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Brest-Nantes: Kombouaré's precise plan, Brest's injuries... The tops and the flops


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Brest-Nantes: Kombouaré's precise plan, Brest's injuries... The tops and the flops


Fifteenth at kick-off, Nantes came to seek the point of a draw on the pitch of a Brest team in good form this season. It's done. Antoine Kombouaré’s men were rewarded for their good collective performance. Despite a clear territorial domination of the Brestois (74% possession), the Canaries were able to contain the third in the championship by relying on simple playing principles. Occupation of the depth and width of the field, quick fouls to cut off the opponents' offensives, Nantes succeeded and could have taken the 3 points if Kadewere had a bigger foot. It was just a matter of time for the Zimbabwean to take Mohamed's cross (84th). With this point, Nantes is four points ahead of the barrage Metz.

With the travel ban on Nantes supporters, the 15,000 or so seats at the Francis-Le-Blé stadium were filled with jerseys and red and white scarves printed with “Brest”. In unison, the entire stadium gave its voice for 90 minutes to push their team to get the three points of victory and move closer to a historic qualification for the Champions League.


Author of three goals in his team's last five matches, Matthis Abline had the opportunities this Saturday evening. But the Nantes striker did not show realism in front of Bizot's cages. Three times at the end of the first period, the 21-year-old saw the target slip away. After eliminating three opponents, number 39, at the end of the race, misses his shot (40th). Two minutes later, he did the hardest part by clearing the opponent's goalkeeper but missed the easy one. And when Traoré serves it from behind near the surface, his attempt flies into the stands of Francis-Le-Blé (45th). It was with his head down that he finally gave way to Mostafa Mohamed in the 72nd minute.

Brest lost Pierre Lees-Melou (28th) and Romain Del Castillo (41st) in quick succession to injury. The first complained of pain in his shin, which had already bothered him last weekend during the victory against Rennes in the most prolific Breton derby in the history of the championship (4-5). The player has not trained much this week. For his part, Romain Del Castillo suffers from a calf strain. “I felt pain when accelerating. I preferred to ask for change,” he confided to Canal. Both players could miss the last two days of the championship, bad news for Brest. Del Castillo is the club's top scorer with eight goals and Lees-Melou is the midfield regulator.

With this reception from Nantes, Brest had the opportunity to temporarily take a four-point lead over Lille, fourth, and therefore continue to have a glimpse of the Champions League. But this draw result can be seen as a defeat for the Bretons. Indeed, they are two small points ahead of Lille after the final whistle and are therefore under threat from LOSC, who play Monday against Lyon. In the event of a victory for the Mastiffs, Eric Roy's men would be overwhelmed and would see the most prestigious of European competitions slip away. In front of their televisions, the Bretons will be fully behind OL.

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