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Football: Nantes saved, Auxerre relegated, Rennes and Lille in the European Cup and PSG beaten, the crazy epilogue to the Ligue 1 season


The algorithms managing the live update of the Ligue 1 classification hardly had the leisure to be idle, Saturday June 3. On the occasion of the 38e and final day of the French championship, all the meetings took place at the same time. And depending on the hours, several teams have seen their hopes in turn be revived, or fly away. And at the end of the games on the ten lawns, the Ligue 1 season delivered its verdict.

In the first rank of the “winning” teams of the day, FC Nantes saved their head in Ligue 1, and sent Auxerre to Ligue 2. For their part, Rennes secured fourth place, and participation in Europa League, ahead of Lille, which will play in the Europa League Conference. As for Paris, crowned champion of France for the eleventh time last week, the club of the capital ends a trying season with a defeat at home against Clermont.

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Miraculous Nantes, Auxerre in Ligue 2

A week before, they thought their team was doomed to return to the lower echelon. But FC Nantes supporters celebrated their team’s victory on Saturday against Angers – already relegated – (1-0) as a Cup success. After almost four months without a win in Ligue 1, Ludovic Blas’ teammates won the game that mattered most this season.

The only scorer in the game, Ignatius Ganago tipped Beaujoire into an unreal atmosphere despite the closing of the stand for his ultras. Suspended by the result of Auxerre, which received Lens, the Canaries exploded with joy after the final whistle, and will be one of the eighteen teams to start the 2023-2024 season in Ligue 1. “We are relieved. A lot of people thought we gave up but we showed we were theresaid Jean-Charles Castelletto on Prime Video. It was difficult but I don’t care, we are maintained in Ligue 1, we are moving forward. »

If Nantes laughs, Auxerre, for its part, cries. Beaten on their lawn by insatiable Lensois, despite a secure second place (1-3), the AJA players could not prevent their team from performing the lift. A year after its promotion to Ligue 1, the Icaunais club is back in Ligue 2, where it will accompany Angers, Ajaccio and Troyes.

Europe for Rennes and Lille, Monaco fanny

If the podium and its order were assured at the start of this 38th day, the rest of the European places were up for grabs. And as at the bottom of the table, the situation evolved over the hours on Saturday, seeing the three belligerent clubs in turn hope, or be disappointed. At this little game, Rennes ended the season with a bang, chaining a fourth victory in a row against Brest (2-1). Fifth before kick-off, the Bretons stole the place from Lille, unable to win in Troyes (1-1).

Despite numerous chances, several bars hit and a penalty whistled at the very end of the match in their favor… before being canceled by the VAR, Lille could not win on the lawn of the Aube club, already relegated. An epilogue the image of their season, where the men of Paulo Fonseca alternated the very good and the average.

As for the Monegasques, long in the running for a place in the Champions League, they end the 2022-2023 campaign in the ditch. Beaten for the third time in a row, by Toulouse (1-2), ASM finished the championship in sixth place. Either out of the nails for European qualification, which the Principality club has only experienced twice since 2014.