Ligue 2: Dijon makes Saint-Etienne's first match in Ligue 2 a nightmare (2-1)

Ligue 2: Dijon makes Saint-Etienne’s first match in Ligue 2 a nightmare (2-1)

What a complicated recovery for the Stéphanois. If they thought that the level in Ligue 2 would be lower than that of Ligue 1, the Dijon people quickly got their heads back on their shoulders. The greens were beaten two goals to one by Dijon who proved to be superior in all areas of the game. It is a small miracle that ASSE, after an indigestible first half, did not concede more than two goals (Le Bihan, 29th, Soumaré, 41st). The green band, the little light has arrived from Aiki, author of a magnificent goal (69th). Denis Bouanga was sent off at the end of the game.

Mickäel Le Bihan opened the scoring in the 29th minute with a pass from Bryan Soumaré after a move down the left by Christopher Rocchia. Soumaré made it 2-0 after Idrissa Camara’s first shot was saved by goalkeeper Etienne Green and good work by Le Bihan after a throw-in (40′). Even Dijon could have taken a 3-0 lead had Wali Nassi and then Le Bihan not missed the target in incredible fashion (49, 50). The greens were able to hope to come back with a goal scored by Ayman Aiki with a volley after receiving a cross from Denis Bouanga (68).

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With three penalty points awarded following the incidents at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard at the end of the second leg against Auxerre on May 29, the Greens are in last place on -3pts, six lengths behind of a potential contender for the promotion and others who could win on Saturday night or Monday. So the Stéphanois still have a headache after a nightmare 2021-2022 season. He has not won in the League since April 16 and his victory against Brest at home (2-1), six games in League 1 to which you must add the two play-off games against AJA.

The workforce is still under construction

The squad, relieved of fifteen players, including fourteen at the end of the contract, continues to be built under the direction of the new coach, Laurent Battles. Departures like that of Bouanga, ruled out in the 90th minute, Harold Moukoudi, Yvan Neyou, not retained, or Adil Aouchiche, on the bench, are still expected.

Although ASSE has recruited players with experience in Ligue 2 such as Jimmy Giraudon, Victor Lobry and Anthony Briançon, the Stéphanois suffered for an hour against the Dijonnais despite the support, without incident, of 450 ultra fans confined to their car park . Several hundred fans also came to get in for free.

A paradox because Saint-Etienne now has to fulfill four firm games behind closed doors at home, again due to the incidents against Auxerre… Offensively, the greens have been too timid but they could have tied at 1- 1 through Zaydou Youssouf (34) or Zargo Touré who failed to score against his home side (40). Baptiste Reynet also deflected a shot from Bouanga (63). Very little for an L1 candidate.


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