Held in check in Brest, RC Lens misses the opportunity to regain second place


Third in Ligue 1 after 21 days, Racing Club de Lens traveled this Sunday afternoon to the lawn of Francis-Le Blé to face Stade Brestois, out of the red zone for a few weeks after four points taken in two games. . If successful, the Sang et Or could temporarily take second place occupied by Olympique de Marseille, host of OGC Nice later in the evening (8:45 p.m.). The Bretons, meanwhile, had to take points to move away a little more from the last four places.

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At the start of the meeting, it was Eric Roy’s men, sporting his lucky red-and-white breakaway (the SB29 are undefeated in the league since their arrival), who got the first good chance, but Pierre Lees- Melou saw his shot on target just deflected (7th). The debates then seemed more balanced, sometimes leading to some friction between players, such as between Deiver Machado and Mahdi Camara half an hour into the game. The RCL thought they were getting a penalty, but the referee, helped by the VAR, was not of this opinion (33rd). Asked several times before the break, Marco Bizot intervened perfectly to neutralize the northern offensives (22nd, 32nd, 45 + 4th).

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On returning from the locker room, it was again the local team who put pressure on their opponent, in particular through Steve Mounié, defeated by Brice Samba (52nd), before Jérémy Le Douaron, perfectly served by Lees- Melou, does not push the ball into the goal (1-0, 54th). A few moments after the opener, Franck Haise’s men pushed quickly to find a parity score, chaining crosses into the area, without success… In the last quarter of an hour, the pressure from the men in black and green continued in the last Breton third, in particular with a triple opportunity (71st), but Brest did not seem to be satisfied with a draw, according to the chances of Mounié (80th) and Camara (81st).

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But while Bizot could turn into a hero at the whistle, the Dutch goalkeeper missed his clearance in his area and allowed Gradit to propel the ball into the net (1-1-1, 83rd). In the wake of the equalizer, Lees-Melou sent his header a few centimeters from the left post of Samba (84th). Then, back to the savior Bizot, with a foot stop to deflect the shot from young Rémy Labeau Lascary (87th). Despite some scares in both areas, Lensois and Brestois parted ways in a draw (1-1). Lens misses the opportunity to put pressure on Marseille, Brest continues its series of invincibility and gains a place in the standings.

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