Afrikaners stars had a productive weekend in the French elite division, but it was a sour time for the Malian defender who got his marches
Guinea forward Mohamed Bayo and Benodia midfielder Jodel Dossou propelled Clermont Foot to a 2-0 win over Bordeaux in Sunday’s Ligue 1 outing.
While playing away from home, the new boys left the French elite division to stab their hosts who suffered Nigerian international Samuel Kalu and the Mexer from Mozambique.
Although the Girondins entered the game as excellent favorites, they put every foot wrong because they were shocked in front of their home fans by the less popular Lancers.
With the meeting in the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux on a 0-0 draw, Clermont continues in the 82nd minute through Bayo, who taps the ball past Benoit Costil thanks to the help of Kosovo’s Elbasan Rashani.
While the team of Vladimir Petkovic pressed hard for an equalizer, they leaked in the final phase of the match in the second goal when Dossou passed a pass from Jordan Tell.
At the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Wahbi Khazri AS Saint-Etienne helped to get a 1-1 draw with Lorem van Terem Moffi.
The first half ended 0-0, but it was the visit Merlucciidaes who took a 52 – minute lead through Vincent Le Goff.
A stunning counterattack from the right flank found the French defender, who missed his first shot against the bar and goalkeeper Etienne Green.
Twenty minutes from full-time, Khazri ensured the points were split after conceding from the penalty spot following a foul by Julien Laporte in the box.
Referee Thomas Leonard set aside penalty appeals, but he reversed his decision after VAR repeats.
In another match, Strasbourg were dominated 2-0 at home by Angers, while Ismael Traore and Cameroon’s Stephane Bahoken found the net.
Ivory Coast’s Traore gave the Blacks and Whites a well-deserved lead at Stade de la Meinauin after Thomas Mangani’s crossing came close to Matz Sels in the 57th minute.
Nine minutes from full-time, Bahoken struck a second for the visiting team near the penalty spot after Mohamed-Ali Cho’s excellent wing play.
Meanwhile, Malbak defender Boubakar Kouyate saw red when Lille drew 3-3 with Metz.
The 24-year-old full-back was shown the way out in the 56th minute for a poor fight against Burak Yilmaz.
Due to the numerical advantage, the ruling French kings returned from their 3-1 deficit to ensure the match ended completely.