They have been around for a long time, like their second part of the season. But the Greens have found the fault, as they have earned the right to continue to believe in a return to Ligue 1, after their victory against Rodez this Friday (2-0). Opposed to the RAF, the surprise team of the season and who reached this second play-off after an incredible victory against Paris FC on Tuesday (2-2, 3-2 at the tabs), the Forez players owe their salvation to two recruits from the winter Irvin Cardona, with a well-felt header (64th) then Nathanel Mbuku, with a solitary raid at the very end of the match (90th 5).

In a boiling Cauldron, with a sold-out crowd, the Greens delivered a great performance, consistent over the duration of the meeting. They brought great intensity to the match from the first minutes to put pressure on their opponents, creating numerous chances. The majority of the Greens’ attempts were off target but the Ruthenian goalkeeper, Ewen Jaouen, already very prominent against Paris FC on Tuesday, was decisive by interposing in front of Ibrahim Sissoko (32nd), Mathieu Cafaro (32nd), Cardona (38th), Léo Petrot (48th) or even Benjamin Bouchouari (90th 5). The Aveyron goalkeeper also diverted onto the bar a free kick played by Chambost (59th) while Bradley Danger pushed a shot from Sissoko (63rd) back onto the line.

Two matches away from a return to the elite, Olivier Dall’Oglio’s men will face FC Metz, 16th in Ligue 1, in the play-offs. First round in the Geoffroy-Guichard Chaudron this Thursday (9 p.m.) before the match returning to Lorraine on Sunday June 2 (5 p.m.).