Ligue 1 Uber Eats Matchday 12
Le Gym share the points at Montpellier (0-0)
Against a solid Montpellier side, Les Aiglons picked up a point at La Mosson on Friday evening (0-0). After 12 games, Le Gym remain unbeaten in Ligue 1.
A solid performance. In a stadium where the Aiglons have had little success in their recent history (2 wins in the 21st century), Dante and Co were able to keep a tight grip on the game and extend their unbeaten run to twelve games. Facing a Montpellier side that are hard to handle and dangerous on the counter-attack, Le Gym dominated for the most part but failed to capitalise.
LE GYM CONTROLLED
Deprived of his mainstay Youssouf Ndayishimiye, who was suspended following his red card against Rennes last week, Francesco Farioli opted to drop back Khephren Thuram to play in the number six role on Friday. The midfielder continued to make an impact with his runs despite his deeper position, and often looked dangerous with his shots, but was never able to hit the target despite several attempts (1', 42', 53').
In control of the ball (59% possession at the final whistle), Le Gym came up against a well-organised block that was resistant to the runs in behind from Badredine Bouanani, starting for the first time this season. Determined and diligent, the Algerian international nearly set up Morgan Sanson, who was unlucky with his acrobatic effort (26'), before missing the target with Nice's biggest chance of the first half. Found by Boga in the box, the Fennec saw his shot go narrowly wide of Lecomte's post (34').
BUŁKA SAVED BY HIS POST
But if the Rouge et Noir had their chances, Michel Der Zakarian's men did too. Led by the physically imposing Akor Adams, the second-highest scorer in the league (7 goals), Montpellier twice hit the woodwork thanks to their Nigerian striker. Firstly in the first half, when Adams went alone on the counter-attack and unleashed a powerful shot that rebounded off Marcin Bułka's left-hand post (32'). Then at the start of the second half, when Ferri's cross found the centre-forward's head, but with no success (58').
After a period of domination by MHSC, the Aiglons were able to get their foot back on the ball and push forward towards the end of the match, invigorated by the introductions of Sofiane Diop, Evann Guessand and Gaëtan Laborde. The latter, playing at his former club, had several chances to score, first finding the side-netting (70') and then the gloves of Lecomte (88').
Francesco Farioli's men had little success in attack, but they remain unbeaten in Ligue 1, keeping a clean sheet for the seventh time in a row and the ninth overall this season. This further confirms their status as the best defence in Europe. Still leaders ahead of this weekend's matches for PSG and Monaco, Le Gym are guaranteed to spend the international break on the podium, before facing TFC on 26 November (1pm).
Montpellier 0-0 Nice in pictures
November 10 2023 21:00
Stade de la Mosson
- Mousa Tamari
Michel Der Zakarian
Bertaud Tchato Allix Mincarelli Delaye Maamma
Sirigu Lotomba Mendy Louchet Balde
Ben El Hadj
Rosario (5') Boudaoui (45') Todibo (71') Bard (81')
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