The race for Ligue 2 | Missed opportunity for Red Star as Dunkerque enter promotion race

The race for promotion to Ligue 2 continued on Friday as Habib Beye’s Red Star FC saw themselves top of the league at half-time. The joy in the Tribune Rino Della Negra stand was however short-lived due to a second half slip-up against Le Puy which saw Les Audoniens throw away a 2-1 lead to lose 2-3 at Stade Bauer. A double from Red Star’s Hacène Benali  in response to Maxence Rivera’s opener was canceled out by a double from Le Puy striker Ibrahim Sangaré.

Meanwhile, Concarneau headed into the game in that vital promotion spot and in second place, but were beaten convincingly away to Châteauroux (4-2), the club PSG faced in the round of 64 in the Coupe de France earlier this season. 

Even top-of the-table Martigues were losing to Paris 13 before managing to level at 2-2 at Les Gobelin’s Stade Boutroux (which on a completely irrelevant note is soon to be named Stade Pélé). 

This saw the dark horse of the evening appear in the form of Dunkerque, who convincingly breezed past Breton side Stade Briochin (0-3) to quietly announce their candidature for promotion. With no clear favourite for promotion it is timely that another team should join the race. 

Thus, all eyes turn to Stade Jean-Bouin on Monday as Versailles look to take advantage of an opportunity to retake first place in the table against Corsican side Bastia-Borgo. The race for Ligue 2 continues…

The FFF Championnat National table as of 11th March 2023

PositionClubGames PlayedPoints
3FC Versailles2339
4Red Star FC2338


GFFN | George Boxall



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