Le Havre continues to lose, the last in the standings react… Total suspense before the last day
Leaders, Le Havre missed a second chance on Friday to secure their ascent to Ligue 1 this week, drawing in Bastia (1-1).
The script is too well put together. The penultimate day of Ligue 2 on Friday May 26 delivered no verdict for the season, and offered an even greater thrill for the final multiplex of the season topping the table, as in the relegation zone, on the 38th and final day. Le Havre came close to the climb but missed a new opportunity to validate the Ligue 2 title. Behind, Metz took advantage of Bordeaux’s misstep to snatch second place from the Girondins. Further down, six teams can still fill the bottom two relegation spots.
Metz Double Bordeaux
With one day to go, the HAC is ahead of Metz (2nd) and Bordeaux (3rd) by three points: everything will therefore be decided on the last day of next Friday. Bordeaux, which performs the bad operation of the day by losing 1-0 in Annecy, will receive the poorly classified Rodez (16th) and Metz will welcome Bastia (4th). Le Havre, who have led the race since matchday 14 but are still struggling with two worrying defeats in a row, will play their accession match on their own turf against relegated Dijon (18th).
In Annecy the Haut-Savoyards score in the 9th minute through Vincent Pajot, then the Girondins run the whole game close to scoring, systematically clashing with goalkeeper Florian Escales, author of an exceptional match. Bordeaux were runners-up since matchday 24 and unbeaten in five matches (W4, D1). At the same time, Metz went on to inflict a seventh consecutive defeat on Sochaux with a goal from Cheikh Sabaly (49th). Sochaux, in total perdition and diminished by so many absences, finished at ten after the exclusion of Skelly Alvaro (61st), guilty of a violent tackle on Ablie Jallow.
In Bastia, Le Havre had a fresh scare, only equalizing in the 89th minute from Samuel Grandsir. But this point won late in Corsica may be worth gold next Friday. Indeed, the Normandy club should find the elite again after fourteen seasons in Ligue 2. The year of its relegation, in 2009, the French champion in Ligue 1 was called… Bordeaux.
Six clubs for two places in the national team, Concarneau and Dunkerque rise to L2
Suspense also remains at the bottom of the table as six teams are within three points. Only Nîmes (19th) and Niort (20th) are already condemned.
The best operation of the day, however, was thanks to Pau who temporarily extricated himself from the relegation zone by winning 3-2 at Rodez’s home (16th). The Palois are now fifteenth but with only one point ahead of Rodez and Laval (17th) and two over Dijon (18th). Concarneau and Dunkerque, for their part, secured promotion at the end of the last day of the national team.