Find the Tops and Flops of the sports weekend, awarded by the sports editorial staff of Le Figaro.
By Lucas Michel, Gilles Festor, Martin Couturié, David Reyrat and Christophe Remise
Yilmaz, strong as a Turk
“I really have a crazy team,” smiles Christophe Galtier. A team that is seriously starting to look like a beautiful bunch of champions… Led 2-0 in the first period, Lille finally won 3-2 in Lyon on Sunday, at the end of the 34th day. Turning ? In the stoppage of play of the first period, Burak Yilmaz reduced the score of a “well struck free kick” on which Anthony Lopes “can do nothing”, as Marcelo points out. And it was again the Turkish striker who came to crucify OL at the end of the game, the winning goal, after offering the equalizer on a plateau to Jonathan David. “It’s a victory which proves to us that we can go to the end,” swears the latter, while coach Galtier recognizes that “the title is a goal”. This success, the Losc owes it to its collective strength, its solidity and to the talent of one man, Yilmaz. “He went to the big clubs and won titles, underlines Christophe Galtier. He is focused on the competition in his preparation. He was one of the engines in our game. ” And in the whole season. Enough to stand up to PSG, winner in Metz on Saturday (1-3), and Monaco, which won in Angers on Sunday (0-1). The three teams stand at two points. For Lyon, relegated to six points from Lille and four from their next opponent, Monaco, there are four games left to hang the C1.
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Emotional day for Ogier in Croatia
Sébastien Ogier took control of the World Championship on Sunday, winning in Croatia by six tenths of a second over Elfyn Evans, his teammate at Toyota, after an exceptional final. This is on the third lowest gap for a WRC victory. Emotions, Ogier experienced others during the morning since he was the victim of a road accident on a link when a motorist tried to overtake him on his right. The Gapençais seriously damaged his Yaris on the right flank. A few minutes after this mishap, he tried to get back on the road but the police prevented him. Ogier and Ingrassia, pressed for time, were then forced to force the passage of the police to get to the start of the specials.
Dimitri Payet and OM in good shape
Dimitri Payet confirms his return to the fore since the arrival of Jorge Sampaoli on the bench of OM. The physical sessions of the Argentine technician allowed the Marseille group to find rhythm and Payet, shine, as in Reims on Friday (1-3). With a brace full of coolness, and an assist as a bonus, his hundredth in the top flight, the Marseille number 10 was the great architect of the fifth victory in seven games since the change of coach. Relieved of a few extra pounds, as his teammate Alvaro Gonzalez kindly pointed out, Payet is proving that change is good.
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Alaphilippe and Gaudu on the Dean’s podium
Great favorite of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, his “big goal” of the first part of the season, Julian Alaphilippe still missed the boat on the Doyenne, while he had to be content with second place behind an imperial Tadej Pogacar in the sprint . But it is necessary to turn to his companion of (in) fortune to succumb to the celebrations since by jumping Alejandro Valverde on the line, David Gaudu offered his first podium on a Monument. It is also and above all the first time that two French people have climbed on the podium of one of the five greatest classics. “To make a podium behind Pogacar and Alaphilippe, it is an immense happiness”, will react the Breton after the race, the feeling of work (very) well done.
Novak Djokovic, back to earth complicated
Novak Djokovic is really not at his best. Struck down to everyone’s surprise by Briton Dan Evans in Monte-Carlo last week, the Serbian world number 1 once again surrendered against a top 20 player, at home moreover! In Belgrade, where he hit the headlines ten months ago, Djokovic gave in after a great battle against the revelation of the season Aslan Karatsev (7-5, 4-6, 6-4). The Russian (28th in the world), who had no reference before 2021, offered himself the best victory of his career, taking revenge on his opponent, who deprived him of the final in Melbourne in February. However, he lost to the Italian Matteo Berrettini in the final (6-1, 3-6, 7-6). As for Djokovic, his start to the season on earth worries less than a month from Roland Garros. Note that Rafael Nadal, he found colors. The Spaniard has won the Barcelona tournament for the 12th time.
The Top 14 (almost) at a standstill because of the Covid-19
Sadness … Two weekends in a row that the Top 14 finds itself at a standstill, or not far away. Blame it on this Covid-19 which, after having disrupted the first phase of the European Cup and then caused the postponement of France-Scotland in the Six Nations Tournament, is now attacking the French championship. This weekend, like the previous one, no less than four out of seven meetings of the 22nd day had to be postponed, cases of Covid (or contact cases) having been reported among the various staff. Beyond the frustration of the enthusiasts, we wish good luck to the leaders of the League in resetting all these matches (and those who could follow) in an already overloaded schedule. They have already warned that if all the matches of the regular season could not be played, points will be awarded via a computer-calculated equalization system …
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Bordeaux is sinking, Dijon is drowning
“As long as there is life, there is hope”, loose Jean-Louis Gasset, after the new debacle of “his” Girondins, in Lorient (4-1). Except that there is an emergency now. Author of a hat-trick, Terem Moffi took advantage of the mistakes of a Bordeaux team that is no longer there, sportingly and behind the scenes, after the announcement of the defection of King Street. At the present time, the scapular club is in 16th position, one point ahead of the Merlus (17th) and five over Nantes, winner in Strasbourg (1-2) and barrage. A lot and a little at the same time… Beaten in Lens (2-1), the Nîmes have the same number of points as the Canaries but occupy the unenviable position of first relegation. The second, it belongs to Dijon. And the players of David Linarès, swept away in Rennes (5-1), will not let go: the DFCO is officially relegated to L2. “We knew that the situation had been very critical for a few weeks, the ax has fallen, notes the Dijon coach. Our goal is of course to rebuild and come back as quickly as possible. ” Chick?
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Huget, sad end …
We will probably never see Yoann Huget again on a rugby pitch. At almost 34 years old (June 2), the Stade Toulousain winger announced a few months ago that he would hang up his crampons at the end of the season. Too much pain, a battle-worn body. He hoped that his career would end on June 25 at the Stade de France in the final of the Top 14. An apotheosis of which the former winger of the XV of France (63 selections from 2010 to 2019, 14 tries) will most likely be deprived. Seriously injured in the Achilles tendon on Saturday night, during the victory against Racing 92 (34-16), he will undoubtedly stop there. The image has made all rugby fans sorry. The day before he said this to France Televisions : “I am lucky to have chosen my exit. I know it’s over soon, so I’m having the most fun ”. Fate has obviously decided otherwise …