TFC rescue a point in Brest

Ligue 1 Conforama > Match Reports
10/08/2019

Toulouse had Efthimis Koulouris to thank for a share of the spoils as they drew 1-1 away to promoted Brest, the Greece striker scoring late after Mathias Autret's opener. Gaëtan Charbonnier missed a spot-kick for the hosts.

 Stade Brestois 29 - Toulouse FC

THE MATCH

It was a cruel outcome for promoted Brest. After making the early running, out-playing a Toulouse side lacking inspiration going forward and capitalising with the opener - thanks to Mathias Autret - the hosts had to make do with a share of the points after Greece striker Efthimios Koulouris levelled it up on debut just a minute from time.

The top scorer in Domino's Ligue 2 last season, Gaëtan Charbonnier was in fine form for the hosts, drawing defenders and judiciously leaving Yoann Court's low cross for Autret to deftly nutmeg Baptiste Reynet from close range (25').

A dream start for former Dijon boss Olivier Dall'oglio's new side, but Toulouse 'keeper Reynet took it personally and refused to let anything else get past him, denying Samuel Grandsir (28') before pulling off a superb double save from a marauding Charbonnier (42').

Reynet on a rampage

The half-time break did nothing to tamper with Reynet's resolve - even though he let the woodwork deputise for him as Romain Perraud's came thundering back off the frame (54') - and he held his nerve to pull off a stunning save and deny Charbonnier from the spot after Issiaga Sylla had fouled Autret in the area (84').

Five minutes later, Brest were made to pay for their mistakes as Koulouris, played in after a one-two between Sylla and captain Max-Alain Gradel, collecting a lucky bounce off Ferris N'Goma, slotted home from close range to grab his first Ligue 1 Conforama goal and a share of the spoils for Alain Casanova's side.

THE PLAYER: Gaëtan Charbonnier

Rangy striker and reigning Domino's Ligue 2 Player of the Year Charbonnier is hoping this season to finally put to bed the notion that he is a second-tier striker - he has 62 goals in 170 appearances in the second division, including a league-high 27 as Reims earned promotion last season - and not up to it in Ligue 1 Conforama - where he has just 19 goals from 112 appearances for Montpellier and Reims - but seeing his powerfully hit spot-kick saved by an heroic Baptiste Reynet will not have done his confidence much good.

Newly signed Toulousain Koulouris, on the other hand, will doubtless be in high spirits after a lucky bounce helped him to score on debut after a summer move to the TFC from Greek giants PAOK. 

THE STAT: 11

Counting back to season 2012-13, when they were last in the top flight, Brest were on a losing streak of 11 Ligue 1 Conforama matches - a disastrous run that got them relegated and which they would have been extremely happy to break just one length shy of the all-time record losing streak in French first-division history (12 matches - Strasbourg, Grenoble and CA Paris).


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