In a thrilling encounter on the opening weekend of the Ligue 1 season, Brest showcased their resilience and determination as they staged a remarkable comeback to defeat Lens 3-2. Romain Del Castilo emerged as the hero for the Pirates, delivering two crucial goals that turned the tide in their favor. The match was a rollercoaster of emotions, with Lens initially dominating proceedings, only to be outwitted by Brest’s clinical finishing and defensive lapses.
Lens, who finished a mere point behind reigning champions PSG last season, started the game strongly, capitalizing on their early momentum. Florian Sotoca expertly flicked home Angelo Fulgini’s corner, granting Lens a well-deserved lead. The visitors quickly doubled their advantage when Deiver Machado unleashed a powerful strike from within the box, leaving Brest’s defense helpless.
Despite Lens’ early dominance, Brest refused to surrender. They continued to press forward, creating opportunities and testing Lens’ goalkeeper, Marco Bizot. Przemysław Frankowski’s cross was deflected away, narrowly missing the top corner, while Fulgini’s shot was blocked, intensifying the pressure on Lens. Brest’s relentless pursuit paid off when a clumsy foul by Jonathan Gradit on Jérémy Le Douaron resulted in a penalty, which Del Castillo confidently converted, reducing the deficit just before halftime.
Buoyed by their late first-half goal, Brest emerged for the second half with renewed vigor. Hugo Magnetti’s sensational long-range effort forced a remarkable save from Lens’ goalkeeper, while Brendan Chardonnet’s header was also denied. The equalizer seemed inevitable, and it arrived courtesy of Kenny Lala, who displayed remarkable accuracy as he found the bottom corner from inside the penalty area.
With the match delicately poised, both teams fought tooth and nail for the winner. However, it was Brest who seized the initiative, displaying their dominance on the pitch. Jérémy Le Douaron squandered multiple chances, with his first attempt being brilliantly saved by Lens’ goalkeeper, Brice Samba. In a twist of fate, Lens saw substitute Adrien Thomasson receive a red card for a foul on Del Castilo, leaving them with a numerical disadvantage.
Seizing the opportunity, Brest capitalized on their extra man and secured the victory. Del Castilo, once again, stepped up and converted a penalty after Deiver Machado fouled Mahdi Camara, completing Brest’s dramatic comeback from a two-goal deficit. This thrilling victory marks an impressive start to Brest’s season and sends a clear message to their rivals in Ligue 1.