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Ligue Two: Thanks to Dijon, Paris FC continues to lose ground

Ligue Two: Thanks to Dijon, Paris FC continues to lose ground

At the final whistle, the Paris FC players were still cheering from their fans. Entering Charletti Park after two days of victories for all direct competitors in second place synonymous with direct climbing (AC Ajaccio, Auxerre, Sochaux), they were under a lot of pressure. Even if they hit the ball on the shot, this tie against Dijon (2-2) cannot be considered a good result.

Six days after the end, FC Paris finished fourth (tied with Sochaux) and four points behind Ajaccio (second). If he’s in the process of finding his injuries – we saw the teams in the second half with the returns – he will have to make a clear run if he is to avoid the uncertain lotteries in the play-offs as in 2019 and 2021.

What to remember

Thierry Laurie decided to keep his defense at three but without Sharqi and Kamara (selection). On the bench, he could count on coming back from the injury of three strikers (Gilavogoy, Juri, Varela) who have missed a lot in recent weeks. But in the first period we saw Paris Club again, without offensive solutions and above all rarely dangerous.

After seeing his free kick blocked by Vincent Demarconay’s fists (16), Schedler opened the scoring almost logically by adjusting the Paris goalkeeper (0-1, 26), his tenth goal of the season. The only flash from the failed first half, the beautiful surplus of Yuan Kuri serving Cyril Manduki whose shot was blocked (44).

After this hypothetical no-no, the staff opted to switch to 4-4-2 by making two changes at the break with re-entry by Miguel Alvarela and Seppi’s lawyer. With more adventure, CAF managed to equalize quickly thanks to Julien Lopez introduced by Khaled Boutayeb (1-1, 56). And in a wonderful opening for Mustafa’s name, Lopez immediately took over to introduce himself as a double (2-1, 64). Marseille raised his tally to four goals this season.

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It is believed that Paris FC did the hardest when they knocked out Dijon in 8 minutes but Filippoto tied (2-2; 71), benefiting from a rather dangerous defence. To come back after a month of absence, Morgan Guilavogui, Paris Saint-Germain’s top scorer (11 goals), sends his shot into the draw on his first ball (86th place). And if Lopez thinks he scored a hat-trick, he will logically be dismissed for offside (88th).

At the final whistle, many Parisians went to the referee to express their frustration-tainted anger. The rush in the second period wasn’t enough.

Player: Julian Lopez

Since January, 30-year-old Marseille has certainly been Paris FC’s most consistent striker after being injured at the end of 2021. Already he scored top scorer in the last game in Toulouse (2-1), and scored his second two goals in L2. With Paris Club in 8 minutes. This season, he scored 4 goals and provided 3 assists. Maxime’s older brother (Sassuolo), who arrived at the PFC in 2017, and is the oldest player on the team with Cyril Manduki, extended his contract by a year in January.

number 2

It is the number of points (2 draws, 2 losses) that Paris FC have received in their last four matches. A bad series that made him drop from second to fourth place.


“The first period was going to be trashed. After that, we made changes and were able to sharpen the intensity. We created chances and were able to move on. The regret of course has to come back. The foul is useless and the pointing is weak in Filippoto. Some might think a draw makes sense, but… For me a win seemed within reach. Obviously those are two points lost. In the final race you can’t afford to leave too many points your way if you want to finish as high as possible. The return of our strikers will benefit us. We are focused on that. But tonight, we took a chance. With Morgan (Guilavogui) still on the edge of the razor blade. But the risk is calculated with him and the medical service. Miguel (Varilla) has just restarted. In a 3-match series in one week, we’ll also be able to get back Caddy, Diakité and Gory who faced off against Little problem and who remained on the bench. The absence of Sharqi and Kamara? It was a choice.” Thierry Laurie, coach of Paris FC

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Paris FC – Dijon 2-2 (0-1)

Spectators: 3034. Referee: M. Thual.

But. Paris: Lopez (56e, 64e); Dijon: Scheidler (26e), Philippoteaux (71e).

Warnings. Paris: Lopez (62e), Pampa (75e); Dijon: Coulibaly (75 AH).

Paris FC. : Demarconay – Pampa, Kanté, Bernauer – Cory (Varilla, 46th place), Name (Gilavogoy, 84th place), Manduki (hat), Iglesias (Seppi, 46th place), Hanin – Lopez, Boutayeb. Entry. : Laurie.

Dijon: Renate – Coulibaly, Equile Manga (hat), Congres – Traore, B (Ngueyamsa, 71st), Jacob (Ahlenfi, 87th) Filipputo (Samaritano, 87), Fofana – Le Behan, Schedler. Entry. : Protect.