Held in check by Clermont, Strasbourg remains without a win in Ligue 1

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Held in check by Clermont, Strasbourg remains without a win in Ligue 1

The game: 0-0

Stuck in 18th place ahead of the other two teams again without a win after six days (Angers, Ajaccio)Strasbourg was counting on the visit of Clermont to unlock its counter after pocketing six points against the Auvergnats last season.

Bold from the start of the match, the men of Julien Stéphan, suspended and remained in the stands, showed their intentions on a pivot shot from Ludovic Ajorque (2nd) before the Clermont goalkeeper Mory Diaw came out of the skylight with a distant volley of ‘Habib Diarra (14th). But Diaw is not only talented, he is also successful with this knee shot from Adrien Thomasson, after a movement signed Jean-Ricner Bellegarde, Ajorque on the feint and Jean-Eudes Aholou, which failed on the bar. Same fate for Maxime Le Marchand and his head masked and pricked upon receiving a free kick from Bellegarde (45th + 3).

In the second half, the entry of Kevin Gameiro in place of Ajorque was to bring more depth and intensity to Racing’s game, but the match became choppy. And it was Diaw’s success again that calmed La Meinau: saved on his line by Johan Gastien after a shot from Gameiro, he “pushed back” to the ground and headed Thomasson’s attempt (64th). In the process Mats Els intervened on the first chances of the Clermontois signed Muhammed Cham and Jérémie Bela (68th, 69th).

There were then twenty minutes left and Strasbourg, reduced to ten after the expulsion of Le Marchand (2nd yellow, 88th), confirmed their status as the only team not to have scored a single goal in the last 20 minutes of a League match. 1 this season… With this draw (0-0), Strasbourg temporarily leaves the red zone and climbs to 15th place thanks to a better goal difference than Toulouse, Nice and Brest while Clermont dislodges Montpellier from 7th place.

The player: Ajorque touched, “elbowed”

Ludovic Ajorque, only one goal in six days, had set the tone at the start with this control and this pivot shot (2nd). Unfortunately for him his meter will not change. Blame it on the low number of centers to find it in the heart of the defense. The fault (or not according to the referee) especially with this block of the Clermont defender Maximiliano Caufriez, whose elbow had struck the chest of the Alsatian, to protect his goalkeeper Mory Diaw (30th). If the Strasbourgeois demanded a penalty in vain, Ajorque struggled to catch his breath, asking to leave even before the break. He will be replaced by Kevin Gameiro for the second half.

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Strasbourg have not won any of their last 4 home matches in Ligue 1 (3 draws, 1 defeat), their longest drought under Julien Stéphan.

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