Ligue 1 has a new leader and it would have been difficult to predict at the beginning of the season. However, the Stade Brestois did not steal its place: this Saturday, it largely dominated Olympique Lyonnais, even if it has long stumbled on Anthony Lopes, and won a logical victory (1-0) to point at the top of the table after six days of championship. For his part, Fabio Grosso, who was making his debut on the OL bench, was able to see the scale of the challenge that awaited him in the Rhône.
OL preserved by Lopes and the uprights
In line with their good start to the season, the Brest had started the match very well, multiplying the chances against Lyon overwhelmed. Throughout the first half, Anthony Lopes was regularly called upon and had the difficult task of keeping his team afloat, almost alone. Despite his efforts, OL were not far from cracking against the attacks of Jérémy Le Douaron, who notably found the bar (24th), before Romain Del Castillo, in the continuity of the action, brushed the post. Half-time record: 13 shots to one and a miraculous draw.
The Brest victory in numbers📌#SB29OL pic.twitter.com/y16QTtw26r
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To turn the tide, Grosso then made the choice to change everything at the break, bringing in three attacking players. The difference was a little felt, the Gones getting some timid situations, including two strikes from distance from Alexandre Lacazette (56th, 74th). But the domination still remained very largely Breton, Lopes interposing once again on a cross-shot from Pierre Lees-Melou (57th).
Winning return for Mounié
Lyon's salvation ultimately came down to Brest's clumsiness. Yet two notches above, dominating without much effort in the middle, Eric Roy's men were not always inspired in the zone of truth and dropped a little intensity at the end of the match. But the Finsterians ended up settling the target in the last moments: just back in play, Steve Mounié first hit the post on a first header, before deceiving Lopes on a second, placed flush with the right post (1-0, 87th). The Brest striker could even have doubled the bet (89th), without a superb parade from the Lyon goalkeeper.
🔚 Our Gones bow in Brest 🔴🔵
Next appointment on the lawn of Reims on Sunday, October 1st at 13h 🔜
1-0 #SB29OL pic.twitter.com/nPgJbub1L4
— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) September 23, 2023
No matter: the main thing is there for Brest. Thanks to the defeat of Monaco against Nice on Friday (0-1), the Pirates are assured of finishing the day of Ligue 1 alone in the lead and sign the best start of the year in their history. For Lyon, on the other hand, the situation is terrible. Les Gones have still not won a single game, or even led the score for a moment since the beginning of the championship. Currently in 16th place, they could even become red lantern as early as Sunday night, in case of unfavorable results of their opponents.