ROUND-UP: Africans in Ligue 1- Week 5
In a week which saw two Africans prevent champions PSG from continuing their faultless start to the campaign, Africa Football Shop’s Ligue 1 correspondent, Jamie Barlow, reports all the action; including how Tunisian Syam Ben Youssef scored and was sent off for Caen.
Paris St Germain’s 100 percent start to Ligue 1 was ended by two Africans on Friday evening – Senegal international Henri Saivet and Tunisian Wahbi Khazri both hit the target for Bordeaux in an eventful 2-2 draw at the Parc des Princes. Saivet struck in between Edison Cavani’s brace for the home side after the Senegalese forward glanced a header into the net after meeting a Khazri near-post corner. PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp should have claimed the effort but mishandled the ball which rebounded off his chest into the roof of the net. Trailing 2-1, Bordeaux captain Saivet added to his side’s woes after seeing red following a clumsy lunge on PSG’s Verrati on the 77th minute. But Tunisian midfielder Khazri saved Saivet’s blushes by netting the equaliser for the away side after another mistake by the PSG keeper. German stopper Trapp was once again at fault for the goal after taking too long over a straightforward clearance which allowed Khazri to close him down and dispossess him before slotting the ball into an open goal.
Two Africans scored in a four-goal affair at the Stadium Municipal which saw second-placed Reims recover from a two goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Toulouse and maintain their strong start to the new season. Olivier Guegan’s side looked to be heading for defeat after first-half strikes from Cameroon international defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik and Marthin Braithwaite for the home side. Kana-Biyik slotted a left footed effort inside the right-hand post following a melee from a corner. But the away side reduced the deficit through French forward Theoson Siebatcheu in the 56th minute before Gabonese versatile midfielder Frederic Bulot brought his team back on level terms ten minutes from time.
St Etienne claimed their third consecutive win in the league with a 2-1 defeat at Montpellier. The home side, still looking for their first win of the season, were sunk by efforts from Moustapha Bayal Sall and Nolan Roux. Senegal defender Sall, struck the opener a quarter of the way into the game after steering home a Valentin Eysseric’s free-kick beyond Jonathan Ligali in the Montpellier goal. Roux’s first goal for les Verts wrapped up the points on the hour mark before Joris Marveaux mustered up a late consolation goal for the hosts.
Tunisian defensive midfielder Syam Ben Youssef, made the headlines in Caen’s 3-1 victory at Troyes. Goals from Julien Feret, Siam Ben Youssef and Vincent Bessat saw Caen return to winning ways after two successive defeats. Youssef doubled his side’s lead on the 38th minute with a header from a corner from six yards out. But Youseff went from hero to villain mid-way through the second half after the defender was given marching orders for a second yellow but, despite that, the visitors wrapped up the points moments later when Bessat added a third on 62 minutes.
Two goals late on grabbed all three points for Lorient to secure their first Ligue 1 win of the season with a 3-1 win over Angers. Angers’ Morocco international midfielder, Romain Saiss, took advantage of some poor defending from a set-piece to put his side into the lead in the first-half. However, Frenchman Yann Jouffre beat Ludovic Butelle at his near post just after the restart to bring the home side on level terms after being set-up by Abdul Waris. It was the same two players who combined for Lorient’s next goal as Jouffre turned provider, teeing up Ghana international Waris with less than 20 minutes to play before Benjamin Jeannot wrapped up the victory with a late strike in injury time to guarantee all three points for the hosts.
Rennes made it four wins in a row with a 2-0 victory over nine-man Nantes. Paul Georges Ntep notched his first goal of the season on his first start, to open the scoring and Ivory Coast international Giovanni Sio’s late effort secured victory against a dogged Nantes side. The hosts were reduced to ten men when Adryan was sent off early in the second half. Ntep capitalised on the hosts’ disadvantage when he pounced on Sio’s blocked shot to poke home midway through the second half. Nantes were soon reduced to nine men when Kolbeinn Sigthorsson was given his marching orders before Sio doubled his side’s advantage, breaking free of the opposition backline before beating Maxime Dupe. The away side were rarely troubled and Senegalese goalkeeper Abdoulaye Diallo will be happy with his team’s clean sheet.