The match: 0-0
Locked in 18th place ahead of the other two still winless teams after six matches (Angers, Ajaccio), Strasbourg were counting on Clermont’s visit to break the deadlock after collecting six points against the Auvergnats last season.
Bold from the start of the match, Julien Stéphan’s men, disqualified and left in the stands, showed their intentions on a Ludovic Ajorque pivot shot (2nd) before Clermont goalkeeper Mory Diaw came out of the skylight with a far volley by ‘Habib Diarra (14th). But Diaw is not only talent, he also succeeds with this shot to the knee by Adrien Thomasson, after a movement signed by Jean-Ricner Bellegarde, Ajorque on the feint and Jean-Eudes Aholou, failed at the crossbar. Same fate for Maxime Le Marchand and the masked and straight head on a free kick from Bellegarde (45 ° + 3).
In the second half, Kevin Gameiro’s entry in place of Ajorque was supposed to bring more depth and intensity to the Racing game, but the game became unstable. And again Diaw’s success reassured La Meinau: Johan Gastien saved on the line after a Gameiro shot, he “pushed” himself to the ground and headed on Thomasson’s attempt (64th). On the first occasions of Clermontois intervened Mats Els, signed by Muhammed Cham and Jérémie Bela (68th, 69th).
There are therefore twenty minutes to go and Strasbourg, reduced to ten after the expulsion of Le Marchand (2nd yellow, 88th), confirms themselves as the only team not to have scored a single goal in the last 20 minutes of a game of championship. this season … With this 0-0 draw, Strasbourg left the red zone momentarily and climbed to 15th place thanks to a better goal difference than Toulouse, Nice and Brest while Clermont cut Montpellier from 7th place.
The player: Ajorque touched, “elbow”
Ludovic Ajorque, only one goal in six days, set the tone at the beginning with this control and this pivot shot (2nd). Unfortunately for him, his yardstick will not change. He blames the small number of centers to find him in the heart of the defense. Blame (or not according to the referee) especially with this block of the Clermont defender Maximiliano Caufriez, whose elbow had hit the chest of the Alsatian, to protect his goalkeeper Mory Diaw (30th). If Strasbourgeois asked for a penalty in vain, Ajorque struggled to catch his breath, asking to leave even before half-time. He will be replaced by Kevin Gameiro for the second half.
Strasbourg have not won any of their last 4 home games in Ligue 1 (D3, L1), the longest drought under Julien Stéphan.