MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, October 5, 2020
Only Nicholas Gioacchini saw action in France as Tim Weah and Patrick Koffi still look to seal down places on their teams in weekend French action.
Caen 1-0 Amiens SC
Nicholas Gioacchini was the man of the hour when he scored Caen's game-winner against Amiens, who were relegated from Ligue 1 at the end of last season.
It was a pretty evenly contested game but a strong SM Caen defense managed to keep the team from the city on the Somme River at bay for the 90 minutes and snatch all the points just minutes before the intermission.
Yoann Court whipped a sweet through ball into the box and the American, who outpaced a pair of defenders, was on hand to fire it home from about eight yards out. The shot was close to the keeper who wasn't able to react quickly enough.
Gioacchini had another half-decent chance in the second half as well but was not able to make it count. In the end, it didn't matter because it was the only goal of the game and the 20-year-old's second of the season.
Ligue 2 will also be off for the international break but when they return, they'll head to Niort which is the Deux-Sèvres department in western France.
Lille came away with a 3-0 victory against Strasbourg in the Grand Est region of the country. Tim Weah didn't have time to break a sweat when came off the bench in the 93rd minute. The win however leaves them undefeated and puts the Dogues in the top spot with Rennes playing later on Sunday evening.
When the league returns from international break, Lille will host Lens in this northern derby. The two cities are 25 miles apart. Lens, who were promoted at the end of last season impressively sit in third place.
Patrick Koffi was neither on the field nor the bench as Paris FC soundly defeat Le Havre by a 3-0 scoreline. The win leaves the club from the French capital at the top of the standings, one point better off than Grenoble.
The Parisians will stay at home for their next encounter against Pau, who sit in last place with just three points to their name.