League Cup Review – Ligue 2 teams impress

CoupeLigueYesterday’s League Cup action saw a number of surprises. The Ligue 2 teams did quite a good job representing their league, while other teams blew large leads going into the final minutes. So what does it all mean, not just for the cup play but possible consequences for league play as well? We will examine the teams and the games from last night.

Metz 2 – 0 Valencienne

After a great come from behind victory against Sochaux last weekend, I am sure this was the last result that the Valencienne fans expected. Their loss to mid-table Ligue 2 side FC Metz lead many to question where Valencienne are this season. One minute they look impressive, the next they look terrible. This week their cause won’t get any help, with the vastly improved Marseille coming to town. With another loss, Valencienne could possibly see themselves flirting with the relegation zone come Saturday evening.

Metz needed this win. After a slow start to the season, the Lorraine side have improved quite a bit, going undefeated in their last six matches in both cup and league play. Metz was a team that many expected to challenge for the promotion spot, and this win against Valencienne at home could prove the starting point for that endeavor.

Le Mans 3 – 0 Nimes

After three straight losses in Ligue 1 action, Le Mans controlled their match against a significantly weaker side in Nimes.  Le Mans finally saw striker Roland Lamas hit the back of the net after not being able to score a goal so far this year.

Still, most of the players for Le Mans were B-team players, with a few regular starters thrown in. This has to give Nimes less confidence as they face Nantes, a team many expected to win Ligue 2 this season.

Sedan 3 – 1 Auxerre

CS Sedan proved their point that they should be promoted into Ligue 1 next year with a dominate performance over Auxerre by a score of 3-1. Sedan forward Alexis Allart continued to look impressive this year, scoring the first goal, his 5th overall this season. Damien Tiberi and Yohann Lasimant, who have looked impressive in cup play this year, also scored goals as well.

Auxerre have had a problem scoring goals this year. I’m sure Guy Roux wouldn’t be proud to see the organization that he built knocked out of League Cup action and on their way to possible relegation. Still, Auxerre has looked less than impressive. Hopefully they can grab three points this weekend as they face Grenoble at home. With a win, and some other teams losing, Auxerre can give themselves a little breathing from the relegation zone.

Montpellier 3 – 4 RC Lens

Montpellier should have had this one in the bag. In the 69th minute, Karim Ait Fana scored a beautiful header that gave Montpellier a 3-1 lead. But as time wore on, Lens would score two more goals, one in the 76th minute, and later Montpellier would concede a penalty in the 86th minute.

Montpellier would lose the game in overtime with Romain Sartre’s scoring his second goal of the game.

After a heartbreaking loss to Marseille last weekend, which the score looked worse than the play on the pitch, Montpellier has the perfect opportunity to back into the hunt of things in Ligue 1. But with this loss, it is hard to see if they will be able to continue the high level of play that they have shown so far in the first five games of the season. While many people aren’t talking about them being relegated anymore, they are also not talking about them getting a Europa League spot either. We will see if Monpellier can bounce back with a win at home against Boulogne.

St. Etienne 4 – 1 Nice

These two teams needed a result. They didn’t just need a hard fought win, but a dominate performance. And the team that showed up was St. Etienne. Since the departure of Bafetimbi Gomis to Lyon, St. Etienne have had a hard time scoring goals. Not in this game though. Gonzalo Ruben Bergessio scored two goals for Les Verts, giving him three goals on the season, thus making him their number one offensive threat right now.

Nice, on the other hand, continue to slide quite rapidly. Nice’s lone goal scorer was Loic Remy, who seems to be the only worthwhile player on an otherwise useless team.

St. Etienne will have a hard matchup this Saturday as they travel to Stade Louis II to take on AS Monaco. Nice have to travel to Lille, another team that is underperforming this season and will be looking to turn everything around against a struggling Nice team.

Nancy 2 – 0 Monaco

Another team that has been underperforming this season is Nancy Lorraine. They are currently in 12th place in the Ligue 1 table and continue to fall. But their win over AS Monaco, who is looking like one of the hottest teams in Ligue 1 right now, has to give Nancy a bright outlook for the future.

Monaco will play St. Etienne at home, as we mentioned above. Nancy will be taking on Sochaux at home. After this win, Nancy should be able to turn the table against a Sochaux team that has looked less than impressive the last few games.

Boulogne 0 – 1 PSG

This was an exciting game from start to finish. This game was very similar to the match PSG played against Lyon last weekend, with a lot of action at both ends. Boulogne came to play and looked quite impressive. They had a number of chances in both halves, but were just unable to net that decisive goal. PSG was definitely feeling the pressure throughout the game.

Still, PSG is a team that only needs one chance, and that came in the 60th minute when Maurice scored a beautiful goal from just outside the box. After that point, Boulogne continued to pressure, but the PSG defense was on top of it.

PSG has been looking impressive the last few game, but have yet to get a decisive results. They are looking very much like Marseille at the beginning of the season. Can PSG get their groove back again Lorient? It will be interesting to see how Christophe Jallet does against his former team.

Rennes 2 – 1 Sochaux

All the big talk here in the States was about this game. How will Charlie Davis do against Carlos Bocanegra? Both players combined for a total of zero minutes on the pitch Wednesday, as both teams didn’t have either player on their squad.

Still, Sochaux conceded another lead and end up losing another game late by a score of 2-1. Both or Rennes late goals came off the corners, and both from defenders. After Sochaux scored their goal, they seemed to play a laid back defensive approach. This just lead to Rennes dominating the latter part of the second half and securing the win.

Sochaux are in danger of slipping fast. After their 5-2 loss to Valencienne last weekend, they have to go on the road against Nancy, who looked impressive against Monaco. Rennes don’t have an easy task either, as Charlie Davies will get her first shot at playing against the mighty FC Bordeaux de Girondins.

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