Soccer: Clear winners of the UNFP (4-2), Nîmes Olympique are confident in the way they

Defeated (4-2) by UNFP this Saturday, July 23 in Costier, for his or her fourth and closing pleasant, Nîmes Olympique gained confidence at the finish of a complete and logically managed encounter. A great omen forward of the official Ligue 2 debut at dwelling to Caen on Saturday 30 July.

They will subsequently have scored extra objectives in 90 minutes than in all 270 performed in the three earlier friendlies (and defeats). Facing UNFP, Nîmes Olympique’s gamers went wild. Benraho proved he at all times is aware of how you can rating and move, Fomba flashed a header (sure, sure…) and rookie Labon received there too together with his aim. An ensemble efficiency to be repeated towards extra critical odds.

3-4-1-2 is resumed

For this final pleasant, towards UNFP, every week earlier than the begin of the L2 towards Caen, Nicolas Usaï had determined to renew the identical tactical system, together with his group enjoying in 3-4-1-2. Defensively, the triplet of De Gevigney – Poulain – Guessoum appears to be holding the rope to be aligned towards Caennais. In midfield, Vargas and Sadzute are liable for the animation on the flanks, whereas Thomassen (or N’Gessan) and Fomba set the tempo in entrance of the defence. In assault, the Kone-Chucconte duo, fascinating with their complementarity, advantages from the assist of Benrahu, to whom the competitors for the place (with Benezet) appears worthwhile.

Dominant in the first interval, however with out realism

That a Ligue 2 facet ought to dominate a group whose gamers are in search of a membership does not appear too shocking both. UNFP, in the absence of notably collective indicators, logically suffered in the first interval of the sport extra at the place of Nicolas Ousai’s males.

Without an enormous Over Mandanda in the guests’ cage, Nimes would have actually taken the lead in this match. After seven minutes of play, Steve’s brother had already scored twice, towards Chocounte, the latter served by Gusum, then Kone. Denmark’s Jens Thomassen, technically sound and energetic for the first thirty minutes, positioned alongside Fomba, additionally tried his hand at a shot, sadly too crushed to idiot the UNFP keeper’s vigilance.

Against the run of play, nevertheless, the group coached by Patrice Bommel opened the scoring twenty minutes into the sport. With a direct free kick masterfully executed at the entrance to the floor, Mana Dembele put the ball into the small reverse internet from Diaz, too brief on his horizontal set off (0-1).

Willful and enterprising, nevertheless, Nim have been rewarded for his or her dominance after half an hour. In the penalty space, Kone provoked the mistake of Arthur Pontet, former croco reserve defender, Yassin Benrahu transformed the penalty, placing Mandanda on the flawed foot (1-1).

Second act, much less sharp however victorious

The second interval was slower than the Gard formation, already much less in the legs. Also, there isn’t a vital alternative to attain in the first quarter of an hour of a interval that’s notably missing in depth.

At the finish of the hour, as anticipated, even when N’Guessan had changed Thomasen instantly after the restart, Usaï continued to a large rotation. No lower than 5 modifications to Crocos. If Ueda, touched in the proper calf (maybe 4 to 6 weeks out), remained solely six minutes on the floor, Benraho, he was at all times there, somewhat too altruistic in a state of affairs, forgetting on the left the returning Eliasson earlier than crushing a shot, ending in gradual movement in the arms of Malbec, the porter of the UNFP.

Twenty minutes from the finish, every little thing accelerated and NO managed to pressure the resolution. After three minutes precisely. In the 74th, Labon’s free-kick, poorly saved by the UNFP rearguard, benefited Poulin, introduced ahead and whose low shot deceived Malbec (2-1). The identical Labon who in the 77th minute turned from a passer right into a scorer after receiving a curved cross from Benrahu on the proper (3-1).

To finish this Saturday in type, three minutes earlier than the finish Nimes scored a fourth aim from Fomba with a header and a cross from the left of Eliasson (4-1). Before that, in additional time, Mandefu, returning the ball in the space, eliminating Maraval and sliding the leather-based into the aim, diminished the rating for UNFP (4-2).

Game Actions:

fifth: Benraho free kick poorly saved by the UNFP defence. The ball goes again to the ft of Gesum, who serves Chukunt, who journeys the opposing goalkeeper, Over Mandanda.

seventh: Vargas, energetic in his right-wing function, crosses for Kone in the space, the Senegalese worldwide additionally tripping over Mandanda, closing his nook effectively.

17′: Danish midfielder Thomassen, fascinating in his function as a midfielder in the midfield, goes right into a putting place, however his try, too crushed, is blocked by Mandanda.

twentieth: Timid response from UNFP with midfielder Espinoza attempting his luck twenty meters out, full axis, however utterly deflected his shot.

twenty second: UNFP are awarded a free kick on the edge of the field after a foul on Fomba. Striker Mana Dembele, unmarked on the opening rating sheet however lastly a superb presence at the kick-off in place of Jobelo, curled his shot completely from the proper to deceive Nimes keeper Diaz into the small opposition internet (0-1 ). Patrice Bommel’s males take a slight benefit towards the run of play.

thirty second: Thibaut Vargas once more, who overflows from his proper, crossing the line for Tchokounté, who tries an acrobatic restoration that finally ends up excessive.

34′: ex-Croco younger Arthur Ponte fouls Cone in the field. Benrahu was liable for the penalty conversion by taking Mandanda on foot (1-1). Here is Nimes’ first aim of the season finally.

thirty sixth: Usaï’s males speed up. After a restoration in the heart circle, Benrahou fires Tchokounté deep, which immediately serves Kone, the Senegalese working into an impressed Mandanda.

62nd: We needed to wait till the hour mark for a second-half alternative for Nimes. Benraho forgot Eliasson, who was alone on the left, and fired a far too tender shot from twenty-five meters that did not hassle Malbec, the UNFP keeper.

74′: Free kick taken from the proper by Labon in the field. After a poor restoration from the opposing protection, the crocodile of the defender Poulin, mounted in the entrance rows, returns the ball and delivers a low shot, deceiving Malbec (2-1).

77th: Rony Labon, very energetic since approaching for Vargas, this time will get on the finish of a cross from Benrahu, scoring his first croco aim (3-1).

87th: Eliasson, on his left, reveals his crossing high quality and his accuracy together with his ft, flicking the ball over the head of Fomba, with the captain finishing the providing (4-1).

ninetieth + 2: At the very finish of the match, Mandefu diminished the rating of Mandefu, eliminating Mararwal after returning the ball in the penalty space and sliding the pores and skin into the empty internet (4-2).

The Crocodile Team: Diaz (Maraval, 60s) – De Gevini, Poulin, Guessum (Ueda, 60s; Guessum, 66s) – Vargas (Labonnet, 60s), Fomba (capt.), Thomassen (N’Gessan, forty sixth), Sadzout (Eliasson, sixtieth) ) – Benrahu – Chokounte, Kone (Omarsson, sixtieth).

The Echo of Crocos

Mercato. Will Leon Delpeche, seen in L2 final season in the crocodile jersey beneath an novice licence, signal his first skilled contract with Nîmes Olympique in the midfield sector? Answer from Usai with a smile: “The president made him a proposal in January. He’s nonetheless on the desk on the identical phrases.” During the week, the Crocodiles president spoke of a younger midfielder on the method.

Nicolas Usaï additionally clarified: “We are a number of strikers, younger folks from Ligue 1, in a position to deliver depth and velocity.

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