July 4, 2022

LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Wednesday 8 December

Théo Sainte-Luce still has two suspension matches to serve (Photo Anthony Maurin)

Like every day, from Monday to Friday, discover the essentials of Gard sport news in a few infos.

Olympic Nimes

Plancque and Sainte-Luce suspended against Nancy. For the third time this season, the Nîmes Olympique coach will not be on the sidelines this weekend. Pascal Plancque had received two suspension matches plus one suspended sentence during the defeat of the Crocodiles in Grenoble (2-1), on September 11. The Norman technician was thus deprived of the bench against Amiens (3-3) and Paris FC (2-0 defeat). During the qualification for the 32nd Coupe de France in Aubagne (2-2, 3-4 on the tabs), he received a yellow card which revoked his suspension. As the decision is taken in the disciplinary committee, the following week the Nîmes coach was able to lead his team normally in Rodez. On the other hand, he is suspended for the meeting on Saturday (7 p.m.) against AS Nancy, counting for the 18th day of Ligue 2. Definitely the qualification for the Coupe de France is expensive since Théo Sainte-Luce was sanctioned by three matches suspension for having received a red card at the start of the second period. A decision considered severe by the person concerned. Already absent in Rodez, the left side will not be able to be aligned against the Lorrainers and during the 32nd final in Toulouse, on Saturday December 18 at 1:45 p.m.

“Pekko” was spared this morning in training (Photo Anthony Maurin).

Bratveit spared. This Wednesday, the training session was open to the public. A handful of die-hards braved the cold to get to the Bastide. Twenty-three players were on the bridge this morning including three players from the reserve: goalkeeper Vincent Malafosse, midfielder Ilian Boudache and striker Marowane Khalid. Besides Anthony Briançon, still in training at Clairefontaine, three players were missing. Victim of a small discomfort in the knee, Per Kristian Bratveit remained in care on Wednesday. The Norwegian was spared but should normally take his place on Saturday at Costières. In the re-athletic phase after contracting covid, Zinedine Ferhat must follow a strict health protocol. He is not yet expected to participate in group training next week. In addition to the Algerian international, Mahamadou Doucouré should also miss the reception of Nancy. After an ischio alert, he just ran this morning.

The masterpieces of Paquiez and Aribi. During this session, the Crocs made a set-up in a device close to a 4-4-2 as is often the case to work in front of goal. A long exercise involving all the different positions to initiate actions, focus and try your luck. “But are you right-handed?”, jokingly asked Pascal Plancque of left-hander Pierre Zaidan to salute his quality as a center. Karim Aribi was treated to the cheers of his partners after finding the flaw in an upturned chisel causing him to leave the field with a smile. Just before, Gaëtan Paquiez also signed a masterpiece, eccentric on the left side, sending a center shot from the left the ball into the skylight, causing the excitement of his teammates who came to congratulate him. With the absence of Sainte-Luce, the side should once again help out to the left of the defense against ASNL, hoping that he has the same success.

USAM Nimes Gard

With a great Sanad, scorer of 15 goals yesterday, Nîmes has consolidated its leadership position (Photo Lisa Castres / USAM)

Leader in Europe. After its success yesterday in Tatabanya (30-38), Hungary, USAM has a good record in this group stage of the EHF European League with four wins on the clock to a draw and a defeat. Four days before the end, the Green team is first in this Pool D and already has one foot in eighths. The European Cup will return on February 15 with the reception of Macedonians Eurofarm Pelister, second, to take first place to face fourth in Group C in eighth. Before a winter break of a month and a half, there are still two league games to play for Nîmes. From Hungary, the Usamists do not return to the Gard since they travel to Nancy, red lantern, Friday at 8:30 p.m. The last match of 2021 will take place next Wednesday against Saint-Raphaël, fourth, at Parnasse. The Nîmes want to finish on two successes to stay in contact with the Top 5 and hope to return to the continental scene next season.

Table tennis

The Nîmes could not do anything. Three matches, three losses in three sets. The step was really too high for the table tennis players from the ASPCN on the side of Étival, big favorite of Pro Dames and qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League. After this express meeting unsurprisingly lost (3-0) Tuesday evening, the Gardoises must re-mobilize for their last two meetings of the calendar year against Poitiers, this Friday in Pablo-Neruda, then in Lille, at the end of December. These are two teams within our reach and the objective is to win both matches., explains the president, Alain Lauferon. We beat Poitiers last year and narrowly lost against Lille. We are a little behind our table: we will have to roll up our sleeves! ”