Angers finally claim first home win
Karl Toko Ekambi was the star with a brace as Angers SCO beat Dijon FCO 2-1 to finally claim a first home win of the campaign.
Angers SCO 2 - 1 Dijon FCO
Angers came into their final outing of 2017 in the automatic relegation places, without a win in nine Ligue 1 Conforama games and without a home win at all in the league this season. So things did not look good for Stéphane Moulin's side when they fell behind inside seven minutes at the Stade Raymond Kopa. Alexandre Letellier turned out Benjamin Jeannot's shot from range, but Naïm Sliti followed up to score from the rebound from a tight angle.
Nevertheless, Dijon's only away win this season had come at bottom club FC Metz, and they found themselves pinned back as Angers went looking for a leveller. Toko Ekambi headed against the post just before the half-hour mark but the Cameroon forward did equalise with half-time approaching. Ismaël Traoré was denied by Baptiste Reynet after rising to meet a Yoann Andreu cross with his head, but Toko Ekambi pounced to turn the ball into the net (43').
Toko Ekambi then won a penalty early in the second half after being fouled in the area by Xeka, and the striker got up to convert the spot-kick, sending Reynet the wrong way (55').
Jeannot struck the bar late on for Dijon (81') as Angers held on, while the visitors were reduced to 10 men in stoppage time as Hungarian defender Adam Lang was shown a second yellow card, and therefore a red, for a foul on Flavien Tait.
The Burgundy club end 2017 in 10th spot, while Angers remain second from bottom but they are now just a single point away from safety.
THE PLAYER: Karl Toko Ekambi
Other, wealther clubs are sure to come in for Toko Ekambi in January but Angers need to hold onto the Cameroonian forward. His brace here leaves him on nine league goals for the campaign, almost half of his team's total tally of 21.
THE STAT: 16
Toko Ekambi has 16 Ligue 1 Conforama goals since joining from FC Sochaux-Montbéliard in the summer of last year. He is their top scorer since the club returned to the elite in 2015.