Thanks to a brace from Aliou Badji and an achievement from Chadrac Akolo, Amiens SC overcame their neighbor from Dunkirk (3-0). A deserved victory in a match where the Amiens were the most conquerors from start to finish.
The Amiens take the game on their own from the kick-off. Tolu Arokodare tested Maraval from the start with a low shot, but the Dunkirk goalkeeper made the save quite easily (2 ′). A few minutes later, the Nigerian will get a big opportunity on a corner. Well shot by Benet, the corner kick ricochets off a player from Dunkirk and lands on Tolu’s foot, alone against Maraval. It will take a full intervention of authority from the goalkeeper of the Maritimes to preserve the clean sheet (6 ′). The domination is Amiens, even if few large offensive incursions are to be identified thereafter. There is a lot of technical waste on both sides, with the rain not really helping to put the ball down.
On an Amiens counter, Benet finds Lusamba who intelligently shifts Gene to the right. The Amiens piston hits and centers on Aliou Badji who cuts perfectly and opens the scoring for Amiens SC (1-0, 27 ′). The Dunkirk reaction was not long in coming, and Bilal Brahimi tried his luck from far from the left, but Gurtner folded perfectly (29 ′). Both teams are playful and project themselves fairly easily in front, making the meeting pleasant to follow. Tolu is still well served to him by Lusamba in the depths. The Amiens striker controls and shoots, but sees Alioune Ba come back perfectly to deflect for a corner (34 ′). At the end of the period, Kévin Rocheteau will thrill the Unicorn with a powerful right roll, but Régis Gurtner achieves a sumptuous horizontal to deflect the ball (43 ′). The break was whistled by Mr. Lepaysant, Amiens SC led a goal to zero quite logically, against Dunkirk struggling defensively.
The Maritimes are more intense at the start of the second half, but it is nevertheless the Amiens who will give themselves a very big opportunity as soon as they return from the locker room. Harouna Sy pierces on the left and crosses at the far post on Owen Gene who takes over in first intention. Axel Maraval stops but pushes back on the Amiens piston which hits the crossbar on his second attempt (50 ′). After a quarter of an hour of hollow, Gene crosses strong for Tolu in the box which resumes, but a defender from Dunkirk intervenes to send the ball for a corner (65 ′).
As the pace slowly slows down, it takes a feat from Gurtner to preserve the short Amiens advantage. Trichard centers on Rocheteau who sends a helmet shot towards the goal, the Amiens goalkeeper is perfect on his line to send the ball to a corner (74 ′). In the next minute, Lusamba serves Tolu again in the depth which will challenge Maraval, but the goalkeeper, all dressed in orange, comes out perfectly to narrow the field of action of the Nigerian (75 ′). On a very high recovery from the Amiens, Aliou Badji serves Chadrac Akolo, just entered the game. The Congolese feigns, gets back on his left foot and sends the ball into the right window of Maraval (2-0, 81 ′). Striker then decisive passer, Aliou Badji could even have brought a third goal in this match, but Maraval won his face to face a few minutes from the final whistle (86 ′). Just before additional time, Badji again shakes the opposing nets, but the latter is signaled in an offside position (90 ′). It’s only postponed, as Aliou Badji will finally score the second personal goal that has been reaching out to him for a few minutes. Amadou Ciss is perfectly offset by Akolo to the right, he crosses strong and finds Badji alone in front of goal, who does not hesitate to make the mark worse (3-0, 90 2 ′).
Without trembling and in complete control, the Amiens SC will have made short work of a non-existent USL Dunkirk in the second half. The Amiens come out on top, three goals to nil at home.
AMIENS SC: Gurtner – Mendy, Pavlovic (c.), Fofana – Gene (Ciss, 87 ′), Gnahoré (Gomis, 90 ′), Benet (Lomotey, 77 ′), Sy – Lusamba (Bamba, 87 ′) – Tolu (Akolo, 76 ′), Badji
USL DUNKERQUE: Maraval – Thiam, Ba, Gomis, Kouagba, Brahimi, – Pierre (Segbe, 77 ′), Kikonda (Dudouit, 86 ′) – Tchokounté, Rocheteau, Majouga (Trichard, 67 ′)
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