paris Saint-Germain, Nice 1-3 Lille, Rennes 2-0 Marseille, Saint-Etienne 1-2 Reims, Strasbourg 1-0 Clermont, Troyes 1-3 Lens.
The main results in Europe: Bielefeld 1-1 RB Leipzig, Dortmund 2-1 Hertha Berlin, Wolfsburg 2-2 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga), Chelsea 0-0 (5-6 pens) Liverpool (FA Cup), AS Roma 1-1 Venice (Serie A) .
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1. Bordeaux almost in Ligue 2! The end of a real ordeal for the people of Bordeaux. In Ligue 1, Bordeaux was held in check by Lorient (0-0). In a hard-fought game, both sides missed out on great opportunities and weren’t able to break the net. If this result makes the Hakes happy, maintained, he almost condemns the Girondins. Not yet officially in L2, Bordeaux, 20th, is 3 points behind Metz, 18th, and a goal difference that is too unfavorable (-41 against -29). It’s over soon….
2. ASSE no longer has its destiny in its hands. Very bad result for AS Saint-Etienne, beaten in a Stade Geoffroy Guichard behind closed doors by Reims (1-2) in Ligue 1. However, after the opener from Munetsi (2nd), the Greens reacted quickly through Mangala (12th). But after Garcia’s changes at the break, the Rmois pushed to finally win thanks to the young Doumbia (61st). Now 19th, ASSE no longer has its destiny in hand and can only overtake Metz, tied for 18th, on the last day.
3. The FA Cup for Liverpool! As in the League Cup final last February, Liverpool finally beat Chelsea (0-0, 6-5 on pens) after the suspense in the FA Cup final! After a thunderous start to the game from the Reds, the Blues were able to respond with a very intense game. Despite Salah’s injury exit, the two teams went blow for blow, but scored on Mendy, Alisson or the uprights. Unable to separate during regulation time and then in extra time, the two teams therefore competed in a penalty shootout. And in this exercise, Klopp’s men were the most skilful despite a save from Mendy in front of Man, while Azpilicueta and Mount missed for the Londoners!
4.The Metz lift. In the race to maintain FC Metz carried out the great operation of the evening with a victory against Angers (1-0) in Ligue 1. With great motivation, the Messins fought well and took advantage of a header from Lamkel Z (51st) to win. With this victory, the FCM climbs to 18th place, synonymous with the play-offs. Be careful though because the last day promises to be complicated on the lawn of Paris Saint-Germain.
5. Strasbourg provides the essentials. In a superb Meinau atmosphere, Strasbourg dominated Clermont (1-0) in Ligue 1. During a not very animated meeting, the Alsatians took advantage of a strong moment to find the way to the nets on a magnificent header from Thomasson (28th). A major success for the RCSA, now 5th in the standings. Despite this setback, Clermont has validated its maintenance in L1.
6. Lens can still dream of Europe. Quickly men, Lens still won on the lawn of Troyes (3-1) in Ligue 1. After the opener from Biancone (15th), the Lensois reacted perfectly before the break thanks to Danso (42nd) then a superb lob from Kalimuendo (45th). Dominators, the Northerners drove the point home by Clauss (71st) to remain 7th in the standings2 points from Strasbourg, 5th. For its part, ESTAC, 15th, is officially maintained in L1.
7. Reverse, Bayern ends in a draw. Already sacred for several weeks, Bayern Munich was hooked by Wolfsburg (2-2) for the last day of the Bundesliga. Despite quick goals from Stanisic (17th) and Lewandowski (40th), the Munich residents conceded a draw on the achievements of Wind (45th) and Kruse (58th). A result without any consequences for Bayern, which therefore finished at the top of the standings with 8 points ahead of their runner-up, Borussia Dortmund.
8. Lewandowski still on top. For the 7th time in his career, Bayern Munich centre-forward Lewandowski finished top scorer in the Bundesliga. Over this 2021-2022 financial year, the Polish international has maintained an exceptional performance with a total of 35 goals in 34 games. The Munich player is ahead of Schick (24 goals with Bayer Leverkusen), Hland (22 goals with Dortmund), then the French Modeste and Nkunku (20 goals with Cologne and Leipzig). This is the 5th consecutive coronation for Lewandowski.
9. Mller, the art of passing! For the 3rd time in a row and the 4th time in his career, Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Mller finished the Bundesliga season as the top assist provider. With 18 gifts distributed, the German got the better of Diaby and Nkunku, authors of 12 decisive passes with Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig. A true living legend.
