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Ligue 1

  • May 16, 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Stade Francis-Le Blé, Brest
  • Referee: A. Gautier
  • • Attendance: 14527

Brest 1-1 Lyon: Mario Licka goal dents visitors Champions League hopes

Brest 1-1 Lyon: Mario Licka goal dents visitors Champions League hopes

A 76th minute equaliser from substitute Mario Licka holds Claude Puel's side to a draw against the relegation threatened side

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Lyon failed to consolidate third place and Champions League qualification, as they were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw with Brest at Stade Francis Le Ble on Monday evening.

An early goal from Ederson looked to be all that Lyon needed to move to within a point of securing a place in the continent's premier tournament, but substitute Mario Licka's superb half-volley meant that Claude Puel's side have it all to do, whilst Brest boosted their chances of preserving top-flight status.

Les Gones began the match strongly, constantly building up their attacking tempo and troubling the home defence by drilling threatening balls into the area from the flanks. Brest's failure to contain the early onslaught was punished in the 14th minute as Lyon seized the initiative. From a corner, Miralem Pjanic whipped a threatening ball into the box and Ederson popped up unmarked to propel his effort past Steeve Elana for his second goal in as many games.

Claude Puel's men could have doubled their advantage seconds later, when a poor ball allowed Kim Kallstrom to unleash a testing drive which narrowly flashed wide, leaving Alex Dupont's men to catch their breath after a disappointing start.

After a period of dominance, Brest slowly started to take a more attacking stance. Nolan Roux and Benoit Lesoimier tested Hugo Lloris, yet fared poorly against the French international. Any reaction offered by the home side after their setback became limited after a string of fouls stunted the offensive flow to the game and les Gones calmly held their lead until the interval.

Bruno Grougi then forced Lloris into a smart stop after a testing effort as the home side looked to increase their standing in the game. Alex Dupont sent on Licka for the final quarter of an hour in hope of salvaging a point, and the shrewd move paid dividends in the 71st minute. A quick release from Roux set up Licka who buried a superb half-volley from outside the box past the helpless Lloris.

Neither side dominated the final minutes of play, as Lyon were held to a draw, whilst Brest's point means their chances of Ligue 1 football next season were boosted. Les Gones' failure to win means challengers Paris Saint-Germain can leapfrog them third place with only two games to go if they beat Bordeaux on Wednesday night.