Sunday 19th January 2003

Goals : Mounard (55), De Wolf (70), Dia (86), Fatmi (88)
Attendance : 150 - referee : M. Marey assistants M. Hély & M. Poquerusse.
Booked : Diansoni (52) - Carles (3), Nemouthié (45), Yessad (47), Bousseliou (60)
Sent off : Fourneuf (10), Carles (25)

CHANTILLY : Decoare, Farandeau (De Wolf 3), Rio, Diansoni (Dia 56), Devipary, Jumel, Bompierre, Aouni, Fatmi, Mounard (De Cunha 75), Hamened.
RED STAR : Bousseliou, Yessad, Carles, Kobe, Fourneuf, Nemouthié (Sahridj 76), Kor, Delaneuville, M'Boungou-Matondo, Ribeiro (Priso-Yaya 58), Sylla (Marques 72). Coach : Ousfane.


This match was decided as early as the tenth minute, when the Red Star central defender Fourneuf brought down a Chantilly striker on the halfway line, in a position of last defender.
On a bright afternoon, but a somewhat heavy pitch, the visitors kicking off in the unusual away kit of blue nearly went behind as a looping header escaped the defence only for captain for the day Bousseliou to catch the ball on his goal line. On three minutes the first of many decisive moments in the game - a late and wild lunge by Julien Carles on Chantillys' Farandeau resulted in a booking for the Red Star man and a substitution for the home side. Obviously this made the combative Carles a marked man, but the first red card brandished came as a result of an error by the baby-faced centre half Fourneuf. On the halfway line, and in a position of last defender, he swung a leg out at an innocent-looking through ball, missed completely thus letting a Chantilly striker nip past. Fourneufs' reaction was to trip his opponent, resulting in an early bath.
Just before the half hour he was joined in the dressing room by Carles, his second yellow a product of some goal-area pushing and shoving following a challenge on Bousseloui. At ten the task was possible, given the poor opposition, but at nine on a heavy pitch the Red Star fans best hope was to hold out for a draw.

They held out until the break, and upon the return from the changing rooms, looked the likeliest to break the deadlock - a quality move and some good passing between Kor and M'Boungou-Matondo released Ribeiro, but the strikers shot was turned around the post by Decoare, his only save of the game. Shortly afterwards the flood gates were breached, but in very dubious circumstances. Chantilly were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the Red Star box, when an attacker just fell over. The kick was magnificent, it has to be said, looping over the wall into the top corner. Fifteen minutes later, with Red Star pushing for an equaliser, they were caught out at the back and De Wolf, free on the right tapped in a simple goal. In the last few minutes the fatigue hit Red Star, and they conceded two quick goals, the second a long ranger shot which the goalkeeper failed to hold on to.
So, that's about it, really. If Red Star are unable to beat the bottom club, then any hopes of avoiding the drop are very slim indeed. In addition, some of the coaching decisions are very dubious indeed. Fourneuf at centre half - too inexperienced given the importance of the game, but playing Kor out wide on the right was a very strange decision indeed. On the positive side Yessad and Kobe gave good accounts of themselves given the circumstances, and M'Boungou-Matondo ran his heart out in a lost cause up front. Kor was the pick of the bunch, and it was good to see the popular Philippe Marques given a run out.

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