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L1 (J35) : Lorient continues at the expense of Angers



Thanks to Wissa shortly before half-time and Lemoine shortly after half-time, Lorient signed a second victory in a row at the expense of Angers (2-0), which continues its bad series. The Merlus give themselves air from the relegation zone.

To stay in Ligue 1, you must also be successful. And keep your composure. Without having been dominant, at the end of the first quarter of an hour of play, the Merlus found themselves in numerical superiority, following Lassana Coulibaly’s too strong tackle on Laurent Abergel, and his exclusion (15th). But despite the possession, Lorient was slow to make differences. Trevoh Chalobah first missed the immanquable, on a volley from close range too smashed (18th). But Fabien Lemoine found himself at the penalty spot after a cross from Vincent Le Goff, and then found himself at the end of the line when he finished (32nd). On the other side, Angers tried to face the bad luck. After the premature exit of Lassana Coulibaly, the captain Ismaël Traoré had to give up his place because of a knee pain (22nd). His replacement, Jimmy Cabot, remembered his former club. On a beautiful ride, started from the right, the winger came in front of Paul Nardi, but lost the ball on his last hook in front of Trevoh Chalobah (26th). The salvation of the Morbihanese came again from an adverse error. Vincent Manceau’s handball on a seemingly on target shot from Enzo Le Fée. Just before the break, Yoane Wissa did not hesitate to beat Paul Bernardoni and give a logical advantage to the hosts (1-0, 44th) at the break.

The break at the beginning
If the Bretons were slow to find the break, they quickly surfed on this success. At the beginning of the second half, Fabien Lemoine surprised Paul Bernardoni with a cross-shot from the right, which left no chance to the keeper because of a rebound (2-0, 48th). Lorient was able to put itself in the shelter from the start and it is not the exclusion of Julien Laporte, for a second yellow card (50th) that will change this state of affairs. Too timid, the Angevins tried to save the honor, but Stéphane Bahoken lacked realism on his volley. The first one crashed on the crossbar of Paul Nardi, after a scramble of the latter (63th) and the second one ended in the small outside net, on a cross of Pierrick Capelle (74th). Farid El Melali also tried a powerful right-footed shot that flirted with the left post (80th). If the SCO has already a good lead in the standings, from an accounting point of view, Stéphane Moulin’s men have played a seventh game without a victory in the championship, pushing back their official maintenance. For Lorient, like the first goal this season of their captain Fabien Lemoine, the news has been generally good in the race to save. The draw at Nimes allowed them to take a six-point lead over the second-bottom team with three games to go. If Nantes won at Brest, the Merlus also have four points more than the play-off team, before facing Lyon, Metz and Strasbourg, to finish the season.

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