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Ligue 1 (J35): Metz passes five at Dijon



After seven games without a win in Ligue 1, Metz found a smile on their face this Sunday at Dijon. The Grenats beat (5-1) the red lantern to take the ninth place in the ranking.

Dijon had the opportunity to save its honor against the Grenats. Metz, on the other hand, was assured of maintaining its position and could widen the gap with the second half of the table. Metz was more effective in the zone of truth and won 5-1 at Dijon. The Messins relied on a goal from Lamine Gueye (37th), Pape Sarr (42nd), a csc from Fouad Chafik (71st), a goal from Vagner (82nd) and Dylan Bronn (85th). DFCO reduced the gap via Mama Baldé (48th).

Efficient Messins
Aggressive from the start, Metz wanted to take advantage of the negative spiral of Dijon at home to push the ball forward. Thanks to a strong pressure, Metz had the first chance of the game after a shot from Fabien Centonze which died in the small net of Saturnin Allagbé. Dominant but sterile offensively, Metz is humming and is not finishing the game. Dijon hangs on but remains very limited offensively with too much technical waste. While we are heading towards a draw at the break, the Grenats finally show themselves to be efficient in the 37th minute of play.

Papa Yade’s overrun on the left side of the pitch took Fouad Chafik by surprise and he crossed hard to the far post. Senou Coulibaly tried to clear the danger but missed the clearance and deflected the ball away. Lamine Gueye was well placed and all he had to do was to place his right foot inside the box to make it count. With confidence, Metz set the pace and made the breakthrough following a set piece sent into the area by Gueye. The DFCO defense was not able to clear the ball at the back post. Unmarked by a defender, Pape Sarr places a right half-volley that goes into the left corner of Allagbé (42nd). The break is done. Hard blow for Dijon who sees in the stride Bersant Celina excluded after an excess of anger (43th).

Dijon’s not inspired
In numerical inferiority, Dijon tries to revolt in the second act and is quickly rewarded on a corner shot by Frederic Sammaritano. Baldé was perfectly found at the near post to send in a header from six meters (48th). The suspense is revived and the DFCO wants to continue its momentum via the speed of execution of Eric Ebimbe. On a rush, he plays the Grenats’ defense to place a left-footed shot in the penalty area. Oukidja made a one-handed save to make it 2-2. Metz holds on but is less biting in front of Dijon’s snarling but inaccurate team. The lack of realism of Dijon ends up failing them on a killer counter led by Wagner.

The Cape Verdean international spreads the ball on the right side to Victorien Angban who sends the ball in front of the goal. Chafik wants to save his team but deceives his goalkeeper by tackling the ball in the goal (71st). Terrible blow for Dijon which is not at the end of its sorrows. The inexhaustible Wagner combines perfectly with Farid Boulaya on a one-two to crucify Allagbé with the flat of his left foot (82nd). The DFCO is at the bottom of the hole but the nightmare does not stop there. On a free kick hit by Boulaya on the left side, Dylan Bronn finishes Dijon with a powerful header (85th). End of the goal festival at Gaston-Gérard. Metz put an end to seven games without success in Ligue 1.

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