MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, August 31, 2020
Tim Weah returned to action for Lille after his long injury break and Nicholas Gioacchini helped Caen secure victory in weekend French action.
Caen 1-0 Ajaccio
Nicholas Gioacchini put in an 80 minute shift as Caen secured a 1-0 victory over Ajaccio, the team from the island of Corsica. The Kansas City native took up his position on the right wing for the Normandy team.
It took Caen just 18 minutes to light up the score board after Ismaël Diallo blocked Yacine Bammou's close range shot with his arm. He saw yellow and the hosts were awarded the penalty kick. The Moroccan placed the ball on the spot and this time not even the keeper's hand could keep it out.
Ajaccio had a shot from distance just before the half time whistle but it was nothing that troubled Rémy Riou between the sticks.
Bammou fashioned a shot for himself after a defensive blunder but the keeper was up to the job and made a half decent save out of it. The Bears had a couple of opportunities to get something out of the game late on but just couldn't get the job done and so left with no points in the bag.
Caen will next travel to Rodez, in the south of France, when the Ligue 2 season resumes.
Lille traveled to Reims in search of their first victory of the season after their opener against Rennes ended in a 1-1 stalemate. And the win did come, thanks to Jonathan Bamba's 32nd minute strike that was assisted by Burak Yilmaz.
After a serious injury that has kept him on the side lines for a very long time, Timothy Weah returned to the field of play for Lille for the last ten minutes of the match. The American even came close to doubling the lead in extra time.
After the international break, the Dogues will host Metz at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium.
Rennes hosted and defeated Montpellier, taking a half time goal lead thanks to an OG. They finished the job in the second half with a 77th minute Eduardo Camavinga strike before a late consolation goal by the visitors.
Jordan Siebatcheu was left off the team sheet and there was no report of injury, so his whereabouts is a mystery at this time. Hopefully he will reappear when Rennes heads south to Nimes on September 13th for their next league game.
Patrick Koffi is serving his red card sentence but Paris FC won anyway against Valenciennes with a 1-0 victory. The American will miss his team's trip to Amiens after the international break but will then be eligible to play again when Paris hosts Nancy.