MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, September 28, 2020
Nicholas Gioacchini was the only American in France kicking the ball in a competitive game over the weekend, while Tim Weah never got off the bench in weekend French league action.
Valenciennes 1-0 Caen
It was a long, goal-less night for Gioacchini and his Normandy team when they traveled to Valenciennes, a short distance from the Belgian border for this Saturday night game. The only goal on the night came after just 10 minutes from Emmanuel Ntim, so the fans could have gone home and not missed a lot.
The American front man had a very early free kick from about 30 yards out where he chose to take the shot and it was easily swatted away by the Valenciennes #1. The goal came soon after when a Valenciennes corner was played back to Yacoub Aly Abeid, who whipped it into the box and watched his team mate from Ghana drill his header into the top left hand corner, giving
Rémy Riou no chance.
Early in the second half Teddy Chevalier was denied the chance to double the lead by a diving Riou.
After a poor Valenciennes clearance where the ball was lazily played back to a defender. Chevalier read the pass and got to it first, then fired into an open goal. The best he could do was hit the near post. Luck was on VAFC's side though because it fell to Metehan Güçlü ; however the young Turk hit a poor shot within reaching distance of French keeper.
After a pair of victories, Caen has only managed to collect one point in their last two games, though still find themselves in seventh place in this young Ligue 2 season. They will be at it again over the weekend when they go up against Amiens, who were relegated at the end of last season.
Tim Weah was an unused substitute as Lille defeated Nantes in front of their home fans. The visitors helped, scoring an own goal in the first half but Burak Yilmaz sealed it with a 87th minute penalty to secure the 2-0 win. Lille, who currently sit in second place, will travel to Strasbourg for their next game.
Patrick Koffi was left out of the line up as his Paris FC team ended up snatching a point from Niort with a very late strike. Paris was reduced to 10 men just 16 minutes into the game but overcame the 2-0 deficit. Next up will be a home game against Le Havre.