At the final whistle, several Paris FC players go directly to referee M. Gaillouste. Frustration mingles with anger. A few meters from the Parisians, the Clermont players gathered to celebrate a success that will perhaps be decisive for the rise in L1. For Paris FC, it's a sad end to the series after nine unbeaten games (5 wins, 4 draws). Even if they were not having a great night, René Girard's players risk rehashing for a long time the Clermont goal visibly marred by an offside ... In the standings, it is a very bad operation. The podium has certainly definitely moved away. Paris FC is now 7 points behind Clermont (2nd), 6 on Toulouse (3rd) and 5 on Grenoble (4th). The only good news is the defeat of Auxerre in Pau (3-0).The PFC therefore retains the 5th qualifying place for the play-offs with two points ahead of the Auxerrois.
What you must remember
Paris FC missed out on this top-of-the-table shock. The Clermont start set the tone for a match where the PFC was often put in difficulty. On a cross from Allevinah, Ousmane Kanté must clear while Bayo waited for the ball (10th). Then Vincent Demarconnay made an exceptional reflex double stop on a recovery of Allevinah (11th). A bit like the first leg in Auvergne (3-2), Paris FC, where René Girard had aligned the same starting eleven as on Saturday in Rodez (2-2), did not enter the match at all. Even if it did not result in really dangerous actions, the Parisians nevertheless managed to balance the debates, obtaining several well-placed free kicks. It gets closer just after half-time with the strike of the Tunisian defender-scorer (8 goals) Ali Abdi, which forces Desmas to a good stop (48th).But Bayo, the top scorer in L2, scores his 19th goal of the season (0-1, 51st) after a great collective action. Its position nevertheless calls out. The Parisian players claim an offside… confirmed by the images. Paris FC, who did not frame any shot (out of 8), will not return. The end of the match is tense with the expulsion of Abdi. After a foul, the Tunisian takes a yellow card which he disputes. The referee gives him a second yellow card in stride, synonymous with red.the Tunisian takes a yellow card which he disputes. The referee gives him a second yellow card in stride, synonymous with red.the Tunisian takes a yellow card which he disputes. The referee gives him a second yellow card in stride, synonymous with red.
The player: Ousmane Kanté
The central defender was once again very solid.
His intervention at the start of the match against Allevinah (11th) was decisive.
The Guinean international was then very sharp in his interventions against the Clermont defenders.
He won several duels against Bayo, the top scorer in Ligue 2.
The number: 5
The number of points taken (out of 21 possible) in 7 confrontations by Paris FC against the four teams which precede it in the ranking in the Top 5. Against Clermont, the result is therefore two defeats in two games.
The PFC will receive Toulouse on May 3 to complete its series against the top teams.
PARIS FC-CLERMONT (0-1) 0-0
: M. Gaillouste.
Clermont: Bayo (51st).
Paris FC: Nomenjanahary (36th), Abdi (87th), Martin (88th);
Clermont: Hountondji (70th).
Paris FC: Abdi (87th)
: Demarconnay - Abdi, Kanté, Bamba, Hanin - Mandouki (cap.), Nomenjanahary (Arab, 83rd) - Laura, Gapka (Diakité, 61st), Lopez (Martin, 61st) - Caddy (Kikonda, 83rd).
: Desmas - Zedadka, Ogier, Hountondji, Nsimba - J. Gastien, Iglesias (cap.) - Dossou (Tell, 83rd), Berthomier (Rajot, 83rd), Allevinah (Gomis, 78th) - Bayo.
: P. Gastien.