10. Concern for Salah!Holder against Chelsea (0-0, in progress) in the FA Cup final, Liverpool winger Salah was forced out in the 33rd minute as replaced by Jota. Muscularly affected in the thigh, the Egyptian international is now necessarily uncertain for the final sprint in the Premier League, but also the Champions League final scheduled for May 28 at the Stade de France against Real Madrid.
11.Lyon finished well at Groupama Stadium. Before moving to Clermont on the last day, Olympique Lyonnais got the better of FC Nantes (3-2) in Ligue 1. Despite a heavy context at Groupama Stadium, Les Gones put up some interesting football with goals from Dembl (9th) and Paqueta (79th). In an unbridled end to the game, Merlin (81st), Tte (85th) then Cyprien (90 + 4th) put on the show. In the standings, OL and FCN occupy 8th and 9th place respectively.
12. OM lose Rennes big. In a Ligue 1 clash, Olympique de Marseille lost on the lawn of Rennes (0-2). In great difficulty at the start of the game, the Phocens cracked twice on goals from Bourigeaud (12th) and Majer (35th). Too little inspired, the men of Jorge Sampaoli find themselves 3rd, tied with AS Monaco, 2nd, and under pressure from Rennes, 4th 3 points.To read the full game analysis, it’s here.
13. ASM has come a long way! Men of two goals, AS Monaco pulled out all the stops to win against Brest (4-2) in Ligue 1. Unrecognizable at the start of the game, the Mongasques conceded two goals by Duverne (10th) and Belali (23rd). But the inevitable Ben Yedder (44th sp, 51st, 54th) revived his team with a hat-trick before a final goal from Volland (70th). Thanks to this success, ASM, on a series of 9 consecutive victories, takes 2nd place!To read the full game analysis, it’s here.
14. The champion’s lesson. In demonstration, Paris Saint-Germain completely outclass Montpellier (4-0) in Ligue 1. Very little concerned, the Hraultais were strolled by the Parisians with a double from Messi (6th, 20th), a goal from Di Maria (26th) and a penalty from Mbapp (60th, sp), who also made two assists. Already crowned for several weeks, the PSG ends the season on a good rhythm. To read the complete analysis of the game, it’s here.
15. Nice, the big disappointment. Yet in front of the score the break, OGC Nice totally cracked against Lille (1-3) in Ligue 1. After a well-controlled first period with a goal from Kluivert (31st), the Aiglons sank with a double from David (52nd, 61st) then a final achievement from Weah (90+5th). A standard of illusion for the Gym, who drops to 6th place in the standings.To read the full game analysis, it’s here.
16. Dortmund win on the wire. For this last day of the Bundesliga, Dortmund, already guaranteed to finish 2nd place, won on the wire against Hertha Berlin (2-1). After the opening of the score of Belfodil (18th, sp), the BvB has galis by Hland (68th, sp)scorer for his last match under the colors of this team, before the winning goal signed Moukoko (84th). A great party at Signal Iduna Park. Note that Hertha, 16th, will have to play a play-off to avoid following Greuther Furth, 18th, and Bielefeld, 17th, in Bundesliga 2.
17. Leipzig got hot… Long led to the score, RB Leipzig finally snatched a draw Bielefeld (1-1) on the last day of the Bundesliga. With this result, Nkunku and his partners have managed to retain 4th position in the standings, qualifying for the Champions League. A relief for the RBL, well helped by the victory at the same time of Bayer Leverkusen, 3rd, against Freiburg (2-1).
18. Roma are still slowing down… InSerie A, AS Roma was snagged by Venice (1-1). Surprised by the very quick opener of Okereke (1st), the Romans were nevertheless revived by the expulsion of Kiyine (32nd). And in the second period, Mourinho’s men thus obtained a draw thanks to a goal from Shomurodov (76th). In the standings, Roma, provisionally 6th, is marking time in the race Europe.
19. Farewell from Hland Dortmund. End clap for Hland in the colors of Borussia Dortmund! After the announcement of his transfer to Manchester City this summer, the Norwegian had the right to a beautiful tribute at Signal Iduna Park during the reception of Hertha Berlin (1-1) in the Bundesliga for his last match with BvB. In 89 matches in all competitions, the young prodigy scored 86 goals and provided 23 assists. Horrifying statistics!
20. Lewandowski’s big motion…Scorer against Wolfsburg (2-2) in the Bundesliga,Did Lewandowski play his last game in the colors of Bayern Munich? As confirmed by the Munich sports director Salihamidzic (see article here), the Polish international, under contract until June 2023, asked to leave the German champion this summer. For the moment, the Bavarian leaders refuse to grant an exit voucher to the former Borussia Dortmund. But on his side, the centre-forward seemed very moved as he came to greet the Bayern fans present at the Volkswagen Arena. A way to say goodbye?
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