This 35th day had however started so well under the Hérault skies… However, the garnet hopes of success, although real this Sunday, were extinguished in the final moments of the game.
It took a valiant Marc-Aurèle Caillard from the first minutes to repel local attempts. Thus, the long shot from Arnaud Souquet was repelled with both fists by the Metz goalkeeper (2°), as was an attempt by Elye Wahi, finally reported offside (7°), as well as a low shot from Nicolas Cozza (19°) When the goalkeeper was beaten, FC Metz could happily bet on his left post, which prevented the Montpellier striker from opening the scoring (3°).
Precise in the recovery, the Garnets had the respondent. Found on the left side, Nicolas de Préville got on his right foot to arm a powerful shot, which Dimitri Bertaud (8°) captured. The Moselle afternoon got a little more complicated after Fabien Centonze’s injured exit, replaced by William Mikelbrencis before the quarter-hour mark (12°).
Well served by Nicolas de Préville, Didier Lamkel Zé, in a good position in the area, failed in the exercise (20°). But Frédéric Antonetti’s men did not relax the grip. After an action built on the right, the center of William Mikelbrencis followed by the deflection of Didier Lamkel Zé allowed Thomas Delaine to deceive the vigilance of the MHSC goalkeeper, and to open the score in full time fort messin (0-1, 25°).
Necessarily galvanized by this scenario in their favor, the Mosellens insisted, and Didier Lamkel Zé was close to doubling the lead for his team (28°). At the gates of half-time, Elye Wahi thought of equalizing. This was without taking into account the intervention of the VAR and a rightly reported offside position (40°).
Returning with conquering intentions, the Montpellier residents tried to turn the tide from the kick-off of the second period. It took the exceptional intervention of Marc-Aurèle Caillard against the Hérault striker to maintain this short advantage (46°). Elye Wahi, on the action that followed, narrowly missed the target on a header (47°).
Opportunities on both sides punctuated the debates: a shot too crossed by Thomas Delaine (59°) preceded an ideally placed opposing free kick, which Florent Mollet just missed (62°). Things settled down when Louis Mafouta came into play. Following a Montpellier clearance returned, involuntarily, from the face by William Mikelbrencis, the garnet striker shot Dimitri Bertaud to offer the break to his (0-2, 70 ° ).
And this break could even have been accentuated on a shot from Opa Nguette, who also came into play, who saw his shot hit the top of the crossbar (77°). At the end of the game, and as expected, the locals played their all out to get back to the mark. A victorious header from Arnaud Souquet sounded like the first warning for FC Metz (1-2, 80°).
We hoped that the crushed shot from Valère Germain, captured by Marc-Aurèle Caillard, would be the last of the afternoon (88°). And finally, at the heart of additional time, Elye Wahi crucified the Garnets (2-2, 90 + 1 °). To say the least, the disarray was palpable at the whistle in the Grenats camp, who returned to Moselle with “only” the point of a draw, after a fiercely disputed game.
MONTPELLIER HSC – FC METZ: 2 – 2
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Goals for Montpellier: Souquet (80°), Wahi (90+1°); for Metz: Delaine (25°), Mafouta (70°)
Montpellier HSC : Bertaud, Oyongo (Ristic, 62°), Souquet, Estève, Sakho, Cozza (Germain, 75°), Leroy (Chotard, 63°), Mollet (Delaye, 86°), Cabella, Mavididi (Gioacchini, 86°) , Wow
FC Metz : Caillard, Centonze (Mikelbrencis, 12°), Lacroix, Kouyaté, Niakaté (N’Doram, 87°), Delaine, Traoré, Pajot, Sarr, De Préville (Mafouta, 69°), Lamkel Zé (Nguette, 68°)