Du XV de France rayonnant au dimanche noir à Lyon, en passant par le sacre de Sébastien Ogier en rallye, retour sur l'actu du week-end.

The XV of France sparkles, King of the World Ogier, OL-OM shipwreck … tops and flops in a sports weekend

deviation – Find sports weekend tops and bottoms awarded by the sports editorial board at figaro.


The fifteenth of France breaks records
21 years since the Blues have not defeated the All Blacks on French soil. Twelve years and 14 defeats since the last French victory in 2009 in Dunedin. All this black streak ended on Saturday night (40-25) at the molten Stade de France. Incidentally, a new record: the largest gap in favor of the Blues in the history of confrontations between these two teams (+15).

France’s 15th became the first team to defeat the All Blacks three times by scoring 40 or more points (43-31 in 1999, 42-33 in 2000). Better than the ancestral competitors of New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. Hats off to the blues!

Alps, Big Bang
25 points per bag. It’s hard to do better for the French brand. Third place at the end of this Qatar Grand Prix, won by Lewis Hamilton this Sunday, gave Fernando Alonso the second podium of the season for Albin, after Esteban Ocon’s victory in Hungary, and he returned to the penalty area for the first time since… 2014 A real performance. Fifth, Ocon validated the stellar weekend of blue cars that made the hole fifth in the manufacturers’ standings on the Alpha Tauri.

Duo Mahut-Herbert presents second master’s degree in doubles
Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicholas Mahut ended 2021 in the most beautiful way. Against duo Rajiv Ram Jo Salisbury, seeded No. 2, whom they lost against in the pools, the French retaliated at the best of times to win the Masters for the second time after 2019. And so the two friends finished off brilliantly. A season in which they also won the Roland-Garros Championship together. Here is the disappointment generated by their elimination in the first round of the Olympics.

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8 Big by Sebastien Ogier
Sebastien Ogier arrived well in Monza, the scene of the final round of the World Rally Championship, and claimed his eighth world champion title that way. By winning the 54th Rally (168 matches), Gapençais delivered a grand finale with his loyal driver Julien Ingrassia, who will retire next year. It’s also he who moved the eight-time world champion, and wished to shine a spotlight on him. Because if he doesn’t go to Sebastien Loeb’s nine crowns, Ogier will still take part in some rallies next year, with a new assistant.

Zverev ends the year on a fine note
Alexander Zverev signed. Germany’s Daniel Medvedev won the Masters final on Sunday (6-4, 6-4) in Turin, and the German claimed his second Masters title after 2018. A finale in the form of apotheosis after a prolific year for Olympic champion from Tokyo, Zverev, who lifted six titles in year 2021.”It’s really special to me, I’m really happy. There is no better way to end the season. I can’t wait to start the next stage“Immediately after his victory, he announced that he is now at the helm of a group of 19 titles.”I have shown that I can win at different levels (of tournaments). I just miss oneZverev added, referring to one of the major tournaments.


OL-OM, landing
French football hit rock bottom on Sunday night. As has so often been the case since the start of the season, Ligue 1 experienced a dark evening, with fresh floods and in this case a bottle that touched the head of Marseille captain Dimitri Payet during the final shock of the 14th day between OM and Lyon, at Groupama Stadium. A lonely verb Mr. Aulas would say. Yes, except that Payet was actually said to have been jet-lagged a little earlier… after nearly two hours of flop, confusion on all floors, early and contradictory statements from the NFL, the county or the well of the two clubs, and even for referee Rudy Bouquet, the meeting, which one thought would resume, finally came to a halt.

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The only good news is that Payette was not seriously injured. French East Championship. strongly. strongly. Everyone should look at themselves in the mirror. Supporters, Clubs, LFP. the situation is dangerous. It is necessary to act, quickly, forcefully, if possible, before a tragedy is denounced on or around the earth.

Many defeated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Manchester United’s new defeat at Watford on Saturday (4-1) beat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Untenable for several weeks, the Norwegian manager’s position became inextricable the day after this disaster against the rookie. Unable to impose a real leg on the Red Devils since his appointment in March 2019, former “supersub” of Sir Alex Ferguson has been sacked by the Mancon management. He left his position without being able to present any award to MU. Who will succeed him? It will not be Zinedine Zidane who has held back the English advance.

For the south, winter is coming
The last weekend of the Southern Hemisphere tour of Europe has deteriorated. To avenge the last World Cup final match, the South African team was defeated 26-27 in Twickenham by England. Wales, Fanny so far, also narrowly won, 29 to 28, against the Wallabies who will return to Australia with three defeats in as many Tests (13-15 in Scotland; 15-32 in England). And on Saturday, it was New Zealand’s turn to bend even more strongly at the Stade de France 40-25. If we look at the final results of the three southern leaders, it is negative with four wins and six defeats in ten autumn matches against the teams of the Six Nations Championship. A small statistic confirms the trend. The New Zealanders have not conceded a double failure on European soil (defeats in Dublin and St Denis) since the season… 1934-1935. Record 86 years old.

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Dark lens in Brest
A violent return to Earth for the RC Lens. Enthusiastic runners-up for Paris Saint-Germain At the dawn of the 14th day of the French Ligue 1, Racing was slapped on the grass at Prestois Stadium (4-0). Distracted by the envy and realism of the locals in the first period (3-0 mt), the northerners weren’t around on Sundays. The first for the band in Frank Hayes, very attractive since the beginning of the season. Especially at home, less on the go. Angers’ reception next Friday will determine whether this route in Brittany will leave traces.

In the meantime, it is Nice, the winner of its drop in Clermont on Sunday (1-2), who is taking advantage of this Linçois error to position himself as the PSG Dolphin who won again … without shining, Saturday, against Nantes ( 3-1) To pass the first goal of Lionel Messi in the French League. There is an 11-point difference in the Ligue 1 standings between the Parisian leader and Aiglon, before a confrontation between the two teams in the Parc des Princes, on the first of December.

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