Winner against Montpellier, OM is again second to PSG. Lyon and Nice lost feathers.
Marseille took second in Ligue 1 from Rennes thanks to their win over Montpellier (2-0) on Sunday in a 31st day unfavorable for Lyon and Nice, who walked away from the podium.
Doubled up by Rennes, who won at Reims (3-2 on Saturday), Marseille resumed their status as a Paris SG dolphin, on a quickly collapsing evening. OM scored on their first two chances, via Bamba Dieng (9th) and Cengiz Under (19th pen.).
The team-mates of surprise holder Steve Mandanda keep their momentum going for another decisive week, with the Conference League on Thursday and especially the “Clasico” next Sunday at the Parc des Princes.
Lyon’s big mistake
When visiting the city of the European Parliament, Lyon came no closer… to Europe (1-1). OL suffered for a long time from Strasbourg’s intensity, highlighting the gap between a team close to the podium (4th, 52 points) and another team stuck in the soft underbelly (9th, 46 points).
The Alsace goal, signed by Ibrahima Sissoko (20th), stems from a serious mistake by the Lyon defense, on a joke that injured goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.
Karl Toko Ekambi equalized at the very end (90th), but this point shouldn’t be enough for the Lyonnais who has certainly retired from the podium, with Rennes ten points away.
“Six points behind (Strasbourg) is a lot, but it is still playable. With this state of mind it is possible”, assured technician Peter Bosz.
Nice coach Christophe Galtier struggled to hide his disappointment after a loss at Lens (3-0) that took his side five lengths from the Breton club.
Three goals against, including a double by Arnaud Kalimuendo (50th, 66th), two red cards: his players played upside down in the second period, Lens had played ten since the 17th minute.
This fourth consecutive race without a win places the “Gym” in a delicate situation, under the pressure of the ambition of its wealthy English owner.
Monaco dreams of Europe
Troyes (2-1), Monaco (6th, 50 points) winner gave himself the right to dream of a cannonball end to the season, hoping to win Europe.
Caio Henrique’s teammates, author of a direct free kick goal (19th), recorded a third consecutive win, their best streak in six months.
In this sprint Lille (7th, 48 points) continues to tread water. The beautiful performance of Kosovar Edon Zhegrova (74th) will not be enough to compensate for the frustration of two points loss at Angers (1-1).
For the first time since January 23, against Strasbourg (4-3), the Girondins recaptured the victory. “Relief is not the word. This win is a pleasure,” said coach David Guion.
In this “six-point game” against the other relegation player, the Bordelais kept their cool to mobilize again after the opener in Messina (21st) and score three goals in the second half (52nd, 68th, 88th).
Bordeaux, now 19th, is one point behind the jump-off Saint-Etienne, which he will receive on April 20 in another “final” for maintenance.
The Moselle, the only last, chained a tenth race in a row without a win. “You have to look in the mirror. We’ll go straight for it (in Ligue 2) if we keep going like this,” defender Dylan Bronn admitted at the Prime Video broadcaster’s microphone.
Incidents in Brest
The afternoon was also dominated by incidents during Brest-Nantes (1-1), a new episode of a season that was marred by numerous overflows in the stands.
Three spectators take to the lawn in the second half, triggering the ten-minute interruption of a meeting already disrupted by the throwing of smoke from Nantes’ ultras a little earlier.
According to Prime Video broadcaster, Brest supporters wanted to compete with the visitor parking that would have provoked them.
“Since the start of the season we have seen unacceptable, terrible things. All supporters, we will have to change our mentality,” player Brendan Chardonnet said on Prime Video.