MICHAEL ADUBATO - Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Tim Weah got to play for a half-hour for OSC Lille while goal machine Nicholas Gioacchini was at it again in Caen's weekend victory.
Dunkerque 2 - 3 Caen
Nicholas Gioacchini got the nod and played 83 minutes in a winning effort for Caen while adding a goal of his own, his fifth of the Ligue 2 season.
The Vikings had to come from behind after Ilan Kebbal opened the scoring along the northern French coast with his 16th-minute strike. A minute later however Yoann Court squared things up before his American colleague struck just at the stroke of half time.
Gioacchini's goal was a real team effort. Attacking down the left flank, Caleb Zady Sery ran into the box with the ball at his feet and played a one-two with Jessy Pi. The Ivorian then picked out the KC native, who tapped it just inside the far post before the defense knew what was happening.
In the 74th minute, it was game, set and match for the visitors as the big man, Kelian Nsona was played through the middle by Jessy Deminguet. The Ivorian was too quick for his marker as he burst forward and unleashed his shot into the far corner from just inside the box.
The Seasiders' reply was an 89th-minute goal by substitute Guillaume Bosca but obviously too little, too late and Caen got on the bus with three points in the bag.
They'll welcome Sochaux to their Normandy stadium on Tuesday evening before taking the rest of the year off.
In the battle between first place Lille and second-place PSG, neither team could make a break though so the game ended 0-0. Tim Weah came off the bench in the 61st minute but could not make a difference either.
The result leaves Lille in the top spot tie on points with Lyon but with a superior goal difference. PSG falls to third. Next up for Weah and company is a trip down south to take on Montpellier on Wednesday evening.
Patrick Koffi did not make the team sheet for Paris FC as the wheels seem to be falling off of their championship bus. Having been in the top spot, this 3-2 loss to Clermont now leaves them in fifth place, barely holding onto a playoff spot. They'll have a couple of weeks to right the ship since their next game isn't until January 5th when they travel to Toulouse.