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Brest Stadium.  A defeat in Monaco and a top 10 that flies away – Stade Brestois

Winner of four of its last six confrontations against Monaco in Ligue 1, Stade Brestois had nevertheless arrived in the Principality with some certainties. Above all, the men of Der Zakarian had not forgotten that by winning (2-0) on October 31, they had won their first victory of the season, and initiated the series of six victories which would totally launch their championship. .

In a 4-3-3 pattern, with Chardonnet left on the bench and Duverne wearing the captain’s armband, they initially showed realism, entering the match perfectly and carried by a twirling Belaïli. Penultimate passer on the opener from Duverne, author of his first goal this year (10 ‘), the Algerian international first multiplied the runs along his left lane, initially addressing a very good cross to Cardona, which the latter took over only too softly (15′) before doing everything, all alone, on his side’s second goal (0-2, 23’). But the scene of collective jubilation triggered by its realization was to be short-lived.

Ben Yeder untenable

Totally relaunched in the race for Europe, and remaining on eight consecutive victories at kick-off, the Monegasques did not intend to let go. And certainly had more to lose than their evening opponents. Dominating, Ben Yeder’s partners first came up against goalkeeper Bizot and Brestois well grouped behind, before closing the gap with the inevitable Ben Yeder from the penalty spot, after consulting the VAR, just before halftime (1-2, 44′).

Upon returning from the locker room, the second top scorer in the championship even completely reversed the scenario of the meeting, scoring one after the other in the space of five minutes, offering himself a hat-trick in the process. Also involved in his team’s fourth goal (4-2, 70′), the French international striker gradually got the better of the visitors’ defense, which ended up losing track of the match. Solid for the first forty minutes, the block from Brest crumbled on the Rock.

With this defeat, combined with Lille’s victory in Nice, the people of Brest have definitely said goodbye to their goal of finishing in the top 10 of the championship. The reception of Bordeaux, next week, will therefore simply be an opportunity for them to consolidate their 11th place, a more than honest result in itself. By chaining a 9th consecutive success, the Monegasques took full advantage of the setback suffered by Marseille, to move up to 2nd place in the standings and see the possibility of playing in the Champions League next season. Unimaginable a few weeks ago, when Philippe Clément’s men were floating in the soft underbelly of the championship.

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