Brest beats Metz 4-3 to maintain drive for a Champions League place, Monaco hosts Rennes

Sun, Apr 7, 2024
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Brest beats Metz 4-3 to maintain drive for a Champions League place, Monaco hosts Rennes

PARIS (AP) - Brest held on to beat struggling Metz 4-3 and consolidate second place in the French league on Sunday, moving the unheralded club closer to qualification for the Champions League for the first time.

The home side led 4-1 but got pegged back to 4-3 after Georgia forward Georges Mikautadze struck two late goals. Brest trimmed Paris Saint-Germain's big lead to 10 points with only six games left.

Brest has never finished higher than eighth in its history, and Europe's elite competition is within reach for the small club from Brittany. Governing body UEFA recently visited the 15,000-seater Stade Francis Le Ble amid concerns it will not meet the norms to host Champions League games.

Metz took a surprise lead after six minutes when defender IsmaŽl Traore turned in Lamine Camara's corner.

But the home fans enjoyed a 3-1 halftime scoreline thanks to goals from defender Brendan Chardonnet, midfielder Kamory Doumbia and striker Steve Mounie. Uruguay forward Martin Satriano headed in the fourth goal on the hour mark.

Metz again showed good attacking intent but is 17th in the 18-team league, with only six rounds left to avoid relegation after just one season in the top league.

Later Sunday, Monaco required only a draw at home to Rennes to reclaim third place but needed a win to stay within one point of Brest. Also, Nantes hosted Lyon.

PSG was held 1-1 at home by rock-bottom Clermont on Saturday.

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