Brest now under pressure from Lille, Nice secures against Le Havre

Brest now under pressure from Lille, Nice secures against Le Havre
Brest now under pressure from Lille, Nice secures against Le Havre

The Brestois conceded a draw against Reims (1-1) while the Niçois beat the Le Havre (1-0) this Friday for the 33rd and penultimate day of the championship.

Lacking realism, Brest could do no better than a 1-1 draw against Reims on Friday for the 33rd day of Ligue 1 and remains under threat from Lille, which plays Sunday in Nantes.

With 58 points, but a goal difference worse than that of the Northerners, who are three points away, Brest could see themselves snatched 3rd place and direct qualification for the Champions League groups, in the event of a Losc victory.

Nice, 5th with 54 units and a match in hand, is also mathematically capable of beating the Brestois at the post, but the latter would have to lose in Toulouse, for the last day, and Lille and Nice will face each other for the 34th trick. . Without Pierre Lees-Melou, who came to receive his prize as best Brest player of the season before the match, but whose season is over after a fractured fibula, and Romain Del Castillo, in trouble with a calf, Brest once again lacked inspiration, creativity and, frankly, sometimes talent.

Wasted opportunities

From the first minute, Mahdi Camara entered the area on the right side, but his low shot was well repelled by Yehvann Diouf. At the half-hour mark, it was a volley from Hugo Magnetti, on a back header from Steve Mounié, who had gone narrowly wide, while Martin Satriano had failed to get his header on target in the 42nd. In the second half, Jérémy Le Douaron wasted two good shooting positions in quick succession (64th, 67th), before Mounié, at the penalty point, sent his recovery into the clouds on a back cross from Magnetti (77th) .

But the nets still shook in favor of the locals, with a goal that looked very similar to that of the 5-4 victory in Rennes not long ago. On a long cross from Kenny Lala, it was Lilian Brassier who emerged at the far post to head the ball into the opposite net (1-1, 45+2). A goal which could prove crucial in nine days when Brest will still have to make one last effort to secure its place in the continental elite next season.

Nice ensures

Nice qualified for a European Cup next season thanks to its victory at the Allianz Riviera, Friday evening at the opening of the 33rd day of Ligue 1, against Le Havre (1-0), which on the other hand , has not yet ensured its maintenance. Francesco Farioli’s goal was to allow Gym to return to Europe next season. It’s done since this logical victory against Le Havre ensures the Azuréens, 54 points, a place in the Top 6 at the end of the season.

From now on, the Italian coach and his team have two meetings, Wednesday against Paris Saint-Germain in a late match of the 32nd day and in Lille on May 19 at the end of the championship, to secure their 5th place and try to hang on better .

Boga as a liberator

This did not prevent Morgan Sanson from trying from around 30 meters after a first high collective recovery. Arthur Desmas slammed this magnificent strike from the mid-scorer recently in Strasbourg (4th). On the corner, Khéphren Thuram, bleeding, placed his head just wide (5th).

Well into their match, the Aiglons logically scored following a long throw from Antoine Mendy. No one in the Le Havre rearguard removed the danger. Jérémie Boga left nothing lying around. With a cross half-volley, he scored his fifth goal of the season (1-0, 12th).

From then on, Nice waited for its opponent, obliged to come back to the score to try to distance Metz in the standings. On many occasions, Farioli’s men could have doubled the lead. Without succeeding…

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