ESTAC Troyes and Dijon FCO played out a goalless draw in their rearranged Week 24 encounter on Tuesday that leaves both teams still looking nervously over their shoulders.
ESTAC Troyes 0-0 Dijon FCO
The game had initially been slated for 3 February, but a waterlogged pitch had caused it to be pushed back. Neither sides fortunes had improved much in the interim, though Troyes’ win over Metz last time out ensured they came into the game out of the bottom three.
Dijon, four points better off after a solid run rudely interrupted by their 4-0 spanking at the hands of Monaco last Friday, might have gone in front midway through the first half had Mehdi Abeïd kept a cooler head.
Instead, though, the midfielder seemed to panic when he found himself in space inside the penalty area after being found by Naïm Sliti, and failed to take his opportunity to test Erwin Zelazny in the home goal (27′).
The same could be said of Adama Niané at the opposite end of the pitch. When Papy Djilobodji’s weak clearing header dropped invitingly, the Malian forward miscued his volley (43′).
Tavares the saviour
There was an even better chance for Julio Tavares seconds before the interval, but Christophe Hérelle’s last-ditch challenge — perfectly timed — meant Dijon’s leading scorer did not get to stretch Zelazny (45′) as Olivier Dall’Oglio’s men sought the goal that could bring them only a second league win away from home this term.
Bryan Pelé’s long-range shot brought the first serious stop of the game from Baptiste Reynet (64′) before Tavares — nine league goals this season — found himself in the unusual role of saviour on his own goalline, denying Samuel Grandsir a certain goal (72′).
Largely untroubled, Zelazny actually came closest to picking the ball out of his net when Sliti’s brilliant curling effort eluded him only to strike the crossbar (74′) while Mathieu Deplagne found the side-netting of Reynet’s goal (83′) as the pair had to settle for an unsatisfying point.
THE PLAYER: Baptiste Reynet
If Dijon stay up this season, they will owe a debt of gratitude to Tavares for his goals and Reynet for keeping teams out. Once again, one of Ligue 1 Conforama’s most consistent but unsung goalkeepers ensured his team were not beaten.
THE STAT: 5
This was the fifth drawn in 16 meetings between the pair.