French Ligue 1 Season 2023/24
Week Six Review
The French Ligue One continued over the weekend with the Le Classique having been the game of the round; Paris Saint Germain walking home with all the three points despite an injury setback.
PSG suffers Mbappe set back in Derby Win
Sunday, the 24th of September, marked the 88th face-off between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Olympique de Marseille (OM) in the history of France’s top-tier football competition, Ligue 1.
The match, held at the Parc des Princes, continued the long-standing rivalry between the two teams. Since the acquisition of PSG by Qatar in 2011, the scales have often tipped towards the Parisian club in these encounters, and this match was no exception.
Summer signing Goncalo Ramos bagged a brace but Kylian Mbappe came off injured in the first hald after appearing to hurt his ankle in winning the free kick which saw Achraf Hakimi put PSG ahead in the eighth minute.
PSG’s victory over OM has bolstered the club’s confidence, as they continue to assert their dominance in Ligue 1. As for OM, they will be looking to resolve their internal issues and bounce back stronger in their upcoming matches. The PSG-OM rivalry, steeped in history and intense competition, continues to be a highlight of France’s Ligue 1 and promises more thrilling encounters in the future.
Brest Goes Top
Brest moved top of Ligue 1 on Saturday after dishing out a 1-0 defeat to ailing French giants Olympique Lyonnais.
Seven-time former champions Lyon replaced coach Laurent Blanc with Fabio Grosso this month. But the 2006 World Cup winner’s tenure on the Lyon bench got off to a sobering start after Steve Mounie’s 87th minute goal delivered up Brest’s fourth win from the opening six matches.
Mounie’s late strike continued Brest’s best ever start to a Ligue 1 campaign since they were founded in 1950. It put them in the rare position of topping the table and full of hope of bettering their best ever league finish of eighth in 1987.
Lens off the mark
After qualifying for Champions league last season, Lens has struggled this season with the team just two points off the relegation spot and are placed third from bottom.
They however boosted their chances over the weekend by winning their first match of the season when they beat visiting Toulouse 2-1. The win will give them the needed breathing space. They came from a goal down after the visitors had taken a 33rd minute lead through Cesar Gelabert. Wesley Said equalized at the stroke of half time before Morgan Guilavogui came with the winner six minutes from time.
Round 6 Results
- Monaco 0-1 Nice
- Nantes 5-3 Lorient
- Brest 1-0 Lyon
- Metz 0-1 Strasbourg
- Lens 2-1 Toulouse
- Le Havre 2-1 Clermont Foot
- Montpellier 0-0 Rennes
- PSG 4-0 Marseille
Despite their win on Sunday, PSG are still placed third with 11 points; the same number of points as AS Monaco who started the season brilliantly but ahs regressed.
Brest remains top while Clermont Foot remains bottom with just one point after failing to win any of their first six games. The other team with no win this season is giants Lyon who find themselves in the relegation zone.
Despite his injury, Kylian Mbappe still tops the scoring charts but Mostafa Mohamed of Nantes made a case for himself this past weekend in their win..
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The article was last updated on Tuesday 26th September 2023
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