2023/24 Ligue 1 Roundup, Matchday 24: Mbappe subbed at half-time as PSG draw with Monaco

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Ligue 1 Roundup, Matchday 24

Here is the summary of the weekend’s games in the 2023/24 Ligue 1 season on Matchday 24 which included thrilling matches, surprising results, and standout performances.

AS Monaco 0-0 PSG

AS Monaco did not win their fifth consecutive home game in Ligue 1, instead settling for a goalless draw against Paris Saint-Germain. Despite this, PSG continued their unbeaten run to 20 games in all competitions (with 14 wins and 6 draws). PSG remains at the top of the table, leading by 12 points over second-place Stade Brestois, while Monaco missed the chance to move up to second. PSG coach, Luis Enrique, explained that he substituted Kylian Mbappe at half-time during the match against Monaco for the team’s benefit.

Ligue 1 Roundup: Kylian Mbappe of PSG, Wilfried Singo of Monaco in action during the Ligue 1 match between AS Monaco and PSG at Stade Louis II.
Kylian Mbappe of PSG, Wilfried Singo of Monaco in action during the Ligue 1 match between AS Monaco and PSG at Stade Louis II.

Reims 0-1 Lille

Lille secured a 1-0 win against Reims at Stade Auguste-Delaune, marking their first victory in five Ligue 1 away matches and keeping them in the race for a top-four finish. Both teams were struggling for form, with Reims having won only once in their last five league games and Lille managing just two wins in the same period. The decisive goal came from Jonathan David, leading Lille to their first win in five head-to-head encounters and propelling them into fourth place. On the other hand, Reims have now gone four home games without a win, hindering their chances of European football qualification, although they are still five points behind sixth-placed RC Lens.

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Jonathan David celebrates with Angel Gomes after scoring a goal during the Ligue 1 match between Reims and Lille at the Stade Auguste-Delaune.
Jonathan David celebrates with Angel Gomes after scoring a goal during the Ligue 1 match between Reims and Lille at the Stade Auguste-Delaune.

Clermont 1-5 Marseille

Marseille moved up from ninth to seventh place in Ligue 1 by securing their fourth consecutive victory against bottom-ranked Clermont Foot 63, triumphing 5-1 under the leadership of new head coach Jean-Louis Gasset. Clermont Foot 63 has now gone six matches without a win in the league, putting their three-year tenure in the top flight at risk. However, they have a crucial match against 17th-placed Metz next Sunday. Marseille, on the other hand, will be facing Villarreal in the first leg of their last-16 UEFA Europa League match on Thursday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the Ligue 1 match between Clermont and Marseille at Stade Gabriel Montpied.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the Ligue 1 match between Clermont and Marseille at Stade Gabriel Montpied.

Toulouse 2-1 OGC Nice

Toulouse scored two quick goals to secure a narrow 2-1 win against OGC Nice at the Stadium Municipal. This victory marked their first head-to-head win in Ligue 1 since February 2018. Nice, who had not scored in their previous two matches, opened the scoring in the eighth minute through a fortunate goal.

Yann Gboho of Toulouse celebrates his goal during the Ligue 1 match between Toulouse and Nice at Stadium Municipal.
Yann Gboho of Toulouse celebrates his goal during the Ligue 1 match between Toulouse and Nice at Stadium Municipal.

Toulouse equalized in the 65th minute when Thijs Dallinga scored from Warren Kamanzi’s cross, and then quickly took the lead when Dallinga set up Gboho for a powerful strike. Despite their efforts, Nice couldn’t find a late equalizer, extending their winless streak to five matches. Nice are now one point behind the top four, while Toulouse have moved six points clear of the relegation zone with their third consecutive league win.

Nantes 0-2 Metz

Metz secured an unexpected 2-0 victory on the road against Nantes at the Stade de la Beaujoire, boosting their chances of avoiding relegation. The win was sealed with a successful penalty kick by Mikautadze and another goal by Udol, assisted by Mikautadze. With this result, Metz currently holds 20 points in 17th position, trailing 15th place by four points, while Nantes occupies 14th place, sitting two points above the relegation zone.

Montpellier 2-2 Strasbourg

A lively and evenly matched game ended in a 2-2 draw at Stade de la Mosson, where Montpellier extended Strasbourg’s winless streak to seven Ligue 1 matches. The first half was an engaging affair with both teams having their moments of control. Strasbourg initially looked more threatening, finding gaps in Montpellier’s defense easily. However, Montpellier responded as Téji Savanier began to make an impact in midfield. Strasbourg started the second half strongly and quickly scored. The match remained intense, with Montpellier dominating possession and creating dangerous chances. Strasbourg seemed to secure a late victory through Emanuel Emegha, but Nordin equalized in the 89th minute with a powerful shot after a VAR review.

Brest 1-0 Le Havre

Stade Brestois 29’s remarkable season continues as they took advantage of Paris Saint-Germain’s draw by defeating Le Havre AC 1-0. This win reduced the reigning champions’ lead in Ligue 1 to nine points and extended Brest’s unbeaten streak to 13 matches, with 9 wins and 4 draws. Brest has now kept six clean sheets in a row at home across all competitions and will face Lens in their next match, continuing their unexpected title challenge. On the other hand, Le Havre, who are currently a point above the relegation zone in 15th place, will host Toulouse in their upcoming game.

Pierre Lees-Melou celebrates after scoring a goal during the Ligue 1 match between Brest and Le Havre AC at Stade Francis-Le Ble.
Pierre Lees-Melou celebrates after scoring a goal during the Ligue 1 match between Brest and Le Havre AC at Stade Francis-Le Ble.

Rennes 1-2 Lorient

Steve Mandanda’s mistake allowed FC Lorient to secure a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Stade Rennais, extending their winning streak to four matches at Roazhon Park. Despite Rennes managing to breach Lorient’s defense with a late goal from substitute Amine Gouiri, it was not enough to change the outcome. The defeat pushes Julien Stéphan’s team further from European qualification, while Lorient’s win brings them closer to securing safety in Ligue 1 despite their relegation threat.

Lyon 0-3 RC Lens

Lens moved back into the top six of Ligue 1 by defeating Lyon 3-0 at the Groupama Stadium, achieving their first league double over Lyon in 27 years. Lyon’s situation worsened in the last 10 minutes as Ainsley Maitland-Niles was red-carded for preventing a clear goal-scoring chance, leading to a third goal from Kevin Danso’s powerful header. This win ended Lens’ four-match winless streak comfortably and kept Lyon in the lower half of the Ligue 1 standings.

Elye Wahi of Lens scores a goal during the Ligue 1 match between Lyon and Lens at Groupama Stadium.
Elye Wahi of Lens scores a goal during the Ligue 1 match between Lyon and Lens at Groupama Stadium.
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