Reims and Brest in stalemate
Reims' run without a win moved up to six games as they were held 0-0 at home by Brest who collected their first away point at the eighth time of asking.
Stade de Reims 0-0 Stade Brestois 29
This was the first Ligue 1 meeting between two clubs heavily reliant on their home form seeing them to Ligue 1 survival. Reims have taken 14 of their 16 points at the Stade Auguste Delaune, while Brest have taken 16 of their 17 and the Stade Francis Le Blé.
There were chances throughout the match and plenty of intent from both sides. Brest attacker Larsen Touré, scorer of a double in the Week 13 3-0 home win over Bastia, failed to beat Kossi Agassa in a one-on-one midway through the first half.
Nicolas Fauvergue was off target with a volley and Diego Rigonato had an audacious effort from 40m for the hosts as half-time loomed. Eight minutes after the turnaround, Benoit Lesoimier hit the crossbar for Brest with a chipped effort.
Diego curled one into Aléxis Thébaux's arms after a corner and Agassa saved well from Kamel Chafni as neither side managed to come up with that all-important first goal.
The closing minutes saw a flurry of chances. Brest sub Jonathan Ayité and his brother Floyd, a Reims sub, both chanced their arm without success. Agassa then saved a diagonal effort from J. Ayité entering the final ten minutes and Diego couldn't quite reach a long aerial ball forward inside the last five. Had the Brazilian made contact with his left foot, Thébaux would probably have been beaten.
Brest are three points above the relegation zone and the gap between Reims and 18th-placed Sochaux stands now at two points. An away point gives Brest something to build on. The Bretons have won only two of their last 40 road matches in Ligue 1.