Cleermont 2 – Metz 2- Stade Gabriel Montpied sees frustrating draw

Clermont Foot vs. FC Metz

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On Sunday, Cleermont and Metz were held to a 2-2 draw at Stade Gabriel Montpied. With both teams drawing in their previous fixtures, they were keen to pick up points. Cleermont wanted to improve their league standing following a disappointing 3-3 draw with Lyon in their previous game. Metz, on the other hand, are struggling for form following a draw in their last match. As the table looks today, Cleermont and Metz are 3rd, (8 points) and 15th, (3 points), in the league respectively, after 4 matches.

It was an impressive opening from Metz, thanks to a goal from Ibrahima Niane at the 10 minute mark. The momentum was now with The Maroons, who then scored again through a goal from Arthur Desmas, at 29 minutes to establish a 2-0. However, Cleermont hit back though at the 35 minute mark, with a goal from Sikou Niakate. The score at half time was 1-2.

Cleermont took the initiative in the second half, with Elbasan Rashani finding the net, 58 minutes in. The game ended wih a 2-2 draw.

For Cleermont, Jim Allevinah, Saif-Eddine Khaoui and Jordan Tell, came on for Elbasan Rashani, Jason Berthomier and Jodel Dossou. Metz brought on Sofiane Alakouch, Vagner, Warren Tchimbembe and Cheikh Tidiane Sabaly, to replace Vincent Pajot, Lamine Gueye, Habib Maiga and Vagner.

There were bookings for Florent Ogier from Cleermont, and Pape Matar Sarr and Sofiane Alakouch, for Metz.

Cleermont will next travel to Paris Saint-Germain, while Metz will face Troyes at home.

Technical card:
Clermont Foot: Arthur Desmas, Akim Zedadka, Cedric Hountondji, Florent Ogier, Vital N’Simba, Jodel Dossou (Jordan Tell, min.83), Jason Berthomier (Saif-Eddine Khaoui, min.72), Jonathan Iglesias, Johan Gastien, Elbasan Rashani (Jim Allevinah, min.72) and Mohamed Bayo
FC Metz: Alexandre Oukidja, Sikou Niakate, Dylan Bronn, Kiki, Matthieu Udol, Habib Maiga (Warren Tchimbembe, min.90), Vincent Pajot (Sofiane Alakouch, min.46), Pape Matar Sarr, Boubacar Traore, Ibrahima Niane and Lamine Gueye (Vagner, min.66)
Stadium: Stade Gabriel Montpied
Goals: Ibrahima Niane (0-1, min. 10), Arthur Desmas (0-2, min. 29), Sikou Niakate (1-2, min. 35) and Elbasan Rashani (2-2, min. 58)