Bordeaux beaten at home
Brest, who were last in France's top tier over 20 years ago, today climbed to third in Ligue 1 with an impressive 2-0 victory at Bordeaux.
Romain Poyet silenced the majority of the crowd when he opened the scoring at the Stade Chaban-Delmas in the sixth minute. Nolan Roux should have doubled the visitors' lead from the penalty spot midway through the second half but his miss did not prove costly as Benoit Lesoimier made the points safe 10 minutes from time.
The result moved Alex Dupont's side level on points with second-placed St Etienne and only one point behind leaders Rennes, while Jean Tigana's Bordeaux slipped to ninth. The hosts, without influential captain Alou Diarra through suspension, started brightly and could have gone ahead in the second minute but Steeve Elana pulled off a fine reflex save to deny Jussie.
Four minutes later, Les Girondins were behind. Poyet rose highest to direct his header from a corner past a stunned Cedric Carrasso. Elana had to be alert to preserve his side's lead in the 11th minute, diverting a Jaroslav Plasil shot away for a corner. Carrasso was also kept busy, saving from Mario Licka and Lesoimier as Brest looked to double their advantage.
Elana needed two attempts to keep out a curling Plasil free-kick four minutes before the break, but Bordeaux could not find a way past him and trailed 1-0 at the interval. The 2009 French champions had half a chance to equalise just before the hour but Wendel's volley flew narrowly wide.
Nine minutes later they could have found themselves two down when Mickael Ciani brought down Moise Brou in the box, but Roux smashed his penalty against the bar.
When the second goal did arrive, though, it came for the visitors. Roux's pass found Tomas Micola and he in turn fed Lesoimier, who slotted home from close range.