Brest surprised Clermont, Lorient and Strasbourg and took a point from Troyes and Toulouse.

Lorient, who topped the table, drew twice and earned a point at Troyes (2-2). 0-2 down on the hour, Strasbourg grabbed a draw at Toulouse to go down to 10 (2-2).

With Kalulu, Abergel and Mophie missing, FCL (3rd) is a bit stuck. Last week’s test of Reims (0-0), he earned a point at Troyes (2-2). In a fight with Mama Balde on a cross, Laporte scored against his camp (34). In the second period, Talbi fed a ball back full axis to Ronnie Lopes (61). But the Hackes have the resources and they drew twice. First in a magnificent raid from Diarra (50th) who took advantage of the protection of the 4-2-3-1 system. Then a nice curling shot from the incoming Boisguard (81st). The Oboys, who have won one of their last seven matches, have the benefit of a slower pace of relegated teams…

Reims and Brest are doing well

Among them, Rheims and Brest still won. After three draws, Remois got their first win at home this season against a weak side from Auxerre (2-1). For his 400th in L1, Benoît Costille escaped with his post (77th), but he was the best of all in AJA’s goal. Balogun also beat him in the 29th over and Ito gave his side three points off the second ball (87th). Meanwhile, Niang equalized with a header on Sakhi’s (33′) serve. Reorganized into a 4-2-3-1 due to absences (Gravillan, Agbadou, Munetsi, Fouquet, Busey…), Will Still’s men finished 14th.

Originally relegated, Brest pulled off a big surprise win at Clermont (3-1). A match marked by Romain del Castillo. For the third time in a row, Holder opened the scoring from the penalty spot (15th) and served up Honoret (54th) and Le Douron (68th). Organized in a 4-3-3 with Camara rather than Belkebla or Magneti, the Bretons had many chances but Diaw was still solid and even saved his post (7th). Although Alevina saved the local honor at the end of the meeting (89th), the Auvergneets quickly lost the last defense of L1 to Gonalons.

Strasburg leaves the red zone

A week after sinking at home to Lille (0-3), Racing grabbed a point away from Toulouse (2-2). Still organized in a 5-3-2, creating few chances, the Alsatians conceded two goals to Ruault (van den Boomen, just after a corner in the 44th) and Dejagère (served by Desler, 55th). Enough to spark a big upset from Matz Sels, still well ahead of Aboukhlal (28th, 29th, 69th) and Rouault (42nd).

Stephen's coaching at Toulouse was excellent.  (N. Lutiau/The Team)

Stephen’s coaching at Toulouse was excellent. (N. Lutiau/The Team)

But during the game, Julien Stéphane’s training was excellent: Pierre-Gabriel, Aholo and Mothiba changed the game. The South African striker, whose husband and wife died a few days ago, lowered the mark on the former breast defender’s cross. He then received a penalty and a (harsh) dismissal by Nicolaisen. Gamero then leveled in two stages. In extra time, Rouault tripped Le Marchant in front of the goal as he attempted to attack the ball. After video arbitration, M. Stinat did not award a penalty much to the visitors’ fury, although he left the red zone before receiving the OM on Saturday (9pm).

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