French Recap: Balogun Scores, EPB Goes Distance as Reims, Troyes Share Points

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Folarin Balogun scored his sixth goal of the Ligue 1 season while Erik Palmer-Brown went the distance for Troyes as both teams settled for a point.

Troyes 2-2 Reims

A goal at the end of regulation time ensured Troyes of a point in their game against Reims at Stade de l’Aube.

Folarin Balogun played 64 minutes for Reims, completing 53 percent of his passes and winning two duels while putting one shot on target. Erik Palmer-Brown went the distance for Troyes, completing 90 percent of his passes, winning five duels, and making two tackles.

It would be the visitors that struck first after 12 minutes when Junya Ito supplied a low cross from the right side to Balogun who was able to get his foot on the ball to guide past goalkeeper Gauthier Gallon. They would come close to doubling their lead when Ito again put a cross into the area, however, Andreaw Gravillon’s header crashed off the post.

Entering the second half, Troyes began to press Reims into making a mistake and it paid off in the 51st minute when goalkeeper Yehvann Diouf was forced into turning over the ball, allowing Wilson Odobert to pounce and score the equalizer.

The celebrations were muted three minutes later when Reims retook the lead. After a series of poor clearances by the hosts, Alexis Flips would put the ball in the six-yard box for Ito to get a foot on it and steer home. The Japanese international’s day would end abruptly in the 56th minute when he was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Jackson Porozo.

This gave Troyes a chance to level the score again, and they did so in the 90th minute when the Ecuadorian defender scored from the edge of the six-yard box.

Troye sits in 11th place in the standings with 11 points, while Reims takes up 17th place with seven points.


Timothy Weah was on the bench but did not play for Lille in their 2-1 defeat to Lorient.


Kenya Brown

Born in America, but raised in Europe and Asia, Kenya has loved soccer ever since his parents put a ball at his feet. While covering some of the top U.S. players around Europe, he loves putting the spotlight on players who are based in leagues off the beaten path. He also interviews coaches and other people in the game to gain more insight.

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