Ten-man Caen beat Dijon 2-1 at the Stade Michel d’Ornano to make it three consecutive Ligue 1 Conforama wins and climbed to provisional fifth in the table.
SM Caen 2-1 Dijon FCO
Caen made the perfect start as Cédric Yambéré fouled Ivan Santini in the box on five minutes and the Croatian international forward dusted himself off to score with a pananka down the middle of the goal, bamboozling Baptiste Reynet. Santini, last season’s top scorer with 15, now has two in three games.
Dijon had beaten Montpellier before the international break for their first three-pointer of the season and Olivier Dall’Oglio’s men equalised seven minutes before half-time when Jordan Marié unleashed an unstoppable 30-metre shot that lodged in the corner of Rémy Vercoutre’s goal.
Reynet made a great save from a Santini header nine minutes into the second half, keeping out the attacker’s effort with his feet. Adama Mbengue had delivered the cross for the Santini chance, but the left-back soon found himself in hot water, dismissed in the 79th minute for an ugly challenge on Fouad Chafik.
Two minutes later Caen scored the winner. Substitute Christian Kouakou’s cross was turned into his own net by Yambéré’s knee, under pressure from Santini. Defeats in the opening two games of the season had put Patrice Garande under presuure, but now Caen are flying in a manner that recalls their seventh-placed finish of two seasons ago.
THE PLAYER: Cédric Yambéré
The former Bordeaux defender endured a horrible evening, conceding a penalty and then putting through his own net after Caen had been reduced to ten men. A latecomer to professional game, the 26-year-old has been an ever-present for Dijon this season, making his return to the French game after loan spells in Russia and Cyprus.
THE STAT: 2 years
Caen hadn’t put together a run of three straight wins since September-October 2015. After beating Lille and Metz, Dijon were their next victims. Next, Caen travel to in-form Nantes