Helpless against Lens (0-1), Mostafa Mohamed found the net and at the same time guided FC Nantes to its first victory in two months, in Toulouse this Sunday (1-2). Noticeably absent during the CAN, the Egyptian made his comeback with a masterful free kick from the start, his 7th goal of the season (2nd), before serving Tino Kadewere on a plate for the break goal (52nd) . In the meantime, the Pharaoh came close to the double by finding the post with his header (20th).
Announced in the hot seat on the Clermont bench, where he will stop coaching at the end of the season whatever happens, Pascal Gastien was at the origin of the revolt of his people. Entering the game, Jim Allevinah and Grejohn Kyei took two minutes to stand out, the first placing the ball on the head of the second for the equalizing goal against Brest (1-1). An immediate success very useful in the perilous operation of maintaining Clermont Foot, still bottom of the championship.
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Best player and major architect of Brest's great season, Pierre Lees-Melou was less visible against Nice last week. The direct consequence of his real-false start in Rennes, where he could have taken a step forward and tripled his salary? This Sunday, the Brest vice-captain responded in style, with a splendid strike into the opponent's top corner. However, not enough to win in Auvergne.
The winter transfer window is often used to adjust a squad, but also sometimes to restart everything, for Lyon as for Lorient. And the Merlus experienced it again this afternoon against Reims (2-0), where the Katseris-Bamba doublet was once again highlighted. Both scorers in Metz last Sunday (1-2), the two men broke the deadlock, the first centering for the second, author of his third goal in three matches since his arrival (68th). A primordial success for the Bretons, temporarily returning to the level of OL, first non-relegation.
At the heart of a failed first part of the season, Toulouse experienced an improvement in the Europa League, notably winning a prestigious match against Liverpool in November (3-2). And it is perhaps the presence in the heads of the C3 which polluted the minds of Toulouse residents, surprised at home by Nantes residents who were nevertheless at a standstill. Picked cold from the start (2nd) then upon returning from the locker room (52nd), Carlos Martinez Novell's men were certainly not reassured before a delicate trip to Lisbon, to challenge Benfica on Thursday evening (9 p.m.). Where the enchanted parenthesis could end.
A month without a victory now for Stade de Reims, beaten without much of a fight in Lorient (2-0). The expected return of Junya Ito, accused of sexual assault in Japan, did not transform a Champagne attack at a standstill, like the team led by Will Still. One of the most exciting teams of the first part of the season but which remains on one point taken in nine matches, gradually falling into line.