Heavily beaten in the first leg (4-0), RC Lens once again lost at home to Stade Brestois (1-0) and moved away from Europe.
Victorious on the last day against Angers (2-1), RC Lens wanted to continue their rise towards European places after their draw against OL and their two consecutive defeats against Marseille and Lorient. In a full Bollaert-Delelis Stadium, the Artésiens wanted to take advantage of the poor form of the Brestois, who remain on only two victories in their last five matches and who are struggling to get out of the soft underbelly of Ligue 1.
Very enterprising from the start of the game, the Lensois created the first big scare, with this half-volley shot from Kakuta, 35 meters away, which spun right next to Bizot’s goal (9th). Moments later, Kalimuendo triggered at close range and forced Bizot to deploy. Behind, Clauss’ attempt was then captured by the last rampart of Finistère (21st). The Lensois still pushed to open the scoring, but Kalimunendo still missed the target (27th). The same for Kakuta, who missed two good chances before halftime (34th and 42nd).
Brest punishes Lens a second time…
A frustrating first period for the Northerners, unable to cross the cages of Bizot. The Dutchman was still decisive ahead of Clauss (51st), then Sotoca (65th). And what Franck Haise feared happened. On a magnificent number as a soloist, Honorat took advantage of a ball from Le Douaron to leave his right side and take the axis. After having a cold Doucouré, the ex-Stéphanois slipped into the area to perfectly sting the ball in front of Leca (1-0, 59th).
An opener against the run of play, but which the Lensois paid for with their lack of efficiency in front of goal. Better since their opener, the Brestois suffered some scares and avoided Frankowski’s equalizer. The ball on the center of Clauss went out of the field (77th). But in the end, RC Lens could not come back to the score and suffered another defeat against Brest, after the heavy correction in the first leg (4-0). A new disappointment for the Blood and Gold (7th), who will have to relaunch against Metz to avoid sinking in the standings. On the other hand, Brest carries out the good operation before receiving the OM in the next day.