Racing land their 21st French title

Racing Club de France claimed their 21st French
national title as they beat Saint Germain 2-0, winning the final for the second
successive year.

It means they will be France’s top EHL competitor and go
straight through to the KO16 while Saint Germain, runners up in both the Top 8
and the Top 4 as well as the final are bound for Round 1 next October.

Under a grey sky and a warm atmosphere, the first half ended
scoreless despite Racing going down to nine players at one stage due to a
couple of sin-binnings.

But, after only a few minutes of the second half, striker Henri
Pignerol opened the scoring from close range.

Goalkeeper Corentin Saunier produced a number of good saves
to keep it 1-0 with a triple stop from Jean-Baptiste Pauchet and Blaise Rogeau
in the 41st minute proving crucial. He also kept out two corners before Racing added the second
goal via Simon Martin-Brisac and they kept that lead until the finish.

It moves in Racing closer to Stade Francais’ record of 24
national titles.Picture: Racing Club de France Instagram