The 5 key matches that brought Toulouse back to Ligue 1

The 5 key matches that brought Toulouse back to Ligue 1

In the spring of 2020, the TFC had descended into Ligue 2 after seventeen years of uninterrupted presence among the hexagonal elite. If he had weakened in the last straight line last season, before falling in the play-offs against Nantes (1-2, 1-0), he finished this time in a sprint, to the point of having won his visa for the Ligue 1 from the thirty-fifth day. His success against Niort (2-0) allowed him to propel himself from Monday into the stratosphere of French football. Return in five matches on a triumphant exercise.

The first box

Nancy-Toulouse: 0-4 (2nd day)

During the opening day, at home, the TFC conceded two goals and lost as many points against AC Ajaccio (2-2). A premonitory duel between two of the main animators of the upcoming season. So, this trip to the field of Nancy is already the opportunity to forget this false start and to augur the offensive madness of the months to follow: the Violets win 4-0, with in particular a double from Rhys Healey , at both ends of the score (1st, 70th). But another Toulouse player stands out, also announcing the heavy trend for 2021-2022: Branco van den Boomen, author of three assists.

The mini lift

Paris FC-Toulouse: 2-2 (13th day)

On October 23, the TFC arrives at the Stade Charléty with a leading position and a confidence inflated by the previous success against Auxerre: 6-0! However, the Violets reach the break with a disbursement (0-2) which does not correspond to the physiognomy of the first period, which they dominated. But two counterattacks hoisted the PFC in the lead and validated its minimalist strategy, low block and transitions. The Toulouse reaction allowed them to grab a point and stay at the top of the division: Diakité reduced the score from a corner (52nd), then Healey, following a magnificent sequence, gave his team a well-deserved draw ( 85th).

Healey to the power of four

Toulouse-Sochaux: 4-1, (J16)

At the moment of welcoming Sochaux (4th), just two points behind him, Toulouse is a first in the class who has been scribbling a little on his copies for some time. Three successive zero results have indeed slowed down its momentum. This match at the top is therefore of paramount importance for the men of Philippe Montanier, who quickly take the lead thanks to Healey (25th). If Weissbeck equalized twelve minutes later, the English center-forward then stretched his success in front of goal in a prodigious way: three other achievements (53rd, 59th, 76th) allowed him to register the first quadruple of his professional career.

Rhys Healey, author of 20 goals this season in L2. (N. Luttiau/The Team)

Summoned to prevail

Toulouse-Paris FC: 2-1 (J31)

On April 2, the Toulouse leader welcomes his runner-up, who still needs a long view to watch him in the standings: Paris FC is seven points behind. A success would bring him very close to the climb. Yet it is Lopez (15th) who opens the scoring for the Ile-de-France club. But Diakité (62nd) and the inevitable Healey (85th) definitely tipped the game and the season on the right side. The TFC, with ten lengths ahead of the PFC, has almost all its crampons in Ligue 1.

The Last Battle

Toulouse-Niort: 2-0 (J35)

This Monday, after Auxerre’s draw in Caen (1-1), the “Téfécé” knew what remained to be done to officially validate its rise. A victory against Niort was enough. In a fiery Stadium eager to exult, Philippe Montanier’s players fulfilled their contract by winning without trembling (2-0), thanks to two goals from captain Brecht Dejaegere (21st) and striker Ado Onaiwu ( 78th). At the final whistle, the field was invaded by supporters in a festive atmosphere that lasted long minutes to welcome the return of the Ville Rose to the elite of French football.

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