Munetsi scores first goal of the season to inspire Reims win

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Marshall Munetsi celebrates after opening the scoring for Stade de Reims on Wednesday

Zimbabwe international Munetsi continues to enhance his growing status as one of the top box-to-box midfielders in the French Ligue 1 after capping off a fine individual performance by scoring his first goal of the season in Stade de Reims’ 4-2 victory at Angers on Wednesday night.

Munetsi has been one of Reims’ top performers despite their slow start to the season.

The 26-year-old midfield enforcer handed his team the perfect start by scoring the opening goal of the match after 23 minutes.

The hardworking Munetsi produced a strong run into space where he received a through pass from teammate Arbër Zeneli on the edge of the box before calmly slotting the ball into the far post to open the scoring.

Japanese international Junya Ito made it 2-0 after scoring on the stroke of halftime.

However, the hosts stepped up their performance in the second half and in the process won a penalty at the hour mark after substitute Amine Salama was fouled in the penalty area.

Sofiane Boufal stepped up to slot an unstoppable spot-kick past Patrick Pentz, albeit, the goalkeeper guessing the direction right.

Munetsi’s teammates were reduced to ten as Jens-Lys Cajuste was given the marching orders for a second caution.

Profiting from that numerical disadvantage, Angers levelled matters through Adrien Hunou after he was set up by Boufal.

Nevertheless, Reims went ahead to secure victory with Balogun and Alexis Flips finding the net as they continued their recovery after a slow start to the season.

Munetsi, who has been flourishing in a box-to-box midfield role put on another commanding display in the middle of the park as Reims registered their first win of the season.

Reims, who had drawn their last two matches now have five points from as many matches.

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