While Montpellier struggled to dominate Tremblay, this was not the case for Nîmes during his trip to Ivry. Chambéry, for its part, ended its run of poor results by dominating Istres.
The red lantern made Montpellier tremble! Traveling on the floor of Tremblay, the players of Patrice Canayer experienced many difficulties to win by the smallest of the margins. It was not until fifteen minutes of play to see Yannis Lenne’s teammates (7 goals on 7 shots) take two goals in advance for the first time in the game … but Ryad Lakbi (1 goal on 1 shot) and Yosdany Rios (3 goals on 5 shots) erased this advantage in less than two minutes to launch a 7-0 in eight minutes. Tremblay took advantage of this weak Montpellier time to lead by four lengths at halftime. Eminently upset, the Hérault residents only took seven minutes to equalize at the start of the second act, but that was not enough to discourage Tremblaysiens in search of their first victory of the season. The latter held their own but, in the last ten minutes, Valentin Porte’s teammates (6 goals on 6 shots) were able to raise their voice enough to take three goals ahead with five minutes to play. Two last achievements of Bruno Butorac (6 goals on 10 shots) and Erwan Siakam (5 goals on 8 shots) in the last 60 seconds did not change the result. Montpellier won by a goal (30-31) and remains undefeated this season for a third place with two games less compared to PSG, a strong leader whose match against Chartres was postponed this Friday.
Chambéry returns to victory
After two defeats and a draw in the last three games, Chambéry had to get back to victory as quickly as possible. Traveling on the floor of Istres, which was a success in Créteil, the Savoyards were able to make the difference. It took only seven minutes to see Alejandro Costoya’s teammates (4 goals on 6 shots) take three goals in advance. A gap that the Istreans tried to reduce but without much success, finding themselves led by six lengths after the first 30 minutes. More aggressive at the start of the second act, Vasko Sevaljevic’s teammates (6 goals on 11 shots) did not give up and came back to a length with 17 minutes still to play. Aware of the danger, Lars Nielsen’s teammates (2 goals on 2 shots) were more serious in the game to maintain the advantage and even regain five goals in advance 90 seconds from the end of the meeting. Chambéry won by six lengths (24-30) thanks to a last goal signed by Antoine Tissot (3 goals on 3 shots). A second victory this season which allows the Savoyards to move up to 10th place when Istres remains seventh.
Nîmes sinks Ivry
Dominated by PSG during their last outing, the Nîmes players had to resume their march forward against a team in poor shape at the start of the season, Ivry. Defeated four times in their first six games in Lidl Starligue, the Ivryians of Linus Persson (10 goals on 12 shots) took another slap against the “Green Team”. A start to the match that was tense with the referees who did not hesitate to sanction from the first ten minutes, leaving five players for two minutes. Despite the tension, Quentin Minel’s teammates (8 goals on 10 shots) patiently widened the gap, leading by four goals shortly after the quarter-hour of play. Sébastien Quintallet’s players gradually regained their senses to return to a length after 20 minutes of play. Benjamin Gallego (2 goals on 3 shots) and Mohammad Sanad (6 goals on 9 shots), however, allowed USAM to have a three-goal lead at the start of the second period. A gap that has long fluctuated between two and four lengths for the Gardois but they were able to hold the bar throughout the last 30 minutes before finish the match in cannonball for a very clear victory (25-33) which allows them to move up to ninth place. Ivry, beaten for the third time in a row, remains in the relegation zone.
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