Metz puts an end to Brest’s invincibility in the Championship and completely restarts the title race

Metz puts an end to Brest’s invincibility in the Championship and completely restarts the title race
Metz puts an end to Brest’s invincibility in the Championship and completely restarts the title race

“We’re going to be honest: we lose this match, we lose the title. » Metz coach Emmanuel Mayonnade made a clear observation before going to Brest to challenge the undefeated leader of the Butagaz Énergie League. Beaten in the first leg in Moselle (23-22), their players took their revenge this Wednesday evening during the 23rd day (24-19) at the end of a perfectly controlled second period.

Thanks to this success, Metz, which has a match in hand to play (against Besançon on May 15 for the 22nd day), comes back to three points behind Brest. Chloé Valentini’s teammates (6 goals) now have their destiny in hand to win a 26th French championship title: if they win their last four matches (against Besançon, therefore, Chambray, Paris 92 and Plan-de-Cuques) , they will be sacred.

Good start from Brest, but solo rider from Metz afterwards

However, it was Brest which had the best start. The Brest coach, Pablo Morel, insisted on this after the defeat against the same Messines in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France (35-29) at the end of March. His players heard it since they had a three-goal lead after 27 minutes of play (11-8).

But Metz came back to the level just before the break (11-11) and the second half was a lonesome: the Dragonnes only conceded eight goals and clearly took the upper hand.

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