To do this, the Grenats had to beat the Le Havre leader – a performance that the Lorraine region could not achieve on Monday, held in check on their lawn (1-1).

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Maziz (20e) did open the scoring for the Messins, but Richardson (46e) equalized for the HAC, thus leaving the Mosellens in fourth place in the standings, two lengths from the position of first runner-up – eleven from the top.