Metz pushes Nantes, Lille and Toulouse neutralize each other, Clermont offers Lorient

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Elisor’s goal gave FC Metz victory against Nantes. JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN / AFP

In the multiplex of the 12th day of Ligue 1, Clermont beat Lorient (1-0), Metz took on Nantes (3-1) and Lille conceded a draw in front of Toulouse (1-1).

Lille seized 4th place in the French championship even while being held in check by Toulouse (1-1), Sunday for the 12th day where Metz won in front of Nantes (3-1) and left the relegation zone. A goal from Leny Yoro, 17-year-old defender, called by Espoirs coach Thierry Henry, allowed the Lille “Dogues” to overtake Reims (5th), beaten on Saturday by the new leader, Paris Saint-Germain (3-0).

But after their exploit against Liverpool (3-2) in the Europa League, the “Purples” equalized through their in-form man Thijs Dallinga. The Dutchman, who only scored one goal in the first six days, has since scored three in the European Cup and four in L1.

At the bottom of the ranking, Metz left the play-off place (16th) by offering its first victory against Nantes (3-1) since September 16, including the first goals in Ligue 1 from Algerian international Kevin van den Kerkhof and Simon Elisor. For the “Canaries”, Moses Simon briefly equalized but did not prevent his team’s third consecutive defeat, made worse by a new goal from Swede Joel Asoro.

Clermont’s second success

In the third match of the afternoon Clermont signed its second victory of the season against Lorient (1-0), thanks to a penalty from Jamaican Shamar Nicholson. The Auvergnats remain penultimate, two lengths behind their victim of the day (16th). Lyon, still without a victory this season, is still stuck in last place, 5 points from Clermont and 7 from Lorient before going to Rennes (5:05 p.m.).

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