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A dynamic recovery. The Crocodiles trained this morning at La Bastide. But as this week their late match against Valenciennes will take place on Friday and not Saturday as a traditional Ligue 2 day, the players had “a dynamic session” in the words of coach Nicolas Usaï. However, it is without Julien Ponceau, sick in the night from Sunday to Monday that the Nîmes worked. Per Kristian Bratveit, the Norwegian goalkeeper, was also ill and should find his partners on Tuesday. As for Andres Cubas, hit in a fibula, he passed exams today which should say more about the duration of his unavailability. On the good news side, Anthony Briançon has resumed the race with Aurélien Boche, the physical trainer.
Ueda in selection. He is the only Nîmes to be called up for the international break despite the two late matches scheduled during this period. The NO central defender will have the opportunity to defend the colors of Japan in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Thus, Naomichi Ueda will miss the late matches with Nîmes Olympique against Valenciennes (January 28) and the trip to Pau (2 February). Two matches where the Crocos will also have to do without Cubas, injured. The Japanese will play two home games, the first Thursday against China and the second Tuesday against Saudi Arabia. The Blue Samurai (nickname of the Japan national team) are currently second in their group four points behind Saudi Arabia and one ahead of third-placed Australia. In this pool, the first two are qualified for the World Cup and the third must go through a jump-off.
Women’s Football Nîmes Métropole Gard
The Nîmes crack at the end. The small series of FFNMG (two games without defeat) ended this Sunday in Tarn-et Garonne. Facing the fourth of the pool, the Nîmes defended themselves well by opening the scoring in the first quarter of an hour through Fannie Da Cunha. Montauban then reacted with two goals (32nd and 40th). Not giving up, the players of Ludovic Gros equalized thanks to Candice Pognat (61e). At the end of the game, it was the local players who had the last word, definitively taking the lead fifteen minutes from the end. This defeat has no unfortunate consequences for the Nîmes since the red lantern (only place of direct relegation in Regional 1) Mérignac lost at home 4-0 against Evian-Thonon and the penultimate (place of play-off ) Le Puy was free this weekend. The next appointment for Nîmes is scheduled for February 6 with the reception, on the annex of Costières, of Mérignac. The bottom of the classification of group B of the women’s D2 is as follows; 8e Marseille 11 pts (10 games), 9e Nimes 9 pts (11 games), 10e Le Puy 6 pts (9 games) and 11e Merignac 1 pt (11 games).
USAM Nimes Gard
Second to Saint-Raphaël. This weekend, USAM played a friendly tournament in Saint-Raphaël. After easily winning Friday night against Nice (Proligue) with a score of 32-26, Nîmes lost the next day in the final against the host team, fourth in the championship. Hanging on to the break (10-10), the Varois took over in the second half for a 26-23 victory. A return to competition made with ten pro players absent including the two goalkeepers Desbonnet and Paul. The opportunity for the young Louis Gouazé to distinguish himself with 12 saves against Nice and 9 against SRVHB. It was also the first appearance in the green jersey of the Japanese rookie Yasuhira, author of 4 goals including 3 penalties during the first meeting and three others on Saturday. After two days of rest on Monday and Tuesday, the Usamists will return to Parnassus to prepare for a final friendly match against Saint-Raphaël on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The match will be open to the public on presentation of the vaccination pass, admission is free. Nîmes will return to the championship on February 4 in Cesson.
The stats against Nice: Gouazé (12 saves), Del Blanco (1 save); Esposito (1/3), Guigou (3/4 including 1/1 pen), Yasuhira (4/6 including 3/4 pen), Minel (1/4), Dupuy (0/1), Pugliese (1 /2), Esparon (0/1), Tobie (1/2), M. Salou (5/9), Sanad (8/9 including 2/2 at the pen), Gibernon (1/1), Poyet (5 /5), Joblon (2/2).
The stats against Saint-Raphaël: Gouazé (9 saves), Del Blanco (1 save); Yasuhira (3/5), Minel (3/7), Dupuy (1/3), Pugliese (2/2), Esparon (1/1), Tobie (4/6), Mr. Salou (1/4) , Sanad (4/8 including 1/2 at pen), Gibernon (4/5), Joblon (1/1).
Bouillargues Handball Nimes Metropolis
Bouillargues wins on the wire. After three games without a win, the Bouillarguaises finally won on Saturday on behalf of the 12 day of women’s D2. But nothing was easy against Vaulx-en-Velin who led by four goals at the break (13-17). It was in the dying moments that the decision was made with Enola Grollier’s winning goal 18 seconds from time and Typhanie Plee’s decisive save on the visitors’ last shot. With this 34-33 success, the Gardoises go back to sixth place in the standings, eight points behind leader Saint-Amand.