Find the Tops and Flops of the sports weekend awarded by the sports editorial staff of Le Figaro.
By Lucas Michel, David Reyrat and Christophe Remise
Clermont accesses Ligue 1 for the first time
For the first time in its history, Clermont will play in Ligue 1 next season. Defeated in the final minutes in Caen (2-1), who took the opportunity to ensure his maintenance in Ligue 2, the Auvergnats had done the job long before. Led by his trio of attacking fire Allevinah, Dossou, Bayo (46 goals including 22 for Bayo, top scorer in the championship), the happy band of Pascal Gastien finally reaches the elite after having claimed it several times in recent seasons . With Troyes, crowned L2 champion, the two promoted will be particularly expected on the upper floor where they will try to keep their shimmering game.
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Alisson, hero of Liverpool
Liverpool in the Champions League? Perhaps. In any case, the Reds, fifth in the standings, have given themselves the right to dream thanks to their success on the field of West Bromwich (1-2) on Sunday. A success they owe to their goalkeeper, Alisson Becker. Except that the Brazilian international was not signaled by a spectacular save, but by… a goal, a magnificent uncrossed header on a corner! And this in the 95th minute. Unbelievable. All the more tasty for Alisson as the season is special for Liverpool, made of ups and (many) downs, and for him, who has had the pain of losing his father in recent weeks.
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Morgan Parra, Clermont boss
Camille Lopez, injured and absent since April 11, Morgan Parra ensured the goal and the leadership on the ASM side. Author of 18 points, the former scrum half of the XV of France scored 20 points at the foot to allow Clermont to win against Toulon, 25 to 16. A key success in the fight for the qualification to the final phase of the Top 14. Author of a 7/7 kicking Saturday, he is on a series of 25 successful shots on goal.
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Vanessa Bryant’s moving speech
A little over a year after his death in early 2020, Kobe Bryant was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday. The basketball pantheon. It was his widow, Vanessa, who was responsible for paying homage to him. A poignant speech, alongside Michael Jordan. “You did, you are a real champion. I wish my husband was here. He and Gigi (their daughter, also deceased in that tragic helicopter crash) deserve to be there to see it. He would have a long list of people to thank who inspired him and empowered him to enter the Hall of Fame. Family, friends, mentors, the Lakers, teammates and opponents. He once said to me: “If you have to bet on someone, bet on yourself”. I’m glad you bet on yourself because you excelled. (…) You are one of the greatest of all time, ”concluded Vanessa Bryant, in front of her daughters Natalia, Capri and Bianka. Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan were also honored at this ceremony.
Quartararo, Zarco, Grosjean: the Blues in the spotlight in motorsports
It was the Australian Jack Miller (Ducati) who won the Grand Prix Moto GP of Le Mans on Sunday, but it was a Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), third, who took the lead in the general classification by a small point. His compatriot Johann Zarco also finished second in the race. In IndyCar this time, Romain Grosjean signed his first podium for what was his third race. The Frenchman finished second in the Indianapolis GP less than six months after his farewell to Formula 1 and his spectacular crash.
First success among professionals for Victor Lafay on the Giro
At 25, Victor Lafay signed the best victory of his career by taking off in the final of the 8th stage of the Giro to go and raise his arms on the line on Saturday. Leaving his breakaway companions three kilometers from the finish, the Lyonnais went to win his first victory in a Grand Tour in Campania. The first French success on this Giro, and the first for 11 years for his Cofidis team in Italy. After a first participation in the Vuelta last year (81st), Lafay confirms his potential after having already signaled himself with a fourth place on the Tour of the community of Valencia a month ago.
Nîmes in purgatory
After Dijon, we know the second club relegated to Ligue 2. 19th before this 37th day, the Nîmes were doomed to the feat against OL to hope. They are now doomed outright. In fact, a defeat for Nantes could have allowed them to prolong the suspense. But Antoine Kombouaré’s men lined up a fourth success in a row, in Dijon (0-4). There are five points of difference between the Canaries and the Crocs, devoured 2-5 by Lyon, before the final day. After three seasons in the elite, Nîmes Olympique is back in L2. “It’s a big mess, with the team we have … I think of the supporters, they deserve better”, plague Renaud Ripart. The suspense is however complete for the place of barrage.
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More hope for Barça
Barça will not be Spanish champions. Beaten 1-2 by Celta Vigo on Sunday on Matchday 37 of La Liga, Lionel Messi and company are definitely out of the race. The coronation will be played next weekend between the two Madrid clubs, Atlético and Real. Two points separate the two teams in the standings. And Zinedine Zidane’s players were close to taking back control, before Luis Suarez’s life-saving goal for the Colchoneros, him that Barça sold off in the last offseason. 2-1 victory for Atlético, against Osasuna, while Real defeated Athletic in Bilbao (0-1). Add to that some sources that send Messi to Paris (see tweet below) and you have a black night out for Barca. At least, for the men of Barça. Because the girls are European champions after their 4-0 success in the women’s C1 final against Chelsea.
The tears of Pierre Aguillon
Carried away on a stretcher, the emblematic three-quarter center of Stade Rochelais could not restrain his tears. Seriously injured in the knee in the last minutes of La Rochelle-Agen (59-0), Saturday during the 24th day of Top 14, Pierre Aguillon knows that he said goodbye to the historic meeting next Saturday, the final of the Champions Cup against Stade Toulousain in Twickenham. There are also fears that the 34-year-old, who has signed up for Castres Olympique for next season, will no longer carry over the Maritimes jersey.
The slap received by Pliskova in Rome
6-0, 6-0. A double bubble conceded in less than an hour by Karolina Pliskova in the final on Sunday, in Rome. Seed number 9 in a tournament where she has her habits (titled in 2019, finalist last year), the Czech scored only 13 small points to lose for the first time on this score. Iga Swiatek (15th in the world) wins for the first time on this margin. “She had an incredible day and I had a terrible day,” Plitskova sums up. I’ll just try to forget about it. ” Holder of the title at Roland Garros, Swiatek, 19, sends a serious message to the competition two weeks from the deadline. Like Rafael Nadal, winner in the Roman Masters 1000 final against Novak Djokovic (7-5 1-6 6-3).
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