Simon Scutt takes you through his Ligue 1 Team of the Week from last weekend’s action.
Remy Riou (Nantes) GK
Nantes were made to work for their first win away from home this season thanks to some heroic saves from their keeper Riou. Having missed the beginning of the season with injury his return has been relatively seamless as he has kept 2 clean sheets in three games, both of which were away from home. Nantes held the lead for an hour and as such Guingamp threw everything at them but the defence held strong.
Lloyd Palun (Nice) RB
Two of the division’s most unpredictable sides took on each when Nice welcomed Montpellier to the Allianz Riviera. Perhaps unsurprisingly so the game finished in a draw. Yet, that does not tell the whole story. A game without a dominating team was a settled by two headers. Montpellier opened the scoring from a corner before Nice equalised right at the end. A goal-mouth scramble saw Palun’s header eventually put in the back of the net. The ball was indeed over the line and the goal was duly awarded.
Jonathan Mensah (Evian) CB
Evian welcomed Metz to Annecy with the away side in excellent form and many felt the newly promoted side might just have too much for Evian. But it was Evian who would show their might in sealing a third straight win after a terrible start. Evian had conceded 15 goals in the first six matches, they have conceded once in the last three subsequently.
Nicolas Pallois (Bordeaux) CB
Reims vs Bordeaux has yielded no goals since 2007 ahead of Friday night’s clash. An odd game ensued with the only goal being an own goal. Fortes’ cross was deflected by Faubert and the ball found its way into the net, much to the dismay of Cedric Carrasso in the Bordeaux net. Bordeaux went onto to dominate the game without any success. Bordeaux had previously had a bit of good fortune in other games, so maybe this was just a bit of karma for les Girondins.
Benjamin Mendy (Marseille) LB
Marseille achieved seven straight Ligue 1 wins to extend their lead at the top to five points. A game that came to life in the last fifteen minutes. Marseille felt they had the game won when Romao headed home in the 74th minute. Before Caen scored twice- once legitimately and once from a wrongly adjudged offside position which was chalked off. OM looked to have thrown the game away before, that man, Gignac fired home right at the death. Mendy fed the ball calmly to Gignac who smashed it home.
Geoffrey Kondogbia (Monaco) CM
‘El Cashico’ took place on Sunday night, albeit with a number of the big name players not being present due to injuries. The game itself didn’t really capture the imagination until PSG broke the deadlock in the 71st minute. For the second home game in a row PSG didn’t kill the game and were punished late on. This was PSG’s sixth draw out of nine games played, not the kind of record most were expecting at the start of this season.
Mehdi Mostefa (Lorient) CM
One team that will be extremely happy to see the back of September would be Lorient. Four games, four losses and no goals scored for the Breton side. Lorient went over to Corsica to take on Bastia, another side in trouble. Lorient ran out fairly easy winners if the truth be told. The Bastia fans took to chanting the name of former manager Frederic Hantz as a form of protest against the current regime and their sides struggles; one win all season for Makélélé’s men.
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (Nantes) RW
It took one of the goals of the weekend to give FC Nantes a first, and very important, win away from home at Guingamp on Sunday afternoon. Receiving the ball from a Jordan Veretout back-heel Nkoudou cuts in from the right flank to curl the ball home from the edge of the box. This result took Nantes up to the dizzy heights of fifth, whilst leaving Guingamp in trouble at the foot of the table.
Paul-Georges Ntep (Rennes) LW
Rennes had two players to thank for their victory over Lens on Saturday, Abdoulaye Doucouré provided to assists to Rennes’ star man Paul-Georges Ntep. It took 54 minutes but when the first goal arrived, it was worth the wait for the Rennes faithful. An incisive move saw Ntep with the ball on the edge of the box before a powerful curled finish found the top corner. Then, with 6 minutes remaining Ntep was put one-on-one with Riou in the Lens goal and he was able to round him and find the net for a two-nil win.
Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) CF
Lyon made light work of Lille with a comprehensive three nothing win on Sunday. It was their main man Lacazette who produced the goods when he hit a hat-trick to extend Lyon’s unbeaten run to five matches in Ligue 1. Lacazette may have felt that he had a point to prove after he was not called upto France’s squad for the upcoming friendlies.
Wissam Ben Yedder (Toulouse) CF
Toulouse continued their good record at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard while Sainté proved they were struggling to deal with the dual challenge of Ligue 1 and the Europa League. Ben Yedder’s sixth goal in nine appearances thus proving his worth for TFC. His goal came off the back of some quick, incisive passing that found a way through the Sainté defence, leaving him to fire home from just inside the box.