Brest secure Ligue 1 status for next season

Stade Brestois have mathematically secured their Ligue 1 status for next season. Following 17th-placed Nantes’ heavy 3-0 loss on Saturday against Montpellier, Les Ty-Zeffs needed a home win against an in-form Clermont side to reach safety with two games left to play.

Brazilian left-back Neto Borges (26) opened the scoring for the visitors. Brest equalised immediately thanks to Franck Honorat (26). In the second half, the Breton side turned the game on its head thanks to two former Premier League players. Pierre Lees-Melou (29) cut open the Clermont defence with a through ball for Steven Mounié (28), who won his one-on-one against Clermont goalkeeper Mory Diaw (29).

With an eight-point gap to Nantes, Brest have mathematically guaranteed they won’t be one of the four relegated sides at the end of the season. A remarkable achievement for Eric Roy, whose appointment as Brest boss has turned the club’s favours around after a poor start to the season. As for Strasbourg, who drew away at Ligue 2-bound Troyes, safety is only a matter of time. The Alsatians have a six-point gap to Nantes and a better goal difference than Les Canaris. As expected, the 16th-place spot should be fought over between Nantes and Auxerre. The Yonne side host league leaders Paris Saint-Germain tonight.

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

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