Author of the best start to the season in its history, FC Lorient will welcome the truce of the World Cup positively. The Merlus confirmed a little slack this Sunday on the lawn of La Meinau, conceding a draw in the last moments (1-1). In a series of five unsuccessful matches (2 losses, 3 draws), FCL is provisionally fourth in Ligue 1 (28 points), pending Monaco-Marseille (this Sunday, 8:45 p.m.). Despite the best in the game, Strasbourg could not win but raised their heads a little. Racing will however return to L1 at the end of December as 19th, with only 11 points on the clock.
Lorient struck entry at La Meinau. On a corner from Enzo Le Fée from the right side, which crossed the surface, Terem Moffi, totally abandoned by the Alsatian defense at the far post, did not miss his target (5th). Julien Stéphan’s big pout summed it all up, and the Racing coach’s tactical readjustment, who decided to opt for a 4-4-2, took the lead in the wing too quickly. His team was rather interesting in the game, but lacked efficiency in their last gestures. The lack of serenity was palpable, as on Jean-Eudes Aholou’s kick on Julien Ponceau which could have been worth more than a yellow card (22nd).
Lorient remained compact and could have made the break against before the break, taking advantage of the gaping holes left by the Strasbourg defense, on occasions Julien Ponceau (34th) and Moffi in particular (39th). But Strasbourg’s acceleration after the break was rewarded. If Vito Mannone released two decisive parades in the same minute, in front of Jean-Ricner Bellegarde and Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel (50th), he could not do anything in front of Habib Diallo, served by Bellegarde on the equalizer (87th).
The player: Moffi passes the 10-goal mark
While Nigeria failed to qualify for the World Cup, Terem Moffi will have to fret until Ligue 1 resumes at the end of December. The Lorient striker is, however, going through a good period, and scored his 10th goal in the Championship at La Meinau. Only PSG forwards Kylian Mbappé (12) and Neymar (11) are ahead of him in the scoring charts. Moffi scored a goal as a pure finisher knowing how to be forgotten at the far post on a corner kick taken from the right side, which he took over with a half-volley (5th). He celebrated his goal by taking out the jersey of the Swiss goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo, seriously injured and package for the World Cup. The Nigerian missed the double by not catching the frame after having pressed Alexander Djiku to go and challenge Matz Sels (39th).
The fact: tense atmosphere at La Meinau
While Racing continues to sink in the standings, the public of La Meinau has expressed its dissatisfaction throughout the meeting. After a strike of encouragement during the pre-match, during which the name of Thomas Delaine was copiously whistled, several banners were deployed: “No more talk, we want results” then “Players, staff, managers, get us out of this mess”. When a lighter was thrown in the direction of Enzo Le Fée on a corner (34th), causing the interruption of the meeting for a few moments, Adrien Thomasson tried to calm the supporters, but was vilified in return. Matz Sels has also multiplied calls for calm. The scenario at the end of the match, however, relaxed the debates.