A week after a big success against the Girondins (3-0), Jean-Louis Gasset sent Robert Beric on the bench to densify his midfield thanks to the return of Youssef Aït Bennasser. Very quickly, the Greens took the game to their account. If the possession of the ball was Saint-Etienne, then the domination of Forézienne was sterile facing the low-Rheims. After 25 first minutes of pass at ten, an individual error came to boost a meeting, until then very calm. Usually irreproachable, Edouard Mendy revived in the feet of Wahbi Khazri. The Tunisian international triggered a shot that ended in the foot of Remy Cabella. Alone in front of the goal, the number 7 did not pray to take advantage of the offering and allowed the ASSE to take the lead (0-1, 24th).
Much more in demand than his counterpart in Saint Etienne, the goalkeeper from Champagne then pushed back with difficulty the strike of Arnaud Nordin (36th). Definitely uninspired this afternoon, Reims still offered the opportunity to return to the score, but Rémi Oudin, so decisive in recent weeks, catapulted his shot in the clouds (41). Solid, like the impressive William Saliba, Sainté regained the locker room with a short advantage more than deserved. Upon their return to the field, David Guion's players had another face. If it was finally reported offside, Boulaye Dia offered some fears to Stéphane Ruffier, the first since the kickoff.
Greens do not let go
The "better" posted by the SDR was not going to be very current. Found by Rémy Cabella, Arnaud Nordin saw his ball end in the feet of Wahbi Khazri who missed his recovery but finally pushed Bjorn Engels to the fault (0-2, 51). Stunned, Alaixys Romao and his teammates were trying to raise the head, but neither Boulaye Dia (64th) nor Arber Zeneli (67th) could fit. Helpless until then, the promoted thought to offer a little hope. The Champenois thought twice to reduce the score by Pablo Chavarria but Amaury Delerue whistled logically offside. Finally, the match ended with a score of 2-0.
Thanks to this more than precious success, ASSE regains its fourth place, takes a two-point lead over Olympique de Marseille and widens the gap again with Montpellier. While the club Marseille will go to Nantes next weekend, Loïc Perrin and his family will host Toulouse Sunday at 17:00. From the final whistle, the supporters Etienne, did not hesitate to sing "Saint-Etienne Cup Europe". Marseillais and Lyonnais are warned.