Mastery, efficiency and panache. Three adjectives to qualify this match between Grenoble and Valenciennes, which has long struggled to get carried away, but Allan Tchapchet came to score an anthology goal with a volley in the top corner (85e) to deliver the Stade des Alpes.
The two teams, very compact, did not manage to find the shifts to break the lock of the defenses until this 85e minute. From an accounting point of view, the Grenoble residents go up to the height of their opponent of the day. A nice operation.
On the positive side, we remember the good movements, a certain mastery of the game, by practicing long phases of possession of the ball… The attackers had several opportunities to kill the match much earlier in the game.
Because there have been dangerous situations. In the first half Jordan Tell and Matthias Phaëton kept asking for the ball between the lines. At the 36e minute of play, Jordan Tell sent a missile on Larsonneur. At the 37e minute of play, Phaëton intercepted a pass between the two central defenders of Valenciennes. After a big bridge over Cuffaut, he chose to strike from a tight angle. He forgot Tell, all alone at the far post.
In the second half, Grenoble had another chance through Ba, who cut off a strong center from Gersbach on the counterattack (77e) and a last situation in additional time, badly played between Sbaï and Touray.
The post of Valenciennes, the rescue of Maubleu
Valenciennes came to Isère deprived of their captain Mathieu Debuchy, injured, and Mohamed Kaba. If they offered nothing in the first act, they had dangerous opportunities in the second. We can note the huge opportunity of Ugo Bonnet (56e) who eliminated Gersbach too easily in the area. Fortunately for Grenoble, his strike went to Maubleu’s post.
After Tchaptchet opened the scoring, Zinga had the equalizing goal at the end of his foot (86th), well stopped by the Grenoble goalkeeper.
Grenoble continues its very good series, with its fourth victory in five games, and is approaching the podium, just one point. Vincent Hognon’s men have the ingredients to confirm and get a little closer to the heights.
Vincent Hognon (GF38 trainer): “Valenciennes was a difficult team to maneuver. We saw a fairly closed match but we were able to be patient. In the second period, we were less exposed, we offered less play too. We managed to score from a set piece. This team is constant, it has gained confidence. Tonight, I’m happy. Players put a lot into it. There are bases that are there for further progress. »
Allan Tchaptchet (defender of GF38): “It’s my first goal, there is a lot of pride. The most important thing is to have brought the three points for the team. This goal was pure instinct. It is a real deliverance. »
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