beating already relegated Metz at home (2-0), Monaco kept the cards in hand to replay the 3rd preliminary round of the Champions League next season.
But Marseille, net winner in Lille (4-0) is only two points and can still achieve this goal, as Saint-Etienne, difficult in Evian-Thonon winner (2-1). Who finished third in this place? You can review.
Monaco, pole-shaped confirmation surpriseAS Monaco, 19th in Ligue 1 on the evening of the 5th day. AS Monaco, orphaned after the departure of James and Falcao in the offseason, and forced to adapt to a new coach Leonardo Jardim. AS Monaco, forced to Marathon Champions League, which led until the quarterfinals. And that's what Monaco then that is tonight, a few centimeters to regain C1. It will not directly, for sure, but 3rd place, the Monegasques occupy, would open them the way to the third qualifying round.
Just like their season, players of the Rock dug yet to win a 19th victory this season, their 8th home. Faced with Metz already now assured of joining the L2, Jardim players owed their salvation to their new idol: Bernardo Silva. Permanently transferred to the winter transfer window after being loaned by Benfica, Portugal's 20 years took advantage of the Lorraine naivete to open the scoring in the 45th minute. A sufficient goal for the happiness of his teammates, but also his. It is indeed his ninth goal this season in Ligue 1, the sixth since the 32nd day and this victory in Caen (3-0). With a goal in the 88th minute Germain, Monaco is required (2-0). Thus, the DSO is well within his loss if penalizing the Velodrome (2-1) last week.
Marseille, the ultimate sprint of hopeHaving long considered to play the league title, Olympique de Marseille had seen his hopes vanish in the middle of a disastrous April. A home defeat against PSG (3-2), one in Bordeaux and Nantes (1-0), even at home against Lorient (5-3), this is how Marcelo Bielsa's troops looked more behind than in front, and even began to fear not to play any European competition. But success in Metz (2-0), and especially the victory against the rival and neighbor Monaco have revived the machine.
Tonight, in Lille, the machine worked perfectly. As soon as the game started André-Pierre Gignac found the net, repeating a poorly cleared ball by Enyeama (2nd) for the realization of the 21st Marseillais. Then Dimitri Payet, already deciding on the first goal, a corner kick that was pulling victoriously resumed Rod Fanni (26th). And late in the game, the former Lille directed a great cross for Ayew who found Alessandrini, party at the limit of offside, and beat the goalkeeper northerner (70th). And one against, Ayew was this time to finish (76th).
Saint-Etienne, the dream still in rangeNever out of the top ten at all championship throughout the season (only six days beyond the 5th place), the AS Saint-Etienne is still vying to compete in the C1. Proof of its strength. If this is the case, the Stéphanois owe much to Max-Alain Gradel. The Ivorian striker since his victorious return from the African Cup of Nations, took a huge dimension. Since the 26th day of L1, he scored 11 goals.
During the penultimate day, the attacker still coated his savior clothes. In Evian-Thonon, he opened the scoring in the 12th minute, but still had to work late in the game to snatch a penalty and converted it himself (82), while Duhamel had equalized in the 42nd minute. This is not necessarily beautiful, a bit like Monaco, but it is really effective. And in the Cauldron that the Greens will contest the final day of the championship, without nevertheless have their destiny.