Metz doubles Saint-Etienne, now relegated, and Bordeaux almost relegated

It will officially be necessary to wait until the last day to record their relegation. But this one is no longer in doubt: Bordeaux will play in Ligue 2 next season. Hooked by Lorient (0-0), this Saturday in a deleterious atmosphere, the Girondins will not maintain the suspense for an additional week. Unless there is an incredible turnaround, their very unfavorable goal difference (-41) will be fatal to them.

Despite their second clean sheet of the season against Les Merlus, they are three points behind Metz and Saint Etienne. A gap that they could still fill in Brest, in case of victory. But that would not be enough to save them, given the less calamitous goal average of Messins (-29) and Stéphanois (-35).

No umpteenth reprieve for the Girondins

Bordeaux is therefore preparing to experience its first descent since 1991. An administrative demotion at the time. To find traces of a sporting relegation, we have to go much further back, to 1960. The results of a catastrophic season on all fronts, which the Bordeaux supporters, very angry, underlined in their own way for the last game of the season at Matmut Atlantique.

In this hostile climate, the Girondins, who finished the match at ten after the expulsion of Gideon Mensah (86th), could still have afforded yet another reprieve, if Ui-jo Hwang had been more skilful (43rd and 75th), or if a penalty had been awarded to Fransergio (49th).

Lorient also had its chance to win, notably by Ouattara (17th, 39th and 60th). But this result is enough for Christophe Pelissier’s players to officially maintain themselves. Despite their defeat in Strasbourg (0-1) and against Lens (1-3), Clermont and Troyes have also acquired their maintenance.

The Greens no longer have their destiny in hand

For Metz and Saint-Etienne on the other hand, everything remains to be done. Winners of Angers, thanks to a header from Lamkel Zé (50th), while the SCO evolved to ten after the injury of Romain Thomas, the Messins benefit from the defeat of the Greens at home, but behind closed doors, against Reims (1-2) to switch to a play-off position. Again, it’s the goal difference that makes the difference so far.

ASSE, which had nevertheless reacted well by Mangala on a corner (12th), after the opening of the quick score of Munetsi (2nd), then again yielded in front of the young Doumbia (61st). The Greens no longer have their destiny in hand and will have to get the most points in Nantes next Saturday, hoping that Metz will take less at the Parc des Princes.


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