MICHAEL ADUBATO - Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Nicholas Gioacchini was the only one of the three French-based Americans to see action over the weekend however in a losing effort.
Niort 3 - 0 Caen
Neither Nicholas Gioacchini nor any of his Caen teammates could find the back of the net as they fell on the road, 3-0, to second place Niort.
The hosts weren't playing around and got the scoring started after only 16 minutes. Niort attacked and saw Dylan Louiserre's shot parried away by Remy Riou between the Caen posts. Unfortunately for the visitors, the ball fell right in front of the feet of Pape Ba and the Senegalese shot it into the net from eight yards out.
For the rest of the half, the Chamois had several attacks and a few shots but Riou was up to the task and saw to it that his goal wasn't breached again in the first half. The second half was a different story. Caen was a bit more aggressive and Gioacchini had a very good chance at equalizing but he missed the target at the hour mark. After a couple more Niort chances, however, they doubled their lead. Caen's inability to hold onto the ball was their downfall this time halfway down the field the ball was stolen and four men in blue attacked together. Yacine Bourhane, who had just been subbed in, was one of those attackers and at the edge of the "D" he let off a shot that a diving Riou could not reach.
The last goal came when Valentin Jacob stole the ball from a defender, strolled forward and shot it into the back of the net to seal the victory.
The loss leaves Caen in seventh place after seven games played. Their eighth game will be back at home in Normandy when they welcome Guingamp, who are one spot from relegation.
Tim Weah was an unused substitute at Pierre Mauroy Stadium as his Lille team mates destroyed Racing Lens in this rekindled derby by a 4-0 score line. Lens, located roughly 20 miles south of Lille, gained promotion back into Ligue 1 at the end of last season. The win keeps the Dogues in first place, just two points ahead of Paris St Germain.
Lille have a midweek date in the Czech Republic with Sparta Prague in Europa League action before heading back to France and the Mediterranean coast where they'll take on fourth place Nice.
Paris FC were without Patrick Koffi in the line-up but they managed to hang onto the league lead, beating cellar dwellers Pau with a 78th-minute goal for the 1-0 victory. Over the weekend they'll hit the road and take on Châteauroux in hopes of another three points.