Cata ‘for Saint-Étienne, Metz barrage / Ligue 1 (J37)


One day before the end of the championship, the fight for maintenance is tense. Beaten on Saturday by Reims (1-2), the Greens leave their 18th place as a play-off in Metz.

Fourth defeat in a row for Saint-Étienne who lost to Geoffroy-Guichard this Saturday against Reims (1-2, 37th day). A catastrophic result for the men of Pascal Dupraz in the fight to maintain. Play-offs at kick-off, the Stéphanois no longer have their destiny in their hands since at the same time, Metz won at home against Angers and passed them in front to recover the place of 18th, synonymous with a play-off. Everything will be decided on the 38th and last day.

Things very quickly turned sour for the locals who suffered a early goal scored in the second minute by Munetsi (0-1). But thanks to their will, the Greens still found the strength to come back to score shortly after on a equalizer signed Mangala (1-1, 12th). What to join the locker room with hope. But the return to the field quickly showed that Reims was in better shape and Doumbia’s goal confirmed it (1-2, 61st). Unable to come back a second time, Saint-Étienne conceded a twentieth defeat in Ligue 1 this season and found themselves 19th.

Bordeaux, almost certain relegation

Because for its part, FC Metz has succeeded in the beautiful operation of the day. By winning 1-0 at home against Angers, Frédéric Antonetti’s protégés recover an unexpected play-off place. Long a red lantern this season, the Messins once again took advantage of the form of Lamkel Ze, scorer again tonight, to pass Saint-Étienne. In a week, the Garnets will have a particularly complicated task with a last match against PSG at the Parc des Princes. For its part, ASSE will go to Nantes.

Finally, for Bordeaux, Ligue 2 is almost there. Dumb at home against Lorient (0-0), the Girondins are three points behind Saint-Étienne and Metz, but with a goal difference very largely to their disadvantage. It will take more than a miracle for Marcelo and his teammates to save themselves. Did they still really believe in it?

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