Ligue 1: Marseille dolphin of PSG, Metz and Bordeaux relegated, Saint-Etienne barrage … What to remember from the last day



End clap for Ligue 1. After 38 days in this 2021-2022 exercise, the teams of the French championship sealed their destiny on Saturday May 21. And this will rhyme with the Champions League for OM, winner of Strasbourg at the Vélodrome (4-0) and which grabs the place of runner-up to PSG.

> Relive the multiplex of the 38th and last day of Ligue 1

Champions League: OM are a hit, Monaco can have regrets

It took a breath for the men of Philippe Clément. Virtually qualified for the next Champions League until the end of added time against Lens, the Monegasques saw their hopes dashed. Blame it on a lucky goal from Ignatius Ganago (2-2, 90th + 6) at Bollaert. It could not be more infuriating for the Rock club, which will have to go through an elimination phase always complicated to negotiate, in the heart of summer, to definitively validate its ticket in C1.

For its part, Olympique de Marseille did (very) well the job at home against Strasbourg (4-0). Main architect of the card of the Olympians, the Brazilian midfielder Gerson scored twice. The Marseillais even dreamed for a time of making up for their delay in terms of goal difference against the Monegasques (-4 before the start of the 38th day). They were finally able to count on the help of the Lensois to leave their Riviera neighbors to their regrets.

C3 and C4: European Rennes and Nice, Strasbourg cracked

After the Europa League conference this season, Stade Rennes will return to the Europa League next year, after leaving it in 2019-2020. The men of the best coach of the season, Bruno Genesio, clung to their fourth place until the end. Thanks to a header in additional time from Serhou Guirassy against Lille (2-2, 90th + 3), the Bretons join Nantes in C3, after their victory in the Coupe de France.

The last European folding seat returns to Nice. Coming back from hell against Reims after trailing by two goals in the first half, the Aiglons can thank Andy Delort. The 30-year-old center forward got his side back on track by scoring three goals in the space of eight minutes. Christophe Galtier’s men thus beat those of Julien Stéphan, corrected by OM at the Vélodrome and who saw their dream of C4 go up in smoke.

Maintenance race: Saint-Etienne offers itself the place of barrage, Bordeaux and Metz in Ligue 2

The contract was almost impossible for Bordeaux to fulfill. Red lanterns with a goal difference almost impossible to overcome during this 38th day, David Guion’s players have, at the very least, come out the front door of this nightmarish season against Brest. A 4-2 success – the sixth of this 2021-2022 exercise – as a note of hope before returning to the second division of French football.

Metz will support the Girondins in this difficult Ligue 2 adventure. Severely beaten at the Parc des Princes (5-0), Frédéric Antonetti’s players could not count on a misstep from Saint-Etienne to recover 18th place. Romain Hamouma snatched a point from a draw (1-1, 79th) which changed everything against Nantes. Because the Greens of Pascal Dupraz keep a chance to stay in the elite. It remains to be seized during the barrage against Auxerre next week.



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