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Ligue 1: Lille, still feverish, stumbles on Saint-Etienne (1-1)


A week after their rout against Nice, the reigning French champions again struggled against Saint-Etienne. In the lead until the 8

Lille still does not succeed.

Saturday night in the Cauldron, the Northerners thought they would win by the smallest of margins.

A 1-0 victory that would not necessarily have been undeserved in view of the opportunities in the second half to make the break, but the Greens returned to courage late in the game.

What you must remember

This no one works for anyone. Both teams were looking for their first win of the season. They will have to wait a little longer. Starting with the men of Jocelyn Gourvennec who had turned their heads upright, after a very worrying first half hour, thanks to the first firecracker of the season from Burak Yilmaz (38th). Only, the fault of a great Étienne Green, who never ceases to delight Saint-Etienne supporters, the Losc has never been able to give itself air. Jonathan David, in particular, missed two face-to-face after the break. The first by stumbling against the chest of the opposing goalkeeper, the second on an improbable slip which symbolizes the start of the faltering season for his team.

In the end, Jocelyn Gourvennec, who had made four changes, will undoubtedly see reasons for satisfaction in this service.

Whether in the faculty found to project against or to block in the defensive phase, we were far from the indigent face shown against Nice last week (4-0).

There remains a certain general excitement.

The equalizing goal from a corner by Stéphane defender Saïdou Sow is the result of a marking fault by Tiago Djalo.

Saint-Etienne showed him in legs and voluntary from start to finish.

The young guard from Saint-Etienne, led by Wahbi Khazri and Romain Hamouma, was rewarded at the end of the match with a set piece.

Player of the match

We told you about all his talent this Saturday in our columns.

For his eleventh match in Ligue 1, the second only in front of the audience of the Chaudron, Étienne Green was again decisive.

Right after Yilmaz's goal, he put in a magnificent Neuer-style exit to stop David's run to the goal.

Then he again disgusted David in the second half before plunging at the very end of the match into the feet of the Turkish giant Yilmaz.

At 21, the offspring of the club gives back all the confidence that Claude Puel places in him.

What a reading of Etienne Green's perfect game which alone annihilates the Lille backlash!

- Nando (@NandoChachalana) August 21, 2021

The number: 2

Two points after three days. Le Losc is far from the championship course achieved last year. At this point, last summer, he was already at seven. Seven as the number of points behind PSG. The Mastiffs will have the opportunity to pocket their first victory next Sunday at 5 p.m. at Pierre-Mauroy against Montpellier.

Source: leparis

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