Even if they delivered a rather encouraging performance, the Stade Brestois players lost against RC Lens (3-1) and therefore said goodbye to the Coupe de France. Here are the highs and lows of the match.
Lens opens the scoring too quickly
The Ty-Zefs couldn’t have hoped for a worse start to the game. While they seemed to have entered the game fairly well, they conceded the opener on the second opportunity. After a powerful strike from the former Briochin Julian Cardinal, Wesley Saïd deflected the ball perfectly between the legs of a helpless Joaquín Blázquez this time (0-1, 5th). The Breton club found itself then already behind in the score and knew that it would be difficult to reverse the trend against the best defense in Ligue 1.
A nightmarish evening for Blázquez
While Stade Brestois came back to score and offered a nice showdown at RC Lens, Joaquín Blázquez, who started in place of Marco Bizot, made a completely missed aerial exit on an opposing free kick. Much too far from the ball, he could not intervene and Facundo Medina took the opportunity to score in the empty goal (1-2, 30th).
Again in front of the scoreboard, the Sang et Or even took the break in stride thanks to Adrien Thomasson. Left free of any marking by Jean-Kévin Duverne, the ex-Strasbourger adjusted Joaquín Blázquez (1-3, 37th). In the second half, the Argentinian goalkeeper did not go far from offering a fourth goal to the Pas-de-Calaisiens on an absolutely innocuous strike.
A lack of revolt in the second period
If the Ty-Zefs showed a lot of good things in the first act, this was not necessarily the case when they returned from the locker room. In lack of solutions, they were content with long balls forward and therefore broke their teeth on the very good opposing defense. And if the score did not change thereafter, Stade Brestois lost (3-1) and can therefore say goodbye to a potential course in the Coupe de France. Haris Belkebla and his partners will now have to quickly refocus on the championship and the reception of Angers (20th in Ligue 1) next Sunday.
Slimani finally scores
Following the Lensoise opener, Brest reacted quickly by obtaining two interesting chances. Jérémy Le Douaron first hit the opposing crossbar after an excellent serve from Franck Honorat. A huge failure since the native of Ploufragan was absolutely alone in the area. On a similar action and a new millimeter cross from Honorat, Islam Slimani did not flinch a few minutes later to equalize by deceiving Jean-Louis Leca with a header (1-1, 19th). The Algerian thus scored his second goal in the Finistère jersey while the first dated back to last October.
The good match of Honorat
We hadn’t seen him at this level for a long time. The former Stéphanois showed against Lens that he was still the detonator of the Brest game. Present at the pressing, at ease in duels, he sent excellent passes for his partners like his caviar for Islam Slimani on goal. The number 9 of Stade Brestois should even have inherited a penalty after an illicit tackle in the Lens area. He was finally replaced by Taïryk Arconte after the hour mark in order to preserve him for the next matches and in particular the essential match against Angers.
An encouraging performance in the first act
Despite the unflattering score at the break (3-1), Brest delivered a very good first 45 minutes. Eric Roy’s proteges have managed to develop the game with desire and movement to endanger the Lensois. Unfortunately, the effectiveness in both surfaces of the Blood and Gold will have cost dearly to the Finisterians who can nevertheless draw interesting lessons from this meeting.