A sensational Stade Brestois opens the doors to the Champions League directly

A sensational Stade Brestois opens the doors to the Champions League directly
A sensational Stade Brestois opens the doors to the Champions League directly
Ligue 1 (34th day). Toulouse FC – Stade Brestois: 0-3

Hakon Haraldsson scores a goal from the surface for Lille at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium when Jordan Amavi, 900 kilometers away, curls a free kick into the net of Guillaume Restes at the Toulouse Stadium. Multiplex evenings in Ligue 1 are historically quite crazy, inherently insane and obviously rich in emotions, also inevitably heightened tenfold by the thrilling stakes. Because at this time of year, at the end of May, what seems written at kickoff is no longer written as the minutes tick by. Theory and practice. The blackboard and the truth on the ground, the one and only.

Sunday evening, at 10:12 p.m., the final day of the 2023-2024 season took a crazy turn in the race for third place and direct qualification for the Champions League. An incredible and breathtaking distance duel between Lille and Brest. At 10:12 p.m., Haraldsson equalized in front of his home crowd against Nice, not coming as a tourist despite his assured fifth place and who had opened the scoring in the 10th minute by former Brest player Gaëtan Laborde. At 10:12 p.m., Amavi, 60 seconds of playing time on the clock before this match (!), made the break for Stade Brestois in Toulouse. Six minutes earlier, Mahdi Camara had found the top corner of Restes with a splendid strike from the edge of the area. At 10:12 p.m., Sunday evening, Brest was ahead of Lille by two points in the standings, with each of the two teams posting a goal average of +18. The hunter became the hunted and the hunted became the hunter. Hot, hot, hot!

Eric Roy changes system

Brest, which remained on a victory in five games, in Rennes during a historic performance, found in Toulouse the energy which it had perhaps lacked against Nantes and Reims, at Le Blé. This strong collective, even without four of its players (Locko, Lees-Melou, Martin and Le Cardinal) absent from the last fireworks of a sensational Brest season, was able to surpass itself, once again. Quite incredible… Thursday’s closed session, one of the few of the season at Stade Brestois, was also a harbinger of a surprise in the playing system concocted by Eric Roy. A 4-4-2 diamond, as was the case in the Coupe de France in January at the Parc des Princes. Risk-taking pays off. An assumed choice which allowed the Brestois to calmly take control of the game.

Lotomba’s goal in Nice

But an evening like this, with its twists and turns coming out of nowhere, comes only once a year and is never over, ever. At 10:30 p.m., Lille, thanks to a goal from Benjamin André, was heading towards victory. Lille and Brest, enemies for a night, 61 points each… and a perfect tie at 10:45 p.m. when Kenny Lala scored his second goal of the season, alone in the penalty area. At that time, Brest would have finished fourth in the championship, the fault of its deficit in the confrontation with the Mastiffs.

But Stade Brestois is blessed by the gods and nothing can happen to it. A goal from Niçois Jordan Lotomba in the 93rd in Lille propelled Brest into the Champions League, without having to go through a preliminary round. Exceptional, fabulous, extraordinary, historic, improbable. And deserved, really deserved. Gentlemen, respect!

Datasheet

Arbitrator : Mr. Pignard

GOALS. Brest: Camara (48′), Amavi (54′), Lala (90′).

Warnings. Toulouse: Mawissa (53′); Brest: Pereira-Lage (79′), Magnetti (83′).

BREST : Bizot – Lala, Chardonnet (cap.), Brassier, Amavi – Magnetti, Camara, Doumbia, Pereira-Lage (Del Castillo, 82′) – Mounié, Satriano (Le Douaron, 87′). Not entered into play: Coudert (l.), Zogbé, Cartillier, Lebeau, Brahimi, Camblan.

Coach: Eric Roy.

TOULOUSE : Remains – Desler (Kamanzi, 67′), Keben (Genreau, 56′), Nicolaisen (cap.), Costa, Suazo (Skytta, 67′) – Schmidt (Mawissa, 39′), Casseres – Gboho, Dallinga, Donnum (Magri, 56′). Not entered into play: Dominguez (l.), Sierro, Gelabert, Cissoko.

Coach: Martinez Novell.

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