Brest claim shock victory at Angers
Irvin Cardona came off the bench to score the only goal of the game as Stade Brestois 29 claimed a surprise 1-0 win away to Angers SCO at the Stade Raymond Kopa.
Angers SCO 0 - 1 Stade Brestois 29
Angers had based their outstanding start to the campaign on their excellent home form, with four straight wins and then a draw against Amiens SC in front of their own fans before this meeting with a Brest side settling into life back in the top flight.
It was therefore a shock of considerable proportions to see the men from Brittany come here and take all three points thanks to Cardona’s solitary strike midway through the second half. The former AS Monaco forward had only been on the field four minutes since replacing Samuel Grandsir when he ran onto Paul Lasne’s clever ball over the top to smash in the only goal of the game on the half-volley (67’). It was the 22-year-old’s first goal for the club.
In the first top-flight meeting of the teams since 1980, Angers were on top for large parts of the game but could not find a way past Gautier Larsonneur in the Brest goal. Ismaël Traoré notably failed to convert a gilt-edged chance in the second half for the hosts, and Larsonneur also intervened with key late saves to deny Thomas Mangani and Mateo Pavlovic.
With Romain Thomas and Farid El Melali both going off injured, it was a costly evening for Stéphane Moulin’s side, but Brest now have back-to-back wins and back-to-back clean sheets.
THE PLAYER: Gautier Larsonneur
Great credit must go to the 22-year-old goalkeeper for this performance on his return to the Brest side after damaging the retina in his right eye when making a save in a 4-1 defeat at AS Monaco on September 28. Larsonneur is a goalkeeper of great promise.
THE STAT: 10
This was Brest's first win in their last 10 away games in the top flight. Their last victory on their travels in Ligue 1 before this was a 2-0 triumph in Bordeaux in February 2013.