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Phoenix on fire, Desthieux in the lead, Rennes runner-up to PSG, Neymar and Bastareaud KO… The Tops and Flops of the sports weekend


DECRYPTION - Find the Tops and Flops of the sports weekend awarded by the sports editorial staff of Le Figaro.


The runner-up of PSG is Rennes

While Nice got its feet in the mat against Metz (0-1) and that Lyon, Marseille or Monaco are far from the score, PSG has a new runner-up in Ligue 1 Winners in Lorient on Sunday (0-2), during the 15th day, the Rennes people indeed take second place in the standings. “

I am very satisfied with this victory. Even if it is not the most successful in the game, it is very important,

"said Breton coach Bruno Genesio, considering that this position in the hierarchy is"


". "

What is less anecdotal are the gaps that we create with certain teams behind us. Our goal for the start of the season is to be in the top six. We will stay on that and we will see four or five games from the end where we are to hope for better.

“All competitions combined, Rennes, which has not lost since its trip to Marseille (2-0) in mid-September, remains on 13 matches without defeat, including 10 victories. Invincible.

We don't stop the Suns in the NBA anymore.

The Suns are doing well, thank you for them. Led by Devin Booker (23.9 pts), Deandre Ayton (15.4 pts, 11.5 rbs) and of course the stainless Chris Paul (14.5 pts, 10.1 pds), they remain on a series of 16 consecutive wins, to a franchise record success. This weekend, they beat the Nets pawn of Kevin Durant (39 pts) at the Barclays Center (107-113). 30 points for Booker, 22 to be credited to "CP3" in this part where the advantage of the Arizona club rose to +22. With a record of 17 wins and three losses, Phoenix, an unfortunate finalist in 2021 against Milwaukee, is now behind the Golden State Warriors (18v-2d) at the top of the Western Conference. The two teams face each other on Tuesday. It promises…

Desthieux starts strong

The Biathlon World Cup resumed its rights this weekend. And it is a Frenchman who is at the head of the general classification, Simon Desthieux. Fifth in the Ostersund sprint on Sunday and third in the Individual on Saturday at the start of the season, the person concerned is tied with the three-time Norwegian Johannes Boe. "

I'm happy, on a cloud,

said Desthieux (29)

. It is a very beautiful moment to live. We'll see if it's ephemeral or not. I just want to take advantage of it because we only did two races. All my career, I have seen Martin Fourcade wearing the yellow leader's bib.

A few weeks before the Beijing Winter Olympics, this start with fanfare is enticing.

Among the women, we will highlight the 2nd place snatched by Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet behind the untouchable Swede Hanna Oeberg in the sprint on Sunday.

(with AFP)

Read also Biathlon: Jacquelin and Desthieux remain at the foot of the podium

Messi, from zero to hero

The question has arisen since the start of the season: where is the great Lionel Messi, the six-fold Golden Ball who still carried FC Barcelona on his shoulders last season? He was not at Geoffroy-Guichard: the Parisian number 30 multiplied the imprecise passes or in the wrong tempo and the unnecessary ball conduct (victory 3-1). On a shot pushed back from Neymar, he found a way to shoot aside, although lonely at 16 meters on his left foot (69th). Yes, but here it is: a cross from a free kick for Marquinhos (45th + 2), a hook then shift for Di Maria (79th) and a new center millimeter for Marquinhos (90th + 1) have been converted into goals. By being any throughout the match, Messi brought PSG out of a quagmire under the snow in Saint-Etienne with three assists. If the form is temporary,class is eternal. And its place in history could be reinforced this Monday with a seventh Golden Ball ...

Read alsoTops / Flops Saint-Étienne-PSG: Messi from zero to hero, Mbappé has harvested

The lightning and stunning UBB

There is no point in running ... Led 14-6 at halftime, the Bordeaux-Bègles players finally won against Racing at the Paris La Défense Arena (14-37) on Sunday, during of the last match of the 11th day of the Top 14. Two tries in the first period for the Racingmen, by Thomas and Chat.

Five to be credited to the Girondins after the break, including a hat-trick signed Cordero and a brace from Seuteni.


Bonus offensive bonus point.

