Traveling to Nantes this Sunday afternoon, ASSE won 3 goals to 2. The Greens perform a superb operation in the standings.
And it is this lack of automatisms on the side of "Sainte" or the will of the FCN to bounce back after its bad pass (3 defeats in the league), which caused the beginning of the game … Always said that the start is 100% Nantes. First warning for Saint-Etienne in the second minute … Nantes opened the scoring, but the goal is logically denied for a flagrant offside. This is only a discount for the locals. In the quarter of an hour, following a "one two" XXL between Ludovic Blas and Benavente, the old Guingampais, forgotten by Mahdi Camara opens the score quietly (1/0, 14th).
ASSE pays an amorphous start to the meeting. Fortunately, the Greens do not have time to gamble. On his first real incursion, "Sainte" equalizes. Franck Honorat, right piston of a night, deposits a wonderful center on the head of Miguel Trauco (1/1, 22nd). But the joy is short-lived, 4 minutes later, Timothee Kolo loses a harmless ball 40 meters from his goal, the FCN exploits the error perfectly and Louza beats Stephane Ruffier, helpless before the deflected shot of the midfielder Nantes (2/1, 26e).
This match is decidedly crazy. Shortly after half an hour of play, Miguel Trauco sends a caviar to the second post for Denis Bouanga. The former Nîmes concludes with the head (2/2, 34th). The 4th goal of the winger Gabon, now the only top scorer of the Greens. Saint-Étienne will generally dominate the last 10 minutes, without getting big opportunities. Parity score at the break.
A second less exciting period
After the break, the two teams are less frisy, although the ASSE seems a little better than the FCN. But the first big opportunity is Nantes. On corner, the defender Nicolas Pallois catapults the ball on the bar Stephane Ruffier (65th). The Greens were hot … And they will put a cold snap in the stadium of La Beaujoire in the wake. On a bright opening of Ryad Boudebouz, Denis Bouanga is going to deceive Alban Lafont (2/3, 67e). The Gabonese is very close to the treble to fifteen minutes from the end. On a superb work of Arnaud Nordin, it lacks only a few centimeters to the double scorer of the day to make the break (74th).
As in Ukraine on Thursday, the last minutes of the game are unbreathable. Saint-Etienne camps in his camp. The reed of Saint Etienne bends … but does not break! ASSE wins in Nantes and goes on to a 9th match without defeat … And goes on the 3rd step of the podium! Unthinkable a little over a month ago.