Ligue 1: the title race intensifies, Ben Yedder is back in shape, Nantes can’t do it … the five things to remember from the 23rd day

• Four clubs and one destiny

They are now four to hope to win the title of champion of France at the end of the season. If the previous years had in common a glaring lack of suspense, the 2020-21 vintage has decided to spice up the debates a little. Paris, Lille, Monaco and Lyon have all won tonight and if the four clubs stand in six points – the Mastiffs being the only leaders – Monaco (4th) is above all 8 points ahead of the fifth. A chasm now that will be difficult to fill for the pursuers.

While the PSG skated in recent weeks, the club of the capital decided to get back to the place to dismiss Nîmes (3-0). Beyond the score, the Ile-de-France residents finally seemed to find some fuel, which they had greatly lacked since the start of the season. They will need that against Lille which certainly has the most complete workforce of the four but also Lyon which, without always shining, wins, constantly. Finally, AS Monaco could be the pleasant surprise of the end of the season. Especially with his best player finally back.

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• Ben Yedder, the anti-eagle weapon

This is the good news of the day from the side of the Rock. Covid-19 seems to be finally a thing of the past for its star attacker Wissam Ben Yedder. After contracting the virus last November when he was in great shape, the Habs had experienced a small air gap with only one goal in eight days. But his double two weeks ago against Montpellier has revived the machine. Tonight against Nice, he confirmed his return to form. More explosive, the former Sevillian was once again decisive by scoring the two goals of his team from a set piece. First on the penalty spot then on a powerful free kick, leaving Benitez without solution. Above all, the Monegasque scored his 11th career goal on Wednesday against the Nice team. A real pet peeve for his best enemies. With this victory, Monaco rallies the leading pack with Lille, Paris and Lyon and is only 6 points from the top.

• Bamba, serial ferryman

A little less than a year ago, Jonathan bamba saw the Ligue 1 championship stop and with it a galley season for the French neo-international. After a brilliant year with LOSC, the former Stéphanois suffered the classic backlash. More expected, perhaps a little too sure of himself, the 24-year-old midfielder has stopped being decisive (only 1 goal last season). So, when football resumed its rights in France, Bamba decided to remind everyone what a delicious player he could be. Supersonic winger, precious finisher, he has had a series of great performances since the start of this 2020-21 vintage. And while Lille are fighting for the title, the French are more precious than ever despite the turnover operated by Christophe Galtier. Tonight against Bordeaux, he delivered his 8th assist, this time for Yusuf Yazici, which makes him the best passer in Ligue 1.

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Ligue 1 - 23rd day: Paris unfolds, Lyon goes the distance, Saint-Etienne and Nantes, same fight, relive the multiplex of the 23rd day

Ligue 1 – 23rd day: Paris unfolds, Lyon goes the distance, Saint-Etienne and Nantes, same fight, relive the multiplex of the 23rd day

• Nantes continues its (bad) streak

The matches are linked and remain the same on the side of FC Nantes. Since the arrival of Raymond Domenech on the Breton bench, the Canaries have still not won. Worse, it is now 14 meetings, that the club held by Waldemar Kita can not leave with the victory. Faced with a team from Saint-Etienne also on the street lately, the evening crippled duel has, logically, offered only a limited spectacle and no happy outcome for one of the two teams. A draw and a point that will not satisfy anyone. And especially not the supporters.

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“We are in the hard”: FC Nantes of Raymond Domenech gets bogged down after the defeat in Metz (2-0)

• Larsonneur, the evening blunder

Under the orders of Olivier Dall’Oglio this season, the Brestois have become players. A little too much sometimes. Not hesitating to relaunch without throwing missiles at the other end of the field, it is Gauthier Larsonneur who is the artificer on the front line to get into the thick of it. Except that facing Strasbourg, the Breton porter has let himself go. After stopping a nice strike from Sissoko, the Brestois wanted to relaunch quickly to Jean Lucas located about fifteen meters from him. But the Brazilian, under pressure, completely missed his recovery and it’s Jean-Eudes Aholou who could benefit from it. So far, nothing dramatic. It was without counting on a goalkeeper who had deserted his goal to replace his teammates without seeing that his team had lost the ball. An offering for the Strasbourg resident who was quick to adjust Larsonneur from afar and allow his team to lead 2-0. Fortunately, the Alsatians are not 15th this season for nothing. Coal then Douaron in additional time were able to erase the addition. One point saved.

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