Small setback for Paris 92. After winning its first two matches in Butagaz Energy Leaguethe capital team was held back at home by Besançon, who snatched a draw on Friday (23-23) after a crazy scenario.
Led by a huge Méline Nocandy (8 goals), the Parisiennes started off on their feet (10-5, 24th) before stalling after the break. Less than four minutes from time, the Franc-Comtoises and their goalkeeper Tonje Lerstad (16 saves) seemed to be off to a flying start (19-22, 57′).
Sabrina Zazai equalizes from penalty in the last second
Yacine Messaoudi’s players thought they had turned everything upside down by scoring four straight goals, Nocandy giving them the advantage 4 seconds from time (23-22, 60′). But on the quick start, Astride N’Gouan committed a fault punishable by a red card and a penalty. Sabrina Zazai transformed it, her seventh goal of the evening, synonymous with an unexpected point (23-23, final score).
In the standings, Paris 92 finds itself one point behind the two main candidates for the title, Metz and Brest, who had won in advanced match Wednesday, respectively in Saint-Amand (34-30) and against Chambray (31-21). Celles-sur-Belle can still join the two provisional leaders in the event of victory at Mérignac during the last match of this 3rd day, Saturday.
In the other matches of the evening, Dijon won its first success of the season by crushing Bourg-de-Péage (36-26, 9 goals from Stine Lönborg), Nantes won with difficulty in Toulon (26-24) and Plan-de-Cuques dominated Nice (34-32).