The Paris FC players still leave to greet their supporters.
They are applauded but the heart is not there.
This time it's over.
Hung by Valenciennes (1-1), Paris FC has undoubtedly let its last illusions fly away.
The gap has widened further with Auxerre (3rd) and Sochaux (4th) who now have a 4 and 3 point lead.
Barring a misstep from their opponents and a full card against Amiens and Grenoble to end the regular season, Paris FC will in all likelihood finish 5th.
This means a trip to the 4th to start the play-offs on Tuesday May 17.
How to complicate a task that already seemed very difficult...
What you must remember
Paris FC was undoubtedly weighed down from the start against Valenciennes.
However, it's not as if Thierry Laurey hadn't insisted on defensive concentration all week... From the 3rd minute, Samir Chergui missed his pass back with a header which was intercepted by Hamache (0-1, 3rd) .
Valenciennes, who hadn't scored for five games, didn't ask for so much… Not at all calm, Paris FC was very worrying defensively at the start of the match.
This is where we see that the absence of Ousmane Kanté (rupture of the Achilles tendon) is very detrimental.
But the Parisians nevertheless quickly recovered in the match with the equalizer from Migouel Alfarela who took over a center from Moustapha Name (1-1, 12th).
Preferred to Caddy - Boutaïb who felt discomfort in the thigh all week started on the bench -, Alfarela,
scored his 3rd goal of the season for his 7th start.
Despite this equalizer, the PFC remains mistreated by Valenciennes.
Vincent Demarconnay must make a big save on a shot from Kaba (32nd).
After making four changes at half-time last Friday in Bastia, Laurey was, this time, "just" content with three (entries from Bernauer, Iglesias, Boutaïb)... But the ex-Strasbourg coach was necessarily unhappy with the performance of his team.
Demarconnay must still be decisive on a full axis free kick from Robail (59th).
⚔️ No winner in this #PFCVAFC!
— Ligue 2 BKT (@Ligue2BKT) April 30, 2022
But Paris FC pushes at the end of the match.
The VA goalkeeper, Chevalier (19), on loan from Lille, made a huge save on a point-blank header from Warren Caddy (89th).
Despite the… 7 minutes of additional time, the Parisians did not manage to break the Valenciennes wall.
This end of the season already looks like a big disappointment.
Player: Vincent Demarconnay
After his small mistake in Bastia, the Paris FC goalkeeper performed a performance in line with those of recent weeks.
Often abandoned by his defense, he made several decisive saves on the many opportunities of Valenciennes.
The number: 4
Moustapha Name is involved in the last 4 goals scored by his team.
Scorer in the last three games, the Senegalese international was a decisive passer on the equalizer of Migouel Alfarela.
PARIS FC - VALENCIENNES: 1-1 (1-1).
Referee: Mr. Paradis.
Paris FC: Alfarela (12th);
Valenciennes: Hamache (3rd).
Paris FC: Siby (34th) Guilavogui (49th), Bernauer (57th), Boutaïb (70th);
Valenciennes: Debuchy (90th + 7).
Demarconnay - Bamba (Gueho, 79th), Chergui, Camara (Bernauer, 46th), Hanin - Siby (Iglésias, 46th), Mandouki (cap.), Name - Guilavogui (Caddy, 86th), Lopez (Boutaïb, 46th), Alfarela .
Chevalier - Dos Santos, Debuchy, Ntim, Cuffaut (cap.), Lecoeuche - Kaba, Masson, Hamache (Ouattara, 77th) - Robail, Bonnet (Zinga, 71st) .