Arles-Avignon denied by Brest
Arles-Avignon were on track for only their second win all season in all competitions after Kamel Ghilas gave them the lead at home to Brest. Larsen Touré denied them that dream as it finished 1-1.
This was the rarest of results for Brest on their travels. The Brittany club had only drawn one of their previous 12 away fixtures.
Arles-Avignon had drawn both of their previous games under Faruk Hadzibegic, and given their poor results in their first campaign in the top division that must count as something like a run of form.
Brest had been convincing winners at home to Monaco last time out but Alex Dupont’s side have struggled on their travels of late.
Camel Meriem’s set-piece prowess looked the home side’s most likely source of a goal in the first half and Omar Daf had to be alert to clear the danger with Ghilas closing in.
The two promoted clubs could not be separated. Meriem volleyed over as the interval approached and then Ghilas managed to make the difference after being played in by former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Romain Rocchi (37’). The goal came just seconds after the home side’s Kaba Diawara had seen a strike disallowed.
Brest equalised with their first chance of the second period. Benoît Lesoimer crossed and former Lille forward Touré connected at the near post to side-foot past Vincent Planté. It was only Touré’s second goal of the season and his first since scoring in the 2-0 win at Nancy in Week 6.
Veteran Diawara tested Steeve Elana shortly afterwards and the Brest goalkeeper was forced into more heroics in stoppage time at the end of the game to prevent former French international schemer Meriem securing the maximum haul for the hosts.
Arles-Avignon remain bottom and 16 points from safety. Brest stay ninth.