Mercurio wins French clasicò for Racing




Kevin Mercurio’s final quarter goal earned St
Germain a 1-0 win in the French clasicò, ending Racing Club de France’s perfect
start to the season.
He applied a delicious touch to a penalty corner
move nine minutes from the final whistle to earn the win from a supremely even
contest between France’s two EHL sides.
Saint Germain controlled the ball in the first
half but could not convert possession into real opportunities as Racing
struggled to get to the pitch of the game.
RCF were stronger in the second period of a
tough physical derby but Mercurio got the crucial goal for the much needed win
and three points, earning some revenge for last year’s grand final defeat.
Racing stay first but Lyon have closed the gap
to two points thanks to a 5-2 win over CA Montrouge. At half-time, Lyon led 4-0
thanks to goals from Guillaume Pin, Victor Condemine, Thomas Chalumeau and
Lancelot Baumgarten.
As they were easily leading, Lyon became less
vigilant in defence. Montrouge took advantage and got two goals before Gaspard
Baumgarten secured the win with a last goal. 
In the others games, Lille and Le Touquet beat
Paris Jean Bouin and Wattignies respectively. Lille’s win was a 4-0 success
with two goals from Alexis Fourcroy and one each from Igor Lockwood and Etienne
Tyvennez. With one game in hand, Lille is back in business.
Le Touquet had more difficulties versus
Wattignies but they also won, 2-1. Both goals from Le touquet were scored on
from corners via Augustin Coisne and Henri Cavenaille.


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