Toulouse Football Club made its return to sports this Saturday, August 22, in the opening match of the 2020-2021 season against USL Dunkirk. The Violets lost 0-1, after a pale Toulouse copy.
The last victory of the TFC dates back to one evening of October 30, 2019, the Violets then won a round of 16 in the League Cup against Niort (1-2). Unfortunately, Tef ‘did not succeed in returning to victory and lost 0-1 against USL Dunkirk (USLD), promoted this year to Ligue 2.
It must be said that the Toulouse residents did not really make their task easier. Struggling behind throughout the match, the Gabrielsen – Diakité hinge struggled to coordinate. From the ninth minute of play, the Norwegian defender misses his head, and offers a boulevard to Tchokounté, who stumbles on an inspired Dupé. Bis repeated in the 19th minute of play, again, the northern center forward finds himself alone against the Toulouse goalkeeper, taking out the ball with a firm left hand.
However, the Violets were dominating in the game. They offered some good offensive streaks, but often destroyed by a solid defense from the Dunkirk. In front, Antiste was very discreet, forcing Leya Iseka to the exploit to squeeze between Cissé and Gomis, the last ramparts of the USLD.
Apart from a few good Dunkirk actions, often due to the wandering of Toulouse defenders, and a few scant opportunities for Tef ‘, the stadium spectators did not have much to eat.
The punishment: the opening of the Bruneel score
What was to happen, happened, Toulouse conceded the opener in the 55th minute of play, on a powerful and uncrossed header from Bruneel. The 23-year-old defensive midfielder, trained at the USLD, is ahead of Gabrielsen and resumes a love of Harouna Sy’s center to crucify Dupé. The former Nantes and Clermont goalkeeper can do nothing.
The 19th budget of Ligue 2 is imposed against the financial “ogre” of the championship. Fabien Mercadal’s men can savor the northern club’s first victory in Ligue 2 after 24 years of famine.
With this victory (0-1), USL Dunkirk points to first place in the provisional classification of Ligue 2, pending the meetings of this Saturday August 22 at 7 p.m. and Monday August 24 at 8:45 p.m. The TFC will have to react next week in Grenoble, to end a period of 11 months without winning.
The poison: Malik Tchokounté
Twirling throughout the match and always on the right foot, Malik Tchokounté will have greatly contributed to his team’s victory this Saturday, August 22. Sometimes pivot, sometimes facing goal, the former Paris FC center forward made a perfect copy, even if he did not score tonight. Precious in the recovery, Gabrielsen and Diakité had great difficulty in muzzling him during these 90 minutes.
The unusual: the TFC crest
At the microphone of BeIN Sports after the meeting, Bafodé Diakité did not go unnoticed. Indeed, the badge of his jersey was flocked upside down, and obviously, Internet users have seized it.