Ligue 1, 35th day – With three penalties, Troyes beats Lille (3-0) and takes a big step towards maintaining

Troyes takes another step towards maintenance. By beating LOSC, reduced to nine after the expulsions of Renato Sanches and Burak Yilmaz, at the Stade de l’Aube this Sunday afternoon (3-0) thanks to three penalties scored, two by Florian Tardieu and one by Iké Ugbo, ESTAC takes a comfortable lead over AS Saint-Étienne, 18th, since it now has five more points and is in 14th place (36 pts). LOSC sees Europe take off little by little.

If LOSC were fighting for a European place, ESTAC was struggling to stay in Ligue 1. And it’s never easy to play against a team playing for its survival. The people of Lille have had further proof of this. In a first period with no real chance on either side, the Mastiffs, who still had their foot on the ball, were surprised two minutes from the break after a penalty given by Mr Delajod and converted by Florian Tardieu (43rd).

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Upon returning from the locker room, we thought that the reigning French champions were going to press the accelerator and do everything to overthrow the players of Bruno Irles. Their situation in the standings – 6 points behind Strasbourg and Europe – required this. Especially since the Trojans had so far only scored ten goals in the second half, the worst total in five major European championships.

Except that … Renato Sanches, broke down mentally barely five minutes after returning from the locker room. Annoyed, the Portuguese challenged a decision by Mr. Delajod before continuing to pester and therefore be excluded (50th). In numerical superiority, the Trojans quickly took advantage of it after a fault by Sven Botman behind the back of Iké Ugbo, who himself took charge of transforming this second penalty of the match (53rd). The player on loan from Genk scored his 4th goal of the season.

Europe moves away for LOSC

But the nightmare did not stop for the Mastiffs. About twenty minutes from the end of the match, Burak Yilmaz cracked in turn. The Turk cut Yoann Touzghar (69th) from behind and logically took a red. At nine against eleven, Jocelyn Gourvennec’s players conceded a third penalty late in the game after a tackle from Benjamin André on Yasser Larouci, once again transformed by Florian Tardieu (86th). Conspired by their own supporters, the Lille residents had a dirty Sunday.

With this success, the Trojans, 36 points on the clock, go back to 14th place in Ligue 1 and have five units more than ASSE, 18th and barrage, as well as nine more on Bordeaux, first relegated. Bruno Irles’ men have taken a big step forward to keep him in the top flight. At the same time, the Lille residents have most certainly said goodbye to Europe since they remain six points behind Strasbourg, 5th, with only three games left to play. It’s definitely a season to forget for the 2021 French champion.

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