Stade Brest Reclaim Second Place In Ligue 1


Romain del Castillo scored the only goal of the game for Stade Brest.© AFP

Surprise package Brest beat Lorient 1-0 in the Brittany derby on Sunday to move second in Ligue 1 and remain on course for Champions League qualification. Former Lyon and Rennes winger Romain del Castillo scored the only goal of the game for the visitors when he fired a low shot into the far corner of the net four minutes from time. Brest then held on for victory despite Bilal Brahimi being dismissed in stoppage time, as they returned to winning ways after taking just one point from their previous two fixtures. The result lifted them into second place above Monaco, which won 5-2 in Metz on Saturday.

Brest, who have never qualified for Europe, are four points better than fourth-place Lille, who beat Lens 2-1 on Friday.

The top three in Ligue 1 will automatically qualify for next season's expanded Champions League, with fourth place entering the preliminary round.

Brest's victory also allowed them to reduce the gap on leaders Paris Saint-Germain to nine points before the defending champions play rivals Marseille on Sunday.

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