See also Top 14: in video, the incredible second half of the UBB against Racing 92

We took a good lesson,

” laments Laurent Travers, the Racing coach. "

I found my team

", relishes his Bordeaux counterpart, Christophe Urios. And to add: “

I told them three things at half-time: the first, that they (the Racingmen) took us for idiots, that we had to move up the cursor. I found that we were actually reciting. I didn't think we were good in the first half. I found us to be very shy. So I also told them that if we didn't want to score, we had to redo what we had done in the first half

. " Next meeting for the Girondins, second in the standings? Next Saturday (9:05 p.m.), at home, against the Toulouse leader.

Read alsoTops / Flops Racing 92-UBB: Cordero sees triple, the Racingmen sink


Neymar back in the infirmary

Possible blow for the Paris-SG. Less than ten minutes from the game in Saint-Etienne (3-1 victory), Neymar was forced to give way to Eric-Junior Dina-Ebimbé. On a tackle from behind by the young (23) Saint-Etienne defender Yvann Maçon, the Brazilian saw his left ankle turn hard while stepping on his opponent's foot. “

Unfortunately, these setbacks are part of the life of an athlete. Now you have to raise your head and move on. I will come back better and stronger,

”the player commented on Instagram. Mauricio Pochettino acknowledged at the microphone of

Prime Video

that the images of the injury of the former Barcelona player are "


". "

We are worried

», Indicated the Argentinian technician.

Neymar, 29, saw his first two seasons in Paris cut short by ankle injuries.

He scored three goals and provided three assists in 2021-22.

Read alsoLigue 1: ASSE denounces a "wave of hatred and insults" after the injury of Neymar

Football parody in Portugal

After the Belenenses-Benfica match abandoned on Saturday (0-7) while the small Lisbon club, ravaged by the Covid-19, could only line up nine players, before being reduced to ... six, Portugal and the sports authorities want to understand how this meeting could be maintained. "


", headlined the sports daily

A Bola

on Sunday

, estimating that the public attended "

a match that should never have taken place

", while


, the other major sports daily, proclaims that football "

has hit rock bottom

”. The newspaper


qualifies for its part this match of "



Read alsoAfter the "farce" of Belenenses-Benfica, Portugal wants to understand

The president of Belenenses Rui Pedro Soares assured that he had requested the Portuguese League to obtain the postponement of the meeting. An official of the League quoted in the local media explained having had a telephone contact with him, but specifies not to have received of "

formal request

". "

It's a black page in Portuguese football, but Benfica is in no way responsible,

" for his part reacted Rui Costa, president of the Lisbon club. La Liga, which called an extraordinary meeting for Monday, seized the disciplinary council of the Portuguese Football Federation and also called for an "

urgent meeting

" with the State Secretariat for Health and the health authorities in order to obtain an information "

clear on the emergency protocol

”in force in the competitions. (with AFP)

Bastareaud, bad luck

He collapsed, all alone, on a support, in the middle of the field on an attempted breakthrough. Visibly seriously injured in the right knee, Mathieu Bastareaud screamed in pain before being evacuated on a stretcher, in tears, from the 4th minute of the match between RC Toulon and LOU. A very hard blow for the third center line and Lyon captain, who was coming back from injury. The former international (33 years old, 54 selections between 2009 and 2019) received a standing ovation from the public of Toulon, of which he wore the colors between 2011 and 2019. Bastareaud played only one meeting this season, beginning November facing Castres. He had been operated on on his right hand in September after an eight-month absence due to a ruptured quadriceps tendon in his left knee."

It doesn't smell very good

“, Pierre Mignoni worried after the meeting… End of the suspense at the beginning of the week.

To read alsoTops / Flops Toulon-Lyon: winning return for Serin, bad luck for Bastareaud

Davis Cup: a little tour and then goes to the Blues

There was no need to wait for Sunday evening and the end of the group matches to be officially fixed on the fate of the Blues. As in Madrid, two years ago, the French Davis Cup team was eliminated in the group stage, this time in the deafening camera in Innsbruck. After the two singles defeats against Great Britain, the double demonstration of the never-before-seen pair Mahut-Rinderknech had kept up very poor qualifying hopes, but there was no miracle. Deprived of his two best players in the standings (Monfils and Humbert), captain Sébastien Grosjean had to deal with an experimental selection. The march was too high for Rinderknech, 58, and Mannarino, 71, against Great Britain and their two top 25 players (Norrie and Evans). "

We had chances in both singles, but unfortunately it didn't go in our direction.

The players gave their all and ended up on a high note with this double.

But there is a lot of disappointment,

”said the captain of the Blues.

Read also Davis Cup: French tennis still grimacing

Source: lefigaro

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