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Nîmes can bite its fingers

Regional 2 / 24th day. Chemin-Bas let the victory slip away in added time.

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Jean Bouin Stadium.

Half time: 0-0.

Referee: M. Dehissi.

Goal for Chemin-Bas: Guirassy (73e).

Goal for Mende: Labeaume (90e +5).

Warnings in Nîmes: Keita (57e), Zougarhe (66e), El Amrani (90e +6).

Warnings in Mende: Malaval (20th), Diakite (40th).

In the race for accession, Nîmes Chemin-Bas lost two precious points on Sunday against the Mende reserve. Winner 5-2 of Vauvert, the leader Atlas Paillade dug a significant gap two days before the end of the championship. Because even if they win their match late at Anduze, next Sunday, the Nîmes will be two lengths behind the Héraultais. They can in any case blame themselves for having literally offered the equalizer to the Mendois after the end of additional time.

Gardois and Lozériens show envy. The possession is Nîmes but the men of Stéphane Dartayet struggle to create clear chances, the fault of the loss of ball due to technical waste. The Gardois press high and seek to stifle their opponents. It works. A good recovery allows Zougarhe to project himself; his precise cross is taken from the head by El Amrani, but Pages, the Lozère goalkeeper, makes a reflex save (16th).

Both teams are not giving up. Keita, Messaoudi and Zougarhe combine with fluidity but the strike of the last city does not deceive the vigilance of Pages (51st). Mende’s reserve keeps the hope of creating a surprise and the attempt of Labeaume comes close to the amount of Hodgi (53rd).

Hodgi’s Fatal Mistake

The match loses rhythm but the Nîmes find the fault: Keita’s free kick lobes Pages and finds El Amrani whose recovery is pushed back by the crossbar; Guirassy followed and only had to push the ball into the back of the net (1-0, 73′).

Nîmes Chemin-Bas did the hardest, it seems, even if Mende did not give up, a shot from Labeaume being miraculously stopped on the line by Hodgi (89th). The last minutes were intense but Chemin-Bas held on to victory. Except that on a ball back, Hodgi procrastinates. Under pressure, he lost the ball to Labeaume who equalized (1-1, 90th +5). Fatal error. Nîmes Chemin-Bas could bite their fingers.

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