MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, September 14, 2020
Nicholas Gioacchini put is a solid performance for Caen as he scored his first goal of the season to help them to a comfortable win over Rodez in France's Ligue 2.
Rodez 0 - 3 Caen
Young American Nicholas Gioacchini opened his French account over the weekend as he gave Les Vikings a very early lead that they would never relinquish.
The goal came in the third minute at the Venue State Paul Lignon, when Anthony Goncalves put in a cross from the left side and the Kansas City native tucked it away. It could have been all squared in the 16th minute had it not been for a goalkeepers best friend, the crossbar.
Gioacchini's was the only goal before the intermission but there were a couple more to come in the second half as the visitor's took no prisoners. Yacine Bammou took advantage of a goalkeeping blunder and in the 67th minute Caen had doubled their lead. It was late in the game before the third goalflew into the back of the net, thanks to Jessy Deminguet's 89th minute strike and Goncalves' second assist. It was even later when Rodez's Jordan Leborgne was shown red deep into stoppage time.
The win sees Caen remain undefeated with seven out of nine points thus far, which leaves them in second place behind Paris FC. They'll welcome Chambly to Normandy over the weekend and hope to keep up their winning ways.
Tim Weah came off the bench in the 83rd minute for fellow North American, Canadian Jonathan David. Metz held their own against their hosts but the Dogues made the break through in the 88th minute with the goal coming from another substitute, Luiz Araujo. This was the Brazilians first goal of the season and assured all the points for his team. Lille will head to the French Riviera next, where they will come up against Olympique Marseille.
Jordan Sebatcheu didn't make the team sheet for Stade Rennes as they traveled to take on Nimes and came home with all the points, thanks to their 3-2 victory. They'll take on another Olympique team as well over the weekend - Lyon.
Patrick Koffi missed out on Paris FC's 2-1 victory over Amiens due to suspension but will be eligible next week when they welcome Nancy to the City of Lights over the weekend.