Ben Basat helps Brest make point
By D. Crossan
Draw specialists Brest made it five single-point hauls in six games with a 2-2 draw at home to leaders Montpellier. Eden Ben Basat and Santiago Gentiletti scored their first Brest goals to cancel out Olivier Giroud's double.
Montpellier hit the front in the 19th minute when Brest goalkeeper Steeve Elana could only push a Marco Estrada free-kick as far as Giroud and the tall striker turned it in.
The same combination almost struck again ten minutes before the interval as Elana, enduring a difficult match, again pushed an Estrada effort out only as far as Giroud. This time the visiting keeper managed to save from the forward. Elana also made a decent stop from Younès Belhanda shortly afterwards, although four minutes before half-time Elana was beaten again.
Giroud at the double
Left-back Henri Bedimo sent over a perfect near-post cross and Giroud gave Elana no chance with a diving header as Montpellier scored more than a single goal for the first time at Brest.
Brest pulled a goal back with twenty minutes to play through substitute Eden Ben Basat, on at half-time for skipper Bruno Grougi. The Israeli, signed from Hapoël Haifa in the close-season, scored his first goal for his new club after 236 minutes of action, robbing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa of the ball and finishing with the outside of his right boot. The ball went in off the post.
Nolan Roux displayed his talent as Brest went in search for an equaliser, attempting a lob with his back to goal. Geoffrey Jourdren, the visiting keeper, was beaten but so was the post.
Gentiletti with dramatic equaliser
Brest bagged a dramatic equaliser with two minutes remaining on the clock as another new signing, Gentiletti, repaid both coach Alex Dupont's faith and highlighted the wisdom of the club's far-flung scouting network. The Argentinean defender headed past Jourden after Roux's flick-on from a corner.
There was still time for Brest left-back Tripy Makonda to be shown a straight red card after an aletercation with Geoffrey Dernis, who saw yellow.
Brest moved on to five points and are still looking for their first win of the season. Montpellier climbed to 13 points but could be deposed from top spot by the end of the weekend.