Saint-Etienne finally wins, Brest continues and Monaco stalls … What to remember from Sunday’s multiplex


Twelve goals in four games for this Ligue 1 multiplex, Sunday, November 7, after Marseille-Metz. And this despite the sad draw between Reims and Monaco (0-0). Saint-Etienne and Brest overthrew Clermont and Lorient, when Nantes and Strasbourg parted in a frustrating draw (2-2) for the Canaries. Overview of the afternoon’s lessons.

The fact: Saint-Etienne, finally!

After thirteen tense and agonizing matches without the slightest victory, Saint-Etienne has finally unlocked his counter against Clermont (3-2). One cannot imagine the effervescence in which the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium would have plunged if the match had not been played behind closed doors. Because the scenario, incredible, has enough to shiver the least neutral spectator. Led after two consecutive goals from Auvergne, the Foréziens overturned their opponents in the money-time.

Nordin, scorer (78th) then double passer for Krasso (90th + 2) and Sow (90th + 5), guided his people to an improbable success. Above all, this result confirms the mental strength of the Greens, which allowed them to equalize against Lyon (1-1) then Angers (2-2) in stoppage time. This act, which could be foundational in the Saint-Etienne season, allows Claude Puel’s players to give up their place of red lantern in Metz.

The figure: 343 days later, Brest continues

Stade Brestois waited twelve games to finally unlock its victory counter against Monaco (2-0) last Sunday. Since happiness never comes alone, the Finistériens put the cover back a week later, today, in Lorient (1-2). Two victories in a row, this has not happened to Franck Honorat’s teammates for nearly a year.

The start was however nightmarish for Brestois cold-picked by Grbic. But their efforts paid off against Merlus reduced to ten, and Faivre then Pierre-Gabriel offered success to Brest. Enough to get out of the red zone and plunge the Lorient, without a win for a month and a half, in doubt.

The bad series: Monaco, attack at half mast

So where did the dashing Monegasque attack that shook the Ligue 1 defenses last season? In Reims, the players of the Rock went on a third game without scoring (0-0), after Brest and PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League. In Ligue 1, ASM has remained silent six times out of thirteen outings. With seventeen goals scored, Monaco is the eleventh attack in the championship. Far, very far from the initial ambitions.

Author of sixteen made last season, Kevin Volland has shaken the nets only three times. It’s a little better for Wissam Ben Yedder, with six goals, but still not enough to leave an anonymous tenth place.



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