Winner on the smallest of margins, Ajaccio retains its first place. Behind, Toulouse, Paris and Le Havre won. At the bottom of the table, Nancy is seriously ill, while Dunkirk is also in difficulty.
Nimes 1-2 Toulouse
Goals: Cubas (82e) for Nîmes // Nicolaisen (3e) et Healey (60e) for TFC
It only took three minutes for the TFC to launch in the best possible way this reunion between two teams who faced each other three days ago in the Coupe de France. A Nicolaisen header to open the scoring, before seeing Bratveit shine to get Desler’s attempt out. Despite a face-to-face spoiled by Koné, Toulouse masters his subject, but the usually so lethal Rhys Healey is sorely lacking in success. However, we must not leave too many opportunities to the Englishman, who takes care of making the break at the hour mark. First away victory since the end of September for the Violets, despite the reduction in Cubas’ score, author of a magnificent strike under the bar.
AJ Auxerre 2-3 Le Havre
Goals: Charbonnier (17e, 90e+1) for AJA // Boura (3e), Alioui (41 .)e) and Boutaïb (61e) for the HAC
Evictions: Charbonnier (90e+4) for AJA // Boura (68e) for the HAC
New duel at the top for Le Havre, beaten on its lawn by Ajaccio ten days ago. Except this time, the Hacmen won at Abbé-Deschamps against a team from AJ Auxerre who performed the wrong operation at the top of the table. Boura took advantage of Leon’s hand fault to open the scoring, before Charbonnier equalized after a good action. In check against the post a few minutes earlier, Alioui allows his team to come back in front before the break. On the other hand, Boutaïb shelters his team, despite the expulsion of Boura and the late reduction in the score of Charbonnier, who will also end with a red.
Quevilly-Rouen 2-2 Caen
Buts : Padovani (90e+1) and Sidibé (90e+3) for QRM // Oniangué (26e) and Da Costa (50e) for Caen
In this Norman derby, Malherbe thought for a long time to succeed in stringing together a second consecutive success, before totally breaking down in additional time. Visitors who concretize their domination by opening the scoring thanks to an Oniangué header from a corner. Already a scorer against Guingamp, Nuno Da Costa once again found the fault after the break, on a marvel of the ball over in the area. But Padovani up close and then Sidibé offer QRM a completely unexpected point.
EA Guingamp 2-1 USL Dunkirk
Goals: Pierrot (49e, 55e) for the EAG // Tchokounté (52e) for Dunkirk
Guingamp offers a little breath of fresh air before the holidays against a formation from Dunkirk more relegable than ever. Despite several opportunities including a post from Merghem on a free kick, it was not until the second half to see the Bretons settle things in a few minutes. Pierrot first took advantage of a number from Merghem to open the scoring, before seeing Tchokounté equalize with a header. But the forward striker offers himself a double in the wake to bring back a smile to his people.
AS Nancy 0-3 Dijon FCO
Buts: Good (23e), Jacob (78e) and Philippoteaux (80e)
Nancy continues to sink: 12 small points at the truce and now a highway to Ligue 2 which is presented to him. Despite a voluntary start, the hosts are surprised with a Dobre praline. The DFCO sinks his opponent in the second half, with the goal of the evening for Jacob, with a sublime lob strike from 25 meters. Stunned, the Nancéiens give way again in the wake of a breakthrough by Philippoteaux.
Niort 3-0 Pau
Goals: Sissoko (48e, SP), Merdji (73e) and Boutobba (81e)
Nice dynamic for Niort at the end of the year 2021. Despite an interesting performance from Palois at the start of the match, the Niortais waited for the second act to make the difference thanks to a penalty converted by Sissoko. Chamois who give more scale to the score thanks to Merdji, then Boutobba thanks to a superb strike in order to get back in the standings.
Sochaux 1-1 Valenciennes
Buts : Mauricio (63e) for the FCSM // Ayité (11e) for the VAFC
Expulsion : Lecoeuche (55e) for Valenciennes
Dirty evening for Sochaux, which sees almost all of its competitors winning. Cubs held in check on their lawn by valiant Valenciennes, who had even taken the lead very quickly thanks to Ayité, alone at the far post. The expulsion of Lecoeuche in the second half for a second severe yellow will have changed everything for the Northerners, finally joined on an action concluded by Mauricio.
Paris FC 1-0 Amiens
Goal: Guilavogui (7e)
Sixth consecutive victory for Paris FC, a record in the club’s history. An impressive series which allows the Ile-de-France residents to return to the podium before the break. Another success gained thanks to a quick goal from Guilavogui, which perfectly cut a cross from Name. Solid, the Parisians rely on a good stop by Filipovic about twenty minutes from time to keep their clean sheet. Thierry Laurey’s men are increasingly serious candidates for the climb.
Ajaccio 1-0 Grenoble
But : Nouri (49e)
The equation is simple for Ajaccio at kick-off: to win to afford the honorary title of autumn champion. A more difficult mission than it seems for Corsicans who are dangerous on several occasions in the first period, but without succeeding in making a difference. Sollacaro even has to be vigilant on an attack from Anani’s helmet just before the break. And it is finally Nouri who allows an entire club to breathe upon returning from the locker room, at the reception of a center in Cimignani.
Rodez 0-0 SC Bastia
The one and only 0-0 of the evening is therefore for the Aveyron public, who will have pushed behind his team to hope to see a goal, in vain. Opposite, Bastia lost Roncaglia from the first minutes on KO. For his first match of the year, Placide saved the draw for the Corsicans on a header from Deprès. Insufficient to get out of the relegation zone, while the Ruthenians are warm in the soft stomach.
By Tom Binet