The people of Le Havre were however warned. Conceding a free kick close to their area was almost like a penalty, given the diabolical precision of Branco Van den Boomen’s right paw. The Dutchman had already delivered 11 assists from set pieces (15 in total before kick-off, best total in Ligue 2).
This Monday evening, Paul Le Guen, the coach of Le Havre, therefore had to complain to himself when Victor Lekhal was penalized for a late tackle on Nathan Ngoumou thirty meters from his goal. As usual, Van den Boomen took five steps back before gaining momentum and dropping the ball on Nicolaisen’s diving header, emerging in front of an apathetic Le Havre defense to deceive Yahia Fofana (23rd).
Branco Van den Boomen equaled the record for assists from set pieces in L2 set by Téji Savanier with Nîmes in 2016-2017 (12). With 16 “offerings” in total, he is four lengths behind the record held by Zinedine Ferhat with Le Havre in 2017-2018.
Groggys, the Le Havre were knocked out. four minutes later when Ado Onaiwu, on the lookout for a strike from Bafodé Diakité repelled by the Norman goalkeeper, doubled the mark from close. Out of the game, the people of Le Havre nevertheless failed to come back before the break on a “corkscrew” cross from Ismaël Boura which failed on the bar of Maxime Dupé, who remained motionless on the spot (41st).
Passer in the first period, Van Boomen turned into a scorer after the break, transforming, with the help of the post, a penalty following a hand from the Norman captain Alexandre Bonnet in his area (47th). The Normans still cracked at the end of the match when Fernand Mayembo launched a ball directly into the feet of Rhys Healey. The English striker shifted to his right Ngoumou who hit the mark, helped by the not firm enough hand of Fofana (79th).
This easy success at the end of the 25th day allows the TFC to consolidate its leading position, with three points ahead of Paris FC, held in check at Guingamp (1-1). The HAC, which has not known the taste of victory for six games, slips to 7th place and sees the accession dams move away while remaining glued to seven lengths from 5th place occupied by Auxerre.