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A look at Le Mans Union Club 72

Published on the 11 May 2006 à 09:00 by R.B

The curtain comes down on the French championship this Saturday with the visit of Le Mans, a promoted team that certainly made the right impression in the top flight.

52 points, 13 wins, 13 draws and 11 defeats; 32 goals scored and 28 conceded (the fourth best defence in L1). Away from home: 18 points from 4 wins (Toulouse 2-0, Troyes 3-1, Strasbourg 2-1, PSG 1-0), 6 draws (Metz 0-0, Ajaccio 0-0, Auxerre 0-0, Bordeaux 2-2, Marseille 1-1, Sochaux 0-0), 8 defeats (Nice 1-0, St-Etienne 3-0, Nantes 1-0, Nancy 1-0, Monaco 2-0, Lens 2-0, Rennes 1-0, Lille 4-0); 11 goals scored (the third worst away attack) and 20 goals against.

De Melo 7 goals (out of action following knee surgery); Bangoura 6; Fanchone, Matsui and Hautcoeur 3; Fauré, Grafite, Lucau and F. Thomas 2; Chiumento and own goals 1. 26 goals scored inside the penalty area and 4 outside, 3 penalties (v Lille, Rennes and PSG), 4 headers, 16 goals from crosses, 1 from a free-kick and 1 from a corner. Matsui has made 7 assists including 3 for De Melo, 2 for Bangoura…

26 goals conceded from inside the penalty area and 2 outside; 3 penalties (v Nantes, Lille and Bordeaux); 1 free-kick (Auxerre); 5 headers; 9 from crosses; 4 from corners and 2 from fee-kicks.

28 players used. F. Thomas has started every single league match, Fanchone 36, Pelé and O. Thomas 35, Hautcoeur and Bonnart 34… 66 yellow cards: Matsui 7, De Melo 6, Bangoura 6, F. Thomas and Cerdan 5… 3 red cards: Basa, Bangoura and De Melo.

In the Cups, Les Manceaux were eliminated in the last 64 of the Coupe de France by Lens, 1-0, at home. In the Coupe de la Ligue, they beat Clermont 2-1, Auxerre 1-1 (4-1 pen.), Guingamp 1-1 (3-2 pen.) before being eliminated by Nancy in the semi-finals, 2-0.

The referee for the match will be Mr. Colombo; he refereed OL against Auxerre at the Stade Gerland (1-1). He has not yet refereed Le Mans this season.
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