LOSC wins with forceps in Toulouse


On paper, this duel between Toulouse and Lille looked great. The two teams are among those who like to go forward the most, even if the classification does not necessarily indicate it. The promoted will have no difficulty in maintaining himself at the end of the season (12 points ahead of the first relegation player at kick-off), while LOSC comes up against his inconstancy week after week, he who can still aim for a European place (6th, one point behind Rennes, last virtual qualified in C4). Fonseca was counting on the experience of Fonte, back in the hinge, and the creativity of Ounas, holder on the right, to regain victory.

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Chaïbi, the new Algerian international, was making his return to the Toulouse offensive trident and was hungry. It was he who stood out first (7th), forcing Chevalier to intervene. This occasion woke up the Mastiffs. Slowly, they took better control of the game but neither Weah (15th) nor Ounas (17th) followed through on their ideas. The hailstorm, which stopped the match for a good quarter of an hour, did not really refresh the players in this match. Nicolaisen’s recovery came a hair’s breadth from the post, Abouklhal being more than a size away from pushing deep (32nd), while David completely unscrewed his shot in the box, he who had done the hardest by hooking Rouault (34th) .

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We went blow for blow on the ground. Toulouse again came close to opening the scoring just before the break, first by Dallinga, in check against Chevalier (42nd), then by Aboukhlal (45th). The break did not calm everyone’s enthusiasm. All the ingredients were gathered at the Municipal Stadium. Only the finish was missing. There was this rescue from Angel Gomes on a corner in front of Van den Boomen (49th), imitated a good ten minutes later by Nicolaisen in his area. Alone against Dupé, David preferred to shift Bamba, who could not conclude with the return of the Danish defender (61st).

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With fatigue, the rhythm fell a little. Also because the substitutes had difficulty getting up to speed, like these two Lille counterattacks which gave nothing (69th, 71st) and this slip from the incoming Zhegrova (73rd). Bamba did not fit (74th), no more than Chaïbi (76th), released a few moments later, crippled with cramps. Ratao also wasted a lot of ammunition after this one-two with Onaiwu (84th). On the next block, Zhegrova fell on the huge return of Spierings (84th) but the corner finally allowed the opener, signed Alexsandro at the far post (0-1, 85th). All that remained was to hold on for LOSC, a real problem for him this season. He relied on Chevalier, author of an exceptional stoppage after additional time on this recovery from Sierro (90th + 9), while Bayo even scored a second goal on this ball lost by this same Sierro (0- 2, 90th+10). With this very narrow success, the Northerners take 5th place.

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