MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, December 14, 2020
Tim Weah played a few minutes for Lille in a winning effort, while Nicholas Gioacchini put in a full shift in a hard fought draw against the league leaders in weekend French soccer.
Caen 0-0 Troyes
Nicholas Gioacchini started and went the distance for Caen but couldn't help the team find the back of the net. They thus had to be content with a point after this scoreless draw, which is a very good point against the team that was at the top of the table before this game.
It turned out to be an entertaining game with the visitors doing most of the attacking and the Vikings having to do a lot of defending, including goalkeeper Rémy Riou, who pulled off some very impressive saves, one in particular with the help of the post. Half of their 10 shots found the target, compared to three of six for Caen.
A late free-kick, in the 93rd minute taken by second-half sub Anthony Gonçalves could have won the game for the team from Normandy but his shot from 20 yards out beat the keeper but unfortunately rattled the crossbar and bounced out of harm's way.
The point leaves them in eighth place but only a couple of points from a playoff spot after 15 games. Having taken a point off the top two teams over these past two weeks, they'll be looking at perhaps an easier opponent when they make the trip up the coast to take on 10th place Dunkerque on Friday night.
Patrick Koffi was not named to the team sheet as Paris FC struggled against Rodez, who are in a relegation battle. They went behind after only four minutes and took until the 89th to find the equalizer. Having dropped two points, and with the Grenoble win, they fall down to third place. Next up however will be a trip to Clermont to take on the seventh-place team.
After scoring midweek in Europa League action, Time Weah started against Bordeaux on the bench for his Lille team. He did however play the last 12 minutes. All the scoring was over however in the first half with Lille winning the contest 2-1, which means with the PSG defeat that they return to the top of the Ligue 1 standings. They'll head to the city of mustard midweek as they take on Dijon, who are in last place.