Ligue 1 - Tops et Flops de la 2e journée : Neymar étincelant, coup de canon, but gag et pelouses indignes

Ligue 1 – Tops et Flops de la 2e journée : Neymar étincelant, coup de canon, but gag et pelouses indignes

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TOPS

  • Neymar, flamboyant month of August
Already author of a double against Nantes during the Champions Trophy (4-0), then scorer and triple passer against Clermont (0-5), Neymar confirmed that in this month of August, he is by far the best Parisian. Again twirling against Montpellier, for the first of PSG at the Parc des Princes, he scored two new goals during the big victory of his team (5-2). His penalty and his burst of energy to surprise Jonas Omlin with a header completed a high-class performance, where his complicity with Lionel Messi could even have earned him a hat-trick, without a slight offside from Presnel Kimpembe. During an evening where Mbappé sulked, he was even given a standing ovation by the public when he left…

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Neymar, double scorer against Montpellier

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  • Lafont-Schmeichel, the last XXL ramparts
Seeing Alban Lafont succeed in a great match is no longer surprising. He even got used to it. And that is precisely what changes everything. For several months, the tricolor porter has been shining with FC Nantes. This was still the case on Friday evening, against Lille (1-1), where he held the barracks when the Canaries were close to taking on water. By making three major saves, including a superb header from Jonathan Bamba, the 23-year-old goalkeeper largely helped his team to collect a point. And the more time passes, the more we can easily imagine him taking a trip to Qatar in a few months…
In Qatar, Kasper Schmeichel will certainly be there. For his first match in the Nice jersey, the Danish international made a boss performance on Sunday against Strasbourg (1-1). Impeccable in front of the Alsatian attackers, the former Leicester goalkeeper made several high-flying saves, showcased the quality of his kicking game and reassured his defenders, even if he had to bow to a lob from Kevin Gameiro. A good omen for the Aiglons, eager to secure their cage after the departure of Walter Benitez.

Kasper Schmeichel during the Nice – Strasbourg match in Ligue 1

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  • Clermont reinvigorated by its new recruits

Led 2-0 by Reims after only half an hour of play, Clermont seemed to be heading straight for a second loss in a row this season. But in the second half, the troop of Pascal Gastien revolted and was carried by its newcomers. Enlisted to succeed Mohamed Bayo, Komnen Andric first caused the expulsion of Emmanuel Agbadou, before offering himself a double to allow his team to pick up. It was then Muhammed Cham, on loan to Lustenau (Austrian D2 and moved up to D1) last season, and Jérémie Bela, who arrived from Birmingham, who forced the decision in favor of CF63, ultimately winner in the Marne (2-4 ).

Lees-Melou, resounding comeback

Pierre Lees-Melou said goodbye to Ligue 1 in May 2021, with the Nice jersey on his back and the captain’s armband hanging on his forearm. After discovering the Premier League on the Norwich side, the midfielder from Langon returned to France this summer. He put his suitcases in Brest, discreetly. And he took advantage of the reception of OM, Sunday evening, to remember the good memories of the followers of the championship. The former Dijonnais equalized with an overpowering right half-volley from outside the area, rewarding the efforts of his new teammates. A cannon shot as the best goal of the weekend.

Pierre Lees-Melou (Brest) equalized in a very good way against Marseille, Sunday August 14, 2022. / Ligue 1

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FLOPS

  • Rennes, a gag goal and a new hitch

The Stade Rennais season had already experienced a serious cold snap during the defeat conceded against Lorient at home (0-1). This weekend, in the Principality, Bruno Genesio’s men were only able to bring back one point against Monaco, yet reduced to 10 from the first quarter of an hour of play. Long jostled despite their numerical superiority, the Bretons had did the hardest part by opening the scoring through Gaëtan Laborde (59th).

But when they had regained control of the game, the teammates of Dogan Alemdar, who entered the break in place of an injured Steve Mandanda, saw the Turkish goalkeeper make an irreparable error thirteen minutes later. Attempting a clean restart from his box, he was surprised by Breel Embolo, who sprung into his feet to push the ball into the back of the net. A bad joke that prevents Rennes from taking off.

Lovro Majer and Guillermo Maripan during Rennes – Monaco in Ligue 1

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  • ESTAC and Irles already under pressure

Arrived on the bench of Troyes in January, Bruno Irles lived six delicate first months, between tensions with certain players and mistrust of part of the public. The former coach however managed to guide the Aube club towards maintenance, obtaining a logical reprieve. But until when ? While the summer preparation was not the most convincing and recruits are still waiting, ESTAC started its season on the wrong foot, conceding two defeats in a row.

On Sunday, the partners of Adil Rami – replacing at the start – could however take advantage of the reception of the promoted Toulouse player to gain confidence. But their collective performance was very poor and that made the business of a much more enterprising TFC (0-3). It was enough to encourage supporters to claim, in a noisy way, the departure of Irles. And it was only the first game of the season at home…

  • From Lorient to Ajaccio, lawns not up to standard
Admittedly, the heat wave and water restrictions do not help gardeners, quite the contrary. But the lawn problems encountered on the second day are not the best advertisement for the French championship. The ground of Moustoir being too degraded – in particular because of the holding of the interceltic festival -, the match between Lorient and Lyon was thus postponed to a later date, which caused a skirmish between the leaders of the two clubs, which bickered through press releases.

Back in the top flight, AC Ajaccio did indeed have the right, for its part, to host Lens this Sunday. The meadow of the François-Coty stadium was however in poor condition, far from resembling an English billiard table. In the end, no wonder it was the scene of the weekend’s only 0-0.

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