Martin-Brisac gives Racing the edge in France

Racing Club de France
already have a narrow lead over the rest of the French “Top 8” after they were
the only side to win on the first day of the new season.
They won 2-1 at Lyon with
Simon Martin-Brisac scoring both in a tough and close game right up until the
final whistle. He scored in the second and third quarter while their chances of
easing home were limited due to a missed penalty stroke.
Moments later, Lyon scored
to reduce the gap to one, setting up a lively final quarter but Racing held out
amid a lot of Lyon pressure to secure the win.
Lyon’s hand has been
boosted this season by the return of Jean-Baptiste Forgues and Gaspard
Baumgarten and look to be key contenders for the Top 4 later in the season.
Racing’s hand has been
boosted by the arrival of Eduardo Campuzano, a 20-year-old former underage
international, who will link up with the panel this week.
Elsewhere, there were a
couple of surprises with Paris Jean Bouin drawing 3-3 with city rivals St
Germain while Wattignies held Lille 0-0 in another derby match. CAM and Le
Touquet shared a 2-2 tie.
They will be taking part in
a much-changed French league. Initially, there will be a league of eight teams
playing home and away across 14 rounds. The Top 4 qualify for another
mini-league of six rounds where the top two go forward to the finals weekend.** Tickets for EHL Round 1 in Hamburg from October 9-11 can be bought here

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