Wilson-Esbrand warms the hearts of Rémois, Will Still sees red… the tops and the flops

Wilson-Esbrand turned into a savior, Will Still saw red. AFP / FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI / Laurent Sanson / Panoramic / Laurent SANSON

Reims, sixth, welcomed Lorient twelfth. A game which turned to the advantage of the locals, thanks to a goal from the incoming Wilson-Esbrand.


Wilson-Esbrand, the Reims thinning.

Under the pouring rain that fell heavily in Reims, Wilson-Esbrand was a real bright spot for local fans. Returned to play at 66th minute, the defender on loan from Manchester City to Stade de Reims reversed the direction of the match. While the supporters present at Auguste-Delaune had until then experienced a game without much interest, the entrant changed everything at the 84th minute. Served by Mohammed Daramy to the left of the penalty area, Josh Wilson Esbrand came in on his right foot before sending a magnificent curl into the opposite net. His first goal in Ligue 1. A superb gesture which, in addition to making the Reims supporters shout with joy, gave his team the advantage. Three more points in the bag of Stade de Reims, which allows it to rank fourth.

Touré pushed back the deadline

Being six feet tall has certain advantages, especially when you’re a central defender. Established on the left side of the three-man Lorient defense, Isaak Touré managed to keep the point from a draw for a long time for his team. Determining in many aspects of the game, he found himself in the path of Reims strikes on numerous occasions. Not clumsy with his feet, his p of more than fifty meters to Romain Faivre (54‘) was a model of its kind and could have proved decisive. An excellent performance delivered by the former Marseille player, captain Saturday afternoon at Auguste-Delaune.

Reims, surprise guest of the Top 5

A third home victory for Stade de Reims, and a surprising fourth place in the provisional ranking. Reims supporters would probably all have signed at the start of the year for such a season launch. Still in Ligue 2 a few seasons ago, the Champagne club continues to work discreetly but effectively. Will STill is obviously not for nothing and, despite his red card, was able to make the right changes to see his team react. Facing Nantes next Saturday, the Rémois could achieve a second consecutive success, the sixth of the season.


Will Still saw red

While his team was unable to break through the Lorient defense and his players really needed him, the Belgian tactician was forced to abandon them. Not on his decision, of course, but on the orders of Jérome Brisard (80′). Furious from his sidelines, and accusing the opposing goalkeeper Mvogo of wasting time, the Reims coach was finally excluded. It was his brother, Nicolas Still, who took control until the end of the game. Will, the eldest of the two, was still able to console himself thanks to the victory of his family.

Kroupi in the hard

Complicated match for the Lorient phenomenon. Established at the forefront of the Lorient attack by Régis Le Bris, the 17-year-old center forward was weaned from balls and was unable to exploit the rare opportunities he had. Author of three goals since the start of the season, he only made ten pes this evening (lowest total of the match). With his only shot of the match, he concluded a magnificent collective action with a strike from the stands. He was finally replaced at 58th minute by Birou N’diaye. Learning continues for the French U18 international.

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